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“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.” – Michelangelo
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This is the best definition of “beauty” I have ever read and “Am I beautiful enough”? the question I am asking myself the most in recent times.
If you think I am caring about my hair, my nose, my skin, etc. then you are mistaken and … it makes me happy, because I see I’m not the only one with prejudices ; )
A long time ago, when I couldn’t see beyond the cosy and convenient walls of religions, I considered myself an innocent, sinless person. I had committed none of the big sins in religion: I was not stealing, not cheating, not killing, etc… Therefore, I was a ‘clean’ person, who could easily judge others. How foolish, how ignorant ! Nevertheless, although being so ‘pure & perfect’, problems were occurring, more often and more heavy. It was like I was in a hamster wheel, turning without any exit, any end.
– Hmmm, before I continue, I maybe should make some explanations about ‘the cosy and convenient walls of religions’. Most people (me included) know their religions only on the surface, but hardly they are looking into the deeper meanings, reading between the lines. That’s why I call it ‘cosy and convenient’: there is no effort in just reading what is written ! We (again, me included) have to go beyond, search for the essence of the sharings. If we can practice what we read, if we can make a difference in our world, then we can say we ‘know’ religion. In my point of view, all sacred teachings have different levels of understanding. We have to look not only into the introduction parts, we have to read the whole, footnotes included. –
Ok, now we are hopefully clear and can continue ; ) So, I was in this hamster wheel, being depressed by the never-ending journey of facing the same problems again and again, until … I looked at myself and started to question my actions and thoughts !
And what did I see? An old house in ruins ! I saw so much dirt in my soul, so much mud, that I was shocked … All these years, where was this part of me hidden ? Of course, like the devil, in details … I think in my subconscious, I knew it, because I was running from one personal development seminar to the other, breathless, the aim was to be not at home ! Who wants to live in a dirty house full of dust?
So in this house of my soul, I started cleaning up with the front door, then I went through room by room until I reached the attic. This is the most difficult place: here are spider webs not letting you enter into a room, which is hiding the real treasure, the memories of your Refined Soul ! It is there, locked up in a huge box. The box doesn’t look nice at all. It is covered with dust and spider webs, so it doesn’t really invite us to open it. But if we are brave enough, we clean the whole dust, we polish the cover. Still, this is not enough, we need a key (remember the box is locked up!). And this is the surprise: the key is Love! Because once you have opened the box, nothing else than Love should and actually can touch your Refined Soul.
With “Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.” we quoted Michelangelo at the beginning and I say “Beauty is our Refined Souls we are striving for.”