2 Bahá (Splendor)

“Difficult and delicate though be our task, the sustaining power of Bahá’u’lláh and of His Divine guidance will assuredly assist us if we follow steadfastly in His way, and strive to uphold the integrity of His laws.The light of His redeeming grace, which no earthly power can obscure, will if we persevere, illuminate our path, as we steer our course amid the snares and pitfalls of a troubled age, and will enable us to discharge our duties in a manner that would redound to the glory and the honor of His blessed Name.”
(Shoghi Effendi, From a letter dated March 21, 1932 to the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada; The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 67)

Daily Reflection – 16 Mulk (Dominion)

“Whenever My laws appear like the sun in the heaven of Mine utterance, they must be faithfully obeyed by all, though My decree be such as to cause the heaven of every religion to be cleft asunder. He doth what He pleaseth. He chooseth; and none may question His choice. Whatsoever He, the Well-Beloved, ordaineth, the same is, verily, beloved.”

–Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, paragraph 7

“Man often lacks the understanding to fathom the wisdom of some of the ordinances which are not to his liking. It therefore becomes a matter of demonstration of the depth of his faith when he is faced with a divine command the wisdom and rationale of which he cannot at that time understand.”

–Letter from the Universal House of Justice, dated March 3, 1987, Fire & Gold, p. 195

Daily Reflection – 4 Kalimát (Words)

“Might it not be reasonably concluded, then, that “true liberty” is His gift of love to the human race? Consider what Bahá’u’lláh has done: He revealed laws and principles to guide the free, He established an Order to channel the actions of the free, He proclaimed a Covenant to guarantee the unity of the free.

“Thus, we hold to this ultimate perspective: Bahá’u’lláh came to set humanity free. His Revelation is, indeed, an invitation to freedom — freedom from want, freedom from war, freedom to unite, freedom to progress, freedom in peace and joy.

“You, who live in a land where freedom is so highly prized, have not, then, to dispense with its fruits, but you are challenged and do have the obligation to uphold and vindicate the distinction between the license that limits your possibilities for genuine progress and the moderation that ensures the enjoyment of true liberty.”

(December 29,1988, The Universal House of Justice, A Wider Horizon, Selected Letters 1983-1992, pp: 218-219)

 

Full Circle — by Lynette Slaman Garcia

Full Circle

 


I have traveled, journeyed far – 

into the recesses of my own desires;

walked the path of forgetfulness –

found naught but despair and emptiness .

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