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Daily Reflection – 6 Asmá’ (Names)
August 25, 2018 - August 26, 2018
“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,”
“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,”
“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