“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.”
“. . . 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.”
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