Posted by: samandal | November 4, 2009

Love is a Light, Fear is a Fire

Díyáfat-i-Qudrat, the Feast of Power

“If the mystic knowers be of those who have reached to the beauty of the Beloved One (Mahbúb), this station is the apex of consciousness and the secret of divine guidance … Whoso knoweth this secret will assuredly hide it, and were he to reveal but its faintest trace they would nail him to the cross. Yet, by the Living God, were there any true seeker, I would indulge it to him; for they have said: ‘Love is a light that never dwelleth in a heart possessed by fear.’

“Verily, the wayfarer who journeyeth unto God … will never reach unto his heavenly goal unless he abandoneth all that men possess: ‘And if he feareth not God, God will make him to fear all things; whereas all things fear him who feareth God.’” (Bahá’u’lláh: The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys, page 58)

“He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for me, shall find it.” (Matthew x. 39, Douay-Rheims Version)

“Verily I say: The fear of God hath ever been a sure defence and a safe stronghold for all the peoples of the world. It is the chief cause of the protection of mankind, and the supreme instrument for its preservation. Indeed, there existeth in man a faculty which deterreth him from, and guardeth him against, whatever is unworthy and unseemly, and which is known as his sense of shame. This, however, is confined to but a few; all have not possessed, and do not possess, it.”                       (Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, page 27)

“One of the early caliphs, Hazreti Osman, once asked a wise rabbi to explain the meaning of taqwá [fear of God, awareness of God]. The rabbi asked, ‘Did you ever run barefoot in the desert when you were a small boy?’

“Osman replied, ‘Yes, of course. We all ran around barefoot as boys.’

“‘How did you walk when you were in an area filled with nettles and sharp rocks?’

“‘Very carefully. I paid attention before I took each step.’

“‘That is it! That is taqwá.’

“If we remember that every word and action can either bring us closer to God or take us further away, we would have the beginnings of taqwá. We would become far more aware and more heedful of all our actions.”                                                    (Syekh Ragip Frager: Heart, Self, and Soul, page 32)