Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Lovers of the Rose

Just read a fascinating piece in the Boston Globe today about African Americans who are discovering a spiritual home in the teachings and practices of His Holiness the Buddha. Baha'is recognize Buddha as one of those great Spiritual Educators of humanity, referred to as "Manifestations of God". The opening paragraph of the article is below:

Roslyn Springer first heard about Buddhism 18 years ago. A friend she practiced yoga with had told her about an upcoming retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, where people could meditate in silence. A ''woman on fire" at the time, she says, she jumped at the opportunity for some self-reflection. (Read the whole article here)

I was really touched by the sincerety of the search for truth of these souls, even as the struggle with the challenges of racism. It reminded me of some inspiring statements made in Baha'i scripture:

Likewise, the divine religions of the holy Manifestations of God are in reality one, though in name and nomenclature they differ. Man must be a lover of the light, no matter from what dayspring it may appear. He must be a lover of the rose, no matter in what soil it may be growing. He must be a seeker of the truth, no matter from what source it come.
(Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 151)

A rose is beautiful in whatsoever garden it may bloom! A star has the same radiance if it shines from the East or from the West. Be free from prejudice, so will you love the Sun of Truth from whatsoever point in the horizon it may arise! You will realize that if the Divine light of truth shone in Jesus Christ it also shone in Moses and in Buddha. The earnest seeker will arrive at this truth. This is what is meant by the 'Search after Truth'.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 137)

I wish my Buddhist brothers and sisters every blessing on the path of Wisdom and Peace!