Food for the Soul: Day 19 – What’s In a Name pt. 2

Alláh-u-Abhá! 'The Greatest Name should be found upon the lips in the first awakening moment of early dawn. It should be fed upon by constant use in daily invocations, in trouble, under opposition, and should be the last word breathed when the head rests upon the pillow at night. It is the name of comfort, protection, happiness, illumination, love and unity. . . The use of the Greatest Name and dependence ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 18 – What’s In a Name pt. 1

Thy Name Is My Healing by The Badasht Project What's in a Name - Part 1: This must be a great time financially to be a doctor. Young people, if you have not considered a career path, may I recommend something related to non-communicable diseases. Even though people are living longer than projected in 1990 - on average, 10.7 more years for men and 12.6 for women (take off 7 and 5 years respectively for African ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 17 – Raise Me Up

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 ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 16 – The Path of Intimate Approach

If Thou Lovest Me (soul version) by The Badasht Project 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 ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 15 – As Ye Have Faith

Today, let's simply imagine that we have just spent the most precious days and weeks of our lives in the presence of the Master. Underneath the glow of the whole experience, there has been a looming dread of our inevtable departure, which we have tried to ignore... until now. The day is finally here. Among many tearful goodbyes, we prepare to embark on our voyage home - home to a ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 14 – A Reason to Hope

These great oppressions that have befallen the world are preparing it for the advent of the Most Great Justice. These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away and the Most Great Peace shall come. Bahá'u'lláh
Last December CNN ran a very interesting story that centered around a global report on health. 500 researchers from more than 50 countries, looking at 20 years of health data noted some ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 13 – Benediction

'every benediction is thine' The Benediction was composed in 1909 by Louise Waite, an early American Bahá'í composer with a very special relationship with 'Abdu'l-Bahá, who constantly encouraged her efforts and praised her compositions, addressing her lovingly as 'Shahnáz' (royal falcon). Many of His recorded words regarding music are taken from letters to Ms. Waite, thus immortalizing her - and her music - in Bahá'í history. The piece ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 12 – ‘Turn away from Thyself’

The Sufi proverb says: 'Die before you die.' It has a dark ring to it - morbid even, to Western ears. But the poetry of Rumi opens up its meaning for us: I died to mineral, joined the realm of plants I died to vegetable, joined animal I died from animal to human realm So why fear? When has dying made me less? In turn again I'll die from ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 11 – Communion

Firstly...a story. When 'Abdu'l-Bahá was in New York, He called to Him an ardent Bahá'í and said, 'If you will come to Me at dawn tomorrow, I will teach you to pray.' "Delighted, Mr M arose at four and crossed the city, arriving for his lesson at six. With what exultant expectation he must have greeted this opportunity! He found 'Abdu'l-Bahá already at prayer, kneeling by the ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 10 – Unity/Oneness

Who believes in unity? Starry-eyed idealists? Guitar-strumming hippies? Denizens of a parallel universe? "The lovers... the dreamers... and me?" These stereotypes - non-threatening, strange, removed from the mainstream - reflect an embittered humanity that in its sober, level-headed 'maturity' has come to regard unity as intangible... a dream. But what if this notion comes not from our growing up, but rather our cowering in the face of what it will ...

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