"I am an Admirer of Silence..."
Meeting with Boris Eifman
in Brahma Kumaris University
July 28, 2002
There is hardly any need to give an introduction of Boris Eifman, an outstanding choreographer, a subtle master who speaks a perfect language of gestures and movement. The ballet theatre headed by him for 25 years is well-known not only in Russia but in the whole world. During its very first tour of America American media called Eifman world's leading ballet-master. Eifman is a winner of all the prestigious Russian theatre awards, he is People's Artist of Russia.
However his dialogue with students and teachers of the Saint Petersburg Centre of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University on 28 July 2002 throws light over a new unusual side of Eifman's personality. This perhaps is a unique feature of the Spiritual University in which they meet you not just as a professional in a particular field but as a personality possessing his or her own inner world, vision, dreams and aspirations.
"I am not a philosopher. I am a choreographer", Boris Eifman repeated a number of times while meeting the students. However the thoughts he shared are surely the thoughts of a deep philosopher who has acquired rich experience in his life and his art. This is why his words resonate with the ideas of the Spiritual University shared during the dialogue by Didi Santosh, Director General of the Brahma Kumaris in Saint Petersburg, having more than 25 years of experience of spiritual self-development and service to people.
This is a dialogue of two brilliant personalities.
They speak different yet very much similar languages.
Boris Eifman: My life in arts has been always led by a desire to combine spiritual and material dimensions. Dance is a unique art in which a body that is normally considered the source of everything material, conducts information directly from soul to soul, from heart to heart. The art of dance is an instrument of communication on a higher spiritual level. Although spectators see a moving body but this moving body carries absolutely new deep spiritual information.
I have always seen my destination in front of myself. Even at the age of 13 I already knew I would become a choreographer. A happy person is the one who has understood himself and knows why he has come to this world and what his mission here is. For me reaching the destination is not just developing professional skills but also self-development. Because if you consider yourself to be a medium of higher spiritual energy the channels through which this energy works must be clean. This requires many years of spiritual and physical development.
Happiness is when you consider yourself to be a creator. The Creator is one but we, residents of this earth, can either come close or get distant from the act of creation. When I enter a ballet hall and start creating and feel that I succeed in creating my own world, the happiness I experience cannot be described in words. This happiness is known to everyone who creates, that is communicates with God.
I am not a philosopher. I am a choreographer. It's very difficult to explain our art through words. The issues of Love, Hatred and Life are explained through my art, not through words. They are understood through silence rather than through noise.
Maybe it was Dostoyevsky who said that one cannot love humanity, one can love a human being. It is a very wise saying. We have to have a look at those near to us. In fact we should start with ourselves!
I am an admirer of silence. As time passes I feel more need to accumulate inner energy. When you speak you give. When you are in silence you get. And I feel I need accumulating more and more...
Didi Santosh: Your body has been given to you by your parents. My body has been given to me by my parents. In this sense our creators are different. However it is the Supreme Creator that gives us Love, Courage, Determination, Wisdom, and Enthusiasm. A combination of all these virtues is a soul. A human being is a soul that uses this body as an instrument. If we realise that the body is an instrument given to us by God we use it for the benefit of others.
the dialogue a vegetarian breakfast was served that features life-style
of the Spiritual University students - absolute non-violence.
Boris Yakovlevich, please accept hearty wishes of success in your creative
life and spiritual service to people!
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