Posted by: samandal | July 18, 2010

The Charm of the Rose

Ascension of Marie, Dowager Queen of Romania

“Civilization begins with a rose.”                                                                 (Gertrude Stein: As Fine as Melanctha)

“The bird seeketh its nest; the nightingale the charm of the rose; whilst those birds, the hearts of men, content with transient dust, have strayed far from their eternal nest, and with eyes turned towards the slough of heedlessness are bereft of the glory of the divine presence. Alas! How strange and pitiful; for a mere cupful, they have turned away from the billowing seas of the Most High, and remained far from the most effulgent horizon.”                                                                                (Bahá’u’lláh: Persian Hidden Word, number 2)