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Endre Balogh: Seeking the Core of Reality Through Art

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It may only be when we fall in love with " the ravishing beauty " that " exists everywhere in our realm " that we truly experience and appreciate the inherent divinity of our world, including ourselves. Our great artists provide one avenue into this "a esthetic loveliness" that "is so abundant everywhere." The great classical musician, Bach, for instance, dedicated every piece of his music " for the greater glory of God." The other quotations that I use here are from such a contemporary artist, Endre Balogh. Both his violin interpretations of the great masters and his fine arts photography " permit us to perceive the Divine within our world."

At his website,, you will find these two arts wedded in an inspiring visual meditation on Danny Boy.

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Endre declares, " If I am able, through my creativity, to transmit to others some aspect of those divine attributes then I have successfully achieved my goal."

For those among us that dedicate our earthly lives to preserving, enhancing, and co-creating " the ravishing beauty " of our home planet and the human spirit, such artists provide nourishment and inspiration. Of course, the love-making between finite, ever-changing Nature and infinite, eternal Divinity that we are graced to live within is our greatest artist, our greatest teacher. Our human artists are disciples of this great teacher, providing us a lens to sharpen our vision, an instrument to tune our hearing, a body to unfold our potential for graceful movement, a fabric to soothe and beautify our touch.

Our artists and their works enter into a holy communication with their audience. Each listener, viewer, or reader brings a unique perspective and experience into the experience and co-creates with the artist and the work a new context and a new meaning. Thus works of art mediate across time and space to reconnect us to our Oneness. In the theater or concert hall, in those glorious moments when musicians, music, and audience merge as one, infinity kisses finity. A spontaneous sacrament occurs, blessing all. These epiphanies help to heal the world. Creativity begets creativity in each of us. We become one with creation itself, allowing us to say, along with God, "Let there be light."

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Is this literal light or is it metaphorical, as when we have an idea and say, "a light went off in my head?" Is this nature or technological artifice? The answer, of course, is "Yes, both...and" not either-or.

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Notice the feminine, vulva-like presentation of the eye that Endre presents in this image. Is our sexuality truly a sinful mistake or do we all, male and female, shout God! (I do not know if Endre consciously intended this message, but it is what I bring to this work, along with my appreciation and reverence.) 

We each emerge in response to one another, to nature, to art, to culture and to our unique experience; we each contribute to all these, weaving a manifestation of such intricacy that it transcends us. We contribute to Life, Truth, and Love. A greater mission, challenge, or service is unimaginable. Let us each hold ourselves and one another and all the beings of our world in that light.

Often photographers, including Endre, convert some of their color photos into black and white. What is gained when color is lost? Endre points out that the structure of the subject becomes clearer and the play of light and shadow more pronounced. Very much as we can see the structure, the "architecture" of the woods in late fall and winter, stripped of leaves and perhaps highlighted with snow or ice; very much as we perceive the beauty of the human form in nudity; we can see the core essence of, say, a flower when it is revealed to us in black and white.

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