When a woman gives birth to a child, we say she is in labour. That’s exactly the meaning of the word “labour.” A Van Gogh knows what labour is, a Michelangelo knows what labour is, a Dostoevsky knows what labour is. Labour means giving birth to something, sharing with existence by creating something.
The only way to worship God is to be a creator in some way, whatsoever you can create. You can create a garden, you can create a statue, you can paint, you can compose a song, you can play upon the guitar or the flute, or you can dance. Whatsoever you can contribute, be a creator. To be creative is the only real prayer; all other prayers are just empty rituals. If God is the creator, then the only way to know God is to be creative. That is the only way to participate with him, to be a participant in his life, in his work, in his being.
Here my sannyasins are taught only one prayer: that of being creative. If you can act, be an actor. If you can design clothes, design clothes. If you can do some woodwork, do woodwork. If you are a jeweller, be a jeweller.
Ordinarily, we call the creative person the inspired person—that is not right—we should call him the aspired person. Inspiration means taking something in; when you breathe in it is an inspiration. When you breathe out, it is an aspiration. Inspiration means taking in; aspiration means sharing, giving out. Aspiration simply means exactly what the word “education” means: bringing something out—the flower out of the seed, the water out of the well—making the potential actual.
But be a follower, be an imitator, and you will lose all peace of your being because you will be trying to be somebody else, which you can never be.