Saturday, November 16, 2013

be as angels in the world, and beacons of light

Abdul-Baha – The Master

Pray to God that He may strengthen you in divine virtue, so that you may be as angels in the world, and beacons of light to disclose the mysteries of the Kingdom to those with understanding hearts. (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 61)

Nothing shall remain concealed: the olive oil, though stored within the deepest vault, shall one day burn in brightness from the lamp atop the beacon. The small shall be made great, and the powerless shall be given strength; they that are of tender age shall become the children of the Kingdom, and those that have gone astray shall be guided to their heavenly home. Abdul-Baha (From a Tablet- translated from the Persian)(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 154)

Shoghi Effendi – The Guardian

The more believers there are to stand forth as beacons in the darkness whenever that time does come, the better; hence the supreme importance of the teaching work at this time..." (From letter written on behalf of the Guardian to the National Spiritual Assembly of South and West Africa, July 9, 1957: Teaching the Masses, p. 11)                  (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 136)

As material affairs go from bad to worse in the world, the confidence, optimism, love, and hope of the believers will, by force of contrast, shine out as an ever brighter beacon, leading the people to the Path of Truth, the way laid down by God, which alone can guide them to the promise of the future. (Shoghi Effendi)(Compilations, Principles of Bahai Administration, p. 22)

The history of our Faith is full of records of the remarkable things achieved by really very simple, insignificant individuals, who became veritable beacons and towers of strength through having placed their trust in God, having arisen to proclaim His Message....(Dated 27 March 1945 to the National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles)(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 222)

The Universal House of Justice

The challenge for the Bahá'ís is to provide these thousands of seeking souls, as swiftly as possible, with the spiritual food that they crave, to enlist them under the banner of Bahá'u'lláh, to nurture them in the way of life He has revealed, and to guide them to elect Local Spiritual Assemblies which, as they begin to function strongly, will unite the friends in firmly consolidated Bahá'í communities and become beacons of guidance and havens of refuge to mankind. Letter from the Universal House of Justice, dated Naw-Ruz, 1979, to the Bahá'ís of the World, (Compilations, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Baha'i Communities)

Let him resolve so to deepen his knowledge of the Faith and so to increase his standards of self-sacrifice and dedication to the Cause as to play his part in building a community which will be worthy of this supreme bounty and which will be a beacon light to the peoples of this fear- wracked world. (The Universal House of Justice, Wellspring of Guidance, Messages 1963-1968, p. 29)

The life of a Bahá'í  will be characterized by truthfulness and decency; he will walk uprightly among his fellowmen, dependent upon none save God, yet linked by bonds of love and brotherhood with all mankind; he will be entirely detached from the loose standards, the decadent theories, the frenetic experimentation, the desperation of present-day society, will look upon his neighbours with a bright and friendly face and be a beacon light and a haven for all those who would emulate his strength of character and assurance of soul. (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 93)

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