“He saith: “And there shall appear upon the tablet of thine heart a writing of the subtle mysteries of ‘Fear God and God will give you knowledge’; and the bird of thy soul shall recall the holy sanctuaries of preexistence and soar on the wings of longing in the heaven of ‘walk the beaten paths of thy Lord’, and gather the fruits of communion in the gardens of ‘Then feed on every kind of fruit.’ By My life, O friend, wert thou to taste of these fruits, from the green garden of these blossoms which grow in the lands of knowledge, beside the orient lights of the Essence in the mirrors of names and attributes — yearning would seize the reins of patience and reserve from out thy hand, and make thy soul to shake with the flashing light, and draw thee from the earthly homeland to the first, heavenly abode in the Center of Realities, and lift thee to a plane wherein thou wouldst soar in the air even as thou walkest upon the earth, and move over the water as thou runnest on the land. Wherefore, may it rejoice Me, and thee, and whosoever mounteth into the heaven of knowledge, and whose heart is refreshed by this, that the wind of certitude hath blown over the garden of his being, from the Sheba of the All-Merciful. Peace be upon him who followeth the Right Path!”
amy: at a gathering with friends we considered the implications of living in the moment, of enjoy where you are, what you are doing. i worry about waking up one day and realizing that i didn’t fully live the days i was given, didn’t appreciate them because i was always concerned about what was next. i figure if i manage to find a way to let each day sink in, i will wake up that one morning with a heart at peace and fewer wrinkles.
alison: detachment seems to be the theme of this year’s fast for me. Fasting is an opportunity to come closer to and commune with God, relinquishing all things of the world. i recently moved, and for the first few days in my new home, i had no energy or water. i’ve been through this before, but for some reason, it was exponentially more trying this time. i have reluctantly come to realize that renouncing the things of the world may also include water and energy! this morning, however, i finally awoke feeling at peace, as though the storm had subsided and all was calm and quiet again. shortly after sunrise the energy went out again, but this time i was serene and knew that everything would be okay.
leila: on another Baha’i mother’s blog, i read how she relates having children to spiritual fasting, by saying that the existence of little ones in one’s life mean that one has to fast from one’s own desires. new mama that i am, i draw strength from this idea as i struggle with both the little- and big-picture elements of my life. and it has given me a focus, a purpose, for the countless sleepless hours that i expend on persuading a frantic little irrational exhausted person that she can, by all means, fall asleep: i am fasting from my own desires.