Minus the skin, dress and ornaments the human body is nothing. Just imagine for a moment that the skin has been removed. You will have to stand by with a long stick to drive away crows and vultures. Physical beauty is superficial, illusory and liable to fade. It is skin deep only. Do not be deluded by appearances. They are the jugglery of Maya. Go to the source - to the pure, eternal Atman - the beauty of beauties, the everlasting beauty.
If your hair becomes grey, that is the first warrant from the Lord of Death. You must get ready to meet him. The wrinkles on the face and the bending of the body will also remind you of the warrant.
From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda
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  • Yes it is true yet we need a physical form (a human body) to understand and experience about self existence, works and aim of life and to know the real beauty and truth of almighty/eternal atman as well and even to imagine for a moment about body without skin. The main purpose of life is to live with happily and completely and the real beauty is how nicely you represent and conduct yourself with others where physical appearance does not keep much importance.

    Kriyananda Maharshi Dayananda
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