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3 months ago  ::  Apr 19, 2015 - 9:42AM #301
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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

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  ::  Apr 26, 2015 - 11:30AM #302
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People who do not feel they can obey or accept the Teachings on a subject cannot be considered Bahá'ís, voting or otherwise.  If a time comes when they feel ready to surrender their opinions to One we believe divinely guided, they should be joyously welcomed back into the Faith.


Shoghi Effendi, "The Unfolding Destiny of the British Baha'i Community," p. 444

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2 months ago  ::  May 03, 2015 - 9:06AM #303
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Experience has shown that when facilities such as schools, dispensaries, hospitals, or even clothes and food are offered to the people being taught, many complications arise.  The prime motive should always be the response of man to God's message, and the recognition of His Messenger.  Those who declare themselves as Bahá'ís should become enchanted with the beauty of the Teachings; and touched by the love of Bahá'u'lláh.


The Universal House of Justice, "Messages 1963 to 1986," p. 39

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  ::  May 10, 2015 - 11:00AM #304
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....we may observe that a young and living organism grows healthily without being perfect, and before its faculties are fully matured.  A child, for example, can flourish and be active while possessing many imperfections due to immaturity.  It has a vigour and a vitality that no lifeless object can rival.  Although it makes mistakes, upsets the order of things and creates disturbances around itself, yet no one demands maturity and perfection from it, and no one is unduly concerned about its childish behaviour.  For it is normal that as the child grows up it will cease to act immaturely, and in the fullness of time will acquire wisdom and other perfections.


Adib Taherzadeh, "The Revelation of Baha'u'llah, vol. 3," p. 320

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  ::  May 24, 2015 - 9:05AM #305
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[Muhammad] became the progenitor of the people of Arabia and the twelve Princes which he begot are interpreted as the twelve Imams who followed Muhammad.  Moses confirmed this promise when He Prophesied (Deut. xviii 15) to the Israelites that "the Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me."  This refers not only to the coming of Jesus Christ, as is usually thought, but more especially to Muhammad. Moses would have used the word "seed" if He had meant to refer to an Israelite, whereas the word "brethren" indicates that He alludes to Isaac's brother Ishmael. He connects Mount Paran explicitly with the Prophetic line when, in His final blessing before His death, He describes the Prophets who will follow Him: "The Lord came from Sinai" (meaning Himself), and rose up from Seir . . . (meaning Jesus Christ); he shined forth from Mount Paran (meaning Muhammad), and he came with ten thousands of saints (meaning Bahá'u'lláh). Deut. xxxiii 2. 


George Townshend, "Christ and Baha'u'llah," p. 31

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  ::  May 31, 2015 - 10:18AM #306
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Covenant-breakers would utterly destroy the unity of the Cause of God if the power of the Covenant, creator and preserver of unity, did not cast them out.  Abdul-Baha says: 'The Covenant of God is like a vast and fathomless ocean. A billow shall rise and surge therefrom and shall cast ashore all accumulated foam.'*


Hand of the Cause of God John Ferraby," All Things Made New," p. 253
(*Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha," p.223)

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3 weeks ago  ::  Jun 07, 2015 - 9:53AM #307
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Presently the world is caught in a cycle of miseducation, wherein harmful character traits are passed from one  generation to the next, retarding social progress.  One source of this miseducation is the failure to respect women, especially in the home.  Consequently, harmful attitudes and habits, absorbed during childhood, are carried as adults from the family to the work place, to political life, and ultimately to international relations.


Baha'i International Community, 17 March 1992
"Statement on Equality of Female Children"

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2 weeks ago  ::  Jun 14, 2015 - 10:00AM #308
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Islam attained a very high spiritual state, but western scholars are prone to judging it by Christian standards.  One cannot call one world Faith superior to another, as they all come from God; they are progressive, each suited to certain needs of the times.


Shoghi Effendi, 1945, Compilation: "Lights of Guidance," p. 494

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1 week ago  ::  Jun 21, 2015 - 10:17AM #309
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The Master’s life was centered on God, not on Himself.  To do God’s will, to be His servant, were his concerns.  He disliked photographs of Himself, permitting them only to satisfy His friends. ‘But to have a picture of oneself,’ He said, ‘is to emphasize the personality, which is merely the lamp, and is quite unimportant. The light burning within the lamp has the only real significance.’ 


Annamarie Honnold, "Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá"

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1 day ago  ::  Jun 28, 2015 - 9:45AM #310
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In the not far distant future it will be necessary that all peoples in the world agree on a common calendar.  It seems, therefore, fitting that the new age of unity should have a new calendar free from the objections and associations which make each of the older calendars unacceptable to large sections of the world's population, and it is difficult to see how any other arrangement could exceed in simplicity and convenience than proposed by the Báb.


Hand of the Cause John Esslemont (1923)
"Baha'u'llah and the New Era," p. 178

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