Mrs. H: How can I attain to greater stability? I feel terribly discouraged and depressed at times?
Master: Whenever you feel depressed, go alone into a secret chamber, read one of the Hidden Words and with utmost supplication, beg of Baha’u’llah, to impart to you that happiness which is essential for the future. Pray with great humbleness:
O God! Free me from these fetters. Release me from all these toils. Make me pure and sanctified. Illumine me. Fill my heart with Thy love and attach me to Thyself, so that I may become a captive to Thy love. May I not seek ought but Thee! May I not search but for Thy love and may I walk always in Thy path!
Then you will attain to a glorious state – then you will obtain a condition which you would not exchange for the whole world.
Mrs. H: My great desire is to have more faith.
Master: This very prayer will bring you the pearl of great price. (Conversation between the Master and Mrs. Henlay, Feb. 10, 1913, ‘Abdu’l-Baha in France, p. 358)
I love how synchronicity works. This week, one of my readers asked:
I am interested in perspectives on the healing of the mental and spiritual stresses placed on so many by the forced isolation caused by the pandemic.
While I was pondering how to respond, another reader sent the quote above, thinking I could possibly use it. Indeed I could! I was struggling with an issue of injustice that was causing a great deal of anxiety and depression when I finally had a chance to read it, and it helped me in that moment and inspired me to use it to help my reader.
I love the Hidden Words and at one time, had them all memorized. I used to love playing Spiritual Pursuit, because I always got those questions right. I’m not going to tell you which one I chose, because it will be different for everyone, but I did put my finger in randomly, and remembered why I loved reading them so much.
There is no prison worse than depression (which I like to think of as self-pity), because when I recognize I’m in the prison of self, I remember I put myself in there and the Bahá’í prayers and Writings are the keys and my “get out of jail free” card.
Knowing there is a simple prayer to remove depression and increase faith, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Learning How to Be Happy