Sunday, December 17, 2017

Utterance must needs possess

 "O My Name!
Utterance must needs possess penetrating power. For if bereft of this quality it would fail to exert  influence. And this penetrating influence dependeth on the spirit being pure and the heart stainless. Likewise it needeth moderation, without which the hearer would be unable to bear it, rather he would manifest opposition from the very outset. And moderation will be obtained by blending utterance with the tokens of divine wisdom which are recorded in the sacred Books and Tablets.

Thus when the essence of one’s utterance is endowed with these two requisites it will prove highly effective and will be the prime factor in transforming the souls of men. This is the station of supreme victory and celestial dominion. Whoso attaineth thereto is invested with the power to teach the Cause of God and to prevail over the hearts and minds of men.
O My Name! The Day-Star of utterance, shining resplendent from the dayspring of divine Revelation, hath so illumined the Scrolls and Tablets that the kingdom of utterance and the exalted dominion of understanding vibrate with joy and ecstasy and shine forth with the splendour of His light, yet the generality of mankind comprehend not."

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh. P 200

If it be Our pleasure We shall ...

Say: If it be Our pleasure We shall render the Cause victorious through the power of a single word from Our presence. He is in truth the Omnipotent, the All-Compelling. Should it be God's intention, there would appear out of the forests of celestial might the lion of indomitable strength whose roaring is like unto the peals of thunder reverberating in the mountains. However, since Our loving providence surpasseth all things, We have ordained that complete victory should be achieved through speech and utterance, that Our servants throughout the earth may thereby become the recipients of divine good. This is but a token of God's bounty vouchsafed unto them.
Verily thy Lord is the All-Sufficing, the Most Exalted."

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Human utterance

Should anyone perceive the sweetness of the following passage in the Tablet revealed in honour of Nabíl of Qá’in,  he would readily comprehend the significance of assistance:

Human utterance is an essence which aspireth to exert its influence and needeth moderation. As to its influence, this is conditional upon refinement, which in turn is dependent upon hearts which are detached and pure. As to its moderation, this hath to be combined with tact and wisdom as prescribed in the Holy Scriptures and Tablets.

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

The Kingdom of God is founded upon ...

 "O ye beloved of the Lord! The Kingdom of God is founded upon equity and justice, and also upon mercy, compassion, and kindness to every living soul. Strive ye then with all your heart to treat compassionately all humankind—
Briefly, it is not only their fellow human beings that the beloved of God must treat with mercy and compassion, rather must they show forth the utmost loving-kindness to every living creature.

For in all physical respects, and where the animal spirit is concerned, the selfsame feelings are shared by animal and man. Man hath not grasped this truth, however, and he believeth that physical sensations are confined to human beings, wherefore is he unjust to the animals, and cruel."

Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The incursion of disease into the human body

This question, the incursion of disease into the human, body requireth the most careful investigation. The Báb hath said that the people of Bahá must develop the  science of medicine to such a high degree that they will heal illnesses by means of foods. The basic reason for this is that if, in some component substance of the human body, an imbalance should occur, altering its correct, relative proportion to the whole, this fact will inevitably result in the onset of disease. If, for example, the starch component should be unduly augmented, or the sugar component decreased, an illness will take control.

It is the function of a skilled physician to determine which constituent of his patient’s body hath suffered diminution, which hath been augmented. Once he hath discovered this, he must prescribe a food containing the diminished element in considerable amounts, to re-establish the body’s essential equilibrium. The patient, once his constitution is again in balance, will be rid of his disease.

Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

There are two ways of healing sickness

"There are two ways of healing sickness, material means and spiritual means. The first is by the treatment of physicians; the second consisteth in prayers offered by the spiritual ones to God and in turning to Him. Both means should be used and practised.
Illnesses which occur by reason of physical causes should be treated by doctors with medical remedies; those  which are due to spiritual causes disappear through spiritual means. Thus an illness caused by affliction, fear, nervous impressions, will be healed more effectively by spiritual rather than by physical treatment. Hence, both kinds of treatment should be followed; they are not contradictory. Therefore thou shouldst also accept physical remedies inasmuch as these too have come from the mercy and favour of God, Who hath revealed and made manifest medical science so that His servants may profit from this kind of treatment also. Thou shouldst give equal attention to spiritual treatments, for they produce marvellous effects."

Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Sunday, November 26, 2017

So firm and mighty is this Covenant ...

“So firm and mighty is this Covenant,” He Who is its appointed Center has affirmed, “that from the beginning of time until the present day no religious Dispensation hath produced its like.” “It is indubitably clear,” He, furthermore, has stated, “that the pivot of the oneness of mankind is nothing else but the power of the Covenant.” “Know thou,” He has written, “that the ‘Sure Handle’ mentioned from the foundation of the world in the Books, the Tablets and the Scriptures of old is naught else but the Covenant and the Testament.” And again: “The lamp of the Covenant is the light of the world, and the words traced by the Pen of the Most High a limitless ocean.” “The Lord, the All-Glorified,” He has moreover declared, “hath, beneath the shade of the Tree of Anísá (Tree of Life), made a new Covenant and established a great Testament…

Hath such a Covenant been established in any previous Dispensation, age, period or century? Hath such a Testament, set down by the Pen of the Most High, ever been witnessed? No, by God!” And finally: “The power of the Covenant is as the heat of the sun which quickeneth and promoteth the development of all created things on earth. The light of the Covenant, in like manner, is the educator of the minds, the spirits, the hearts and souls of men.” To this same Covenant He has in His writings referred as the “Conclusive Testimony,” the “Universal Balance,” the “Magnet of God’s grace,” the “Upraised Standard,” the “Irrefutable Testament,” “the all-mighty Covenant, the like of which the sacred Dispensations of the past have never witnessed” and “one of the distinctive features of this most mighty cycle.”

Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By P.239

The power of the Covenant

Should they place in the arena the crown of the government of the whole world, and invite each one of us to accept it, undoubtedly we shall not condescend, and shall refuse to accept it.
  To attain to this supreme station is, however, dependent on the realization of certain conditions: 
The first condition is firmness in the Covenant of God. For the power of the Covenant will protect the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh from the doubts of the people of error. It is the fortified fortress of the Cause of God and the firm pillar of the religion of God. Today no power can conserve the oneness of the Bahá’í world save the Covenant of God; otherwise differences like unto a most great tempest will encompass the Bahá’í world. It is evident that the axis of the oneness of the world of humanity is the power of the Covenant and nothing else.
Had the Covenant not come to pass, had it not been revealed from the Supreme Pen and had not the Book of the Covenant, like unto the ray of the Sun of Reality, illuminated the world, the forces of the Cause of God would have been utterly scattered and certain souls who were the prisoners of their own passions and lusts would have taken into their hands an axe, cutting the root of this Blessed Tree. Every person would have pushed forward his own desire and every individual aired his own opinion! ..

`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan

Sunday, November 19, 2017

I testify, O my God, and my King

“I testify, O my God, and my King, that Thou hast created me to remember Thee, to glorify Thee, and to aid Thy Cause. And yet, I have aided Thine enemies, who have broken Thy Covenant, who have cast  away Thy Book, disbelieved in Thee, and repudiated Thy signs. Alas, alas, for my waywardness, and my shame, and my sinfulness, and my wrong-doing that have withheld me from the depths of the ocean of Thy unity and from fathoming the sea of Thy mercy. Wherefore, alas, alas! and again alas, alas! for my wretchedness and the grievousness of my transgressions! Thou didst call me into being, O my God, to exalt Thy Word, and to manifest Thy Cause. My heedlessness, however, hath deterred me and compassed me about, in such wise that I have arisen to blot out Thy signs, and to shed the blood of Thy loved ones, and of the dawning-places of Thy signs, and of the daysprings of Thy revelation, and of the repositories of Thy mysteries ...

Bahá'u'lláh : Epistle to the Son of the Wolf P.4

Sunday, November 12, 2017

God, the unknowable Essence

To every discerning and illuminated heart it is evident that God, the unknowable Essence, the Divine Being, is immensely exalted beyond every human attribute, such as corporeal existence, ascent and descent, egress and regress. Far be it from His glory that human tongue should adequately recount His praise, or that human heart comprehend His fathomless mystery. He is, and hath ever been, veiled in the ancient eternity of His Essence, and will remain in His Reality everlastingly hidden from the sight of men. “No vision taketh in Him, but He taketh in all vision; He is the Subtile, the All-Perceiving.”…
The door of the knowledge of the Ancient of Days being thus closed in the face of all beings, the Source of infinite grace, according to His saying, “His grace hath transcended all things; My grace hath encompassed them all,” hath caused those luminous Gems of Holiness to appear out of the realm of the spirit, in the noble form of the human temple, and be made manifest unto all men, that they may impart unto the world the mysteries of the unchangeable Being, and tell of the subtleties of His imperishable Essence.

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh P.47

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Consider this wronged One.

Consider this wronged One. Though the clearest proofs attest the truth of His Cause; though the prophecies He, in an unmistakable language, hath made have been fulfilled; though, in spite of His not being accounted among the learned, His being unschooled and inexperienced in the disputations current among the divines, He hath rained upon men the showers of His manifold and Divinely-inspired knowledge; yet, behold how this generation hath rejected His authority, and rebelled against Him!
He hath, during the greater part of His life, been sore-tried in the clutches of His enemies. His sufferings have now reached their culmination in this afflictive Prison, into which His oppressors have so unjustly thrown Him.
God grant that, with a penetrating vision and radiant heart, thou mayest observe the things that have come to pass and are now happening, and, pondering them in thine heart, mayest recognize that which most men have, in this Day, failed to perceive.

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh P.59

Bahá'í Reference Library - Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Pages 77-82

 "The measure of the revelation of the Prophets of God in this world, however, must differ. Each and every one of them hath been the Bearer of a distinct Message, and hath been commissioned to reveal Himself through specific acts.
It is for this reason that they appear to vary in their greatness. Their Revelation may be likened unto the light of the moon that sheddeth its radiance upon the earth. Though every time it appeareth, it revealeth a fresh measure of its brightness, yet its inherent splendor can never diminish, nor can its light suffer extinction."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh P.80

Sunday, October 29, 2017

These are not days of prosperity and triumph

In like manner, every time the Prophets of God have illumined the world with the
resplendent radiance of the Day Star of Divine knowledge, they have invariably summoned its peoples to embrace the light of God through such means as best befitted the exigencies of the age in which they appeared. They were thus able to scatter the darkness of ignorance, and to shed upon the world the glory of their own knowledge. It is towards the inmost essence of these Prophets, therefore, that the 81 eye of every man of discernment must be directed, inasmuch as their one and only purpose hath always been to guide the erring, and give peace to the afflicted….
These are not days of prosperity and triumph. The whole of mankind is in the grip of manifold ills. Strive, therefore, to save its life through the wholesome medicine which the almighty hand of the unerring Physician hath prepared."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh   P.81

Sunday, October 15, 2017

That the Manifestations of Divine justice, the Day Springs of heavenly grace, have when they appeared amongst men always been destitute of all earthly dominion and shorn of the means of worldly ascendancy, should be attributed to this same principle of separation and distinction which animateth the Divine Purpose. Were the Eternal Essence to manifest all that is latent within Him, were He to shine in the plentitude of His glory, none would be found to question His power or repudiate His truth. Nay, all created things would be so dazzled and thunderstruck by the evidences of His light as to be reduced to utter nothingness.
How, then, can the godly be differentiated under such circumstances from the froward?

This principle hath operated in each of the previous Dispensations and been abundantly demonstrated…. It is for this reason that, in every age, when a new Manifestation hath appeared and a fresh revelation of God’s transcendent power was vouchsafed unto men, they that misbelieved in Him, deluded by the appearance of the peerless and everlasting Beauty in the garb of mortal men, have failed to recognize Him.

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, P. 72

Monday, October 9, 2017

These are not days of prosperity and triumph.

In like manner, every time the Prophets of God have illumined the world with the resplendent radiance of the Day Star of Divine knowledge, they have invariably summoned its peoples to embrace the light of God through such means as best befitted the exigencies of the age in which they appeared. They were thus able to scatter the darkness of ignorance, and to shed upon the world the glory of their own knowledge. It is towards the inmost essence of these Prophets, therefore, that the eye of every man of discernment must be directed, inasmuch as their one and only purpose hath always been to guide the erring, and give peace to the afflicted….
These are not days of prosperity and triumph. The whole of mankind is in the grip of manifold ills. Strive, therefore, to save its life through the wholesome medicine which the almighty hand of the unerring Physician hath prepared.

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh P.81

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The purpose of God in creating man hath…

 "The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence. To this most excellent aim, this supreme objective, all the heavenly Books and the divinely-revealed and weighty Scriptures unequivocally bear witness.
Whoso hath recognized the Day Spring of Divine guidance and entered His holy court hath drawn nigh unto God and attained His Presence, a Presence which is the real Paradise, and of which the loftiest mansions of heaven are but a symbol. Such a man hath attained the knowledge of the station of Him Who is “at the distance of two bows,” Who standeth beyond the Sadratu’l-Muntahá.. "

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. P 71

Saturday, September 23, 2017

O people of Bahá!

"O people of Bahá! Ye are the dawning-places of the love of God and the daysprings of His loving-kindness. Defile not your tongues with the cursing and reviling of any soul, and guard your eyes against that which is not seemly.
Set forth that which ye possess. If it be favourably received, your end is attained; if not, to protest is vain. Leave that soul to himself and turn unto the Lord, the Protector, the Self-Subsisting.
Be not the cause of grief, much less of discord and strife. The hope is cherished that ye may obtain true education in the shelter of the tree of His tender mercies and act in accordance with that which God desireth. Ye are all the leaves of one tree and the drops of one ocean."

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, The eighth Ishráq

Saturday, September 16, 2017

God’s purpose in sending His Prophets unto men is twofold.

"Every Prophet Whom the Almighty and Peerless Creator hath purposed to send to the peoples of the earth hath been entrusted with a Message, and charged to act in a manner that would best meet the requirements of the age in which He appeared.
God’s purpose in sending His Prophets unto men is twofold.
The first is to liberate the children of men from the darkness of ignorance, and guide them to the light of true understanding. The second is to ensure the peace and tranquility of mankind, and provide all the means by which they can be established."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh P 80

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The measure of the revelation of the Prophets ...

The measure of the revelation of the Prophets of God in this world, however, must differ. Each and every one of them hath been the Bearer of a distinct Message, and hath been commissioned to reveal Himself through specific acts.
It is for this reason that they appear to vary in their greatness.
Their Revelation may be likened unto the light of the moon that sheddeth its radiance upon the earth. Though every time it appeareth, it revealeth a fresh measure of its brightness, yet its inherent splendor can never diminish, nor can its light suffer extinction. It is clear and evident, therefore, that any apparent variation in the intensity of their light is not inherent in the light itself, but should rather be attributed to the varying receptivity of an ever-changing world.

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh P.80

"Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty."

"Say: From My laws the sweet-smelling savour of My garment can be smelled, and by their aid the standards of Victory will be planted upon the highest peaks. The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation these words: "Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty." Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words, laden with the perfume of a grace which no tongue can describe. ...
Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. To this beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath revealed. Meditate upon this, O men of insight!

The Kitab-i-Aqdas, pp. 20-21

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Who can ever believe that ...

"Who can ever believe that this Servant of God hath at any time cherished in His heart a desire for any earthly honor or benefit? The Cause associated with His Name is far above the transitory things of this world. Behold Him, an exile, a victim of tyranny, in this Most Great Prison. His enemies have assailed Him on every side, and will continue to do so till the end of His life.

Whatever, therefore, He saith unto you is wholly for the sake of God, that haply the peoples of the earth may cleanse their hearts from the stain of evil desire, may rend its veil asunder, and attain unto the knowledge of the one true God—the most exalted station to which any man can aspire. Their belief or disbelief in My Cause can neither profit nor harm Me. We summon them wholly for the sake of God. He, verily, can afford to dispense with all creatures."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Ponder a while.

 Ponder a while.
What is it that prompted, in every Dispensation, the peoples of the earth to shun the Manifestation of the All-Merciful? What could have impelled them to turn away from Him and to challenge His authority?
Were men to meditate on these words which have flowed from the Pen of the Divine Ordainer, they would, one and all, hasten to embrace the truth of this God-given, and ever-enduring Revelation, and would testify to that which He Himself hath solemnly affirmed.
It is the veil of idle imaginations which, in the days of the Manifestations of the Unity of God and the Day Springs of His everlasting glory, hath intervened, and will continue to intervene, between them and the rest of mankind. For in those days, He Who is the Eternal Truth manifesteth Himself in conformity with that which He Himself hath purposed, and not according to the desires and expectations of men.
Even as He hath revealed: “So oft, then, as an Apostle cometh to you with that which your souls desire not, do ye swell with pride, and treat some as impostors, and slay others.”"

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

Sunday, August 13, 2017


...The power of the intellect is one of God’s greatest gifts to men, it is the power that makes him a higher creature than the animal. For whereas, century by century and age by age man’s intelligence grows and becomes keener, that of the animal remains the same. They are no more intelligent today then they were a thousand years ago! Is there a greater proof than this needed to show man’s dissimilarity to the animal creation? It is surely as clear as day.
As for the spiritual perfections they are man’s birthright and belong to him alone of all creation. Man is, in reality, a spiritual being, and only when he lives in the spirit is he truly happy. This spiritual longing and perception belongs to all men alike, and it is my firm conviction that the Western people possess great spiritual aspiration.
It is my fervent prayer that the star of the East will shed its brilliant rays on the Western world, and that the people of the West may arise in strength, earnestness, and courage, to help their brethren in the East.

`Abdu'l-Bahá:  Paris Talks

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The nature of religion

 "And now concerning thy question regarding the nature of religion. Know thou
that they who are truly wise have likened the world unto the human temple. As the body of man needeth a garment to clothe it, so the body of mankind must needs be adorned with the mantle of justice and wisdom. Its robe is the Revelation vouchsafed unto it by God. Whenever this robe hath fulfilled its purpose, the Almighty will assuredly renew it. For every age requireth a fresh measure of the light of God. Every Divine Revelation hath been sent down in a manner that befitted the circumstances of the age in which it hath appeared."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Page 82


"As to the soul of man after death, it remains in the degree of purity to which it has evolved during life in the physical body, and after it is freed from the body it remains plunged in the ocean of God’s Mercy.
From the moment the soul leaves the body and arrives in the Heavenly World, its evolution is spiritual, and that evolution is: The approaching unto God.
In the physical creation, evolution is from one degree of perfection to another. The mineral passes with its mineral perfections to the vegetable; the vegetable, with its perfections, passes to the animal world, and so on to that of humanity. This world is full of seeming contradictions; in each of these kingdoms (mineral, vegetable and animal) life exists in its degree; though when compared to the life in a man, the earth appears to be dead, yet she, too, lives and has a life of her own. In this world things live and die, and live again in other forms of life, but in the world of the spirit it is quite otherwise.
The soul does not evolve from degree to degree as a law—it only evolves nearer to God, by the Mercy and Bounty of God.
It is my earnest prayer that we may all be in the Kingdom of God, and near Him."

`Abdu'l-Bahá: Paris Talks

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A new day has dawned.

"The world has become a new world. The darkness of night which has enveloped humanity is passing. A new day has dawned. Divine susceptibilities and heavenly capacities are developing in human souls under the training of the Sun of Truth. The capacities of souls are different. Their conditions are various. For example, certain minerals come from the stony regions of the earth. All are minerals, all are produced by the same sun, but one remains a stone while another develops the capacity of a glittering gem or jewel. From one plot of land tulips and hyacinths grow; from another, thorns and thistles. Each plot receives the bounty of the sunshine, but the capacity to receive it is not the same. Therefore, it is requisite that we must develop capacity and divine susceptibility in order that the merciful bounty of the Sun of Truth intended for this age and time in which we are living may reflect from us as light from pure crystals."

`Abdu'l-Bahá: The Promulgation of Universal Peace

"O my ill-wishers!

 "O my ill-wishers! The Day Star of eternal Guidance beareth me witness: Had it been in my power, I would have, under no circumstances, consented to distinguish myself amongst men, for the Name I bear utterly disdaineth to associate itself with this generation whose tongues are sullied and whose hearts are false. And whenever I chose to hold my peace and be still, lo, the voice of the Holy Ghost, standing on my right hand, aroused me, and the Supreme Spirit appeared before my face, and Gabriel overshadowed me, and the Spirit of Glory stirred within my bosom, bidding me arise and break my silence.
If your hearing be purged and your ears be attentive, ye will assuredly perceive that every limb of my body, nay all the atoms of my being, proclaim and bear witness to this call: “God, besides Whom is none other God, and He, Whose beauty is now manifest, is the reflection of His glory unto all that are in heaven and on earth.”"

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

Sunday, July 9, 2017

We stand life in hand ....

Of all the tributes which Bahá’u’lláh’s unerring pen has chosen to pay to the
memory of the Báb, His “Best-Beloved,” the most memorable and touching is this brief, yet eloquent passage which so greatly enhances the value of the concluding passages of that same epistle. “Amidst them all,” He writes, referring to the afflictive trials and dangers besetting Him in the city of Baghdád, “We stand life in hand wholly resigned to His Will, that perchance through God’s loving kindness and grace, this revealed and manifest Letter (Bahá’u’lláh) may lay down His life as a sacrifice in the path of the Primal Point, the most exalted Word (the Báb). By Him, at Whose bidding the Spirit hath spoken, but for this yearning of Our soul, We would not, for one moment, have tarried any longer in this city.”

Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh P.126

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Shake off, O heedless ones, the slumber of negligence,

 "Shake off, O heedless ones, the slumber of negligence, that ye may behold the radiance which His glory hath spread through the world. How foolish are those who murmur against the premature birth of His light. O ye who are inly blind! Whether too soon or too late, the evidences of His effulgent glory are now actually manifest.
 It behoveth you to ascertain whether or not such a light hath appeared. It is neither within your power nor mine to set the time at which it should be made manifest. God’s inscrutable Wisdom hath fixed its hour beforehand. Be content, O people, with that which God hath desired for you and predestined unto you…."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh


 "Day by day this meeting will grow and become  more powerful until gradually its spirit will conquer the whole world!
Try with all your hearts to be willing channels for God’s Bounty. For I say unto you that He has chosen you to be His messengers of love throughout the world, to be His bearers of spiritual gifts to man, to be the means of spreading unity and concord on the earth. Thank God with all your hearts that such a privilege has been given unto you. For a life devoted to praise is not too long in which to thank God for such a favour.
Lift up your hearts above the present and look with eyes of faith into the future! Today the seed is sown, the grain falls upon the earth, but behold the day will come when it shall rise a glorious tree and the branches thereof shall be laden with fruit. Rejoice and be glad that this day has dawned, try to realize its power, for it is indeed wonderful! God has crowned you with honour and in your hearts has He set a radiant star; verily the light thereof shall brighten the whole world!"

`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Material means and spiritual progress

It is indeed a good and praiseworthy thing to progress materially, but in so doing, let us not neglect the more important spiritual progress, and close our eyes to the Divine light shining in our midst.
Only by improving spiritually as well as materially can we make any real progress, and become perfect beings. It was in order to bring this spiritual life and light into the world that all the great Teachers have appeared. They came so that the Sun of Truth might be manifested, and shine in the hearts of men, and that through its wondrous power men might attain unto Everlasting Light....
Alas! behold how man disregards this Light. He still goes on his way of darkness, and disunity, and quarrels and fierce war are still rife. He uses material progress to gratify his lust for war,  and he makes destructive implements and appliances to destroy his brother man.
But let us rather exert ourselves for the attainment of spiritual advantages, for this is the only way of true progress, that which cometh from God and is alone Godly.

`Abdu'l-BaháParis Talks

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Ancient Beauty hath ...

The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with chains that mankind may be released from its bondage, and hath accepted to be made a prisoner within this most mighty Stronghold that the whole world may attain unto true liberty. He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness.

This is of the mercy of your Lord, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful.
We have accepted to be abased, O believers in the Unity of God, that ye may be exalted, and have suffered manifold afflictions, that ye might prosper and flourish.
He Who hath come to build anew the whole world, behold, how they that have joined partners with God have forced Him to dwell within the most desolate of cities!

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Justice is, in this day ...

 "Justice is, in this day, bewailing its plight, and Equity groaneth beneath the yoke of oppression. The thick clouds of tyranny have darkened the face of the earth, and enveloped its peoples. Through the movement of Our Pen of glory We have, at the bidding of the omnipotent Ordainer, breathed a new  life into every human frame, and instilled into every word a fresh potency.
All created things proclaim the evidences of this world-wide regeneration. This is the most great, the most joyful tidings imparted by the Pen of this wronged One to mankind.

Wherefore fear ye, O My well-beloved ones?
Who is it that can dismay you?
A touch of moisture sufficeth to dissolve the hardened clay out of which this perverse generation is molded.
The mere act of your gathering together is enough to scatter the forces of these vain and worthless people…."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Pages 93

Monday, May 22, 2017

The glories of a saintly and pious life, of pure and stainless deeds.

Every verse which this Pen hath revealed is a bright and shining portal that discloseth the glories of a saintly and pious life, of pure and stainless deeds. The summons and the message which We gave were never intended to reach or to benefit one land or one people only.

Mankind in its entirety must firmly adhere to whatsoever hath been revealed and vouchsafed unto it. Then and only then will it attain unto true liberty. The whole earth is illuminated with the resplendent glory of God’s Revelation. In the year sixty He Who heralded the light of Divine Guidance—may all creation be a sacrifice unto Him—arose to announce a fresh revelation of the Divine Spirit, and was followed, twenty years later, by Him through Whose coming the world was made the recipient of this promised glory, this wondrous favor.
Behold how the generality of mankind hath been endued with the capacity to hearken unto God’s most exalted Word—the Word upon which must depend the gathering together and spiritual resurrection of all men….

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. P.97

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spiritual capacity.

Know of a certainty that in every Dispensation the light of Divine Revelation hath been vouchsafed unto men in direct proportion to their spiritual capacity.
Consider the sun. How feeble its rays the moment it appeareth above the horizon. How gradually its warmth and potency increase as it approacheth its zenith, enabling meanwhile all created things to adapt themselves to the growing intensity of its light. How steadily it declineth until it reacheth its setting point. Were it, all of a sudden, to manifest the energies latent within it, it would, no doubt, cause injury to all created things….

In like manner, if the Sun of Truth were suddenly to reveal, at the earliest stages of its manifestation, the full measure of the potencies which the providence of the Almighty hath bestowed upon it, the earth of human understanding would waste away and be consumed; for men’s hearts would neither sustain the intensity of its revelation, nor be able to mirror forth the radiance of its light. Dismayed and overpowered, they would cease to exist.

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

O people of Justice!

 "O people of Justice! Be as brilliant as the light, and as splendid as the fire that blazed in the Burning Bush.
The brightness of the fire of your love will no doubt fuse and unify the contending peoples and kindreds of the earth, whilst the fierceness of the flame of enmity and hatred cannot but result in strife and ruin.
We beseech God that He may shield His creatures from the evil designs of His enemies.
He verily hath power over all things."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh P.97

Saturday, April 29, 2017

And as the human heart

And as the human heart, as fashioned by God, is one and undivided, it behoveth thee to take heed that its affections be, also, one and undivided.

Cleave thou, therefore, with the whole affection of thine heart, unto His love, and withdraw it from the love of any one besides Him, that He may aid thee to immerse thyself in the ocean of His unity, and enable thee to become a true upholder of His oneness. God is My witness.
My sole purpose in revealing to thee these words is to sanctify thee from the transitory things of the earth, and aid thee to enter the realm of everlasting glory, that thou mayest, by the leave of God, be of them that abide and rule therein…."

Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh P. 53

Sunday, April 23, 2017

... purify thine heart

"Thou art God’s shadow on earth. Strive, therefore, to act in such a manner as befitteth so eminent, soaugust a station.
Return, then, and cleave wholly unto God, and cleanse thine heart from the world and all its vanities, and suffer not the love of any stranger to enter and dwell therein.
Not until thou dost purify thine heart from every trace of such love can the brightness of the light of God shed its radiance upon it, for to none hath God given more than one heart....

Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh

Truth has many aspects ...

...When you meet those whose opinions differ from your own, do not turn away your face from them. Truth has many aspects, but it remains always and forever one.
Do not allow difference of opinion, or diversity of thought to separate you from your fellow-men, or to be the cause of dispute, hatred and strife in your hearts. Rather, search diligently for the truth and make all men your friends.
 Every edifice is made of many different stones, yet each depends on the other to such an extent that if one were displaced the whole building would suffer; if one is faulty the structure is imperfect.
Bahá’u’lláh has drawn the circle of unity, He has made a design for the uniting of all the peoples, and for the gathering of them all under the shelter of the tent of universal unity. This is the work of the Divine Bounty, and we must all strive with heart and soul until we have the reality of unity in our midst, and as we work, so will strength be given unto us.

Abdu'l-Bahá: Paris Talks

Sunday, April 16, 2017

It behoveth every king to be as bountiful as the sun,

"Set before thine eyes God’s unerring Balance and, as one standing in His Presence, weigh in that Balance thine actions every day, every moment of thy life. Bring thyself to account ere thou art summoned to a reckoning, on the Day when no man shall have strength to stand for fear of God, the Day when the hearts of the heedless ones shall be made to tremble.
It behoveth every king to be as bountiful as the sun, which fostereth the growth of all beings, and giveth to each its due, whose benefits are not inherent in itself, but are ordained by Him Who is the Most Powerful, the Almighty. The king should be as generous, as liberal in his mercy as the clouds, the outpourings of whose bounty are showered upon every land, by the behest of Him Who is the Supreme Ordainer, the All-Knowing."

Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh P.52

Monday, April 10, 2017

The diversity in the human family

The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord. If you meet those of different race and colour from yourself, do not mistrust them and withdraw yourself into your shell of conventionality, but rather be glad and show them kindness.
Think of them as different coloured roses growing in the beautiful garden of humanity, and rejoice to be among them. Likewise, when you meet those whose opinions differ from your own, do not turn away your face from them. All are seeking truth, and there are many roads leading thereto. Truth has many aspects, but it remains always and forever one.
Do not allow difference of opinion, or diversity of thought to separate you from your fellow-men, or to be the cause of dispute, hatred and strife in your hearts.

`Abdu'l-Bahá: Paris Talks

Behold a beautiful garden ...

Behold a beautiful garden full of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Each flower has a different charm, a
peculiar beauty, its own delicious perfume and beautiful colour. The trees too, how varied are they in size, in growth, in foliage—and what different fruits they bear!
Yet all these flowers, shrubs and trees spring from the self-same earth, the same sun shines upon them and the same clouds give them rain. So it is with humanity. It is made up of many races, and its peoples are of different colour, white, black, yellow, brown and red—but they all come from the same God, and all are servants to Him.
This diversity among the children of men has unhappily not the same effect as it has among the vegetable creation, where the spirit shown is more harmonious. Among men exists the diversity of animosity, and it is this that causes war and hatred among the different nations of the world. Differences which are only those of blood also cause them to destroy and kill one another.
Alas! that this should still be so.

`Abdu'l-Bahá:  Paris Talks

Sunday, April 9, 2017

رگ جهان در دست پزشک دانا است

رگ جهان در دست پزشک دانا است درد را می بيند و به دانائی درمان مي کند هر روز را رازی است و هر سر را آوازی درد امروز را درمانی و فردا را درمان ديگر امروز را نگران باشيد و سخن از امروز رانيد ديده مي شود گيتی را دردهای بيکران فرا گرفته و او را بر بستر ناکامی انداخته مردمانی که از باده خود بينی سرمست شده‌اند پزشک دانا را از او باز داشته‌اند اين است که خود و همه مردمان را گرفتار نموده‌اند نه درد مي دانند نه درمان مي شناسند راست را کژ انگاشته‌اند و دوست را دشمن شمرده‌اند بشنويد آواز اين زندانی را بايستيد و بگوئيد شايد آنانکه در خوابند بيدار شوند بگو ای مردگان دست بخشش يزدانی آب زندگانی مي دهد بشتابيد و بنوشيد هر که امروز زنده شد هرگز نميرد و هر که امروز مرد هرگز زندگی نيابد 


Overstep not the bounds of moderation, and deal justly with them that serve thee.
 Bestow upon them according to their needs and not to the extent that will enable them to lay up riches for themselves, to deck their persons, to embellish their homes, to acquire the things that are of no benefit unto them, and to be numbered with the extravagant.
Deal with them with undeviating justice, so that none among them may either suffer want, or be pampered with luxuries.

This is but manifest justice.
Allow not the abject to rule over and dominate them who are noble and worthy of honour, and suffer not the high-minded to be at the mercy of the contemptible and worthless, for this is what We observed upon Our arrival in the City (Constantinople), and to it We bear witness. We found among its inhabitants some who were possessed of an affluent fortune and lived in the midst of excessive riches, whilst others were in dire want and abject poverty. This ill beseemeth thy sovereignty, and is unworthy of thy rank.

Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh P.51

Sunday, April 2, 2017

O ye that dwell on earth!

 "O ye that dwell on earth! The distinguishing feature that marketh the preeminent character of this Supreme Revelation consisteth in that We have, on the one hand, blotted out from the pages of God’s holy Book whatsoever hath been the cause of strife, of malice and mischief amongst the children of men, and have, on the other, laid down the essential prerequisites of concord, of understanding, of complete and enduring unity. Well is it with them that keep My statutes.
Time and again have We admonished Our beloved ones to avoid, nay to flee from, anything whatsoever from which the odor of mischief can be detected. The world is in great turmoil, and the minds of its people are in a state of utter confusion.
We entreat the Almighty that He may graciously illuminate them with the glory of His Justice, and enable them to discover that which will be profitable unto them at all times and under all conditions. He, verily is the All-Possessing, the Most High."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh P. 98

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Every man of insight will ...

 "Every man of insight will, in this day, readily admit that the counsels which the Pen of this wronged One hath revealed constitute the supreme animating power for the advancement of the world and the exaltation of its peoples.

Arise, O people, and, by the power of God’s might, resolve to gain the victory over your own selves, that haply the whole earth may be freed and sanctified from its servitude to the gods of its idle fancies—gods that have inflicted such loss upon, and are responsible for the misery of, their wretched worshipers. These idols form the obstacle that impedeth man in his efforts to advance in the path of perfection. We cherish the hope that the Hand of Divine power may lend its assistance to mankind, and deliver it from its state of grievous abasement."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

ترجمه‌ای از پیام بیت ‌العدل اعظم خطاب به بهائیان جهان

پیام ١ مارس ٢٠١٧

ترجمه‌ای از پیام بیت ‌العدل اعظم خطاب به بهائیان جهان (هیئت بین‌المللی ترجمه به زبان فارسی)
١  مارس  ٢٠١٧
دوستان عزیز و محبوب،
در جهانی بیش از پیش به هم وابسته، شرایط اجتماعی همۀ مردمان مورد توجّه بیشتری قرار می‌گیرد و اوضاع هر یک نمایان‌تر می‌شود.  با وجود پیشرفت‌هایی امیدبخش هنوز مسائل بسیاری هست که باید بر وجدان نوع بشر سنگینی نماید.  نابرابری، تبعیض، و استثمار آفت جان بشریّت است و در مقابل درمان‌های تجویزیِ طرح‌های سیاسی مختلف مقاوم به نظر می‌رسد.  ضربات اقتصادیِ این مصائب منجرّ به درد و رنجی ماندگار برای جمع کثیری گردیده و نقایص عمیق تثبیت شده‌ای را نیز در ساختار اجتماع به وجود آورده است.  هر نفسی که قلبش مجذوب تعالیم جمال مبارک شده باشد نمی‌تواند نسبت به این عواقب بی‌تفاوت بماند.  حضرت بهاءالله در لوح دنیا می‌فرمایند، "عالم منقلب است و افکار عباد مختلف.  نسأل اللّه ان یزیّنهم بنور عدله و یعرّفهم ما ینفعهم فی کلّ الأحوال انّه هو الغنیّ المتعال."  با تلاش جامعۀ بهائی برای کمک به بهبود اوضاع جهان، در سطح اندیشه و عمل، شرایط نامساعدی که بسیاری از مردم دنیا تجربه می‌کنند توجّه روزافزون جامعه را به خود معطوف خواهد داشت.
رفاه هر بخشی از مردم جهان به نحوی جدایی‌ناپذیر با رفاه کل به هم آمیخته است.  وقتی هر گروهی بدون در نظر گرفتن آسایش همسایگانش تنها به رفاه خود ‌اندیشد و یا منافع اقتصادی را بدون توجّه به تأثیرش بر محیط زیست که تأمین‌کنندۀ معاش همگان است دنبال ‌کند، حیات جمعی نوع بشر است که دست‌خوش آسیب می‌شود.  پس مانعی سرسخت در راه پیشرفت هدف‌مند اجتماعی قرار دارد:  حرص و منفعت‌طلبی شخصی اغلب بر رفاه همگانی غلبه می‌یابد.  ثروت در مقادیری وجداناً نامعقول اندوخته می‌شود و بی‌ثباتی حاصل از آن بر اثر توزیع نامتعادلِ درآمد و امکانات، هم در بین ملّت‌ها و هم در درون ملّت‌ها، وخیم‌تر‌ می‌گردد.  امّا اوضاع الزاماً نباید چنین باشد.  هرچند چنین شرایطی دست‌آورد تاریخ است ولی نباید مسیر آینده را تعیین کند و حتّی اگر رویکردهای اقتصادی رایج جوابگوی نیازمندی‌های مرحلۀ نوجوانی نوع بشر بوده است قطعاً برای رفع احتیاجات دوران طلوع عصر بلوغ او نارسا خواهد بود.  هیچ دلیلی برای تداوم بخشیدن به ساختارها، قوانین، و سیستم‌هایی که آشکارا از تأمین منافع همگان عاجز است قابل توجیه نیست.  تعالیم دیانت بهائی جایی برای شک و شبهه باقی نگذاشته است که کسب، توزیع و استفاده از ثروت و منابع، بُعدی اخلاقی در بر دارد.
تنش‌های حاصل از فرایند طویل‌ المدّتِ انتقال از جهانی پراختلاف به جهانی متّحد در روابط بین‌المللی و هم‌چنین در عمیق‌تر شدن شکاف‌هایی که بر جوامع بزرگ و کوچک اثر می‌گذارد احساس می‌شود.  با مشاهدۀ نقص گسترده در شیوه‌های فکری متداول، عالم بشری به شدّت نیازمند یک نظام اخلاقی مشترک است یعنی یک چارچوب قابل اعتماد برای حلّ و فصل بحران‌هایی که هم‌چون ابرهای طوفان‌زا غلیظ‌تر می‌گردد.  بینش حضرت بهاءالله بسیاری از پیش‌فرض‌هایی را که مجازند گفتمان معاصر را شکل ‌‌دهند به چالش می‌کشد از جمله اینکه منفعت‌طلبی شخصی مروّج رفاه است و نه تنها نباید به هیچ وجه محدود شود بلکه ابراز آن از طریق رقابت‌های بی‌امان شرط پیشرفت می‌باشد.  افکار بهائی با سنجش ارزش افراد بر حسب میزان ثروتی که می‌توانند ذخیره کنند و یا بر اساس مقدار کالای بیشتری که نسبت به دیگران می‌توانند مصرف نمایند مطلقاً سازگاری ندارد.  امّا از سوی دیگر تعالیم بهائی با نفی همه‌جانبۀ ثروت و آن را ذاتاً نامطبوع و غیر اخلاقی شمردن موافق نیست و ریاضت را نیز منع می‌نماید.  ثروت باید به بشریّت خدمت کند، استفاده از آن ‌باید با اصول روحانی هم‌خوان باشد، و سیستم‌ها در پرتو این اصول باید ایجاد شود.  به فرمودۀ حضرت بهاءالله، "هیچ نوری به نور عدل معادله نمی‌نماید.  آنست سبب نظم عالم و راحت امم."
هرچند حضرت بهاءالله در آثار مبارکۀ خود جزئیّات یک نظام اقتصادی را ارائه نفرموده‌اند ولی سازمان‌دهی مجدّد و اصلاح جامعۀ بشری موضوعی است که به کرّات در تعالیم آن حضرت آمده است.  بررسی این موضوع ناگزیر مسائل اقتصادی را مطرح می‌سازد.  البتّه نظم آیندۀ مورد نظر حضرت بهاءالله به مراتب فراتر از تصوّرات نسل حاضر است.  با این حال ظهور نهایی‌ این نظم بستگی به جهد بلیغ پیروان آن حضرت در راه اجرای تعالیم الهی در عصر حاضر دارد.  با توجّه به این نکته امیدواریم توضیحات زیر موجب تأمّل اندیش‌مندانه و مستمرّ احبّای عزیز گردد.  هدف آن است که بیاموزیم چگونه می‌توان به روشی مطابق با اوامر الهی در امور مادّی اجتماع مشارکت نمود و چگونه در عمل می‌توان رفاه جمعی را از طریق عدالت و سخاوت، همکاری و مساعدتِ متقابل ترویج داد.
دعوت این جمع برای بررسی مفاهیم آثار حضرت بهاءالله راجع به زندگی اقتصادی اگرچه مؤسّسات و جوامع بهائی را نیز در بر می‌گیرد ولی علی‌الخصوص خطاب به افراد احبّا می‌باشد.  اگر قرار است الگوی جدیدی از حیات جامعه بر اساس تعالیم ظاهر گردد آیا جمع مؤمنین نباید در زندگی خود آن صداقتی را که از جمله خصوصیّات برجستۀ آن الگو است از خود نشان دهند؟  هر گزینه‌ای که یک فرد بهائی — به عنوان کارمند یا کارفرما، تولید‌کننده یا مصرف‌کننده، وام دهنده یا وام گیرنده، نیکوکار یا ذی‌نفع — انتخاب می‌کند اثری بر جا می‌گذارد و وظیفۀ اخلاقیِ داشتن یک زندگی منسجم چنین ایجاب می‌نماید که تصمیمات اقتصادی فرد با آرمان‌های متعالی او مطابقت داشته باشد و خلوص اهداف او با خلوص عمل او در راه تحقّق آن اهداف توأم باشد.  احبّا طبیعتاً طبق روال همیشگی برای تعیین معیار عمل ناظر به تعالیم الهی هستند.  امّا تعامل فزاینده و عمیق‌تر جامعۀ بهائی با اجتماع به این معنا است که بُعد اقتصادی حیات اجتماعی باید مستمرّاً مورد توجّه بیشتری قرار گیرد.  نصایح مندرج در آثار بهائی باید به نحو فزاینده‌ای الهام‌بخش روابط اقتصادی در خانواده‌ها، محلّه‌ها، و مردم‌ها باشد به خصوص در محدوده‌های جغرافیایی که فرایند جامعه‌سازی نفوس بسیاری را در بر‌ می‌گیرد.  احبّا هر جا که ساکنند باید ورای ارزش‌های رایج در نظم کنونی محیط‌شان به اجرای تعالیم الهی در زندگی روزمرّه توجّه نمایند و با استفاده از فرصت‌های مقتضی کمک‌های فردی و جمعی خود را در جهت عدالت اقتصادی و پیشرفت اجتماعی در محلّ سکونت خویش ارائه دهند.  چنین کوشش‌هایی موجب رشد روزافزون دانش در این زمینه خواهد شد.
یک مفهوم بنیادی که در این زمینه باید مورد بررسی قرار گیرد کینونت و حقیقت روحانی نوع انسان است.  شرافت ذاتی هر فرد در آثار حضرت بهاءالله به صراحت تأکید شده و یکی از اصول اساسی معتقدات بهائی است و امید به آیندۀ نوع بشر بر آن استوار می‌باشد.  قابلیّت روح انسانی در تجلّی بخشیدن به کلّیّۀ اسماء و صفات خداوند رحیم، معطی و کریم به کرّات در آثار مبارکه تأیید شده است.  حیات اقتصادی عرصه‌ای برای ابراز صداقت، درست‌کاری، امانت، سخاوت و دیگر خصایص روح انسانی است.  فرد صرفاً یک واحد اقتصادی منفعت‌جو که می‌کوشد همواره سهم بیشتری از منابع مادّی جهان را به خود اختصاص دهد نیست.  حضرت بهاءالله تأکید می‌فرمایند که "فضل الانسان فی الخدمة و الکمال لا فی الزّینة و الثّروة و المال"، و نیز می‌فرمایند، "لا تصرفوا نقود اعمارکم النّفیسة فی المشتهیات النّفسیّة و لا تقتصروا الأمور علی منافعکم الشّخصیّة."  فرد با وقف خود برای خدمت به دیگران، در زندگی معنا و هدف می‌یابد و به ترقّی اجتماع کمک می‌کند.  حضرت عبدالبهاء در آغاز رسالۀ مدنیّه می‌فرمایند:
شرافت و مفخرت انسان در آن است که بین ملأ امکان منشأ خیری گردد.  در عالم وجود آیا نعمتی اعظم از آن متصوّر است که انسان چون در خود نگرد مشاهده کند که به توفیقات الهیّه سبب آسایش و راحت و سعادت و منفعت هیئت بشریّه است.  لا والله بلکه لذّت و سعادتی اتمّ و اکبر از این نه.
در پرتو این نکات است که بسیاری از فعّالیّت‌های اقتصادیِ به ظاهر معمولی به واسطۀ امکانات بالقوّه‌ای که در جهت آسایش و رفاه بشری فراهم می‌آورند اهمّیّت تازه‌ای می‌یابد.  حضرت عبدالبهاء می‌فرمایند، "هر نفسی باید کاری و کسبی و صنعتی پیش گیرد تا او بار دیگران را حمل نماید نه اینکه خود حمل ثقیل شود."  حضرت بهاءالله به فقرا تأکید می‌فرمایند که "همّت نمایند و به کسب مشغول شوند"، در حالی که به فرمودۀ مبارک صاحبان ثروت باید "به فقرا ناظر باشند".  حضرت عبدالبهاء تأیید می‌فرمایند که "غنا منتهای ممدوحیّت را داشته اگر به سعی و کوشش نفس خود انسان در تجارت و زراعت و صناعت به فضل الهی حاصل گردد و در امور خیریّه صرف شود."  در عین حال، کلمات مکنونه سرشار از هشدارهایی در بارۀ وسوسۀ خطرناک ثروت است که غنا "سدّیست محکم" میان طالب و مطلوب و عاشق و معشوق.  پس جای شگفتی نیست که حضرت بهاءالله مقام شخص ثروت‌مندی که غنا او را از وصول به ملکوت جاودانی منع ننموده می‌ستایند و‌ می‌فرمایند که "نور آن غنی اهل آسمان را روشنی بخشد چنانچه شمس اهل زمین را."  حضرت عبدالبهاء می‌فرمایند، "اگر شخصی عاقل و مدبّر تشبّث به وسایلی نماید که جمهور اهالی به ثروت و غنای کلّی برسند همّتی اعظم از این نه و عندالله اکبر مثوبات بوده و هست".  زیرا ثروت بسیار پسندیده است اگر "هیئت جمعیّت ملّت غنی باشد."  بررسی حیات شخصی به منظور تعیین مایحتاجِ ضروری و سپس ادای مشتاقانۀ تعهّد فردی در قبال حکم حقوق الله انضباطی است لازم که اولویّت‌های فرد را متعادل ساخته، اموال او را تطهیر کرده، و سبب می‌شود که سهم حقوق الله برای خیر عموم مصروف گردد.  اعتدال و قناعت، نیکوکاری و اخوّت، فداکاری و توکّل به قادر متعال از جمله خصایصی است که در همۀ احوال شایستۀ نفوس پرتقوا می‌باشد.
نیروهای مادّی‌گرا افکار کاملاً متضادّی رواج می‌دهد از جمله اینکه خوشحالی نتیجۀ کسب مستمرّ اموال است، فرد هر چه بیشتر داشته باشد بهتر است، نگرانی در بارۀ محیط زیست مربوط به زمانی دیگر است.  این ندا‌های فریبنده موجب تقویت نوعی حسّ فزاینده و قویّ خود مستحقّ‌بینی در فرد می‌شود، حسّی که با استفاده از ادبیّات عدالت و حقّ و حقوق در پنهان نمودن منفعت‌طلبی شخصی می‌کوشد.  بی‌تفاوتی نسبت به مشقّات دیگران امری عادی می‌شود در حالی که تفریحات و سرگرمی‌های پریشان‌کنندۀ ذهن حریصانه دنبال می‌گردد.  اثرات سست‌کنندۀ مادّی‌گرایی در هر فرهنگی رخنه می‌کند و بهائیان همگی واقف‌اند که چنانچه برای هشیار ماندن نسبت به این اثرات تلاش نکنند آنان نیز ممکن است ندانسته تا حدّی نگرشی مادّی‌گرا اتّخاذ کنند.  والدین باید با فراست آگاه باشند که کودکان حتّی در سنین خردسالگی هنجارهای محیط اطراف خود را جذب می‌کنند.  برنامۀ توان‌دهی روحانی به نوجوانان درایت متفکّرانه را در سنّی که کشش مادّی‌گرایی شدیدتر می‌شود تشویق و تقویت می‌نماید.  فرارسیدن دوران بزرگ‌سالی برای نسل جوان این مسئولیّت را به همراه می‌آورد که اجازه ندهند که پی‌گیری تعلّقات دنیوی چشم‌شان را به روی بی‌عدالتی و نیازمندی ببندد.  خصایص و نگرش‌هایی که دوره‌های مؤسّسۀ آموزشی از طریق مطالعۀ کلام الهی پرورش می‌دهند به مرور زمان به افراد در شناسایی تصوّرات باطلی کمک می‌کند که دنیای مادّی در هر مرحله از زندگی به کار می‌برد تا توجّه را از خدمت به سوی نفس امّاره سوق دهد.  و در نهایت مطالعۀ سیستماتیک کلام الهی و تفحّص در مفاهیم آن موجب آگاهی فردی نسبت به لزوم ادارۀ امور مادّی شخصی بر اساس تعالیم الهی می‌گردد.
دوستان عزیز:  وجود ثروت فاحش و فقر بی‌اندازه در جهان مسئله‌ای بیش از پیش غیر قابل توجیه می‌شود.  با تداوم نابرابری چنین به نظر می‌رسد که نظم موجود به خود اطمینانی ندارد و ارزش‌هایش زیر سؤال برده می‌شود.  رنج و عذابی که جهانی پرکشمکش باید در آینده با آن رو به رو شود هر چه باشد، ادعیۀ این جمع آن است که قادر متعال احبّای عزیز خود را مدد دهد تا بر هر مانعی در سر راه خود چیره شوند و به خدمت عالم انسانی موفّق گردند.  هر چقدر جامعۀ بهائی حضور گسترده‌تری در میان یک جمعیّت داشته باشد مسئولیّتش برای یافتن طرق رسیدگی به علل ریشه‌ای فقر در محیط اطرافش بیشتر خواهد بود.  اگرچه دوستان در مراحل اوّلیّۀ یادگیری در بارۀ چنین وظیفه‌ای و نحوۀ مشارکت در گفتمان‌های مربوطه هستند ولی فرایند جامعه‌سازی نقشۀ پنج‌ساله در همه‌ جا محیطی مطلوب به وجود می‌آورد تا در آن تدریجاً ولی مستمرّاً دانش و تجربه در بارۀ مقصد اعلای فعّالیّت‌های اقتصادی اندوخته شود.  امید چنان است که این تفحّص در سال‌های آینده و در بستر مسئولیّت طویل ‌المدّتِ تأسیس مدنیّتی الهی از ویژگی‌های بارز حیات جامعه، افکار مؤسّسات، و اقدامات فردی گردد.
[امضا:  بیت العدل اعظم]

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Chaos and confusion are daily increasing in the world. They will attain such intensity as to render the frame of mankind unable to bear them. Then will men be awakened and become aware that religion is the impregnable stronghold and the manifest light of the world, and its laws, exhortations and teachings the source of life on earth.

Quotes from Abdu’l-Bahá

(From a Tablet - translated from the Persian) [26]

let your thoughts be fixed upon ...

 "In one of the Tablets these words have been revealed: O people of God! Do not busy yourselves in your own concerns; let your thoughts be fixed  upon that which will rehabilitate the fortunes of mankind and sanctify the hearts and souls of men.
This can best be achieved through pure and holy deeds, through a virtuous life and a goodly behavior. Valiant acts will ensure the triumph of this Cause, and a saintly character will reinforce its power. Cleave unto righteousness, O people of Bahá!
This, verily, is the commandment which this wronged One hath given unto you, and the first choice of His unrestrained Will for every one of you."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh P.94