The concept of beauty
All cultures have their specific concepts of beauty. Poets too have celebrated it in their verse.Updated: Sep 04, 2006 12:44 IST
All cultures and civilisations have their specific concepts of beauty and all poets have celebrated it in their verse.
Keats, the great English poet wrote grandly in his Ode to a Grecian Urn, “Beauty is truth, Truth beauty.” These words go deep beyond the merely sensuous, though Keats was a very sensuous poet indeed. For, though he died young, he was evolving as a great metaphysical poet and exhibited flashes of that potential in this particular poem. Shakespeare too acknowledged the fleeting character of physical beauty and equated real beauty with the dimension of truth .
In Indian culture, though the physical as pect of beauty is compre hensively written about, it is inner beauty that is the most emphasised. All physical beauty is bound to vanish, as the whip hand of Time will smash it to pieces. The emphasis is therefore on eternal beauty. And what can be eternal but divine beauty? It will last forever because it is Sat, that which is. Therefore the attributes of beauty are the attributes of Divinity: Sat Chit Ananda.
Those who are privileged to be granted the vision of the Divine can only savour that beauty, but to describe it is impossible. We often speak of the beauty of the soul. It is nothing but a reminder that the actual beauty is inner, and not of this transient fallible world.I f this is recognised and our behaviour modified accordingly, surely there will less egotism, less intolerance and less tension in the world.
First Published: Sep 04, 2006 12:08 IST