nineteen days

day two

Posted in day two, the fast - 2013 by leila on March 3, 2013

“Aid us to become seas surging with the billows of Thy wondrous Grace, streams flowing from Thine all-glorious Heights, goodly fruits upon the Tree of Thy heavenly Cause, trees waving through the breezes of Thy Bounty in Thy celestial Vineyard. O God! Make our souls dependent upon the Verses of Thy Divine Unity, our hearts cheered with the outpourings of Thy Grace, that we may unite even as the waves of one sea and become merged together as the rays of Thine effulgent Light; that our thoughts, our views, our feelings may become as one reality, manifesting the spirit of union throughout the world. Thou art the Gracious, the Bountiful, the Bestower, the Almighty, the Merciful, the Compassionate.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá


“The days of fasting have arrived wherein those servants who circle round Thy throne and have attained Thy presence have fasted.”

Bahá’u’lláh

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fiona gohari-aazami/left (sydney, australia): Morning comes. With fear she wakes us up. With horror she places the sleep within our eyes. Our sight is blinded with apprehension. We wade through a world, overgrown with confusion and doubt.
We try to find God in every thing, but ourselves.
The heaviness of the early morning dew rests against a trembling heart.
But the ocean blooms as it bursts from its Yellow into our hearts like the breath of Jupiter. The weight of Your words are like planets within the safety of our pockets. The ventricles of our hearts are engraved with Your name. And the Sea, she releases us. Every night. She whispers, we listen.
And we grow.

adib roy/right (charleston, usa): I love the fast. How blessed are we to have this bounty. Its just like “Spring cleaning”, but for the soul!

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  1. Anonymous said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I’ve followed this blog for the last few years and have always felt that I could share it with friends and coworkers. To be honest, half of this entry doesn’t really inspire me to do that.

    Rather than reflecting the joys and bounty of these special days with reverence, this is a little too dark for my taste.

    • anonymous said, on March 4, 2013 at 5:25 am

      This is a deep, honest portrayal of the human spirit that shows the light and the dark, the struggle between good and evil, the constant battle to develop our higher self, and the physical and emotional challenges of fasting.

      If you think this is “too dark for your taste”…. you need to listen to a bit of death metal.

      Spirituality is not a one-way lane of “roses, smiles, unity and perfection”. It is an all-round experience of joyfulness and sorrow…. and we know ALL the Prophets of God experienced pain and suffering, and wrote about their dark moments in their tablets and prayers.

      We can’t deny the dark side.

      We must embrace our dark side.

      Many blessings to all for the fast xx

    • Fiona said, on March 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I am sorry that you feel this way, Anon. I wish you didn’t feel compelled to hide behind a pseudonym, as we are all friends here. Art is a very subjective platform for people to express themselves upon, and one that I strive to be as true, honest, expressive and open-minded as I am.
      I would love to discuss with a loving heart as to why my work left such a dark imprint on you, and would be very open to taking this onto email for some heartfelt discussions. Sending much love to you.

  2. Summer said, on March 4, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Fiona! Finally someone isn’t pretending that the fast is all roses. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful time but I completely understand and “get” this post. Thank you for being so open, honest and sharing!

  3. Jay said, on March 4, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I disagree with “Anonymous” – frankly I’m saturated with the usual literal interpretations, it’s refreshing to see someone think just a little outside the box.

  4. Megan said, on March 4, 2013 at 5:33 am

    When I first saw these photos I thought about what an interesting contrast they are. Sometimes I feel like I wear a mask. I suffer from a mental illness and its like I having four seasons in a day. You take the good with the bad and hope for the best. I think these photos sum it up quite nicely for me.

  5. Kalinz said, on March 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Fiona and Adib for sharing with us, so generously, your art.
    Spine tinglingly good Fi… LOVE!

  6. Brianna said, on March 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Fully appreciating the contrast between these two artists. Great work, both of you!

  7. Fiona said, on March 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you, all! It’s so great to see what the vision of two different people, from two different parts of the world can come up with. There is light and darkness in this world, both literal and emotional, and I adore how Adib and I have given two different perspectives. That is what this project is about. No two people are the same, and Art is a phenomenal way breaking that down and presenting it within its raw elements.

  8. Sama said, on March 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Fiona, your words totally resonate with me. While I love the period of the fast and it is such a period of joy, it is none the less daunting. Daunting for many reasons other than the physical aspect. It is a spiritual cleanse and a time of reflection. It frames the beginning of the new year which is approaching.
    Your pictures expose raw emotion. Thank you xx

  9. Haz said, on March 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I personally like the photos. There are times when we greet the day with a song in our hearts and others, when we have dark clouds hovering over our heads. Whether we feel bouyed by balloons or harbouring feelings as ominous as thunder clouds on the horizon…. I like to think that we’re not alone. That someone is always watching over us and that we find comfort in that fact.

  10. Tatiana Zamir said, on March 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the poem you wrote which matches beautifully with the unique images posted. Thank you for sharing your honesty and creativity with us! It is much appreciated!!

  11. Bobby The Aazami said, on March 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I for one love it when artists express themselves outside the box and even perhaps push boundaries for new awakenings and consciousness. The bar of creativity, expression and human enlightenment would never be raised if we did not challenge ourselves and take risks.

    On another note, while I do feel that constructive criticism is a healthy part of any artistic process, I would like to lovingly remind those who would like to offer their criticism something to think about. In the same way our photographers have the honesty and courage to put their names behind their forms of expression, the same should be expected of you as it reflects the same qualities.

    Kudos to both photographers for their expressions. Happy Fasting everyone 🙂

  12. kambo said, on March 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Yep, must say this sums up all of life very nicely. We all have our imperfections which we strive to perfect, yet we all feel impelled to veil that process from the eyes of others. It’s all a personal process between oneself and God. It’s for this very reason that Baha’u’llah has abolished the confession of sins, since the process of perfecting oneself is personal and totally masked from the eyes of other men.

    Beautiful stuff guys!!

  13. Adib said, on March 5, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for all the comments and compliments :o)

  14. Helen said, on March 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

    It is a true joy for an artistic gift to provoke awakening and therefore evoke learning. Thank you to all these artists for opening our eyes and causing us to look deeper than the easy surface. This is the true blessing of the Fast. God bless.

  15. Liban said, on March 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Beautiful and Enchanting!

    Thanks guys!

  16. ashley said, on March 10, 2013 at 8:30 am

    As much as I love the posts where the photographers independently arrive at similar ideas and hues, I also love the posts that contrast and show our diversity.

    Fiona’s photos are rich in metaphor. The Fast is our remedy for self and passion, which are dark themes. There is chaos and introspection in the dawn photo contrasted with calm and loss of self in the dusk photo. Claustrophobia contrasted with space. Beautiful.

    These in turn contrast with Adib’s photos that are warm and, to me, represent the lofty ideals that we aspire to.

  17. Negeen Sobhani said, on March 11, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Fiona, the closure and openness in your metaphoric images and yellow airy balloons in the heavy colors evoke a sense of hope in the face of difficulty. They remind me of the verse from the Fire Tablet, “Were it not for the cold, how would the heat of Thy words prevail, O Expounder of the worlds? Were it not for calamity, how would the sun of They patience shine, O Light of the worlds?”

    Lovely work, Fiona and Adib. Thank you!

  18. @}---^- said, on March 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Truly inspirational…. I particularly love how the artist has captured the struggle of facing dawn and watching the sun rise as we prepare for the Fast each morning. Keep up the awesome work! 🙂


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