Monday, October 16, 2006

Reflection

This photo depicts a reflection of the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL. It is open to people of all Faiths and backgrounds. A central principle of the Baha'i teachings is the fundamental unity of all religions. Baha'u'llah likens the Messengers of God to mirrors that reflect the light of God. He writes:
These sanctified Mirrors, these Day Springs of ancient glory, are, one and all, the Exponents on earth of Him Who is the central Orb of the universe, its Essence and ultimate Purpose. From Him proceed their knowledge and power; from Him is derived their sovereignty. The beauty of their countenance is but a reflection of His image, and their revelation a sign of His deathless glory.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 47)


This photo is courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/43381740@N00/ (Eric Mace)

Friday, September 29, 2006

Regeneration

This is a picture of the Baha'i terraces on Mt. Carmel. The terraces lead up to the Shrine of the Bab, whose name means "the Gate." The Bab was the forunner of the Baha'i Faith. His mission was to prepare the people of the 1800's for a renewal of spiritual teachings for this modern age. When I look at these terraces, the vibrant green, and the interplay of colorful blossoms, I'm reminded of the passage,

"All created things proclaim the evidences of this world-wide regeneration."

~ Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 92

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Light


Welcome!

We saw this reflection of light on the water at Crater Lake. It seemed to reflect this passage, "Know, O thou possessors of insight, that true spirituality is like unto a lake of clear water which reflects the divine."
(Abdu'l-Baha, Abdu'l-Baha in London, p. 107)

The light seemed to dance on the surface, and the water of the lake itself was crystal clear. In striving for this same spirituality, my husband and I enjoy getting together with friends of different faiths to share prayers. In general, after such gatherings it seems that the atmosphere of the living room ~ like this lake ~ vibrates with traces of those uplifting words.