Daily Reflection – 10 Alá (Loftiness) Fast

by Glenn Franco Simmons

“Do thou beseech God to enable thee to remain steadfast in this path, (to consecrate thyself to the Will of God) and to aid thee to guide the peoples of the world to Him Who is the manifest and sovereign Ruler, Who hath revealed Himself in a distinct attire, Who giveth utterance to a Divine and specific Message.  This is the essence of faith and certitude.” 
–Baha’u’llah, ‘Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah’, (Wilmette: Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1952) pp. 337-8

Photography by Glenn Franco Simmons

Daily Reflection – 16 Mulk (Dominion)

“Whenever My laws appear like the sun in the heaven of Mine utterance, they must be faithfully obeyed by all, though My decree be such as to cause the heaven of every religion to be cleft asunder. He doth what He pleaseth. He chooseth; and none may question His choice. Whatsoever He, the Well-Beloved, ordaineth, the same is, verily, beloved.”

–Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, paragraph 7

“Man often lacks the understanding to fathom the wisdom of some of the ordinances which are not to his liking. It therefore becomes a matter of demonstration of the depth of his faith when he is faced with a divine command the wisdom and rationale of which he cannot at that time understand.”

–Letter from the Universal House of Justice, dated March 3, 1987, Fire & Gold, p. 195

Daily Reflection – 10 Sultan (Sovereignty)

“Pleasing and acceptable as is a righteous person before God’s Holy Threshold, yet good works should proceed from knowledge.

“However matchless and exquisite may be a blind man’s handiwork, yet he himself is deprived of seeing it.

“How sorely do certain animals labour on man’s behalf, what loads they bear for him, how greatly they contribute to his ease and comfort; and yet, because they are unwitting, they earn no recompense for all their pains.

“The clouds rain down their bounty, nurturing the plants and flowers, and imparting verdure and enchantment to the plain and prairie, the forest and the garden; but yet, unconscious as they are of the results and fruit of their outpourings, they win no praise or honour, nor earn the gratitude and approbation of any man.

“The lamp imparteth light, but as it hath no consciousness of doing so, no one is indebted to it.

“This apart, a man of righteous deeds and goodly conduct will assuredly turn towards the Light, in whichever quarter he behold it.

“The point is this, that faith compriseth both knowledge and the performance of good works.

(Revised translation of Bahá’í World Faith, pp. 382-383, provided by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice in its “Authenticity of Bahá’í World Faith and Foundations of World Unity” Memorandum dated 28 March 1996.)

 


Evening

“God is eternal and ancient; not a new God. His sovereignty is of old, not recent; not merely existent these five or six thousand years. This infinite universe is from everlasting. The sovereignty, power, names and attributes of God are eternal, ancient. His names presuppose creation and predicate His existence and will. We say God is creator. This name creator appears when we connote creation. We say God is the provider. This name presupposes and proves the existence of the provided. God is love. This name proves the existence of the beloved. In the same way God is mercy, God is justice, God is life, etc., etc. Therefore as God is creator, eternal and ancient, there were always creatures and subjects existing and provided for. There is no doubt that divine sovereignty is eternal. Sovereignty necessitates subjects, ministers, trustees and others subordinate to sovereignty. Could there be a king without country, subjects and armies? If we conceive of a time when there were no creatures, no servants, no subjects of divine lordship we dethrone God and predicate a time when God was not. It would be as if He had been recently appointed and man had given these names to Him. The divine sovereignty is ancient, eternal. God from everlasting was love, justice, power, creator, provider, the omniscient, the bountiful.” (Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, pp100-104)

Daily Reflection – 8 Kalimát (Words)

“The second question concerneth faith and religion. The Faith of God hath in this day been made manifest. He Who is the Lord of the world is come and hath shown the way. His faith is the faith of benevolence and His religion is the religion of forbearance. This faith bestoweth eternal life and this religion enableth mankind to dispense with all else. It verily embraceth all faiths and all religions. Take hold thereof and guard it well.”
[Baha’u’llah, The Tabernacle of Unity, Tablet of the Seven Questions (Lawḥ-i-Haft Pursish)]

“The world’s equilibrium hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this most great, this new World Order.  Mankind’s ordered life hath been revolutionized through the agency of this unique, this wondrous System-the like of which mortal eyes have never witnessed.” 
(Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 136.)

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