Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Covenant on Mount Paran

“O My Friends! Call ye to mind that covenant ye have entered into with Me upon Mount Paran, situated within the hallowed precincts of Zaman. I have taken to witness the concourse on high and the dwellers of the city of eternity, yet now none do I find faithful unto the covenant. Of a certainty pride and rebellion have effaced it from the hearts, in such wise that no trace thereof remaineth. Yet knowing this, I waited and disclosed it not.”

Abdul-Baha, the elder son of Baha'u'llah (remember, the prophet founder of the Baha'i faith), whose name means the Servant of Baha explains the above passage from Baha'u'llah's book, The Hidden Words. By the way, Abdul-Baha was chosen by his father as the Center of His Covenant, the Expounder of His Writings, and the Perfect Exemplar.

“…regarding the Covenant entered into on Mount Párán, this signifieth that in the sight of God the past, the present and the future are all one and the same—whereas, relative to man, the past is gone and forgotten, the present is fleeting, and the future is within the realm of hope. And it is a basic principle of the Law of God that in every Prophetic Mission, He entereth into a Covenant with all believers—a Covenant that endureth until the end of that Mission, until the promised day when the Personage stipulated at the outset of the Mission is made manifest.
Consider Moses, He Who conversed with God. Verily, upon Mount Sinai, Moses entered into a Covenant regarding the Messiah, with all those souls who would live in the day of the Messiah. And those souls, although they appeared many centuries after Moses, were nevertheless—so far as the Covenant, which is outside time, was concerned—present there with Moses...” (Ref: Some Answered Questions)

This is one of my favorite writings because it shows how we are trapped within our own boundaries of time, space, thought, limitations, nature...

I was planning to sign off with delightful pictures of our feline ZEN MASTERS: Augustus Gorbah and Ollie Anderdunk! Alas, I must go. Next time for sure.


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