Two Bright Orbs: Shining the Light of Love

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When attending celebrations where unity in diversity is not just in words but in action I feel hope for the future of Australia and the World.

I was so happy that my family were able to experience the inspiring coming together of the diversity of the human family and community into one larger family at the wedding of Shannon and Sarah.

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I was not an official photographer, just a friend, caught up like all of us were, in the connections made between so many cultures and religions that day.

Here is the Southern Sudanese Welcoming Party who called the Bride into her Wedding.

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These are special moments of connection, where two families become one, followed by an image of a lovely lady who said an Islamic prayer for the ceremony.

 

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Some of the ceremony includes a Baha’i prayer, a song, and some words from the Celebrant.

Shannon’s mother reads a prayer.

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The next few pictures are of my children at the wedding.  My daughter loved the beautiful and interesting fabrics.  They were both delighted and engrossed with the ceremony.  One of the groomsmen was Felix, a long time family friend, who we have not seen for many years, but have stayed in touch with on facebook. Felix has both Torres Strait and Papua New Guinean background.

This beautiful lady, a first cousin of Sarah’s from Sydney, gave me the most endearing smile when she saw me snapping away.  She had flown from Sydney to attend the Toowoomba Wedding.

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Some more pictures of the friends and family connecting and participating at the wedding.

Feeling blessed to know such beautiful souls. Love knows no boundaries, and gives to each that gives it truly – the universe.

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A prayer for marriage from the Baha’i Writings

O my Lord! O my Lord! These two bright orbs are wedded in Thy love, conjoined in servitude to Thy Holy Threshold, united in ministering to thy Cause. Make Thou this marriage to be as threading lights of Thine abounding grace, O my Lord, the All-Merciful, and luminous rays of Thy bestowals, O Thou the Beneficent, the Ever-Giving, that there may branch out from this great tree boughs that will grow green and flourishing through the gifts that rain down from Thy clouds of grace.

Verily, Thou art the Generous. Verily, Thou art the Compassionate, the All-Merciful.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá

 

A big thank you to Sarah and Shannon and their family and friends for sharing this special day with us and for permission to share some of the images.  These and other photographs are my wedding gift to Shannon and Sarah (nearly finished editing and collating them).

Happy Naw Ruz – Within you a Universe Folded

Some selections of my work on Nineteen Months, to celebrate the upcoming end of the Fast.

(c) All images June Perkins

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“Blessed thou art and more blessed thou shalt be if thy feet be firm, thy heart tranquil through the fragrance of His Holy Spirit and thy secret and hidden thoughts pure before the Lord of Hosts!”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

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This photograph depicts ‘A leaf of the most Exalted Paradise’

“The word of God which the Supreme Pen hath recorded on the fifth leaf of the Most Exalted Paradise is this: Above all else, the greatest gift and the most wondrous blessing hath ever been and will continue to be Wisdom.” -Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah

“Say: Nature in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator. Its manifestations are diversified by varying causes, and in this diversity there are signs.”
-Baha’u’llah: Tablets of Baha’u’llah

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“When a soul has in it the life of the spirit, then does it bring forth good fruit and become a divine tree.” -‘Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks

Here the hands represent the soul
in action and on that hand
is the imprint of the divine tree.

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“The companions of all who adore Thee are the tears they shed, and the comforters of such as seek Thee are the groans they utter, and the food of them who haste to meet Thee is the fragments of their broken hearts.”
-Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

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“If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks

This photo attempts to portray a thought spiritual and positive beginning its journey.

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The beauty and power of the ocean expressed to me the unknowable, and fathomless mystery.

“To every discerning and illumined heart it is evident that God, the unknowable Essence, the divine Being, is immensely exalted beyond every human attribute…Far be it from His glory that human tongue should adequately recount His praise, or that human heart comprehend His fathomless mystery.”
-Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan

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“Dost thou reckon thyself only a puny form When within thee the universe is folded?”
-Baha’u’llah, The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys-The Valley of Wonderment

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“Hearken ye to the Call of this wronged One, and magnify ye the name of the one true God, and adorn yourselves with the ornament of His remembrance.”

-Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah

Hearkening to the call; she looks away from the camera. Praising the name of God; she does the best with learning from her grandmother. Adorning herself with symbols of culture; she remembers the unity of humanity in all its diversity.

Basket of Light

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In the late afternoons baskets of light weave themselves into the branches.

They catch the sun and make it into petals and stars dancing through circles.

I love to watch  for these baskets of light. Click them into my camera and hold them in an image.

If only children could climb into them away from the world’s fights.

They could beam their future, their dreams, their innocent light into the hearts of all them that are too attached to land and ideals that separate and antagonise.

Oh for the baskets of light that give the human spirit might. If only they could capture hate and ignorance and burn them away.

The sky cannot be owned. The sun cannot be captured. The light shines on all, through the baskets of light.

(c) June Perkins, words and image.

Rediscovering Winter

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I haven’t lived in winter for a long time.
When I searched my flickr photographs for cold
I found only four, and for winter, none.
I had better luck with rainy.
A new subject for photography as I experience different seasons
from the last eight years.

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Unfolding ripples of winter
whispers arrival’s soon

out come layered garments
wrapping around tender skin
every garment feels too thin

Bye bye butterflies
sunlight splash on takeaway cups
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(c) June Perkins, word and image