nineteen days

day eleven

Posted in the fast - 2011 by leila on March 13, 2011

“The more we search for ourselves, the less likely we are to find ourselves; and the more we search for God, and to serve our fellow-men, the more profoundly will we become acquainted with ourselves, and the more inwardly assured. This is one of the great spiritual laws of life.”

Shoghi Effendi

“. . . the Ancient Beauty was ever, during His sojourn in this transitory world, either a captive bound with chains, or living under a sword, or subjected to extreme suffering and torment, or held in the Most Great Prison. Because of His physical weakness, brought on by His afflictions, His blessed body was worn away to a breath; it was light as a cobweb from long grieving. And His reason for shouldering this heavy load and enduring all this anguish, which was even as an ocean that hurleth its waves to high heaven—His reason for putting on the heavy iron chains and for becoming the very embodiment of utter resignation and meekness, was to lead every soul on earth to concord, to fellow-feeling, to oneness; to make known amongst all peoples the sign of the singleness of God, so that at last the primal oneness deposited at the heart of all created things would bear its destined fruit, and the splendour of ‘No difference canst thou see in the creation of the God of Mercy,’ would cast abroad its rays.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

anjali (brooklyn, u.s.a.) left: Every year during this time I am reminded of how quickly time passes, and how precious these moments are. When I wake in the darkness of the morning, bleary-eyed and feeling like my arms and legs are operating under conflicting directions, it’s a struggle. But as the Fast continues, I inevitably begin to relish those quiet mornings: watching the light slowly fill the apartment; mindfully preparing for a new day; and re-orienting my thoughts, actions, and perspective.

sarah (guam, u.s.a.) right:O SON OF BEING! Thy heart is My home; sanctify it for My descent. Thy spirit is My place of revelation; cleanse it for My manifestation.” ~Baha’u’llah

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  1. Sarah said, on March 13, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Dear Anjali,

    I was hoping your pictures would have warm colors and would tie everything together. What I could not have imagined was that there would be so many different kinds of continuity between the four images. How could I have ever doubted?

  2. negeen said, on March 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

    anjali, i love that i knew the left dawn photo was yours, even before i saw your name.

  3. kat said, on March 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Negeen, I was about to post the exact same message! I could spot those little feet any day!

    A beautiful set. Sarah, I particularly loved how the quotation tied in with the image of the crashing waves – very potent!

  4. montague said, on March 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    oh this set just makes me so HAPPY! it is truly a joyous set!

  5. shirin s. said, on March 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    love this set…each one is so beautiful…

  6. Lev Rickards said, on March 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    @Sarah – The waves are amazing, and they recall the ongoing struggles in Japan.

  7. Sarah said, on March 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Kat, it is eerie the way these things capture and write themselves. I had very little to do with it except for trying, then sitting down and letting the book open to this page. The morning after the tsunami, we wanted to see if the waves had reached us, as Japan is our neighbor.

    Lev, our hearts are praying continuously and desperately for Japan.


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