“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.