The ideal of an artist is to be established in a transcendent realm, beyond the limits of the senses. So the artists, or more precisely, the worshippers of fine arts, have to be spiritual aspirants. Only those who look upon everything of the world as Spirit can realize in everything a subtle, blissful, Transcendental Entity. The greater the artists’ understanding of their kinship with God, the greater their art. Those who possess a creative faculty yet do not seek the subtle Transcendental Entity, cannot create a worthy or successful work of art.
Abhimata, The Opinion, 56
Art or literature is one of the sources by which the common people are inspired to establish themselves in the Cosmic Mental Sphere. That is why the effort (sadhana) of the artist or the writer through the ages has been to see the one among many, to lead many to the path of the One.
Abhimata, The Opinion, 77
The true writer is not only a creator but a sage as well. As the representatives of millions and the architects of society, the writers cannot forget even for a moment the highest sanctity of their avocation. They are the messengers of the mute masses, the guardians of society. Though the slightest mistake on their part may result in catastrophe, their goodness also has the capacity to transform society beyond recognition. Therefore, those who have failed to learn restraint in thought and expression need not attempt the creation of art or literature.
Abhimata, The Opinion, 15
That which moves along with the society, that which takes us to the real path of benevolence, to the path of growth and fulfillment, is called literature. “Art for art’s sake” is not acceptable; rather the expression should be, “Art for service and blessedness.”
Abhimata, The Opinion, 2
Though separated by many countries, many states, many religions, many communities or by many languages, the human race is an indivisible entity. Every human mind is but the diversified individual manifestation of that same indivisible Cosmic Mind. Today we look forward to the advent of that artist, that writer who will convey this truth to the hearts of humanity in a still sweeter language, still more strongly and deeply.
Abhimata, The Opinion, 77
Human beings on their journey often want to pause a while. Sometimes their knees give way and they sit down fatigued and frustrated. The responsibility of the talented author at such a time becomes all the more significant. Thus when the author sings a song for the forward movement of society, s/he has to look back very carefully to see whether the people, for whom the marching song was sung, are capable of going forward with the author, whether the author’s thought wave is really touching the core of their hearts, whether the author’s service is really doing them good. In the literary world the garland of glory goes only to those who are ever awake to their real responsibilities as author.
Abhimata, The Opinion, 4
The artists or writers, before holding their brush or pen, should look around and assess the direction in which society is moving and the basic causes of its weakness. What are the “isms” that have supplied impetus to evil ideals? It is not enough to look around; they may also have to take a firm stand against the apparently irresistible forces of destruction. It is possible that nobody will come the aid of creative writers or artists when they face such a challenge. But they should be courageous enough to go ahead even if no one listens to their voices. Fighting against the oppositions of thousands of superstitions and humanity’s petty selfishness, their pens may break into pieces, their brushes may be compelled to draw only lines of water on the canvas, their theatrical stances may perhaps end in mute gestures, yet their efforts shall not cease. Each of their small defeats shall be strung together as pearls in the very necklace of victory.
(Abhimata, The Opinion, 14)