Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February 18th in Baha'i History

1933 – Cablegram from the Guardian

 Repeated evidences American believers sleepless vigilance courageous loyalty exemplary self-sacrifice established them in every Bahá'í heart as champion builders World Order Bahá'u'lláh. Founders of our Faith well pleased tokens their wise stewardship 'Abdu'l-Bahá proud of their valor Greatest Holy Leaf radiant with joy at their fidelity.
SHOGHI. (Received February 18, 1933.)                 (Shoghi Effendi, Extracts from the USBN)

1945 - Bahá'ís Often Each Other's Greatest Test

"Perhaps the greatest test Bahá'ís are ever subjected to is from each other; but for the sake of the Master they should be ever ready to overlook each other's mistakes, apologize for harsh words they have uttered, forgive and forget. He strongly recommends to you this course of action."
(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, February 18, 1945; Living the Life, p. 12)(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 600)

1947 – Mysterious power latent in this Divine Cause

 It shows that wherever and whenever the friends arise to serve, the mysterious power latent in this Divine Cause rushes in to bless and reinforce their labours far beyond their fondest hopes.
(Dated 18 February 1947 to an individual believer)(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 222)

1954 - Through the Search for God, We Become Acquainted with Ourselves

"The more we search for ourselves, the less likely we are to find ourselves; and  the more we search for God, and to serve our fellow-men, the more profoundly will we become acquainted with ourselves, and the more inwardly assured. This is one of the great spiritual laws of life."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 18, 1954) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 114)

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