nineteen days

day ten

Posted in the fast - 2010 by leila on March 11, 2010

“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.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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.

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  1. Elizabeth said, on March 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

    The Cambridge dawn and the Tokyo dusk are some of my very favorites so far. Beautiful shots Anjali and Saman!

  2. golriz said, on March 12, 2010 at 1:31 am

    tokyo just got bumped on the list of places i have to explore.

    beautiful photograph sets anj & saman.

  3. Bobby Aazami said, on March 12, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Loving the Dawn in Cambridge and the Dusk of Tokyo! Thank you Anjali and Saman!

  4. Poppy said, on March 12, 2010 at 3:14 am

    The Tokyo dusk is very powerful.

    it depicts a world of busy shiny city living…

    and yet the subtle blue-grey of the evening sky, and the vantage point, taken from high above, transports me straight to that other-worldly spirit which so pervades at the end of a day of fasting.

    I love this feeling of transcendence and peace amidst the everlasting bustle.

    Thank you for increasing my enkindlement in todays fasting!

  5. Alison Bird said, on March 12, 2010 at 4:08 am

    I am so aware of all five senses during the fast. All four photos are absolutely beautiful and what has struck me most is the powerful use of lighting in them.

  6. Sarah said, on March 12, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Excellent photos for meditations on material and spiritual civilization. I love the swirl in Anjali’s dawn photo and the light in Saman’s dusk photo.

  7. yas said, on March 12, 2010 at 6:51 am

    a beautiful set. i love the luminousness (if there is such a word?!) of all four images.

  8. Farida said, on March 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

    “…that heavenly illumination may stream from this center to all the peoples of the world.”
    I feel that each day this great project of the nineteen days is a step towards that center of light!!! thank you all for the beautiful inspiring moments 🙂

  9. Leili said, on March 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Beautiful pairing, Anjali and Saman.

    Anjali, your dusk is VERY Cambridge and I actually think of you when I walk around the streets and see snippets in light like yours.

    And Saman, your dusk is STUNNING. Iconic.


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