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Sorrow, passion and beauty

Sorrow, passion and beauty

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Dialogue 9 San Diego, California, USA
February 22, 1974

Q: What is beauty?

We are becoming more and more artificial, superficial and verbal. Has man lost touch with nature? Has he lost the delicacy, the sensitivity of the mind, heart and body?

What is beauty? Must it be expressed? Does it need the word, the stone, the colour, the paint, or is it something that cannot be put into words, into a building, a statue?

Without passion you can't have beauty. Passion comes when there is suffering. Remaining with that suffering, not escaping from it, brings passion. Passion means the complete abandonment of the ‘me’, the self, the ego, and therefore the austerity of great beauty.