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Conferring with the Mountain

Conferring with the Mountain

Ruy Carpenter has been studying photography and digital art in depth since 2000. He lived in Fiji for a number of years and developed his photographic eye while working as a technical assistant to the artist and Spiritual Master, Adi Da Samraj from 2000 to 2008.

He is mightily influenced by the art and creative impulse he experienced in Adi Da’s company during that time, and his work is an homage to his relationship to Adi Da, both as artistic mentor and as Guru.

In his own words:

"Working as a technical assistant in Adi Da's art studio was a pressure cooker of creativity, a master class in the principles of fundamental human aesthetics and a profound invitation and alignment to relating to the world around me as an entirely artistic experience. The artistic intent that Adi Da lived every day that I spent in His Company had a profound initiatory force that I have been learning how to conduct and respond to ever since.

Since Adi Da's passing in 2008, I have continued to work with His art in various ways, as part of the foundry He created for shepherding His art's collection and appreciation in the world. In addition, I have continually participated in my own artistic process in response to the outpouring I experienced in His art studio, as a kind of ecstatic remembrance and invocation of the Fountainhead of creativity that He was.

He often spoke and wrote about the artistic process, and about the necessarily self-transcending process that true art requires. In Transcendental Realism, the book He wrote about His image-art process, Adi Da writes:

True art does not and cannot bring the process of art to an end. True art makes more art inevitable....

Therefore, the effort to defeat (or bring an end to) the urge to make and do more art is futile–and, likewise, the effort to defeat (or bring an end to) all other art (and even all other artists) is absurd.

True art is neither chess nor dice nor poker.

True art is the Irreducible Beloved–to be "Won" at Infinite and Perfect Cost of "self".

I regard the artistic bar that Adi Da set to be of the highest standard of excellence, and it is this inspiration and expectation that I hope to apply in making art of my own.

What is remarkable is that the best art pieces that come to fruition are always mysterious happenings, when I feel that I have stepped out of the way and the call to excellence gives way to a kind of ecstatic dance, in which the art reveals itself spontaneously, such that it feels like a living conversation.

This was always the process that Adi Da enabled and inspired in his art studio, and it is the process I look to continue in my art in response to Him.The images on this site are offered in hope that you can also enjoy the fruits of this conversation ongoing.”