Art for Service and Blessedness

What is this blog?

Each week we post about a piece of art or media that has left us inspired.

 

Why does it matter?

P.R. Sarkar once said of art, “The entire aesthetics is the only charming entity in human life. Had there been no aesthetics, human life would have been just like a desert.”

We know that by sharing in our adoration of the human creative capacity, we are sharing in our love of Creation and our awe of the human expression of Oneness. We hope that these posts will spark ideas, conversations, and modes of connecting and healing.

Clearing

Clearing

The following poem was written by Martha Postlethwaite about finding clarity through surrender. The author also wrote Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual Pilgrimage.   Clearing Do not try to savethe whole worldor do anything grandiose.Instead, createa clearingin...

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Emergent Strategy

Emergent Strategy

If you are looking for an alternative to hierarchical organization and wish to understand the characteristics of that approach, this book will be of great interest.  Brown is a creative, witty, insightful, spiritual activist. You can order Emergent Strategy from AK...

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Aesthetics and Mysticism

Aesthetics and Mysticism

"Dharma should be understood properly by all. And that’s why I said that there should be an immediate Tamil rendering [of the author’s previous discourse] – there should be renderings in all people’s languages. Let people understand it properly and do accordingly. ...

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Ancient Futures

Ancient Futures

Originally published with the subtitle Learning From Ladakh, the book Ancient Futures is about the cultural and socioeconomic reality of the Ladakh region in Northern India before and during industrialization. Helena Norberg-Hodge, a visitor to the region, describes...

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To Build a Swing

To Build a Swing

The following poem, written by adored Sufi poet Hafiz, was written in Persia in the mid 1300's and was translated by Daniel Ladinsky. Hafiz was a Sufi master and a prolific poet, writing over 5,000 poems during his life. The power of his poetry is that it seems to...

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

By Robin Wall Kimmerer Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass is a mother, a Potawatomi woman and a botanist and professor of plant ecology.  She weaves these personae into a beautifully written and inspiring set of stories based on her life in which she...

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