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1 month ago  ::  Jun 22, 2014 - 9:52AM #261
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Dissatisfaction with oneself is a sign of progress.  The soul who is satisfied with himself is the manifestation of Satan, and the one who is not contented with himself is the manifestation of the Merciful.  If a person has a thousand good qualities he must not look at them; nay, rather he must strive to find out his own defects and imperfections.


Dr. J.E. Esslemont, "Baha'u'llah and the New Era," p. 83

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  ::  Jun 29, 2014 - 9:48AM #262
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Relative to the carrying of arms except in time of necessity.


This ordinance is not to be found in other religions, but in the Bahá'í religion it is considered as one of the imperative and essential commands.  The great utility of this law is most evident and manifest.  How many souls who are not able to control excessive anger have given vent to it by the use of arms ready at hand?  If the murderer had not been armed, often after one hour the violence of his anger would have subsided and no crime would have resulted.  These are the minor evil results of carrying arms.  There are other greater evils continually manifested by people who carry arms; which are productive of great evils continually manifested by people who carry arms; which are productive of great revolutions and excessive losses for the government and nations.  The details of this are not in keeping with brevity and are conducive to prolongation, nevertheless the afflictions of the nations and ordeals of the people are evident to men of perception.


Mirza Abu'l-Fadl, "The Brilliant Proof," p. 33 (28 December 1911)

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  ::  Jul 06, 2014 - 9:49AM #263
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Abdu'l-Bahá tells us:


To be silent concerning the faults of others, to pray for them, and to help them, through kindness, to correct their faults.


To look always at the good and not at the bad.  If a man has ten good qualities and one bad one, to look at the ten and forget the one; and if a man has ten bad qualities and one good one, to look at the one and forget the ten.


Never to allow ourselves to speak one unkind word about another, even though that other be our enemy.


Dr. J.E. Esslemont, "Baha'u'llah and the New Era," p. 82

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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2 weeks ago  ::  Jul 13, 2014 - 9:54AM #264
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...His Holiness, Jesus Christ!  See how small the group of His disciples was!  No matter how few the number of the disciples was, yet they through His power illumined the world.  Our Era is similar to that, but through the development of humanity it is greater, and through the evils of the material civilization and negligence of mankind our sacrifices must be greater.  Divine light must make itself manifest in our daily life deeds.


Shoghi Effendi, "Arohanui - Letters to New Zealand," p. 3

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  ::  Jul 22, 2014 - 10:28AM #265
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We must be patient with others, infinitely patient!, but also with our own poor selves, remembering that even the Prophets of God sometimes got tired and cried out in despair! . . . He urges you to persevere and add up your accomplishments, rather than to dwell on the dark side of things.  Everyone's life has both a dark and bright side.  The Master said: turn your back to the darkness and your face to me.


The Universal House of Justice, 2 December 1980

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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3 days ago  ::  Jul 27, 2014 - 9:41AM #266
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Bahá'u'lláh declared, plainly and repeatedly, that He was the long-expected educator and teacher of all peoples, the channel of a wondrous Grace that would transcend all previous outpourings, in which all previous forms of religion would become merged, as rivers merge in the ocean.  He laid a foundation which affords a firm basis for Unity throughout the whole world and the inauguration of that glorious age of peace on earth, goodwill among men, of which prophets have told and poets sung.


Dr. J.E. Esslemont, "Baha'u'llah and the New Era," p. 5

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