Raise Me Up

There are some moments in the fasting prayers that carry us straight to the realm of mystic wonderment, a place where we can reach across the line separating our world from the world of pure spirit. If you haven’t had a chance to meditate on these prayers this year, it’s not too late – the next few days are the perfect opportunity. Here is but a tiny excerpt, which inspired the song ‘Raise Me Up.’

I beseech Thee, O my God,
by Thy hair which moveth across Thy face,
even as Thy most exalted pen moveth
across the pages of Thy Tablets,
shedding the musk of hidden meanings
over the kingdom of Thy creation,
so to raise me up to serve Thy Cause
that I shall not fall back,
nor be hindered by the suggestions
of them who have caviled at Thy signs
and turned away from Thy face.
Thou seest me, O my God,
holding to Thy Name, the Most Holy,
the Most Luminous, the Most Mighty,
the Most Great, the Most Exalted, the Most Glorious,
and clinging to the hem of the robe
to which have clung all in this world
and in the world to come.
- Bahá’u'lláh

A tiny ant’s desire

A word of encouragement from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to send us on our way:

“The Báb hath said: `Should a tiny ant desire, in this day, to be possessed of such power as to be able to unravel the abstrusest and most bewildering passages of the Qur’án, its wish will no doubt be fulfilled, inasmuch as the mystery of eternal might vibrates within the innermost being of all created things.’ If so helpless a creature can be endowed with so subtle a capacity, how much more efficacious must be the power released through the liberal effusions of the grace of Bahá’u'lláh!”

(Quoted in The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 46)

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iPhone photo by Joshua Homnick http://instacanv.as/homnick

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 the Bahá’í Writings, initially to accompany the Fast from March 2-20. Please use them in your own way, and share with your friends & family.

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