The paradise of heavenly grace
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- Created: Tuesday, 17 January 2006 02:33
- Published: Tuesday, 17 January 2006 02:33
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I came across this quote a few days ago. I think it sums up what my blog is all about. It is very heartening when Abdu'l-Baha says that X is the most important thing one should be doing, and X is what you are trying to do! I struggle to explain X and I know I fall short all the time, because the goal of X is a transcendent reality.
Anyway, if I say, 'Hey, detach from the world and find the world of the Kingdom', who is going to believe me? What would I know about such things? But if Abdu'l-Baha says it, then it has credibility. He really knows about the worlds of God and can speak authoritatively about them.
"O thou believer in the oneness of God! Know thou that nothing profiteth a soul save the love of the All-Merciful, nothing lighteth up a heart save the splendour that shineth from the realm of the Lord.
Forsake thou every other concern, let oblivion overtake the memory of all else. Confine thy thoughts to whatever will lift up the human soul to the Paradise of heavenly grace, and make every bird of the Kingdom wing its way unto the Supreme Horizon, the central point of everlasting honour in this contingent world."
Selections from the writings of `Abdu'l-Baha, no151
So, what is the Paradise of heavenly grace? That's the big question. This blog is all about people finding it within themselves. It's true, I don't care about anything else. That's part of it; would anything else matter in the face of such a divine reality?
I was accused once of caring only about myself and my own salvation - like I was selfish or something. 'What about the world and all its troubles?', I was asked. Well, the quote does say to forsake every other concern.
In any case, to lead someone to the paradise of heavenly grace, you have to be there yourself, so you need to be 'selfish' about your salvation. After that, you bend all your energies helping others find it. That's caring about the world, in my view. Finding the paradise of heavenly grace is the fruit of our existence.Go to the original blog entry...