nineteen days

day eight

Posted in the fast - 2010 by leila on March 9, 2010

“Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest.”


“ … they that tread the path of faith, they that thirst for the wine of certitude, must cleanse themselves of all that is earthly—their ears from idle talk, their minds from vain imaginings, their hearts from worldly affections, their eyes from that which perisheth. They should put their trust in God, and, holding fast unto Him, follow in His way.”


naeem (toronto, canada) left: Today marks the beginning of the halfway point of The Fast. Or as I’ve dubbed it, “The Crazy Phase”. Some may experience it during the first days, others during the last few.  For me, year after year, it always happens right smack-dab in the middle of The Fast. You know what I’m talking about—it’s when the sight of seeing your co-workers eat is enough to get you to leave the office, or when the mere smell of food (forget about the sight of it) has you running for the hills.  Thankfully, the craziest part of “The Crazy Phase” usually lasts no more than an hour each day. It always helps when I remind myself of the true purpose of these precious days and to know that there are millions of others in communities all over the world who share in the bounty of observing The Fast.

iain (haifa, israel) right:  The Fast always brings to me a cleansing feeling. Not just in the ‘dieting by not eating’ kind of way, but more of a total renewal of mind, body and soul. I see things in a different light. A light that requires more than simply waking before sunset. A light that makes things clear when not obscured by our own selfish desires. A light that brings to the fore, at the end of a long day, all the things that really matter the most.


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  1. Sarah said, on March 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Trying to find a word other than delicious for the flowers, although right now that is the only word that comes to mind-and going from the flowers to the bus (which looks like a train) made me gasp. What a vibrant photo that is-and it relates to unity in the first quote; all of these are great meditations. I love also the pink of the flowers and the hue of the dusk in Haifa. Soothing. And then I am back to Naeem’s dawn photo, and ready to begin again. Gorgeous. Beautiful. And very well done!

  2. amysahba said, on March 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    i love the pink tones of this day. so so gorgeous. thank you both!

  3. Phillipe said, on March 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    This is beautiful. I’m glad to have finally made my way over here. I’ll have to encourage Baha’i Thought readers to visit each day as well.

    By the way, I think it would be great to do something similar for the 12 Days of Ridvan. Just a thought.

    • sara said, on March 15, 2010 at 7:53 am

      Good idea!!!

  4. kadria said, on March 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    naeem – unbelievable view (dawn) taken in the middle of the city! and my favourite part of the dusk photo is the guy in the middle. the precision of his outline is the sharpest contrast to the movement of the bus.
    iain – that pinky khamsim is like the signature sky of haifa during the Fast. i can’t say i miss it, but i do miss how it’s a daily reminder of spiritual cleansing.

  5. Leili said, on March 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Naeem, I love thinking about everyone else who is engaged in the same spiritual process around the world, too. Your dawn is great – like you squashed the sun down. And the citified gloaming of your dusk is awesome.

    Iain, your water heaters in the twilight hamsin/pollution made me soooo homesick. I love it. Thank you.

  6. Elizabeth said, on March 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I love today’s sunrises. Beautiful shots Iain and Naeem.

  7. Brian Simons said, on March 10, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Wow! Great photos Naeemtuk!
    I especially love the city one and the rooftop one. Also like your comments about the fast.Cheers!

  8. strawberryface said, on March 10, 2010 at 2:01 am

    love love love the soft pink tones. beautiful. thank you both.

  9. yas said, on March 10, 2010 at 2:11 am

    whoops, had another browser open! its me here, not strawberryface!

  10. sara said, on March 15, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Your description rings so true Iain!

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