Daily Reflection – August 28 (10 Asmá’ (Names)/ 174 BE)


“Know thou, of a truth,” He [Baha’u’llah] significantly affirms, “these great oppressions that have befallen the world are preparing it for the advent of the Most Great Justice.”

“Say,” He again asserts, “He hath appeared with that Justice wherewith mankind hath been adorned, and yet the people are, for the most part, asleep.”

“The light of men is Justice,” He moreover states, “Quench it not with the contrary winds of oppression and tyranny.

The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.”

“No radiance,” He declares, “can compare with that of justice.

The organization of the world and the tranquillity of mankind depend upon it.”

 

“O people of God!” He exclaims, “That which traineth the world is Justice, for it is upheld by two pillars, reward and punishment.

These two pillars are the sources of life to the world.”

“Justice and equity,” is yet another assertion, “are two guardians for the protection of man.

They have appeared arrayed in their mighty and sacred names to maintain the world in uprightness and protect the nations.”

“Bestir yourselves, O people,” is His emphatic warning, “in anticipation of the days of Divine justice, for the promised hour is now come.

Beware lest ye fail to apprehend its import, and be accounted among the erring.”

“The day is approaching,” He similarly has written, “when the faithful will behold the daystar of justice shining in its full splendor from the dayspring of glory.”

“The shame I was made to bear,” He significantly remarks, “hath uncovered the glory with which the whole of creation had been invested, and through the cruelties I have endured, the daystar of justice hath manifested itself, and shed its splendor upon men.”

“The world,” He again has written, “is in great turmoil, and the minds of its people are in a state of utter confusion.

We entreat the Almighty that He may graciously illuminate them with the glory of His Justice, and enable them to discover that which will be profitable unto them at all times and under all conditions.”

And again, “There can be no doubt whatever that if the daystar of justice, which the clouds of tyranny have obscured, were to shed its light upon men, the face of the earth would be completely transformed.”

(Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 27-28)

 

 

Daily Reflection -19 Kamál (Perfection)

Justice and equity are twin Guardians that watch over men. From them are revealed such blessed and perspicuous words as are the cause of the well-being of the world and the protection of the nations.

These words have streamed from the pen of this Wronged One in one of His Tablets: “The purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, hath been to bring forth the Mystic Gems out of the mine of man — they Who are the Dawning-Places of His Cause and the Repositories of the pearls of His knowledge, for, God Himself, glorified be He, is the Unseen, the One concealed and hidden from the eyes of men. Consider what the Merciful hath revealed in the Qur’an: No vision taketh in Him, but He taketh in all vision, and He is the Subtile, the All-Informed!”

That the divers communions of the earth, and the manifold systems of religious belief, should never be allowed to foster the feelings of animosity among men, is, in this Day, of the essence of the Faith of God and His Religion. These principles and laws, these firmly-established and mighty systems, have proceeded from one Source, and are rays of one Light. That they differ one from another is to be attributed to the varying requirements of the ages in which they were promulgated.

— Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 67

Daily Reflection – 10 Nur (Light)

Justice He [Baha’u’llah] extols as “the light of men” and their “guardian,” as “the revealer of the secrets of the world of being, and the standard-bearer of love and bounty”; declares its radiance to be incomparable; affirms that upon it must depend “the organization of the world and the tranquillity of mankind.” He characterizes its “two pillars” — “reward and punishment” — as “the sources of life” to the human race; warns the peoples of the world to bestir themselves in anticipation of its advent; and prophesies that, after an interval of great turmoil and grievous injustice, its day-star will shine in its full splendor and glory.
— Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 218

9 Jamál (Beauty)

“Oh, friends of God, be living examples of justice! So that by the Mercy of God, the world may see in your actions that you manifest the attributes of justice and mercy.

“Justice is not limited, it is a universal quality. Its operation must be carried out in all classes, from the highest to the lowest. Justice must be sacred, and the rights of all the people must be considered. Desire for others only that which you desire for yourselves. Then shall we rejoice in the Sun of Justice, which shines from the Horizon of God.

“Each man has been placed in a post of honor, which he must not desert. A humble workman who commits an injustice is as much to blame as a renowned tyrant. Thus we all have our choice between justice and injustice.

“I hope that each one of you will become just, and direct your thoughts towards the unity of mankind; that you will never harm your neighbors nor speak ill of anyone; that you will respect the rights of all men, and be more concerned for the interests of others than for your own. Thus will you become torches of Divine justice, acting in accordance with the Teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, who, during His life, bore innumerable trials and persecutions in order to show forth to the world of mankind the virtues of the World of Divinity, making it possible for you to realize the supremacy of the spirit, and to rejoice in the Justice of God.

“By His Mercy, the Divine Bounty will be showered upon you, and for this I pray!”

(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks )

Daily Reflection – 3 ‘Izzat(Might)

“The essence of wisdom is the fear of God,the dread of His scourge and punishment, and the apprehension of His justice and decree.”

(Tablets of Baha’u’llah)

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