“While it is true that its people have attained a marvelous material civilization, I hope that spiritual forces may animate this great body and a corresponding spiritual civilization be established. May the inhabitants of this country become like angels of heaven with faces turned continually toward God. May all of them become the servants of the Omnipotent One. May they rise from present material attainments to such a height that heavenly illumination may stream from this center to all the peoples of the world.”
anjali (cambridge, u.s.a.) left: We have been blessed with a week of brazen blue skies and glorious sunshine. The city is finally casting off its grey winter garb and the promise of spring is palpable. Everywhere around me I see reminders that though this is a period of abstention, it is also a time of great abundance, renewal, and transformation.
saman (tokyo, japan) right: Practice makes perfect; and for me the more experience I have with something, the easier it becomes. Not so with the Fast. I find that every year is more difficult than the last. Every re-visit to the Writings compels me to raise my standard a little higher, which increases the challenge a little more. And with this, I hope to keep myself always progressing upward and developing onward—one step at a time.