Thursday, August 30, 2007

Never-Dying HOPE

I had a gift delivered to my e-mail today--a message from one of my many E-quaintances.

It led me to a short essay by the person who wrote Women Who Run with the Wolves, Let Your Soul Light Shine Bright.

It's a marvelous and compelling proof of the critical need for Hope, especially in this "test bed" world we live in...

Today's quote from Reality gives a different, but equally valid, view of why we should always be fanning the flame of Hope in our hearts.

NewsFlash: Despair is Dead . . .

"See how, in this day, the scope of sciences and arts hath widened out, and what wondrous technical advances have been made, and to what a high degree the mind’s powers have increased, and what stupendous inventions have appeared.

"This age is indeed as a hundred other ages: should ye gather the yield of a hundred ages, and set that against the accumulated product of our times, the yield of this one era will prove greater than that of a hundred gone before. Take ye, for an example, the sum total of all the books that were ever written in ages past, and compare that with the books and treatises that our era hath produced: these books, written in our day alone, far and away exceed the total number of volumes that have been written down the ages.

"See how powerful is the influence exerted by the Day-Star of the world upon the inner essence of all created things!

"But alas, a thousand times alas! The eyes see it not, the ears are deaf, and the hearts and minds are oblivious of this supreme bestowal. Strive ye then, with all your hearts and souls, to awaken those who slumber, to cause the blind to see, and the dead to rise."

‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selection #73, pp. 111-112

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