The Symbolism of Mirrors

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Spiritual Significance

In the Baha’i faith, hearts almost always represent the essence of something. The essence of a person should always be a reflection of Gods essence. That’s why the symbolism of a heart is often related to the symbolism of a mirror. Of course it is also closely related to the symbolism of the Sun. Simply put, in the Baha’i faith, the mirrors of our hearts should reflect the light of the Sun. [text] [text] [text]

Practical Application

In practice, the symbol of the mirror is quite similar to the symbol of a fish. The truth of the sun should cause the fish to become united in God. Likewise, the symbolism of a mirror should cause people to become united in truth. But, the truth can come from many sources. Unfortunately, prejudices can prevent us from seeing the truth that others have to offer. In conclusion, you should seek truth from a variety of sources. But, know that the actual truth is not varied. In the end their is still only one truth. [text]

Relation to the Sun

The symbol of the mirror is directly related to the symbol of the Sun. Also, it is indirectly related to just about every other symbol in the Baha’i faith. A mirror is a thing that should be cleaned and placed upon a persons heart. Thus, each of our hearts will be turned to the truth. That is to say, we would all be united in truth. [text] [text] [text]

Related Quotes

  • “The Sun of Divinity and of Reality has revealed itself in various mirrors. Though these mirrors are many, yet the Sun is one. The bestowals of God are one; the reality of the divine religion is one. Consider how one and the same light has reflected itself in the different mirrors or manifestations of it.” - Abdu’l-Baha

  • “Let your hearts be as mirrors in which the radiance of the Sun of Reality is visible. Each bosom must be a telegraph station—one terminus of the wire attached to the soul, the other fixed in the Supreme Concourse—so that inspiration may descend from the Kingdom of Abhá and questions of reality be discussed.” - Abdu’l-Baha

  • “The most important thing is to polish the mirrors of hearts in order that they may become illumined and receptive of the divine light. One heart may possess the capacity of the polished mirror; another, be covered and obscured by the dust and dross of this world. Although the same Sun is shining upon both, in the mirror which is polished, pure and sanctified you may behold the Sun in all its fullness, glory and power, revealing its majesty and effulgence; but in the mirror which is rusted and obscured there is no capacity for reflection” - Abdu’l-Baha

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