Published Monday, 28 April 2014
As a beautiful flower
with a delightful fragrance is pleasing,
so is wise and lovely speech
when matched with right action.
Dhammapada v. 52
The physical eye sees beauty on the level of form. The inner eye sees beauty on the level of spirit. The two don’t always coincide. A beautiful looking person might speak words that are devious and dishonest leading to harm. A challenging and frustrating experience might soften our hearts resulting in our renouncing hubris. Appreciating outer forms without becoming intoxicated takes skill.