Art And Meditation
Art And Meditation

Art And Meditation

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The beauty of Lama Govinda's work is that he has been able to deal with these profound issues with extraordinary clarity and lucidity. The reader never comes across indigestible philosophical jargon, nor is distracted by an unnecessary demonstration of intellectual pomposity. What you find in the book is sensitivity of a poet and keen observations of a prescient philosopher.

The goal of art and meditation, as the author truly says, is to attain supreme liberation. But this whole process is an insoluble mystery, for the mind has been heavily conditioned into falsenotions of not only art and meditation but also of a number of other aspects of life, making it almost impossible for it to see things as they arc. Anagarika Govinda's main aim seems to be to lift the veil of illusion that prevents direct perception of things as they are. In his attempt to bring home this fact, he often dons the mantle of a spiritual teacher constantly advocating union and condemning separation.

The author's prescription is simple but unfortunately it is too difficult for the modern man who is caught in an intellectual prison of his own making. To get out of this cage,' says the author,' man must give up himself, because only by this complete spiritual renunciation is broken down all his artificial limitations and inner hindrances.' He cannot emphasize this more strongly than when he says. 'The more the artist expresses him-self the nearer he comes to the others, because our real nature is that of egolessness (anatta) or unlimited emptiness (sunnata).'

Art and Meditation is the outcome of Lama Anagarika's meditations. He wants the readers to take his work as 'meditation problems.' as koans. If it leads to new visions, then the book has fulfilled its mission.