Sacred Art - Art that Expresses The Sacred

There are two kinds of art as there are two kinds of religion. Art always tends to be exoteric and secular in its thrust, or esoteric and sacred in its nature.

If there is contemporary art that borders on both these categories, most art in the modern era has been exoteric in nature. In fact, during the past several centuries, art has become highly personal in nature. In today's world, it is nearly always expected to represent the social personality of the artist. His or her personal views and feelings or those of a particular segment of society. But the origins of art are sacred or esoteric in nature, and it has been and can certainly be far more inclusive.

Originally, art was wedded to the very human need to relate more fully than would otherwise be the case to the mystery of life and to function more effectively within that profundity.

We know that by its very nature, sacred art can help to vanish the pain resulting from the social divisiveness at the root the horrors we see around us.

Art can be therapeutic. It can return us to ourselves when there is confusion in our lives. And in some sense, it is the truest form of propaganda imaginable, because it can wipe away the imaginary split we posit between ourselves and our world, leaving peace and enlightenment in its wake.

The essays that follow express contrasting, and at the same time, highly complementary views of the purpose and value of sacred art and its esoteric roots. We hope that you find them as informative and inspiring as we do.

Sacred Art and Culture by BOb Carroll, Ph.D.
"That sacred art is rooted in true culture becomes apparent during any exploration of art—and especially art that is not western in origin."

"The impulse to "make sacred" is the form of sacrifice of self that naturally allows and supports the process of spiritual revelation that gives birth to truly sacred art."

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Art is Love by Adi Da Samraj
"Many of the purposes of art have been lost."

"Without the ability of an art form to evoke the feeling of love in you, you cannot find it to be beautiful."

"Ultimately, the artist must associate people with the sacred, must invoke in them that capacity to participate in reality that is about ego-transcendence, love, Divine Communion."

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Pope John Paul II Letter to Artists
"Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece."

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