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Daily Reflection – 18 ‘Ilm (Knowledge)
November 1 - November 2
Knowledge is as wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 26)
Knowledge is not enough; we hope by the Love of God we shall put it into practice. A spiritual universal Force is needed for this. Meetings are good for engendering spiritual force. To know that it is possible to reach a state of perfection, is good; to march forward on the path is better. We know that to help the poor and to be merciful is good and pleases God, but knowledge alone does not feed the starving man, nor can the poor be warmed by knowledge or words in the bitter winter; we must give the practical help of Loving-kindness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 60-61)