nineteen days

day sixteen

Posted in day sixteen, the fast - 2008 by leila on March 18, 2008

O Befriended Stranger! The candle of thine heart is lighted by the hand of My power, quench it not with the contrary winds of self and passion. The healer of all thine ills is remembrance of Me, forget it not. Make My love thy treasure and cherish it even as thy very sight and life.”

Bahá’u’lláh


amy: we have made arrangements for our Pilgrimage, we are going in june. this evening, i read some passages about some of the early Bahá’ís from north america and europe that traveled to Israel for Pilgrimage, in the early nineteen hundreds. I was so moved to hear about their experiences there, and i felt so blessed to be able to partake in this experience myself. so soon.

leila: this morning it rained a little. when it cleared up, i took a long walk. as usual, i am Planning, Wondering, Hoping on these perambulations around this neighbourhood. i plan for the future, wonder what the future will be like, and hope that the future carries with it some of the fragrant spirit of these spiritual days of fasting.

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  1. Alison said, on March 18, 2008 at 6:39 am

    your photos are getting better and better….:)

  2. kadria said, on March 18, 2008 at 7:32 am

    exquisite photos, both of you! i love the pairing of the shot of candles next to the one of prayerbooks (and their shadows!)
    can’t believe the fast is coming to an end… will “nineteen days” become an annual occurance? sure hope so! 🙂

  3. Shirin Youssefian said, on March 18, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! I will miss nineteen days! Thank you both

  4. Manijeh said, on March 18, 2008 at 7:48 am

    love the detail on the prayer book covers!

  5. limonana said, on March 18, 2008 at 9:09 am

    oh no! i wish these lovely pictures would never end!

  6. leila said, on March 18, 2008 at 9:32 am

    alison: thank you! i don’t know about amy, but i’m finding it a bit tough to see NEW and beautiful things to take photos of, when i’m mainly at the same place—home—around dawn and dusk!

    kadria: what generous praise, especially from a stellar photographer like you! i also love the candles/prayer books combo. i think amy won’t mind if i say that “nineteen days” WILL be an annual occurence!

    shirin: thank you for your lovely words!

    manijeh: i love these contrasts, too.

    limonana: maybe this is too early to say, since amy and i haven’t ironed out details yet, but the pictures may not, actually, end after all …

  7. Fariba said, on March 18, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I wake up, prepare breakfast for my daughter and son, wake them up and we eat and say prayers to start our fast, soon after we get ready for college run, I come back just after 9 am and look for your Quote for the day, pictures and thoughts, such refreshing start to my day, thank you…

  8. leila said, on March 18, 2008 at 10:18 am

    fariba: such dear, precious thoughts! thank you, thank you for sharing this experience with us. we love thinking about how this is bonding, connecting people all around the world. looking at our dawn pictures again, they do indeed look refreshing. refreshingly good to bite! CRUNCH.

  9. mehdi said, on March 18, 2008 at 10:29 am

    These images today and indeed so many of them are awesome … each day seems to actually be getting better … more focused … thanks so much for sharing the images and your experiences!

  10. Elizabeth said, on March 18, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I love the prayerbook photo, and the beautiful flowers. Can’t believe there are only 2 days left. I’ll miss seeing this every day.

  11. leila said, on March 19, 2008 at 11:08 am

    mehdi: so glad to see you here! a professional photographer, no less! but saying that we get better and better definitely gives the process of taking my photos an edge—i have had in my mind all day “They have to be better than last time!” i just hope i don’t disappoint. thank you for coming and sharing encouragement!

    elizabeth: thank you ever so much. i start my final day of fasting tomorrow—definitely mixed feelings.


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