This manifesto was created around 2000 as front page inspiration for my art website. It houses the condensed conception of the Śrī Sāraswat Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas, and supports the underlying intent of how I attempt to create art and apply this in design.
The basis of these ideas are expressed by their divine graces. Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj and Śrīla Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj.
Some of the terms used are their catch phrases, others a blend of things I have heard in conversations and my own deliberations on how to express their high philosophical concepts in a couched, indirect way. This is to protect the unhealthy approach into the realm from which these ideas spring by mundane cultural analysis.
My Art making at it’s core is worship and glorification of the divine realm of infinite beautiful form that exist beyond the material realms of abstraction and objects.
The challenge as an artist is how to create the visualisation of these concepts without titillation of the original substance.
In the words of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākur from his Kalyana Kalpataru.
~Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākur
The Beauty of the self realised Vaisnavas is because their heart of their consciousness is absorbed in a realm where “every word is a song and every step is a dance” everything they do is art without even trying, giving voice to realms of feelings that are too fine to penetrate with the mental force of logic mind or capture with flashy language.
Ornamenting their revelations with ones own feelings of awe and wonder is joy to behold.
Nectar attracts the pollinators.