That Beauty Is a State

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

If beauty awaits discovery everywhere, that is to say that it waits upon our recollection: in aesthetic contemplation as in love and knowledge, we momentarily recover the unity of our being released from individuality. There are no degrees of beauty; the most complex and the simplest expression remind us of one and the same state… A mathematical analogy is found if we consider large and small circles; these differ only in their content, not in their circularity.

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Originally published as part of The Dance of Shiva.

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