God in Nature
I was charmed with the natural scenery about Hrishikesh and the Lakshman Jhula, and bowed my head in reverence to our ancestors for their sense of the beautiful in Nature, and for their foresight in investing beautiful manifestations of Nature with a religious significance.
An Autobiography (1966), p. 296
I may gaze out upon the starry heavens overhead that stretch in an unending expanse of beauty. What conscious Art of man can give me the panoramic scenes that opens out before me, when I look up to the sky above with all its shinning stars…. I personally feel how inadequate these are compared with the eternal symbols of Beauty in Nature.
Young India, 13-11-‘24, p. 377
‘Is there Truth in a sun-set or a crescent moon that shines amid the stars at night?’
Indeed. These beauties are truthful, inasmuch as they make me think of the Creator at the back of them. How also could these be beautiful, but for the Truth that is in the centre of creation? When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon my soul expands in worship of the Creator. I try to see Him and His mercies in all these creations.
Young India, 13-11-‘24, p. 378
I find in the practice of treeworship a thing instinct with a deep pathos and poetic beauty. It symbolizes true reverence for the entire vegetable kingdom, which with its endless panorama of beautiful shapes and forms, declares to us as it were with a million tongues the greatness and glory of God.
Young India, 26-9-‘29, p. 320