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devotions: season of harmony

Colorado Trail 

“Life and Death,” replied Confucius,
“possession and loss, success and failure, poverty and wealth,
virtue and vice, good and evil report hunger and thirst, heat and cold—
these are changes of things in the natural course of events.

Day and night they follow upon one another,
and no man can say where they spring from.

Therefore they must not be allowed to disturb the natural harmony, 
nor enter into the soul's domain.

One should live so that one is at ease and in harmony with the world, without loss of happiness,
and by day and by night, share the (peace of) spring with the created things.

Thus continuously one creates the seasons in one's own breast.
Such a person may be said to have perfect talents.”

            Tao, Chuangtse (Lin Yutang tr)


devotions: memorial

The dawn moon over the Shrine of the Báb, Israel

"Once the soul hath departed this life, 
he will behold in that world 
was hidden from him here: 
but there he will look upon
 and comprehend all things 
with his inner eye."


Memorial post for Denise, Joan, Mary, Mike, and Orpha.
Family and friends who have departed this world since Jan 2015. 

 "For days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you."


devotions: differences

A critic may object, saying that peoples, races, tribes and communities of the world are of different and varied customs, habits, tastes, character, inclinations and ideas, that opinions and thoughts are contrary to one another, and how, therefore, is it possible for real unity to be revealed and perfect accord among human souls to exist?

In answer we say that differences are of two kinds. One is the cause of annihilation and is like the antipathy existing among warring nations and conflicting tribes who seek each other's destruction, uprooting one another's families, depriving one another of rest and comfort and unleashing carnage. The other kind which is a token of diversity is the essence of perfection and the cause of the appearance of the bestowals of the Most Glorious Lord.

Consider the flowers of a garden: though differing in kind, colour, form and shape, yet, inasmuch as they are refreshed by the waters of one spring, revived by the breath of one wind, invigorated by the rays of one sun, this diversity increaseth their charm, and addeth unto their beauty.

                                                                                                ~ Abdu'l-Baha

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