Monday, March 08, 2010

what i've been reading . . .

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Blogger kala said...

The key to this realization is to heighten one’s awareness or sensitivity. With heightened awareness one can be sensitive to the flow of Tao. In the “Great Preface” to the Book of Song (Shi jing) , aesthetics is described as the voicing of one’s experience with Kami. It was assumed that there was a strong correlation between “scene” and “emotional response,” and the great artist achieves a unity of the two. If artists or technicians create in a natural way, then the “essence of nature” is revealed and the transformations of nature take place in a way that is not destructive. If our arts, sciences and technologies separate us from nature, then nature’s transformations cannot reach fulfillment and disharmony results.


Japanese teleology stresses that what is valuable in life is a sensitive awareness of our connection with Kami. In this respect Kami is seen to portray itself as beauty-not merely of appearance but of the spirit; it is the inner beauty manifesting itself outward. Kami is presented as the beauty of the inner-most nature of things. To be human is to be moved by this quality that is manifest in things as beauty. Then one must creatively express this Kami quality in all of ones endeavors and encounters. Thus aesthetics is as natural as a bird’s song. The sincere, creative expression of emotion arises as a refinement and fulfillment of our natural connections.

Quoted from your essay.


Eric,

I feel, from my limited but authentic study of the rasas and indian art forms, kami is close to Bhava ( emotions / aesthetics, arising deep in the artist's mind)
rasa is a different story all together.

warmly,
_kala

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