Saturday, December 22, 2007

On Life and Death: The Truth we seek is like a shoreless sea

Perhaps you see the common theme. It is to do with the shorelessness, the unlimited nature of the Transcendent.

"Barney Leith, "Shoreless oceans of incorruptible wealth," Barnabas quotidianus

I just read with great interest Barney's post "Shoreless oceans of incorruptible weath." Like Barney and his wife, my wife and I are doing a Ruhi Book 1 in our home and are also in the third section, "Life and Death." Like Barney with a study circle participant, I've gotten into "some pretty deep stuff" with Rashid, a man I am currently doing home-visits with. Rashid lost his wife several years ago, an event that has influenced his spiritual journey profoundly and has come up frequently in our conversations. I will share Barney's post both with Rashid and our circle participants here. I am sure they will find the several sources he has drawn together of great interest, too. His reference to Baha'u'llah's "shoreless oceans of incorruptible weath" brings up this quote for me. -gw

"The Concourse of the Birds," painted by Habib Allah.
The Truth we seek is like a shoreless sea,

Of which your paradise is but a drop.

This ocean can be yours; why should you stop

Beguiled by dreams of evanescent dew?

The secrets of the sun are yours, but you

Content yourself with motes trapped in its beams.

Turn to what truly lives, reject what seems --

Which matters more, the body or the soul?

Be whole: desire and journey to the Whole.

Farid ud-Din Attar, "The Conference of the Birds"

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