Reunions and Separations

Whither can a lover go but to the land of his beloved? and what seeker findeth rest away from his heart’s desire? To the true lover reunion is life, and separation is death. His breast is void of patience and his heart hath no peace. A myriad lives he would forsake to hasten to the abode of his beloved.

(Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

Last Saturday, I had an improvised reunion with the lady who taught me about the Baha’i Faith nineteen years ago in the former Soviet Union, and a planned reunion with my singing family, the Washington Metropolitan Baha’i Chorale, directed again by the talented Van Gilmer, at the special event of support for the Baha’is of Iran. The event was attended, among 1500 others, by a coworker and by a visitor to the Prayer Station, whom I had invited.

Sunday night I was the one invited, this time to the Islamic Center in Washington, DC, to participate in a prayer and a dinner breaking the fast during Ramadan.

On Monday, the Prayer Station was attended by three souls, one of them a good friend whom I had helped with a direct teaching project, a friend of hers who was actively seeking connection with Baha’u’llah’s writings and prayers, and a gentleman who seemed to be intellectually curious about how the Baha’i Faith compares to other religions but finds difficult relating to the concept of prayer. I did offer to all of them a study circle on “The Life of the Spirit” but we shall see what happens next.

Wednesday, my Ruhi 2 study circle had its last session and everybody had very positive feedback about the whole experience. Befriended as we all had become, we will take a break before attempting to reunite for the next study circle, possibly Ruhi 4, “The Twin Manifestations”. So, I am ready for some rest…

Clearly I am not there:

Should there be ignited in thy heart the burning brand of the love of God, thou wouldst seek neither rest nor composure, neither laughter nor repose, but wouldst hasten to scale the highest summits in the realms of divine nearness, sanctity, and beauty.

(Baha’u’llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 13)

But I am here, and now, and this is a good place to start.

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