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The acute belief of physical life comes on at a remote
period, and is not so disastrous as the chronic belief.
(Eyes and teeth renewed)
I have seen age regain two of the elements it had lost,
sight and teeth. A woman of eighty-five, whom I knew,
had a return of sight. Another woman at
ninety had new teeth, incisors, cuspids, bicuspids,
and one molar. One man at sixty
had retained his full set of upper and lower teeth without
a decaying cavity.
Beauty, as well as truth, is eternal; but the beauty
of material things passes away, fading and fleeting as
mortal belief. Custom, education, and fashion
form the transient standards of mortals. Immortality,
exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its
own, - the radiance of Soul. Immortal men and women
are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind
and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness
which transcend all material sense.
(The divine loveliness)
Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Being
possesses its qualities before they are perceived
humanly. Beauty is a thing of life, which
dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects
the charms of His goodness in expression, form,
outline, and color. It is Love which paints the petal
with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches
the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with
starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.
The embellishments of the person are poor substitutes
for the charms of being, shining resplendent and eternal
over age and decay.
The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and
more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure