Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Birthday Bloggin'

Today I've turned 31 years old. Since I have become a Baha'i my birthday has taken on a new significance for me. It has become a day of reflection on the spiritual significance of my being born, of the purpose of my life, and of gratitude to God and to my parents. There are particular selections from the Baha'i Writings that I like to meditate deeply on when my birthday roles around. A few choice gems from a Baha'i Sacred Text called the Hidden Words are below:

Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.

I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.

With the hands of power I made thee and with the fingers of strength I created thee; and within thee have I placed the essence of My light. Be thou content with it and seek naught else, for My work is perfect and My command is binding. Question it not, nor have a doubt thereof.

I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.

Since becoming a Baha'i I have come to appreciate that I have been created noble, capable of reflecting the qualities of my Creator through my daily effort to fulfill the purpose of my life which is to know and love God and to promote an ever advancing civilization. Birthdays are a nice time to bring myself to account and ask, "Am I fulfilling the purpose for which I was created?"

When I think about the love of God that called me into being in this world, I am filled with a sense of awe, wonder and a gratitude that words cannot capture. What a precious gift I've been given, without even having asked for it.

I also feel a sense of gratitude for my parents without whom I would not be here. The station of parenthood is held very high in the Baha'i Faith. Baha'u'llah, the Founder of the Baha'i Faith has revealed:

The fruits that best befit the tree of human life are trustworthiness and godliness, truthfulness and sincerity; but greater than all, after recognition of the unity of God, praised and
glorified be He, is regard for the rights that are due to one's parents.

So today I celebrate the Lord of Creation, I celebrate my mother and father, I celebrate the great gift of life.