Beauty and Love

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I scanned the news for this post, as I do every day. There was nothing there but bodies, fame, and sex…

Not too surprising in our current culture.

What is Beauty?

Never an easy answer to that question . . .

There’s an intriguing and compelling poem on PoetSeers by Khalil Gibran called Beauty. He says {and I do hope you’ll read the whole poem}:

“…beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.

It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,

But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.

It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,

But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.”

What is Love?

To answer this would take all the seas turned to ink and all the land turned to parchment . . .

But, still, we can approach an elevated answer.

I’m going to quote from a Work called The Seven Valleys by Bahá’u’lláh, but I want to preface that with reference to a much older work that has some relation to The Seven Valleys.

In the 12th century, Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar wrote a work called, Conference of the Birds ( or, Bird Parliament ). Birds have been, from ages past, a symbol of Spirituality. In Attar’s work the birds must traverse seven valleys to attend the conference. Bahá’u’lláh made use of this ancient Persian theme when He wrote His Seven Valleys, but He extended and deepened the theme.

Some of His words on Love:

” Now is the traveler unaware of himself, and of aught besides himself. He seeth neither ignorance nor knowledge, neither doubt nor certitude; he knoweth not the morn of guidance from the night of error. He fleeth both from unbelief and faith, and deadly poison is a balm to him. Wherefore Aṭṭár saith:

For the infidel, error—for the faithful, faith;
For Aṭṭár’s heart, an atom of Thy pain.

The steed of this Valley is pain; and if there be no pain this journey will never end. In this station the lover hath no thought save the Beloved, and seeketh no refuge save the Friend. At every moment he offereth a hundred lives in the path of the Loved One, at every step he throweth a thousand heads at the feet of the Beloved.”

“Wherefore must the veils of the satanic self be burned away at the fire of love, that the spirit may be purified and cleansed and thus may know the station of the Lord of the Worlds.

Kindle the fire of love and burn away all things,
Then set thy foot into the land of the lovers.”

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10 thoughts on “Beauty and Love

  1. Thank you. The petals of the rose touched my heart. The petals became the artists themselves : they shaped the rose between my palms – the petals became my palms.
    Who is that rose? What is love?

    Love is not our rose, and your beautiful post too isn’t love – Not mine or yours words, but our communication gives birth to Love and it’s Love that expands our posts via comments

  2. Very important distinction, Tomas:

    “Not mine or yours words, but our communication gives birth to Love…”

    Commune-ication . . .

  3. “What is Beauty?”

    I chose to answer this question uninfluenced by the rest of the post and comments beyond your question. I found that it allowed me to look inside and express myself more fully without influence. Then I will go back and read the rest of the post and comments. I hope you don’t mind.

    If someone asked me what is beauty, I would have to say that for ME beauty is “being” in love, being in a constant state of Love, living in a state of Love inside one’s being and in relationship to all existence. Love that radiates inside and outside and all around one. A love so great that one is so passionately in love with Life that they are moved my ecstatics tears every day…..even with all of life’s struggles and horrors….they are still “in Love”

    Okay now I will sign out and read the rest of your post.
    Thank you for such a precious question my good friend.

  4. Oh my gawd, I just read this:

    “…beauty is not a need but an ecstasy. It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted. It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear, But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.”

    AND THEN THIS:

    “….Kindle the fire of love and burn away all things,
    Then set thy foot into the land of the lovers.”

    It brought tears to my eyes as I read a truth I know and live. Although I have to say that “Pain” was the vehicle that drove me to this joyous place. But I was blessed in that “Mother Nature” rode beside me all the way. She nurtured, restored and healed. And when Pain had taken me where I needed to go, and it’s flame burned out, it left me with a gift of wisdom and told Mother Nature that she could now have me to herself.

  5. i have somthing about beauty and love but i cant translate it to english any way i will try my best

    it says love is the result of beauty
    and buty is a term of phylosoph
    where the less is eyes and the more wide is heart
    and the result is love

    • obaid,

      What I see in your words is that “less is eyes” is about beauty. We should not use eyes to judge beauty. We should use our hearts to know beauty so that this beauty of the heart can teach us love…

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