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<span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">The physical world is the world of form and the perfection of form is</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">beauty</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">'''.'''</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">Beauty interprets, expresses, manifests the Eternal. Its role is to put all manifested nature in contact with the Eternal through the perfection of form, through harmony and a sense of </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">the ideal which uplifts and leads towards something higher.
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/12/arts#p2</ref>
 
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<span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">On the physical plane the Divine expresses himself through beauty, on the mental plane through knowledge, on the vital plane through power and on the psychic plane through love. When we rise high enough, we discover that these four aspects unite with each other in a single consciousness, full of love, luminous, powerful, beautiful, containing all, pervading all.</span>
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/15/the-divine-working-in-the-universe#p6</ref>
 
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<div style="color: #000000;">For all joy, beauty, love, peace, delight are out-flowings from the Ananda Brahman,—all delight of the spirit, the intellect, the imagination, aesthetic sense, ethical aspiration and satisfaction, action, life, the body. And through all ways of our being the Divine can touch us and make use of them to awaken and liberate the spirit. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/24/the-ananda-brahman#p4</ref></div>
 
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<span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">Spiritual beauty has a contagious power. Beauty is the joyous offering of Nature.</span>
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/12/arts#p13</ref>
 
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<span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">Beauty is a great power. Beauty does not get its full power except when it is surrendered to the Divine.</span>
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/15/beauty#p8</ref>
 
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<span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">To bring the Divine Love and Beauty and Ananda into the world is, indeed, the whole crown and essence of our Yoga.</span>
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/29/divine-love-psychic-love-and-human-love#p1</ref>
 
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<div style="color: #000000;">It is the soul in us which turns always towards Truth, Good and Beauty, because it is by these things that it itself grows in stature; the rest, their opposites, are a necessary part of experience, but have to be outgrown in the spiritual increase of the being.
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/21/the-origin-and-remedy-of-falsehood-error-wrong-and-evil#p14</ref></div>
 
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<div style="color: #000000;">There is this beauty, this dignity of soul—a thing about which I am very sensitive. It is a thing that moves me and evokes in me a great respect always.</div>
 
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<span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">...this beauty of soul that is visible in the face, this kind of dignity, this harmony of integral realisation. When the soul becomes visible in the physical, it gives this dignity, this beauty, this majesty, the majesty that comes from one's being the Tabernacle. Then, even things that have no particular beauty put on a sense of eternal beauty, of it the eternal beauty.</span>
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/15/july-1958-1#p2</ref>
 
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<div style="color: #000000;">Love, Joy and Beauty are the fundamental determinates of the Divine Delight of Existence, and we can see at once that these are of the very stuff and nature of that Delight: they are not alien impositions on the being of the Absolute or creations supported by it but outside it; they are truths of its being, native to its consciousness, powers of its force of existence.
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/21/indeterminates-cosmic-determinations-and-the-indeterminable#p17</ref></div>
 
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<div style="color: #000000;">All Beauty in the world is there the beauty of the Beloved, and all forms of beauty have to stand under the light of that eternal Beauty and submit themselves to the sublimating and transfiguring power of the unveiled Divine Perfection.
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/23/the-ascent-of-the-sacrifice-ii#p16</ref></div>
 
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<span style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;">Beauty is not sufficient in itself, it wants to become divine. Pure sense of beauty can be acquired only through a great purification.</span>
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/15/beauty#p13</ref>
 
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<div style="color: #000000;">Beauty is the aesthetic instinct of man, and the good is his ethical instinct, and these two things are very important in human education and growth;
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/07/25-may-1955#p39</ref></div>
 
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<div style="color: #000000;">It [aesthetic conscience] is the consciousness of beauty. Aesthetic means that which concerns beauty, art. There are people, for example, who move around in life and see landscapes, see people and things and have absolutely no sense of whether it is beautiful or not; and into the bargain, it makes no difference at all to them. They look at the sky, see whether there are any clouds, whether it will rain or be clear, for instance; or whether the sun is hot or the wind cold. But there are others—when they raise their eyes and look at a beautiful sky, it gives them pleasure, they say, "Oh! It is fine today, the sunrise is lovely today, the sunset is beautiful, the clouds have fine shapes." So, the first kind do not have an aesthetic conscience, the second have.
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/07/1-june-1955#p3</ref></div>
 
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<div style="color: #000000;">...from the supramental point of view beauty and harmony are as important as any other expression of the Divine. But they should not be isolated, set up apart from all other relations, taken out from the ensemble; they should be one with the expression of life as a whole. People have the habit of saying, "Oh, it is an artist!" as if an artist should not be a man among other men but must be an extraordinary being belonging to a class by itself, and his art too something extraordinary and apart, not to be confused with the other ordinary things of the world.
<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/03/28-july-1929#p15</ref></div>
 
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== Different Ways of Perceiving Beauty ==
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