“Release yourselves from this world’s life, and at every stage long ye for non-existence; for when the ray returneth to the sun, it is wiped out, and when the drop cometh to the sea, it vanisheth, and when the true lover findeth his Beloved, he yieldeth up his soul.”
“How unspeakably glorious are the signs, the tokens, the revelations, and splendours which He Who is the King of names and attributes hath destined for that City! The attainment of this City quencheth thirst without water, and kindleth the love of God without fire. Within every blade of grass are enshrined the mysteries of an inscrutable wisdom, and upon every rose-bush a myriad nightingales pour out, in blissful rapture, their melody. Its wondrous tulips unfold the mystery of the undying Fire in the Burning Bush, and its sweet savours of holiness breathe the perfume of the Messianic Spirit.”
sarah (guam, u.s.a.) left: Words cannot describe the feeling of reading the Writings that people have shared and seeing how they connect with readings from recent months and from this Fast. I loved reading the quote that Ronnie picked and can’t wait to see his photos. At every moment I feel grateful for this time and pray that I will be able to complete the Fast and be spiritually mindful this year and every year. “Praise be unto Thee, O our God, that Thou hast sent down unto us that which draweth us nigh unto Thee, and supplieth us with every good thing sent down by Thee in Thy Books and Thy Scriptures. Protect us, we beseech Thee, O my Lord, from the hosts of idle fancies and vain imaginations. Thou, in truth, art the Mighty, the All-Knowing.” Bahá’u’lláh
ronnie (yorkshire, u.k.) right: From the freshness of the tulip, harkening in the Spring Equinox, to the sturdy bridge, a crossing over from one state of being to another, I chose these photos since they symbolise the organic and systematic nature of the fast, something that enables us to traverse from attached to detached, whilst never forgetting the beauty in the process.
Did you know that the word tulip is ultimately derived from Persian; dulband (“turban”)? You always learn something new during the Fast.