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2 months ago  ::  Nov 23, 2014 - 10:10AM #281
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As we give to God, as we serve Him and love Him, so will He vouchsafe to us His Mercy, Guidance and Protection.  We must, at all times, put the Faith first and our personal desires and comfort second.  Having this Faith we have eternal security and happiness which nothing can take away from us ever, no matter what afflictions may befall a faithless world.  The Cause of God is our security, and confidence in Bahá'u'lláh our protection.


Shoghi Effendi, Compilation: "Lights of Guidance," p.129

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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2 months ago  ::  Nov 30, 2014 - 10:15AM #282
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There are no individual leaders in the Bahá'í community and the Faith does not harbour egotistical personalities.  Of course, there are learned Bahá'ís, outstanding teachers, administrators and pioneers, but none of these people, however eminent, can exert authority over the community.  Their greatness is in their humility, servitude and self-effacement...


Adib Taherzadeh, "The Child of the Covenant," p. 33

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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2 months ago  ::  Dec 07, 2014 - 10:11AM #283
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... the core of religious faith is that mystic feeling that unites man with God.  This state of spiritual communion can be brought about and maintained by means of meditation and prayer.  And this is the reason why Bahá'u'lláh has so much stressed the importance of worship.  It is not sufficient for a believer to merely accept and observe the teachings.  He should, in addition, cultivate the sense of spirituality, which he can acquire chiefly by the means of prayer.


Shoghi Effendi, 1935, "The Compilation of Compilations, Vol. II," p. 238

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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2 months ago  ::  Dec 14, 2014 - 11:33AM #284
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Blessed is the soul which, at the hour of its separation from the body, is sanctified from the vain imaginings of the peoples of the world.  Such a soul liveth and moveth in accordance with the Will of its Creator ... If any man be told that which hath been ordained for such a soul in the worlds of God, the Lord of the throne on high and of earth below, his whole being will instantly blaze out in his great longing to attain that most exalted, that sanctified and resplendent station...   


('Abdu'l-Baha as quoted by) Adib Taherzadeh, "The Revelation of Baha'u'llah, vol.2, p. 286

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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1 month ago  ::  Dec 21, 2014 - 9:44AM #285
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... according to our Bahá'í laws, work is forbidden on our Nine Holy Days.  Believers who have independent businesses or shops should refrain from working on these days.  Those who are in government employ should, on religious grounds, make an effort to be excused from work; all believers, whoever their employers, should do likewise.  If the government, or other employers, refuse to grant them these days off, they are not required to forfeit their employment, but they should make every effort to have the independent status of their Faith recognized and their right to hold their own religious Holy Days acknowledged.


Shoghi Effendi, "Principles of Bahá'í Administration," p. 55

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1 month ago  ::  Dec 28, 2014 - 11:19AM #286
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And as to the world's evil plight, we need but recall the writings and sayings of Bahá'u'lláh, who, more than fifty years ago, declared in terms prophetic the prime cause of the ills and sufferings of mankind, and set forth their true and divine remedy.  "Should the Lamp of Religion be hidden," He declares, "chaos and confusion will ensue."  How admirably fitting and applicable are these words to the present state of mankind!


Shoghi Effendi, "Baha'i Administration," p. 50

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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3 weeks ago  ::  Jan 04, 2015 - 10:11AM #287
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Asked whether the Bahá'í prohibition of gambling applies to games of every description, 'Abdu'l-Bahá replied: -- 'No, some games are innocent, and if pursued for pastime there is no harm.  But there is danger that pastime may degenerate into waste of time.  Waste of time is not acceptable in the Cause of God.'


Dr. J.E. Esslemont, "Baha'u'llah and the New Era," p. 103

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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1 week ago  ::  Jan 18, 2015 - 9:43AM #288
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Small though our present numbers may be, however limited our capacities, or circumscribed our influence, we, into whose hands so pure, so tender, so precious a heritage has been entrusted, should at all times strive, with unrelaxing vigilance, to abstain from any thoughts, words, or deeds, that might tend to dim its brilliance, or injure its growth.  How tremendous our responsibility; how delicate and laborious our task!


Shoghi Effendi, "The World Order of Baha'u'llah," p. 63

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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20 hours ago  ::  Jan 25, 2015 - 11:12AM #289
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There is a currently popular philosophy which says that each human being should be free to do whatever he wishes, and makes him happy, so long as his actions do not harm anyone else....  One of the major difficulties in applying it is to be found in the degree to which individuals’ perceptions of what is harmful vary.  Another, which is often overlooked, is the average human being’s ignorance of the divinely intended goal of his existence.


Universal House of Justice, 17 Sept 1993

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