Academic journal article The Journal of Baha'i Studies

Aphorisms on Art, Morality, and Spirit: A Selection

Academic journal article The Journal of Baha'i Studies

Aphorisms on Art, Morality, and Spirit: A Selection

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A poem arrives like a hand in the dark.

A poem should be flesh-warm, scented Spirit.

All languages are rough translations of our native tongue: the Spirit.

As we make peace with ourselves, we become more tolerant of our faults - in others.

The only real borders are those of our compassion.

Wars are only possible when people are united by what they hate rather than what they love: peace.

Between comedy and tragedy, a hairline - the depth of an abyss.

True artists disturb the false peace, also known as complacency.

The path to Peace is littered with dead selves.

Self-peace: our first step towards world peace.

The divided self is spiritually immature. Divine union begins with self unity.

The inspiration for all our art? Mortality.

A cluttered mind makes for a poor mirror.

40's: when our bodies begin to prepare us for dying.

Turning 40: When the fruit that is our body starts to spoil, and the rose tree of our soul begins to bloom.

Turning 40: When we begin to repeat ourselves and, hopefully, to hear ourselves, as well.

Getting older is realizing that we've been repeating ourselves all along.

Certain silences are more damning than words; they are actions.

Certain silences are hard to take back.

Spiritual fast food leads to spiritual indigestion.

Aphorisms respect the wisdom of silence by disturbing it, briefly.

Talk is cheap, because it is the language of the body; silence golden, since it's the native tongue of the spirit.

As protection from your lower soul, surround yourself with reminders of your higher soul. …

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