The ground plastic of words is meaning—and not sounds and printed letters. Thus, language is a unique kind of medium, with its own kind of rules, its own kind of necessities. If you are going to treat it more plastically, you have to deal with the fact of meaning. Words are meaningful.

If you try to engage in a procedure with words that eliminates meanings, it is chaos, it is meaningless—whereas, if you reduce painting to some procedure with the plastic of paint, it is not necessarily meaningless. There is a meaning inherent in paint that can be exploited through various kinds of procedures, but there is not a meaning inherent in mere sound or printed letters. That is an illusory reduction of words.

—Avatar Adi Da Samraj


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