Thursday, February 28, 2008

"...regard their desires as utter nothingness..."


Surrendering the will to God is one of the harder nuts I had to crack on my spiritual journey.

One would think that abiding by the Desires of one's Creator would be a no-brainer.

Yet, the ego can be the greatest spiritual traitor.

In my nearly 62 years of living, things went severely south every time my ego set the terms of engagement.

Today's Excerpts:

O thou who hast surrendered thy will to God! By self-surrender and perpetual union with God is meant that men should merge their will wholly in the Will of God, and regard their desires as utter nothingness beside His Purpose. Whatsoever the Creator commandeth His creatures to observe, the same must they diligently, and with the utmost joy and eagerness, arise and fulfil. They should in no wise allow their fancy to obscure their judgment, neither should they regard their own imaginings as the voice of the Eternal.

Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CLX, p. 337

Perish that lover who discerneth between the pleasant and the poisonous in his love for his beloved!

Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection VIII, p. 11

"I swear by My life! Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones. To this testifieth the Pen of God, the Most Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Best Beloved."

Bahá’u’lláh, quoted by Shoghi Effendi in The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 82

1 comment:

Sandy said...

"I swear by My life! Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones."

Keeping that sentence to mind, it would seem to me then that when deciding whether that which is profiting us or not profiting us is still left to God to descern, the All Knowing the All Wise. Even if all the heavens and all the earth turned against us, as He says in the Tablet of Ahmad, we are still, in our submission to our will to God, in need of totally submitting our will to His and that would then explain this line below which I didn't understand when I read it at first:
Perish (perish being the key word here) that lover who discerneth between the pleasant and the poisonous in his love for his beloved!
So, total submission means not even questioning or trying to decide if God's will is pleasant or poisonous. Now, if I could just drive this into my brain and heart forever!!! ~ Sandy