The nobility of creation

This is one of those things that probably looks totally trivial from aside but is invaluable when the result of true insight. So, I am writing here now not to claim any eloquence but just to share the relief, and joy, of grasping, finally, something that is of paramount importance. Praised be God for His confirmations!

I came back on Sunday from my trip to Chicago where I had the honor of singing with the Baha’i Choral Festival Choir at the Baha’i House of Worship. The event was magnificent and the joy of singing in the Mother-Temple, immeasurable. I am sure in due time, there will be posts on YouTube and probably another CD. Seeing old friends — from the Baha’i Gospel Choir European Tour in 2004, and from my 1996/98 Baha’i community in Greensboro, NC, was a true joy. Seeing the faces of the people in the audience was very uplifting. Singing the Words of God in the auditorium, and raising my voice to “sing praises to Our Lord” on the stairs of the House of Worship was a privilege.

But what truly touched my heart was something not event related to music. Not, unless you count a cell phone ring particularly musical.

Rose from the House of Mazra'ihJust as we started one of the songs, the phone of a certain gentleman rang. He just collapsed in his embarrassment. You could just see how he was sinking into his seat, as many — myself included — were giving him the look. And then I saw a simple, warm, loving, humane gesture. Dr. Billy Roberts, a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the U.S., extended his hand and patted the man on his back. How do you describe love in action? I was so humbled, and inspired, by this very simple act of love. I was ashamed of my own judging the poor man whose phone rang just as we were singing a soft peace. Yet, I was so inspired and touched by this gentle tough which could have meant nothing but “It is OK, we all make mistakes”. Isn’t our nobility expressed in about ability to love unconditionally, just as our Creator loves us?

Few hours later my dear friend Boyan drove me to a talk at an independent bookstore, where a Baha’i speaker talked on healing racism as institutionalized prejudice. How grateful I am to Boyan for insisting we go to support this event! The speaker said something that touched me deeply – those who oppress are the ones oppressed the most, because as we deny the humanity of the ones we oppress, we perpetually deny our own nobility. Until and unless, I recognize that I am truly, beyond any doubt, a noble soul, I will continue denying the nobility of others. Ya’Baha’ul’Abha! I think I finally got it 🙂

So, here are few beautiful Writings that talk about this all much better than anything I will ever say. From the Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah:

13. O SON OF SPIRIT!

I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.
(Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

22. O SON OF SPIRIT!

Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.
(Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

And from Baha’u’llah’s Gleanings:

From the exalted source, and out of the essence of His favor and bounty He hath entrusted every created thing with a sign of His knowledge, so that none of His creatures may be deprived of its share in expressing, each according to its capacity and rank, this knowledge. This sign is the mirror of His beauty in the world of creation. The greater the effort exerted for the refinement of this sublime and noble mirror, the more faithfully will it be made to reflect the glory of the names and attributes of God, and reveal the wonders of His signs and knowledge. Every created thing will be enabled (so great is this reflecting power) to reveal the potentialities of its pre-ordained station, will recognize its capacity and limitations, and will testify to the truth that “He, verily, is God; there is none other God besides Him.”…

There can be no doubt whatever that, in consequence of the efforts which every man may consciously exert and as a result of the exertion of his own spiritual faculties, this mirror can be so cleansed from the dross of earthly defilements and purged from satanic fancies as to be able to draw nigh unto the meads of eternal holiness and attain the courts of everlasting fellowship.

(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 261)

And last but not least, Abdu’l-Baha’s words of encouragement to the American believers as He was departing this country on his way back home:

As ye have faith so shall your powers and blessings be.

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