Monday, June 18, 2007

It's Certainly Worth The Effort !

Two posts ago, I wrote this:

"Then follows a listing of traits that we certainly expect in our Saints but, in each one of us?!? Appears so... Also appears there's a Supreme Reason to ask this of us all: 'In this way, the light of divine guidance will shine forth, and the blessings of God will cradle all mankind....'"

And, if that listing of spiritual traits we all should work to own seemed only for potential Saints, today's quote from Reality specifies how we should go about attaining those traits...

Seems like we should all strive to be "Saints", eh?

"Only when the lamp of search, of earnest striving, of longing desire, of passionate devotion, of fervid love, of rapture, and ecstasy, is kindled within the seeker’s heart, and the breeze of His lovingkindness is wafted upon his soul, will the darkness of error be dispelled, the mists of doubts and misgivings be dissipated, and the lights of knowledge and certitude envelop his being. At that hour will the Mystic Herald, bearing the joyful tidings of the Spirit, shine forth from the City of God resplendent as the morn, and, through the trumpet-blast of knowledge, will awaken the heart, the soul, and the spirit from the slumber of heedlessness. Then will the manifold favors and outpouring grace of the holy and everlasting Spirit confer such new life upon the seeker that he will find himself endowed with a new eye, a new ear, a new heart, and a new mind. He will contemplate the manifest signs of the universe, and will penetrate the hidden mysteries of the soul. Gazing with the eye of God, he will perceive within every atom a door that leadeth him to the stations of absolute certitude. He will discover in all things the mysteries of Divine Revelation, and the evidences of an everlasting Manifestation."

Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection
CXXV, p. 267


Paul said...

I'm inclined to agree with you. It seems to me that people have often made religion into a second-hand thing where we talk the talk without walking the walk.

Alexander M said...

Well, Paul, having grown up the son of ministers, I learned early-on that words only go so far in the spiritual marketplace. If not followed by actions they wither into banalities...