The Sea of Beauty is one of many analogies and similes employed in an admittedly vain effort to describe a high vision of reality. Some writers have employed this term upon having arrived at the most mature, the farthest, and the highest stages of the philosophical or mystical search. It is described variously as the Beatific Vision, enlightenment, nirvana, satori, Kensho, Bodhi, awareness, true knowledge, etc. In Roman Catholic Theology, the beatific vision is the eternal and direct perception of God enjoyed by those who are in Heaven, imparting supreme In sramanic philosophy Nirvana (निर्वाण| Nirvāṇa; निब्बान Nibbāna; Prakrit: णिव्वाण Satori ( 悟 Korean oh; Japanese satori (from the verb Satoru) Chinese: wù Kenshō (見性 (C Wu) is a Japanese term for enlightenment experiences—most commonly used within the confines of Zen Buddhism. Bodhi (बोधि is both the Pāli and Sanskrit word traditionally translated into English as "enlightenment
Those who claim to have had such a high and final vision sometimes report that reality is, at its deepest level, utterly unified, like a vast ocean, and that it is unutterably beautiful, or rather, source of all beauty. Such likenesses are drawn many places, including 1. , in the mystical poetry of Sufi Jalal'udin Rumi, 2. the writings of Plato.
"The shop of Oneness, The Ocean that has many harbours, Yet where there is no division Between man and man, or woman, But only a unity of souls In the process of return to their Creator, Whose breath lives inside each one An helps to guide us home. "
2. Plato's Symposium 210d-e. The Symposium is a philosophical dialogue written by Plato sometime after 385 BC
The result is that he will see the beauty of knowledge. . . the lover is turned to the great sea of beauty, and gazing upon this, he gives birth to many gloriously beautiful ideas and theories, in unstinting love of wisdom, until, having grown and been strengthened there, he catches sight of such knowledge, and it is the knowledge of such beauty. . .
. . . The man . . . who has beheld beautiful things in the right order and correctly, is now coming to the goal of Loving: all of a sudden he will catch sight of something wonderfully beautiful in its nature; that, Socrates, is the reason for all his earlier labors"