Daily Reflection – 7 Jalál (Glory)

“The corner-stone of the foundation of all Bahá’í activity is teaching the Cause. As `Abdu’l-Bahá has categorically proclaimed in His will and Testament, ‘the guidance of the nations and peoples of the world’ is ‘the most important of all things’, and ‘Of all the gifts of God the greatest is the gift of Teaching.’…In the words of the beloved Master, ‘the unseen divine assistance encompasseth those who deliver the Message.’ He thus further states, ‘… if the work of delivering the message be neglected, the assistance shall be entirely cut off, for it is impossible that the friends of God could receive assistance unless they be engaged in delivering the Message.’

“… the following passage from one of the letters of Shoghi Effendi, should be repeatedly presented and explained to the friends:

“He (the individual believer) it is who constitutes the warp and woof on which the quality and pattern of the whole fabric must depend. He it is who acts as one of the countless links in the mighty chain that now girdles the globe. He it is who serves as one of the multitude of bricks which support the structure and insure the stability of the administrative edifice now being raised in every part of the world. Without his support, at once whole-hearted, continuous, and generous, every measure adopted, and every plan formulated, by the body which acts as the national representative of the community to which he belongs, is foredoomed to failure. The World Centre of the Faith itself is paralyzed if such a support on the part of the rank and file of the community is denied it. The Author of The Divine Plan Himself is impeded in His purpose if the proper instruments for the execution are lacking. The sustaining strength of Bahá’u’lláh Himself, the Founder of the Faith, will be withheld from every and each individual who fails in the long run to arise and play his part.”

“When the friends realize that the hosts of the Kingdom are waiting to rush forth and assist them, that others from their own ranks have arisen and have been successful, that everyone can find some effective method of teaching according to his own particular capacities and talents, they will then no doubt arise with greater confidence to take the first step, and this, we know, will be aided and guided from on high, for the very act of striving to respond to God’s call will bring in its wake countless divine blessings.”

(‘Teaching, Guidelines for’ by Bahá’u’lláh, Abdu’l-Bahá, and Shoghi Effendi, compiled by Research Department of the Universal House of Justice. published in Compilation of Compilations, Volume 2, pages 295-327) 1991

Daily Reflection – 6 Jalál (Glory)

“Perhaps the greatest test Bahá’ís are ever subjected to is from each other; but for the sake of the Master they should be ever ready to overlook each other’s mistakes, apologize for harsh words they have uttered, forgive and forget. He strongly recommends to you this course of action.”

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, February 18, 1945: Living the Life, p. 12)

“… We Bahá’ís can always, with the aid of Bahá’u’lláh, Who, is ever ready to strengthen and assist us, turn our stumbling blocks into stepping stones, and utilize the often violent forces released by sincere but perhaps misguided friends, as a positive stream of power by turning them into productive channels instead of destructive ones.”

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of Germany and Austria, June 30, 1949)

Daily Reflection – 5 Jalál (Glory)

“IT is seemly that the servant should, after each prayer, supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon his parents. Thereupon God’s call will be raised:

‘Thousand upon thousand of what thou hast asked for thy parents shall be thy recompense!’ Blessed is he who remembereth his parents when communing with God. There is, verily, no God but Him, the Mighty, the Well-Beloved.” VIII, 16. (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab)

Daily Reflection – 4 Jalál (Glory)

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“IN this world we are influenced by two sentiments, Joy and Pain.

“Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness. But when sadness visits us we become weak, our strength leaves us, our comprehension is dim and our intelligence veiled….

“There is no human being untouched by these two influences; but all the sorrow and the grief that exist come from the world of matter—the spiritual world bestows only the joy!

“…If we suffer it is the outcome of material things, and all the trials and troubles come from this world of illusion….

“You see all round you proofs of the inadequacy of material things—how joy, comfort, peace and consolation are not to be found in the transitory things of the world. Is it not then foolishness to refuse to seek these treasures where they may be found? The doors of the spiritual Kingdom are open to all, and without is absolute darkness.”
(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, No. 35)-Provisional Translation

Daily Reflection – 3 Jalál (Glory)

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“Launched through these very acts[1] into the troublesome seas of ceaseless tribulation, piloted by the mighty arm of ‘Abdu’l-Baha and manned by the bold initiative and abundant vitality of a band of sorely-tried disciples, the Ark of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant has, ever since those days, been steadily pursuing its course contemptuous of the storms of bitter misfortune that have raged, and which must continue to assail it, as it forges ahead towards the promised haven of undisturbed security and peace.”

[1 Events associated with the introduction of the Faith in the West]

(Shoghi Effendi, from a letter dated 21 April 1933, published in “The World Order of Baha’u’llah – Selected Letters”, p. 84)

“The Covenant is the “axis of the oneness of the world of humanity” because it preserves the unity and integrity of the Faith itself and protects it from being disrupted by individuals who are convinced that only their understanding of the Teachings is the right one — a fate that has overcome all past Revelations. The Covenant is, moreover, embedded in the Writings of Baha’u’llah Himself. Thus, as you clearly see, to accept Baha’u’llah is to accept His Covenant; to reject His Covenant is to reject Him.”

(3 January 1982, from a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer)

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Daily Reflection – 2 Jalál (Glory)

“It is inadmissible that man, who hath been endowed with reason, should consume that which stealeth it away. Nay, rather it behooveth him to comport himself in a manner worthy of the human station, and not in accordance with the misdeeds of every heedless and wavering soul.

“Adorn your heads with the garlands of trustworthiness and fidelity, your hearts with the attire of the fear of God, your tongues with absolute truthfulness, your bodies with the vesture of courtesy. These are in truth seemly adornings unto the temple of man, if ye be of them that reflect.” (Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas)

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