What is Beauty?

What we call beauty is sometimes thought to be enigmatic. What’s beautiful within one culture can be ugly in another, and vice versa. But the Supreme Beauty of Krishna is seldom challenged — although I did once hear a BBC TV news reporter refer to Radha London Isvara as “hideous.” The “all-attractive” feature of the Absolute is real beauty. When our senses become purified, all seeming beautiful objects become lifeless and unattractive compared to the ultimate beauty of the Lord. In the purport to the Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.11.26, Srila Prabhupada writes, “And those who are artists, overtaken by the beautiful creation, should better see to the beautiful face of the Lord for complete satisfaction. The face of the Lord is the embodiment of beauty. What they call beautiful nature is but His smile, and what they call the sweet songs of the birds are but specimens of the whispering voice of the Lord.”