Beside the spiritual practise that has nothing to do with the esoteric junk I constantly study the primary values of a human as a cultural being. That means the being who wants to live the culture in a way that it does not hurt any parts of the universe. As a formally trained painter and a worker in the culture I have come to the following conclusion on this way of cultural activity.
The view from the city walls - Dubrovnik, Croatia
ARTISTS MUST BE AWARE THAT WITH THE MATERIALIZATION OF IDEAS THEY ARE DIRECLTY INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCTION AND REPRODUCTION OF GOOD AND EVIL ON THIS PLANET. FOR THIS THEY ARE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE IN FRONT OF SELF AND THE SOURCE. AND IN FRONT OF THE LIFE WHICH IS BEING CREATED.
I AFFIRM: THE ONLY PURPOSE OF CREATION IS SERVING THE DIVINE IN SELF, THE DIVINE IN ALL LIVING BEINGS AND THE WHOLE ORGANISM OF LIFE. ART IN THIS EXAMPLE IS NOT ONLY A CULTURAL PRODUCT BUT IS MUCH MORE THAN THAT. ART IS THE BEST EXAMPLE FOR MANKIND AND ALWAYS BRINGS A SOLUTION AND HEALTH TO THE ORGANISM OF LIFE. ART ALWAYS COMES FROM INSIDE OUT AS A CREATION THAT FLOWS FROM THE HUMAN ESSENCE AND BRINGS THE BEAUTY OF THIS ESSENCE IN TIME AND PLACE. FOR ME ART IS NOT ONLY A REPRODUCTION OF ALREADY CREATED BUT IS AN ACLHEMY OF LIFE THAT CREATES NEW POSSIBILITIES.
WITH THESE AFFIRMATION I COMPLETELY GIVE UP ON THE ART AS A THERAPY THAT THROWS OUT ALL ITS MISERY TO MANKIND; L'ART POUR L'ART THAT CONSTANTLY STRESSES HUMAN PRIDE AND THE ART THAT COMFORTS PEOPLE WITH SWEETISH AND SUGARY SHAPES WHICH IMITATE NATURE AND THE BEAUTY OF THE UNIVERSE.
The example of the man who walked on this path before me (Ivan Cankar, Slovenian writer, The Epilog from 'Vinjete', 1899)
“To hell with all the theories! My eyes are not a dead mechanism; my eyes are an obedient organ of my soul, - my soul and its beauty, its compassion, its love and its hate...“
Born as Darja Prelec in the village Barka in the region of Brkini. I finished the primary school in Kozina, the gymnasium in Koper and got my degree and master degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design. The first job was that of a custodian in 'Cankarjev dom Ljubljana'.
During this time of a social growing I had a serie of exhibitions and got some awards that I do not want to specially mention. I would just add that I went through all three creative phases that every real artist realizes in their life and these are:
1. The phase of self-expression: poetic phase of creation. In my example these were exhibitions that charished the primary qualities of the nature.
The basic title: From the Heart of the Earth
2. The phase of the social criticism: the artist acknowledges itself as an interpreter of the realistic facts of documentary reality. In my example this was a period of studying alternative art and feminism.
The basic title: The Wound
3. The phase of artistic maturity: when the artist refuses a reproduction of evil that produces even more suffering and tries to find a new way of creation. The period of innovation, periods of deep inspirations, searchings of the true qualities of life. An atempt to contribute a solution.
In this period also my son was born who has contributed the most to my maturity as a human and woman. I am very grateful to life that I became a mother to such a good and beautiful man. He has brought harmony in my life.
The basic title: The Light Beams
It is: I am everything
From there on I decided to be with myself because I found out that I could not continue my development as a part of the society. And because I wanted to be THE ONLY CRITERION OF MY WORK. That is why I stepped into a longer period of being with myself in quietness. And that is how the school Keys of life was born and today's path. I set my own company and from then on I have lived also my financial independence.
Indian caves - Arizona, USA
A higher frequency of my being was also born. I began to create from the consciousness of my Higher Self which is named Dara Aratt. With the realization of that part of my Self I have brought to the society many long forgotten values and deepened the meaning of my living. Through my ancient name I live the best part of myself that I am still developing.
Karnak temple - Egypt
Beside the school and art I have been dedicated to the exploring of ancient cultures in a specific way so that I and my friends from the school Keys of life visit the sacred places of the ancient cultures. This is done by travelling to various countries, their temples and so that we connect in our consciousness the law of time and place in a way that we unite the consciousness of the past with that of the present to create new possibilities for the future. From the outside this looks just like tourist travels to the temples and sacred places of the ancient Egypt, South America, France, Italy, Britain, Scotland etc. But in reality these travels are deep, real spiritual and cultural work of conscious people.
Platform in Giza - Cairo, Egypt
My present is dwellt on the destiny of the country's sacred place. This has made me enter the public life again and be socially and politically active.
On my way I have met many good and pure people who have become my friends and colleagues. And I have been also confronted with conciously evil and hurtful people.
I would like to mention immense love to the nature, plants and animals that has supported me all these years. I would like to honestly thank to birds, plants and rocks of Karst, pine and juniper trees ...
All this time I have a pure and honest relationship with my ex-husband Iztok Kozina who still watches over my soul and my path in his own way for what I am really thankful.
My greatest thank goes to my father Ivan Prelec who entirely filled me with his innocent soul and humanity. I thank my grandmother Ana Prelec for her extreme uniqueness in the countryside's environment and for the protection of my soul.
I DARA ARATT IN A TOTAL DEVOTION TO SELF AND THE SOURCE OF LIFE AND THE LIFE – THAT IS THE WHOLE - CLAIM THAT WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN IS A PURE (LIVED) EXPERIENTIAL TRUTH. AND IT IS IN PERFECT HARMONY TO THE UNIVERSAL TRUTH. AT THE SAME TIME I KNOW THAT THIS TRUTH CANNOT BE MISUSED, REARRANGED OR STOLEN IN ANY WAY.
Relief - Goddess of truth Maat
I KNOW: IF YOU WANT TO BE TRUTH, YOU HAVE TO LIVE THE TRUTH. Quoted from the ancient sources of the consciousness master Akhenaton. (Akhenaton, 18. dynasty, 1900 BC)
The statue of Ankhenaton - Museum in Cairo
TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CONSCIOUS OF THEMSELVES, WHO DO NOT FEEL THE WHOLE AND ARE NOT IN THE CONNECTION TO THE SOURCE IS THE WISDOM OF THE UNIVERSAL TRUTH UNKNOWN AND BEYOND REACH. IRRESPONSIBLE AND IMMATURE PEOPLE ALWAYS ONLY HURT THEMSELVES AND CAUSE THE DESTRUCTION OF THEIR OWN EXISTENCE.
On the website I am willing to publish some professional texts, some poetry and prose for an impression of what has being created. I am ready to show some artistic works with the same purpose. Everything else I will keep secret until the moment comes when the society is mature enough to accept the truth that is born in silence.
The development in silence is the best way of development in today's society because it assures an individual enough intimate and safe place to express its heart and inner intention. With that it eliminates an intrusion of the matrix of unconscious behaviour.
Extracts from the upcoming book The Stories.
Once there lived a man who was a great hope of God. Father-Mother-God sent him on the Earth to realize the best example of men. The example in bravery, honesty and maleness. His destiny was to correct a thousand-year mistake in the relationship between man and woman. He learnt sacred words and good acts. He was a humble and hardworking person. And he brought also happiness which grew with him and his essence. He really was a great hope for life.
When there was a right time Father-Mother-God sent a woman to his life. As it was written in his destiny. She was chosen among all. Her beauty was shining from inside out. A voice of her beauty and wisdom flew among people and all lands around the world. She was an example in everything. All people who were looking for the truth, beauty and love shared the way with her. Many people walked just beside her to take a piece of her natural beauty for themselves. There were also some people who discovered the same natural beauty in themselves and lived it. She really was a great hope for life.
This attraction was so fatal that he came to her and fell in love with her. He was the one who could see and feel the complete picture of her being. He drank her natural beauty as a spring of pure water. That made him strong and even more courageous and brave enough to step forward. Sometimes he was even shining. Her purity totally attracted him. What made him grow. And develop. One day he filled his cup of wisdom. At that time he knew he was only growing because of the love relationship with her.
That really put fear in his being. He was afraid of the unity with her. He understood this as an attack on his independence. Because of the fear he really totally forgot that he walked all the way on his own. Because of himself. Independent. Even if he was in the relationship with her. This was the first time in his life that hunger spread in him. He wanted everything for himself. Everything just for himself.
The force of evil and death that followed him since the birth noticed that. It noticed also a small space between him and her who he loved. It waited for the right moment. When the space increased because of his fear of the relationship it squeezed itself through that space into his body. Soon after that his body became its tool. It tortured him secretely so that it dressed up as a monster in a shape of a woman that suits every men. It did everything, really everything, to get and enslave him. And every time when his heart hurt. When he felt the love of which he was longing for, the evil force was transforming, pretending and consciously lying even more. Many times it transformed into snakes, eels and fish in front of his eyes. Just to be twisty and interesting. But most of all to be slippery so that it could always slip away from the truth.
One day the man was seriously tired. He fell asleep. The monster smoothly slipped all the way to his heart. There it noticed a deep wound that was done by the lost love. To comfort him the monster licked his scar and drank his blood. It spread its tentacles and nested in all parts of his body, layed eggs from which even greater monsters were born. It tortured him until the day when the man fell asleep for many months and years. At that moment it sneaked into his soul. There it was observing his ill dreams in which he was asking his mother for help. That is why it dressed up into his mother and with this costume came even closer to his heart. As soon as he forgot of himself and fell deeply asleep the monster swallowed up his heart.
Because of suffering the poor man did not feel anything anymore. He went mad. He was mazing from person to person and was searching for her who he loved. But without any success. He always only hurt people. The force of evil and death moved from his wound to their wounds and destroyed them from there. Soon he was not aware of his acts. He was just an object. A transmitter. He did not care for anything anymore.
He changed love for the idea of love. He changed goodness for the idea of goodness. He changed life for the idea of life. He changed happiness for the idea of happiness. He lied to himself day to day. Just not to become aware he lost everything. At the end he also forgot his identity. And he forgot the path that was given to him. He abandoned also Father-Mother-God. And the faith. For him everything was just a memory. Everything that happened to him.
He slipped into the abyss of nonexistence. And with the help of the force of evil and death the abyss of nonexistence swallowed also his memory. He was drawn to the world of shadows. His life spread death and suffering. He became a misery and destruction for all who met and knew him.
People smelled the horror which was spreading from him so everybody soon left and forgot him. They wanted to forget him because the memory of him smelled of death. Only the story about the man who failed in life was left among the people. Story about the man who lost love.
The abyss of nonexistence swallowed him. It destroyed his body so that nothing was left.
Nothing at all.
When the evil force of death stole and destroyed the man, the terror of destroying force and destruction merged with all life. All alive trembled. They felt woman's pain and suffering. Her pain was enormous.
Sorrow and despair were flowing through all life. Everyone who ever felt and who are still feeling today screamed of pain. The land was weeping under the burden of pain. Feeling and sensitive beings knew that they were one with everything and that there was no way out. And when one being was suffering, all carried the burden. What happened to one, happened to all. That is why cry and sad weeping was heard from everywhere. Among that pray and request were also whispered. All people who still felt were praying for solution. Everyone prayed for all. Also for the dead, sold and lost people.
The woman knew that all hope would disappear with the death of the love relationship. Because of that the force of life stopped flowing among the alive. The basic cell which was created together with the man was destroyed intentionally. It was possible that the life would never be born again. The woman was also aware that the evil force of death would find new victims and would swallow life piece after piece until all kinds of life would be hurt. In front of her eyes the life was sentenced to death. That hurt even more than the abuse of the innocent heart. Many worlds got ill and died.
The human race also suffered enormous wounds. The spiritual image was ruined. Thoughts and feelings were mixed. Conscious evil was present in all and everything. Betrayal and dishonesty became a normal pattern of behaviour. Because of that men and women were separating in many ways every day. Partnerships and all relationships were spreading nonsense and emptiness. The true love among people turned to a pathetic shred of the illusion of love. It really was difficult and hopeless as it was never before.
At the same time with all this human misery those who lived from woman's beauty turned their backs on her. They smelled the end of relation. Therefore they were running like rats and searching fast the new ways of surviving. They were chasing innocent people in the streets and intentionally poisoning their purity. They were looking for a shelter by false teachers. They were reselling all the goods that were brought on the world by the woman. Everything just for survival.
But there was no mercy for them. The same collective fate came upon them as it came upon all living beings of this universe. What they did to others, they did to themselves. They were poisoned with their own poison and conscious evil. In the agony of death some of them pretended to be saviors and took on the shape of the woman who was the source of life for them and for the whole universe.
They sold everything. They sold themselves, their own relationship with life, with her who was the source of life and if they could, they would sell her too.
Just ... for survival.
Life got hard. Almost unbearable. Most of all it became dangerous because the human conscious evil was present all the time. In everything. Therefore the innocent and live people started to look for a temporary shelter. They needed a safe place within they could recover and from their brotherhood and sisterhood create a new way of life.
They prayed a lot and listened to the nature. To hear the natural language they honoured the natural cycles of change, equinoxies, solstices and seasons. And so step by step they came closer to the land that was chosen from the beginning. Through the stone, water, soil and air they found the way to their ancestors who were the owners of this land. The stone showed them the way to caves which were spread all over the land. The ancestors, owners of this paradise, were speaking to them a silent language.
There the keepers built their home. They knew that they could not step out of the experience. They were also not able to stop feeling and to become indifferent. That is why they found an other way.
They decided to help each other. They were together in everything. Lived for each other. Cooperated in everything. That brought them back faith in life and the sense of being. They began to live the conscious experience of change. Maybe even a conscious solution. This possibility meant everything to them so that they devoted themselves in innocence and emerged into the creation of new possibilities for all life.
They lit the fire. And when the fire warmed their life they knew for sure that this was the right way. They stopped worrying about being a small community and because not many people knew for their goodness.
They knew that at the right time the pattern of their life will spread across the land and maybe expand to all life. In the simple presency of life a lot of good was born every day.
It became a physical truth and a conscious way that could not be stopped anymore.
From the moment of eternity
in your eyes
I found a way
to all life,
to all that is in me.
To the woman
who can do more than life itself.
You do not know
who you are to me.
That makes you so pure.
So really good,
as the life
that grows from you.
I carry you in my mind.
I carry you in my heart.
I carry you in my palm
as a raindrop.
To you only
to come closer.
To step there
where no one has stepped before.
All this time I am painting and preparing a collection of my art work in my way. And also this will come among people when the time is right.
Ivan Cankar: Podobe iz sanj (The Images from the Dreams) – because of the consciousness of the heart
Srečko Kosovel: Poetry – because of the manifestation of eternity through his work
Alma Karlin: Samotno potovanje (Round the World) - because of the truthful way of existence
Janez Vajkard Valvasor – because of the love of Slovene country
Dante Alighieri: Divine comedy – because of the literary truth
The Legend of King Matjaž – because of the possibility of waking up
The Legend of Herculus – because he defeated the illusion of fear
The Legend of Odysseus – because he found the way home
The Legend of Avalon – because the city of all secrets still exists
The Legend of Tristan and Isolde – because of the love stronger than death
The Legend of the Knights of the Round table – because of the memory of brotherhood and collective body of collaboration
The Legend of the Holy Grail – because of the possibility to unveil the secret
The Legend of Merlin and Viviane – because of the possibility of eternal love
The Legend of Osiris – because of perserving the path to immortality
The Legend of the Hall Amenti – because of the consciousness of the Last Judgement
Socrates – because he protected the truth with his life
Edvard Kovač: Modrost ljubezni (The Wisdom of Love) – because of the consciousness of feeling
Jože Plečnik – because of the love of the perfection of shape
Maks Fabiani – because of the feeling for the content of place
Notebook – because of the realization of the dream of mankind
The Lord of the Rings – because of the perserving the sacredness of life
Stardust – because of the possibility that love wins
August Rush – because of the consciousness that everything is possible
Whale Rider – because of the destiny of purpose
Emperor's Club – because of the consciousness of purity and of the fate of personality
Mists of Avalon – because of the memory on time before the Christians
Hidalgo – because of the relationship with the animal
Matrix – because of the possibility of breakthrough and overcoming the limits
Neverending Story – because of the nourishing the consciousness of dreams
Lady in the Water – because of the consciousness of the collective body and the collective destiny
Chocolate – because of the example of changing the collective behaviour
National Treasure – because of the nourishing the consciousness of the ancestors
Dead Poets Society – because of the example in the change of behaviour
Invictus - because of the example of individual and collective consciousness
Brother Bear 1 and 2 – because of the sacredness of change
Beauty and the Beast – because of the victory over the illusion of outside image
Joseph: King of Dreams – because of the true power of faith
Lion King – because of the true image of growing up through the evil
Leonardo Da Vinci – because of the unlimited creation
Frida Kahlo – because of honesty and bravery
Marc Chagall – because of the true relationship with everything
Camille Claudell – because of the honoring of the natural shape of body
≈ because of the genius that inspired August Rodin and Ivan Meštrović ≈
Celtic and South American whistles – because of the celebration of life
Russian balalaika and Russian concertina – because of the nourishing Slavic soul
W. A. Mozart – because of the flow of genius and harmony
J. S. Bach – because of the depth of sacredness
A. Vivaldi – because of the celebration of nature
Elvis Presley – because of the innocence that united the black and the white
Tina Turner – because of the true passion of life
Billie Holiday: I'll be seeing you – because of the voice transmiting what the heart feels
Johnny Cash and June Carter – because of the realization of partnership's love in music
Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line) – because of the absolute devotion to expression
Meryl Streep (The Hours) – because of the simple depth
Oprah Winfrey – because of the perfect example in media
Peter the Great – because of the greatness of the emperor's example
Peter II. Petrović Njegoš – because of the realization of the greatness of living
Josip Broz Tito – because of the example of path from community to the unity of independece
Barack Obama – because of the best example of realization of global change
Martin Luther King – because of the faith in freedom
Che Guevara – because of the inspiration of revolution
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - because of the example of untouchable man
Pope John Paul II - because of the realization of love to the whole world
Mother Theresa – because of the enormous compassion for people
Giordano Bruno – because of the loyalty to experiential truth
Nicola Tesla – because of the realization of technical revolution
Jeanne D'Arc – because of the loyalty to inner language
Mary Magdalene – because of the inspiration of secret
Jesus Christ – because of the greatest example of human
Ehnaton – because of the greatest example of changing consciousness
Mother Mary – because of the example of eternal life
France Prešeren (Slovenian poet) – because of the wisdom of pain
For long I have hoped, for long I have feared,
I have made farewell to hope and fear;
my heart is empty, happy is not,
it longs for fear, it longs for hope.
My sellection of the creative people who create from the eternity has been made by my criteria and it definitely does not include all who are worth of that. My consciousness has touched those who are in some way in harmony with the frequency of my work.
Home on the water - Lake Titicaca
The most beautiful symbol and shape: circle (krog)
The favourite word: home (dom)
The favourite bird: blackbird (kos)
The favourite physical feeling: fire (ogenj)
The favourite sound of nature: north wind (burja)
The greatest desire: sincere love
I would like to thank all who have helped to create this website. I also thank for the translation; for support and honest experiences of all who have insisted on this path with me until today.
New possibilities for life
About Dara Aratt, a painter, a writer, an explorer …
Barka, 21 May 2017 - A few years ago, I met Dara Aratt, a unique woman, an artist, a painter with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She explores life with a great enthusiasm and passes her knowledge and experiences on other people. Now she lives and creates in her studio in Brkini region. She was born as Darja Prelec in Barka, Brkini. Her life has developed through many experiences and relationships that shaped her character. In life she has learnt that relationships are the biggest and the best experiential way of learning. She is still studying behaviour patterns of humankind.
Where have you been active in the last years?
I haven’t been publicly active because I needed some time alone to get to know myself and the purpose of my life. Though I have taught at my art school. I believe now is the time to show broader aspect of my life.
Because I know that I’m mature now. I’ve had many experiences that can now manifest through thoughts, feelings and actions and touch the hearts of people, touch the true part of a human being. I am aware that we are different and not all can feel my real intention.
What would you like to tell them?
Every human being, every “seed” of life, is an unbelievable treasure for humankind. I’m also trying to sow new possibilities for life. Probably we’re all observing that the world is rushing into all sorts of conflicts. I feel deeper. I see a new strength, a new vision and a new frequency of live being born that bring hope for those who still want to live.
What are these new possibilities?
These are possibilities that exceed narrow-minded ways of thinking. The solution is always born in secret. Behind all the horror of life. Most people feel trapped in their own lives; the solution is in persistent search and belief that there is something more to everyday life.
Why does humankind need those?
As children we were taught to be small and average. Looking for solutions and surpassing the limitations bring possibilities that a genius nature erupts on surface and forms new ways of life.
How have you achieved that?
I grew up in a simple, rural environment and I always wanted to find a way to experience more than just the house yard. That forced me to explore the world and find people who want to surpass the “normal” way of life.
What are you doing at the moment?
Right now I have turned all my creative forces into writing and painting.
Why writing and painting?
As a painter I am developing new possibilities and new ways in painting. The painting is a process of exploring unknown and does not arise as an one-time experiment; one needs years of experience and studying to state that your experience is unique. And furthermore - a human being that matures, wants to contribute to the world in various ways.
How do you see the current situation in the world?
Everything is possible – we can choose a catastrophe or a solution. It all depends on our attention and expectations. If there is a possibility, there is always a solution. One who wants, will find it. At first, you do what you can to save yourself; then you find a way to help others.
It all seems confusing; that provokes those who seek the solution to say: “I’ve had enough!” and they begin again. That is the law of surprise. We can call it a destiny, god, evolution or just a change.
What is the solution in your opinion, then?
The solution is in cooperation, humanity and compassion. In my own words – together we are stronger. We seek common things, things that make us brothers and sisters, one family.
I think that is difficult to achieve.
To cooperate one must put a lot of effort in relationships. But first, it is necessary to admit that the other human being has the right to exist and belief, a religious one, too. Nevertheless, we are all very, very much alike. A human is a natural wonder. In the last hour of despair one finds a way to unbelievable dimensions of one’s capability. So, it is a life or death situation. Every life counts. For example – we plant a seed of wheat, next year there’s a wheat ear and after that there are ears of wheat, the fourth year there is a small field and the fifth the whole land or world.
So there is still hope for a better life? Is it possible to create something more than average?
My example is the example of one human being. If one can do it, everyone can. There is always a solution. What if we can really change ourselves and the surroundings? Just be brave and let’s go.
By Katyush Manakai
Translated by Pina Hu