Sacred Arts

It is important to understand that the matter of sacred art is a profound discipline. In the conventional setting, to be an artist, you must be technically competent and creatively enthusiastic. In the sacred context, though, you must also, at the very least, be someone who is really doing sadhana and be active from the real depth of devotional Contemplation. In sacred art, you are required to press beyond your usual tendencies, what you are assuming yourself to be all the time, and all of your presumed limitations. Where there is true sacred art, the created object itself is actually empowered, by virtue of the process that it took to manifest it. It is imbued with the Divine. Therefore, the doing of sacred art requires not only full capability and competence relative to the technicalities of the art and real creativity of course, but the performance of sacred art requires the fullest development of sadhana and submission to the Divine.

—Avatar Adi Da Samraj

The practice of sacred art is an important part of life for members of Adidam. Visual arts, music, dance, drama and literature have always played an important role in sacred cultures as a way to invoke, commune with, and celebrate the Divine. Any art form at all—even extensions of the traditional arts such as writing, cooking, or athletics—may be regarded as sacred if it is done in a ego-transcending manner.

Adi Da Samraj encourages each of His devotees to discover their art form, and practice it in a sacred manner. Many devotees find that practicing Contemplation of Adi Da Samraj through their chosen art form is one of the most enjoyable and intense processes in relationship to Him.

The life-practice of sacred art has three aspects:

1) You devote yourself to the foundation discipline of learning your chosen art fully in all of its technical details.

2) You are involved in ego-transcending practice, and surrender to Adi Da through the process of your art.

3) You become part of a cooperative guild with others who practice the same art form. Guild members work cooperatively together to make things for the glorification of the Divine and the benefit of the community (beautifying Temples, staging sacred theater, leading devotional chanting and so on). Guild members also consider their devotional surrender via sacred art together.


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