Imagination: Living with Hope, Joy and Creativity
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.––Albert Einstein
Imagination is one of the most beautiful aspects of our life. It warms up our blood. It charges our nerves with enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. It brings us all ecstasies of our Universe. With the power of imagination, we elevate ourselves to the highest plane of living and become an extraordinary being and part of the superb creativity of the Universe. All the epics, poetry, dramas, classical stories, philosophy, scientific theories, technological designs, and so on are, in fact, due to the imagination of the human mind. All the mesmerizing outcomes of creativity in our times are the fascinating babies of imagination. Necessity is not the mother of invention; imagination is.
The Vedas and other ancient Hindu scriptures, Christian scriptures, Homer’s poetry, Plato’s philosophy, Shakespeare’s dramas, and that has inspired civilizations for thousands of years are all outcomes of creativity that is pregnant with imagination. Creative writers, poets, dramatists, artists, thinkers, philosophers, and social workers are the persons with imagination. For Shakespeare, the lunatic, the lover, and the poet are imagination’s creation. All the splendid works of art, outstanding socio-cultural organizations, educational institutes, universities, and so on are the footprints of imagination.
Imagination induces, excites and inspires us to link ourselves with all horizons of creativity. Imagination is an inexhaustible source of all the hopes we live with. Imagination is the Light through which we enlighten ourselves to take up seemingly impossible missions. Imagination is also an inexhaustible source from where we derive indomitable willpower. The Nobel Prize winning British playwright, George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) says:
Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire,
you will what you imagine,
and at last,
you create what you will.
Through imagination we make impossible missions possible. Imagination is the vehicle for us to explore the whole Universe. The Universe keeps us imaginative and engaged in transcendental course of our creativity.
Imagination is also a source of joy. Any process that leads to creativity is joy. A superb and Evolutionary creativity is impossible without the mind’s imagination. Evolutionary creativity always flowers with joy. The whole Universe, in fact, has come emerged from joyful creativity. Henryk Skolimowski looks deeply into this joyful creativity in the Universe. “The Universe was created amidst the joyous celebrations of the original potency of the Cosmos,” he argues. “And so, it is presented by the Upanishads, where joy was born before gods, who came to existence only later. We can return to joy through the acts of thinking and of being, which are infused with Light and guided by Light. From joy we have come, to joy we want to return.” Skolimowski regards the imagination as a spiritual force and a superior expression of human intelligence. In order to attain spiritual development, the imagination must reside in us. Being imaginative means living with positive energies, high spirits, and a creative state of being. Spiritual development means that we will live with perpetual inner peace and tranquility.
The imagination is laden with hope and it paves the way to the future of our dreams. Without imagination life is hopeless. We wish for a happy, joyful, and sustainable future, and in order to create such a future, we must use our imaginations. In order to orient our creativity so that we can usher in the future of our imagination, we must turn our imagination into creativity; this will lead to happiness, joy, and sustainability. When you are imaginative, you will be able to feel your existence blossoming intensely. You must free yourself from all vices. Your mind’s eyes will then establish a reign of ecstasies everywhere. You will feel as if the Universe’s symphony is playing within you. You will cultivate a sense of belonging and feel as if everything belongs to you! You will believe that you rule over everything. You will celebrate your existence. Let us sing with Arlene Smith:
Imagination frees imprisoned souls
to soar among the stars on golden wings
or rest upon the moon as gods of night.
To fill yourself with grandeur, close your eyes.
You’re kings and queens to rule enchanted lands
Where dragons, wizards, trolls, and knights abound.
Exploring seven seas from fathoms deep
to Neptune’s keep, with walls Tahitian pearl.
A mermaid sings for sailors’ lonesome tunes.
The forest comes alive where fairies play
or shadow monsters loom in silence. Then
Imagination brings you safely home.
(The writer is a Professor of Environmental Science at GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology. He is author of numerous books on environmental, agroecological and eco-philosophical issues).
Friday, 01 March 2019 | Vir Singh | in Devbhoomi Spiritual