Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Beauty ??


Have you ever felt what sets wings to your emotion as you suddenly exclaim,” What a beautiful thing this is!” For us anything can be beautiful, irrespective of person, place or emotion. Even a tragic movie ends, leaving tears into our eyes and our heart wells out saying it beautiful.
So, really, to define beauty is as difficult as to define ‘point’ in mathematics. However, I would say everything, beautiful which is the object of happiness. But remember, not the source of happiness. The difference of object and source must be understood to appreciate this definition. Let me explain it through example:
When we meet our loved one after a long-time, our eyes become full of tears. We cry...But we feel happiness...I would call it beauty....
But how am I able to witness this beauty? It is because I have already bore the pain of being away from her.
The source of happiness is the pain. But Pain itself is not the happiness.
May be for one person, the clamouring of birds is just noise and for other it is the music of existence. For a same person, a flower seems an ordinary thing at one moment. And at the next moment, it starts appearing a beautiful gift of existence.
Does it mean that beauty is only in eyes of seer?  Does it mean it is psychological? Does it mean that we have to squeeze the beauty by being in complete awareness? Well, I feel it is.
What makes TajMahal beautiful? What makes a golden sculpture more beautiful than iron sculpture?
When we see an object, we perceive an image in the reflection of many things. Like if we are seeing a historical building, its history and mystery is as important as its infrastructure in judging beauty.
Even gold and diamond are regarded as beautiful, not only because they are but also due to rarity and usefulness. For a child, I think marble and gold would not make a difference in terms of beauty. 
What makes a woman/man beautiful for man/woman?
It is his/her desire, in the shadow of which they define beauty. Well, sex is an important aspect but it is not the only one; care, compassion, security and many other things plays a vital role in judging the person beautiful.
He likes SRK( actor) but his liking is just projection of his subtle desire to be like him. He likes Aishwarya because consciously and unconsciously he wants to posses her.
One calls Mother Teresa beautiful, not because her appearance but due to her philanthropic works.
One likes Ferrari not because it looks but it would fill his subtle desire. Now this desire is also product of many things (human instincts).
Why do we consider white people more beautiful?
I think it is just conditioning of mind. Black people had been subjected to slavery, humiliation and disgrace for many centuries. Consequently, people’s minds have been conditioned to accept this bitter and atrocious fact even today. It is imperative to ponder as there are some communities where measurement of beauty is just reverse of general thinking. Even Krishna, who is considered as the most beautiful person on earth had dark complexion which itself shows dark was beautiful in the past. Society fills our mind with prejudices and dogmas, in the reflection of which we judge beauty.


What I conclude is when we see an object we judge it according to its attributes in every dimension like history, mystery, pain endured, rarity and usefulness. Beauty is a function of those attributes which are just projection of our desire.
World would be always discriminated in two parts- beautiful and ugly if we did have desire and conditioned mind.


Absolute beauty...?
As I have not experienced what absolute beauty is. So at most I can give a hypothetical explanation of absolute beauty. When one sees an object without any judgement of good or bad; without any history or mystery; without any desire, I think the emotion he feels at that very moment would be absolute beauty. And beauty of this assumption lies in the fact that in this way everything would be beautiful. An eternal beauty would be in one’s eyes. This might be the beauty which is explained in our scriptures and is felt by very rare personalities like Buddha (after enlightment).


39 comments:

Shilpa said...

And so, your post is also Beautiful! :)

Shilpa

BK Chowla said...

Beautifully written post on beauty.

- Sugar Cube - said...

Wow! Awesome post!
B'ful thoughts..I like the concept of absolute beauty.

And hey..you mentioned for a child marble & gold wld not make much of a diff in terms of beauty..that's very true! Love the example btw :))

Yes to an extent its out psychology.
If appreciation comes instantly..then maybe that's what real beauty is :)

Singh Amit said...

@ Shilpa..

Thanks a lot.. :)
Glad that u liked it.. :)

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Singh Amit said...

@ Chowla JI..
Thanks a lot...
Ur comments always encourage me.. :)

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Singh Amit said...

@ Sugar Cube..

Thanks a lot... :)

Glad that u liked it... :)

Ur comment is really encouraging.. :)

Cheers!!!

Roshmi Sinha said...

Very well written post.

"Society fills our mind with prejudices and dogmas, in the reflection of which we judge beauty."

Succinctly put, to say the least.

R S V said...

that was the best from your side(from the time I started following your blog)
as sugar cube explained u have supplied us with really wonderful illustrations to support your theory....
great going Mr. Scientist :)

R S V said...

but after a critical analysis I must voice myself out..
I am really not in the favor of the existence of absolute beauty....the examples u have given are just a mark of your respect and awe towards them...
every being in this world is unique because he has unique tastes and preferences and that makes beauty relative...
if I am wrong, enlighten me!!

Durga Nandan said...

Yes. And I have seen love change the whole perspective beauty in people.
Like a person, who likes long haired gals, suddenly goes head over heels on a short haired gal and adores the beauty of her hair and anything anywhere like that.

And about white being more beautiful, I for one do not agree with it. There are still, people, [like me. :D] who would prefer dark to fair in 'beauty' of men.

Taj is beautiful, for me cos of the history behind it. The love behind it.. If it had been built for the protection of a land, it would have fascinated me alright. But not as much.. :)

It is an awesome post.
Keep 'penning!' :)
DN

Singh Amit said...

@ Roshmi..
Thanks a lot.. :)
So happy that u liked it..
Keep visiting... :)
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Singh Amit said...

@ R S V
Thanks a lot... :)
You are true... :)
Whatever I have written about absolute beauty is a purely theoretical concept and Just to support the fact “Everything is beautiful” which is claimed by our scriptures and enlightened people. For understanding life I prefer 'fuzzy logic' rather than 'binary one'. So, despite it has very low probability I would never say it’s impossible.... It is somewhat like accepting God by an agnostic...

Cheers!!!

Happybirdie said...

One such piece of beauty is ..your blog..exiquisite!!!

Singh Amit said...

@ Durga Nandan
Thanks a lot.. :)

"There are still, people, [like me. :D] who would prefer dark to fair in 'beauty' of men."

Oh ! gr8 ..


I have my own definition of beauty for women..... in which white and black hardly matters...

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Singh Amit said...

@ Happybirdie... :)

Thanks a lot... :)
Glad that u liked it... :)
Keep visiting.. :)

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Shruti said...

@Amit!
Amit, awesome post on beauty! Wonderfully written amit!
How can you think like this?
I am dumb-struck after seeing your thinking and the way you write those your free flowing thoughts!

Singh Amit said...

@ Shruti :)

Thanks a lot.. :)
It's all ur encouragement, dear... :)
Glad that u liked it... :)
Keep visiting... :)

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Shruti said...

check my new post :)

Kay said...

I think the beauty of which you speak is of mere 'objects' which would be (in my mind) 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' but absolute beauty? again, in my mind, would be the beauty within deeper than what is seen- also subject to the beholder....and who says white people are more beautiful????? that throws me for a loop as I have NEVER thought that!

excellent write to ponder though.

Surya said...

Pranam Amit,

Beautiful efforts-beautiful fruits-beautiful intervals- beatiful the whole!

Being the matter existing so,Let me also try to become safely 'beautiful'!

Very good Amit, Very good-

Vishnu said...

nice.. one of ur best posts till today.. i kinda agree with the relativity theory with RSV.. saw ur reply too.. agreed..

Singh Amit said...

@ Kay..
Thanks a lot.. :)
Absolute beauty is just a theoretical concept...
You would not believe if you got to know how much consumption of fairness cream in India is...that itself is claiming that people wants fare faces rather than dusky ones.... So for India this is bitter truth....that cannot be denied...

Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@ Surya..
Thanks a lot.. :)

Glad that u liked it.. :)

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Singh Amit said...

@ Vishnu..
Thanks a lot.. :)
Glad that u liked it.. :)
Keep visiting..
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divsi said...

lovely post...worth thinkin bout..shd be read by all...esp those who want our society to be a betta place to live!!!

Singh Amit said...

Thanks a lot divsi... :)
Actually I wrote this post after reading your latest post....
Keep Visiting... :)
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Shankar said...

wow..a very good post.... A beautiful guy has written beautifully about beauty in his beautiful blog..

Ekam said...

wOW a nice post there. Keep writing Mr. Scientist :)

Madhu said...

Nice. I am reminded of my mom's words which pretty much summerized whatever you wrote about beauty. She used to say, "dont define anything. Be it beauty or ugly. They are just 'there'. Dont lable them...leave them alone".

Which pretty much is, beauty lies with the beholders eyes (like you said).

Babli said...

Very very beautiful post you have written on beauty. The picture is also very nice.

R S V said...

"wow..a very good post.... A beautiful guy has written beautifully about beauty in his beautiful blog.."

mm....beautiful guy....
something is wrong....
take care Amit...shankar says YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL..
he may have feelings for u...
he is a human after all...

Singh Amit said...

@ Shankar...
Thanks a lot... :)
Really feeling elated by your beautiful comment.... :)

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Singh Amit said...

@ Ekam..
Thanks a lot... :)

Glad that u liked it.. :)

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Singh Amit said...

@ Madhu..
Thanks a lot.. :)
you are welcome to my blog...
Keep visiting...:)
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Singh Amit said...

@ Babli...
Thanks a lot..:)
glad that u liked it
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Singh Amit said...

@ R S V...

Ha ha ha ha ha... :)
:)

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mAhEsH KaLaAL said...

beautiful post....absolutely relative. :) :) :)

mAhEsH KaLaAL said...

beautiful post....absolutely relative. :) :) :)

Singh Amit said...

Thanks a lot..Mahesh... :)

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