The GREATEST TEMPTATION that has to be avoided at all cost is to analyze UGLINESS. The deeper one gets into the ANALYSIS, one runs the risk of turning oneself UGLY. Because the most AUTHENTIC analysis is self analysis. Therefore one turns oneself UGLY to have an “INSIDER’S” view.
Let me cite a visual example. Supposing i do not have a speedometer in my car and i want to measure the speed of another car which is traveling at high speed, the best way to know the speed is to “catch up” with that speeding car and peek into the speedometer of that car. In the process what has consequently happened is that my car has actually accelerated to its speed. Now i am at the same speed as the SPEEDING car. The relative difference of speed between my car and the then speeding car is zero.
Similar thing happens, when we try ANALYZING UGLINESS. We all know the story of the Gautama Buddha and how his father was foretold about his son giving up the world and his Kingship. So no effort was spared by Gautama’s father to shield him from the miseries of this world. But when Gautama saw the UGLINESS, against which he had not been “INOCULATED” since childhood suddenly started taking a keen interest in their condition. The beggarliness, the transience of human life were are laid open to his consciousness, but he could not UNDERSTAND. The ANALYSIS started. Gautama is only one of the many millions who have attempted the grasp of the spiritual through the participation and SUCCEEDED in distilling the essence of life.
THIS TEMPTATION to ANALYZE UGLINESS IS THE ONLY BATTLE THAT A MAN HAS TO CONFRONT THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. ONCE THE AESTHETE IN A MAN IS SNUFFED OUT, BEAUTY OF LIFE PETERS OUT!!