|05-17-2016, 03:59 AM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2014
A Guiding Quote
“Love is a light that never dwelleth in a heart possessed by fear.”
Those words by Bahá'u'lláh contain a very deep truth. I have used them as a guiding light for years. They work.
|05-17-2016, 06:52 AM||#2|
Joined: Oct 2014
Those words have helped me raise my children in terrible circumstances. I stayed on in a broken marriage, just in order to inoculate the children against fear. Every day, I decided not to show the stress I was living in, but just to tell them how much I loved them and kiss them and pat them in order to reduce stress. I see the result now: I have an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old, who radiate love and try to take care of others.
My interpretation is that love and fear are like oil and water: they cannot mix, but push out each other. That insight helps me all the time. Every day, I deal with people who have to face terrible fear. Each time, I search out and fish up their love in order to strengthen them. I do it with myself too.
We are so guided by all kinds of fear and in every case there is a love that can repel that fear.
Indeed there are quotes in our Faith that can guide us through life. Ever thought of how little we try to search them out and actually implement them?
And just to mention one of those big fears - that of unhappiness. Isn't it so that so many of us are so afraid of getting out of our little closed bubbles of happiness and reach out to those who are not as happy? It is as if unhappiness were a contagious disease, that could ruin our little happy bubbles. No, I don't give much for that kind of happiness that has to be carefully protected. It is an important art to be developed - to be able to seek out love and happiness where there seems to be none. That's what 'Abd'ul-Bahá did: he met the unhappy, carefully watched them and sought out the faint glow of love within them, knowing how to fan it into a fire.
Last edited by gnat; 05-17-2016 at 08:36 AM.