Greenlake Baha’i Conference was…peaceful. That is mostly what I take away from the weekend. I did not stress about anything, which is a really good thing. Definitely needed it.
My digital camera had no batteries, so there are no pictures. Yay for my memories.
-watching the guys (Dan, Eric, Justin, & Ben) try to light a bonfire for a good 1/2 hr. They finally got it…
-freezing as we walked from place to place
-bad rhymes at 2 am
-dancing with 5 other people in a very large, empty room for hours
-someone recognizing me from my comments on Bahaiyouth.com
-watching Sami’s facial expressions during the youth program
-giggling with Neda (I know you read this, girl…comment!)
-eating homemade Persian food for all of my meals (thanks mom!)
I’m driving to Louhelen tomorrow for the weekend, so I’ll be back on Sunday. I’ll have my cell, and I will check my email for sure. So really…nothing is changing. As usual, it is frighteningly easy to contact me.
Speaking of socialization, the annual Friends of the Persian Culture conference is in two weekends, and if you have a student ID registration is only $20. Over 2,000 expected to attend, so come on down on Labor Day Weekend. Need more details, email me and I’ll give ya the lowdown.
Speaking of conferences, Greenlake Baha’i Conference is next weekend. I’m giving a workshop Saturday morning with a couple of friends, so come on over and check it out. ðŸ˜‰
I rode my bike to the library today to check my email, and it felt quite good to do so. Also, may I just say that the house is wonderful, and it is already starting to feel like home. It was really quiet today because no one was around…and I have a feeling that will be a rare thing with 5 girls. wheee!
Ya Baha’ul Abha!!
O Glory of the Most Glorious!
I just think that…sometimes I don’t show enough appreciation for God and the universe. ðŸ˜€
I hope everyone has a wonderful 9th Day of Ridvan. It begins at sunset today and ends at sunset tomorrow. I have no live plants at my apartment, so I had to make do. ðŸ™‚
Even after living in the Chicago area for nearly 13 years, after guiding at the House of Worship since I was 8 years old, after spending hours there for Holy Days, events, or just hanging out with my friends and family, I think I don’t appreciate this building enough. It is not only the physical shell, but the spiritual signficance. I can’t wait to see everything when they are done with the restoration.
This weekend was National Convention…good times. I’m a bit sleep deprived, but thats how it goes.
Twice or thrice had I loved thee,
Before I knew thy face or name;
So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame
Angels affect us oft, and worshipp’d be…
-John Donne, 1572-1631
Something about this selection just makes me…I don’t know. Peaceful? Yeah. You can read the whole thing here.
Check out the coolest website in the world. Ok maybe not, but certainly very well done, and definitely needed. The conference is what has been keeping me busy for the last few weeks, and therefore the lack of interesting blog posts. I promise this will change soon. Um…maybe after finals? haha.
“The bounties of the Blessed Perfection are infinite. We must endeavor to increase our capacity daily, to strengthen and enlarge our capabilities for receiving them, to become as perfect mirrors. The more polished and clean the mirror, the more effulgent is its reflection of the lights of the Sun of Truth. Be like a well-cultivated garden wherein the roses and variegated flowers of heaven are growing in fragrance and beauty. It is my hope that your hearts may become as ready ground, carefully tilled and prepared, upon which the divine showers of the bounties of the Blessed Perfection may descend and the zephyrs of this divine springtime may blow with quickening breath. Then will the garden of your hearts bring forth its flowers of delightful fragrance to refresh the nostril of the heavenly Gardener. Let your hearts reflect the glories of the Sun of Truth in their many colors to gladden the eye of the divine Cultivator Who has nourished them. Day by day become more closely attracted in order that the love of God may illumine all those with whom you come in contact. Be as one spirit, one soul, leaves of one tree, flowers of one garden, waves of one ocean.”
–Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace
It is good to have a reminder that we aren’t alone on this earth, and what we need to do. Thanks to Jason for sending me the quotation.
Already 1:15 pm. I need to get out of the house!
I finished reading the Dawnbreakers last night. 668 pages later, I feel…closer to my heritage and the Faith, but at the same time I know that my knowledge is infinitesimal.
Happy Spring Break, folks. Well, at least for me! Time to start working on my 15 page Marketing paper.
“Praise be to God,” He said, “that whatever is essential for the believers in this Revelation to be told has been revealed. Their duties have been clearly defined, and the deeds they are expected to perform have been plainly set forth in Our Book. Now is the time for them to arise and fulfil their duty. Let them translate into deeds the exhortations We have given them.”
(Bah’u’llah in The Dawn-Breakers, p. 582)
If I had to choose to speak with my own words or to share the words of Baha’u’llah, what do you think I would choose?
8 year old bride. This story is heartbreaking…nothing new in the history of the world, but I wanted to share nonetheless.
I have been reading The Dawnbreakers (Nabil’s Narrative) since the fall. It is a book about the early days of the Baha’i Faith. I am currently on page 560 out of 668. My goal is to finish by the end of the Fast.
“One day, seeing that her companions were being suddenly enveloped by the forces of the enemy, Zaynab ran in distress to Hujjat and, flinging herself at his feet, implored him, with tearful eyes, to allow her to rush forth to their aid. ‘My life, I feel, is nearing its end,’ she added. ‘I may myself fall beneath the sword of the assailant. Forgive, I entreat you, my trespasses, and intercede for me with my Master, for whose sake I yearn to lay down my life.’
Hujjat was too much overcome with emotion to reply. Encouraged by his silence, which she interpreted to mean that he consented to grant her appeal, she leaped out of the gate and, raising seven times the cry ‘Ya Sáhibu’z-Zamán!’ rushed to stay the hand that had already slain a number of her companions.”
-The Dawn-Breakers, p. 551
“Praised be Thou, O God, my God! These are the days whereon Thou hast enjoined Thy chosen ones, Thy loved ones and Thy servants to observe the Fast, which Thou hast made a light unto the people of Thy kingdom, even as Thou didst make obligatory prayer a ladder of ascent unto those who acknowledge Thy unity. I beg of Thee, O my God, by these two mighty pillars, which Thou hast ordained as a glory and honour for all mankind, to keep Thy religion safe from the mischief of the ungodly and the plotting of every wicked doer. O Lord, conceal not the light which Thou hast revealed through Thy strength and Thine omnipotence. Assist, then, those who truly believe in Thee with the hosts of the seen and the unseen by Thy command and Thy sovereignty. No God is there but Thee, the Almighty, the Most Powerful.”
“The law of the Fast is ordained for those who are sound and healthy; as to those who are ill or debilitated, this law hath never been nor is now applicable.”
except for the subject line. My opinions on love, relationships, marriage, and all that surrounds our emotions do not carry much weight. The Baha’i Writings, however, are much more powerful.
There are four kinds of love….
“How great the multitude of truths which the garment of words can never contain! How vast the number of such verities as no expression can adequately describe, whose significance can never be unfolded, and to which not even the remotest allusions can be made! How manifold are the truths which must remain unuttered until the appointed time is come! Even as it hath been said: ‘Not everything that a man knoweth can be disclosed, nor can everything that he can disclose be regarded as timely, nor can every timely utterance be considered as suited to the capacity of those who hear it.’”
That is often the trickiest thing, isn’t it?
“It behoveth him who is a wayfarer in the path of God and a wanderer in His way to detach himself from all who are in the heavens and on the earth. He must renounce all save God, that perchance the portals of mercy may be unlocked before his face and the breezes of providence may waft over him. And when he hath inscribed upon his soul that which We have vouchsafed unto him of the quintessence of inner meaning and explanation, he will fathom all the secrets of these allusions, and God shall bestow upon his heart a divine tranquillity and cause him to be of them that are at peace with themselves.”
(Baha’u’llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries)
how do you describe a weekend of amazing, intense, spiritual, crazy emotions? how do you bring to your readers the sense of utmost inclusion, generosity, and love?
you can’t. not fully. so you sit at your computer and stare into space and realize that the last few days will probably take a long time to sink in.
But that’s ok. The longer, the better. That means the spirit of it will still be there when I need it.
(more later on the “Blazon His Name” weekend later. I desperately need sleep.
The following quotation is from the Baha’i Writings…it is one of my favorites…
“Even as the clouds let us shed down tears, and as the lightning flashes let us laugh at our coursings through east and west. By day, by night, let us think but of spreading the sweet savours of God. Let us not keep on forever with our fancies and illusions, with our analysing and interpreting and circulating of complex dubieties. Let us put aside all thoughts of self; let us close our eyes to all on earth, let us neither make known our sufferings nor complain of our wrongs. Rather let us become oblivious of our own selves, and drinking down the wine of heavenly grace, let us cry out our joy, and lose ourselves in the beauty of the All-Glorious.”
Selections from the Writings of `Abdu’l-Baha