Beauty Itself ll (after Plato) – La Belleza en sí ll (según Platón)

Whenever a man, ascending on the return journey from these mortal things… begins to catch sight of that beauty, he is not far from his goal. This is the correct way of approaching or being led by another to the realm of love, beginning with beautiful things in this world and using them as steps, returning ever on and upwards for the sake of that absolute beauty, from one to two and from two to all beautiful embodiments, then from beautiful embodiment to beautiful practices, and from practice to the beauty of knowledge of many things, and from these branches of knowledge one comes finally to the absolute knowledge, which is non other than knowledge of that absolute beauty and rests finally in the realization of what the absolute beauty is.
     Symposium 211 (Plato)
Cuando ascendiendo en el viaje de retorno a partir de estos objetos mortales… un hombre comienza a vislumbrar esa belleza, no está ya lejos de su meta. Este es el método apropiado de acercarse, o de ser llevado por otro, al reino del amor, empezando por las cosas bellas de este mundo y empleándolas como escalones, volviendo y ascendiendo una y otra vez por causa de esa belleza absoluta; de uno a dos, y de dos a todos los bellos modelos, y desde bellos modelos a bellas prácticas, y de las prácticas a la belleza del conocimiento de muchas cosas, y desde las diversas ramas del conocimiento uno llega finalmente al conocimiento absoluto, que no es otro que el conocimiento de la absoluta belleza; y permanece entonces en el conocimiento de lo que es esa belleza absoluta. (traducción provisional)
     El Banquete, de Platón, 211

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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