nineteen days

day seven

Posted in day seven, the fast - 2008 by amysahba on March 9, 2008

“O thou who art turning thy face towards God! Close thine eyes to all things else, and open them to the realm of the All-Glorious. Ask whatsoever thou wishest of Him alone; seek whatsoever thou seekest from Him alone. With a look He granteth a hundred thousand hopes, with a glance He healeth a hundred thousand incurable ills, with a nod He layeth balm on every wound, with a glimpse He freeth the hearts from the shackles of grief. He doeth as He doeth, and what recourse have we? He carrieth out His Will, He ordaineth what He pleaseth. Then better for thee to bow down thy head in submission, and put thy trust in the All-Merciful Lord.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

 

amy: spring is being stubborn and refusing to show its pretty self around here. i wait for her and sunshine, ever so slightly impatiently.

leila: my bananas are trying to tell me that it’s time to make some smoothies. the australian bush is so distinctively different from the temperate rainforests of western washington that it’s kind of a shock, and i haven’t decided if watching out for impending bears is better than watching out for impending snakes and spiders.

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  1. Sarah said, on March 9, 2008 at 5:22 am

    This quote reminds me of my mom, who says it with her own motherly radiance.

    I love the light in all of these photos. Quite wonderful.

  2. barmak said, on March 9, 2008 at 5:26 am

    this passage is so sweet and written, as are so many of Abd’ul Baha’s writings, in such a familiar, intimate tone in the original persian. it’s visible in shoghi effendi’s matchless translation too, of course. it’s a passage very close to my heart.

    on another note, the past couple of days i’ve really been having a recurring, walking, standing, ongoing meditation on a specific term in this phrase by shoghi effendi:
    “[The fast] is essentially a period … during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life”1…

    i’m entranced by his use of the term readjustment; it’s so precise, so powerful… i imagine the clay of my character, and my trying to readjust it – mould it, wrangle with it (!) — to make it more in line with God’s Will….

    1-Directives from the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, P. 87

  3. Shirin Youssefian said, on March 9, 2008 at 9:39 am

    This quote is so special to me…. We used to say it over and over at my darling Daddy’s bedside before he passed away…..

  4. kadria said, on March 9, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I love this quote… i still remember the first time i heard it at a breakfast/devotional in my home community. a youth a few years older than i recited it by memory, and i subsequently printed a copy of it on a card and carry it in my prayerbook.

    lovin’ your visual images of dawn and dusk…

  5. Behi said, on March 9, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    This idea has been truly wonderful…. thank you amy and leila.

    It has been a source of inspiration and connection of the souls during this fasting period and i have been looking forward to checking it in the early hours of the morning and the late hours of the night… the contract between the two seasons and the pictures is a brilliant idea. much love xxx

  6. rayyansabet said, on March 9, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    such a nice nice nice idea here, and really beautiful photography, one of them is now my desktop background. thankyou!

  7. amysahba said, on March 11, 2008 at 12:58 am

    sarah – some quotes just link our thoughts to one special person, no?
    barmak – thank you for your thoughts, and that wonderful quote!
    Shirin – so much love to you and the whole family my love. i think you often.
    kadria – i carry a small prayer book in my bag at all times, and this prayer is at the back. i read it nearly every day.
    behi – welcome dear one!
    rayyansabet – glad you like the pictures!


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