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 – 6 Mulk (Dominion)

by Steven DaLuz

Say: Let truthfulness and courtesy be your adorning.

Suffer not yourselves to be deprived of the robe of forbearance and justice, that the sweet savors of holiness may be wafted from your hearts upon all created things.

Say: Beware, O people of Baha, lest ye walk in the ways of them whose words differ from their deeds.

Strive that ye may be enabled to manifest to the peoples of the earth the signs of God, and to mirror forth His commandments.

Let your acts be a guide unto all mankind, for the professions of most men, be they high or low, differ from their conduct.

It is through your deeds that ye can distinguish yourselves from others.

Through them the brightness of your light can be shed upon the whole earth.

Happy is the man that heedeth My counsel, and keepeth the precepts prescribed by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

–Baha’u’llah (Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, pp 305)

Daily Reflection – 6 Asmá’ (Names)

“By Him Who shineth above the Dayspring of sanctity!”

He, still more emphatically, has revealed,

“If the whole earth were to be converted into silver and gold, no man who can be said to have truly ascended into the heaven of faith and certitude would deign to regard it, much less to seize and keep it….

They who dwell within the Tabernacle of God, and are established upon the seats of everlasting glory, will refuse, though they be dying of hunger, to stretch their hands, and seize unlawfully the property of their neighbor, however vile and worthless he may be.

The purpose of the one true God in manifesting Himself is to summon all mankind to truthfulness and sincerity, to piety and trustworthiness, to resignation and submissiveness to the will of God, to forbearance and kindliness, to uprightness and wisdom.

His object is to array every man with the mantle of a saintly character, and to adorn him with the ornament of holy and goodly deeds.”

“We have admonished all the loved ones of God,”

He insists,

“to take heed lest the hem of Our sacred vesture be smirched with the mire of unlawful deeds, or be stained with the dust of reprehensible conduct.”

“Cleave unto righteousness, O people of Baha,”

He thus exhorts them,

“This, verily, is the commandment which this wronged One hath given unto you, and the first choice of His unrestrained will for every one of you.”

“A good character,”

He explains,

“is, verily, the best mantle for men from God.

With it He adorneth the temples of His loved ones.

By My life!

The light of a good character surpasseth the light of the sun and the radiance thereof.”

“One righteous act,”

He, again, has written,

“is endowed with a potency that can so elevate the dust as to cause it to pass beyond the heaven of heavens.

It can tear every bond asunder, and hath the power to restore the force that hath spent itself and vanished….

Be pure, O people of God, be pure;

be righteous, be righteous….

Say: O people of God!

That which can insure the victory of Him Who is the Eternal Truth, His hosts and helpers on earth, have been set down in the sacred Books and Scriptures, and are as clear and manifest as the sun.

These hosts are such righteous deeds, such conduct and character, as are acceptable in His sight.

Whoso ariseth, in this Day, to aid Our Cause, and summoneth to his assistance the hosts of a praiseworthy character and upright conduct, the influence from such an action will, most certainly, be diffused throughout the whole world.”

– Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 23-24

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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