The principal teaching is that the
heart of man is the shrine of God, to recognize God in one's own
heart, to feel His existence, presence, virtue, goodness, all
manner of beauty. It must be remembered that the whole life
around us is a life of falsehood. The more you see and
experience the more you see how very false it is, how much
disillusionment there is. The only way of getting over it is to
light the lamp in the darkness of night, and all will be
cleared. The secret of life is this: to produce beauty in
ourselves. When beauty is produced in the heart, then all that
breaks the heart vanishes and the whole universe becomes one
single vision of the sublimity of God.
People love complexity, yet the most valuable answers are
not found in the midst of bewildering complexity, but rather they are found in utter
simplicity. In that spirit of simplicity, here are two
fundamental concepts which, with daily practice, can
lead to abiding peace and lasting happiness:
That's it! Simply be beautiful!
The Divine beauty that illuminates your heart is the only enduring beauty. Physical beauty comes and goes, but the beauty that shines from the loving heart is everlasting.
Perhaps this seems too simple, just being beautiful. But being beautiful can be quite challenging, as well as immensely satisfying.. Over time, one's highest ideals change, and therefore one's understanding of beauty will also change, urging and enabling ever-greater expressions of beauty to flow into the world through one's own thoughts, words and deeds. Don't cling to yesterday's beauty, today is a new day, let today's beauty emerge in it's own glorious fullness.
We can learn a great deal about being beautiful by taking to heart these seemingly simple lines from Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi:
Those wondrous lines offer us two key points to remember: 1) there is a Supreme Source of all beauty, and 2) we are invited to be as polished mirrors, reflecting that Divine beauty into this world.
That is, the beauty that any individual exhibits truly glorifies the source of Beauty, and will hopefully invite others to turn, in their own way, toward that same Source, like moths toward the flame.
What does it mean to be beautiful?
That which is truly beautiful always arises from the depths of your own loving heart. That is, you will be most beautiful when you are living in harmony with your own highest ideals and greatest aspirations. One cannot be an expression of true beauty when trying to be like someone else. Follow your heart! Follow that Divine Spirit of Guidance deep within you! Be beautiful in your own way!
Sometimes we're afraid to follow the Spirit of Guidance, because we hear ten thousand different voices all suggesting different actions. How can one tell which inner voice is truly the Spirit of Guidance? Listen for the voice that leads you toward love, compassion, kindness, generosity and selfless service... that is the Spirit of Guidance! Simply ignore any other chattering noise, allowing those other voices to gradually fade away, leaving only the Divine Spirit of Guidance, the Divine Presence.
As a guide to those seeking the purpose of their life on earth, Abu Said Khair once said:
When we realize that we are all manifestations of the
very same Almighty One and as we bring Divine beauty into this world
through our thoughts, words and deeds, all of life is filled
with abiding peace, endless love, and unbounded compassion. There is nothing greater to be sought after.
posted October 08, 2007