Sunday, July 21, 2013

Teachings for the Prevention of War


Teachings for the Prevention of War

There have issued, from His mighty Pen,

 various teachings for the prevention of war,

And these have been scattered far and wide.

The first is the independent investigation of truth;

For blind imitation of the past will stunt the mind.

But once every soul inquireth into truth,

Society will be freed from the darkness

Of continually repeating the past.

(Abdul-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdul-Baha, p.248)


Note the quote in the photo is from a compilation on Peace, pg. 39 – In the source it says this quote was from (Extracts from interview with newspaper reporter, quoted in Abdu'l-Bahá in Canada" (Thornhill: Bahá'í Canada Publications, 1987), pp. 34-35) [42]

FELLOWSHIP

FELLOWSHIP

Jesus said:

 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.            Matthew 12:50 King James Version (KJV)


Baha’u’llah revealed:

O SON OF MY HANDMAID!

Wouldst thou seek the grace of the Holy Spirit, enter into fellowship with the righteous, for he hath drunk the cup of eternal life at the hands of the immortal Cup-bearer and even as the true morn doth quicken and illumine the hearts of the dead.                                                     (Hidden Words, Persian #58)


O MY SON!

The company of the ungodly increaseth sorrow, whilst fellowship with the righteous cleanseth the rust from off the heart. He that seeketh to commune with God, let him betake himself to the companionship of His loved ones; and he that desireth to hearken unto the word of God, let him give ear to the words of His chosen ones.                                                                                 (Hidden Words, Persian #56)

9 hindrances to overcome in practicing the Presence of the Spirit of God

9 hindrances to overcome in practicing the Presence of the Spirit of God

1)      Indifference – towards things of eternal value. All indifferences must be changed to love.

2)      Doubt – When we hesitate or willfully reject the truth. Doubt must be changed to faith.

3)      Waywardness – willfully wandering away from the right course of conduct. We must be steadfast in our purpose and aim.

4)      Restlessness – a too constant activity of body, mind and soul. This inner uneasiness must be changed to tranquility.

5)      Impatience – an unwillingness to suffer delays and opposition. Full spiritual perception can never be attained until this weakness is changed into the strength of patience.

6)      Discontent – with things that cannot be helped at the time.

7)      Irresolution – a lack of determination

8)      Ego -  Self exaltation – we must be self-less to become God-conscious.

9)      Ignorance – we are ignorant of many truths and facts. We must first gain a knowledge of God.  We gain this knowledge through His Manifestations.

(Doa On the Wings of Prayer by Ruth Moffett)


It is a goal to remove all of these..

I always long for this state described by Baha’u’llah in the Seven Valleys p.22


"A servant is drawn unto Me in prayer until I answer him; and when I have answered him, I become the ear wherewith he heareth…”

Saturday, July 20, 2013

9 ways in which man turns his heart to God or

PRACTICES THE SPIRITUAL PRESENCE

1)      Supplication – a humble, earnest entreaty, with a sense of dependence on something greater than ourselves.
2)      Compunction – an uneasiness of mind, arising from wrongdoing. The sting of conscience; a feeling of unworthiness.
3)      Aspiration – a longing for what is above ones present attainment – a vague longing for what is pure, noble, and spiritual.
4)      Intercession – prayer on behalf of others
5)      Gratitude – our sense of appreciation for favors and bounties received.
6)      Meditation – a state of reflection, pondering on statements of thoughts, ideas and principles about God.
7)      Oblation – sacrifice in worship
8)      Adoration – joyful, spontaneous uplift of deep feelings of love, admiration, awe and devotion.
9)      Communion – the “spirits conversation with God”, the longing of the soule to receive wisdom and light, to receive illumination from the Divine Spirit.

(DOA – On Wings of Prayer by Ruth Moffett)

Some Writings on Prayer

Ours should be the prayer that His blessings may be vouchsafed in still greater abundance, and ours to hold fast to such means as shall ensure a fuller outpouring of His grace and a greater measure of His divine assistance. (Selections from the Writings of Abdul-Baha p. 92)

Praise be to God, thy heart is engaged in the commemoration of God, thy soul is gladdened by the glad tidings of God and thou art absorbed in prayer. The state of prayer is the best of conditions, for man is then associating with God. Prayer verily bestoweth life, particularly when offered in private and at times, such as midnight, when freed from daily cares. (Selections from the Writings of Abdul-Baha p. 202)

Light

Light

Jesus said:
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16 King James Version (KJV)

 

Baha’u’llah said:

O SON OF BEING!
Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee.
Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me.
For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed My favor upon thee.


Hidden Words, Arabic #11

4 Qualities Baha'u'llah loved to see in people

The Blessed Beauty [Baha'u'llah] often remarked: 
"There are four qualities which I love to see manifested in people:

first, enthusiasm and courage:

second, a face wreathed in smiles and a radiant countenance:

third, that they see all things with their own eyes and not through the eyes of others:

fourth, the ability to carry a task , once begun, through to its end."

(Furutan, 'Ali-Akbar (compiler): Stories of Baha'u'llah, p.51)