“O ye beloved of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and ye handmaids of the Merciful! It is early morning, and the reviving winds of the Abhá Paradise are blowing over all creation, but they can stir only the pure of heart, and only the pure sense can detect their fragrance. Only the perceiving eye beholdeth the rays of the sun; only the listening ear can hear the singing of the Concourse on high. Although the plentiful rains of spring, the bestowals of Heaven, pour down upon all things, they can only fructify good soil; they love not brackish ground, where no results of all the bounty can be shown.”
“There are various stages and stations for the Fast and innumerable effects and benefits are concealed therein. Well is it with those who have attained unto them.”
bre vader/left (boston, u.s.a.): This is a natural time of reflection and meditation, when we all drink deep the bounty of the Faith in our lives. The Fast is a time to retune my senses to the signs of God in this world … inspiring and kind people, the bounty of children, family and friends, and so much natural beauty. This quote from ‘Abdu’l-Baha reminds me not to look so hard.
ronnie y. bindra/right (london, u.k.): This year’s fast has got me thinking about vessels. The dawn photo is how we can be potential vessels of light, but only if guided by the Word, with God’s grace. The dusk photo is a vessel of a flourishing community with all its beauty and diversity. How that starts off with the seed of Faith and then can blossom into something greater, local, that nurtures others. A bit like this flowering dragon-eye tea.