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29 March ― 9 Bahá   2 comments

MORNING:

Sanctify your ears from the idle talk of them that are the symbols of denial and the exponents of violence and anger. The hour is approaching when ye will witness the power of the one true God triumphing over all created things and the signs of His sovereignty encompassing all creation. On that day ye will discover how all else besides Him will have been forgotten and come to be regarded as utter nothingness.

—His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 72

 

EVENING:

The Purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, in revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that lie hidden within the mine of their true and inmost selves. That the divers communions of the earth, and the manifold systems of religious belief, should never be allowed to foster the feelings of animosity among men, is, in this Day, of the essence of the Faith of God and His Religion. These principles and laws, these firmly-established and mighty systems, have proceeded from one Source, and are the rays of one Light. That they differ one from another is to be attributed to the varying requirements of the ages in which they were promulgated.

Gird up the loins of your endeavor, O people of Bahá, that haply the tumult of religious dissension and strife that agitateth the peoples of the earth may be stilled, that every trace of it may be completely obliterated. For the love of God, and them that serve Him, arise to aid this most sublime and momentous Revelation. Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench. The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver mankind from this desolating affliction….

—His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp: 287-288

FROM THE MYSTERY OF GOD  ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ:

God has sent forth His Prophets for the sole purpose of creating love and unity in the world of human hearts. All the heavenly Books are the written word of love. If they prove to be the cause of prejudice and human estrangement, they have become fruitless. Therefore, religious prejudice is especially opposed to the will and command of God. Racial and national prejudices which separate mankind into groups and branches, likewise, have a false and unjustifiable foundation, for all men are the children of Adam and essentially of one family. There should be no racial alienation or national division among humankind. Such distinctions as French, German, Persian, Anglo-Saxon are human and artificial; they have neither significance nor recognition in the estimation of God. In His estimate all are one, the children of one family; and God is equally kind to them. The earth has one surface. God has not divided this surface by boundaries and barriers to separate races and peoples. Man has set up and established these imaginary lines, giving to each restricted area a name and the limitation of a native land or nationhood. By this division and separation into groups and branches of mankind, prejudice is engendered which becomes a fruitful source of war and strife. Impelled by this prejudice, races and nations declare war against each other; the blood of the innocent is poured out, and the earth torn by violence. Therefore, it has been decreed by God in this day that these prejudices and differences shall be laid aside. All are commanded to seek the good pleasure of the Lord of unity, to follow His command and obey His will; in this way the world of humanity shall become illumined with the reality of love and reconciliation.

The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 316

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16 May ― 19 Jamál   1 comment

What the events of the past year have demonstrated ever more clearly to
the people of Iran and others from around the world who promote peace and
concord is the stark contrast between the peaceful intentions and selfless
service of the Baha’i community and the lamentable and inhuman acts of those
who, under the influence of ignorant religious prejudice, continue to
perpetrate injustices against you. The support of Iranians of goodwill,
whether living inside or outside Iran, offered in defence of the civil rights
of their Baha’i compatriots was also much in evidence. Whether it was students
placing on an empty chair the name of a Baha’i who had been barred from
attending university; shop owners offering work to a Baha’i, a fellow
businessman whose trade permit had been revoked; or a number of friends and
neighbours signing a petition consenting to the burial of a deceased Baha’i
whose interment had been prevented because of the alleged objections of the
public–these are a few of the many examples that demonstrate the support, in
cities and villages, of the generality of the people of Iran. There is also
ample evidence to show that high-minded Iranians from every segment of society-
-be they defenders of human rights; insightful and open-minded clerics;
political and social activists; writers, journalists, artists, producers of
television programmes, and historians who, for the benefit of future
generations, have endeavoured to collect documents and records related to the
countless acts of oppression against the Baha’is and present an unbiased view
of Baha’i aims and beliefs in their work; those who in their articles and
personal blogs express their sympathy and understanding; individuals who,
signing petitions,demand the restoration of your rights; or those who carry
out extensive campaigns that protest against
both the denial of higher education to Baha’i youth and the general persecution
of the Baha’is–share the conviction that all those living in that land, as
concerned fellow citizens, can serve shoulder to shoulder to bring about
progress in their beloved country. The support of humanitarian organizations,
scientific institutions, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, and representatives of
various governments, as well as resolutions passed by the General Assembly of
the United Nations, is evidence of how the people of the world abhor the
ongoing persecutions that you and other Iranians endure.

THE UINVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Message to To the Baha’is of Iran, 8 May 2015  

MORNING:

Blessed is that teacher who shall arise to instruct the children, and to guide the people into the pathways of God, the Bestower, the Well-Beloved.

 

 —His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’u’lláh, from a Tablet – translated from the Arabic

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 268

 

EVENING:

Blessed is that teacher who remaineth faithful to the Covenant of God, and occupieth himself with the education of children. For him hath the Supreme Pen inscribed that reward which is revealed in the Most Holy Book.

Blessed, blessed is he!

—His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’u’lláh, from a Tablet – translated from the Persian

Baha’i Education, #26

 

 

FROM THE EXEMPLAR OF THE CAUSE  ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ

Praise thou God that thou hast succeeded in becoming a teacher of young Bahá’ís, young trees of the Abhá Paradise, and at the same time art able to benefit the other children as well. According to the explicit divine Text, teaching the children is indispensable and obligatory. It followeth that teachers are servants of the Lord God, since they have arisen to perform this task, which is the same as worship. You must therefore offer praise with every breath, for you are educating your spiritual children. The spiritual father is greater than the physical one, for the latter bestoweth but this world’s life, whereas the former endoweth his child with life everlasting. This is why, in the Law of God, teachers are listed among the heirs.

 

Now you in reality have acquired all these spiritual children free and gratis, and that is better than having physical children; for such children are not grateful to their fathers, since they feel that the father serveth them because he must — and therefore no matter what he doeth for them, they pay it no mind. Spiritual children, however, are always appreciative of their father’s loving kindness. This verily is out of the grace of thy Lord, the Beneficent.

From a Tablet – translated from the Persian

The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, pp: 273-274

FROM THE BELOVED GUARDIAN OF THE CAUSE  SHOGHI EFFENDI:

I feel it is urgent and important that this first and only organ of the Bahá’í youth throughout the world should, in whatever it publishes, instil in its readers, and particularly in every Bahá’í child, the sense of his unique opportunities and future responsibilities in the great task that awaits him in future.

Its duty is to initiate, promote and mirror forth the various activities of the rising generation throughout the Bahá’í world, to establish and strengthen a bond of true fellowship amongst all the children of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá whether in the East or in the West, and to unfold to their eyes the vision of a golden future before them. It should impress upon their hearts the vital necessity of establishing, now, whilst in their tender age, a firm foundation for their mission in life.

The cause of the Children of the Kingdom, whom the Master so loved, and on whom He showered many a blessing and infinite loving-kindness, is, I assure you, still dear and close to our hearts. In you, the descendants of the heroic pioneers of a world Movement, rests the hope of achieving the task which they have so nobly begun — their task for the service and salvation of all mankind.

From a Letter dated 30 December 1923 written by Shoghi Effendi to the Magazine of the Children of the Kingdom, Boston, U.S.A

The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, pp: 294-295