“There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less.
If the soundbox is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and belly are burning clean with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.”
“This is the day of Bahá’u’lláh, the age of the Blessed Perfection, the cycle of the Greatest Name. If you do not smile now, for what time will you await and what greater happiness could you expect? This is the springtime of manifestation. The vernal shower has descended from the cloud of divine mercy; the life-giving breeze of the Holy Spirit is wafting the perfume of blossoms. From field and meadow rises a fragrant breath of thanksgiving like pure incense ascending to the throne of God. The world has become a new world; souls are quickened, spirits renewed, refreshed. Truly it is a time for happiness..”
shahriar erfanian/left (vancouver, canada): Every year during the fast, I reflect on how I can be a better person. This year is a special one since it is the first fast with my son in my life. Having him makes me want to try even harder to be a better person so I can be a good example for him as he grows. I can’t wait for the time when I can fast with him too, since I have such fond memories of waking with my parents and sisters in the mornings to have breakfast together, and sharing this important time of year with one another. I look forward to experiencing this special time with my own kids one day. I love the fast, and hope that they will too.
kat eghdamian/right: I have a headache. Fasting should come with a warning: dehydration probable. That point aside, and a few cups of water later, I feel grateful for these blessed days. 2013 is the year of renewal.