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Beauty and Nature

Spring Flowers

Spring flowers blossom without prelude,
Renewing life with suddenness,
With this symbphony of hues marking the origin,
Appearing as the descent from Heaven
Of the echo of that first fiat lux
Which bestowed existence and life besides.
The flowers bloom turning to the sun
And grow in response to her warming rays.
But in the street of my Beloved,
They bloom before every other orchard,
And blaze in colors before other gardens.
For from her abode there radiates that love
Whose warmth nurtures these flowers,
The love of the eternal spring which never passes away
And which, engulfing the early blossoms,
Causes them to bloom to their fullness
To realize their celestial likeness,
As an early sign of whither comes the spring
And wherein is to be found that eternal spring flower,
The flower which, warmed by the rays of Divine Love,
Whithers not away nor dies.

-Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Washington, D.C.
April 7, 1985





Solitary Angler (Fisherman)


     He who has been instructed thus far in the things of love, and who has learned to see the beautiful in due order and succession, when he comes toward the end will suddenly perceive a nature of wondrous beauty...a nature which in the first place is everlasting, not growing and decaying, or waxing and waning; secondly, not fair in one point of view and foul in another, or at one time or in one relation or at one place fair, at another time or in another relation or at another place foul, as if fair to some and foul to others;...but Beauty absolute, self-sufficient, simple, and everlasting, which without diminution and without increase, or any change, is imparted to the ever-growing and perishing beauties of all other things. he who from these ascending under the influence of true love, begins to perceive that Beauty, is not far from the end. And the true order of going, or being led by another, to the things of love, is to begin from the beauties of earth and mount upwards for the sake of that other Beauty, using these as steps only, and from one going on to two, and from two to all fair forms, and fromfair forms to fair practices, and from fair practices to fair notions, until from fair notions he arrives at the notion of absolute Beauty, and at last knows what the essence of Beauty is.

-Plato (Symposium, 211)


How precious is creation.
That one awareness would
Save it from desecration.
Look. A butterfly.
One of the small white ones.
Today I will try
To remember God all day.
Repeat His Holy Name,
Meditate, and pray.

-Harry Woods Pal


Man was very goodly to look on, bearing the likeness of his Father....And....downward-tending Nature..., seeing the beauty of the form of God, smiled with insatiate love of Man, showing the reflection of that most beautiful form in the water, and its shadow on earth. And he, seeing this form, a form like to his own, in earth and water, loved it, and willed to dwell there. And the deed followed close on teh design; and he took up his abode in matter devoid of reason. And Nature, when she had got him with whom she was in love, wrapped him in her clasp.


*Seyyed Hossein Nasr selections are from Poems of the Way, published in 1999 by the Foundation for Traditional Studies
* Harry Woods Pal selections are from his Terse Verse, composed from 1970 - 2000.


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