Special Offer For May - Mirror Of The Divine
by Ludwig Tuman
An important and basic Baha'i resource for study of the core concepts of art, deriving from the Baha’i teachings a new, world-embracing and stimulating vision of art and its practice. Provides ideal supplementary reading for those taking courses of the Ruhi Institute, particularly in connection with Book 7.
According to Book 7 of the Ruhi Institute, the arts should be included as an “essential element” in “every study circle”, for they can “enhance the spiritual development of the participants”, and contribute to the spiritual vitality of community life (p. 111).
Mirror of the Divine provides ideal supplementary reading for those taking courses of the Ruhi Institute. Many of the concepts regarding the arts that are found in Book 7 of the Ruhi series are explored in Mirror of the Divine, together with quotations from Bahá’í Writings from which they were derived.
After laying a basis of art theory, Mirror of the Divine draws again on the Baha’i Writings to offer solutions to many of the practical challenges faced by artists and communities.
• What is the nature of the spiritual role the arts can play in a new era?
• In what ways can the arts contribute to the well-being of humanity?
• Should creative work done in the crafts be regarded on an equal footing with work done in the “fine arts”?
• In helping to build a new, world-wide community, how can artists find a balance between tradition and innovation?
• When translating inspiration into a finished piece, what resources and choices does a spiritually-oriented artist have? What are the hidden dynamics at work?
These are just a few of the fascinating and vital questions to which Mirror of the Divine offers answers. The only book of its kind in Bahá’í literature, it is a product of many years of research undertaken by author Ludwig Tuman.
With over 200 quotations from the Bahá’í Writings relevant to the arts (many of which are not found in compilations on the arts), and over 100 illustrations, it is not only important for Bahá’í artists and those interested in the arts, but also makes a gift sure to be appreciated.
336 pages, 100 illustrations
23.4 x 15.6 cm (9.25 x 6.25 in)
Normal prices £15.95 and US$29.95