nineteen days

day one

Posted in day one, the fast - 2008 by leila on March 3, 2008

Let us put aside all thoughts of self; let us close our eyes to all on earth, let us neither make known our sufferings nor complain of our wrongs. Rather let us become oblivious of our own selves, and drinking down the wine of heavenly grace, let us cry out our joy, and lose ourselves in the beauty of the All-Glorious.”


amy: starting my fast this morning was so peaceful, in the quiet of our home, a cool blue morning light seeping through the curtain in our living room. no rush, just time to sit, pray, read, think, notice. this evening was the opposite. noisy, crammed on a long bus ride, struggling to find something to capture at dusk. settling on bright lights at a roadside chinese restaurant. looking forward to tomorrow.

leila: i have been thinking about the Bahá’ís imprisoned in Iran for their religious beliefs. my mother chants the above passage from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá every day as a reminder of their steadfastness. The Tablet of Ahmad is the prayer i am saying every morning and evening for their sake. this morning i wondered how they are observing the fast in prison.


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  1. amzolt said, on March 3, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Stunning Visual Commencement !

    ~ Alex

  2. shirin sahba said, on March 3, 2008 at 4:43 am

    absolutely beautiful you two! i’m already in love…the colours go so well together… i have also been thinking about those imprisoned Baha’is…& pray for them.

  3. Sarah said, on March 3, 2008 at 5:00 am

    This is my new favorite quote. Thank you so much for posting it. You two are doing a great job!

  4. leila said, on March 3, 2008 at 5:14 am

    shirin: we both had blue mornings, didn’t we!

    amzolt: thank you!

    sarah: you’re so very welcome. my mum says that it’s in Book 6 of the Ruhi Institute courses? i don’t remember it being there, though.

    thanks for the encouragement, which is so kind and heartening.

  5. kadria said, on March 3, 2008 at 8:26 am

    this is my new favourite website – just had to say that. when i first heard of the idea, i thought now what a brilliant idea that is! seriously.
    amy – i like how the colours of your photos of Day 1 are echoed in your comments… blue seems to be associated with calm and peacefulness, and red/yellow seem to be reflective of noisy, busy, and loud…
    leila – your dawn photo brings to mind snippets from prayers (the canopy of the Beloved, the canopy of Thy majesty, etc). your dusk photo evokes sentiments of carefulness and delicacy in breaking the Fast and whatever kind of fruit or vegetable that is looks so tantilizing…
    well done, and i’ll be following your daily entries for the next 18 days.

  6. Shirin Youssefian said, on March 3, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Beautiful – thank you both

  7. Rochelle said, on March 3, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Very, very moved by today’s entry.
    Thank you Leila, for reminding me about the 3 prisoners.
    This site is really helping me during the Fast.

  8. Elizabeth said, on March 4, 2008 at 3:32 am

    This is really a beautiful post. I know I’ll look forward to seeing what you share with us every day of the Fast. Thank you!

  9. Sarah said, on March 4, 2008 at 9:36 am

    No wonder 😀 Book six was my favorite Ruhi course.

  10. leila said, on March 4, 2008 at 9:45 am

    sarah: oh, wait, my mum pointed it out to me this morning, and it’s actually in Book 7, page 35, fourth quote from the top. sorry! but now you have the reference!

  11. allan said, on March 17, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    fantastic love the photos im buying a new camera so i can do this next year i wrote a journal and mailed several friends but this is truly good idea smiles and hugs

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