Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 30th in Baha'i History



1912 - Abdul-Baha in America

30 April 1912 Talk at Public Meeting Concluding Convention of Bahá’í Temple Unity Drill Hall, Masonic Temple, Chicago, Illinois

30 April 1912 Talk at Hull House Chicago, Illinois

30 April 1912 Talk at Fourth Annual Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Handel Hall, Chicago, Illinois



Another meeting held at Handel Hall especially to bring together the blacks and the whites. The Master offered a commentary on a verse from the Old Testament, `Let us make man in our image, after our likeness': `By "image and likeness"', He said, `is meant human virtues and perfections and not the black or white color of the skin.' The Master's impressive talk transformed and deeply affected the gathering.

The Master then went to a third meeting, addressing some two thousand people at the Convention of the Bahá'í Temple Unity held at the spacious Drill Hall. The entire audience stood when the Master entered, even though not all were Bahá'ís. The friends were full of excitement and cried `Alláh-u-Abhá' so loudly that the hall resounded with their voices.

After a song of praise and glorification, the Master gave a detailed and eloquent talk on the purpose of the Temple and the unification of all under one standard. He concluded His talk by chanting a prayer in Persian in a most melodious voice.  (Mahmud's Diary)

1949 - Incorporation of the NSA of Canada

The Bill to incorporate the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada was passed by both Houses of the Canadian Parliament, and given Royal assent on April 30, 1949

(Shoghi Effendi, Messages to Canada, p. 12)

1963 - First Statement from the Universal House of Justice

[Presented April 30, 1963, at the World Congress]

(The Universal House of Justice, Wellspring of Guidance, Messages 1963-1968, p. 1)



April 29th in Baha'i History


Baha'i Temple in Panama


1912 - Abdul-Baha in America


In the morning the Master again praised the beauty and fertility of the countryside; a more fertile land had never before been seen. He had breakfast in the dining car. Today He spoke mostly about the days of the Blessed Beauty and had Him constantly in mind.
The train reached Chicago at night. The city was so bright with lights it was as if it were the Feast of Lights. When the friends saw the Master at the train station, they were filled with excitement, crying out `Alláh-u-Abhá' and `Yá `Abdu'l-Bahá', their voices resounding throughout the station.
The Master went to the Plaza Hotel. After a brief rest, He was visited by some of the Bahá'ís, to whom He said:

You have a good city. The call of God was first raised in this city. I hope that in Chicago the Cause of God will progress greatly and that it may be illumined by the light of the Kingdom just as it is brightened by electricity.  (Mahmud's Diary)

1933 - A God that is only loving or only just is not a perfect God

A God that is only loving or only just is not a perfect God. The Divinity has to possess both of these aspects as every father ought to express both in his attitude towards his children. If we ponder a while, we will see that  400  our welfare can be ensured only when both of these divine attributes are equally emphasized and practised.

Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi (29 April 1933)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 399)


1972 - The Bahá'í House of Worship in Panama was dedicated 29-30 April 1972.

(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 197)


April 28th in Baha'i History



1912 - Abdul-Baha in America

The Master prepared to leave for Chicago.

After crossing the Potomac River, the train entered the state of Virginia, which is exceedingly fertile and green. The scenery on both sides was charming, with a verdant expanse of land as far as the eye could see. `Abdu'l-Bahá praised the scenery and said it was most beautiful but His face showed signs of an inner sorrow. After a few minutes He said, `Whenever I see such scenes, I feel great sorrow, for the Blessed Beauty liked verdure and greenery very much. God shall never pardon those who imprisoned Him in that place  (Mahmud's Diary)



1918 - Blessing for a home


My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation. Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined....

(From a Tablet, published in "Star of the West", vol. 9, no. 3, (28 April 1918), p. 40)

(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 397)

28 April 1938 - The Passing of Munirih Khanum the wife of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá,

BAHÁ'Í WORLD MOURNS LOSS HOLY MOTHER MUNIRIH KHANUM STOP RIDVAN FESTIVITIES SUSPENDED. ADVISE ALL CENTRES HOLD MEMORIAL GATHERINGS COMMEMORATE HER OUTSTANDING SERVICES RENDERED DURING ONE OF MOST CRITICAL STAGES IN EVOLUTION BELOVED FAITH.

SHOGHI

(Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Baha'i Community, p. 119)



1956 - tests and trials are sometimes blessings in disguise

While he would urge you to courageously meet and overcome the many obstacles that stand in your way, he would at the same time advise you that in case of failure and no matter what befalls you, you should remain radiantly content at, and entirely submissive to, the Divine will. Our afflictions, tests and trials are sometimes blessings in disguise, as they teach us to have more faith and confidence in God, and bring us nearer to Him.

(From a letter dated 28 April 1936 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 6)


April 27th in Baha'i History



Abdul-Baha in America

1912 - 

Since this was the last night of the Master's stay in the this city, Mrs Parsons held an elegant reception for dignitaries and city officials in honor of `Abdu'l-Bahá and on behalf of the Orient-Occident Unity Society. Three hundred people in formal attire assembled in the spacious rooms, which were beautifully decorated with flowers and ornaments. When the Master came downstairs, each guest, man and woman alike, approached Him with the utmost reverence to shake His hand. They introduced one another and paid Him their respects. The guests then went into the dining room to partake of the repast prepared for them, including beverages, cakes, ice cream and coffee.

After they had eaten the guests were ushered into the music hall while the Master sat in another room to receive those who wished to see Him. He answered all their questions.

To a Washington judge He said: `It is possible to establish among the powers of the whole world the unity which is found among the states of the United States of America.' 

To some doctors He stated, `I hope that you will raise the standard of universal peace.' 

To a mathematician He said, `I hope that you will try to teach the truth and principles of divine religions to different nations just as you are teaching mathematics to different persons in your school.' 

To Admiral Peary, the explorer of the North Pole, He said, `I hope you will discover the mysteries of the Kingdom of God

The Master spoke to a bishop, saying, `My hope is that you will abandon harmful imitations, spread the truth of the teachings of Christ and remove all those dogmas that are against science and reality.' 

To the chargé d'affaires of Switzerland, the Master described His sojourn in that country.

To some relatives of the President of the United States [William Howard Taft] He spoke about divine civilization. 

To a member of Congress, He said, `Just as you are exerting yourself for the good of America, so must you expend your energy for the benefit of all the nations of the world.' 

He also spoke to the head of the United States Patent Office and the General Consul, the President of the Peace Congress and other well-known personages.


When this magnificent meeting ended, the guests came to `Abdu'l-Bahá one by one to shake His hand and to say goodbye. The night was one of the most blessed nights and that meeting one of the most great and important meetings. (Mahmud's Diary)

1937 - While praying it would be better to turn one's thoughts to the Manifestation 

While praying it would be better to turn one's thoughts to the Manifestation as He continues, in the other world, to be our means of contact with the Almighty. We can, however, pray directly to God Himself.

Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi
(27 April 1937 to the National Spiritual Assembly of India and Burma)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 238)

1956 - The Writings allowed at Feast

The Writings of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh can certainly be read any time at any place; likewise the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá are read freely during the spiritual part of the Feast. The Guardian has instructed that during the spiritual part of the Feast, his own Writings should not be read. In other words, during the spiritual part of the Feast, readings should be confined to the Writings of the Báb, Bahá'u'lláh and, to a lesser extent, of the Master; but during that part of the Feast the Guardian's Writings should not be read. During the period of administrative discussion of the Feast, then the Guardian's Writings may be read. Of course during the administrative part of the Feast there can be no objection to the reading of the Writings of the Báb, Bahá'u'lláh or 'Abdu'l-Bahá.

Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi (27 April 1956)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 448)

1995 - The Universal House of Justice Explains the Baha'i Position on the Separation of Church and State

To read the statement click here


Saturday, April 26, 2014

April 26th in Baha'i History




1889 - Baha'u'llah reveals a Tablet in honor of Hand of the Cause Ibn-i-Abhar

Certainly there is a Tablet revealed in honour of Ibn-i-Abhar dated 24 Sha'ban 1306 (26 April 1889) which makes it clear that he had already been designated a Hand of the Cause.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 324)

Click here to read a quick biography of Ibn-i-Abhar

Abdul-Baha in America

In addition to the usual receptions at the home of Mrs Parsons, there were three public meetings: one in the morning, another in the afternoon and one in the evening. At the first gathering, at the All Saints Unitarian Church, the Master spoke on the subject of the varieties of light, the effulgence of the Sun of Reality in its original essence, and of the waiting souls with pure hearts who are like unto clear spotless mirrors, whose eyes and ears become enlightened by the appearance of the Sun of Reality

So great was the respect and devotion of the audience that `Abdu'l-Bahá wrote in a cable He sent to the Orient: `Today three thousand persons visited with the utmost harmony.'

At every gathering, whether for Bahá'ís or non-Bahá'ís, several stenographers, as well as the Persian secretaries, were in attendance. The English translations were published soon after the address itself but the Persian originals taken down by us verbatim had to be submitted to `Abdu'l-Bahá for correction. Because of His heavy schedule, He had little time for this, so the originals were often delayed in their publication.

The afternoon meeting was held at the home of Mrs Parsons. The subject of the talk was the interpretation of the Old Testament statement concerning the creation of man in the image of God. 

In the evening `Abdu'l-Bahá went to a third gathering, held in a very large building, to speak to a group of young women of the suffrage movement. This was the largest meeting held thus far and the most spacious and majestic hall. `Abdu'l-Bahá delivered a most impressive address which He began by saying:
One of the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh is equality of rights for men and women. When He promulgated this principle in the Orient, the people were astonished.
One of the proofs of the advancement of women is this magnificent and imposing building and this large gathering.
`Abdu'l-Bahá's talk centered on the subject of equality of men and women and the necessity of giving women the same training as men. Many praised Him, both before and after His talk.   (Mahmud's Diary)



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April 25th in Baha'i History



Abdul-Baha in America

 25 April 1912 Talk to Theosophical Society Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons 1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

25 April 1912 Message to Esperantists Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons 1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C

25 April 1912 Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons 1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Today the Master said to Mrs Parsons:

Such a traveler and guest is the cause of much bother. You need to leave the house and run away. The usual guest in a city meets certain people at specific times but you have had to host the public from morning until evening.  (Mahmud's Diary)

1913 - Abdul-Baha returns to Stuttgart, Germany

On March 30 He traveled to Stuttgart, and from there proceeded, on April 9, to Budapest, visited Vienna nine days later, returned to Stuttgart on April 25, and to Paris on May first, where He remained until June 12, sailing the following day, on the S.S. Himalaya from Marseilles bound for Egypt, arriving in Port Said four days later, where after short visits to Isma'iliyyih and Abuqir, and a prolonged stay in Ramleh, He returned to Haifa, concluding His historic journeys on December 5, 1913.

(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 281)

April 24th in Baha'i History



Abdul-Baha in America

24 April 1912 Talk at Children’s Reception Studio Hall 1219 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C.

In the morning `Abdu'l-Bahá went to a Bahá'í children's conference As He entered the hall, the children sang songs in praise of `Abdu'l-Bahá in unison, accompanied by the piano. When the Master saw the children, He said, `Praise be to God. These children, like flowers, are in a state of utmost purity, freshness and delicacy!' After He spoke and recited prayers for the children, the Master kissed and embraced each child and gave them some sweets. The immensity of His love and affection for the children was clearly obvious. (Mahmud's Diary)

24 April 1912 Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons 1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

24 April 1912 Talk at Home of Mrs. Andrew J. Dyer 1937 Thirteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

A second meeting was held that evening at the home of Mr and Mrs Andrew J. Dyer, a mixed race couple Those present were in such unity and love that the Master remarked:

Before I arrived, I felt too tired to speak at this meeting but at the sight of such genuine love and attraction between the white and the black friends, I was so moved that I spoke with great love and likened this union of different colored races to a string of gleaming pearls and rubies.  (Mahmud's Diary)


1949 - Clearly identify...what you are giving out with Baha'u'llah

He approves of your desire to teach the principles of the Faith through radio. But he urges you to do all you can to always, however small the reference you are able to make to it may be, clearly identify or associate what you are giving out with Bahá'u'lláh. The time is too short now for us Bahá'í's to be able to first educate humanity and then tell it that the Source is this new World Faith. For their own spiritual protection people must hear of the name Bahá'í -- then, if they turn blindly away, they cannot excuse themselves by saying they never even knew it existed! For dark days seem still ahead of the world, and outside of this Divine Refuge the people will not, we firmly believe, find inner conviction, peace and security. So they have a right to at least hear of the Cause as such! 

Letter on Behalf of Shoghi Effendi
(24 April 1949 to an individual believer)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 283)



instill new life into every human frame


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Baha'i Scripture

Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God is endowed with such potency as can instill new life into every human frame..

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 141)






April 23rd in Baha'i History



Baha'i Temple in Germany

Abdul-Baha in America

23 April 1912 Talk at Howard University Washington, D.C.

23 April 1912 Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons 1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

23 April 1912 Talk to Bethel Literary Society Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church M Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Today the Master went to Howard University, an educational institution for blacks. The hosts (mostly black with a few whites) had made special arrangements so that when the Master arrived He was welcomed by music from a band while the audience applauded with excitement and exuberance. It is difficult to describe the scene adequately. The president of the university was very cordial and introduced `Abdu'l-Bahá as the Prophet of Peace and the harbinger of unity and salvation. Then the Master rose from His seat and spoke on the subject of the harmony between blacks and whites and the unity of humankind. The audience repeatedly applauded Him during the talk, delighted at His words. At the conclusion, the president of the university thanked `Abdu'l-Bahá on behalf of all those gathered. As He left the auditorium, group after group formed two lines, one on each side, all showing their highest respect by bowing and waving their hats and handkerchiefs in farewell to the beloved Master. (Mahmud's Diary)

1956 - Success assured in the end

The road is stony, and there are many tests; but as you say, if the friends will learn to live according to Bahá'u'lláh's teachings, they will discover that they work indeed in mysterious and forceful ways; and that there is always help at hand, that obstacles are overcome, and that success is assured in the end.

(From a letter dated 23 April 1956 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 25)


April 22nd in Baha'i History


Baha'i Temple Apia, Samoa

Abdul-Baha in America

22 April 1912 Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons 1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

(Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 42)

A meeting was held with the Bahá'ís. When the Master arrived, the friends greeted Him with poems and songs written in His praise. He spoke about the events during His long travels, the union of peoples from the East and the West, the greatness of this century and the appearance of the Greatest Name. He concluded the meeting by chanting a beautiful and moving prayer. The friends rushed to His side; one shaking His hand, another holding onto the hem of His robe and yet another with tears of joy and in the utmost happiness. When the Master left the gathering, the friends lined up in two rows as He passed through their midst. He approached His automobile and again the friends rushed towards Him like moths circling around the candle of the Covenant. (Mahmud's DiaryP 

1954 - The difference between the truth from Prophets and philosophers

From a Letter Written on Behalf of Shoghi Effendi

Between the truth which comes from God through His Prophets, and the glimmerings, often misunderstood and misinterpreted, of truth which come from the philosophers and thinkers, there is an immense difference. We must never, under any circumstances, confuse the two.

Bahá'u'lláh has said that learning can be the veil between the soul of man and the eternal truth; in other words, between man and the knowledge of God. We have seen that many people who become very advanced in the study of modern physical sciences are led to deny God, and to deny His Prophets. That does not mean that God and the Prophets have not existed and do not exist. It only means that knowledge has become a veil between their hearts and the light of God.
(22 April 1954 to an individual believer) (Compilations, Scholarship, p. 16)



"This is My best counsel unto you..."


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Baha'i Scripture

Lay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for any one the things ye would not desire for yourselves. This is My best counsel unto you, did ye but observe it.

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 128)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ridvan Starts Today!!!

Today on the Christian Calendar is Palm Sunday.

This is the scene of the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem riding on a donkey.
People danced and laid palm fronds in the path of Jesus as He entered the city which was soon to crucify Him.

Much of world history has since that moment, been affected by this act. Jesus died for our sins and conquered death in a stunning act of sacrifice.  He rose from the “dead” three days later to show us that the love of God transcends anything that a willful and disobedient mankind can possibly inflict in this temporal plane.

Baha’u’llah the return of Christ in the Glory of the Father wishing to make known that He is the fulfillment of all the promises of the Son in essence reenacted Palm Sunday so that the world might recognize the Son with this His New Name.

Here are just some parallels to the passion of Christ..

Baha’u’llah was loved by the people of Baghdad and when the fanatical clergy had Him exiled from this City – Baha’u’llah withdrew to the Ridvan Garden in the Tigris.

On the way to the river bank to cross to the Ridvan Garden Baha’u’llah rode a donkey.
Hasan Balyuzi states:

During all those years in Baghdad, although horses were never unavailable, Aqa Rida states that Bahá'u'lláh had always chosen to ride a donkey.

            (H.M. Balyuzi, Baha'u'llah - The King of Glory, p. 175)

A scene very reminiscent of Jesus’s entry to the religious center of His time accompanied Baha’u’llah’s withdrawal from the religious center of His time. People assembled and mourned the departure of this Great Soul from their presence.

Baha’u’llah crossed the Tigris. Jesus on the night he was betrayed crossed the river Kidron.

Baha’u’llah entered the garden of Ridvan. Jesus entered the garden of Gethsemane.

Jesus’s first teaching after being betrayed was to tell Simon Peter to put his sword as if God determined that the Cause of God needed defending that a host of angels stood ready to defend Him.  The only teaching we know for sure other than His Declaration – from Baha’u’llah in the Garden of Ridvan is that He ordered the Babi’s to sheathe their swords as they were no longer necessary

Jesus faithful to His purpose accepted to be sacrificed in the name of the coming of Kingdom of God in Gethsemane. Baha’u’llah faithful to God’s promise that the Kingdom would be established “on earth as it is in heaven”, declared His mission to be the fulfillment of all prophecy of the end times and the unfurled of the banners of the Kingdom in the garden of Ridvan..

Then in a moment of magnificent glory – which “only the malicious could deny” on the 12th Day of Ridvan – Baha’u’llah rode out of the Ridvan Garden riding the finest red roan stallion His followers could buy.  Death had been conquered. The three days in the tomb of separation had passed. The Palm Sunday crowd which hailed the arrival of the King of the Jews was seeming reassembled and throwing their children in Baha’u’llah’s path – risking life and limb to kiss his stirrups as He passed  by – witnessed the Revelation to the world of the King of Glory,  the point and purpose of all creation Baha’u’llah.

So friends – Palm Sunday is for me the start of the Ridvan Festival.

I invite you to be Moses like and catch a glimpse of the Glory of the Lord as He passes by in this the Day of Days. Like Moses you will be changed forever.  (Moses was so transformed His face glowed and He scared people who gazed upon Him. He wore a “veil” as a service to the people.)

Today Baha’u’llah has appeared, the veil has been lifted, Come be transformed.

I have always wondered if Paul was talking about spiritual maturity or waxing prophetic – or both when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Monday, April 14, 2014

the gifts are successive; the favors consecutive;


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Baha'i Scripture

"....the brilliant Sun is shining; the full moon is ornamenting the horizon of ether; the great ocean-tide is flooding every little stream, the gifts are successive; the favors consecutive; and the refreshing breeze is blowing, wafting the fragrant perfume of the blossoms. Boundless treasure is in the hand of the King of Kings! Lift the hem of thy garment in order to receive it."

Abdul-Baha (Compilations, Baha'i World Faith, p. 351)

be as angels in the world, and beacons of light



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Baha'i Scripture

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)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

the ocean of true understanding


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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)

Monday, April 7, 2014

blossoms from the bowers of His grace


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By Jack Bush
Photo By Irene Bush


Baha'i Scripture

We beseech God to extend wide His shadow, that the true believers may hasten thereunto and that His sincere lovers may seek shelter therein. May He bestow upon men blossoms from the bowers of His grace and stars from the horizon of His providence.


                (Baha'u'llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 141)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

May you be given life!


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By Jack Bush
Photo by Irene Bush

Baha'i Scripture

May you be given life! May the rain of the Divine Mercy and the warmth of the Sun of Truth make your gardens fruitful, so that many beautiful flowers of exquisite fragrance and love may blossom in abundance. Turn your faces away from the contemplation of your own finite selves and fix your eyes upon the Everlasting Radiance; then will your souls receive in full measure the Divine Power of the Spirit and the Blessings of the Infinite Bounty.


                (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 166)


Friday, April 4, 2014

God leaves not His children comfortless

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By Jack Bush
Photo by Irene Bush

Baha'i Scripture

God leaves not His children comfortless, but, when the darkness of winter overshadows them, then again He sends His Messengers, the Prophets, with a renewal of the blessed spring.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 32)

Each time God sends a Great One


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Baha'i Scripture

Each time God sends a Great One to us we are given new life, but the Truth each Manifestation brings is the same.

                (Abdu'l-Baha, Abdu'l-Baha in London, p. 57)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

lakes of graces are successively overflowing.


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Baha'i Scripture

The drops of the cloud of favor are continually (falling) and the lakes of graces are successively overflowing.                       


                (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v2, p. 279)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Arise and work and be happy!


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By Jack Bush
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Baha'i Scripture

Oh, peoples and nations! Arise and work and be happy! Gather together under the tent of the unity of mankind!

(Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 109)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

stretch forth your wings


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Baha'i Scripture

Indeed could ye but know how dear ye are in the presence of your true and heavenly Father, ye would stretch forth your wings and take your flight.

Abdul-Baha (Compilations, Fire and Light, p. 23)