How can we learn to live in the Divine? 我們如何活在神聖界域?



How can we tell which spiritual realm, contingent or spirit, we are in? Here we share an example of observing ourselves through meditation, focusing on the four elements of earth, water, fire, and air, which were mentioned by ancient philosophers.

In one aspect, when we feel the weight of our body we observing the earth element of self. When we feel the flow of energy through our bodies, we observed the water element of self. When we feel the change in the temperature of our bodies, hot and cold, we observed the fire element of the self. When we feel the airflow while we breathe, fast and slow or deep and shallow, we observed the wind element of the self. In this aspect, we observe through the sensations of the body the rhythm we are in at that moment in our spiritual travel.

From another viewpoint, we can observe the feeling of our heart in four different spiritual senses. God said our heart is His dominion. He also said:

“O My servants! Be as resigned and submissive as the earth, that from the soil of your being there may blossom the fragrant, the holy and multicolored hyacinths of My knowledge. Be ablaze as the fire, that ye may burn away the veils of heedlessness and set aglow, through the quickening energies of the love of God, the chilled and wayward heart. Be light and untrammeled as the breeze, that ye may obtain admittance into the precincts of My court, My inviolable Sanctuary.” (Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh 152)

We can ask ourselves, “am I humble enough, resigned and submissive, in front of God”, as we observe the element of earth in our spirit. By observing the seeds we sow in the soil of our heart (from the Holy Writings we read) and the result that reflects from our heart, this is another way of observing the earth element of spirit.

The water element comes when we receive inspiration and have more understanding of the Words of God, it is like our soul’s thirst is quenched. It’s also like grace showering upon the land of the heart and we see the plants of knowledge in the garden blooming with a variety of colors. By observing the effect of the grace of God, we see the water element of the spirit. When we observe the knowledge we understand from the Holy Writings and submerge ourselves in it, we taste the sweetness of the Words of God and sense their fragrance.

When we feel the love of God and sense the eagerness to love God more, we observe the burning fire of love as fire element in spirit. While this fire is burning, we also can observe the veils of heedlessness that are burning away gradually, the chill of our heart is melted and instead of being wayward, we become resigned and submissive.

When we feel cheerful and joyful in our heart, we observe the influence of the breeze of the Holy Spirit. By being aware of the condtion of our heart, the degree of happiness, we know how close we are to the realm of Kingdom of God.

By observing the feeling of our heart, and the effect of the power of remembering God, we observe the four elements of spirit in the higher realm of the Kingdom of God. The more we see with our inner vision of the four elements in spirit, the more we are close to God.

The difference between these aspects of observation, we live in the spiritual realm, or that of the self. One is material, it has rise and fall, this is the realm of thing that perish. The other is spiritual, it can be observed more and more easily only when we embrace God in our heart. This is the realm of divinity and is eternal. We see the unchanging love of God and His unfailing promises.

We can truly live in the spirit only when we have God in our heart. In the spiritual realm, we desire to know more about God. Detachment and letting go of earthly ideas and values will help us to live more and more in the spirit.


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