37. Beauty

Human beauty
    Is not skin-deep.
Human beauty
    Is soul-deep.

Human beauty
    Is God's illumining
    Fulfilling reality
In His cosmic Game on earth.

Human beauty
    Is not to be condemned,
    Is not to be looked down upon,
    Is not to be neglected.
Through human beauty,
Surrendering beauty
To the Absolute Supreme,
    The seeker in us
Expedites his Godward journey.
Sri Chinmoy, Beauty-Drops, Agni Press, 1975