Day of two visions

Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world and all that is therein, and open the other to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved.
(Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

What a day this has been. God teaching me on both planes: on one side with renewed clarity indicating the path to be avoided, and on the other, clearly identifying the path to be followed.

Following Abdu’l-Baha’s guidance, “I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life”, as more than enough of them have been thrust upon me in a way and with timing that no doubt have a special purpose and meaning to be revealed in due time. But I will reflect on the bounty of teaching as it is the one way, besides spending time with my beautiful daughters, that has proven nurturing to me and, hopefully, a valuable service to God and His servants.

Tonight, we started a Ruhi 1 study circle “Reflections on the life of the spirit”. There were two seekers; the third one was sick but is certain to come next week (we said healing prayers for her). There were also three more Baha’is and myself, each one bringing a treasure of thoughts and reflections: two guys who grew up in the middle East and a lady who grew up in the midwest. The seekers of course are the most fascinating ones: a lady from Mali who through reflection and independent Bible study discerned that there must be more to religion than the simple message in the Good Book, and a young woman forced to reflect on the meaning of life after being challenged by her future family-in-law, and her own realization of the limited satisfaction of following the Ego. Immersed in the Writings, reflecting, discerning, they described as being in heaven. One of them had already seen the Visual Presentation and had read all the books I had given her. The other, having attended one fireside and having read 100 pages of “The Book of Certitude” asked about the way of becoming a Baha’i. I handed declaration cards to both of them and they were encouraged to reflect and choose the time when they are ready.

Next Monday we will meet again for a combined Prayer Station and the second session of our study circle; and of course, to celebrate the Birth of the Bab.

Until then, patience and reliance upon God’s Will, and prayers for my dear family:

O My servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.

(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 329)

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