If you visualize it, you will find yourself sitting by the side of an ancient pond…a frog jumps in. You will hear the sound of the frog jumping in, and after the sound, an immense silence. That silence is the message. Basho is trying to give you the message which he has lived, felt, and he feels a responsibility that it should reach to anybody who is in search of it.
In comparison to Basho, Picasso is not concerned with you. He is burdened in his head and he wants to unburden it. And when you look at Picasso’s paintings you will feel a certain burden, a tension arising in you. If you keep Picasso’s paintings in your bedroom you will have nightmares. Each of his paintings is a nightmare. He has relieved himself of his nightmare, given it to the painting. The distinction is very significant.
Before you do anything, let your doing come out of your silence. Before you sing, let your song come out of your silence. Before you paint you should meditate. Unless you come to the point where you feel you are no more, and now existence can use you as its instrument….
You say, “I have always felt my art to be my meditation.” Just a little change – let your meditation be your art. You have always felt your art to be meditation. Art has the priority, and you are calling it meditation because you get absorbed in it, involved in it, and you forget yourself.
Just a little change – let your meditation be the art. First cleanse yourself; let fresh breezes pass through you, let new flowers of silence blossom in you. Then you know the spring has come, and now you are in the hands of the unknown. Just leave your hands in the unknown, allow them to move not according to your wishes, but according to something bigger than you, something vaster than you. You will be surprised that they move, and you will be surprised that that movement is not coming from you – it is coming from the beyond.
Just a little change – let your meditation be your art…. but meditation has the priority; art is only a by-product. Meditation cannot be a by-product of anything.
You are asking, “I have always felt my art to be my meditation, but is it still not a doing?”
It is. If art has the priority then it is a doing. If meditation has the priority then it is a non-doing. Just a small change makes such a tremendous change – so mysterious, so beautiful, so delicious. You have given yourself into the hands of eternity. It is a deep offering.
This is the only prayer I know of. All your other prayers are just rubbish coming from the mind.
“I notice the difference when sitting in Vipassana.” It is good that you have noticed the difference, that meditation is a totally different thing. “Must art and sculpture even, fade away into non-doing?” They don’t fade away, they simply go through a transformation. They start having a sacredness about them; something of the divine enters in them.