“Never lose thy trust in God. Be thou ever hopeful, for the bounties of God never cease to flow upon man. If viewed from one perspective they seem to decrease, but from another they are full and complete. Man is under all conditions immersed in a sea of God’s blessings. Therefore, be thou not hopeless under any circumstances, but rather be firm in thy hope.”
“Make haste to love! Make haste to trust! Make haste to give! To guidance come!
Come ye for harmony! To behold the Star of Day! Come here for kindliness, for ease! Come here for amity and peace!
Come and cast down your weapons of wrath, till unity is won! Come and in the Lord’s true path each one help each one.”
kadria (victoria, canada) left: During these nineteen days, I find that the power of reflection and insight are greater than other times of year and life is suddenly in much sharper focus. In many ways, there is more readiness and eagerness to change as the spiritual heat created by fasting “burn[s] away all veils and wrappings”. It’s incredibly comforting to think that there are souls across the globe living the same process of spiritual refinement, each in their own unique way. These trees at dawn reminded me of similar ones in Israel and at dusk I couldn’t help but want to capture this sweet couple waving goodbye to their friends as they sailed off to Australia.
brendan (chicago, u.s.a.) right: The first few days of the Fast are always the most disorienting. My sense of smell becomes superhuman. Minor annoyances spur intractable rage. Sleepiness creeps up on me and clubs me in the head two hours before important work projects are done. However, as the Fast proceeds, these superficial observations diminish, and I spend more and more time in contemplative reflection.