Sunday, March 07, 2010
I can hear my wife reading to our son as he prepares for bed. She's trying to get him to say "bunny". "B", "B", "B" he says. Where is the bird? He points it out to her. Music to my ears.
I had another tough day. The metaphor that came to mind was being in a cage match with the Terminator. I'm getting a serious spiritual wuppin' but am still swinging. "When the swords flash, go forward, when the shafts fly press onward." I kept in simple this morning, a pear and some yogurt but then switched it up a bit by having some apple pie for breakfast. Hey, why not?
It is an unfortunate fact of life right now that I have to work on Sundays. My job is not my favorite place to be at the moment. One test after the next. I'm trying to remember that,
"When the winds blow severely, rains fall fiercely, the lightning flashes, the thunder roars, the bolt descends and storms of trial become severe, grieve not; for after this storm, verily, the divine spring will arrive, the hills and fields will become verdant, the expanses of grain will joyfully wave, the earth will become covered with blossoms, the trees will be clothed with green garments and adorned with blossoms and fruits. Thus blessings become manifest in all countries. These favors are results of those storms and hurricanes. The discerning man rejoiceth at the day of trials, his breast becometh dilated at the time of severe storms, his eyes become brightened when seeing the showers of rain and gusts of wind, whereby trees are uprooted; because he foreseeth the result and the end, the leaves, blossoms and fruits; while the ignorant person becometh troubled when he seeth a storm, is saddened when it raineth severely, is terrified by the thunder and trembleth at the surging of the waves which storm the shores." (Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 394)
My cold did not help things, but by the grace of God I got through the day. I did permit myself one cough drop near the end which I felt could not really be considered "food". I was able to make some progress on my dissertation proposal which I'm grateful for.
"Again, there are those famed and accomplished men of learning, possessed of praiseworthy qualities and vast erudition, who lay hold on the strong handle of the fear of God and keep to the ways of salvation. In the mirror of their minds the forms of transcendent realities are reflected, and the lamp of their inner vision derives its light from the sun of universal knowledge. They are busy by night and by day with meticulous research into such sciences as are profitable to mankind, and they devote themselves to the training of students of capacity. It is certain that to their discerning taste, the proffered treasures of kings would not compare with a single drop of the waters of knowledge, and mountains of gold and silver could not outweigh the successful solution of a difficult problem. To them, the delights that lie outside their work are only toys for children, and the cumbersome load of unnecessary possessions is only good for the ignorant and base. Content, like the birds, they give thanks for a handful of seeds, and the song of their wisdom dazzles the minds of the world's most wise." (Abdu'l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 21)
I was so busy with my work that my wife had to remind me repeatedly to break the fast. I finally did with some turkey chili made by my mother in law and finished off that devilish apple pie. I should probably turn in for the evening but think I might try and get a little more reading done. I'm reading about the psychology of Power Point presentations. Pretty interesting. Farewell my fellow keepers of the Fast around the world.
"There are various stages and stations for the Fast and innumerable effects and benefits are concealed therein. Well is it with those who have attained unto them." (Compilations, The Importance of Obligatory Prayer and Fasting)