The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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There is a new aspect of art nowadays which is called clairvoyant, mediumistic, or spiritualistic art. One may speak of the bewildering effect of art, but this is the most bewildering of all! One day a person put some colors on paper, and showed it to me, saying, "People cannot understand this deep idea, but you will understand it. It is very deep, it has come from some clairvoyant source.'I looked at it; there were many colors, that was all one could say, and they were not even blending harmoniously with one another; they were only striking. The person who had painted it looked at me and waited for my opinion. He said, "What do you think of it?" So I said, "It is a picture of the end of the world." And he was very pleased with this answer. Some people who claim clairvoyance try to paint what they call the other side, but to do this they would have to bring the paint and canvas from the other side too. The clairvoyant cannot paint the other side with the brush of this world; if he tried it would be a mistake.