.Beauty in Ugliness
Khalil Gibran, Lebanese philosopher narrates-- “Once Beauty and Ugliness met on sea shore. And they said to one another, "Let us bathe in the sea." They disrobed and swam in waters. After a while Ugliness came back to shore, wore garments of Beauty and walked away. Beauty came later, found not her raiment, was too shy to be naked, therefore clothed herself with Ugliness and walked away. To this very day men and women mistake the one for the other for they identify them from external dressed appearance.
White Moon ( as Kolaveri Di song goes ) in black night with starry carpet appears to be a disc of beauty. The same moon during bright day is of no consequence at all. Objectively, both beauty and ugliness have zero intrinsic worth or reality save the manner evaluated in human mind in terms of time, space and relationship between the observed and the observer.
In mysticism, “Beauty and Ugliness” delineate “spirituality and superficiality” respectively. The soul ‘beautiful’ after swimming in sea of mind and Maya, phenomenon of change and illusion, is drenched in ugliness. Explains Gibran—those (mystics) who “beheld the face of Beauty” (of marked souls) recognize the radiant spark of the Lord, longing to be one with their Creator and anoint them for Deliverance, notwithstanding their ugly garments. Mystics also “know face of Ugliness” (souls enamored with trinkets of transient reality) and let them rejoice as a part of this creation.