The whole world lusts after beauty, and many people think it to be a good thing.
But beauty is like everything else in this world – deceptive. Although it allures, that beauty with time turns to ugliness. Pretty face ages and is deformed with the passing of time. Eventually the person dies, the body putrefies, and where’s the beauty then?
That’s the nature of beauty – deceptive. Attachment to it also prevents you from seeing the truth. For example, enchanted by a pretty face you fail to see who’s behind that skin.
Lust for beauty makes people desperate to do anything it takes to reach for that perfection, and this sometimes makes them look ridiculous. Their egos convince such victims that they look great (like men wearing wigs to hide the fact that they are getting bold), but an average observer quickly sees the farce.
Most women are conditioned to believe that the most important thing for a woman is to look pretty. When they age, they get desperate to keep their fading glory. They start wearing more and more makeup, which often makes them look like clowns, unfortunately. No matter how many tons of make up one wears, it’s quite impossible to fully hide the fact that one is ageing.
Take a look at the rich stars who do everything it takes to stay looking young. They go through many plastic surgeries to run away from old age, and use most expensive makeup brands. But all those surgeries and additions do is make them look not quite human. If you would meet such a “star” in a supermarket, you’re very likely to get frightened!
People tend to run away from the truth if it’s uncomfortable, and this definitely applies to ageing. Media has conditioned us to worship youth, though in remote ages people were as attached to it as we are, as seen, for example, from the ancient Greek statues which immortalized their beauty concept.
It’s better to stay far away from this attachment because it’s a ticking time bomb. If you’re attached to your personal beauty, with age it will vanish, and what will you do then?
It’s incredible how many unbalanced ageing individuals are produced because of this attachment. Instead of allowing mature qualities to unfold with the passing time, they get fixated on the lust for youth and all their time and energy is spent on doing anything that gives hope to get back what they lost.
The most sane thing to do is to accept what is. The fact is, people age and beauty vanishes.
Instead of adoring the thing that passes away, one should invest his focus on things that don’t, such as truth or spirituality (which is the same thing anyway). This is what fills an individual and prevents one from being affected by the cruel onslaughts of Maya.