Opening Night Illumine. 50 people gathered to share art, music, poetry, supper in the lead up to the Bicentennial Weekend. A gift to Baha’u’llah, of the arts!
Thank you to Magda Community Artz for use of their space. As well as all those assisting us behind the scenes to make this happen, particularly local Baha’is and Baha’is of Gold Coast.
Some selections of my work on Nineteen Months, to celebrate the upcoming end of the Fast.
(c) All images June Perkins
“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
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
“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.
“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
“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.
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
“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
“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.