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Daily Reflection – 17 Mashíyyat (Will)
October 13, 2018 - October 14, 2018
These are the commands of the Blessed Beauty, these are the counsels of the Greatest Name.
O ye dear friends! The world is engaged in war and struggle, and mankind is in the utmost conflict and danger. The darkness of unfaithfulness has enshrouded the earth and the illumination of faithfulness has become concealed. All nations and tribes of the world have sharpened their claws and are warring and fighting with each other. The edifice of man is shattered. Thousands of families are wandering disconsolate. Thousands of souls are besmeared with dust and blood in the arena of battle and struggle every year, and the tent of happiness and life is overthrown. The prominent men become commanders and boast of bloodshed, and glory and destruction. One says: “I have severed with my sword the necks of a nation,” and one: “I have levelled a kingdom to the dust”; and another: “I have overthrown the foundation of a government.” This is the pivot around which the pride and glory of mankind are revolving. In all regions friendship and uprightness are denounced and reconciliation is the Religion of the Blessed Beauty which has pitched its tent on the apex of the world and proclaimed its summons to the people.
(‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith, pp. 216 – 217)
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Thou doest what Thou willest through Thy decree, and choosest, through the power of Thy might, whatsoever Thou desirest.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 100)
Whatsoever is revealed by Thee is the desire of my heart and the beloved of my soul. O God, my God! Look not upon my hopes and my doings, nay rather look upon Thy will that hath encompassed the heavens and the earth. By Thy Most Great Name, O Thou, Lord of all nations! I have desired only what Thou didst desire, and love only what Thou dost love.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Long Obligatory Prayer, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 7)