“I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.”
~ Judaism / Christianity, Holy Bible, Psalm 35:13
“…prayer and fasting is the cause of awakening and mindfulness and conducive to protection and preservation from tests.”
~ Abdu’l‑Baha, Baha’i World Faith, p. 368
What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversations, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace and sweetened with organic honey, home-made banana bread baked with love and shared with smile?
Whatever the answer might be, sharing prayers and inspiring conversations with friends and befriended strangers alike gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for the week ahead.
Starting from March 1st, Bahá’ís all around the world begin to observe the Fast! The Bahá’í Fast occurs every year during the month of March, and consists of nineteen days during which Bahá’ís from the ages of 15 to 70 years abstain from eating or drinking from sunrise ’til sunset. The Fast comes to an end with the celebration of Naw-Rúz, which takes place on the spring equinox, which falls on March 19th/20th this year. Naw-rúz is a celebration of revival, renewal, and springtime, in both the physical and spiritual senses.
For Baha’is, Fasting is more than just not eating. Fasting is a period of preparation for this springtime, during which we not only fast physically, but pay special attention to our spiritual life as well, in order to come into a new year with our souls refreshed and strengthened.
This Monday, March 7th, we would like to take a moment and reflect together on what it means to observe the Fast, from the Baha’i perspective.
We will start by sharing a meal at sunset, 6:07 pm after which we will continue with prayers and selected Holy Writings on the topic of Fasting. We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings. We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring musical selections and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.
We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers — or if you need directions — please contact me.
Until we meet, enjoy this video “Fast in a Day“, is a global attempt to crowd source the feelings and emotions that surround the Bahá’í Fast.