Sunday, December 16, 2007

Our Perfections

No doubt, when it comes to my daughter, I'm lovingly biased.

Still, it's objectively true that she recently attained a new level of perfection when she gave birth to Nathanael William Kee:

We all have various stations to reach, in our Journey toward never-ending perfections:

"No created thing shall ever attain its paradise unless it appeareth in its highest prescribed degree of perfection. For instance, this crystal representeth the paradise of the stone whereof its substance is composed. Likewise there are various stages in the paradise for the crystal itself... So long as it was stone it was worthless, but if it attaineth the excellence of ruby — a potentiality which is latent in it— how much a carat will it be worth? Consider likewise every created thing.

"Man’s highest station, however, is attained through faith in God in every Dispensation and by acceptance of what hath been revealed by Him, and not through learning; inasmuch as in every nation there are learned men who are versed in divers sciences. Nor is it attainable through wealth; for it is similarly evident that among the various classes in every nation there are those possessed of riches. Likewise are other transitory things.

"True knowledge, therefore, is the knowledge of God, and this is none other than the recognition of His Manifestation in each Dispensation. Nor is there any wealth save in poverty in all save God and sanctity from aught else but Him—a state that can be realized only when demonstrated towards Him Who is the Dayspring of His Revelation. This doth not mean, however, that one ought not to yield praise unto former Revelations. On no account is this acceptable, inasmuch as it behooveth man, upon reaching the age of nineteen, to render thanksgiving for the day of his conception as an embryo. For had the embryo not existed, how could he have reached his present state?"

The Báb: Selections from the Writings of the Báb, "Excerpts from
the Persian Bayán", pp. 88-89, citing Váhid V, Chapter 4)