The world of creation
The world of
creation has several levels or degrees. It's at the very summit
of human consciousness, on the borderline between what Sri
Aurobindo calls the lower and the higher hemispheres. It is very
high, very high.
The first zone you
encounter is the zone of painting, sculpture, architecture:
everything that has a material form. It is the zone of forms,
coloured forms that are expressed as paintings, sculptures, and
architecture. They are not forms as we know them, but rather
typal forms; you can see garden types, for instance, wonderfully
coloured and beautiful, or construction types.
Then comes the
musical zone, and there you find the origin of the sounds that
have inspired the various composers. Great waves of music,
without sound. It seems a bit strange, but that's how it is.
Beyond the musical zone lies thought: thoughts, organised
thoughts for plays and books, abstractions for philosophies. But
what used to interest me particularly were the combinations that
give birth to novels or plays.
That is the third
What you find there
are thought formations that are expressed in each person's brain
in his own language...It is the domain of pure thought. That's
where you work when you want to work for the whole earth; you
don't send out thoughts formulated in words, you send out a pure
thought, which then formulates itself in any language in any
brain: in all those who are receptive. These formations are at
anyone's disposal - nobody can say, "It's MY idea, it's MY
book." Anyone capable of ascending to that zone can get
hold of the formations and transcribe them materially. .
Higher up, there is
a fourth zone, a zone of coloured lights, plays of coloured
lights. That's the order: first form, then sound, then ideas,
then coloured lights. But that zone is already more distant from
humanity; it is a zone of forces, a zone which appears as
coloured lights. No forms - coloured lights representing forces.
And one can combine these forces so that they work in the
terrestrial atmosphere and bring about certain events. It's a
zone of action, independent of form, sound and thought; it is
above all that. A zone of active power and might you can use for
a particular purpose - if you have the capacity to do so.
That's the highest
Thus we have form,
expressed in painting, sculpture or architecture; sound,
expressed in musical themes; and thought, expressed in books,
plays, novels, or even in philosophical and other kinds of
intellectual theories . And above this zone, free of form,
sound and though, is the play of forces appearing as coloured
lights. And when you go there and have the power, you can
combine those forces so that they eventually materialise as
creations on earth (it takes some time, it's rarely immediate).
In short, when one rises to that Origin, one finds a single
vibration, which can be expressed as music or thought or
architectural or pictorial forms - is that right?
Yes, but it goes
through specific transformations en route. It passes through one
zone or another, where it undergoes transformations to adapt
itself to the particular mode of expression. The waves of music
are one particular mode of expression of those coloured waves -
they should really be called "luminous" waves, for
they are self-luminous. Waves of coloured light. Great waves of
All those zones of
artistic creation are very high up in human consciousness, which
why art can be a wonderful tool for spiritual progress.