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Question: What is true creativity and how is it
different from that which is so considered in popular culture?
Jiddu Krishnamurti - What is generally called creativity is man-made -
painting, music, literature, romantic and factual, all the architecture
and the marvels of technology. And the painters, the writers, the poets,
probably consider themselves creative. We all seem to agree with that
popular idea of a creative person. Many man-made things are most
beautiful, the great cathedrals, temples and mosques; some of them are
extraordinarily beautiful and we know nothing of the people who built
But now, with us, anonymity is almost gone. With
anonymity there is a different kind of creativity, not based on success,
money - twenty-eight million books sold in ten years! Anonymity has
great importance; in it there is a different quality; the personal
motive, the personal attitude and personal opinion do not exist; there
is a feeling of freedom from which there is action.
But most man-made creativity, as we call it, takes
place from the known. The great musicians, Beethoven, Bach and others,
acted from the known. The writers and philosophers have read and
accumulated; although they developed their own style they were always
moving, acting or writing, from that which they had accumulated - the
known. And this we generally call creativity.
Is that really creative? Or is there a different kind of creativity
which is born out of the freedom from the known? Because when we paint,
write, or create a marvellous structure out of stone, it is based on the
accumulated knowledge carried from the past to the present. Now, is
there a creativity totally different from the activity that we generally
Is there a living, is there a movement, which is not from the known?
That is, is there a creation from a mind that is not burdened with all
the turmoils of life, with all the social and economic pressures? Is
there a creation out of a mind that has freed itself from the known?
Generally we start with the known and from that we create, but is there
a creative impulse or movement taking place that can use the known, but
not the other way round? In that state of mind, creation, as we know it,
may not be necessary.
Is creativity something totally different, something which we can all
have - not only the specialist, the professional, the talented and
gifted? I think we can all have this extraordinary mind that is really
free from the burdens which man has imposed upon himself.
Out of that sane, rational, healthy mind, something
totally different comes which may not necessarily be expressed as
painting, literature or architecture. Why should it? If you go into this
fairly deeply, you will find that there is a state of mind which
actually has no experience whatsoever. Experience implies a mind that is
still groping, asking, seeking and therefore struggling in darkness and
wanting to go beyond itself.
There is a complete and total answer to the question if we apply our
minds and our hearts to it; there is a creativity which is not man-made.
If the mind is extraordinarily clear without a shadow of conflict, then
it is really in a state of creation; it needs no expression, no
fulfilment, no publicity and such nonsense.