Friday, January 31, 2014

Whatever God hath willed hath been, and that which He hath not willed shall not be.




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Baha'i Scripture

Protect me, O my Lord, from every evil that Thine omniscience perceiveth, inasmuch as there is no power nor strength but in Thee, no triumph is forthcoming save from Thy presence, and it is Thine alone to command. Whatever God hath willed hath been, and that which He hath not willed shall not be.

There is no power nor strength except in God, the Most Exalted, the Most Mighty.

- The Bab

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 131)

Is there any Remover of difficulties save God?

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Baha'i Scripture

Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!

- The Báb

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 27)

January 31st in Baha'i History



Scripture Above:

He it was Whom Thou hast determined to be the Herald of Thy Most Great Revelation and the Announcer of Thy Most Ancient Splendor.

(Baha'u'llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah, p. 128)


1899 - Arrival of the Báb's remains in the Holy Land.

Assisted by another believer, Haji Shah Muhammad buried the casket beneath the floor of the inner sanctuary of the shrine of Imam-Zadih Zayd, where it lay undetected until Mirza Asadu'llah-i-Isfahani was informed of its exact location through a chart forwarded to him by Bahá'u'lláh. Instructed by Bahá'u'lláh to conceal it elsewhere, he first removed the remains to his own house in Tihran, after which they were deposited in several other localities such as the house of Husayn-'Aliy-i-Isfahani and that of Muhammad-Karim-i-'Attar, where they remained hidden until the year 1316 (1899) A.H., when, in pursuance of directions issued by 'Abdu'l-Bahá, this same Mirza Asadu'llah, together with a number of other believers, transported them by way of Isfahan, Kirmanshah, Baghdad and Damascus, to Beirut and thence by sea to 'Akká, arriving at their destination on the 19th of the month of Ramadan 1316 A.H. (January 31, 1899), fifty lunar years after the Báb's execution in Tabriz.

            (Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 274)



1983 - The Universal House of Justice takes up its permanent seat.



1985 – UHJ Explains the Lesser Peace and The Most Great Peace
Bahá'u'lláh's principal mission in appearing at this time in human history is the realization of the oneness of mankind and the establishment of peace among the nations; therefore, all the forces which are focused on accomplishing these ends are influenced by His Revelation. We know, however, that peace will come in stages. First, there will come the Lesser Peace, when the unity of nations will be achieved, then gradually the Most Great Peace -- the spiritual as well as social and political unity of mankind, when the Bahá'í World Commonwealth, operating in strict accordance with the laws and ordinances of the Most Holy Book of the Bahá'í Revelation, will have been established through the efforts of the Baha’I’s.
As to the Lesser Peace, Shoghi Effendi has explained that this will initially be a political unity arrived at by decision of the governments of various nations; it will not be established by direct action of the Bahá'í community. This does not mean, however, that the Bahá'ís are standing aside and waiting for the Lesser Peace to come before they do something about the peace of mankind. Indeed, by promoting the principles of the Faith, which are indispensable to the maintenance of peace, and by fashioning the instruments of the Bahá'í Administrative Order, which we are told by the beloved Guardian is the pattern for future society, the Bahá'ís are constantly engaged in laying the groundwork for a permanent peace, the Most Great Peace being their ultimate goal.
The Lesser Peace itself will pass through stages; at the initial stage the governments will act entirely on their own without the conscious involvement of the Faith; later on, in God's good time, the Faith will have a direct influence on it in ways indicated by Shoghi Effendi in his "The Goal of a New World Order". In connection with the steps that will lead to this latter stage, the Universal House of Justice will certainly determine what has to be done, in accordance with the guidance in the Writings, such as the passage you quoted from "Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh", page 89. In the meantime, the Bahá'ís will undoubtedly continue to do all in their power to promote the establishment of peace.
UHJ (31 January 1985 to an individual believer) [76] Compilation: Peace


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Erelong shall the snow-white hand of God rend an opening through the darkness of this night




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Baha'i Scripture

"...they have hidden Me behind a veil of darkness, whose fabric they have woven with the hands of idle fancy and vain imagination. Erelong shall the snow-white hand of God rend an opening through the darkness of this night and unlock a mighty portal unto His City. On that Day shall the people enter therein by troops, uttering what the blamers aforetime exclaimed,48 that there shall be made manifest in the end that which appeared in the beginning.

(Baha'u'llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 134)

Remember not your own limitations...

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Baha'i Scripture

Remember not your own limitations; the help of God will come to you. Forget yourself. God's help will surely come!  When you call on the Mercy of God waiting to reinforce you, your strength will be tenfold.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 38)


January 30th in Baha'i History


From a storefront in the Bowery in Manhattan, NYC during the depression


1845 - From Mecca the Báb proceeded to Medina. It was the first day of the month of Muharram, in the year 1261 A.H. when He found Himself on the way to that holy city.

1926 - Martha Root's first interview with Queen Marie of Romania

A note which Martha Root, upon her arrival in Bucharest, sent to her Majesty and a copy of "Baha'u'llah and the New Era," which accompanied the note, and which so absorbed the Queen's attention that she continued reading it into the small hours of the morning, led, two days later, to the Queen's granting Martha Root an audience, on January 30, 1926, in Controceni Palace in Bucharest, in the course of which her Majesty avowed her belief that "these teachings are the solution for the world's problems"; and from these followed her publication, that same year on her own initiative, of those three epoch-making testimonies which appeared in nearly two hundred newspapers of the United States and Canada, and which were subsequently translated and published in Europe, China, Japan, Australia, the Near East and the Islands of the seas.  God Passes By p.278

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love


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Baha'i Scripture

O FRIEND!
In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.

(Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

January 29th in Baha'i History




1982 – Universal House of Justice Call For a Day of Prayer for the Bahá'ís of Iran; Inviting Sympathetic Organizations and Individuals 

(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 532)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Be calm, be strong, be grateful...

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Baha'i Scripture

Be calm, be strong, be grateful, and become a lamp full of light, that the darkness of sorrows be annihilated, and that the sun of everlasting joy arise from the dawning-place of heart and soul, shining brightly

(Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v2, p. 405)

January 28th in Baha'i History

The Guardian's Grave site in Englans

1919 - Abdul-Baha – Letter to Grace Holley – translated by Shoghi Effendi -

Mrs. Grace Holley; Visalia, California,
Upon her be Baha'o'l Abha!

O, maid-servant of God!

If at every instant thou tenderest thy thanks to Mrs. Brittingham, thou shalt not be able to acquit thyself, for she has been the cause of thy everlasting life and the means of thy being born again. Christ in that connection says:- "The one who is borne of flesh is flesh and the one borne from spirit is spirit, ye must be borne again."

Thou hast been born of the Spirit and hast entered the Kingdom of God. What bestowal is there greater than this? Ever remember it. Strive thou similarly to become the cause of other people's life so that the splendour of the Oneness of the world of Humanity may enlighten the eyes.

Kiss thou the cheeks of thy dear children on my behalf.

Upon thee be Baha'o'llah El-Abha!

(Signed [in English])

Translated by Shoghi Rabbani, January 28, 1919.
Home of Abdul Baha, Haifa, Palestine.

This tablet can be found on line here  in Baha'i Library

Monday, January 27, 2014

Let your reliance be on the remembrance of God...


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Baha'i Scripture

Delight not yourselves in the things of the world and its vain ornaments, neither set your hopes on them. Let your reliance be on the remembrance of God, the Most Exalted, the Most Great.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 127)

The reality of Divinity is like an endless ocean.

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Baha'i Scripture


The reality of Divinity is like an endless ocean.

(Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 378)

January 27th in Baha'i History



Baha'i House of Worship in Samoa

1952 -   He thinks it would be wiser for the Bahá'ís to use the Meditations given by Bahá'u'lláh, and not any set form of meditation recommended by someone else; but the believers must be left free in these details and allowed to have personal latitude in finding their own level of communion with God.
(27 January 1952 to an individual believer) Compilation: Importance of Prayer, Meditation, and the Devotional Attitude #1782)

1979 - Foundation Stone Ceremony, site of future House of Worship, Western Samoa, with His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A fragrant breath of thanksgiving...

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Baha'i Scripture

From field and meadow rises a fragrant breath of thanksgiving like pure incense ascending to the throne of God. The world has become a new world; souls are quickened, spirits renewed, refreshed. Truly it is a time for happiness.

(Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 210)

The bench shown is "Abdul-Baha's bench in Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN. This was placed by the Friends to commemorate His visit in 1912 to this Park. The bench is inscribed with a Baha'i Prayer ...





January 26th in Baha'i History

Baha'i Temple in Apia, Samoa

1950 -  He urges you not to be discouraged or depressed, but rest assured that Bahá'u'lláh will assist you. Every set-back this Cause receives is invariably a means of ensuring a future victory, for God will never permit His Faith to be put out or uprooted.
(In a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, 26 January 1950 to the Local Spiritual Assembly of Panama)
Compilation: Crisis and Victory

1987 - Death of Universal House of Justice member Charles Wolcott
for a brief biography please click here.

To view a great tribute to this Oscar nominated Musician (Disney films) please click here
There is a great version of Blessed is the Spot.

2000 - Death of Adib Taherzadeh, prominent Bahá’í, author and member of the Universal House of Justice
for a brief biography please click here.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 25th in Baha'i History




1926 - Death of Edward Granville Browne

For a biography by Moojan Momen click here.

Just two years before His death, Bahá'u'lláh received at Bahji one of the few Westerners to meet Him, and the only one to leave a written account of the experience. The visitor was Edward Granville Browne, a rising young orientalist from Cambridge University, whose attention had originally been attracted by the dramatic history of the Báb and His heroic band of followers. Of his meeting with Bahá'u'lláh, Browne wrote:
Though I dimly suspected whither I was going and whom I was to behold (for no distinct intimation had been given to me), a second or two elapsed ere, with a throb of wonder and awe, I became definitely conscious that the room was not untenanted. In the corner where the divan met the wall sat a wondrous and venerable figure... The face of him on whom I gazed I can never forget, though I cannot describe it. Those piercing eyes seemed to read one's very soul; power and authority sat on that ample brow... No need to ask in whose presence I stood, as I bowed myself before one who is the object of a devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain! A mild dignified voice bade me be seated, and then continued: --

"Praise be to God that thou hast attained!...Thou hast come to see a prisoner and an exile...We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment...That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled -- what harm is there in this?...Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the 'Most great Peace' shall come..."

            (Baha'i International Community, 1992 May 29, Statement on Baha'u'llah, p. 27)
Balyuzi tells us that the collection of Browne’s papers in the University Library at Cambridge holds twelve letters written to him by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the time-period 1890-1913.   The author gives us some glimmerings of the eternal truths which the Master shared with Professor Browne:
The bonds of amity between them, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá writes, are so strong that ‘absence is the same as presence’, and distance no bar to the hearts. He had always, He says, brought to remembrance ‘the days of our consorting’. He expresses the hope that they would meet once again. Time was too short, He states, to explain adequately the principles, the purposes, the conduct of the Faith, but He counts on the perspicacity and the intelligence of that ‘spiritual companion’ to comprehend the truth of the matter. He advises Browne to aim high and be rid of small nationalism, for whatever is of limited, local consequence is human- bound, and whatever benefits the world of man is celestial (p.98).

(Balyuzi, Edward Granville Browne and the Baha’I Faith) and this blog. To read further please click here.


1943 - There are no set forms of meditation prescribed in the teachings, no plan, as such, for inner development. The friends are urged -- nay enjoined -- to pray, and they also should meditate, but the manner of doing the latter is left entirely to the individual.  The inspiration received through meditation is of a nature that one cannot measure or determine. God can inspire into our minds things that we had no previous knowledge of, if He desires to do so.

(25 January 1943 to the believers)

                (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 240 #1771)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Say; God sufficeth all things above all things....

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Baha'i Scripture

Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent.

- The Bab

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 27)

January 24th in Baha'i History



1940 - May Ellis Maxwell leaves NYC on the Steamship Brazil – headed to pioneer in South America. She dies 6 weeks later in Buenos Aires.

....., the words always to remember, were cabled by Shoghi Effendi: " 'Abdu'l-Bahá's beloved handmaid, distinguished disciple May Maxwell (is) gathered (into the) glory (of the) Abhá Kingdom. Her earthly life, so rich, eventful, incomparably blessed, (is) worthily ended. To sacred tie her signal services had forged, (the) priceless honor (of a) martyr's death (is) now added. (A) double crown deservedly won. (The) Seven-Year Plan, particularly (the) South American campaign, derive fresh impetus (from the) example (of) her glorious sacrifice. Southern outpost (of) Faith greatly enriched through association (with) her historic resting-place destined remain (a) poignant reminder (of the) resistless march (of the) triumphant army (of) Bahá'u'lláh. Advise believers (of) both Americas (to) hold befitting memorial gathering."

                (Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, p. 38)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Know thou that the Kingdom is the real world

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Baha'i Scripture

Know thou that the Kingdom is the real world, and this nether place is only its shadow stretching out. A shadow hath no life of its own; its existence is only a fantasy, and nothing more; it is but images reflected in water, and seeming as pictures to the eye.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 177)

January 23rd in Baha'i History





23 Jan 1872 Murder of Siyyid Muhammad (the one who had constantly manipulated Mírzá Yahyá into his cowardly acts), Aqá Ján Big and another companion Covenant-breaker in 'Akká in retaliation for their persecutions. Bahá'u'lláh had forbidden any act of retaliation, but seven of His tormented companions succumbed. An army of men descended upon the Bahá'ís. The seven guilty men were confined for several years. The remainder were confined for six months. The distress caused to Bahá'u'lláh of this event was immeasurable: "That which can make Me ashamed is the conduct of such of My followers as profess to love Me".


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

All men are his brothers....


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Baha'i Scripture

When a man turns his face to God he finds sunshine everywhere. All men are his brothers

(Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 15)

January 22nd in Baha'i History




1844 - It was on the first day of Muharram, in the year 1260 A.H. that Mulla Husayn came back to Karbila. He cheered and strengthened the disconsolate disciples of his beloved chief, reminded them of his unfailing promise, and pleaded for unrelaxing vigilance and unremitting effort in their search for the concealed Beloved. (The Dawn-Breakers, p. 47)

1944-. The Guardian hopes that along with whatever other studies you take up, you will continually study the teachings and endeavour to acquire a profound knowledge of them. The importance of young Bahá'ís becoming thoroughly steeped in every branch of the teachings cannot be overemphasized, as they have great teaching tasks ahead of them to accomplish.

(22 January 1944 to an individual believer)

(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 431 #2274)

1955 - It is better to have one Bahá'í who understands the Teachings and is wholeheartedly convinced of their truth, than a number of Bahá'ís, who are not well aware of the Cause, and deep-rooted in the Covenant.

(From a letter dated 22 January 1955 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)

(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 319 #1988)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Let your heart burn with loving kindness

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Baha'i Scripture

"let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path . . ."
Abdul-Baha

(H.M. Balyuzi, Abdu'l-Baha - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 160)

January 21st in Baha'i History



1913 - Abdul-Baha Leaves London for Paris
He sailed, on the S.S. Celtic, on December 5, from New York for Liverpool; and landing there He proceeded by train to London. Later He visited Oxford, Edinburgh and Bristol, and thence returning to London, left for Paris on January 21, 1913. - God Passes By p.200



1914 – the passing of Mirza Abu'l-Fadl

For a great biography plus details of his passing click here

Mirza Muhammad, who is known to Bahá'ís as Mirza Abu'l-Fadl or Mirza Abu'l-Fada'il, was born in 1844 into a family of religious scholars in Gulpaygan. He studied the Islamic sciences, becoming well versed in both the traditional transmitted branches of knowledge as well as the rational philosophic branches. He studied at Karbila, Najaf and Isfahan and eventually became the head of a religious college, the Madrisiy-i-Madar-i-Shah (the religious college of the Mother of the Shah). The story of his introduction to the Bahá'í Faith through a humble blacksmith is well known to Bahá'ís. The confirmation of his belief came in 1876 after a period of studying the Writings of the Faith and seeing the prophecies of Bahá'u'lláh come true.

His conversion led to his dismissal from his post and imprisonment for five months. He then became the secretary of Manakji Sahib, the Zoroastrian agent in Tihran. In December 1882 he was arrested, together with a large number of Bahá'ís of Tihran, and was in prison for twenty-two months. After this he began extensive travels throughout Iran. It was principally through his writings that the Bahá'í Faith was presented to the Jews of Iran in such a way as to bring a large number of them into the Bahá'í fold. In 1888 he travelled to 'Ishqabad and later to Samarqand and Bukhara. In 1894 he spent ten months in the presence of 'Abdu'l-Bahá in 'Akká and then on the instructions of 'Abdu'l-Bahá proceeded to Cairo, where he settled for a number of years and was successful in converting some of the students of the foremost institution of learning of the Sunni world, al-Azhar. Between 1900 and 1904 he travelled to Paris and the United States where his talks and his writings enabled the nascent Bahá'í communities to gain a clearer understanding of the tenets of the Faith. He then lived in Beirut and Cairo until his death in the latter city on 21 January 1914 (Eminent Baha’is in the Time of Baha’u’llah, p.264)


1923 - Birth of Brigitte Lundblade, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to the Shetland Islands

Please read a quick biography of Brigitte Lundblade here

1949 – The Guardian has an interview with Ben Gurion.

The interview took place on Friday evening, 21 January, in the private home the Prime Minister was staying in on Mt Carmel and lasted about fifteen minutes. Ben Gurion inquired about the Faith and Shoghi Effendi's relation to it and asked if there was a book he could read; Shoghi Effendi answered his questions and assured him he would send him a copy of his own book God Passes By - which he later did, and which was acknowledged with thanks. (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 289)

Monday, January 20, 2014

So powerful is the light of unity..


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Baha'i Scripture

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 288)


Tread ye the path of justice


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Baha'i Scripture

Tread ye the path of justice, for this, verily, is the straight path.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 250)


The tabernacle of unity....

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Baha'i Scripture

The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 218)

Ye are the fruits of one tree....


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Baha'i Scripture

The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 218)

January 20th in Baha'i History



1986 – First observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day – UHJ advises that this is worthy of the Friends support:

The House of Justice has asked us to call your attention to Dr King for these reasons. His widow, Mrs Coretta Scott King, a non-Bahá'í, has written to the House of Justice that a national public holiday has been officially designated in the United States in honour of Dr King. She intends to make an appeal that on 20 January 1986, the first observance of this holiday, "nations and liberation movements all over the world cease all violent actions, seek amnesty and reconciliation both within and outside of their national boundaries, and encourage all of their citizens to recommit themselves to work for international peace, universal justice and the elimination of hunger and poverty in the world." The House of Justice feels that Mrs King has a noble intention to which the friends can lend their moral and spiritual support. Since the date on which action is desired falls within the International Year of Peace, Spiritual Assemblies may consider holding peace conferences on 20 January, or close to that date, and naturally include in the presentations at these conferences references to the life and work of Dr King. An alternative might be to devote the Bahá'í programmes on World Religion Day, 19 January, to peace and on these occasions pay tribute to Dr King. (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 675)

1922 - Birth of Roy Fernie, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to the Gilbert and Ellis Islands.

Please read a quick biography of Roy Fernie here.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

How cans't thou go astray?

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Baha'i Scripture

34. O SON OF SPIRIT!
The spirit of holiness beareth unto thee the joyful tidings of reunion; wherefore dost thou grieve? The spirit of power confirmeth thee in His cause; why dost thou veil thyself? The light of His countenance doth lead thee; how canst thou go astray?

(Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)


Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words



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Baha'i Scripture

Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 136)

Man is in reality a spiritual being....

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Baha'i Scripture

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.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 72)

Give us our daily bread


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Baha'i Scripture

Lord! Pitiful are we, grant us Thy favor; poor, bestow upon us a share from the ocean of Thy wealth; needy, do Thou satisfy us; abased, give us Thy glory. The fowls of the air and the beasts of the field receive their meat each day from Thee, and all beings partake of Thy care and loving-kindness.

Deprive not this feeble one of Thy wondrous grace and vouchsafe by Thy might unto this helpless soul Thy bounty.

Give us our daily bread, and grant Thine increase in the necessities of life, that we may be dependent on none other but Thee, may commune wholly with Thee, may walk in Thy ways and declare Thy mysteries. Thou art the almighty and the Loving and the Provider of all mankind.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 21)

January 19th in Baha'i History




2000 - Rúhíyyih Khánum passes,
representing the last remnant of the family of Bahá’u’lláh who remained loyal to Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice.

On 19 January 2000, a message from the Universal House of Justice announced:


In the early hours of this morning, the soul of Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum, beloved consort of Shoghi Effendi and the Bahá'í world's last remaining link with the family of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, was released from the limitations of this earthly existence.... Her twenty years of intimate association with Shoghi Effendi evoked from his pen such accolades as "my helpmate', 'my shield', 'my tireless collaborator in the arduous tasks I shoulder'...." (Commissioned by The Universal House of Justice, Century of Light, p. 142)

48. O SON OF MAN!
For everything there is a sign. The sign of love is fortitude under My decree and patience under My trials.

(Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)


1935 -  The Use of the term Son in the Hidden Words
...concerning those passages in "The Hidden Words" in which Baha’u’llah refers to man as "Son of Spirit", "Son of existence", "Son of humanity", etc., the word "son" used in this connection is a kind of collective noun meaning mankind and has, therefore, no connotation of any sex differentiation between man and woman whatever.
(From a letter dated 19 January 1935 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)
A Compilation of Writings about the Hidden Words #6



19 January 1973 - Announcement of the Completion of the Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (The Universal House of Justice, Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1968-1973, p. 104)

You can read the THE KITÁB-I-AQDAS by clicking here

Please go this page on the Most Holy Book to find out more

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Words of Peace




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Baha'i Scripture


THE MOST GREAT PEACE

Today there is no greater glory for man than that of service in the cause of the "Most Great Peace." Peace is light whereas war is darkness. Peace is life; war is death. Peace is guidance; war is error. Peace is the foundation of God; war is satanic institution. Peace is the illumination of the world of humanity; war is the destroyer of human foundations. When we consider outcomes in the world of existence we find that peace and fellowship are factors of upbuilding and betterment whereas war and strife are the causes of destruction and disintegration. All created things are expressions of the affinity and cohesion of elementary substances, and non-existence is the absence of their attraction and agreement. Various elements unite harmoniously in composition but when these elements become discordant, repelling each other, decomposition and non-existence result. Everything partakes of this nature and is subject to this principle, for the creative foundation in all its degrees and kingdoms is an expression or outcome of love. Consider the restlessness and agitation of the human world today because of war. Peace is health and construction; war is disease and dissolution. When the banner of truth is raised, peace becomes the cause of the welfare and advancement of the human world.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 231)

Let God be your fear...

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Let God be your fear, O people, and be ye of them that tread the path of righteousness.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 275)

And the religion of God is absolute love and unity...

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And the religion of God is absolute love and unity.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 245)



Supremely lofty will be thy station

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Supremely lofty will be thy station, if thou remainest steadfast in the Cause of thy Lord.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 245)

O God Refresh and gladden my spirit....

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O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 150)

In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love

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3. O FRIEND!
In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.

(Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

January 18th in Baha'i History



January 18th 1980 - Release of a Compilation on Divorce

The Universal House of Justice has noted with increasing concern that the undisciplined attitude of present-day society towards divorce is reflected in some parts of the Bahá'í World Community. Our Teachings on this subject are clear and in direct contrast to the loose and casual attitude of the "permissive society," and it is vital that the Bahá'í Community practice these Teachings.
In order to help the believers appreciate the need to preserve the sacred marital bond, the Research Department has, at the instruction of the House of Justice, prepared a compilation of texts on the reprehensibility of divorce in the light of our Teachings. …
With loving Bahá'í greetings, - Department of the Secretariat

Bahá'u'lláh, as you have mentioned, abhors divorce, and therefore the Bahá'ís should do their utmost to preserve their marriage which is a divinely ordained institution. But, as divorce is not prohibited in the Faith, and as it is a personal matter, the Universal House of Justice does not wish to interfere in such cases.

Written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, October 4, 1978, quoted in a letter from the Universal House of Justice dated May 17, 1988

(Compilations, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Baha'i Communities)


January 18, 2001: The announcement is made that 9 Baha'is have been placed under arrest in Egypt.

Click here to read a History of the Faith in Egypt

Friday, January 17, 2014

January 17th in Baha'i History




1908 - Birth of Ruth Katharine Meyer, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh, named for pioneering to Margarita Island.

17 January 1979 -the fall of the Shah
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 476)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 16th in Baha'i History



1922  the Greatest Holy Leaf cabled news of the Guardianship to the Bahá'ís of the United States.

On January 16th she cabled: "In Will Shoghi Effendi appointed Guardian of Cause and Head of House of Justice. Inform American friends." In spite of the fact that from the very beginning Shoghi Effendi exhibited both a tactful and masterful hand in dealing with the problems that continually faced him, he leaned very heavily on the Greatest Holy Leaf, whose character, station and love for him made her at once his support and his refuge.


1984 - Hardship and Privation, Frustration and Despair Shall Encompass the People...

"Know thou that hardship and privation shall increase day by day, and the people shall thereby be afflicted. The doors of joy and happiness shall be closed on all sides, and terrible wars shall occur. Frustration and despair shall encompass the people until they are forced to turn to the One True God. Then will the light of most joyful tidings so illumine the horizons that the cry of 'Ya Baha'u'l-Abha' will be raised from every direction. This shall come to pass."


(Abdu'l-Bahá: from a Tablet to Isabella D. Brittingham, Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era, p. 248, Wilmette 1980, corrected in a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to all National Spiritual Assemblies, January 16, 1984) Lights of Guidance Part 3 #438

16 Jan, 2001 The Universal House of Justice announces that,the Bahá'í Faith now enters the fifth epoch of the Formative Age.



January 14 to 16, 2001 the dedication of the seat of the International Teaching Center.