Dr. Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) scholar and art historian and late curator of Boston Museum, has observed:
is essentially religious. The #conscious
aim of Indian art is the intimation of #Divinity
. But the Infinite and Unconditioned cannot be expressed in finite terms; and art, unable to portray Divinity unconditioned, and unwilling to be limited by the limitation of humanity, is in #India
dedicated to the representation of Gods, who to finite man represent comprehensible aspects of an infinite whole. Sankaracarya prayed thus: "O Lord, pardon my three sins: I have in contemplation clothed in form Thyself that has no form; I have in praise described Thee who dost transcend all qualities; and in visiting shrines I have ignored Thine omnipresence."
"The extant remains of Indian art cover a period of more than two thousand years. During this time many schools of thought have flourished and decayed, invaders of many races have poured into India and contributed to the infinite variety of her intellectual resources; countless dynasties have ruled and passed away. But just as through all Indian schools of thought there runs like a golden thread the fundamental #idealism
of the #Upanishads
, the #Vedanta
, so in all Indian art there is a unity that underlies all its bewildering variety."
(source: Essays on National Idealism - By Ananda K. Coomraswamy Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers.1981 p. 17 27-28). #templearts #hindutemple #vastu #artchitecture #indology #dharma #artshistory #yoga #yogalife #indiaig #india_undiscovered #veda #karma #hinduism #hinduphilosophy #indiatravel #indiaway