Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fast Bloggin' Day 15

I'm in the home stretch of the Fast. I continue to receive lessons on a daily basis. The quote of the day was definitely this one:

"The wise are they that speak not unless they obtain a hearing, even as the cup-bearer, who proffereth not his cup till he findeth a seeker, and the lover who crieth not out from the depths of his heart until he gazeth upon the beauty of his beloved." (Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

I was sort of emotionally ambushed by someone today who essentially projected their own mental state onto me. There were a hundred and one things that I could have said, but I decided to observe silence because I did not sense I would get a "hearing". I've engaged in many fruitless conversations where I swiftly realized that the other person had no real interest in what I was saying to them. Silence is often misunderstood, especially in American culture, so it can be a test of faith to follow Baha'u'llah's admonitions faithfully.

"The essence of true safety is to observe silence, to look at the end of things and to renounce the world." (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 156)

This is definitely something I need to ponder more.


  1. Anonymous7:22 AM

    This reminds me of a quotation I found recently, when I was researching meditation, so maybe not quite the right context but beautifully put (as always with Abdu'l-Baha):

    "Bahá'u'lláh says there is a sign (from God) in every phenomenon: the sign of the intellect is contemplation and the sign of contemplation is silence, because it is impossible for a man to do two things at one time -- he cannot both speak and meditate."

    I sometimes think if I were not so fast to rush in with my opinion then the people I am speaking to may develop some curiosity as to what it is and take more interest in it, if they have to ask. I am working on that one too.


    (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 174)

  2. ...and when we are aware of this teaching, we so quickly and painfully realize when we have crossed its bounds.

  3. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Lovely writing, how I wish more could follow it's direction. Too often it seems we must "fill the void" of silence if only to have something to say when not speaking is much more effective.