The contemplative researcher lives aloof from society, a silent and unseen example it would seem. How is he to share his refined sensitivities, his ascetic and indeed aesthetic findings in ways that reveal their hidden purpose? (The Sritantra Project)

A twofold approach

My research by this period had adopted a twofold approach combining academic research and creative writing, on the one hand, with conjectural investigation and practical application of the actual methods of painting themselves, on the other hand. And in accord with Laubies's painterly approach, it was an absolute imperative to find and inhabit a relatively isolated place in India conducive to imbuing ones aesthetic being with the natural setting's superlative qualities. It was essentially a form of aesthetic yoga where the actual work, be it textual or painted, was effectively constructed as a template of divinity. Through yogic concentration, purity, and grace one beckoned divinity to enter the temple.

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