I just spent the last few days praying, reflecting, and fasting for guidance. I was feeling intense sorrow and grief and couldn’t seem to shake it. I felt drained, like I was at the edge, and it was only the power of God that pulled me back on track. I’d like to share the three divine remedies that helped me, the first spiritual gem on joy and sorrow comes from the Baha’i Writings and reminds us of the critical importance of being joyful. When we are sad, we are weaker, are less able to find our calling, and less able to cope and to find the answers we need to pass our “tests”. The second two gems discussed in Part 2 are from the Holy Bible.
Joy Gives Us Wings
“In this world we are influenced by two sentiments, Joy and Pain. Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness. But when sadness visits us we become weak, our strength leaves us, our comprehension is dim and our intelligence veiled. The actualities of life seem to elude our grasp, the eyes of our spirits fail to discover the sacred mysteries, and we become even as dead beings.
No One Escapes
There is no human being untouched by these two influences; but all the sorrow and the grief that exist come from the world of matter — the spiritual world bestows only the joy!” A man living with his thoughts in this Kingdom knows perpetual joy. The ills all flesh is heir to do not pass him by, but they only touch the surface of his life, the depths are calm and serene.
The Remedy Is At Our Door
Today, humanity is bowed down with trouble, sorrow and grief, no one escapes; the world is wet with tears; but, thank God, the remedy is at our doors. Let us turn our hearts away from the world of matter and live in the spiritual world! It alone can give us freedom! If we are hemmed in by difficulties we have only to call upon God, and by His great Mercy we shall be helped.
If sorrow and adversity visit us, let us turn our faces to the Kingdom and heavenly consolation will be outpoured. If we are sick and in distress let us implore God’s healing, and He will answer our prayer. (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 109) Baha’i Faith
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