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17 June ― 13 Núr   Leave a comment

An illumined Tablet in the handwriting of Bahá’u’lláh “When I contemplate, O my God, the relationship that bindeth me to Thee, I am moved to proclaime to all created things ‘Verily I am God!’; and when I consider my own self, lo I find it coarser than clay!”

MORNING:

Concerning thine own affairs, if thou wouldst content thyself with whatever might come to pass it would be praiseworthy. To engage in some profession is highly commendable, for when occupied with work one is less likely to dwell on the unpleasant aspects of life. God willing thou mayest experience joy and radiance, gladness and exultation in any city or land where thou mayest happen to sojourn. This lowly servant will never forget that distinguished and kind friend. He hath remembered and will continue to remember thee. The decree lieth with God, the Lord of all worlds. I fain would hope He may vouchsafe divine assistance and grant confirmation in that which is pleasing and acceptable unto Him.

—His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 175

Bahá’í Temple. Apia, Samoa

EVENING:

It is enjoined upon every one of you to engage in some form of occupation, such as crafts, trades and the like. We have graciously exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship unto God, the True One. Ponder ye in your hearts the grace and the blessings of God and render thanks unto Him at eventide and at dawn. Waste not your time in idleness and sloth. Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others. Thus hath it been decreed in this Tablet from whose horizon the day-star of wisdom and utterance shineth resplendent.

The most despised of men in the sight of God are those who sit idly and beg. Hold ye fast unto the cord of material means, placing your whole trust in God, the Provider of all means. When anyone occupieth himself in a craft or trade, such occupation itself is regarded in the estimation of God as an act of worship; and this is naught but a token of His infinite and all-pervasive bounty.

—His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 26

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and His entourage on the main drive at Leland Stanford Junior University in Palo Alto, California, following His address on October 8, 1912

ATTRIBUTED TO  ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ:

There are certain forms of work which are beyond human endurance and others which are within it;  and these differ according to the early environment and training of each individual…The struggling, winning, successful man is he who accustoms himself to the accomplishment of those things which are beyond human endurance.  Only a soul thus great can stand the tests of life and come out of the crucible pure and unspotted. …if one cannot raise to this height he can at least school himself to perform the tasks which are within the range of his endurance.  If a man cannot qualify in one of these two classes he becomes a social burden.

Words attributed to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá from the diary of Ahmad Sohrab

Star of the West, vol. 13, no. 10, pp: 270-271

Fire and Gold, p. 147

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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