Grandeur (Azamat) 2013
“Turn the distressing cares of Thy holy ones into ease, their hardship into comfort, their abasement into glory, their sorrow into blissful joy, O Thou that holdest in Thy grasp the reins of all mankind!”
“Praise be unto God, incomparable in majesty, power and beauty, peerless in glory, might and grandeur; too high is He for human imaginations to comprehend Him or for any peer or equal to be ascribed unto Him…”
“Those who have passed on through death, have a sphere of their own. It is not removed from ours; their work, the work of the Kingdom, is ours; but it is sanctified from what we call ‘time and place.’ Time with us is measured by the sun. When there is no more sunrise, and no more sunset, that kind of time does not exist for man. Those who have ascended have different attributes from those who are still on earth, yet there is no real separation.”
-Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London
My sense of earthly grandeur changes with my perspective, but God’s grandeur is constant.
“The glory of Him Whom God shall make manifest is immeasurably above every other glory, and His majesty is far above every other majesty. His beauty excelleth every other embodiment of beauty, and His grandeur immensely exceedeth every other manifestation of grandeur. Every light paleth before the radiance of His light… His knowledge pervadeth all created things, and His consummate power extendeth over all beings.”
—Selections From the Writings of the Báb
She may be tiny and cute…but she’s a terrorist.
Children share the shelter of a giant umbrella on a drizzly hike in the mountains of Taiwan.
“O SON OF MAN! My majesty is My gift to thee, and My grandeur the token of My mercy unto thee…”
-The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Number 65 from the Arabic
Merritt Island, USA
This ibis was not impressed with how close I was.
“Lord! Do Thou kindle in their hearts the flame of Thy divine attraction and grant that the bird of love and understanding may sing within their hearts. Grant that they may be even as potent signs, resplendent standards, and perfect as Thy Word. Exalt by them Thy Cause, unfurl Thy banners and publish far and wide Thy wonders.”