Editor – This article was published in the January 2014 issue of Prabuddha Bharata.
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Though creativity is a spontaneous mental process, it requires continuous enquiry, expertise in a particular domain, and a kind of developed intuition. Creativity transforms the mind and creative people transform themselves during times of creativity. There is a rush of energy during creative periods that lifts a person far above the ordinary world. One can be actively creative while talking, walking, thinking, speaking, or writing, as creativity has to do with the quality of intuition that one brings into the work. However, being creative does not always require external actions. Imagine Buddha meditating under the Bodhi tree; although he may have appeared to be idle, he was actually exercising one of the greatest creative brains the world has ever seen.
To be creative means to be courageous, to experiment, to take risks, and create something new. Creativity is the ability of the mind to have a keen sense of curiosity and therefore is not confined to any particular area. Many psychological processes are involved such as cognition, problem solving, emotion, memory, and so on. Creative people tend to be multifaceted and, by harmonizing the various aspects of their being, they can develop an admirable character. Very spiritual people are generally creative and Swami Vivekananda was unequivocally a creative genius.
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1. Address to Parliament of Religions 1893
2. Vivekananda’s Vision for Women
3. Travel to Mayavati Ashram Uttaranchal where Swamiji stayed and meditated