“Blind My Eyes”

“Blind My Eyes”

Blind my eyes; I see;
Stop my ears; I hear.
The heart is stopped in time but beyond these arteries fear *
Has no chattel, no sycophant, no subscription; there is no fee,
No talisman, no cross to bear, and no man, no thing to flee.
The ancient blessings are lost at Eden while the chrysalis, the seer
Is not here, but for moments in a journey through eternal tears
To the shores of endless seas of re-creation,
barred forever from what can be
Seen or heard, he is not changed, nor removed
To where he goes but by the leave of his Creator; rendered
Moot, notwithstanding, and though it involve the death of all he knows,
He cannot remain long within a tomb. His future only grows.
As every Prophet knows what came before, so every man’s reproved
Until the last syllable is pronounced, the will at last surrendered.

* “And thou mightest have seen the sun when it arose, pass on the right of their cave, and when it set, leave them on the left, while they were in its spacious chamber. This is one of the signs of God. Guided indeed is he whom God guideth; but for him whom He misleadeth, thou shalt by no means find a patron.”

If a man could know what lieth hid in this one verse, it would suffice him. Wherefore, in praise of such as these, He hath said: “Men whom neither merchandise nor traffic beguile from the remembrance of God….” *

*Qur’án 24:37

This station conferreth the true standard of knowledge, and freeth man from tests. In this realm, to search after knowledge is irrelevant, for He hath said concerning the guidance of travelers on this plane, “Fear God, and God will instruct thee.”* And again: “Knowledge is a light which
God casteth into the heart of whomsoever He willeth.” **

* Qur’án 2:282
**Hadith

Wherefore, a man should make ready his heart that it be worthy of the descent of heavenly grace, and that the bounteous Cup-Bearer may give him to drink of the wine of bestowal from the merciful vessel. “For the like of this let the travailers travail!” *

*Qur’án 37:59

And now do I say, “Verily we are from God,
and to Him shall we return.” *

* Qur’án 2:151

—Bahá’u’lláh, The Four Valleys

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7 responses to ““Blind My Eyes”

  1. Stepping out on a lib, again…

    Would

    “…beyond these arteries fear *
    Has no chattel, no sycophant, no subscription…”

    imply that fear of God renders one lacking in fear of all else??

  2. Yes, that’s exactly what it implies. Of course, any of this is easy enough to say, but the length of a lifetime, thank God, allows for a gradual understanding of this gift to whatever degree is possible and entirely by His permission and so while the sheer enormity of this Teaching almost forbids believing, still, it is there for anyone who wishes to embrace it and live with the consequences:

    Whoso knoweth this secret will assuredly hide it, and were he to reveal but its faintest trace they would nail him to the cross. Yet, by the Living God, were there any true seeker, I would divulge it to him; for they have said: “Love is a light that never dwelleth in a heart possessed by fear.”

    Verily, the wayfarer who journeyeth unto God, unto the Crimson Pillar in the snow-white path, will never reach unto his heavenly goal unless he abandoneth all that men possess: “And if he feareth not God, God will make him to fear all things; whereas all things fear him who feareth God.”

    –Baha’u’llah, The Four Valleys, p. 57

    By the way, I have corrected some errors in this poem that my eyes missed because the purple print is difficult to read when it is against a white background where we construct our posts. I would appreciate it if you happen to see anything like a typo to mention it to me.

    It’s been a hell of a day; must now eat something and nap; today it was freezing out and I was at the dentist and it wasn’t fun. But thank God for the dentist; otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to eat anything tonight. (Naturally, I prayed before and after seeing the dentist!)

  3. I should have mentioned before but I really like the way you appended Scripture to the poem.

  4. Could not have been written any better…

  5. Many thanks, Mitesh; you are very kind. I must tell you, also, that I admire what you have begun within your site. At the present rate, I could see it growing wonderfully, development and evolution into a magnificent place to visit if one enjoys poetry and people who enjoy poetry.

  6. Praise be to God Who hath made being to come forth from nothingness graven upon the tablet of man the secrets of preexistence taught him from the mysteries of divine utterance that which he knew not made him a Luminous Book unto those who believed and surrendered themselves caused him to witness the creation of all things Kullu Shay in this black and ruinous age and to speak forth from the apex of eternity with a wondrous voice in the Excellent Temple to the end that every man may testify in himself by himself in the station of the Manifestation of his Lord that verily there is no God save Him and that every man may thereby win his way to the summit of realities until none shall contemplate anything whatsoever but that he shall see God therein.. Of this hath the nightingale of oneness sung in the garden of Ghawthiyyih.

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