Art Is Love

by Avatar Adi Da Samraj

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The apprentice was not permitted to paint or to sing or to play an instrument until the master could profess to the community that the individual had prepared to the degree that he or she could now serve the community. Not only had the artist learned all the techniques, not only did he or she know how to awaken in others the imagery to which that culture was devoted, but the individual had mastered self in the process, had become responsible for himself or herself.

As one looks through time, however, the arts cease to have a cultural purpose that is acknowledged to be necessary. They become mere entertainments. They become a way of expressing oneís self, oneís contents.

From this point of view, thereís no culture, no center, no society, no necessity to what the artist does. He or she communicates the failure of the social order, the failure of the demands within an art to represent an obligation to transcend oneís self, to master oneís self, and to provide something within the social order that is valued by others, that has intrinsic value—fundamental value thatís not just decoration, but thatís part of the sacred purpose of the community.