Art for God realisation

One of the principles of spiritual practice is ‘there are as many temperaments as there are people and corresponding number of spiritual Paths’. As per this principle, we have two major spiritual Paths – Path of nivrutti and Path of pravrutti. There are 14 Vidyas for the followers of nivrutti and 64 Kalas for pravrutti. The daily needs can be fulfilled through arts, and due to sattvik arts, the society will turn to sattviktā gradually.’ – H.H. Dr Athavale (29.4.2014)

Today, under the guidance of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale, many seekers are performing spiritual practice through the medium of drawing, sculpture, music, dance, science of architecture etc. with the goal of ‘Art for God-realisation’.

Artist-seekers who are experts in their respective fields are conducting research under the guidance of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale for sattvik presentation of their art-forms.

14 Vidyas teach how to move towards nirguṇ and 64 Kalas teach how to move towards sattvikta. The 14 Vidyas include the 4 Vedas, 6 Vedanga, Nyaya (Science of jurisprudence), Mimansa (Analytical science), scriptures and Purans.

Sixty-four Kalas

1. Geet (Singing) 11. Udakvadya (Making musical instruments such as Jalatarang or playing them) 21. Kouchumaryoga (Preparing medicines that enhance the
strength and valour)
31. Pustakvachan (Reading books in an appropriate manner) 41. Vrukshayurvedyoga (Knowledge about the use of every tree, plant etc.) 51. Dharanmatruka (Remembering what is told) 61. Balkridanak (Making toys for small children)
2. Vadya (Creating vocal instruments and playing them) 12. Udakaghat (Sprinkling water on others with the hand or by using a spray bottle) 22. Hastalaghav (Doing work with the hands in a natural manner) 32. Natakakhyayika darshan (Arranging drama based on history) 42. Meshkukkutalavak Yuddhavidhi (Arranging fighting of lava birds, goats, cocks etc.) 52. Sampaṭhya (Memorising poems for participating in competitions or for entertainment) 62. Vainayikī Vidyādnyān (Knowledge of etiquette, humility etc.)
3. Nrutya (Dancing) 13. Chitrayoga (Making things by using herbs that will harm the
23. Vichitra Shakayushabhakshya Vikarkriya (Cooking various vegetables and delicacies) 33. Kavyasamasyapuran (Completing the incomplete shlokas
given by others)
43. Shukasarika pralapan (Teaching parrots, mynahs to speak) 53. Manasi Kavyakriya (Forming a poem in the mind without speaking) 63. Vaijayiki Vidyadnyan (Knowledge of weapons)
4.Alekhya (Drawing) 14. Malyagrathan Vikalpa (Making garlands, bouquets etc. from flowers) 24. Panakrasa Ragasav Yojan (Preparing alcohol, different types of drinks etc.) 34. Pattikavanvetra Vikalpa (Making objects from cane) 44. Utsadan, Sanvahan, Keshamardan Koushalya (Pressing the body with the hands and legs, massaging the hair and
removing dirt)
54. Abhidhankosha (Deep knowledge about words) 64. Vyayamiki Vidyadnyan (Knowledge about exercise)
5. Visheshakachhedya (Applying tilak [Vertical mark of kumkum
applied on forehead] in different ways and making its template)
15. Shekharkapida Yojan (Decorating crown etc.) 25. Suchivan Karma (Tailoring) 35. Takshakarma (Cutting wood, metals etc. in different shapes) 45. Aksharmushtika kathan (Planning letters in a manner as can be deciphered only by a known person, calling out through signals using a fist) 55. Chhandodnyan (Knowledge about beats of various songs)
6. Tandulkusumbali Vikar (Making beautiful patterns with rice
grains and flowers during worship of a Deity etc.)
16. Nepathyaprayoga (Decorating the body with clothes, ornaments, flowers etc.) 26. Sutrakrida (Performing puppet shows, playing with tops etc.) 36. Takshan (Carpentry) 46. Mlechhit Vikalpa (Making signs which can be deciphered only by a known person) 56. Kriyakalpa (Knowledge of artistic poems)
7. Pushpastaraṇ (Making floral patterns) 17. Karnapatrabhanga (Making earrings from conch, ivory etc.) 27. Veena Damruk Vadya (Playing veena, damru etc.) 37. Vastuvidya (Constructing houses) 47. Deshabhasha Vidnyan (Knowing the language of various
57. Chhalitakayoga (Hiding appearance and dialect)
8. Dashanvasanangarag (Painting teeth, clothes and body) 18. Gandhayukti (Preparing fragrant objects) 28. Prahelika (Solving puzzles) 38. Rupyaratnapariksha (Examining silver, gems etc.) 48. Pushpashaktika (Decorating chariots with flowers) 58. Vastragopan (Covering the body adequately with clothes)
9. Manibhumikakarma (Embedding beads in the floor of the house) 19. Bhushan Yojan (Wearing gold ornaments etc.) 29. Pratimala (Antakshari [Playing by singing songs]) 39. Dhatuvada (Purifying raw minerals) 49. Nimittadnyan (Understanding omen and ill-omen) 59. Dyutavishesha (Playing with dice)
10. Shayanrachan (Bed arrangement) 20. Aindrajal (Magic shows for entertainment) 30. Durvachakyoga (Reciting shlokas [Rhymed poetic verse or
phrase] that are difficult to pronounce and whose meaning is also difficult to comprehend)
40. Maniragakar Dnyan (Painting gemstones, providing information on where one can find mines) 50. Yantramatruka (Creation of various machines) 60. Akarshakrida (Mallayuddha Wrestling])


Geet (Singing) – Music
Nrutya (Dancing)
Alekhya (Drawing)

Visheshakachhedya (Applying tilak in
different ways)
Tandulkusumbali Vikar (Making beautiful patterns during worship)
Vastragopan (Covering the body adequately with clothes)
Vrukshayurvedyoga (Knowledge about the use of every tree, plant)

Art of Sculpting
Mehendi (Henna)