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   CREATIVITY AND ART AROUND OSHO
 



N
ot many people know that Osho wove magic with colors as much as he did with words. Osho is well-known as an enlightened Master and mystic, but he is less well known as a painter, a painter of pure poetry.

The Beloved Master read thousands of books and on many of them he sketched unique drawings that, today, have come to be known as Osho Signature Art. On filling colors in these drawings, they blossom as beautiful paintings. Each of these signatures is different from the other and that is where the uniqueness of His art lies. Osho art is also known as enlightened art. His life and his being were art itself, and his paintings overflow with the fragrance and beauty of enlightenment. They are unique, mysterious, significant -- and are unlike anything the art world has ever seen before.

It is stated by the Osho Commune, Pune that Osho created about 900 so called ‘signature paintings’ inscribed on the blank cover pages of his books, as part of his extended signature. He used bright colored markers, blot ink and felt-tip pens to make usually spherical designs.

As Osho says

"I am not a painter.
I am the painting.
Where the painter has got lost into the painting, I don't know."


   Osho on Creativity:

Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach.”

“Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if the act of doing it is not purely economical, then it is creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine.”

- A Sudden Clash of Thunder, Chapter #4

    Osho on Art:

"Every art can be described either as objective art, or as subjective art. Subjective art you will find everywhere. It comes from your feelings, from your heart, from your mind: in paintings, in poetry, in music. But objective art comes from the emptiness of your heart.
You just become a flute, a hollow bamboo, and the universe sings through you.."
- Nansen: The Point of Departure, Chapter #9

    Osho says on Music:

Music comes closest to meditation. Just beyond music is meditation: one step more and you are in meditation. And music is the most beautiful door. Listen to music so totally that the listener disappears in the listening, that there is only music and you are not, that you are an emptiness and the music fills you. There is no observer even, nobody to appreciate, to judge. Listen to music without judgement, without evaluation, and it will become your deepest meditation.”
- Hallelujah! Chapter #31
 

   Creativity inspired by Osho:

Milarepa, an accomplished singer/ songwriter, guitarist, and meditation teacher, on Osho

Falling in love with this remarkable man, I fell in love with my inner lover. His eyes were windows to my soul and the skies beyond. In meeting him, I ultimately met myself.”

“Although work was, and still is, considered an important part of Osho's vision, in the last years of his life, he began to emphasize creativity as a way of expressing and sharing the fruits of meditation. The discourses took on more and more the flavor of Zen, and it was clear: He wanted each of us to become our own individual, not dependent on anybody else - including him. Nor dependent on anything - even the Commune. “  

   Meera, distinguished painter

on Osho´s suggestion, established together with Geetesh Gibson the Osho Art School and began leading art workshops all over the world. She developed new methods of creative expression. More than 40 books of Osho are illustrated with Meera´s paintings.

   Andre de Bont about Toshi , a famous painter

"The source of his creativity lies in his encounter with Osho. In his search for The Light and himself he found guidance in this Indian Mystic. During his stays in the Ashram of Poona, India, he found the the way to deal with emotions and experiences in the form of painting. The evolution of his paintings show his personal progress, emotionally, spiritually and also technically."

   Ma Deva Padma, painter and designer, creator of Osho Zen Tarot

Says “Life was the teacher and Osho was the guide to help me trust that life is an infinitely wise and compassionate teacher and that in time, life lived totally with passion, conviction and awareness would be enough.”

“By becoming a disciple of Osho I realized anything is possible given right mindfulness, right timing and an open heart.”

   Prem Joshua, multi-instrumentalist and composer

While traveling in India he came across the enlightened mystic, Osho. In the presence
of this man with a long white beard, eyes as deep as the ocean and a strong sense of humor, he came in touch with the art of the “inner music” - Silence.

“This was really coming home! For the following years I did nothing but be around this man, go deeper in meditation and play, play, play music. Here I found the musical and spiritual nourishment and satisfaction that I had been looking for.”

"For me, music has always been something spiritual, a chance to express something wonderful that cannot be said, something that makes you feel so alive, that gets you on your feet but ultimately leads you to a silent space within."

   Miten, singer and song writer

Miten came upon the most important and influential figure in his life, the rebel mystic, Osho. "After I met Osho, everything fell into place," he says. "He gave purpose to my life, and an understanding that divine chaos is the essence of it. My eyes were opened to new possibilities which I continue to explore to this day."

Miten proceeded to live his explorations, spending most of his time in India at the ashram of Osho, where he eventually found a way to express his gratitude, not surprisingly, through music.

   Veeresh, innovative therapist, martial art expert, painter as well as producer of    the music “Humaniversity sound”

Osho will always be my Master. I will always be Swami Anand Veeresh. Sannyasins will always be my brothers and sisters. For me, Osho dies only when I die, because He is
alive in my heart."

   Vasant, sculptor and a painter

I heard Osho talk about nirvana in his discourses. Osho says that nirvana means to blow out the flame of the candle and then there lies the silent darkness. This is nirvana. And that darkness is always there. Even if you bring the sunlight, it is always existing. You may not be able to see it because of the light, but it is there. Light may come and go, but darkness always remains. It is eternal. And we cannot escape from it.

But people are afraid of this darkness, continues Vasant, this eternity, this silence. Through painting, he could sometimes sit in a space of tremendous silence. Then he realized that his painting was coming from this space of silence, the darkness within himself.”

   C.G. Deuter Aka Chaitanya Hari Deuter, german flutist and multi-instrumentalist

Deuter is famous for his musical accompaniment to Osho’s series on meditation - Dynamic, Kundalini, Nataraj, Nadabrahma, Mandala, Gourishankar.

“After a lengthy stay in Poona, India, with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, he adopted the Buddhist faith becoming Chaitanya Hari Deuter. Naturally, there was a major change in Deuter's musical attitude, and he was now the creator of spiritual, harmonious, and deep meditational music. CELEBRATION was aptly joyous with a rich palette of instruments, including flutes, synthesizers, and a wealth of ethnic instruments. Hereon the Deuter of the late-70's played a softer more richly textured music, increasingly developing a preference for using synthesizers and flute alongside exotic instruments.”

“Deuter experienced a religious revival and converted his name into Chaitanya Hari Deuter. In Poona, India, he found his guru in Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The peaceful music was full of joy and warmth. Indeed, he had now found his own distinctive and personal style, and, from this point on, his albums grew increasingly celestial, meditative and beautiful.”

   Karunesh, musician

Since his early childhood he had a strong connection with music and performed in various teenager music bands. He studied Graphic Design, graduated but always felt that this was not what he really wanted in life. He met with a fatal motor accident in which he was nearly killed, this "near death" experience proved to be a spiritual turning point in his life. Karunesh traveled to India where he met Osho in his ashram in Poona. He became initiated and took on a new spiritual name, Karunesh, a Sanskrit name meaning "compassion".

Back in Germany Karunesh lived in the Rajneesh commune in Hamburg for five years. Here he could develop his musical creativity in a spiritual surrounding. He came in contact with many musicians from all over the world and developed the ability to wave different styles and feelings from different cultures together in a living symbiosis - carried by his unmistakable <Melodies From The Heart>, his feeling for spiritual atmospheres and rhythms that make you want to dance.

   Govi, guitarist & musician

The spiritual search of Govi lead him to India, where he spent eight years. There his life and creative work have really blossomed. And, perhaps, it took place in the most part because Govi happened to be together with many perfect musicians, who came from the entire world to a town of Poona, to Indian spiritual Teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. "My approach comes from the meditative and creative environment I experienced while living in India as well as playing with musicians from many different cultures and backgrounds," - told Govi later.

   Chinmaya Dunster, sarod player and trained practitioner of Feng Shui

It was Osho Rajneesh himself who gave him his name, way back in 1981. His whole name is Prem Chinmaya Dunster; prem means love and chinmaya means consciousness, he explains. "It's really something to live up to!"

He studied art for some time, but later found it was music that would be his true calling. It was in his twenties that Dunster took to the 'hippy trail' – a journey of self-discovery that led him to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan, Afghanistan and finally to India, where an all-night concert by sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan in New Delhi had a profound impact on the young artiste.

The strange music that came out of this 19-stringed classical instrument – at once metallic and warm, with a sound that reflects a meditative introspection perhaps better than any other – captivated Dunster. He started to study with two leading gurus of the sarod, Guru Dev Singh in London (Khan's leading disciple) and Shekhar Borkar in Pune, and soon set up a home for himself at the Osho commune there.

   Vidroha Jamie, guitarist & musician

Specialized in acting, fencing, and stage combat at Florida State University, Jamie abandoned a career in acting to travel to India to embark on an exploration of meditation and personal growth in the international commune of Osho, as well as his interest in the mystical relationship between music, silence, and meditation. Jamie lived in India for 12 years and began developing his own unique guitar style and melodic compositions blended with softer jazz chords and influenced by the experience of the Eastern meditation traditions he was exploring. His work in Osho Commune included five years in the Academy of Healing Arts as a Color puncture clinical color therapy therapist and trainer, with sessions and trainings in centers around the world, followed by three years as director of the Faculty of Creative Arts in the Osho Multiversity, where he coordinated the art, dance, and theater, as well as visual arts programs.

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