Which are Beautiful Eyes?

Eyes are organs of the visual system and are blessing of God to the humans.  Everybody has different types of eyes.  Some people have brown and some have black and many other colors.  Round, monolid, hooded, downturned, upturned and almond are the six main eye shapes and all are fabulous in their own way.  They are more  than just windows to the outside world. God gave us eyes to see the beauty in nature. Eyes can express sadness, anger, joy, fear, jealous  and surprise.

In humans,  male and female have different facial characteristics caused by the hormone-testosterone  levels which they possess. Facial beauty plays a crucial  role  in social interactions. Eyes and hair are more important for the beauty of the face.  Eyes are considered as one of the most wonderful things we have. With our eyes, we could  see the beauty of God's creation.  Sometimes, we can also presume how a person feels through his /her eyes which indicate anger, sadness, happiness or sometimes disgust. Eyes  reflect emotions  and inner being.  It is said that the eyes are the mirror of the soul and there is a lot of truth in it because some changes occur around the eyes when we express some emotions, and these changes in turn communicate to others how we think and feel.

Here is a story of a wrestler Danurdasa, who find something special in Hemamba's eyes  which he blindly believed that they are very beautiful, most loveable, attractive and powerful.

Once Sri Ramanuja(one  of the most important exponents of Srivyshnavism  tradition within Hinduism) attended a grand Brahmostava festival at Lord Ranganatha temple at Srirangam. Lots of devotees also attended  from different places. After the function was concluded, Ramanuja was returning to his Ashram by  keeping his hands on the shoulders of one of his disciples. All of a sudden his attention was drawn towards a well built young man who was walking backwards with his eyes and attention focused on the charming  eyes of a young lady  who was walking along with him. The young man was so engrossed in enjoying the beauty of the lady’s eyes,  that he was unaware  of his surroundings and was shamelessly admiring her beauty. 

Ethiraja( Ramanuja was also called by this name, which means  king of Saints) was too shocked to see the shamelessness of the young man. He asked one of his disciples to bring the young man to him. Though Danurdasa  was reluctant to go, he could not say no because of the greatness of Ramanuja. So he followed  and went to Ramanuja’s presence and offered his obeisance to Ramanuja and stood  with folded hands. Ramanuja said  "Who are you and why you shamelessly looking into the eyes of that young lady without caring the people around you.  How can you be so fascinated towards an ordinary female and shamelessly  admiring her like that".

The young man said, “I am, Danurdasa, a wrestler from Nichulapuram and I had come here to witness the Garuda Seva of the Lord. She is Hemamba and I am madly in love with her. The beauty of her eyes is such that  I cannot take my eyes off her and her eyes  can captivate anyone.

Ramanuja was stunned at the reply given by Danurdasa  and  said, “What will you do if I show you a pair of eyes that are many times more beautiful and captivating than the eyes of Hemamba".

Danurdasa said "If you can show me  eyes that are more beautiful than hers, I will  spend the rest of my life in their service because I have not come across the eyes that are more beautiful than that of Hemamba". Then Ramanuja decided to reform Danurdasa and asked him to meet him in the evening  at the Lord Ranganatha temple. Accordingly Danurdasa came to the temple along with Hemamba. 

Ramanuja asked the chief priest to take the lamp closer to the eyes of Lord Ranganatha during arati  and said, “Observe  the most beautiful  eyes in the entire creation. 

Danurdasa saw the beautiful eyes of Lord Ranganatha and became overjoyed and  speechless for sometime. He was so captivated by the eyes of the Lord that he totally forgot Hemamba and  decided to dedicate the rest of his life to serve the Lord.  Danurdasa thanked  Ramanuja  for opening his eyes and  requested Ramanuja  to  accept him as his   disciple. Both Danurdasa and Hemamba got married with the blessings of Ramanuja. Ramanuja initiated Danurdasa and Hemamba by performing the concerned ritual and they both served Lord Ranganatha during their life time. 

In Ramayana (an Indian Epic) in Ayodhya Kanda,  it is stated that Rama once  went  to worship their deity Lord Ranganatha.   His wife Sita Devi,  accompanied Him.  As Rama performs pooja, Sita was watching  Him.  Sita Devi  surprised  on seeing the  eyes of  Lord Ranganatha,  which  she thought that  they are very  very beautiful.   She then looked at Rama’s eyes, and changed her mind  that Rama has  the most beautiful eyes in the world. Thus, she looked from Rama to Ranganatha and as she kept looking, Her eyes widened in surprise.  Why because  the eyes of both were most beautiful and  lovely and  in fact Rama was the incarnation of Lord Ranganatha.

God has given us beautiful  eyes to see the truth and beauty of nature which really exists and  not to insult others who are inferior to us in some aspects i.e., richness, education, knowledge etc.,  A healthy eye gives light to the whole body, but a diseased eye keeps  the whole body in darkness.  Therefore when ones eyes are filled with kindness, his whole  body is full of light.   The body that lacks spiritual sight is full of darkness and is with full of light when it is spiritually sighted. It is therefore said that  the eyes are the open windows to the soul of a person.  The easiest and one of the most effective ways to beautify ones  eyes is to simply smile and kind to others.  When a compassionate person  smiles, it is not just the lips but the whole face is in action and eye muscles which react naturally  gives the eyes a more appealing and inviting look. This makes others around him friendly and  also makes them  more approachable to him.  

As age advances we may suffer with many ailments. So, before our  good looks from our beautiful eyes  fade away, eye balls  sink back or bulge forward, lower eyelids turn inward,  and eyelids droop etc., we must  try to see God in this life itself, to make achieve the   real goal of human life. If we look at Nature  around and take the time to meditate on things going on i.e., how it all works together, we may  be able to see God everywhere.   We may not  see God with our physical eyes but  with spiritual eyes we can see God himself in His original form.

Lord Krishna's beautiful eyes are always filled with His merciful glances and smiles towards His devotees who seek His shelter. The most beautiful eyes are those  which are spiritualised  with  love and devotion and  can directly see Him face to face. 


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