Monday, 13 October 2014

Fragmented Beauty

I have consistently felt that sky looks more beautiful when I look at it through a window. In an open space I don't find it as beautiful. You see many images of skies which look more beautiful than the real image observed by your eyes. I think it's because of the relativity of perception. Since you're inside a room you are simultaneously aware of constricted and open space subconsciously. You just don't realize how being aware of lack of space subconsciously makes you appreciate beauty of open space. The glimpse of open space when you're inside a constricted space looks more exquisite than actual scenery when you're in open space.

Beauty and ugliness define each other. Totality is neither beautiful nor ugly. The sense of beauty lies very much in the beholder and it develops through conditioning. But it develops two-folded--sense of beauty and ugliness develop together. Some things are pretty because  others are coarse. Similarly good and bad define each other; friends and foes define each other. There is nothing absolutely beautiful. Duality has contradictions. It has polar opposites. Yin and Yang complement each other. 

Beautiful varies across generations, cultures and civilizations and so does ugliness. For some people natural is beautiful and mechanical is ugly. For some people mechanical is beautiful and natural is ugly. Masculine is beautiful for some and feminine is beautiful for others. If you look at the whole nothing is beautiful because nothing is ugly. Duality is cause of beauty because duality is cause of perception. Duality is caused by the mind and mind labels things as beautiful or ugly. Duality is judgement and this is what colors your perception about situations and people. If you don't judge you are not judged because then there is no judging voice inside you. If you don't find anything beautiful at all--you will not find anything ugly at all. 

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Why an enlightened person cannot help the world?

If I am enlightened person--I cannot help the world because I am the world. lo help someone there should be some purpose--for an enlightened person there is no duality and hence no purpose.

Good and bad, right and wrong, virtue and sin exist only at the level of mind. If I am beyond mind--what is out there is a dream world. I cannot help anyone really  in a dream world. A thief in a dream is as good as a priest. In my dream, everything that appears is me. I am the playground and player and game and audience and everything around. In my dream I am the killer and killed. How can I be for virtue and against sin; for there is neither virtue nor sin? How could I be for right against wrong; for there is neither right nor wrong? I know that it's a dream and you will wake up soon. Once you wake up you will know that you were running unnecessarily after this or that. Once you wake up you will understand that when you were asking for help it was because you were getting tired of sleep.

Only those who are in your dream can help you. It's so because they consider themselves apart from the world and it's because of their deep slumber. If you're the world how could you help the world. Helping suggests problems or presence of something undesirable--if I am awake there is no desire for I see everything as myself. There is nothing undesirable. The question of helping doesn't arise at all. Those who are too eager to help the world need to wake-up as much as those who are anxious about fighting the world--they are both running on the same ground in opposite directions. 

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