Wednesday, October 8, 2008

dream world

'Consider thy state when asleep. Verily, I say, this phenomenon is the most mysterious of the signs of God amongst men, were they to ponder it in their hearts.' 


Now i am no teacher or scholar or anything like that. But i encourage all of you to go pick up your copy of 'The Gleanings' (if you have one good, if not google it) and read quote LXXIX.
Baha'u'llah tells us in this passage of the infinite worlds that exist in creation. 
He says that they 'are countless in their number, and infinite in their range' 
He says that dreams are just one of these infinite worlds...
And then He goes on to explain the nature of dreams.. of how they are part of who we are and also a sign of God's generosity to man, because they allow us to transcend this life.
He tells us that dreams can in another world and in mysterious ways tell us about the future.
They are a world as concrete as the one we breathe and live in.
He tells us that 'the creation of God embraceth worlds besides this world, and creatures apart from these creatures'
I guess it means that other creatures are given other insights into creation.. maybe not through dreams! who knows!! exciting eh? i wonder what our alien brothers are like!

all i am trying to say is that we should cherish our dreams cause they are a gift of God and a way to get a deeper understanding of life. so when you have one, dig into it and understand what its saying. also if it is not a pleasant one! just look into it. maybe its telling you that you need to change! 
get rid of ego because it is what brings us down! in fact Baha'u'llah also says at the end of the tablet that He does not go deeper into explanations of the worlds because of how mankind behaved!

finally it says that we should meditate on what Baha'u'llah tells us in this tablet so that we may discover the purpose of God... wow. what does this mean? any ideas?


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sunshine Everywhere!

I come from italy. I have lived in china for 1 month now...
I told a friend last night! and he said that if after 1 month i am still fine with life here, it means that i will have to stay for a long time. This is my hope as all of you know! So let's see where all of this goes. 

My name is You Shi Dan (Honest Dawn). Who knows me, knows that it is a bit over the top :)
My name is really not giving a good picture of who i am i guess.

Rather i think my name is my hope, my wish and my desire for life... to be truthful in my intentions and in my actions... i am still far from it... oh so far.

Furthermore, as imperfect as i am, i just want to be surrounded by Sunshine.

"When a man turns his face to God, he finds Sunshine Everywhere"

To be surrounded by Sunshine there is only one thing to do and that is to forget self.
To get rid of all those attitudes in life that push us to be 'individuals'... and to become part of this unifying life and creation!
It is such a hard task. But it is something we must strive for.
I am writing about these ideas because although i am living in a new place, where many challenges are represented by adapting and embracing new realities, the challenge of selflessness and honesty always accompanies me.

I hope that the few who read this post will look inside their hearts and think about what their face is looking at! And if they do not see Sunshine then they should change direction or tear down the walls that keep them away from it!