Monday, February 13, 2017

“What is a Bahá’í?”

When asked on one occasion: “What is a Bahá’í?” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá replied: “To be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.”
On another occasion He defined a Bahá’í as “one endowed with all the perfections of man in activity.”
In one of His London talks He said that a man may be a Bahá’í even if He has never heard the name of Bahá’u’lláh. He added:— The man who lives the life according to the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is already a Bahá’í. On the other hand, a man may call himself a Bahá’í for fifty years, and if he does not live the life he is not a Bahá’í. An ugly man may call himself handsome, but he deceives no one, ...

Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era

Man reacheth perfection through ...

To state the matter briefly, the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh advocate voluntary sharing, and this is a
greater thing than the equalization of wealth. For equalization must be imposed from without, while sharing is a matter of free choice.
Man reacheth perfection through good deeds, voluntarily performed, not through good deeds the doing of which was forced upon him. And sharing is a personally chosen righteous act: that is, the rich should extend assistance to the poor, they should expend their substance for the poor, but of their own free will, and not because the poor have gained this end by force.
For the harvest of force is turmoil and the ruin of the social order.
On the other hand voluntary sharing, the freely-chosen expending of one’s substance, leadeth to society’s comfort and peace. It lighteth up the world; it bestoweth honour upon humankind...

Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The virtues and attributes

The virtues and attributes pertaining unto God are all evident and manifest, and have been mentioned and described in all the heavenly Books. Among them are trustworthiness, truthfulness, purity of heart while communing with God, forbearance, resignation to whatever the Almighty hath decreed, contentment with the things His Will hath provided, patience, nay, thankfulness in the midst of tribulation, and complete reliance, in all circumstances, upon Him.
These rank, according to the estimate of God, among the highest and most laudable of all acts. All other acts are, and will ever remain, secondary and subordinate unto them…."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

The essence of ...

The essence of all that We have revealed for thee is Justice, is for man to free himself from idle fancy and imitation, discern with the eye of oneness His glorious handiwork, and look into all things with a searching eye.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

“He shall not be asked of His doings.”

"Blessed is the man that hath acknowledged his belief in God and in His signs, and recognized that
Such a recognition hath been made by God the ornament of every belief, and its very foundation. Upon it must depend the acceptance of every goodly deed. Fasten your eyes upon it, that haply the whisperings of the rebellious may not cause you to slip.
“He shall not be asked of His doings.”
Were He to decree as lawful the thing which from time immemorial had been forbidden, and forbid that which had, at all times, been regarded as lawful, to none is given the right to question His authority. Whoso will hesitate, though it be for less than a moment, should be regarded as a transgressor."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Pages 86-87

Service to humanity is

Service to humanity is service to God.
Let the love and light of the Kingdom radiate through you until all who look upon you shall be illumined by its reflection.
Be as stars, brilliant and sparkling in the loftiness of their heavenly station.
Do you appreciate the Day in which you live?

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

Sunday, January 8, 2017

ای صاحبان هوش و گوش

ای صاحبان هوش و گوش اوّل سروش دوست اينست
 ای بلبل معنوی جز در گلبن معانی جای مگزين و ای هدهد سليمان عشق جز در سبای جانان وطن مگير
و ای عنقای بقا جز در قاف وفا محلّ مپذير *
 اينست مکان تو اگر بلامکان بپر جان برپری و آهنگ مقام خود رايگان نمائی *


 Be not content with the ease of a passing day, and deprive not thyself of everlasting rest.
Barter not the garden of eternal delight for the dust-heap of a mortal world.
Up from thy prison ascend unto the glorious meads above, and from thy mortal cage wing thy flight unto the paradise of the Placeless.

The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh