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2 months ago  ::  Jul 05, 2015 - 10:28AM #311
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Worldly desire is not the essence of a human being, but a veil that obscures it.  Adherence to the Teachings of the Divine Educator refines the character and develops the potentialities with which each person is endowed; it liberates, the individual and society from lower inclinations that give rise to the ills that afflict humanity.


Universal House of Justice, 9 May 2014

The dead tremble before the tempest, but the living walk with it. ~Kahlil Gibran
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2 months ago  ::  Jul 12, 2015 - 9:40AM #312
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Spiritual evolution does not move forward through any coercion of the wills of men. God requires that men of their own volition shall co-operate with Him. He does not substitute His will for their wills, nor does He, so to speak, drive their development onward by any output of main force. He educates and trains them little by little and measures His requirements to their growing strength of mind and heart.  Those Supreme Prophets, therefore, who are His Agents and the Masters of Evolution, are limited by the capacity of the people. They cannot put a bushel of truth into a pint measure. They cannot teach more than their hearers can learn.


Hand of the Cause George Townshend, "The Heart of the Gospel," p. 52

The dead tremble before the tempest, but the living walk with it. ~Kahlil Gibran
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2 months ago  ::  Jul 19, 2015 - 10:46AM #313
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If we allow our attention and energy to be taken up in efforts to keep others right and remedy their faults,we are wasting precious time.  We are like ploughmen each of whom has his team to manage and his plough to direct, and in order to keep his furrow straight he must keep his eye on his goal and concentrate on his own task.  If he looks to this side and that to see how Tom and Harry are getting on and to criticize their ploughing, then his own furrow will assuredly become crooked.


Shoghi Effendi, Compilation: "Lights of Guidance," p. 92

The dead tremble before the tempest, but the living walk with it. ~Kahlil Gibran
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1 month ago  ::  Jul 26, 2015 - 10:18AM #314
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[Baha'u'llah] derived His descent, on the one hand, from Abraham (the Father of the Faithful) through his wife Katurah, and on the other from Zoroaster, as well as from Yazdigird, the last king of the Sasaniyan dynasty. He was moreover a descendant of Jesse, and belonged, through His father, Mirza 'Abbas, better known as Mirza Buzurg—a nobleman closely associated with the ministerial circles of the Court of Fath-`Ali Shah—to one of the most ancient and renowned families of Mazindaran. To Him Isaiah, the greatest of the Jewish prophets, had alluded as the "Glory of the Lord," the "Everlasting Father," the "Prince of Peace," the "Wonderful," the "Counsellor," the "Rod come forth out of the stem of Jesse" and the "Branch grown out of His roots," Who "shall be established upon the throne of David," Who "will come with strong hand," Who "shall judge among the nations," Who "shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips slay the wicked," and Who "shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."


Shoghi Effendi, "God Passes By," p. 94


The dead tremble before the tempest, but the living walk with it. ~Kahlil Gibran
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3 weeks ago  ::  Aug 09, 2015 - 9:08AM #315
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A Covenant in the religious sense is a binding agreement between God and man, whereby God requires of  man certain behaviour in return for which He guarantees certain blessings, or whereby He gives man certain bounties in return for which He takes from those who accept them an undertaking to behave in a certain way.


The Universal House of Justice, 23 March 1975
"The Compilation of Compilations, vol. I," p. 111

The dead tremble before the tempest, but the living walk with it. ~Kahlil Gibran
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2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 16, 2015 - 10:06AM #316
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The revealed Word, in its original purity, amplified by the divinely guided interpretations of 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi, remains immutable, unadulterated by any man-made creeds or dogmas, unwarrantable inferences, or unauthorized interpretations.  The channel of Divine guidance, providing flexibility in all the affairs of mankind, remains open through that institution which was founded by Bahá'u'lláh and endowed by Him with supreme authority and unfailing guidance, and of which the Master wrote:  "Unto this body all things must be  referred."


The Universal House of Justice
"Wellspring of Guidance, Messages 1963-1968," p. 12

The dead tremble before the tempest, but the living walk with it. ~Kahlil Gibran
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1 week ago  ::  Aug 23, 2015 - 10:34AM #317
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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.  We cannot clearly distinguish between personal desire and guidance, but if the way opens, when we have sought guidance, then we may presume God is helping us.


Shoghi Effendi, "Principles of Baha'i Administration," p. 11

The dead tremble before the tempest, but the living walk with it. ~Kahlil Gibran
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3 days ago  ::  Aug 30, 2015 - 9:00AM #318
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It is milk that strengthens the babe so that it can digest more solid food later on.  To say that because one Prophet is right in giving a certain teaching at a certain time, therefore another Prophet must be wrong Who gives a different teaching at a different time, is like saying that because milk is the best food for the newborn babe, therefore, milk and nothing but milk should be the food of the grown man also, and to give any other diet would be wrong!


Dr. J.E. Esslemont, "Baha'u'llah and the New Era," p. 122

The dead tremble before the tempest, but the living walk with it. ~Kahlil Gibran
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