An elevator talk

Standing at the hallway, waiting for the elevator, I am holding a clear plastic cup full of water. A lady from another company on the same floor approaches me asking:

Lady: Is this one?
Me: Is this one what?
Lady: One shot?
Me: ? (I look puzzled as we both enter the elevator)
Lady: One shot of vodka or gin?
Me: No, it is just water (thinking to myself, is water unrecognizable anymore unless in a branded bottle?). I am a Baha’i and Baha’is don’t drink alcohol…
Lady: You are a what?
Me: I am a Baha’i, a member of the Baha’i Faith
Lady: What is that?
Me: The Baha’i Faith is an independent world religion aiming to unite all, considering that we are all one human family belonging to one country, the world (thinking to myself, where did my Ruhi 6 definition go?)
Lady: Oh, ok. At my company everybody drinks so I was wondering if you were getting tight early.
Me: No, I am not. Have a blessed day…

As to thyself, whenever thou art enraptured by the vitalizing breaths of the revealed verses and art carried away by the pure, life-giving water proffered by the hand of the bounty of thy Lord, the sovereign Ruler of the Day of Resurrection, lift up thy voice and say:

O my God! O my God! I yield Thee thanks that Thou hast directed me towards Thyself, hast guided me unto Thy horizon, hast clearly set forth for me Thy Path, hast revealed to me Thy testimony and enabled me to set my face towards Thee, while most of the doctors and divines among Thy servants together with such as follow them have, without the least proof or evidence from Thee, turned away from Thee. Blessing be unto Thee, O Lord of Names, and glory be unto Thee, O Creator of the heavens, inasmuch as Thou hast, through the power of Thy Name, the Self-Subsisting, given me to drink of Thy sealed wine, hast caused me to draw nigh unto Thee and hast enabled  me to recognize the Dayspring of Thine utterance, the Manifestation of Thy signs, the Fountainhead of Thy laws and commandments and the Source of Thy wisdom and bestowals. Blessed is the land that hath been ennobled by Thy footsteps, wherein the throne of Thy sovereignty is established and the fragrance of Thy raiment is diffused. By Thy glory and majesty, by Thy might and power, I desire not my sight save to behold Thy beauty, nor my hearing save to hearken to Thy call and Thy verses.
(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 110)

One Response to “An elevator talk

  • very funny– hard to imagine that some people have reached a point that they automatically assume a cup of water must be alcohol.

    …on second thought, that’s actually not funny at all.

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