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2 months ago  ::  Feb 08, 2015 - 10:18AM #291
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Who is Bahá'u'lláh to the various religions?


To Israel He was neither more nor less than the incarnation of the "Everlasting Father," the "Lord of Hosts" come down "with ten thousands of saints"; to Christendom Christ returned "in the glory of the Father," to Shi`ah Islam the return of the Imam Husayn; to Sunni Islam the descent of the "Spirit of God" (Jesus Christ); to the Zoroastrians the promised Shah; to the Hindus the reincarnation of Krishna; to the Buddhists the fifth Buddha.


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

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  ::  Feb 15, 2015 - 9:41AM #292
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I one day asked 'Abdu'l-Bahá how it could ever be possible for me, deep in the mass of weak and selfish humanity, ever to hope to attain when the goal was so high and great.  He said that it is to be accomplished little by little; little by little.  And I thought to myself, I have all eternity for this journey from self to God. The thing to do is to get started.


Howard Colby Ives, "Portals to Freedom," 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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1 month ago  ::  Feb 22, 2015 - 10:11AM #293
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We cannot know God directly, but only through His Prophets.  We can pray to Him realizing that through His Prophets we know Him, or we can address our prayer in thought to Bahá'u'lláh, not as God, but as the Door to our knowing God.


Shoghi Effendi, Compilation: "Lights of Guidance," p. 457

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  ::  Mar 01, 2015 - 10:37AM #294
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Plans for unity may be drawn up and the spirit of love may be preached, but only the power of the Covenant can weld divergent groups into a harmonious whole....  A power above the will of man is needed to unite groups so multifarious and perverse — a power to which man's will and the aspirations of groups may be subordinated.  The power of the Covenant is just such a power; for this purpose Bahá'u'lláh released it and to this end it is wholly directed.


John Ferraby, Hand of the Cause of God, "All Things Made New," p. 254

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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4 weeks ago  ::  Mar 08, 2015 - 11:18AM #295
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Rejecting the low sights of mediocrity, let [Bahá'í youth] scale the ascending heights of excellence in all they aspire to do. May they resolve to elevate the very atmosphere in which they move, whether it be in the school rooms or halls of higher learning, in their work, their recreation, their Bahá'í activity or social service.


Universal House of Justice, 8 May 1985

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  ::  Mar 15, 2015 - 9:41AM #296
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Do you think it is the teachers who make converts and change human hearts?  No, surely not.  They are only pure souls who take the first step, and then let the spirit of Bahá'u'lláh move them and make use of them... The criterion is the extent to which we are ready to have the will of God operate through us.


Shoghi Effendi (31 March 1932 in letter to an individual believer)

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  ::  Mar 22, 2015 - 10:00AM #297
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While recognizing the Divine origin and force of the sex impulse in man, religion teaches that it must be controlled, and Bahá'u'lláh's Law confines its expression to the marriage relationship.  The unmarried homosexual is therefore in the same position as anyone else who does not marry.  The Law of God requires them to practise chastity.


The Universal House of Justice, 1993 Jun 05, "Homosexuality," p. 12

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