Sri Chinmoy calls his artwork “Jharna-Kala”, which is Bengali for “fountain-art.” The name reflects the spontaneous fountain of creativity he experiences through meditation, expressed and revealed through an extraordinary output of paintings in a wide array of media and forms.
In December 1991, Sri Chinmoy began drawing birds, representing the soul's freedom. Since then he has drawn millions of an ongoing series entitled “Dream-Freedom Peace-Birds.”
Sri Chinmoy paints and draws rapidly and spontaneously in a meditative way. His mystical, often abstract works of art, varying from miniatures to murals, include a multiplicity of styles and techniques. To date he has completed many thousands of paintings and millions of drawings, and exhibited in galleries around the world.
“Usually when I draw, I try to be in a contemplative mood. I try to keep my mind as empty, vacant and tranquil as possible. The outer mind is like the surface of the sea. On the surface, the sea is full of waves and surges; it is all restlessness. But when we dive deep below, the same sea is all peace, calmness and quiet, and there we find the source of creativity.”
"I am always inspired by my inner Pilot. The Divine or the Supreme in me creates."
Jharna-Kala paintings have been displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Mall Gallery and the Commonwealth institues in Edinburgh and London.
"I feel it is most important that the art world see, appreciate and discuss these paintings - though painted simply 'as a bird sings' to be enjoyed as bird song.
Michael Shepard, Sunday Telegraph