nineteen days

day eight

Posted in day eight, the fast - 2014 by leila on March 9, 2014

Look not at your own capacities, for the divine bestowal can transform a drop into an ocean; it can make a tiny seed a lofty tree. Verily, divine bestowals are like the sea, and we are the fishes of that sea. The fishes must not look at themselves; they must behold the ocean, which is vast and wonderful.”


“O Lord, my God!  Give me Thy grace to serve Thy loved ones, strengthen me in my servitude to Thee, illumine my brow with the light of adoration in Thy court of holiness, and of prayer to Thy kingdom of grandeur.  Help me to be selfless at the heavenly entrance of Thy gate, and aid me to be detached from all things within Thy holy precincts.  Lord!  Give me to drink from the chalice of selflessness; with its robe clothe me, and in its ocean immerse me.  Make me as dust in the pathway of Thy loved ones, and grant that I may offer up my soul for the earth ennobled by the footsteps of Thy chosen ones in Thy path, O Lord of Glory in the Highest.”


Anjali_Morn_IMG_8114-Editshahriar erfanian dawnAnjali_Eve_IMG_8215-Editshahriar erfanian dusk

anjali pala/left (eliot, usa): I spent this fasting weekend at the Green Acre Baha’i School, breathing in wide gulps of bracing New England air and taking time for quiet reflection, study, laughter, and prayer. I am ready to return to New York and all that it holds for me.

shahriar erfanian/right (vancouver, canada): Praying for spiritual growth and steadfastness.  Grateful for everything in my life.  Hopeful that my 1.5-year-old son won’t try to force-feed me pretzels for the remainder of the fast.

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  1. said, on March 9, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Dear Leila, Allah’u’Abha, Thank you for the beautiful Writings. Keep up the good work, please. habib hosseiny

  2. bropro said, on March 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Love that wallpaper!

  3. layli said, on March 11, 2014 at 1:36 am

    beautiful and lovely.

  4. Druzelle Cederquist said, on March 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing Green Acre, Anjali. I do love that spot and miss it. Beautiful photos all around. I like ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s words about the fish and the ocean. Thanks so much for providing links to the text!

  5. Mary said, on March 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

    “…force-feed me pretzels” — ha, ha! Spectacular photographs of Vancouver!

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