nineteen days

day five

Posted in day five, the fast - 2014 by leila on March 6, 2014

From the sweet-scented streams of Thine eternity give me to drink, O my God, and of the fruits of the tree of Thy being enable me to taste, O my Hope! From the crystal springs of Thy love suffer me to quaff, O my Glory, and beneath the shadow of Thine everlasting providence let me abide, O my Light! Within the meadows of Thy nearness, before Thy presence, make me able to roam, O my Beloved, and at the right hand of the throne of Thy mercy, seat me, O my Desire! From the fragrant breezes of Thy joy let a breath pass over me, O my Goal, and into the heights of the paradise of Thy reality let me gain admission, O my Adored One! To the melodies of the dove of Thy oneness suffer me to hearken, O Resplendent One, and through the spirit of Thy power and Thy might quicken me, O my Provider! In the spirit of Thy love keep me steadfast, O my Succorer, and in the path of Thy good-pleasure set firm my steps, O my Maker! Within the garden of Thine immortality, before Thy countenance, let me abide for ever, O Thou Who art merciful unto me, and upon the seat of Thy glory stablish me, O Thou Who art my Possessor! To the heaven of Thy loving-kindness lift me up, O my Quickener, and unto the Day-Star of Thy guidance lead me, O Thou my Attractor! Before the revelations of Thine invisible spirit summon me to be present, O Thou Who art my Origin and my Highest Wish, and unto the essence of the fragrance of Thy beauty, which Thou wilt manifest, cause me to return, O Thou Who art my God! Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. Thou art, verily, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious, the All-Highest.

Baháu’lláh

“ … But for the burning of their souls and the sighing of their hearts, they would be drowned in the midst of their tears, and but for the flood of their tears they would be burnt up by the fire of their hearts and the heat of their souls. Methinks, they are like the angels which Thou hast created of snow and of fire …

Baháu’lláh

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wei hai deng/left (nanjing, china): “我的上帝啊,…” – “O my God,…”
The fast has always given me the blessing of the opportunity to reflect on my relationship with myself. Not only does the fast give more time during the day for other things than food, it also gives my mind more space to ponder. It is truly a special and unique time of the year. The virtue I have been reflecting on today is “responsibility”. Service, family, studies, work, marriage? Spending every dawn and dusk in prayer with my loving wife has been such a blessing. Reflecting on the taste of life, I must say it is sweet and exciting.

victor jason/right (tampere, finland): This fast arrived at the most opportune time, again. Somehow I forget how much I miss the fast every year. Also, I forgot how cold one can get  sitting on a frozen lake in the wind.

day five

Posted in day five, the fast - 2013 by leila on March 6, 2013

The soul is not a combination of elements, it is not composed of many atoms, it is of one indivisible substance and therefore eternal. It is entirely out of the order of the physical creation; it is immortal!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

“Let your vision be world embracing rather than confined to your own self.”

Bahá’u’lláh

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golriz lucina/left (atwater village, ca, usa): A year ago we held our newborn son in our arms and we wrestled, and reconciled, with the fact that our lives would never.be.the.same.again. This week, our one-year-old began to take his first steps. And I don’t know how to feel about this, except conflicted. Every aspect of our lives right now feels like it is in overdrive. It’s simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. So I am grateful for this Fasting period. For these days where we are forced to slow down, and pause, and reflect.

shirin sahba/right (beijing, china): How quickly another year has come & gone. The Fast arrives again, & slows down life exponentially. I imagine that I am suddenly intensely aware of every second, of every breath, every atom vibrating in my being & inevitably … every blessing … I am so earthly, so material, so flawed, but I have the Fast to guide my way: this golden thread that attaches & tugs from my heart to the Divine once a year, reminding me to raise my spiritual standards & to think of those who don’t have so much.

day five

Posted in day five, the fast - 2008 by leila on March 7, 2008

… I beseech Thee by Thy Name through which Thou hast revealed Thy Self, in the glory of Thy most excellent titles, unto all created things, in this Revelation whereby Thou hast, through Thy most resplendent Name, manifested Thy beauty, to give me to drink of the wine of Thy mercy and of the pure beverage of Thy favour, which have streamed forth from the right hand of Thy will, that I may so fix my gaze upon Thee and be so detached from all else but Thee, that the world and all that hath been created therein may appear before me as a fleeting day which Thou hast not deigned to create.

Bahá’u’lláh


amy: the bed lures my back to its warm comfort in the morning after breakfast and prayers. the house is so peaceful it is nearly impossible to resist. This evening we had dinner with friends. as I took out my camera to capture my dusk, three of them pointed at me and said “it’s for your fasting blog!”. I couldn’t help but smile.

leila: my mum bought some amazing fruit the other day—sunset mangoes, ruby grapes, sweet nectarines, juicy peaches, and fresh figs that look as though they’ve been dipped in chocolate. i’m never entirely pleased with the photographed results, because the light at dawn and dusk is always so indirect here. the quirkiness of my morning routine occurred to me for the first time today: cold water to face, light jersey, slippers, spectacles … and walk downstairs dangling a big honking SLR with telephoto lens from my neck.

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