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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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