Thursday, January 17, 2008

On Our Spiritual Journey: Take thou one pace and with the next advance into the mortal realm

In this excerpt from another meaty post from the Watchman on Masterkey, he invites us to take out a chess piece to illustrate a passage from the Hidden Words. -gw

One of the striking recurrences in the Judeo-Christian tradition is a permeating pattern of three’s as a means of expressing spiritual processes and events. ...

First, let us consider the Persian 7th Hidden Word from Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith:

O Son of Love!
Thou art but one step away from the glorious heights above, and from the celestial tree of love. Take thou one pace and with the next advance into the immortal realm and enter the pavilion of eternity. Give ear to that which hath been revealed by the pen of glory.”

I invite the reader now to take out a chess piece, or other small object, and place it on a table in front of you. As you recite the above sentence aloud, beginning with “Take thou one pace and with the next …,” move the chess piece as directed, from left to right. Are you done? You have moved it twice, and in so doing the piece has changed three positions:
The first position was before the first “pace” or move, the second position was after the first pace but before the second, and the third position was after the second pace. Now imagine that the chess piece is you, that the Hidden Word above represents your spiritual journey conveyed spatially or geographically, and that each position represents a spiritual condition or state of being. This is what I mean by spiritual geography. Baha’u’llah invites us to “give ear” to His meaning, i.e., to understand and heed His words.
Bottom photo: "The Lone Pawn," uploaded on August 29, 2007 by destinme on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

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