Beauty Is The Very Nature Of The Kosmos

Ken Wilber

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Awakin FeatureIf science gives us objective Truth, or the “it” of Spirit, and morals give us the Good, or the “we” of Spirit, then Beauty—which is in the “eye” of the beholder—helps open us to the “I” of Spirit. [...]

Think of the most beautiful person you have ever seen. Think of the exact moment you looked into his or her eyes, and for a fleeting second you were paralyzed: you couldn’t take your eyes off that vision. You stared, frozen in time, caught in that beauty. Now imagine that identical beauty radiating from every single thing in the entire universe: every rock, every plant, every animal, every cloud, every person, every object, every mountain, every stream—even the garbage dumps and broken dreams— every single one of them, radiating that beauty. You are quietly frozen by the gentle beauty of everything that arises around you. You are released from grasping, released from time, released from avoidance, released altogether into the eye of Spirit, where, you contemplate the unending beauty of the Art that is the entire World. 

That all-pervading Beauty is not an exercise in creative imagination. It is the actual structure of the universe. That all-pervading Beauty is in truth the very nature of the Kosmos right now. It is not something you have to imagine, because it is the actual structure of perception in all domains. If you remain in the eye of Spirit, every object is an object of radiant Beauty. If the doors of perception are cleansed, the entire Kosmos is your lost and found Beloved, the Original Face of primordial Beauty, forever, and forever, and endlessly forever. And in the face of that stunning Beauty, you will completely swoon into your own death, never to be seen or heard from again, except on those tender nights when the wind gently blows through the hills and the mountains, quietly calling your name. 

From Ken Wilber's book, One Taste.

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the notion of every object being an object of radiant beauty in the eye of Spirit? Can you share a personal story of a time you felt the radiant "Beauty" of everything around you? What helps you see the all-pervading "Beauty" around you?

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    On Dec 29, 2019 Tracy Matt wrote:
    Expert love spell caster brought my Ex husband back" I suggest you read my testimony. I'm Tracy Mattingly from united state, I'm so excited my husband is back after he left me for another woman. My husband was having an affair with a co-worker and i love my husband so much but he was cheating on me with his co-worker and this girl i think use witchcraft or black magic on my husband to make him hate me and this was so critical and uncalled-for, I cry all day and night for God to send me a helper to bring back my husband! I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help get ex-boyfriend back fast. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it, then he did a love spell for me. 11hours later, my husband really called me and told me that he miss me so much, Oh My God! i was so happy, and today i am happy with my man again and we are joyfully living t... [View Full Comment] Expert love spell caster brought my Ex husband back" I suggest you read my testimony. I'm Tracy Mattingly from united state, I'm so excited my husband is back after he left me for another woman. My husband was having an affair with a co-worker and i love my husband so much but he was cheating on me with his co-worker and this girl i think use witchcraft or black magic on my husband to make him hate me and this was so critical and uncalled-for, I cry all day and night for God to send me a helper to bring back my husband! I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help get ex-boyfriend back fast. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it, then he did a love spell for me. 11hours later, my husband really called me and told me that he miss me so much, Oh My God! i was so happy, and today i am happy with my man again and we are joyfully living together and i thank the powerful spell caster Dr.Unity, he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the here. if you are here and your Lover is turning you down, or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact Dr.Unity for help now..Here’s his contact,Email him at: Unityspelltemple@gmail. com[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Dec 23, 2019 shri vadalkar wrote:
    years ago, when i was more young, while traveling, the black cloud had the sun covered.when we all were looking at it, Lo,the cloud parted and that beauty of the sun, peaking through the dark cloud , the edges, all silvery and shining, it was all so awesome --even though many yrs have passed, i just can't seem to forget that beautiful site!! shri v.

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    On Dec 23, 2019 Rashmi Sinha wrote:
    I believe beauty surrounds us. There is beauty in my children's presence, in the flowers of my balcony, in the songs I listen. I mostly have experienced beauty in connectedness with people. It's beautiful when they see me or I get glance of them.

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    On Dec 20, 2019 Manisha wrote:
    Forthe first timeever I attended theWednesday's Awakin circle and Ican't describehow I felt. Such a wonderful and beautifulsoul, gatheredaround to createpositive vibrations. Every minute that I spent there was beautiful. The sound of silence which I heardbefore, butconnected to deeply, was beautiful. We heard so many times that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. But what I saw from closed eyes was ultimate :) I have so much to tell that I will prefer to be quite.

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    On Dec 19, 2019 Michael Maxwell Steer wrote:
    As a musician I think one of the extraordinary gifts we humans have created for ourselves is music. We derive a great deal of our identity from something that has no physical reality. Music is like a vast projection onto space itself and yet it creates and reflectsa moral (intentional) reality unique to each differing culture.
    To me it's no mere coincidence that the greatest music of the just about every faith tradition has been written in praise of the creator spirit; for it has always been that when we align ourselves with the wordless reality music expresses we can reach a state of transcendencethat is akin to spiritual ecstasy.

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    On Dec 18, 2019 Navin Sata wrote:
    God love is omni present. Bhagavad geeta..vasudev sarvam...

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    On Dec 18, 2019 Nasrain Dhanani wrote:
    During this short journey recognizing myself as Gods beautiful creation, has helped me see the beauty in and around me. 

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    On Dec 17, 2019 Sunil, Bangalore wrote:
    Fundamentally Beauty is all pervading .Its a question of our own cleansed conscious,head-mind-soul.The entire universe is just,fair and beautiful fascinatingly. It's our responsibility with ownership,earnest desire and honest efforts to realise the same by going deep within & without.The third eye between the eyebrows opens the doors to our innate Spirit, radient light and the Anhad sound .

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    On Dec 17, 2019 Ernesto Ruiz Ortiz wrote:
    The concept of "the beauty in everything" resonates deeply with me. ihave reached the same conclusion by exploring other roads ... and have explored complementary views in a book (in Spanish) titled "The Ultimate Adventure: Awareness of Reality". It explores in a humble but not timid way the inherent nature of "reality" ... of the universe, light-energy-matter, ourselves, everything... in simple language (as a "lay" person), but integrating many scientific findings and quoting several Nobel Prize winnersin Physics, to strengthen the fascinating, mind-boggling facts about the oneness of everything, the presence of light (EM waves) as part of the intrinsic nature of every creature and object, and the importance of "transcendental consciousness" as a tool to get a glimpse at the unbelievable reality in which we are all immersed...

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    On Dec 17, 2019 RUBY wrote:
    Beauty is a virtue. Everything beautiful in the world, that is, mountains, white sandy beaches, flowers, birds, butterflies, plants, cities, women, kids, etc, makes a person profoundly happy, complete, and sense of belonging to some virtuous place in the universe. On the other hand, being among ugly things everyday can make a person very depressed and can cause even death through severe depression. Ugly looking things represent all the negatives in live. Women are beautiful! I cherish all the beautiful things God created that is why I transitioned into a beautiful girl!!!! That is a deep spiritual side of me.

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    On Dec 17, 2019 prasana iyengar wrote:
    My big brother passed last week; as I was reflecting on his journey with the illness it dawned on me that he united us by weaving a thread of love. Our togethernss will be his enduring legacy. Kens passage was so timely and helped me see the beauty for what it is. In gratitude

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    On Dec 17, 2019 Alicia wrote:
    It's the same every night yet of different essence/feel according to the seasons. I sit in my Porch where I'm surrounded by my hanging pots andmorning glory vine. I have a wonderful view of my side yard which includes a Pine and Mulberry tree and I feel their presence as a feeling emanating from each of them, and this feeling is apeaceful patient beauty to me and I am part of yet I can stand aside contemplatin them and me.. It brings me deep strange thoughts of the nature and cause of them and me . Im
    that I am: Being. Soonall thoughts stop. I am home

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    On Dec 17, 2019 Anil Pandit wrote:
    "Beauty indeed lies in the eye of the beholder" but its perception as with anything viewed, is derived in the brain. Perceiving every object as energy has been the key for my developing elation for it.

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    On Dec 16, 2019 Prasad Kaipa wrote:
    Last year when I was in Bali, I was in awe of its natural beauty. Especially when I went to a rice farm, I had a chance to see multiple rainbows and the trees were radiating energy. It felt like beauty was growing out of the earth and merging with the sky. I was really grateful for the beauty and the opportunity for me to experience it. On reflection, I also felt that it made me kinder, gentler, more generous and patient during the time I was in Bali and I am sure experience the magnificence was the reason for softening of my behavior.



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    On Dec 15, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    Ken Wilber's passage reminds me of the song sung by a saint: "By losing myself I found myself." When the ego creates the world of this and that, mine and and thine, beauty and ugliness, the world of oneness and wholeness is cracked. It closes and blocks the Internal Eye, the Spiritual Eye, which sees the all-pervading, unending radiant beauty. Every thing is the manifestation of the Radiant Beauty- the all-pervading Divine Presence. I feel the presence of Divinity when I let go of the grip of the grasping ego. When I am aware of the ego -created boundaries of separation I feel the presence of the Radiant Beauty in nature and in sentient beings. Daily practice of meditation and mindfulness open the door of my heart. I feel at home even though physically I may not be at home.I become intimate with me, with nature and the people with me and around me. As mentioned before, loving awareness, meditation and mindful living help me to see the all-pervading "Beauty". T... [View Full Comment] Ken Wilber's passage reminds me of the song sung by a saint: "By losing myself I found myself." When the ego creates the world of this and that, mine and and thine, beauty and ugliness, the world of oneness and wholeness is cracked. It closes and blocks the Internal Eye, the Spiritual Eye, which sees the all-pervading, unending radiant beauty. Every thing is the manifestation of the Radiant Beauty- the all-pervading Divine Presence.

    I feel the presence of Divinity when I let go of the grip of the grasping ego. When I am aware of the ego -created boundaries of separation I feel the presence of the Radiant Beauty in nature and in sentient beings. Daily practice of meditation and mindfulness open the door of my heart. I feel at home even though physically I may not be at home.I become intimate with me, with nature and the people with me and around me.

    As mentioned before, loving awareness, meditation and mindful living help me to see the all-pervading "Beauty". This isSadhana, practicingspirituality and living spiritually.
    Namaste!
    JagdishP Dave
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    On Dec 15, 2019 David Doane wrote:
    All that is, every plant, animal, person, and object, is an expression of and manifestation of God, so I know each one is the radiant beauty of Spirit. During the moments that I abide in that knowing I feel the radiant beauty of everything around me. Such times have happened in and immeditely following intimate being present with, sharing with, relationship with another or with nature. What helps me see the all pervading beauty around me, when I do, is living and seeing from the foundation that all creation is sacred, all creation is God incarnate.

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