God is the Ultimate Beauty
God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.— Martin Luther
Some years ago my son got an assignment from his Hindi (National language of India) teacher which was creative but not tough. Well so what, I made it tough but hold on not for my son rather for myself. It was that the teacher had asked the whole class to copy down a poem, obviously of their standard, and then must draw a colourful picture representing the meaning of the poem. Undoubtedly, it’s not a tough task but definitely a time consuming one.
I and my son jumped into the mission of finding out a suitable poem but were unable to search one due to various reasons. Suddenly, I made an announcement that I would write a poem and then he (my son) could draw a picture accordingly. That was it! I in no time got trapped in my own net because of my sheer foolishness. My son caught the bait thrown by me very tightly. He then became very adamant of having only that poem which would be written by me. So, you see how fool I was! I simply made the whole assignment look very tough. Especially, it became tough because the poem was to be written in Hindi.
Do not wonder, it‘s not that I do not know Hindi. Being an Indian I feel proud to accept that I know my national Language, Hindi, quite properly. There is no difficulty in speaking, understanding or writing Hindi but the problem was different. Difficulties were as follows:
· Lacked excellence in writing poetry
· Specifically, no prior experience of writing a poem in Hindi
· Studied Hindi as a language only up till the 10th Board examination
· Grammatical errors I do commit especially in the ‘gender’ section
Oh! God, what a trap I had created for myself but nothing doing I had to fulfill my son’s desire. I took up a pen and a paper and started scribbling. Firstly, I was confused about what to choose as the subject matter and also due to my lack of confidence in grammar. At last, I took up the challenge sincerely and decided to write a poem on ‘nature’.
Beauty of Nature
Writing a poem on nature needs lot of imageries and my creative writing lacks that ornamentation. I always preferred to write in a very simple language and in a very straight forward manner; even my present writings depict the same. As I was trying to fix all those contradictions, I looked around myself and even closed my eyes for a while to visualize the different natural features.
I found everything beautiful in nature and pondered how to write about it. I wondered, should I emphasis on one feature of the nature or all the features. I didn't want to ignore any natural beauty so decided to address almost all the beauties of nature. While I started writing the poem a thought struck me that the nature is beautiful in every respect and it must be only because its creator is astonishingly beautiful. So, I decided not to write about any particular creation rather felt an inner need to highlight some facts about the creator.
Ultimate Beauty lies in God
I felt, God to be the ultimate beauty because only a supreme beauty can create numerous beauties and we all admire His creations. This wonderful thought opened my insight and I began writing the poem with quite ease. I am sure it was possible because I realized the ultimate beauty, the God, so deeply through His creations. Before that realization, I neither failed to admire God’s beauty and grace nor the beauties of nature but always admired them as separate entities. That was the first time, I related the two and felt a true sense of joy. I realized the deepest truth of life.
As I started understanding and differentiating between good and bad I literally try to be on the good side. I never judge on the basis of outer beauty such as looks, complexion, and so on because to me they are short lived. I appreciate those who possess an inner beauty such as love, selfless attitude, caring nature, helping intention and so on. Thus, beauty is not physical. It is to be felt deep inside the heart. Those who touch heart with their goodness are in true sense the beautiful beings in this world.
I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.— George Washington Carver
Glimpse of Beauty
Beauty in Babies
All babies are beautiful because they are the direct and undiluted messengers of God. Their innocence wins the heart of all the people around and nobody ever cares about the physical structure of a baby. That means innocence is sheer purity of heart and the best gift to a baby from God. Gradually, every baby begins to grow and comes in contact with other living beings on this earth which starts making impact upon the baby. While the baby matures physically, mentally and emotionally it starts learning and adopting various aspects of life. During this process of growing up when a baby ripens as a man then he leaves an impact on an individual or a society through his deed.
Man makes an Impact
It’s the person who performs the deed and it all depends upon his inner self. Good or bad deed is the mirror of the man’s inner thought. At this juncture every man does not remain as beautiful as he was at the time of his birth. The reason is the loss of innocence which took place while the different stages of learning were going on. Through this God gives us a strong message that one remains beautiful till you have a pure heart. A baby remains in direct contact with God till he starts learning from human beings thus reflects a true beauty. So, as long as you are in contact with God you are beautiful. This holds true for the matured people too if impurity such as dishonesty, hatred, jealousy, and many other have not touched one’s heart.
Lesson from other Source’s of Nature
Why only talk about, the human beings, the supreme creation of God? Take the example of a river. Isn’t it more pure, fresh and beautiful till it comes in contact with the land when people pollute it through improper use? Things related with nature are always a creation of God but what about the ‘natural calamities’. Is it created by God? The name suggests its link with God but the reasons behind the natural calamities do not point out towards God. Though it’s not terrorism, hijacking, kidnapping or other inhuman activity but still when human beings interfere in the working domain of God then imbalance is bound to happen. God is the creator of nature but men disturbs the balance in nature through cutting of forests, depositing garbage on land which stops it from absorbing rainwater and many more. Thus, it leads to flood, volcano eruption, earthquake and some more. It’s an ugly picture of the world.
Every example shows that God is the creator of beautiful things and they are pure. When the things start becoming impure then there remains no trace of God. Their outer look may remain beautiful but inner beauty that means purity and honesty gets lost. God always stays with a pure soul. No one among us has seen God but we have an image of His in our heart. Isn’t it to all of us God is an epitome of love, kind heart, care, blessings, sweetness, simplicity and purity? These qualities make Him great. Whenever these qualities are found in human beings and other beauties of nature we feel blessed. As if God has showered his unconditional blessings through His creations.
A Matchless Experience
An experience of understanding the relation between God and the beauty of nature was certainly matchless. This realization was worth appreciating. I still cherish the moment when I realized and understood the deepest meaning of beauty. My maturity level simply increased many folds. Without any contradiction I believe that nothing is as beautiful as God and the beauty of nature reflects the presence of God in it. We all are the children of God and who would like to differ from my thought that God is the ultimate beauty. No one, I suppose.
Fact about the images:
Both the images which I have used in this article were drawn by my son some two years ago for the Hindi poem I wrote for his assignment. I used it without any corrections if at all required because I wanted to maintain my son’s, only eight years then, perspective straight from heart.
About the Images
Both the images which I have used in this article were drawn by my son some years ago for the Hindi poem I wrote for his assignment. I used it without any corrections if at all required because I wanted to maintain my son’s, only eight years then, perspective straight from heart. Aren't they beautiful? For me these images are very special because I saw him drawing Lord Vishnu's photo according to the observation of His he had in his mind.