Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each separate fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God.
My prefered definition;
“I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you, which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.”
man must be the seeker after the Reality, and he will find that Reality in each of the Sanctified Souls. He must be fascinated and enraptured, and attracted to the divine bounty; he must be like the butterfly who is the lover of the light from whatever lamp it may shine, and like the nightingale who is the lover of the rose in whatever garden it may grow.
YOU WILL SAY CHRIST SAITH THIS, AND THE APOSTLES SAY THIS,
BUT WHAT CANST THOU SAY?
ART THOU A CHILD OF LIGHT AND HAST THOU WALKED IN THE LIGHT,
AND WHAT THOU SPEAKEST IS IT INWARDLY FROM GOD?
MARGARET FELL, QUOTING FROM HER FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH GEORGE FOX
We ‘must be the seeker after the Reality, and he will find that Reality in each of the Sanctified Souls. He must be fascinated and enraptured, and attracted to the divine bounty; he must be like the butterfly who is the lover of the light from whatever lamp it may shine, and like the nightingale who is the lover of the rose in whatever garden it may grow.’ SAQ p76
It is better not to read books by Covenant Breakers because they are haters of the Light, sufferers from a spiritual leprosy, so to speak. But books by well meaning yet unenlightened enemies of the Cause can be read so as to refute their charges. (From a letter dated 19 March 1945 written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer; compilation on ‘Writings of the Covenant-breakers and other Enemies of the Faith’, prepared by the Research department of the Universal House of Justice)
Q. What is the light in enlightenment?
A. Love knowing! Beyond that it is love knowing and doing!
“The Light shines through all.” – George Fox 1656
“Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.” – Wu Li
“The Self is an ocean without a shore. Gazing upon it has no
beginning or end, in this world and the next.”
Ibn al’Arabi (1165 – 1240)
Art thou in darkness? Mind it not, for if thou dost it will feed thee more. But stand still, and act not, and wait in patience, till Light arises out of Darkness and leads thee. James Nayler, Quaker (1659)
O Son of Man! Write all that We have revealed unto thee with the ink of light upon the tablet of thy spirit. – Baha’u’llah (1)
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. ~Rabindranath Tagore