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5 years ago  ::  May 09, 2010 - 12:48PM #51
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Indeed if the friends could seek, and exert themselves, to become 100 percent Bahá'ís they would see how greatly their influence over others would be increased, and how rapidly the Cause would spread. The world is seeking not a compromise but the embodiment of a high and shining ideal. The more the friends live up to our teachings in every aspect of their lives, in their homes, in business, in their social relationships, the greater will be the attraction they exercise over the hearts of others.


~ Shoghi Effendi, in a letter written 23 January, 1945, "Lights of Guidance," p. 111

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  ::  May 16, 2010 - 11:15AM #52
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Acceptance of the concept of unity in diversity, therefore, implies the development in the individual of a global consciousness, a sense of world citizenship, and a love for humanity as a whole. In this regard, each individual needs to understand that, since the body of humankind is one and indivisible, each member of the human race is born into the world as a trust of the whole and that the advantage of the part in a world society is best served by promoting the advantage of the whole.


Baha'i International Community, 1998 Feb 18: "Valuing Spirituality in Development"

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  ::  May 23, 2010 - 12:14PM #53
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The criteria Bahá'u'lláh has established for understanding His Revelation and His Covenant are different from those usually advocated by men of learning and knowledge untouched by the light of His Faith. Their criteria are generally based on the premise that to master any subject in depth, the individual must acquire academic knowledge and become an accomplished scholar.


Although Bahá'u'lláh has enjoined His followers to acquire knowledge and has praised the station of men of learning, He has not made recognition of His Cause, the true understanding of His words and the comprehension of the inner realities of His Revelation dependent upon acquired knowledge.  The opening paragraph of the Kitáb-i-Íqán [p.3] states:


"No man shall attain the shores of the ocean of true understanding except he be detached from all that is in heaven and on earth."  [~ Baha'u'llah]


~ Adib Taherzadeh, "The Child of the Covenant," 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  ::  May 30, 2010 - 12:34PM #54
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The human race, as a distinct, organic unit, has passed through evolutionary stages analogous to the stages of infancy and childhood in the lives of its individual members, and is now in the culminating period of its turbulent adolescence approaching its long-awaited coming of age. The process of global integration, already a reality in the realms of business, finance and communications, is beginning to materialize in the political arena.


Historically, this process has been accelerated by sudden and catastrophic events. It was the devastation of World Wars I and II that gave birth to the League of Nations and the United Nations, respectively. Whether future accomplishments are also to be reached after similarly unimaginable horrors or embraced through an act of consultative will, is the choice before all who inhabit the earth.  Failure to take decisive action would be unconscionably irresponsible.


Baha'i International Community, "Turning Point For All Nations," October 1995

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  ::  Jun 06, 2010 - 10:10AM #55
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Banning nuclear weapons, prohibiting the use of poison gases, or outlawing germ warfare will not remove the root causes of war. However important such practical measures obviously are as elements of the peace process, they are in themselves too superficial to exert enduring influence. Peoples are ingenious enough to invent yet other forms of warfare, and to use food, raw materials, finance, industrial power, ideology, and terrorism to subvert one another in an endless quest for supremacy and dominion. Nor can the present massive dislocation in the affairs of humanity be resolved through the settlement of specific conflicts or disagreements among nations.  A genuine universal framework must be adopted.


~ The Universal House of Justice, "The Promise of World Peace," October 1985

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  ::  Jun 13, 2010 - 11:22AM #56
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We often feel that our happiness lies in a certain direction; and yet, if we have to pay too heavy a price for it in the end we may discover that we have not really purchased either freedom or happiness, but just some new situation of frustration and disillusion.


~ Shoghi Effendi, 5 April 1952, "Lights of Guidance," p. 392

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  ::  Jun 20, 2010 - 10:00AM #57
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One might liken Bahá'u'lláh's teachings to a sphere; there are points poles apart, and in between the thoughts and doctrines that unite them. We believe in balance in all things; we believe in moderation in all things -- we must not be too emotional, nor cut and dried and lacking in feeling, we must not be so liberal as to cease to preserve the character and unity of our Bahá'í system, nor fanatical and dogmatic.  Very few people, as you as a psychologist know, have attained perfect equilibrium in their minds or their lives -- their acts -- the same is certainly true of the Bahá'ís, for anyone who believes in our teachings can become a Bahá'í and they represent all elements of the population.


~ The Universal House of Justice, "Compilations on Scholarship," p. 2
(To an individual believer dated 5 July 1947)

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. ~Baha'u'llah
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4 years ago  ::  Jun 27, 2010 - 1:54PM #58
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It seems, in retrospect, the keenest irony that the selection of the Holy Land as the place of Bahá'u'lláh's forced confinement should have been the result of pressure from ecclesiastical and civil enemies whose aim was to extinguish His religious influence. Palestine, revered by three of the great monotheistic religions as the point where the worlds of God and of man intersect, held then, as it had for thousands of years, a unique place in human expectation. Only a few weeks before Bahá'u'lláh's arrival, the main leadership of the German Protestant Templer movement sailed from Europe to establish at the foot of Mount Carmel a colony that would welcome Christ, whose advent they believed to be imminent. Over the lintels of several of the small houses they erected, facing across the bay to Bahá'u'lláh's prison at 'Akká, can still be seen such carved inscriptions as "Der Herr ist nahe" ("The Lord is near").


~ Baha'i International Community, 1992 May 29, "Statement on Baha'u'llah," p. 21

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4 years ago  ::  Jul 04, 2010 - 11:51AM #59
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Our primary duty is to create by ... our words and deeds ... our conduct and example, the atmosphere in which the seeds of the words of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá cast so profusely during well-nigh eighty years, may germinate and give forth those fruits that alone can assure peace and prosperity to this distracted world.


~ Shoghi Effendi, as quoted by Ruhiyyih Khanum in "The Guardian of the Baha'i Faith," p. 25

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4 years ago  ::  Jul 11, 2010 - 12:01PM #60
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The House of Justice hopes that all the friends will remember that the ultimate aim in life of every soul should be to attain spiritual excellence - to win the good pleasure of God. The true spiritual station of any soul is known only to God. It is quite a different thing from the ranks and stations that men and women occupy in the various sectors of society. Whoever has his eyes fixed on the goal of attaining the good pleasure of God will accept with joy and radiant acquiescence whatever work or station is assigned to him in the Cause of God, and will rejoice to serve Him under all conditions.


~ The Universal House of Justice, "Lights of Guidance," p. 326
(from letter dated 27 March, 1978, to all National Spiritual Assemblies)

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