nineteen days

day seven

Posted in the fast - 2012 by leila on March 8, 2012

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.


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  1. leila said, on March 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    So much light!

  2. Della said, on March 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Leila, I was going to say the exact same thing! A light-filled set alright.

  3. rayyansabet said, on March 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

    “…only the listening ear can hear the singing of the Concourse on high.”

    Love this! Wonderful blog.

  4. amysahba said, on March 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    truly beautiful set. gosh, i am always floored by how in sync contributors are!!!

  5. Rosemary said, on March 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

    These are absolutley beautiful!! Love the flower tea in the glass!! And the view on the street!

    What beautiful contributions!!

  6. allison said, on March 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    the signs of God in this world…. isn’t that the truth. thank you.

  7. Sarah said, on March 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing these quotes-they blew me away. And the photos are so warm and uplifting!

  8. Julie said, on March 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I really love the combination of quotes you chose and the photos and reflections to go with them. Thank you for offering the service of this blog. Beautiful!

  9. Ronnie said, on March 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    I am constantly cheered by the heaven of Singleness that runs through here.

    “In this station he pierceth the veils of plurality, fleeth from the worlds of the flesh, and ascendeth into the heaven of singleness. ” -Baha’u’llah (Seven Valleys,Valley of Unity)

  10. Ronnie said, on March 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for the comments. It’s been a honour to share my thoughts and pictures with you all, as well as to share the day with Bre.

    I am always uplifted by the synchronicity and synergy of the different photographers.

    It is a fine example of Oneness.

  11. Bre said, on March 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I couldn’t agree more Ronnie! The interplay of your evening photo and mine was such a lovely surprise 🙂

  12. Fiona Gohari said, on March 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Truly beautiful set here.
    Ronnie, I adore your play with the light on both images, and the dusk shot with the warm colours contrasting against the monochromatic background is simply divine.

  13. Bobby The Aazami said, on March 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    What Fiona said.

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