Tuesday, March 24, 2009

When I Can't Read Thoughts

Last night I was watching a program on Persian satellite TV. It was a special about the Baha'i Faith. That program displayed a number of different pictures of Abdu'l-Baha. I could not, of course, know what thoughts Abdu'l-Baha was thinking while he was being photographed. I could, however, imagine that he might have had thoughts similar to those presented below:

"From the seed of reality,
religion has grown into a tree
which has put forth leaves and branches, blossoms and fruit. After a time this tree has fallen into a condition of decay.
The leaves and blossoms have withered and perished;
the tree has become stricken and fruitless.
It is not reasonable that man should hold to the old tree, claiming that its life forces are undiminished,
its fruit unequalled, its existence eternal.
The seed of reality must be sown again in human hearts
in order that a new tree may grow therefrom
and new divine fruits refresh the world."

(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith -
Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 226)

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