Talk on Creativity, and a gratitude-poem
- Dear friends, looking for Sri Chinmoy's writings on creativity I found
this very nice talk.
Guru means "He who illumines", and when Sri Chinmoy approached any
subject, he did just that; he shed light on it, with all his love and
concern for humanity.
In this talk, taken from the book "Illumination-Fruits", Guru talks
about the inner aspect of creativity. I find it very useful, so I want
to share it with you:
"Each person is meaningless and fruitless if he or she does not enter
into the field of creativity. Without inner and outer creativity, man
is nothing but a great failure, not only in the eyes of humanity, but
in the Eye of God, too. Each soul is endowed with creativity. But the
soul finds it extremely difficult to convince the mind, the vital and
the physical that they can consciously co-operate with the soul, that
they all can create together and fulfil the Divine here on earth.
Creativity does not mean that one has to write poems or articles, or
compose songs. Creativity means one's inner concern for the expansion
of what he is or what he has. When one consciously wants to go beyond
his capacity and beyond his achievement, only then do we find real
creativity, only then can creativity have its proper value, worth and
Where does one find the source of creativity? If one wants his
creation to be permanent and eternal, then that creation must come
from the soulnot from the mind, not from the vital, not even from the
heart. In the heart, in the mind, in the vital and even in the gross
physical, one can also see creativity, but the achievements of that
creativity can never be lasting. It is only the soul's creativity that
can be abiding. So creativity can be in the physical, in the heart, in
the mind, in the soulanywhere. But if it is in the inner life, the
soul's region, then only can the aspirant be truly happy.
Each moment man can create in the inner world. He can easily bring his
creation to the fore through his constant inner urge. Without
creativity, man is no better than an animal. With creativity, man can
divinely claim that he is God's true and worthy son. One who really
creates something, inner or outer, but especially inner, is God's true
Pride. Creativity man must cherish; creativity he must adore."
-Sri Chinmoy (unofficial)
And now, the gratitude-poem for today, taken from the book "The Wings
of Gratitude", a collection of gratitude-poems by Sri Chinmoy.
"When we have gratitude,
We are like a flower
That is blossoming petal by petal
In the Heart of the Supreme."
-Sri Chinmoy (unofficial)
enjoy! (IN JOY)
I just wanted to thank you for posting these words about creativity.
It has been a main theme in my life for the past week as I have been
trying to channel an abundance of creative energy (a blessing if
properly used, a curse if it's kept inside!). I am going to print this
out and post it on my desk. Guru always says everything in such a
pure, simple and inspiring way. Thank God we have his writings, we are
- Hello again,
My name is Caitlin (from Canada), I didn't realize that the name
doesn't show up. I'm pretty new to this group here.