Art as an Aid to Resolve Tension

  • Ghosh RaghunathEmail author
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In present day society there are crises of many types: moral, economic, technological, environmental etc. If the main cause of such crises is seriously looked into, it would be observed that human values are eroded day by day due to an individual being’s excessive greed and lust. In present day society most of the people are always self-centered due to the loss of human value and sensitivity towards our environment, trees and other social beings. Machine is essential no doubt but we do not want that a man should be a machine without having any feelings towards nature, environment etc. Hence Vivekananda told that we want machine but not mechanical heart. In order to remove such mechanization of heart art may be taken as an aid. When we are in aesthetic enjoyment through drama, literature, music and dance, we can have real mental rest or relief or freedom for the time being due to its disinterested, impersonal and universal character after removing tension from human beings and making them mental balanced which is not available in the phenomenal world. If art is practiced, one will have sensitivity of heart towards not only art objects but our environment, nature, forest and other human beings. Though art can give us a temporal relief yet it can help in nurturing delicate parts and feeling or sensitivity of heart. A crisis arising from exploration of human beings, deforestation, destruction of natural resources etc. is due to the loss of sensitivity or feelings towards them. Such sensitivity is a matter of practice and nourishment. When our pathological needs and greed are controlled, a man will have mental relief which comes from aesthetic delight. Saving of our heart is primary for solution of some of crises mentioned above. For this reason music, dance etc. have been taken as therapies in modern science as they can remove mental pollution which is the precondition of external pollution. Art intensifies the feeling for others in case of enjoyable objects through transcendence towards daily hazards of practical life. Art has got some meditative or yogic value through which our feeling for non-art objects also like environment, nature and social beings can easily be extended through our rigorous involvement in art.


Tanha Śānti Aşțāngika-mārga Sahŗdaya Disinterested pleasure 


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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of North BengalDarjeelingIndia

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