Daily Reflection – 1 Jalál (Glory)

…the flourishing of the community, especially at the local level, demands a significant enhancement in patterns of behaviour: those patterns by which the collective expression of the virtues of the individual members and the functioning of the Spiritual Assembly are manifest in the unity and fellowship of the community and the dynamism of its activity and growth.This calls for the integration of the component elements – adults, youth and children – in spiritual, social, educational and administrative activities; and their engagement in local plans of teaching and development. It implies a collective will and sense of purpose to perpetuate the Spiritual Assembly through annual elections. It involves the practice of collective worship of God. Hence, it is essential to the spiritual life of the community that the friends hold regular devotional meetings in local Baha’i centres, where available, or elsewhere, including the homes of believers.  

(Ridvan 1996, from the Universal House of Justice to the Baha’is of the World)

 

Arise and, armed with the power of faith, shatter to pieces the gods of your vain imaginings, the sowers of dissension amongst you. Cleave unto that which draweth you together and uniteth you.

(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 217)

Daily Reflection – 3 Sultan (Sovereignty)

“O thou maid-servant of God! Whenever thou art intending to deliver a speech, turn thy face toward the Kingdom of ABHA and, with a heart detached, begin to talk. The breaths of the Holy Spirit will assist thee.”
(Tablets of Abdul-Bahá Abbas, vol. 2 (Chicago: Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1930 printing), p. 246)

“By the Lord of the Kingdom! If one arise to promote the Word of God with a pure heart, overflowing with the love of God and severed from the world, the Lord of Hosts will assist him with such a power as will penetrate the core of the existent beings.”
(Tablets of Abdul-Bahá Abbas”, vol. 2, p. 348)

Daily Reflection – 17 Sharaf (Honour)

by Szechenyi Szidonia

“Heed not your weaknesses and frailty; fix your gaze upon the invincible power of the Lord, your God, the Almighty. Has He not, in past days, caused Abraham, in spite of His seeming helplessness, to triumph over the forces of Nimrod? Has He not enabled Moses, whose staff was His only companion, to vanquish Pharaoh and his hosts? Has He not established the ascendancy of Jesus, poor and lowly as He was in the eyes of men, over the combined forces of the Jewish people? Has He not subjected the barbarous and militant tribes of Arabia to the holy and transforming discipline of Muhammad, His Prophet? Arise in His name, put your trust wholly in Him, and be assured of ultimate victory.”
(Addressed to the Letters of the Living, quoted in The Dawn-Breakers, p. 94)

Daily Reflection – 6 Qawl (Speech)

by Nora Kasten
by Nora Kasten

Whoso ariseth among you to teach the Cause of his Lord, let him, before all else, teach his own self, that his speech may attract the hearts of them that hear him. Unless he teacheth his own self, the words of his mouth will not influence the heart of the seeker. Take heed, O people, lest ye be of them that give good counsel to others but forget to follow it themselves. The words of such as these, and beyond the words the realities of all things, and beyond these realities the angels that are nigh unto God, bring against them the accusation of falsehood.

— Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Trans. Shoghi Effendi. [1952] 1983: 277

Daily Reflection -12 Asmá’ (Names)

The effort required is prodigious, the conditions under which these preliminary establishments are to be made are often unattractive and unfavorable,the workers who are in a position to undertake such tasks limited, and the resources they can command meager and inadequate.

And yet, how often has the pen of Baha’u’llah assured us that “should a man, all alone, arise in the name of Baha, and put on the armor of His love, him will the Almighty cause to be victorious, though the forces of earth and heaven be arrayed against him.”

Has He not written:

“By God, besides Whom is none other God!

“Should anyone arise for the triumph of our Cause, him will God render victorious though tens of thousands of enemies be leagued against him.

“And if his love for me wax stronger, God will establish his ascendancy over all the powers of earth and heaven.”

“Consider the work of former generations,” ‘Abdu’l-Baha has written;

“During the lifetime of Jesus Christ the believing, firm souls were few and numbered, but the heavenly blessings descended so plentifully that in a number of years countless souls entered beneath the shadow of the Gospel.

“God has said in the Qur’an:

‘One grain will bring forth seven sheaves, and every sheaf shall contain one hundred grains.’

In other words, one grain will become seven hundred;

and if God so wills He will double these also.

It has often happened that one blessed soul has become the cause of the guidance of a nation.

Now we must not consider our ability and capacity, nay rather we must fix our gaze upon the favors and bounties of God, in these days, Who has made of the drop a sea, and of the atom a sun.”

Let those who resolve to be the first to hoist the standard of such a Cause, under such conditions, and in such territories, nourish their souls with the sustaining power of these words, and, “putting on the armor of His love,” a love which must “wax stronger” as they persevere in their lonesome task, arise to adorn with the tale of their deeds the most brilliant pages ever written in their country’s spiritual history.

(Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 56)

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