In one of the Upanishads it says, when the glow of a sunset holds you and you say “Aha,” that is the recognition of the divinity. And when you say ‘Aha’ to an art object, that is a recognition of divinity. And what divinity is it? It is your divinity, which is the only divinity there is. We are all phenomenal manifestations of a divine will to live, and that will and the consciousness of life is one in all of us, and that is what artwork expresses.
when the glow of a sunset holds you and you say “Aha,”
-- Joseph Campbell
Mythic Dimension, The (p. 154)
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