You will have to understand two kinds of
creativity. One is exactly what you are saying -- it is an escape from the
uneasiness of not doing anything and just sitting silently. The whole world
is workaholic, and the whole world goes on driving everybody nuts: "Do this!
Do that! Don't waste time!" So your whole mind is programmed for work, for
efficiency. Naturally you cannot sit down silently, you have to do
something. It can take the form of some kind of creation: music, poetry,
sculpture, but this is not true
The true creativity comes out of sitting
silently. When you are so totally quiet that there is no thought, no wave in
the ocean of your being, out of this silence comes a different kind of
The first I can only call composition. The
second is authentic creativity. They look alike, and sometimes the composer
may even do better than the man of creativity. But the composer will never
be original, he will always be copying. Only the creator can be original,
can break new doors into the mystery of existence.
George Gurdjieff has gone deeply into this
matter, and he has called the first, subjective creativity; it is mind
oriented. And the other he has called the real objective creativity.
Whatever names are given, that is not the question, but he knows the
difference -- that the people who created the Taj Mahal were not simply
architects, they were not simply technologically knowledgeable.
The emperor who made the Taj Mahal called Sufis
from all over the world -- not the architects, but the Sufi mystics -- to
give the idea of the Taj Mahal. It was created in order to become an object
of meditation. If you sit silently by the Taj Mahal in a fullmoon night, you
start becoming silent. The very form of the Taj Mahal creates a certain
quality in you, just as has been found about pyramids -- that the very shape
of the pyramid is life preserving. It detracts everything life negative.
in the very beginning of this century, the first pyramid was opened, they
found a dead cat inside. They could not believe it. The pyramid was three
thousand years old, so the cat must have died three thousand years ago. Just
by accident she may have entered when they were closing it, and could not
get out. But the body of the cat was absolutely fresh, as if it had just
died. No stink... in three thousand years.
Then the scientists started looking at the shape of the pyramids -- there
must be something in the very shape of the pyramids. And now they have made
pyramids for meditators, small aluminium pyramids. You sit inside and you
suddenly find you are more alive, you suddenly find more silence.
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