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

Spirituality vs? Religion

I was raised by two ministers—mom and dad—and my two sisters became ministers.

It was painfully confusing as I grew up separating the authority of family from the Authority of God.

During the 60s and 70s, new brands of “spirituality” were sprouting like weeds. I tried a couple but didn’t find my Faith ’till my 42nd year of life.

Wikipedia has an intelligent discussion of Religion/Spirituality, in which it’s said: “An important distinction exists between spirituality in religion and spirituality as opposed to religion.”

I truly wish more people could make this distinction . . .

In the document One Common Faith, this sentiment is found: “…the time has come when religious leadership must face honestly and without further evasion the implications of the truth that God is one and that, beyond all diversity of cultural expression and human interpretation, religion is likewise one. It was intimations of this truth that originally inspired the interfaith movement and that have sustained it through the vicissitudes of the past one hundred years. Far from challenging the validity of any of the great revealed faiths, the principle has the capacity to ensure their continuing relevance. In order to exert its influence, however, recognition of this reality must operate at the heart of religious discourse…”

And, to round out the post with some supremely spiritual thoughts:

“Know, O thou possessors of insight, that true spirituality is like unto a lake of clear water which reflects the divine. Of such was the spirituality of Jesus Christ. There is another kind which is like a mirage, seeming to be spiritual when it is not. That which is truly spiritual must light the path to God, and must result in deeds. We cannot believe the call to be spiritual when there is no result. Spirit is reality, and when the spirit in each of us seeks to join itself with the Great Reality, it must in turn give life.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 107

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Reality . . .

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I’ve mentioned my various pains here and I’ll be so happy when I can trade them for different pains. Hepatitis C treatment is No Fun but the induction of submission and resignation can be profound . . .

Spiritual Quote of the Day:

The Sun of Reality is one Sun but it has different dawning-places, just as the phenomenal sun is one although it appears at various points of the horizon. During the time of spring the luminary of the physical world rises far to the north of the equinoctial; in summer it dawns midway and in winter it appears in the most southerly point of its zodiacal journey. These day springs or dawning-points differ widely but the sun is ever the same sun whether it be the phenomenal or spiritual luminary.

Souls who focus their vision upon the Sun of Reality will be the recipients of light no matter from what point it rises, but those who are fettered by adoration of the dawning-point are deprived when it appears in a different station upon the spiritual horizon.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 255)