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The Spiritual

"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


Guest Authors

Creativity: The Language of God

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I WAS just 13 on the sunny afternoon I played Beethoven's piano.

The battered old grand piano in one of Beethoven's many Viennese apartments was separated by a thin rope -- hardly a barrier to a young music fan. And the security guards were in another room.

I jumped the rope and placed hands on the keys that had been touched by one of humanity's great geniuses. I managed the first couple of bars of the Moonlight Sonata -- about 20 notes -- before a very large German security guard grabbed me and threw me out of the house.Briefly playing that old, out-of-tune instrument was a profound and potent experience; a vague but instinctive connection with some sort of spiritual power.

Since childhood, I've felt ``connected'' in some inexplicable way to Beethoven's music. I know there are many others who feel the same way.

Beethoven himself said music was ``the language of God''. And he was merely dictating the notes from his creator. He said music was a higher revelation than wisdom or philosophy -- a mediator between spiritual and sensual life.

All great art -- not just great music -- has the ability to touch us on the deepest parts of ourselves. It is powerful. Mahatma Gandhi realised this when he inspired the Indian people to take to their spinning wheels in their fight for independence from the British.

The Indian cloth created on little spinning wheels from Calcutta to Delhi was an economic necessity, a religious ritual and a national symbol.

It was a living work of art that energised the Indian people.

This was not the art for the sake of riches, ego or fame, but creativity expressing the divinity within all of us and our ability to shape the universe for the better.

These days, art is often seen more as a commodity than a spiritual necessity.

It is less a matter of questioning what an artist does than what his or her work is worth in marketing or money terms.

Sometimes ignored by religion, creativity has sometimes become the domain of those who exploit it for big profits, or for destruction.

Creativity and skills gave us Hamlet and the Beethoven quartets -- but also the Hiroshima bomb, pornographic websites, Trident submarines, dictatorial governments and rampant consumerism.

Albert Einstein said art with a spiritual sense always carried with it a sense of justice.

But he also said that the industrialisation of society had made it difficult for people to explore mysticism and self-expression because of the social emphasis on the pursuit of materialism.

The recovery of faith in the positive creativity of all men and women is something that a tired civilisation needs.

Faith has always sought to interpret its understanding of existence through art. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, said French author and Nobel Prize winner Andre Gide, and the less the artist does the better.

Writing in the 12th century, theologian Meister Eckhart urged humanity to embrace and practise art as a way of unveiling ``the truth of our deep, creative selves''.

He warned that the creative process could be as destructive as it was inspiring if it were practised only by those who did not have compassion.

Writer Virginia Woolf said the whole world was a piece of art and we were all parts of that work. She also noted that religion had in the past century generally denied creativity its rightful place in the spiritual life and that art had, therefore, become a servant of the material world.

But art never was an elitist obscurity found only in concert halls, galleries and theatres.

It exists, in its most positive form, in the writing of a letter to a loved one, in the making of a table, in conversing and making friendships, playing the clown, making love and giving birth.

The great cellist Pablo Casals had no difficulty in seeing the artist in others and often said there was really no such thing as a "professional artist".

"I have always regarded manual labor as creative and looked with respect - and, yes, wonder - at people who work with their hands," he said.

"It seems to me that their creativity is no less than of a violinist or a painter. It is a different sort, that is all."

There is something of the poet, painter, musician, dancer or architect in all of us. It must be so if we are created in the image of God.

More from Bryan at his Blog - http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/faithworks/

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