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)

Daily Reflection – 16 ‘Ilm (Knowledge)

Morning:

The fourth Taraz concerneth trustworthiness.

Verily it is the door of security for all that dwell on earth and a token of glory on the part of the All-Merciful. He who partaketh thereof hath indeed partaken of the treasures of wealth and prosperity. Trustworthiness is the greatest portal leading unto the tranquillity and security of the people. In truth the stability of every affair hath depended and doth depend upon it. All the domains of power, of grandeur and of wealth are illumined by its light. 

(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 37 )


Evening:

“But O my brother, when a seeker intends to turn the step of search and journeying into the path of the knowledge of the King of Pre-existence, he must first cleanse and purify his heart,—which is the place of the appearance and emanation of the splendor of the hidden mysteries of divinity—and he must cleanse and refine his breast—which is the throne for the accession and establishment of the love of the Eternal Beloved—from all the gloomy dusts of acquired learnings and from the allusions of satanic appearances. He must likewise sanctify his heart from attachment to water and clay—that is, from all phantasmal forms and spectral images—in such manner that no trace of love or hatred may remain in the heart, lest that love may cause him to incline toward a direction without guide, or that hatred prevent him from another direction; just as in this day, most are bereft of the immortal Face and of the threshold of meanings, because of these two tendencies, and are grazing shepherdless in the deserts of error and oblivion.”
(The Spirit of the Age, p. 163)

Daily Reflection -11 Kamál (Perfection)

How important is trustworthiness and truthfulness to you?  Share an example of things you do to demonstrate these virtues in your life.  

I work very hard to deliver on what I say, therefore I make no promises…LOL…just kidding friends.  Honestly, I work very hard to be honest and trustworthy.  I am from a very small town in Wisconsin and all you have is your word and your name. If any member of your family is found to be dishonest or unreliable your whole family lives with that dark mark.  Yes, unfair to bear the sins of another, but that is a small town. So, these qualities are extremely important for me and for those in my life to possess.  My expectations are often a bit high but without trust and honesty we don’t have a family let alone a friendship. 

We human beings, as social creatures, are drawn to trustworthy people.

“Trustworthiness binds people together, while deceitfulness alienates people. When mutual deceit replaces mutual trust, criticism overwhelms cooperation. Anarchical behavior then rears its ugly head, the fires of which no man-made control system can extinguish.” – Barron Harper

“Truthfulness and trustworthiness involve much more than not telling lies; they embody the overarching capacity to discern, value, and uphold truth itself. Without these spiritual qualities, neither individual nor social progress is possible.” bahai.org

“Trustworthiness is the greatest portal leading unto the tranquility and security of the people. In truth the stability of every affair hath depended and doth depend upon it. All the domains of power, of grandeur and of wealth are illumined by its light.”
Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, Tarázát

“Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues. Without truthfulness progress and success, in all the worlds of God, are impossible for any soul. When this holy attribute is established in man, all the divine qualities will also be acquired.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, cited in The Advent of Divine Justice

“Without an expectation of truthfulness, without any trust, other virtues or good
behaviors become meaningless. What good is a kind, considerate, and helpful
associate who may cheat us tomorrow? Or a charming, charismatic business
partner who lies? Or a good listener who then backbites us later? Also, the most
vulnerable; once trust is broken, the other virtues are also lost. Trustworthiness
requires integrity and honesty…”  Dorothy Marcic, Managing with the Wisdom of Love, p. 48.

“Trustworthiness is in truth the best of vestures for your temples and the most glorious crown for your heads”. – Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 38.

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