There is still one other quality that should result from living these three: that is, the development of Beauty. Beauty is the overshadowing radiance of a full and complete expression of all three. Inner passion, idealistic thought, and right action can never be separated from living beauty, but all are inseparably bound together by it. Beauty serves to awaken the inner life and call out, as it were, a still greater love for the beautiful.

The importance of the love of beauty cannot be over-estimated. Neither is it possible for any one to realise how much it brings to life, how much of joy and hope, how much of gladness and sunshine, how much it colours one's speech, how much it gives expression to one's acts. We cannot measure its worth; we cannot count its value. It lifts a rich man out of a sordid state of satisfaction with worldly possessions, and endows the poor man with a wealth he could not buy with all the world's gold. We do not purchase God's gifts. The sun shines alike for all. All men breathe the air, but one man may enter into the enjoyment of the sunshine and the vibrant breath of the fresh air in a way that another knows nothing about. Not that any gift of God's is withheld from any one, but all gifts must be appropriated, must be used in order to be enjoyed. Therefore to those who seek beauty for the sake of beauty she will be found; and the seeking and finding of anything in the highest sense should be in order to use it. No matter how good a thing may be, it must be used in order to fulfil its real purpose; and if one has it in possession and fails to use it, it becomes a hindrance rather than an aid to development. While God is the giver of every good and perfect gift, yet this much is expected of the individual, that he shall lay hold of the gift, make it his own, and then use it for his own highest good and the good of others. An increasing knowledge of the beautiful will cease, when having entered into a degree of knowledge and appreciation of the beautiful one fails to impart of his riches to others.

A man is justified in using his own ways and means in giving. He is justified when he withholds from those who have no desire to receive what he has to give, he is also justified in withholding where there can be no real appreciation of his gift, but he is never justified in withholding from those who are ready and desirous of receiving. If he would grow in possessions and add to their value, he must do so through the giving of whatever he may have to give. Only through the use of one's blessings comes the still greater blessing.

When a man feels the wonder and the beauty of the Presence of God in his life he must seek to transfer the inner feeling into beautiful ideals, and these ideals in turn should colour his spoken word and his every act, so that there may be that oneness of life which radiates from the centre to the circumference in a perfect, rhythmic way from all that one feels, from all that one thinks, and from all that one does. This is the fulfilling of the perfect Law of Life.

In one's quest of the beautiful, the eye should be kept single so that the whole body may be filled with light. We should never dwell upon, or allow our minds to picture anything that is not beautiful. It is not necessary to have contrast in order to understand in a more perfect way anything of which we may be making a study. In the subconscious mind we have all the contrast needed to form a background for any or all of life's pictures. It is, indeed, in no way necessary to seek evil in order to understand good. But let us remember that every manifestation that is lacking in grace and beauty is only a partial expression, and expression which has not as yet fulfilled its design but which, in the process of evolution, will take its place as a thing of beauty.

All true criticism should mean, not dwelling upon and magnifying anything that is lacking in beauty but rather the showing forth of whatever beauty the subject possesses and suggesting how still greater beauty may be added to it. People do not need to be told their faults in order to be shown a way for overcoming them. We draw out the hidden beauty that exists in another life only through the full recognition of whatever beauty of thought, feeling, or action it is already expressing. That which lives in anyone's life is constantly seeking to awaken the same quality in the lives of others. Whatever of beauty the heart is feeling, whatever of beauty the mind is thinking, whatever of beauty the hands are doing, all become examples for others, an aid, an incentive to a loftier conception and a truer expression of beauty.

Some say that this is a utilitarian age and that real beauty is not appreciated, that the world of to-day is in quest of money, of everything that will make for physical comfort, rather than the unfolding to the higher planes of life, therefore any effort that is put forward to help humanity to a greater knowledge of the beautiful is lost. I do not think this is wholly true, but even if it were true, there would be the greater necessity for the prophets of the ideal and beautiful to give expression to their ideals, to show the loveliness of them, and so induce others to set forth in the quest of what they themselves have learned to love.

One of the prophets of old has said that the people perish for lack of the vision, so, he who is in possession of this vision, the vision of higher ideals, the vision of more beautiful states, or even the vision of beautifying the external world through artistic expression should give his vision so that the people may not perish but rather be quickened and renewed. Ideals rule the world. The world to-day is hungering and thirsting after the beautiful; it may be that this hunger and thirst will bring new prophets of the beautiful, for wherever desire exists, there exists with that desire the material necessary for its fulfilment; wherever there is demand there must of necessity come the supply.