Random cravings

At lunch I was talking with two coworkers — one is a most marvelous Baha’i and the other is Chinese. The Chinese coworker and I were reminiscing on growing up in a communist country. He recollected how happy the old times were and how, with all the development the economic boom has brought, most people are not happy. We all crave happiness, and the material kind is very temporary and won’t cut it.

Let us try to understand the commands of the Most High and to order our lives as He directs. True happiness depends on spiritual good and having the heart ever open to receive the Divine Bounty.

If the heart turns away from the blessings God offers how can it hope for happiness? If it does not put its hope and trust in God’s Mercy, where can it find rest? Oh, trust in God! for His Bounty is everlasting, and in His Blessings, for they are superb. Oh! put your faith in the Almighty, for He faileth not and His goodness endureth for ever! His Sun giveth Light continually, and the Clouds of His Mercy are full of the Waters of Compassion with which He waters the hearts of all who trust in Him. His refreshing Breeze ever carries healing in its wings to the parched souls of men! Is it wise to turn away from such a loving Father, Who showers His blessings upon us, and to choose rather to be slaves of matter?

(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 108)

This afternoon, I got a wonderful confirmation of something I had had a dream about few days ago — a dear friend has indeed arrived in Arlington, and help is within reach! We all crave confirmations and friendship, and I got that today. Thanks be to God!

After two days of biking to work, my metabolism has kicked in on a higher gear and I cannot stop craving for something nice and fatty. Macadamia nuts, cashews and dried fruits don’t cut it. I guess, it will have to be a Perivuan chicken dinner.

Last but not least, I just past my final exam for the Wilmette Institute course on “Islam for Deepening and Understanding”, and got 92.67 out of 100. Not bad for a person who was raised on prejudice against Islam. Just in case there is confusion on what Islam is, it means “submission to God”. Now, passing the exam is the easy part — the intellectual task. The actual goal is the one that will produce the best confirmation — submission to the Will of God! May God help me in this, and may God help all your loved ones!

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  • On Constant Craving: Maybe a great magnet pulls all souls towards truth | Baha'i Views :

    […] Mitko’s post below reminded me of the lyrics to kd lang’s great song “Constant Craving”  above. -gw The Chinese coworker and I were reminiscing on growing up in a communist country. He recollected how happy the old times were and how, with all the development the economic boom has brought, most people are not happy. We all crave happiness, and the material kind is very temporary and won’t cut it. Let us try to understand the commands of the Most High and to order our lives as He directs. True happiness depends on spiritual good and having the heart ever open to receive the Divine Bounty. http://www.befriendedstranger.com/religion/2008/08/13/random-cravings/ […]

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