nineteen days

day six

Posted in the fast - 2009 by amysahba on March 7, 2009

“Only when the lamp of search, of earnest striving, of longing desire, of passionate devotion, of fervid love, of rapture, and ecstasy, is kindled within the seeker’s heart, and the breeze of His loving-kindness is wafted upon his soul, will the darkness of error be dispelled, the mists of doubts and misgivings be dissipated, and the lights of knowledge and certitude envelop his being. At that hour will the Mystic Herald, bearing the joyful tidings of the Spirit, shine forth from the City of God resplendent as the morn, and, through the trumpet-blast of knowledge, will awaken the heart, the soul, and the spirit from the slumber of heedlessness. Then will the manifold favors and outpouring grace of the holy and everlasting Spirit confer such new life upon the seeker that he will find himself endowed with a new eye, a new ear, a new heart, and a new mind. He will contemplate the manifest signs of the universe, and will penetrate the hidden mysteries of the soul. Gazing with the eye of God, he will perceive within every atom a door that leadeth him to the stations of absolute certitude. He will discover in all things the mysteries of Divine Revelation, and the evidences of an everlasting Manifestation.”


day six - dawnmorning largeday six - eveevening large

amy: i could hear seagulls this morning when I woke up. i felt an incredible longing for waves, the smell of the ocean, the bright light, sand between my toes. so i fingered some shells and corals i picked up last time i was by the ocean.

sholeh: a thunderstorm was raging in the early morning as we awoke to eat breakfast, and it made the world cleaner, although the gray skies were not exactly cheerful.  after a long day, i made my way over to the House of Worship, which was glowing softly in the mists, the remnants of the storm, and i said a quick prayer before going to dinner with a group of dear friends.

leila: this morning i woke up with a migraine—to remind me of my usual health?—and i wasn’t able to take a photo.  i’m using one i took yesterday morning instead.  the whole day has felt like it’s been a wash, with me sleeping off the headache and nausea, and not spending time together as a family.  but this evening, saying prayers together before shaun broke the Fast and our daughter gurgling between us, redeemed it, healed it.  and then it snowed!


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  1. Della L. Marcus said, on March 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Stunning photograph of the blessed Temple in Wilmette, Sholeh.
    Sorry you were not feeling well, Leila. Hope today is a better one for you. Thank you for your beautiful photographs.
    Amy, I concur with all the friends that raved about your description of New York City. I can also relate to your missing the ocean.

    Bless you all for these visual delights and the sentiments shared.

    Loving regards from Bucharest!

  2. namo said, on March 8, 2009 at 11:08 am

    nice shots folks!

  3. Sarah said, on March 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Beautiful quote and photos. So good to hear about life in other places-so sorry though that you had a migraine, Leila. It will get better.

  4. brian said, on March 9, 2009 at 3:12 am

    This is a beautiful site. FYI, it is now the featured site on Baha’i Explorer (

    Have a wonderful fast!

  5. nemoDreamer said, on March 9, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    wow, those day’s photos are amazing… (or the previous days, in the case of Leila (i hope you feel better!))
    i love the way amy’s dawn mirrors leila’s dusk…
    also, the Orchid and the Temple (great title for a book): wow……..

  6. Rebekah said, on March 12, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    beautiful temple shot! I visited a similar one in Evanston, Il a few years ago

  7. leili said, on March 16, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Sholeh – I love the glow! That mysterious, elusive glow of the House of Worship.

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