Excerpts from a communiqué by the National Spiritual Assembly of Japan:
Three days have passed from the devastating natural disaster that struck the northern region of Japan, from Kanto, Tohoku, to all the way to Hokkaido. It is a humbling experience to see and experience the powerlessness against nature, yet at the same time, a reconfirming experience of the strength of the human soul, when one witnesses people bravely standing up to unite and help each other, and begin the process of putting their lives back together.
[…] It is at times like this, when one remembers the short prayer written by Baha’u’llah in the Kitab-i-Aqdas: “On the appearance of fearful natural events call ye to mind the might and majesty of your Lord, He Who heareth and seeth all, and say, ‘Dominion is God’s, the Lord of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of creation.'”
The days ahead will in no way be easy, and we can expect the troubles to continue. We offer our sincere prayers for the safety of friends. May the Blessed Beauty guard and protect you all.
My prayers are with Japanese of all spiritual dispositions, or lack thereof, as their nations, communities, and intimate circles struggle with this incredible disaster.