A lotus is beautiful even if it is in the midst of muck; the blemish on the moon, despite its darkness, only highlights the moon’s lustre; her simple bark attire only enhances the loveliness of this maiden. Indeed, what will not serve as a decoration for something that is intrinsically beautiful?
[This verse is in Act I (of VII Acts) of Kalidasa’s play, Abhignyanashakunthalam (अभिज्ञाशाकुन्तलम्). King Dushyanta recites this verse to himself when he sees Shakuntala for the first time from his vantage point, behind the trees]
[sarasijamanuvidhDHam shaivalEnApi ramyam malinamapi himAmshOrlakshma lakshmIm thanOthi / iyamaDHikamanOgnyA valkaEnApi thanvI kimiva hi maDHurANAm maNdanam nAkrthInAm//
सरसिजमनुविद्धं शैवलॆनपि रम्यं मलिनमपि हिमांशॊर्लक्ष्म लक्ष्मीं तनॊति /इयमधिकमनॊज्ञा वल्कलॆनापि तन्वी किमिव हि मधुराणां मण्डनं नाकृतीनाम् //]