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Daily Reflection -1 ‘Ilm (Knowledge)
October 16, 2018 - October 17, 2018
What are the fruits of the human world?
They are the spiritual attributes which appear in man. If man is bereft of those attributes, he is like a fruitless tree. One whose aspiration is lofty and who has developed self-reliance will not be content with a mere animal existence. He will seek the divine Kingdom; he will long to be in heaven although he still walks the earth in his material body, and though his outer visage be physical, his face of inner reflection will become spiritual and heavenly. Until this station is attained by man, his life will be utterly devoid of real outcomes.
( ‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 336)
For the intention, the power and the action, all the three essential elements are brought together and the realization of everything in the contingent world dependeth upon these three principles.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 691)
Mere knowledge of anything is not sufficient. We all know that justice is good, but there is need for volition and executive force to carry it out. For example, should we think it good to build a church, simply thinking of it as being a good thing will not help its erection. We must will to build it. Then wealth is needed for its erection; simply thinking will not be sufficient.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 317)