March 19, 2020-
I crossed a personal watershed this evening, with the quiet conclusion of my last obligatory 19- Day Fast. Spring and Autumn have taken their places, in North and South, respectively. The Persian, and by extension, Baha’i, holiday of Naw-Ruz began at sunset and I will joyfully observe the occasion, tomorrow, in a way not yet determined. I will not have to get up at 5 a.m., but may anyway, just to greet the New Year properly. Yes, Naw-Ruz is Persian for another trip around the Sun.
I have joined a social group called Earth Rising, and sat in on a Zoom call, for the first time, doing a guided meditation along with dozens of others. I was asked, by the moderator, what led me to this choice. It goes back to my childhood. I have felt a sense of unity with everyone, and with all Creation, since I was three. That hasn’t always been easily understood by those around me, but it’s easier these days.
People, regardless of their political beliefs or personal Faith, tend to at least see some aspects of a Bigger Picture. There are limits, though, to what each of us can understand. There are several in Earth Rising, to whom my grasp of the reality of the Universe seems sophomoric and pedestrian. There are many others, whose understanding is limited to their immediate present, who see an extended view as living in a dream world. I wish only for a bridge between the two.
There will be a revitalization, after COVID-19, which will likely incorporate a much greater sense of the Oneness of Humanity, a concept that figures prominently in Baha’i teachings and in the modern day focus of thinkers from traditions as old as Hindu to the newest of New Age. It will be, again, mankind’s Rising.