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RE: [bn-study] Art & Theosophy

Sep 24, 2003 02:27 AM
by W. Dallas TenBreoeck

Sept 24 2003

Dear Friend:

There is art used in symbology. Many of those symbols were painted, or
carved by the ancient wise men and their pupils.

When we look at them now, we are often unable to distinguish those
important points. Some are so large (as the Nasca lines in Peru, or the
location of several temples in Egypt placed carefully to symbolize the
constellation of ORION and the DOGS) 

If you wish to detect these forms that underlie art, study what HPB
gives us in S D starting with Vol. I pp 5. Then with the help of the
INDEX to the SECRET DOCTRINE trace those sacred numbers and figures to
other references in the book. It is very helpful to do this and it
teaches us how to use it. 

Starting with symbology is the best way. Then the use of the same ideas
will be seen to permeate the thought and records from the past drawn
from all around the world. It is the UNITY of WISDOM. 

Some ancient systems suggested that the depiction of living things
specially human and animal forms not be done because of the dangerous
possibility of psychic links that could be formed in doing that. In
some cases it became a prohibition. Art then was transformed into color
selection, and the forms of geometry and calligraphy.

Best wishes



-----Original Message-----
From: mahnaz nia [] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 6:12 AM
Subject: [bn-study] Art & Theosophy

Dear Dallas
With best regards and thanking you for your sincere efforts as I found
out in mysticism there is a kind of artistic expression. I mean it has
artistic form. In the verses of Opanishad e.g. in the worships of Roder
there we can see a poem like expression. Also in parts of Holy Books as
well as the Stanzas in SD ,so that something wants to take us to some
unknown place. Naturally we have to bear in mind that metaphore is also
a part of that artistic expression. Also in tales with mystic concepts
we can see that artistic form such as Mahabaharat and Masnavi Ma'navi.
Sometimes one of them by its artistic expression gives a kind of
intution that maybe hundreds of pages of philosophy or arguments can
not. And in the fields of other arts such as in Popol of Vuh I observed
its photographs in the library on line and was enchanted by them. When
it draws the eagle not like the eagle we see in the nature and the
serpent apart from being a serpent has another visual effe! ct on us so
that meanwhile is also something else. I think that the portraitist
maybe as we say today was a post modernist. We can also see this kind of
artistic expression in the paintings of Egypteans and in the carvings of
Takht-e-jamshid in Iran and in Indian sculptures as well. In geometrical
forms we can see them in the tile works of Iranian mosques so that they
are the bearer of us to another dimensions of consciousness. All these
made me to ask you the viewpoints of Theosophy about art including the
form and its relation with the spritual progress. As I read in The Key
to Theosophy H.B also points to this case when she says that poets
posses a kind of intution. With thank.

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