Friday, February 28, 2014

February 28th in Baha'i History






1938 - Ringstone Inscription Explained

"The inscription upon the Bahá'í ringstone is the symbol of the Greatest Name, Baha who is the Manifestation of the essence of God. It is also symbolic of the three planes representing the World of God, the World of Revelation and the World of Creation."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to and individual believer, February 28, 1938)  270

(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 269)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

clouds of knowledge

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Baha'i Scripture

This is the Day whereon the All-Merciful hath come down in the clouds of knowledge, clothed with manifest sovereignty.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 44)

be detached from all that is in heaven and on earth.

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Baha'i Scripture

No man shall attain the shores of the ocean of true understanding except he be detached from all that is in heaven and on earth.


                (Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 3)


February 27th in Baha'i History





1938 - Personal effort is indeed a vital prerequisite to the recognition and acceptance of the Cause of God.
Personal effort is indeed a vital prerequisite to the recognition and acceptance of the Cause of God. No matter how strong the measure of Divine grace, unless supplemented by personal, sustained and intelligent effort it cannot become fully effective and be of any real and abiding advantage.

(From a letter dated 27 February 1938 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)                (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 7)

1943 - The friends must be patient with each other 
The friends must be patient with each other and must realize that the Cause is still in its infancy and its institutions are not yet functioning perfectly. The greater the patience, the loving understanding and the forbearance the believers show towards each other and their shortcomings, the greater will be the progress of the whole Bahá'í community at large.

(From a letter dated 27 February 1943 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer) 
 (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 9)




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

the ocean of true understanding

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Baha'i Scripture

One must guide mankind to the ocean of true understanding in a spirit of love and tolerance.

(Baha'u'llah, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 4)

Let each morn be better than its eve...

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Baha'i Scripture

Let each morn be better than its eve and each morrow richer than its yesterday.

(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 138)

February 26th in Baha'i History


Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!

INTERCALARY DAYS

(The Intercalary Days, February 26 to March 1, inclusive, should be days of preparation for the Fast, days of hospitality, charity and the giving of present.) 
                (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 235)

1933 - Baha'u'llah does not ask us to follow Him blindly

He does not ask us to follow Him blindly; as He says in one of His Tablets, God had endowed man with a mind to operate as a torchlight and guide him to truth. Read His words, consider His teachings, and measure their value in the light of contemporary problems and the truth will surely be revealed to you....

(26 February 1933 to an individual believer, published in "Bahá'í News" 80 (January 1934), p. 5) 
                (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 217)

1933 - How to divide our time


"The advice that Shoghi Effendi gave you regarding the division of your time between serving the Cause and attending to your other duties was also given to many other friends both by Bahá'u'lláh and the Master. It is a compromise between the two verses of the Aqdas one making it incumbent upon every Bahá'í to serve the promotion of the Faith and the other that every soul should be occupied in some form of occupation that will benefit society. In one of His Tablets Bahá'u'lláh says that the highest form of detachment in this day is to be occupied with some profession and be self-supporting. A good Bahá'í, therefore Is the one who so arranges his life as to devote time both to his material needs and also to the service of the Cause."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 26, 1933)  

                (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 624)





Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The shining spark of truth...

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Baha'i Scripture

The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 87)



Note: No animals were harmed whilst making this photograph.

Preserve them in the cave of Thy defence...


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Baha'i Scripture

Guard them by the eye of Thy protection, preserve them in the cave of Thy defence, deliver them from the grade of the contingent world, protect them during the violence of tests and trials, and assist them by a power from the breath of Thy Holy Spirit, in the world of existence!


                (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v2, p. 275)

February 25th in Baha'i History



Sea Gate at Akka.

1988 - One's conduct must be like the conduct of Paul, and one's faith similar to that of Peter.

In considering the relationship between St. Peter and St. Paul, one needs to bear in mind all of these various factors. High praise is accorded to them both in the Bahá'í Writings. A particularly pertinent statement by 'Abdu'l-Bahá appears on page 223 of the new publication Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá:
One's conduct must be like the conduct of Paul, and one's faith similar to that of Peter.

(25 February 1980, written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual) (The Universal House of Justice, 1998 Feb 22, Station of Paul)

Monday, February 24, 2014

the Garden of Search..

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Baha'i Scripture

Know thou of a truth that the seeker must, at the beginning of his quest for God, enter the Garden of Search.


(Baha'u'llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 22)

winds of the Abha Paradise are blowing..

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Baha'i Scripture

It is early morning, and the reviving winds of the Abha Paradise are blowing over all creation, but they can stir only the pure of heart, and only the pure sense can detect their fragrance.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 22)

February 24th in Baha'i History




1943 – …not merely words”

 Through example, loving fellowship, prayer, and kindness the friends can attract the hearts of such people and enable them to realize that this is the Cause of God in deed, not merely words!...

(From a letter dated 24 February 1943 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 311)

1947 -  The Teachings should be Conceived of as One Great Whole with many Facets

"He feels that many of the perplexities that arise in your mind could be dissipated if you always conceived of the teachings as one great whole with many facets. Truth may, in covering different subjects, appear to be contradictory, and yet it is all one if you carry the thought through to the end, For instance the statement on life after death and the condition of believers and non- believers; you might say that a wonderful believer is like a diamond blazing in the sun, an unawakened soul like one in a dark room. But we must couple this concept with the other part of the teachings, that God's mercy exceeds His justice, and that soul can progress in the world beyond; the unillumined soul can become brilliant."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 24, 1947)(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 476)

1983 – The Bahá'í Vocational Institute for Rural Women inaugurated

The Bahá'í Vocational Institute for Rural Women, which was inaugurated on 24 February 1983, is centrally located within Madhya Pradesh in a region which is both economically deprived and socially disadvantaged. The rural poor in this part of India are among the most impoverished in the country. Therefore, the Training Institute was developed to address directly the needs of the local community. Training is intended to provide not only income-earning opportunities, but also to foster new attitudes about women among the participants and their families. Changing attitudes of families is essential in an area where women are largely considered valuable only for reproduction and manual work, where over 90% of women are illiterate, and where the neglect of girl babies and deprivation of grown women makes the mortality rate for females significantly higher than that for males.

 (Baha'i International Community, 1991 Nov 16, Report Rural Poverty Alleviation Efforts, Activiti)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

...naught can be seen but the splendors of the Light...

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Baha'i Scripture

This is the Day whereon naught can be seen except the splendors of the Light that shineth from the face of Thy Lord, the Gracious, the Most Bountiful.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 29)

Fuel it with the oil of Divine Guidance...


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Baha'i Scripture

Let the flame of the love of God burn brightly within your radiant hearts. Feed it with the oil of Divine guidance, and protect it within the shelter of your constancy.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 325)



February 23rd in Baha'i History




1924 –“ the Cause of God is not dictatorial authority, but humble fellowship,”

188. Let us also bear in mind that the keynote of the Cause of God is not dictatorial authority, but humble fellowship, not arbitrary power, but the spirit of frank and loving consultation. Nothing short of the spirit of a true Bahá'í can hope to reconcile the principles of mercy and justice, of freedom and submission, of the sanctity of the right of the individual and of self-surrender, of vigilance, discretion and prudence on the one hand and fellowship, candour and courage on the other.

(23 February 1924 to the Bahá'ís of America, published in "Bahá'í Administration, pp. 63-64) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 101)

1939 - The greater your trials and sufferings, the stronger should wax your attachment and devotion to the Cause.

1285. The greater your trials and sufferings, the stronger should wax your attachment and devotion to the Cause. For only through repeated tribulations and trials does God test His servants, and these they should therefore view as blessings in disguise, and as opportunities whereby they can acquire a fuller consciousness of the Divine Will and Purpose.

(From a letter dated 23 February 1939 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to two believers)(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 8)

1939 – “adherence to the laws…. is the one power that can effectively guide and enable you to overcome the tests and trials of your life

1769. You should rest assured that your strict adherence to the laws and observances enjoined by Bahá'u'lláh is the one power that can effectively guide and enable you to overcome the tests and trials of your life, and help you to continually grow and develop spiritually.
The Guardian particularly appreciates the fact that you have been faithfully observing Bahá'u'lláh's injunction regarding the recital of the daily obligatory prayers, and have thereby set such a high example before your Bahá'í fellow-youth. These daily prayers have been endowed with a special potency which only those who regularly recite them can adequately appreciate. The friends should therefore endeavour to make daily use of these prayers, whatever the peculiar circumstances and conditions of their life.


(23 February 1939 to two believers) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 240)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

There is no power or strength except in God....

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Baha'i Scripture

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

- The Bab  (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 131)

Burst thy cage asunder...


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February 22nd in Baha'i History


1847: Birth of Disciple of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Hand of the Cause Thornton Chase

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1945 -  Unless the Message of Bahá'u'lláh Reaches into the Hearts of men and Transforms them, there Can be no Peace

"Indeed when we see the increasing darkness in the world today we can fully realize that unless the Message of Bahá'u'lláh reaches into the hearts of men and transforms them, there can be no peace and spiritual progress in the future.
"His constant hope is that the believers will conduct themselves, individually and in their Bahá'í Community life, in such a manner as to attract the attention of others to the Cause. The world is not only starving for lofty principles and ideals, it is, above all, starving for a shining example which the Bahá'ís can and must provide."


(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 22, 1945) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 431)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Be thou happy and well pleased...

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Baha'i Scripture

Be thou happy and well pleased and arise to offer thanks to God, in order that thanksgiving may conduce to the increase of bounty.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v2, p. 483)

In none but Him have I placed my trust...

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Baha'i Scripture

Know ye that I am afraid of none except God. In none but Him have I placed My trust; to none will I cleave but Him, and wish for naught except the thing He hath wished for Me. This, indeed, is My heart's desire, did ye but know it.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 126)

February 21st in Baha'i History




Abdul-Baha laying the cornerstone of the House of Worship in Wilmette, IL


1917 - Tablet of the Divine Plan revealed for the Baha’i’s of Canada and Greenland

Revealed on February 21, 1917,in Bahá'u'lláh's room at the house of Abbud in 'Akká, and addressed to theBahá'ís of Canada -- Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Mackenzie, Keewatin, Ungava, Franklin Islands -- and Greenland.

                (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 91)

The Real Cause of Global warming  ??? – From the Tablets of the Divine Plan

Should the fire of the love of God be kindled in Greenland, all the ice of that country will be melted, and its cold weather become temperate -- that is, if the hearts be touched with the heat of the love of God, that territory will become a divine rose garden and a heavenly paradise, and the souls, even as fruitful trees, will acquire the utmost freshness and beauty.


                (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 27)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Let the flame of the love of God burn brightly


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Baha'i Scripture

Let the flame of the love of God burn brightly within your radiant hearts.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 325)

February 20th in Baha'i History





1932 - Every religion of the past was fit to become universal.

"In the Bayan the Báb says that every religion of the past was fit to become universal. The only reason why they failed to attain that mark was the incompetence of their followers. He then proceeds to give a definite promise that this would not be the fate of the Revelation of 'Him Whom God would make manifest', that it will become universal and include all the people of the world. This shows that we will ultimately succeed. But could we not through our shortcomings, failures to sacrifice and reluctance to concentrate our efforts in spreading the Cause, retard the realization of that ideal. And what would that  mean? It shall mean that we will be held responsible before God, that the race will remain longer in its state of waywardness, that wars would not be soon averted, that human suffering will last longer."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada, February 20, 1932: Living the Life, pp. 3-4)


                (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 469)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February 19th in Baha'i History





19-20 Feb 1849 - The famous Seven Martyrs of Tihrán are martyred.

To see and hear the story as told by Grant Hinden-Miller on YouTube Click Here 


1968 - His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II, of Western Samoa, embraces the Faith

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Book of God is wide open...

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Baha'i Scripture

The Book of God is wide open, and His Word is summoning mankind unto Him.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 183)

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 #3)

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)

Monday, February 17, 2014

The most burning fire...

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Baha'i Scripture

The most burning fire is to question the signs of God, to dispute idly that which He hath revealed, to deny Him and carry one's self proudly before Him.

(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 156)

Be set aglow with the fire of the love of God

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Baha'i Scripture

O friend! Be set aglow with the fire of the love of God, so that the hearts of the people will become enlightened by the light of thy love.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 359)

February 17th in Baha'i History





1941 - Death of Hyde Dunn, appointed posthumously as a Hand of the Cause of God by Shoghi Effendi

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1917 - ABDUL BAHA ANSWERS QUESTIONS ASKED BY THEOLOGIANS OF PARIS
Pasteur Monnier's Theological Seminary, Paris (The audience was composed of professors, clergy and theological students)
ABDUL BAHA: "One endowed with the gift of hearing gets the mysteries of God from all things and all creation conveys to him the divine message."
(Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 146)
 1933 - Environmental Stewardship
We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself deeply affected by it. The one acts upon the other and every abiding change in the life of man is the result of these mutual reactions.[31]

[31: Shoghi Effendi, through his Secretary, from a letter dated 17 February 1933 to an individual believer] (Baha'i International Community, 1998 Feb 18, Valuing Spirituality in Development)


Sunday, February 16, 2014

This is a lamp lighted by the fire of Thy love...

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Baha'i Scripture

O my Lord! O my Lord!

This is a lamp lighted by the fire of Thy love and ablaze with the flame which is ignited in the tree of Thy mercy. O my Lord! Increase his enkindlement, heat and flame, with the fire which is kindled in the Sinai of Thy Manifestation. Verily, Thou art the Confirmer, the Assister, the Powerful, the Generous, the Loving!

(Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v3, p. 618)

...be ye of them that tread the path

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Baha'i Scripture

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)

February 16th in Baha'i History

Reception area in the Seat of the Universal House of Justice


1923 - Declaration of the first native Hawaiian Bahá'í on (Mae Tilton Fantom, Maui).

1934 - Queen Marie of Romania talks about Baha'u'llah and the New Era
Then in the audience in Controceni Palace, on February 16, 1934, when her Majesty was told that the Rumanian translation of 'Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era' had just been published in Bucharest, she said she was so happy that her people were to have the blessing of reading this precious teaching...
(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 393)
1935 -  Spiritual and Material Healing Essential and Complementary
"With regard to your question concerning spiritual healing. Such a healing constitutes, indeed, one of the most effective methods of relieving a person from either his mental or physical pains and sufferings. 'Abdu'l-Bahá has in His "Paris Talks"emphasized its importance by stating that it should be used as an essential means for effecting a complete physical cure. Spiritual healing, however, is not and cannot be a substitute for material healing, but it is a most valuable adjunct to it. Both are, indeed, essential and complementary."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 16, 1935: Selections from Bahá'í Writings on Some Aspects of Health, Healing Nutrition and Related Matters, April 1984, p. 10)
(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 276)





Saturday, February 15, 2014

tarry no longer...

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Baha'i Scripture

O thou who art waiting, tarry no longer, for He is come.
Behold His Tabernacle and His Glory dwelling therein. It is
the Ancient Glory, with a new Manifestation. -- BAHÁ'U'LLÁH.

(Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Baha'u'llah and the New Era, p. 22)




The veil hath fallen away, the curtain is lifted...

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Baha'i Scripture

The veil hath fallen away, the curtain is lifted, the clouds have parted, the Lord of Lords is in plain sight -- yet all hath passed the sinners by.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 14)


February 15th in Baha'i History





1917 - Tablet of the Divine Plan to the Baha'i's of the Western States Revealed
  
Revealed on February 15, 1917,in Bahá'u'lláh's room at the house of Abbud in 'Akká, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the eleven Western States of the United States: New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada,California, Wyoming, Utah, Montana,Idaho, Oregon and Washington

(Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 83)

1957 - Auto-Suggestion or Hypnotism

"What comes under the heading of psychic practices "Abdu'l-Bahá has warned us against; but any form of auto-suggestion or hypnotism which is used by medical science and by properly qualified physicians we are free to take advantage of, if we feel that the doctor using such practices is qualified and will not abuse his rights."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian of an individual believer, February 15, 1957: Spiritualism and Psychic Phenomena, February 14, 1974, p. 2) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 288)


Friday, February 14, 2014

This is the Day whereon naught can be seen except...



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Baha'i Scripture

This is the Day whereon naught can be seen except the splendors of the Light that shineth from the face of Thy Lord, the Gracious, the Most Bountiful.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 29)

February 14th in Baha'i History




1910 - Birth of Ola Pawlowska, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to St. Pierre and Miquelon.

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14 Feb 1929 Work begins on three additional chambers of the Shrine of the Báb.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grant us that which is good...

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Baha'i Scripture

O God! Grant us that which is good and seemly that we may be able to dispense with everything but Thee.

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 210)

February 13th in Baha'i History



1840 – Abdu'l-Karim’s dream about the coming Revelation of The Bab

"One night, on the eve of the day of Arafih, in the year 1255 A.H.,[1] I was so wrapt in prayer that I seemed to have fallen into a trance. There appeared before me a bird, white as the snow, which hovered above my head and alighted upon the twig of a tree beside me. In accents of indescribable sweetness, that bird voiced these words: 'Are you seeking the Manifestation, O Abdu'l-Karim? Lo, the year '60.' Immediately after, the bird flew away and vanished. The mystery of those words greatly agitated me. The memory of the beauty of that vision lingered long in my mind. I seemed to have tasted all the delights of Paradise. My joy was irrepressible.

[1 The night preceding February 13, 1840 A.D.    (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 166)
Note: the year ‘60’ is 1844 in the Julian Calendar – The Year The Bab Declared His Mission.

1913 - ADDRESS DELIVERED BY ABDUL BAHA - To the Paris Theosophical Society, at the Theosophical Headquarters, 59 Avenue de la Bourdonnois,
(Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 165)


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Be patient under all conditions....

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Baha'i Scripture

Be patient under all conditions, and place your whole trust and confidence in God.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 296)

February 12th in Baha'i History




Center for the Study of the Texts - Haifa Israel

12-18 Feb 1953 Ten Year World Crusade launched

at the first Intercontinental Teaching Conference in Kampala, Uganda. The Crusade would conclude in 1963 with the election of the first Universal House of Justice: the centenary of Bahá'u'lláh's declaration in the Garden of Ridván. The goal was to extend the Faith to 132 more countries and the existing 120 countries and territories were to be expanded.

1980: Hand of the Cause of God and well celebrated author Hasan Balyuzi dies.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The people of the world are fast asleep...




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Baha'i Scripture

The peoples of the world are fast asleep. Were they to wake from their slumber, they would hasten with eagerness unto God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 137)

February 11th in Baha'i History



Baha'i House of Worship, Frankfurt, Germany

1925 - Backbiting Defined

"As regards backbiting, i.e. discussing the faults of others in their absence, the teachings are very emphatic. In a Tablet to an American friend the Master wrote: 'The worst human quality and the most great sin is backbiting, more especially when it emanates from the tongues of the believers of God. If some means were devised so that the doors of backbiting were shut eternally and each one of the believers unsealed his lips in praise of others, then the Teachings of His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh would spread, the hearts be illumined, the spirits glorified, and the human world would attain to everlasting felicity.' (Quoted in Star of West, Vol. IV. p. 192) Bahá'u'lláh says in Hidden Words; 'Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art a sinner. Shouldst thou transgress this command ACCURSED ARE THOU.' The condemnation of backbiting could hardly be couched in stronger language than in these passages, and it is obviously one of the foremost obligations for Bahá'ís to set their faces against this practice. Even if what is said against another person be true, the mentioning of his faults to others still comes under the category of backbiting, and is forbidden."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles, February 11, 1925)                 (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 88)

1925 - If We Listen, We are Guilty of Complicity

"It is obvious that if we listen to those who complain to us about the faults of others we are guilty of complicity in their backbiting. We should therefore, as tactfully as possible, but yet firmly, do our utmost to prevent others from making accusations or complaints against others in our presence.


(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles, February 11, 1925)                 (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 94)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Peace be upon him whom the light of truth guideth....




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Peace be upon him whom the light of truth guideth unto all truth, and who, in the name of God, standeth in the path of His Cause, upon the shore of true understanding.

(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 43)

February 10th in Baha'i History


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1934 - God's Ways Do not Necessarily Coincide with Human Devices and Policies

"... God's ways and methods do not coincide necessarily with human devices and man-made policies. We should certainly exert our utmost in order that God's Faith may be widely proclaimed and firmly established. But we should under no circumstances be led to think that such a triumph depends solely or even mainly on our own efforts, however effective, united and fruitful they may be. We are but instruments in the hands of the Almighty and it would be certainly a sign of shortsightedness on our part to believe that we are the controlling agents of the divine machinery of the Cause."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 10, 1934) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 405)

1980 - Chaos and confusion are daily increasing in the world

"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 impregnable stronghold and the manifest light of the world, and its laws, exhortations and teachings the source of life on earth.'

(From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the Iranian believers resident in various countries throughout the would, February 10, 1980) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 126)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Ocean of God's mercy...

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This is the Day whereon the Ocean of God's mercy hath been manifested unto men, the Day in which the Day Star of His loving-kindness hath shed its radiance upon them, the Day in which the clouds of His bountiful favor have overshadowed the whole of mankind. Now is the time to cheer and refresh the down-cast through the invigorating breeze of love and fellowship, and the living waters of friendliness and charity.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 7)

February 9th in Baha'i History





1932 - One must Deepen his Knowledge of the Literature in Order to Teach Others and Render Service to the Faith
" .... Shoghi Effendi hopes that you will exert all your effort to deepen your knowledge of the literature of the movement, until you become fully acquainted with its spirit and tenets. Unless you do obtain such a firm hold you will never be able to teach others and render real service to the promulgation of the Faith. Of special importance is the Book of the Íqán which explains the attitude of the Cause towards the prophets of God and their mission in the history of society. Besides this there is Some Answered Questions of the Master and the 'Dawn-Breakers' of Nabil. Every Bahá'í should master these books and be able to explain their contents to others. Besides their importance, they are interesting and most absorbing."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 9, 1932) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 568)

1937 - Creatures are to be Found on Every Planet
"Regarding the passage on p. 163 of the 'Gleanings'; the creatures which Bahá'u'lláh states to be found in every planet cannot be considered to be necessarily similar or different from human beings on this earth. Bahá'u'lláh does not specifically state whether such creatures are like or unlike us. He simply refers to the fact that there are creatures in every planet. It remains for science to discover one day the exact nature of these creatures."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 9, 1937) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 478)

1989 - Bahá'í institutions… placing too much reliance on large, expensive projects
The International Teaching Centre has concluded that the Bahá'í institutions in ... seem to have been placing too much reliance on large, expensive projects, involving a great deal of successful public relations and proclamation. These are, in their own way, very useful activities, but it must be realized that they cannot be expected to produce large numbers of new believers. The key to the conversion of people to the Faith is the action of the individual Bahá'í conveying the spark of faith to individual seekers, answering their questions and deepening their understanding of the teachings.

(9 February 1989, written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to a National Spiritual Assembly) [43]          (The Universal House of Justice, 1993 Nov 09, Promoting Entry by Troops, p. 15)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

February 8th in Baha'i History





1917 - Tablet of the Divine Plan for the Baha'i's of the Central States revealed.

Revealed on February 8, 1917,in Bahá'u'lláh's room at the house of Abbud in 'Akká, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the twelve Central States of the United States:Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana,Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri,North Dakota, South Dakota,Nebraska and Kansas. (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 75)

1965 - Appointment of five Continental Pioneer Committees (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 47)

1970 - Radiation of Thought Will Not Bring Peace

"I might add that He does not believe any radiations of thought or healing, from any group, is going to bring peace. Prayer, no doubt, will help the world, but what it needs is to accept Bahá'u'lláh's system so as to build up the World Order on a new foundation, a divine foundation..."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, June 6, 1948: Extracts From The Guardian Letters, Spiritualism, Reincarnation and Related Subjects, p. 8; A compilation from the World Center, February 1970)  (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 432)