Posted by: samandal | June 24, 2011

For All the Saints

Díyáfat-i-Rahmat, the Feast of Mercy

In memory of Ika:

May God bless her, may God keep her, and may the light perpetual shine upon her. Rest in peace and rise in glory.

One of the friends asked, with respect to our series on zikr: “Do you think it would be acceptable to use ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the center of my visualization?”

We believe that it is perfectly acceptable to approach Bahá’u’lláh through whoever acts as his instrument and our illuminator in the process of our spiritual formation. Illuminators are saints, and saints are conduits of divine life and love whose lives evoke the presence of the eternal.

Saints, however, are not free from imperfections and errors, and neither were the designated successors of the Manifestation. The important point to abide by is to not become attached to the personality of either the Manifestation or of his successors and—even more importantly—to not become attached to either interior or exterior experiences.

The zikr, uttered properly and reverently, produces a deep impression (naqsh) on the hearts of its devotees; it is the zikr which leads us to the self-luminous Light of God as we surrender to the flow of experience in our everyday lives.