I have two windows
one is my eyes
It draws me to the wonder of the world outside
the other one is my heart
It draws me to the mystery of the Kingdom of God
I see from my eyes
hear from my ears
feel in my heart
I feel the breath of life
When I close my eyes to the world
Listen and see through my heart
I hear the melody of the Word of God
it’s like the heavenly bird singing a sweet song
It echos in my head
like the echo in the land (of the heart)
I feel the breeze of joy in the valley
I smell the fragrance from the meadow
I taste the sweetness of the wind
I feel the rain, the heat, the refreshing air in the secret land
Through the window of my heart
I discover the wonderment of spirit
There is no noise in that realm
Only Love, peace, and joy
I feel the world is bigger than I can imagine
it is more perfect than I ever knew the world could be
its beauty can never be changed
it has everything we ever need
in there I am free with no need to worry
I am protected
Beneath that shadow is where I can abide
That is the Kingdom of God
The permanent home of my soul
That is the place we all can seek
Through the Word of God
We can follow His voice
no matter what the world is happening
As long as we keep following
It will lead us into the realm of eternity
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.
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!
If we suffer it is the outcome of material things, and all the trials and troubles come from this world of illusion.
For instance, a merchant may lose his trade and depression ensues. A workman is dismissed and starvation stares him in the face. A farmer has a bad harvest, anxiety fills his mind. A man builds a house which is burnt to the ground and he is straightway homeless, ruined, and in despair.
All these examples are to show you that the trials which beset our every step, all our sorrow, pain, shame and grief, are born in the world of matter; whereas the spiritual Kingdom never causes sadness. 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.
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.
When our thoughts are filled with the bitterness of this world, let us turn our eyes to the sweetness of God’s compassion and He will send us heavenly calm! If we are imprisoned in the material world, our spirit can soar into the Heavens and we shall be free indeed!
When our days are drawing to a close let us think of the eternal worlds, and we shall be full of joy!
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ~