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5 years ago  ::  Dec 27, 2009 - 1:00AM #31
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Dec 26, 2009 -- 3:45PM, world citizen wrote:


Hello IMO!  How are you on this frigid weekend?




Thank you, am content which is more and more a blessing.



Thanks for your comments.  I'd stopped adding personal notes or questions to these posts for the seeming lack of interest.  Perhaps that isn't so?



Perhaps, you're right!


 



The "practical soul" at the Ruhi class would/could have been the person in whose home we were meeting.  Doubt any of us considered leaving the class to walk through another's home in order to rifle through kitchen drawers or cabinets for needed items.  What was surprising to me was that all in attendance were supposedly 'seasoned' Baha'is, which led me to wonder just how many are actually acquainted with the Aqdas.  I did note that the class tutor abstained from the trail mix but he said nothing. 




Possibly another quirky practical soul would discretely and mysteriously ask the host for a large spoon, explaining that God would want one to be borrowed and all would be apparent in a very short time?

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5 years ago  ::  Dec 27, 2009 - 1:00PM #32
world citizen
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One of the most suggestive analogies to be found in the writings not only of Bahá'u'lláh, but of the Báb before Him, is the comparison between the evolution of the human race and the life of the individual human being. Humanity has moved through stages in its collective development which are reminiscent of the periods of infancy, childhood, and adolescence in the maturation of its individual members. We are now experiencing the beginnings of our collective maturity, endowed with new capacities and opportunities of which we as yet have only the dimmest awareness.


In a letter prepared at the request of the Universal House of Justice
for the Baha'i International Community, 1992 May 29
"Statement on Baha'u'llah," p. 16

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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5 years ago  ::  Jan 03, 2010 - 12:12PM #33
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Bahá'í Scriptures teach that, as trustees of the planet's vast resources and biological diversity, humanity must seek to protect the "heritage [of] future generations;" see in nature a reflection of the divine; approach the earth, the source of material bounties, with humility; temper its actions with moderation; and be guided by the fundamental spiritual truth of our age, the oneness of humanity. The speed and facility with which we establish a sustainable pattern of life will depend, in the final analysis, on the extent to which we are willing to be transformed, through the love of God and obedience to His Laws, into constructive forces in the process of creating an ever-advancing civilization.


The Baha'i International Community, 1995 April 06:
"Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Baha'i Faith"

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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5 years ago  ::  Jan 10, 2010 - 11:47AM #34
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Unity of the human race should not be confused with uniformity, which is against the funda- mental laws of creation.  The teachings of Bahá'u'lláh emphasize the principle of unity in diversity.  In God's creation there is only one of everything.  No two things are the same.  The best way to appreciate the reason for this uniqueness is to study the Bahá'í Writings and also observe nature.  We understand from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá that every created thing, be it from the mineral, vegetable or animal kingdom, manifests some of the attributes of God.  The differences between these kingdoms are due to the varying degrees of the manifestation of these attributes.  For instance, there are fewer attributes of God manifes- ted in the mineral kingdom than there are in the vegetable.  The same is true of the vegetable in relation to the animal.  Many attributes possessed by the latter are not to be found in the former.  And within man are deposited all the attributes of God.


~ Adib Taherzadeh, "The Revelation of Baha'u'llah, vol.4," p. 197

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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5 years ago  ::  Jan 17, 2010 - 1:11PM #35
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... the core of religious faith is that mystical feeling which 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 merely to accept and observe the teachings. He should, in addition, cultivate the sense of spirituality which he can acquire chiefly be means of prayer.


~ Shoghi Effendi, 8 December 1935, "Lights of Guidance," p. 505

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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5 years ago  ::  Jan 25, 2010 - 10:09AM #36
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He hopes that you will develop into Bahá'ís in character as well as in belief. The whole purpose of Bahá'u'lláh is that we should become a new kind of people, people who are upright, kind, intelligent, truthful, and honest and who live according to His great laws laid down for this new epoch in man's development. To call ourselves Bahá'ís is not enough, our inmost being must become ennobled and enlightened through living a Bahá'í life.


~ Shoghi Effendi (Louhelen School Youth Session, 25 August 1944)

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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5 years ago  ::  Jan 31, 2010 - 11:45AM #37
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It is stated in the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh that the souls on a higher level will encompass those on a lower one, while the latter will not be able to comprehend the powers and realities of the former. In fact, the grading of human souls and their different stations is similar to the variety of creatures which God has created on this earth. We note that in this physical world also the lower kingdom is blind to the qualities of a higher one. For instance, while the three kingdoms are so closely linked together, breathing the same air and receiving the same sunshine, the vegetable does not understand the animal and the animal is incapable of really knowing the human being. Conversely, based on the same principles, we note that the higher kingdom dominates the lower ones. The animal has ascendancy over the vegetable, while man rules over the entire world of nature.


~ Hand of the Cause of God Adib Taherzadeh, "The Covenant of Baha'u'llah," p. 14

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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5 years ago  ::  Feb 07, 2010 - 10:23AM #38
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On May 24, 1844 in Washington D. C., Mr. Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, stepped to the keyboard of his new instrument. He was about to send the first official telegram in history flashing across the wires from Washington to Baltimore. The press had heralded this day as a modern miracle. By this invention the world would soon be united physically in the twinkling of an eye, they said. The scholars of Scripture asked: Is this not still another proof that the hour has come for Christ's appearance? Is it not written in the book of Job that only God can send "lightnings that they may go and say unto thee here we are!" Was not this electric telegraph of Morse the "lightnings" spoken of by which the "Word" would go? Morse put his hand to the keyboard and tapped out the message. It was a message chosen from the Bible, from the Book of Numbers: "What hath God wrought?" The evening before, May 23, 1844 in Shiraz, Persia, the Bahá'í Faith began. The Báb proclaimed Himself to Mulla Husayn as the One foretold in all the holy Books of the past.


[~William Sears, "Release the Sun," p. 192 ]

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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5 years ago  ::  Feb 14, 2010 - 11:06AM #39
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Bahá'ís view preparation for marriage as an essential element in ensuring a happy marriage.  The process of preparation includes a requirement for parental approval of the choice of a spouse.  This does not mean that Bahá'í marriages are arranged.  Individuals propose marriage to the persons of their own choice. However, once the choice is made, the parents have both the right and the obligation to weigh carefully whether to give consent to, and thus guide, their offspring in one of life's most important decisions.


Bahá'ís believe that this requirement helps to preserve unity within the marriage -- and within the extended family. As did previous Messengers of God, Bahá'u'lláh asks His followers to honor their parents. Obtaining parental permission for marriage reaffirms the importance of the bond between child and parent. It also helps to create a supportive network of parents in the often difficult first years of a marriage.


[Baha'i International Community, 1992, Magazine: "The Baha'is"]

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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5 years ago  ::  Feb 21, 2010 - 10:59AM #40
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Understanding Sacrifice 


It seems that the moths held a meeting to learn about the flame; they sent out a messenger to investigate it; he circled around the candle and returned and explained it most eloquently, but they could not understand. They sent another moth and this one flew close to the flame, and when he came back they saw his wings were singed and they began, dimly, to know. But they were not yet clear in their minds as to the nature of the flame. They sent a third moth to the candle; this one flew straight into the centre of the flame, and he never came back; and then they understood.


~Marzieh Gail, "Dawn Over Mount Hira," p. 101

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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