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