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Maharishi speaks on the role of the artist and the scientist
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29 July 2012
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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi gave this lecture in Fiuggi, Italy, in 1972. Following are a few highlights; the full text is available on the Excellence in Action page.
The artist feels the object is a very good basis of expressions, but the expression has to be of life. He finds a stone and he wishes to put life into it. He puts a line here and there and creates a living face on the dead stone. The artist wants to speak with the object. He wants the object to speak to him. He wants to have a message from everything in creation, because maybe, the artist thinks, because everything is the expression of creative intelligence, maybe something will whisper to him the full value of life.
The Feelings of the Artist and the Mind of the Scientist
When the full value of creative intelligence is present there in every fiber and fabric of creation, maybe he can make a particle sing in the song of life. Maybe he can inscribe a message of full value of life in a stone, on a flat sheet of wood, on anything—on a leaf. Maybe he can make the leaf rise to the glory of life, sing the song of life for him. So he just sits and carves a singing man, maybe with the guitar in hand. Now it depends upon how much creativity is able to be passed on by the artist onto the leaf; on that will depend how much the leaf could sing the song of life to the artist. It's the object with which the artist plays, but he plays the game of life onto the surface of the object.
A scientist wants to know what it is made of. Maybe he says, the chemist analyzes, ''Oh there is carbon in it, there is nitrogen in it, there is hydrogen in it, there is calcium in it.'' The artist asks the scientist what the leaf is. ''Oh, I know it is a combination of carbon and oxygen and calcium and nitrogen.'' The scientist asks the artist, ''How do you find the leaf?'' The artist says, ''The leaf I find swinging and swinging in the song of life. All that the wind whispers to the leaf, the leaf passes it on to its environment and sings the transcendental value of the song of life—infinite, eternal. For men may come and men may go, but I go on forever.'' . . .
Objective and Subjective: Uncovering the Infinite Value of Life
The scientist and artist are very good examples of two different fields of creative intelligence: the objective and the subjective. One is the champion of the objective field; the other is the ringleader of the subjective field. And when the artist and the scientist meet, they are a great inspiration to each other.
Actually, a scientist is not always objective and an artist is not always subjective, because life is not compartmentalized in its character. Both the values of the heart and mind are always present in everyone. No man is devoid of feeling. And no man is devoid of the value of clear, truthful perception of sameness of knowledge; this is the vision of the scientist. He wants to see the reality—verifiable reality—sameness of reality everywhere. And that he declares to be reality. But this is all right: there is no quarrel with the basic feature of domination of objective values in the mind of an artist.
But no scientist is devoid of the heart: working in the laboratory for eight, ten, twelve hours of the day because the whole thing is so fascinating. And this fascination belongs to the joy that the heart of the scientist enjoys. . . .
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