Sense of Beauty
do this yoga, one must have, at least a little, the
sense of beauty. If one does not, one misses one of
the most important aspects of the physical world.
is this beauty , this dignity of soul- a thing about
which I am very sensitive. It is a thing that moves
me and evokes in me a great respect always.
this beauty of soul that is visible in the face, this
kind of dignity, this harmony of integral realisation.
When the soul becomes visible in the physical, it
gives this dignity, this beauty, this majesty, the
majesty that comes from one's being .the Tabernacle.
Then, even things that have no particular beauty put
on a sense of eternal beauty, of the eternal
have seen in this way faces that pass froin one extreme
to the other in a flash. Someone has this kind of
beauty and harmony, this sense of divine dignity in
the body; then suddenly there comes the perception
of an obstacle, a difficulty, and the sense of fault,
of indignity- and then, a sudden deformation in the
appearance, a kind of decomposition of the features!
And yet it is the same face. It was like a flash of
lightning, and it was frightful. That kind of hideousness
of torment and degradation -what has been trans- lated
in religions as "the torment of sin" -that
gives you a face indeed! Even features that are beautiful
in themselves become horrible. And it was the same
features, the same person.
Then I saw how horrible the sense
of sin is, how much it belongs to the world of falsehood.
( Vol. 15, p. 373)