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From: “Karma Rasa”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: What is Most Beautiful
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 23:01:48 +0000

Baba

“A’ma’r katha’ d’her hoyeche, toma’r katha’i shudhu bolo…” (PS 1803)

Purport:

Baba, You are the most fascinating and dearest Entity of this entire
universe. Yet up till now, in my ignorance, I have just been focusing upon
my own self. I was just infatuated with my own unit ego– with my own
‘I-feeling’. My whole existence has only been revolving around me. The time
just passed in my own self-centered talk and gossip; my life passed in
vain. Baba, now please be gracious and reveal something about Your divine
Self. Baba, You are that Supreme One; with Your infinite compassion today
You have blessed me with the desire to realise You. Please grace me by
telling me Your intimate tales and make my life meaningful. Baba, after
bathing me in the flow of effulgence– after showering me with Your divine
truth– and blessing me with spiritual knowledge, please take me only on
Your path, the path of divinity, the path of eternal fulfillment. Baba, You
are the most gracious One.

Baba, previously I was just involved in myself– singing my own songs,
thinking about my own greatness and glory. I was just involved in my own
self-aggrandisement, again and again. My whole life got wasted in this way.
I was only busy in satisfying my own ego. Baba, by Your grace, today I have
floated the boat of Your name. By Your grace You have entered my life.
Without Your grace it was impossible. Baba, please set the sail of Your
divine melody so that by Your grace I can reach up to the Goal– up to You.

O’ Sundar, O’ Beautiful One, You are that singular eternal Entity. By
Your grace I now know everything else is transitory. Baba, You alone are
eternally emanating: This whole entire universe is Your divine expression.
Baba, whenever the tide comes You release the boat. This is Your eternal
way: When a unit being gets human life then You grace them by giving them
sadhana make their path straight towards divinity.

Baba, I surrender at Your lotus feet…

== WHAT IS MOST BEAUTIFUL ==

Namaskar,
In the above Prabhat Samgiita, Parama Purusa is addressed as ‘Sundar’– The
Most Beautiful One. So infinite beauty is one of the inherent qualities as
well as one of the countless attributions of Parama Purusa– of Baba. And
by His grace devotees realise this in their lives.

At the same time, often we see that people chase after “beauty” in the
mundane world. So we should investigate what that worldly beauty really is,
why one feels attracted to a particular thing, as well as how far those
objects are really able to quench and satisfy one’s inner desire.

SO MANY “BEAUTIES” IN THIS COLOURFUL CREATION

As we have all remarked, in this day to day world, people find beauty in so
many things. A mother finds beauty in her children; a man finds beauty in a
woman; climbers find beauty in the mountain; a shopper finds beauty in a
hat or a dress; and on and on it goes. So many people find beauty in so
many things.

Baba says, “Human beings look at the world, with its profusion of changing
forms, and become fascinated by them.” (NKS, Disc: 25, ‘Aesthetic Science’)

TASTE IN BEAUTY VARIES

However it is also certainly true that what is beautiful to one person may
not be perceived as being beautiful to the next.

For example: One good-looking young man might chase after one ugly girl. The
whole society views her as ugly. She has a hooked nose, gross body, rotten teeth,
bad smell, hairy fingers, and she is very short-tempered and mean etc.

Everyone thinks she is ugly.

The young man’s friends make all kinds of comments about her ugliness and mean
disposition.

Yet this handsome young man finds her to be the most beautiful and stunning
woman in this entire world. That fellow will become captivated and will be able
to talk all day long about her exquisite beauty and charm. Because to him,
she is very, very attractive etc.

So that is the unending specialty– and indeed controversy– of worldly
beauty: It varies from person to person. Some are totally enamoured
with certain things and find them to be completely beautiful; whereas,
others may find those very same objects to be totally quite ordinary, or
distasteful, or even repulsive. This is the way of the world.

Thus what is beautiful– and what is ugly– varies dramatically from one
person to the next. Certainly we have all witnessed this in our lives.
One person finds a particular painting worthy of being placed in the most
honoured art museum and another person wishes to hurl that same painting
into the trash bin. And like that, with each and every worldly expression,
the degree of its beauty or lack thereof, depends solely on the perceiver.

WHAT MAKES SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

Here in more specific language, Baba pointedly reveals to us the science
behind how and why people find beauty in a particular object.

Baba says, “Suppose I see something. The vibration radiating from that
object produces a sympathetic vibration in the mind. I begin to feel that I
should assimilate that vibration, that I should accept it as my own. This
is what is known as attraction.” (NKS, Disc: 25, ‘Aesthetic Science’)

So each and every expressed object in the vast universe emanates its own
specific vibration. Every jewel, every stone, every cloud, every river, and
every cockroach has a particular vibration. And accordingly one feels
attracted toward that object, or not.

And for those who do get attracted by a particular object, to the degree
that that object satisfies, satiates, and fulfills their heart is the
degree to which they will call that thing beautiful.

The mother is highly attracted to each and every aspect of her baby– the
smile, hair, eyes, fingers, and laugh. Thus for her, that baby is extremely
beautiful: she finds near unending beauty in that baby.

So to some or more degree people are attracted to so many objects in this
world: natural scenes like mountain springs and picturesque sunsets, music,
houses, automobiles etc. To them those things are beautiful. It all depends
on how far that object gives them a feeling of satiation in their heart.

Thus the vibration of the wavelengths from a particular object has a strong
capacity to attract someone– or repel them. Because not every vibration
may be soothing to every person.

Indeed a visiting neighbor may look at that same mother’s baby whom the
mother finds irresistibly charming, but internally the neighbor may think
that this is the ugliest infant ever to be born in the history of the
world. They may think it resembles a monkey or a chimpanzee– but not a
human.

So not everything creates a sympathetic vibration in everyone’s mind. It
depends on the object as well as one’s in born samskara and mental structure.

WANT TO REMAIN IN ITS PRESENCE

But one thing is sure, when anyone does find something beautiful in this
world then they want to remain in its contact.

Baba says, “Suppose you see something and take a fancy to it. ‘Ah, how fine
it is!’ you will exclaim in joy. Suppose you listen to a nice piece of
music and deeply enjoy it. Your friend may be sitting nearby, but you will
surely say, ‘Wait a bit, please. Let me listen to the music a little
longer’.” (NKS: Disc 27)

As Baba explains above, people want to remain near any object they find to
be beautiful– because it gives them a sense of satiation and fulfillment.
And not only do they want to remain close, invariably people try to get
more and more intimate with whatever they feel to beautiful. Because by
getting closer and closer they want to increase the amount of inner
satiation which they derive from that object. And since human longing is
infinite, human beings wish to derive maximum fulfillment from worldly
things up to eternity. This is their dream.

Whether it be a woman, a sports car, a house by the lake, or whatever, the
beholder wants to attain infinite happiness from that object which they
perceive to be beautiful.

So initially when people find something to be beautiful in this mundane
world then they rush up towards that thing and desire to remain its
contact– and get closer and closer to that– thinking that it will give
them unending fulfillment.

But actually in this mundane world, no object has that capacity to continue
to attract someone and fulfill their desire up to eternity. No mundane
expression has that charm; no mundane expression has that beauty.

HOW “BEAUTIFUL” THINGS BECOME UGLY

So from a distance, initially people may think that something is very, very
beautiful. But as they get closer or over time, they ultimately find that
they no longer get that deep satiation from that object which they were
initially feeling.

Driving that same sports car every Sunday little by little begins to lose
its appeal, until finally one day the owner is no longer attracted to that
car at all and he sells it. Likewise, one day the woman of one’s dreams no
longer seems so attractive to them. And when this occurs, whey they no
longer find her to be beautiful, then one goes to the court with divorce
papers in hand. Every day such things happen.

Likewise, women often lose their attraction for the man that they were
once in love with.

This is the way this universe unfolds: People lose their attraction for
various mundane objects. To them it no longer appears to be beautiful
because it fails to give that deep satiation in their heart.

And in that moment, when an object loses its appeal, then one begins to
feel– to some or more degree– that that object is ugly.

With that change of feeling, with that loss of attraction, Hollywood
marriages end in a flash, people sell their sports car, or people move from
one house to another. This is the common reality. Because when people lose
their attraction for a particular thing then they search elsewhere to find
that beauty which will lighten their heart.

But no worldly expression has that capacity to exude unending beauty for
time immemorial. Ultimately, at some point– sooner or later– that object
will fail to satiate their heart. And in that moment a sort of ugliness
appears that wasn’t there previously. It happens with everything of this
mundane world.

WHAT SHOULD BE SOUGHT AFTER

Everyone wants infinite beauty and until they come in contact with Parama Purusa
then they go on running after transient objects and then one day by His grace one
comes in His contact and the spiritual journey begins. And this is what should be
sought after in life– His Supreme Beauty. As long as this stage does not come they
go on running after one thing of beauty yet then again that beautiful things becomes
ugly to them and then they chase after another beauty. This type of never-ending
search and feeling of frustration happens until starts his march towards Parama Purusa.
Becuase in the relative sphere, which is most beautiful today becomes ugly tomorrow
and this journey goes on and on until one comes in contact with Baba the Most Beautiful One.

ONLY PARAMA PURUSA IS EVER BEAUTIFUL

So while people tire of mundane objects, the opposite is the case with Parama Purusa.

At first from a distance one may not feel that He is so beautiful. Due to
the pull of avidya maya, one may actually get attracted elsewhere. So until
one is graced to find beauty in Parama Purusa, then in their desperate
state they will frantically run from one mundane ‘beautiful thing’ to the
next. Because everyone is moving around trying to find that most beautiful
expression that can fulfill the yearning in their heart.

But by Baba’s divine grace and with their good samskara, sadhakas feel some
initial attraction for Parama Purusa. His vibration satisfies a yearning in
their heart and they find Him to be beautiful. This is His grace.

Naturally then, by feeling His sweet vibration, the sadhaka desires to go
more close. And because Parama Purusa is that infinite One, He can
continually emanate and exude a sweeter and sweeter vibration that
satisfies and satiates the infinite longing of the human heart. In that way
His beauty increases more and more.

So the closer one gets to Him the more satiation they feel, and the more
beautiful He becomes. And ultimately, attracted by that ever increasing
beauty, one moves closer and closer towards Parama Purusa– until finally
one day one merges in Him.

That is why only Parama Purusa is Sundar– only He is the most Beautiful
One. Only He can give that complete satiation to the infinite longing of
the human heart. By getting Him one feels so much fulfillment, that is why
only Baba is Sundar. And ultimately, by His grace, we reach that permanent
state of fulfillment– drifting endlessly in His bliss.

As sadhakas, our duty is to run after this real beauty– His eternally
beautiful Self, and not any illusory or transient thing which for a
fleeting moment in time appears to be beautiful.

Yashoda’-Nanda nandanam’ surendrapa’davandanam;
Suvarn’aratnaman’d’alam’ nama’mi Krs’n’asundaram.
Bhava’bdhikarn’adha’rakam’ bhaya’rttina’shaka’rakam;
Mumuks’umuktida’yakam nama’mi Krs’n’asundaram.

“Salutations to Parama Purusa the Beautiful…whose lotus feet were worshipped
by the gods, and whose body was adorned with precious gems. Salutations to
Parama Purusa the Beautiful, who was the most reliable helmsman on the ocean
of this universe, who removed the fear of annihilation, who granted
salvation to aspiring souls.” (NKS: Disc 4)

Indeed, in this vast universe, only Parama Purusa is that most Beautiful
Entity. By His grace may we all fully realise this divine truth.

Baba says, “The Supreme Reality is vibrant with blissful vibrations; He is
the greatest of all entities, the highest, above all, beyond all
comparison… His existence, His stance, His ever-blissful state, is the
highest stage of attainment.” (NSS)

Namaskar,
Karma Rasa

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Solution of Misery

Baba says, “Human misery originates from one’s imperfect thoughts. By
ideating on the Great one can be relieved of misery forever.” (AMIWL-7)

Note 1: Baba’s above guideline is very unique. He is explaining to us that
pain is the result of improper thinking. The insinuation being: Pain is
related with the mind only. Thus when the mind is filled with higher
thoughts– ideating on the Great– then it goes beyond pain and pleasure.
And that is the state of eternal bliss.

We can see in our day to day life how this type of problem can be very
painful to one person and to quite fine to another.. It depends completely
on one’s psychic perceptions and mental state of mind.

We also see that just by thinking in a negative way people invite serious
psychic tension and mental depression in their life. Whereas if their
thinking is proper then that brings bliss– but if it is improper then that
causes sorrow. This is why in so-called developed nations the problem of
depression and psychic diseases is more than in comparison to other places.
As we all know, proper thinking means ideating on Parama Purusa. Sadhakas
know this theorem but under the spell of Avidya Maya they forget this most
of the time.

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