After Chill in The Fire, Reflections on the Art of Education

Chill In The Fire

Since due to a scheduling conflict, Maya’s presentation on Art Education and its ability to uplift the human condition had to be postponed from last Monday to August 17, 2015, we continued the exploration of “The Seven Valleys” by Bahá’u’lláh. The theme this time was “The Second Valley — The Valley of Love”.

“A lover is he who is chill in hell fire;
A knower is he who is dry in the sea.”
~ Bahá’u’lláhThe Seven Valleys, “The Valley of Love”

Delving further into the mystical language of Baha’u’llah and reflecting on the rich imagery of traditional Persian poetry, we could not have asked for a better soundtrack to our discussino than my friend Shameem‘s gorgeous song “Chill In The Fire” from her 2nd CD “The Second City”.

Shameem "The Second City"

Shameem “The Second City”

As Shameem’s blog explains:

“The inspiration for this song comes from a beautiful book written in Farsi (the Persian/ Iranian language) by Baha’u’llah, entitled The Seven Valleys. The book is a long, mystical poem about the quest of the human soul to attain closeness to God, the object of its desire. It describes an analogy of the soul having to traverse seven stages (called seven valleys or seven cities) in this journey towards “the traceless Friend”. The second of these valleys or cities is “The Valley of Love“. In this stage, the soul, having already traversed “The Valley of Search”, is in a state of simultaneous ecstasy and madness. There are many wonderful contradictions of experiences in this valley.”

The Art of Education

And we, the grateful audience, traverse between contradictions too, switching gears and shifting topics yet again in our weekly devotional fireside discussions.

Without further ado, we invite you once again on Monday, August 17, 2015 to an Interfaith Fireside Discussion in Arlington, VA on the theme “Reflections on Arts Education and its Ability to Empower and Uplift the Human Spirit”.

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