Let us cling together as the years go by
Oh my love my love
In the quiet of the night
Let our candle always burn
Let us never lose the lessons we have learned
Teo torriatte konomama iko
Shizukana yoi ni
Itoshiki oshieo idaki
These comforting words of Queen’s gorgeous song dedicated to the people of Japan, “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)” closed a beautiful evening which saw a dozen of befriended strangers from places as diverse as Turkmenistan and San Salvador, Bulgaria and Cameroon, the United States and Japan, get together to say prayers for the relief of the sufferings of our sisters and brothers of Japan, and for their protection. We read Thich Nhat Hanh‘s message to friends in Japan and contemplated that “The pain of one part of humankind is the pain of the whole of humankind“. We read a message from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Japan and reflected on the ”humbling experience to see and experience the powerlessness against nature, yet at the same time, a reconfirming experience of the strength of the human soul, when one witnesses people bravely standing up to unite and help each other, and begin the process of putting their lives back together.”
We read from the Holy Writings and shared prayers for protection, healing and detachment, heeding Baha’u'llah’s instructions written in the Kitab-i-Aqdas:
On the appearance of fearful natural events call ye to mind the might and majesty of your Lord, He Who heareth and seeth all, and say “Dominion is God’s, the Lord of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of creation”
Baha’u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 23
We listened to the angelic voices of ShirinKarenYasmin (SKY), and comforted ourselves with the company of new and old friends, and the flavorful aroma of freshly-baked banana bread… May God protect all!
O SON OF MAN!
Thou art My dominion and My dominion perisheth not; wherefore fearest thou thy perishing? Thou art My light and My light shall never be extinguished; why dost thou dread extinction? Thou art My glory and My glory fadeth not; thou art My robe and My robe shall never be outworn. Abide then in thy love for Me, that thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory.
(Baha’u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words, #14)