Dafa Art: Pure and Upright Artistic Standards for Human Beings
[PureInsight.org] Several recently pictures painted by Falun Dafa practitioner have been shown on the Clearwisdom and PureInsight websites as selections from the "Uncompromising Courage Art Exhibit." When I saw the pictures tears welled up in my eyes as I experienced the mighty power of Falun Dafa unfolding in front of me. I felt inspired and uplifted in a manner I have never experienced before, even with pictures where I was in deep admiration of the artist's abilities and the subject matter of the art, they could not compare with these paintings. Teacher Li Hongzhi notes:
So, Dafa disciples must clearly understand what arts human should have. That way, you can follow the pure and upright artistic standards of human beings, and you'll be able to create good things.
(From "Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Creating Fine Art") There was no doubt in my mind these paintings were created by artists who had studied Teacher Li's lecture on fine arts.
Teacher Li goes on to say:
Is the purpose of mankind's arts to depict human beings themselves, or to depict landscapes, or to depict Gods? Or ghosts? You should know that mankind's true arts first appeared in the temples of Gods. Another purpose of Gods' passing on this aspect of culture to human beings was to let humans see the magnificence of Gods, and believe in goodness and evil receiving their due—evildoers will receive retribution, good people will receive blessings, and cultivators will go up to Heaven.
(From "Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Creating Fine Art") All of the paintings did just that since they depicted the battle between good and evil that is going on with the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China who will not give up their belief and practice in this time of history.
In the same lecture Teacher Li notes:
You know, when people paint Gods, they have to use people as models. That's not a problem since humans were created by Gods in their own image. … After others look at that kind of artwork they'll benefit, they'll become broad-minded, they'll have good thoughts in their minds, and it will make their character nobler. And when Gods see humans having upright thoughts, they'll remove dangers and calamities for humans.
This must have been much of what I sensed and experienced when I first saw these pictures created by Falun Dafa practitioners.
I look forward to viewing on the PureInsight and Clearwisdom websites what other practitioners have painted, drawn and sculptured that was created based on the pure and upright artistic standards of Falun Dafa practitioners who are also artists.