BeautyThe poet Keats said, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." But what is that thing? That thing, from the spiritual point of view, is our soul. The soul is eternally beautiful. God expresses Himself in the physical through beauty, pure beauty, beauty without a blemish. This beauty is not merely in the skin but it is in the soul and the soul expresses itself through the physical form.
About one hour ago, she (A) brought these most beautiful roses. I told her that the roses were beautiful but that she is more beautiful than the roses. It was not my flattery, when I told her that she is more beautiful than the roses. What I wanted to say is that her soul is infinitely more beautiful than the beautiful roses. Beauty is something that can be cultivated constantly in our outer nature and this beauty we can have, we can cherish as God’s choicest blessing in our outer and inner life. Just because God, our Father, is beautiful, because He is all Beauty, we have every right to become like Him. We want to possess in our outer life the beauty of the soul and we want to become really beautiful.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 4, No.10, 27 May 1969, AUM Centre Press, 1969