Soil and Souls

Just one of my favorite quotes today…

“Holy souls are like soil which has been plowed and tilled with much earnest labor; the thorns and thistles cast aside and all weeds uprooted. Such soil is most fruitful and the harvest from it will prove full and plenteous. In this same way man must free himself from the weeds of ignorance, thorns of superstitions and thistles of imitations, that he may discover reality in the harvests of true knowledge. Otherwise the discovery of reality is impossible, contention and divergence of religious belief will always remain and mankind, like ferocious wolves will rage and attack each other in hatred and antagonism. We supplicate God that He may destroy the veils which limit our vision and that these becloudings which darken the way of the manifestation of the shining lights may be dispelled in order that the effulgent Sun of Reality may shine forth…. Just now the soil of human hearts seems like black earth, but in the innermost substance of this dark soil there are thousands of fragrant flowers latent. We must endeavor to cultivate and awaken these potentialities, discover the secret treasure in this very mine and depository of God, bring forth these resplendent powers long hidden in human hearts. Then will the glories of both worlds be blended and increased and the quintessence of human existence be made manifest.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 76

Angels of Snow and Fire

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Having been a spiritual seeker for most of my life, I’ve found the words and signs that seem to be contradictory to be the most meaningful.

That’s not to say I can necessarily give a rational explanation of the intense feelings such concepts stir up…

One of my favorites

and one I’d appreciate your comments on is:

“But for the burning of their souls and the sighing of their hearts, they would be drowned in the midst of their tears, and but for the flood of their tears they would be burnt up by the fire of their hearts and the heat of their souls. Methinks, they are like the angels which Thou hast created of snow and of fire.”

Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 157

Here’s the full prayer . . .