Fountain of the Water of Life

Fountain of Living WatersLast night four of us, from four different countries (USA, Serbia, Iran and Bulgaria) gathered around the table for dinner and to begin our Ruhi 4 study circle “The Twin Manifestations” which aims to enable and inspire creative ways of telling the story of the lives of the two latest Manifestations of God. I am very optimistic about this new circle of friends and grateful for this opportunity be together, and serve together:

The divine friends must be attracted to and enamored of each other and ever be ready and willing to sacrifice their own lives for each other. Should one soul from amongst the believers meet another, it must be as though a thirsty one with parched lips has reached to the fountain of the water of life, or a lover has met his true beloved. For one of the greatest divine wisdoms regarding the appearance of the holy Manifestations is this: The souls may come to know each other and become intimate with each other; the power of the love of God may make all of them the waves of one sea, the flowers of one rose garden, and the stars of one heaven. This is the wisdom for the appearance of the holy Manifestations! When the most great bestowal reveals itself in the hearts of the believers, the world of nature will be transformed, the darkness of the contingent being will vanish, and heavenly illumination will be obtained. Then the whole world will become the Paradise of Abha, every one of the believers of God will become a blessed tree, producing wonderful fruits.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 52)

Today is Blog Action Day 2010 and it aims to provide support to the U.N.’s effort to bring clean, safe water to millions. As Philippe at Baha’i Thought rightly pointed, “Achieving access to clean water for all, like virtually every other challenge facing humanity today, will require more than the mechanics of international development, the advocacy and generosity of well-meaning people, or even that rarely discovered gem of heavenly statesmanship. It will require that very phenomenon whose necessity is so frequently acknowledged and yet is so quickly sacrificed when it conflicts with the dictates of personal ambition, partisanship, or prejudice: unity.”

May our study circle enables us to bring about such unity! What better way to honor Blog Action Day than connecting its theme with the theme of our study circle — the lives of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, with a couple of select quotations from their Holy Writings:

O Qurratu'[l]-‘Ayn! Say: Verily I am the ‘Gate of God’ and I give you to drink, by the leave of God, the sovereign Truth, of the crystal-pure waters of His Revelation which are gushing out from the incorruptible Fountain situate upon the Holy Mount. And those who earnestly strive after the One True God, let them then strive to attain this Gate. Verily God is potent over all things…
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 50)

CLIII. O banished and faithful friend! Quench the thirst of heedlessness with the sanctified waters of My grace, and chase the gloom of remoteness through the morning-light of My Divine presence. Suffer not the habitation wherein dwelleth My undying love for thee to be destroyed through the tyranny of covetous desires, and overcloud not the beauty of the heavenly Youth with the dust of self and passion. Clothe thyself with the essence of righteousness, and let thine heart be afraid of none except God. Obstruct not the luminous spring of thy soul with the thorns and brambles of vain and inordinate affections, and impede not the flow of the living waters that stream from the fountain of thine heart. Set all thy hope in God, and cleave tenaciously to His unfailing mercy. Who else but Him can enrich the destitute, and deliver the fallen from his abasement?
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 323)

O THOU kind Lord! Praise be unto Thee that Thou hast shown us the highway of guidance, opened the doors of the kingdom and manifested Thyself through the Sun of Reality. To the blind Thou hast given sight; to the deaf Thou hast granted hearing; Thou hast resuscitated the dead; Thou hast enriched the poor; Thou hast shown the way to those who have gone astray; Thou hast led those with parched lips to the fountain of guidance; Thou hast suffered the thirsty fish to reach the ocean of reality; and Thou hast invited the wandering birds to the rose garden of grace.

O Thou Almighty! We are Thy servants and Thy poor ones; we are remote and yearn for Thy presence, are athirst for the water of Thy fountain, are ill, longing for Thy healing. We are walking in Thy path and have no aim or hope save the diffusion of Thy fragrance, so that all souls may raise the cry: O God, “Guide us to the straight path.”[1] May their eyes be opened to behold the light, and may they be freed from the darkness of ignorance. May they gather around the lamp of Thy guidance. May every portionless one receive a share. May the deprived become the confidants of Thy mysteries.
[1 Qur’án 1:6.]

O Almighty! Look upon us with the glance of mercifulness. Grant us heavenly confirmation. Bestow upon us the breath of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be assisted in Thy service and, like unto brilliant stars, shine in these regions with the light of Thy guidance.

Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty, the Wise and the Seeing.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 64)

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