Mercy (Rahmat) 2013
San Francisco, USA
Yerba Buena Island from the Ferry Building
“From eternity the door of Thy grace hath remained wide open. A dewdrop out of the ocean of Thy mercy is able to adorn all things with the ornament of sanctity, and a sprinkling of the waters of Thy bounty can cause the entire creation to attain unto true wealth.”
“O Son Of Man! Transgress not thy limits, nor claim that which beseemeth thee not. Prostrate thyself before the countenance of thy God, the Lord of might and power”.
A room from where life can be created, life can end and from where the gentle of breezes of the first whispers of Spring can be warmly appreciated. The stillness within those four walls can engulf the soul but the subtle movement from that one curtain can breathe life into the most absence of hearts.
“Thus have We illuminated the heavens of utterance with the splendours of the Sun of divine wisdom and understanding, that thy heart may find peace, that thou mayest be of those who, on the wings of certitude, have soared unto the heaven of the love of their Lord, the All-Merciful.”
-Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan
The colourful housing of a life-preserver at the Fremantle Waterfront District near the Western Australia Maritime Museum.
“O God of mercy, before Whose door the quintessence of mercy hath bowed down, and round the sanctuary of Whose Cause loving-kindness, in its inmost spirit, hath circled, we beseech Thee, entreating Thine ancient grace, and seeking Thy present favor, that Thou mayest have mercy upon all who are the manifestations of the world of being, and deny them not the outpourings of Thy grace in Thy days. All are but poor and needy, and Thou, verily, art the All-Possessing, the All-Subduing, the All-Powerful.”
—Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Prayers
A honeybee continues its mission to collect sweet clover nectar to later transform into nourishment. It might be a metaphor for us collecting spiritual teachings.
“These human creatures are even as children, they are brash and unconcerned. These children must be reared with infinite, loving care, and tenderly fostered in the embraces of mercy, so that they may taste the spiritual honey-sweetness of God’s love…”
-Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ____________________________________________________________________________________
Soweto, South Africa
Reflection: It is dusk. She waits for the arrival of her son.