Daily Archives: April 7, 2003

A Thought on Artists

“Who is that person whom you call an artist? A man who is momentarily creative? To me he is not an artist. The man who merely at rare moments has this creative impulse and expresses that creativeness through perfection of technique, surely you would not call him an artist. To me, the true artist is one who lives completely, harmoniously, who does not divide his art from living, whose very life is that expression, whether it be a picture, Music, or his behavior; who has not divorced his expression on a canvas or in Music or in stone from his daily conduct, daily living. That demands the highest intelligence, highest harmony. To me the true artist is the man who has that harmony. He may express it on canvas, or he may talk, or he may paint; or he may not express it at all, he may feel it. But all this demands that exquisite poise, that intensity of awareness and, therefore, his expression is not divorced from the daily continuity of living.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti, Living in Ecstasy, Ojai, California, June 29, 1934

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Total Freedom, Collected Writings of Jiddu Krishnamurti
Raja Yoga, Swami Vivekananda
Jnana Yoga, Swami Vivekananda
Be Here Now, Ram Dass
Gitanjali, Rabindranath Tagore
Selected Short Stories, Rabindranath Tagore
The Books in my Life, Henry Miller
1984, George Orwell
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon
King Solomon’s Mines, H. Rider Haggard
Leonardo: The Man and the Artist, Sergey Bramley

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