c_strolia_davis (c_strolia_davis) wrote in bahai_mystic,

A pure, kindly and radiant heart

My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.

(Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

I was thinking about this quote today. I have had it memorized for years, but I have only thought about what it might mean a few rare times, and I didn't seem to get any answers that made sense at the time.

Today, however, I was thinking about what might be meant by a pure, kindly and radiant heart, and some ideas began coming to me.

What is a pure heart?
- I could never seem to have a clear idea just what a pure heart might be, but I am beginning to believe that a pure heart is one that is detached from worldly desires and negative assumptions.

What is a kindly heart?
- This seems like it should be obvious, but again, I could never really put my finger on exactly what it might mean. Today I felt that kindness is related to caring about others before we care about ourselves, wanting what is good for others and trying to make it happen.

What is a radiant heart?
- This seemed the most perplexing of the ideas to me. What could be meant by a "radiant" heart. Clearly not a heart that glows (although, after my stress test on Monday when they put radioactive isotopes in my system, I'm not so sure anymore, hehe). Seriously, though, I started thinking that radiance comes from energy (and often, lots of it). I started considering how many times I have read about the importance of action. It seems to me that to have a radiant heart means to be active in promoting love and peace, etc.

These are still embryonic ideas for me, so I'd really appreciate seeing other perspectives on this.
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