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So now what…

We are coming now to the end of the Holy Season of fasting. How do you feel? Do you feel like you have turned away from yourself, expressed your true love for God by your show of patient endurance? Have you you become wholly weary of self so that the Beloved may now dwell within you and be manifest at greater measure?

Good… so now what? What happens next? These have to be the subsequent questions that must be asked when reflecting on any of the Laws of God. The Universal House of Justice writes in the introduction to Bahá’u’lláh’s Most Holy Book,

“Throughout, it is the relationship of the individual soul to God and the fulfilment of its spiritual destiny that is the ultimate aim of the laws of religion. “Think not”, is Bahá’u'lláh’s own assertion, “that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power.” His Book of Laws is His “weightiest testimony unto all people, and the proof of the All-Merciful unto all who are in heaven and all who are on earth”.”(1)

The mystery of the revelation of the laws of religion is that while at one time they mark the Divine consummation of a previous era, they also signal a beginning – the birth of a new day. While this time of purification and denial of self is the ‘point’ of this particular law, it is also the point through which all souls must pass on their way to the fulfillment of their spiritual destiny… the starting gate of the soul’s journey. Hear these words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá,

“Some people lay stress on fasting. They affirm that in augmenting the weakness of the body they develop a spiritual sensibility and thus they think to approach God. Weakening one’s self physically does not necessarily contribute to spiritual progress… Exaggerated fasting destroys the divine forces. God has created man in a way that cannot be surpassed; we must not try to change his creation. Strive to attain nearness to reality through the acquisition of strength of character, through morality, through good works and helping the poor, through being consumed with the fire of the love of God and in discovering each day new spiritual mysteries. This is the path of intimate approach.”(2)

1. Universal House of Justice, Introduction to Bahá’u’lláh’s Kitáb-i-Aqdas
2. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy

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Photo by Dean Kalyan
Food for the Soul: 19 Days of Music and Devotion is a series of devotional songs from Badasht vol. I & II coupled with inspiring images and quotations from sacred Writings, initially to accompany the Bahá’í Fast from March 2-20. Please use them in your own way, and share with your friends & family.

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