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Daily Reflection – 9 Mashíyyat (Will)
October 5, 2018 - October 6, 2018
“And if a nightingale soar upward from the clay of self and dwell in the rose bower of the heart, and in Arabian melodies and sweet Iranian songs recount the mysteries of God — a single word of which quickeneth to fresh, new life the bodies of the dead, and bestoweth the Holy Spirit upon the smoldering bones of this existence — thou wilt behold a thousand claws of envy, a myriad beaks of rancor hunting after Him and with all their power intent upon His death.
O My friend! Many a hound pursueth this gazelle of the desert of oneness; many a talon claweth at this thrush of the eternal garden.
Pitiless ravens do lie in wait for this bird of the heavens of God, and the huntsman of envy stalketh this deer of the meadow of love.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, “The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys” (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1986), p. 20; p. 41)
Image: Edward Killingworth Johnson “The Rose Bower” 19th century
“Abandon the things current amongst men and hold fast unto that which God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting, hath enjoined upon you. The day is fast approaching when all the treasures of the earth shall be of no profit to you.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 232)