nineteen days

day eighteen

Posted in day eighteen, the fast - 2013 by amysahba on March 19, 2013

Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.


“Know thou that the Kingdom is the real world, and this nether place is only its shadow stretching out. A shadow hath no life of its own; its existence is only a fantasy, and nothing more; it is but images reflected in water, and seeming as pictures to the eye.



victor jason/left (tempere, finland): What a spectacular fast it has been! Even if every year I forget how hard fasting is… although I don’t seem to miss having coffee. I am really happy to have been involved with this project and had a chance to see how different photographers and creatives experience the fast. Hope the coming year will be as awesome as the fast has been.

negeen sobhani/right (oklahoma city, ok, usa): Sometimes when my world weighs heavy on me, I remember the words of Abdu’l-Baha quoted above. This life is but a shadow of the real world, with as much existence of the mere photographs we take to capture it.


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  1. amysahba said, on March 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

    What an incredible set this one is… the immensity of the skies, and the intimacy of siblings. Truly truly moving.

    ps: apologies on our behalf – it appears that negeen’s personal reflection did not appear until just now. It has been rectified!

  2. Mary said, on March 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Oh my! What spectacular photographs and quotes and reflections! Thank you, thank you.

  3. namo said, on March 20, 2013 at 10:42 am

    now i need to go to finland.

  4. Victor Jason said, on March 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    having absolutely no idea what Negeen was going to post and having the photos juxtapose each other and somehow support each other is nothing short of splendiferous! (is that a word? whatever.)
    @namo, lemme know when you’re heading over 😀

  5. Bobby The Aazami said, on March 21, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Bear: Awesome!
    Negeen: Adorable!
    Great set, guys.

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