Bahá'í Quote of the Week
Archive 5b
*January, 2006-January 2008

CXX.
O ye the elected representatives of the people in every land! Take ye counsel together, and let your concern be only for that which profiteth mankind, and bettereth the condition thereof, if ye be of them that scan heedfully. Regard the world as the human body which, though at its creation whole and  perfect, hath been afflicted, through various causes, with grave disorders and maladies. Not for one day did it gain ease, nay its sickness waxed more severe, as it fell under the treatment of ignorant physicians, who gave full rein to their personal desires, and have erred grievously. And if, at one time, through the care of an able physician, a member of that body was healed, the rest remained afflicted as before. Thus informeth you the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

We behold it, in this day, at the mercy of rulers so drunk with pride that they cannot discern clearly their own best advantage, much less recognize a Revelation so bewildering and challenging as this. And whenever any one of them hath striven to improve its condition, his motive hath been his own gain, whether confessedly so or not; and the unworthiness of this motive hath limited his power to heal or cure.

That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith. This can in no wise be achieved except through the power of a skilled, an all-powerful and inspired Physician. This, verily, is the truth, and all else naught but error.

                -- Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh

September 24-30, 2006
October 1-7, 2006

   O Thou compassionate Lord, Thou Who art generous
and able!  We are servants of Thine sheltered beneath
Thy providence.  Cast Thy glance of favor upon us.
Give light to our eyes, hearing to our ears, and
understanding and love to our hearts.  Render our
souls joyous and happy through Thy glad tidings.  O
Lord!  Point out to us the pathway of Thy kingdom and
resuscitate all of us through the breaths of the Holy
Spirit.  Bestow upon us life everlasting and confer
upon us never-ending honor.  Unify mankind and
illumine the world of humanity.  May we all follow Thy
pathway, long for Thy good pleasure and seek the
mysteries of Thy kingdom.  O God!  Unite us and
connect our hearts with Thy indissoluble bond.
Verily, Thou art the Giver, Thou art the Kind One and
Thou art the Almighty. 

                                                         -- 'Abdu'l-Baha

October 8-14, 2006
It is incumbent upon thee to summon the people, under all conditions, to whatever will cause them to show forth spiritual characteristics and goodly deeds, so that all may become aware of that which is the cause of human upliftment, and may, with the utmost endeavor, direct themselves towards the most sublime Station and the Pinnacle of Glory. The fear of God hath ever been the prime factor in the education of His creatures. Well is it with them that have attained thereunto!

                  
                -- Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

October 15-21 2006
Differences which are only those of blood also cause them to destroy and kill one another. Alas! that this should still be so. Let us look rather at the beauty in diversity, the beauty of harmony, and learn a lesson from the vegetable creation. If you beheld a garden in which all the plants were the same as to form, colour and perfume, it would not seem beautiful to you at all, but, rather, monotonous and dull. The garden which is pleasing to the eye and which makes the heart glad, 
is the garden in which are growing side by side flowers of every hue, form and perfume, and the joyous contrast of colour is what makes for charm and beauty. So is it with trees. An orchard full of fruit trees is a delight; so is a plantation planted with many species of shrubs. It is just the diversity and variety that constitutes its charm; each flower, each tree, each fruit, beside being beautiful in itself, brings out by contrast the qualities of the others, and shows to advantage the special loveliness of each and all.

Thus should it be among the children of men! The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord. If you meet those of different race and colour from yourself, do not mistrust them and withdraw yourself into your shell of conventionality, but rather be glad and show them kindness. Think of them as different coloured roses growing in the beautiful garden of humanity, and rejoice to be among them.

                                       -- `Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks

October 22-28 2006
All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth. Say: O friends! Drink your fill from this crystal stream that floweth through the heavenly grace of Him Who is the Lord of Names. Let others partake of its waters in My name, that the leaders of men in every land may fully recognize the purpose for which the Eternal Truth hath been revealed, and the reason for which they themselves have been created.

    
                 -- Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh

October 29-November 4, 2006
O Thou Almighty Lord!

Strengthen all mankind that they may do according to the instructions and teachings recorded in these writings, so that wars and strifes may be eliminated from the world of man; that the roots of enmity may be destroyed and the foundations of love and affection be established; that the hearts may be filled with love and the souls be attracted; that wisdom may advance and the faces become brightened and illumined; that there be no more wars and strifes and that reconciliation and peace appear; that the Unity of the world of man may pitch its tent on the "apex of the horizons," so that peoples and parties become as one nation, that different continents become as one continent and the whole earth as one land; that the sects of antagonizing and dogmatic religions be unified; that the world of creation be adorned and all the people of the earth abide in unity and peace.

Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Bestower, the Beholder!
                        
                  
                    (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v1, p. ix)

November 5-11, 2006
CXXII. Man is the supreme Talisman. Lack of a proper education hath, however, deprived him of that which he doth inherently possess. Through a word  proceeding out of the mouth of God he was called into being; by one word more he was guided to recognize the Source of his education; by yet another word his station and destiny were safeguarded. The Great Being saith: Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom. If any man were to meditate on that which the Scriptures, sent down from the heaven of God's holy Will, have revealed, he would readily recognize that their purpose is that all men shall be regarded as one soul, so that the seal bearing the words "The Kingdom shall be God's" may be stamped on every heart, and the light of Divine bounty, of grace, and mercy may envelop all mankind. The one true God, exalted be His glory, hath wished nothing for Himself. The allegiance of mankind profiteth Him not, neither doth its perversity harm Him. The Bird of the Realm of Utterance voiceth continually this call: "All things have I willed for thee, and thee, too, for thine own sake."  If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure. Were the earth to attain this station and be illumined with its light it could then be truly said of it: "Thou shall see in it no hollows or rising hills."

                -- Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh

November 11-18, 2006
The Birth of  Bahá 'u' lláh
The anniversary of the Birth of  Bahá 'u' lláh begins at sunset  on November 11. November 12 is a Holy Day;  Baha'is should make every effort to be excused from work and school.
He Who is the Eternal Truth hath, from the Day Spring of Glory, directed His eyes towards the people of Bahá, and is addressing them in these words: "Address yourselves to the promotion of the well-being and tranquillity of the children of men. Bend your minds and wills to the education of the peoples and kindreds of the earth, that haply the dissensions that divide it may, through the power of the Most Great Name, be blotted out from  its face, and all mankind become the upholders of one Order, and the inhabitants of one City."

                                                           -Bahá 'u' lláh
November 19-25, 2006
A prayer for spiritual growth:

"O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harrass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord."

                                                                   -'Abdu'l-Bahá
                    
November  (25) 26-December 2, 2006
The Day of the Covenant
The celebration of the Day of the Covenant begins November 25 at sunset. On this day we celebrate the appoinment of 'Abdu'l-Bahá as the Center of the Covenant. Work and school do not need to be suspended on this Holy Day.
O ye League of the Covenant! Verily the Abhá Beauty made a promise to the beloved who are steadfast in the Covenant, that He would reinforce their strivings with the strongest of supports, and succor them with His triumphant might.

                                                -Abdu'l-Bahá
November 27, 28
The anniversary of the Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá begins November 27 at sunset. His Ascension should be commemorated at about 1:00 A.M. on November 28. Work and school do not need to be suspended on this Holy Day.
December 3-9, 2006

All created things have their degree or stage of maturity. The period of maturity in the life of a tree is the time of its fruit-bearing....and in the human kingdom man reaches his maturity when the light of his intelligence attains its greatest power and development....Similarly there are periods and stages in the collective life of humanity. At one time it was passing through its stage of childhood, at another its period of youth, but now, it has entered its long predictated phase of maturity, the evidences of which are everywhere apparent.... Man must now become imbued with new virtues and powers, new moral standards, new capacities.  New bounties, perfect bestowals, are awaiting and already decending upon him. The gifts and blessings of the period of youth, although timely and sufficient during the adolescence of mankind, are now incapable of meeting the requirements of its maturity.

                                                              -'Abdu'l-Bahá
December 10-16, 2006
A Prayer for Spiritual Qualities

Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope!  Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire!  Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God!  Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquility on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!

                                                                       -Bahá 'u' lláh
December 17-23, 2006
That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race.
The Great Being saith:  Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth.  In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.  The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.

                        
                                            -Bahá 'u' lláh,
                              The Proclamation of Bahá 'u' lláh, p.6
December 24-30, 2006
Prayer for Mankind

  O Thou kind Lord!  Thou hast created all humanity
from the same stock.  Thou hast decreed that all shall
belong to the same household.  In Thy Holy Presence
they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are
sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered
together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined
through the light of Thy Providence.

   O God!  Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided
for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all.
Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and
faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy
Mercy.

   O Thou kind Lord!  Unite all.  Let the religions
agree and make the nations one, so that they may see
each other as one family and the whole earth as one
home.  May they all live together in perfect harmony.

   O God!  Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of
mankind.

   O God!  Establish the Most Great Peace.  Cement
Thou, O God, the hearts together.  O Thou kind Father, God!  Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love.  Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance.  Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.  Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlookeththe shortcomings of all mankind. 

                                                              'Abdu'l-Bahá
December 31, 2006-January 6, 2007
SON OF SPIRIT!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee.  By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be.  Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness.  Set it then before thine eyes.

                                     -Bahá 'u' lláh,
                        The Hidden Words of Bahá 'u' lláh,
                                    Part 1- From the Arabic

January 7-13, 2007
CXVII.

The Great Being, wishing to reveal the prerequisites of the peace and tranquillity of the world and the advancement of its peoples, hath written: The time must come when the imperative necessity for the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men will be universally realized. The rulers and kings of the earth must needs attend it, and, participating in its deliberations, must consider such ways and means as will lay the foundations of the world's Great Peace amongst men. Such a peace demandeth that the Great Powers should resolve, for the sake of the tranquillity of the peoples of the earth, to be fully reconciled among themselves. Should any king take up arms against another, all should unitedly arise and prevent him. If this be done, the nations of the world will no longer require any armaments, except for the purpose of preserving the security of their realms and of maintaining internal order within their territories. This will ensure the peace and composure of every people, government and nation. We fain would hope that the kings and rulers of the earth, the mirrors of the gracious and almighty name of God, may attain unto this station, and shield mankind from the onslaught of tyranny. ...The day is approaching when all the peoples of the world will have adopted one universal language  and one common script. When this is achieved, to whatsoever city a man may journey, it shall be as if he were entering his own home. These things are obligatory and absolutely essential. It is incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding to strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action.... That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.

                    -- Gleanings from the Writings of  Bahá'u'lláh

January 14-20, 2007
The foundations of all the divine religions are peace and agreement, but misunderstandings and ignorance have developed. If these are caused to disappear you will see that all the religious agencies will work for peace and promulgate the oneness of humankind. For the foundation of all is reality and reality is not multiple or divisible. His Holiness Moses founded it, His Holiness Jesus raised its tent, and its brilliant light has shone forth in all the religions. His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh proclaimed this one reality and spread the message of the "Most Great Peace". Even in prison he rested not until he lighted this lamp in the East. Praise be to God! all who have accepted his teachings are lovers of peace, peacemakers ready to sacrifice their lives and expend their possessions for it. Now let this standard be upraised in the West and many will respond to the call. America has become renowned for her discoveries, inventions and artistic skill, famous for equity of government and stupendous undertakings; now may she also become noted and celebrated as the herald and messenger of Universal Peace. Let this be her mission and undertaking and may its blessed impetus spread to all countries. I pray for all of you that you may render this service to the world of humanity.

          -- Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity

January 21-27, 2007
O ye beloved of God! When the winds blow severely, rains fall fiercely, the lightening flashes, the thunder roars, the bolt descends and storms of trial become severe, grieve not; for after this storm, verily, the divine spring will arrive, the hills and fields will become verdant, the expanses of grain will joyfully wave, the earth will become covered with blossoms, the trees will be clothed with green garments and adorned with  blossoms and fruits. Thus blessings become manifest in all countries. These favors are results of those storms and hurricanes.

The discerning man rejoiceth at the day of trials, his breast becometh dilated at the time of severe storms, his eyes become brightened when seeing the showers of rain and gusts of wind, whereby trees are uprooted; because he foreseeth the result and the end (of these trials); the leaves, blossoms and fruits (which follow this wintry storm); while the ignorant (short-sighted) person becometh troubled when he seethe a storm, is saddened when it raineth severely, is terrified by the thunder and trembleth at the surging of the waves which storm the shore.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v1, p. 12)
January 28-February 3, 2007
11.
O SON OF DUST!
Blind thine eyes, that thou mayest behold My beauty; stop thine ears, that thou mayest hearken unto the sweet melody of My voice; empty thyself of all learning, that thou mayest partake of My knowledge; and sanctify thyself from riches, that thou mayest obtain a lasting share from the ocean of My eternal wealth. Blind thine eyes, that is, to all save My beauty; stop thine ears to all save My word; empty thyself of all learning save the knowledge of Me; that with a clear vision, a pure heart and an attentive ear thou mayest enter the court of My holiness.


                  (Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)
February 4-10, 2007
This is the century of the Blessed Perfection! This is the cycle of the light of His beauty! This is the consummate day of all the Prophets! These are the days of seed sowing. These are the days of tree planting. The bountiful bestowals of God are successive. He who sows a seed in this day will behold his reward in the fruits and harvest of the heavenly Kingdom. This timely seed, when planted in the hearts of the beloved of God, will be watered by showers of divine mercy and warmed by the sunshine of divine love. Its fruitage and flower shall be the solidarity of mankind, the perfection of justice and the praiseworthy attributes of heaven manifest in humanity. All who sow such a seed and plant such a tree according to the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh shall surely witness this divine outcome in the degrees of its perfection and will attain unto the good pleasure of the Merciful One.


-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

February 11-17, 2007
Blessed are they that have soared on the wings of detachment and attained the station which, as ordained by God, overshadoweth the entire creation, whom neither the vain imaginations of the learned, nor the multitude of the hosts of the earth have succeeded in deflecting from His Cause. Who is there among you, O people, who will renounce the world, and draw nigh unto God, the Lord of all names? Where is he to be found who, through the power of My name that transcendeth all created things, will cast away the things that men possess, and cling, with all his might, to the things which God, the Knower of the unseen and of the seen, hath bidden him observe? Thus hath His bounty been sent down unto men, His testimony fulfilled, and His proof shone forth above the Horizon of mercy. Rich is the prize that shall be won by him who hath believed and exclaimed: "Lauded art Thou, O Beloved of all worlds! Magnified be Thy name, O Thou the Desire of every understanding heart!"


          (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of                                          Baha'u'llah, p. 34)

February 18-24, 2007
God grant that the light of unity may envelop the whole earth, and that the seal,  "the Kingdom is God's,"  may be stamped upon the brow of all its peoples.                                                                                                                        -Bahá 'u' lláh

True civilization will unfurl its banner in the mid-most heart of the world whenever a certain number of its distinguished and high-minded sovereigns- the shining exemplars of devotion and determination- shall, for the good and happiness of all mankind, arise, with firm resolve and clear vision, to establish the Cause of Universal Peace.

                                                                                   -'Abdu'l-Bahá

February 24- March 3, 2007
                            The Celebration of Ayyám-i-Há

The Celebration of Ayyám-i-Há, the Intercalary Days, will begin at sunset (February 25) and continues until sunset on March 1st.  Ayyám-i-Há is a time of preparation for the Nineteen Day Fast (March 2-20 ).
It is also a time for hospitality, charity and the giving of presents.

                          (Quotes Below)

My God, my fire and my light! The days which Thou hast named the Ayyám-i-Há in Thy Book have begun, O Thou Who art the King of names, and the fast which Thy most exalted Pen hath enjoined unto all who are in the kingdom of Thy creation to observe is approaching: I entreat Thee, O my Lord... to grant that unto every soul may be assigned a place within the precincts of Thy court, and a seat at the revelation of the splendors of the light of Thy countenance.

                                                     -Bahá 'u' lláh

Happy is the soul hat shall forget his own good,
and like the chosen ones of God, vie with his fellows  in service to the good of all...

                                                      -'Abdu'l-Bahá
March 2-20, 2007
The month of 'Alá', or Loftiness, begins March 1st at sunset. The coming month is the month of the Nineteen Day Fast (March 2-20). All Bahá'ís from fifteen to seventy years old must abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset on each of the nineteen days of the month of 'Alá'. Travelers, the sick, those engaged in heavy physical labor, and women who are pregnant, nursing, or menstruating are exempt from fasting.


Quote:

Happy are the days that have been consecrated to the remembrance of God, and blessed the hours which have been spent in praise of Him Who is the All-Wise.

                                            -Bahá 'u' lláh


A Prayer

Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God!  I beseech Thee
by this Revelation whereby darkness hath been turned
into light, through which the Frequented Fane hath
been built, and the Written Tablet revealed, and the
Outspread Roll uncovered, to send down Upon me and
upon them who are in my company that which will enable us to soar into the heavens of Thy transcendent glory, and will wash us from the stain of such doubts as have hindered the suspicious from entering into the
tabernacle of Thy unity.

   I am the one, O my Lord, who hath held fast the
cord of Thy loving-kindness, and clung to the hem of
Thy mercy and favors.  Do Thou ordain for me and for
my loved ones the good of this world and of the world
to come.  Supply them, then, with the Hidden Gift Thou
didst ordain for the choicest among Thy creatures.

These are, O my Lord, the days in which Thou hast
bidden Thy servants to observe the fast.  Blessed is
he that observeth the fast wholly for Thy sake and
with absolute detachment from all things except Thee.
Assist me and assist them, O my Lord, to obey Thee and to keep Thy precepts.  Thou, verily, hast power to do what Thou choosest.

   There is no God but Thee, the All-Knowing, the
All-Wise.  All praise be to God, the Lord of all
worlds.


                                                       --Baha'u'llah
March 2-20, 2007
The month of 'Alá', or Loftiness, begins March 1st at sunset. The coming month is the month of the Nineteen Day Fast (March 2-20). All Bahá'ís from fifteen to seventy years old must abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset on each of the nineteen days of the month of 'Alá'. Travelers, the sick, those engaged in heavy physical labor, and women who are pregnant, nursing, or menstruating are exempt from fasting.


Quote:

Happy are the days that have been consecrated to the remembrance of God, and blessed the hours which have been spent in praise of Him Who is the All-Wise.

                                            -Bahá 'u' lláh


A Prayer

Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God!  I beseech Thee
by this Revelation whereby darkness hath been turned
into light, through which the Frequented Fane hath
been built, and the Written Tablet revealed, and the
Outspread Roll uncovered, to send down Upon me and
upon them who are in my company that which will enable us to soar into the heavens of Thy transcendent glory, and will wash us from the stain of such doubts as have hindered the suspicious from entering into the
tabernacle of Thy unity.

   I am the one, O my Lord, who hath held fast the
cord of Thy loving-kindness, and clung to the hem of
Thy mercy and favors.  Do Thou ordain for me and for
my loved ones the good of this world and of the world
to come.  Supply them, then, with the Hidden Gift Thou
didst ordain for the choicest among Thy creatures.

These are, O my Lord, the days in which Thou hast
bidden Thy servants to observe the fast.  Blessed is
he that observeth the fast wholly for Thy sake and
with absolute detachment from all things except Thee.
Assist me and assist them, O my Lord, to obey Thee and to keep Thy precepts.  Thou, verily, hast power to do what Thou choosest.

   There is no God but Thee, the All-Knowing, the
All-Wise.  All praise be to God, the Lord of all
worlds.


                                                       --Baha'u'llah
March 25-31, 2007
Religions are many, but the reality of religion is one. The days are many, but the sun is one. The
fountains are many, but the fountainhead is one.
The branches are many, but the tree is one.
  The foundation of the divine religions is reality;
were there no reality, there would be no religions.
Abraham heralded reality. Moses promulgated reality. Christ established reality. Muhammad was the Messenger of reality. The Báb was the door of reality. Bahá 'u' lláh was the splendor of reality. Reality is one; it does not admit multiplicity or division. Reality is as the sun, which shines forth from differing dawning points; it is as the light, which has illumined many lanterns.
    Therefore, if the religions investigate reality and seek the essential truth of their own foundations, they will agree and no difference will be found.

                                                    -'Abdu'l-Bahá
April 1-7, 2007
Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship....
   They that are endued with sincerity and faithfulness should associate with all the peoples and kindreds of the earth with joy and radiance, inasmuch as consorting with people hath promoted and will continue to promote unity and concord, which in turn are conducive to the maintenance of order in the world and to the regeneration of nations.
                                                        
                                          -Bahá 'u' lláh

There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God.

                                           -Bahá 'u' lláh

April 8-14, 2007
We must be like the fountain or spring that is continually emptying itself of all that it has, and is continually being refilled from an invisible source. To be continually giving out for the good of our fellows undeterred by the fear of poverty and reliant on the unfailing bounty of the Source of all wealth and all good- that is the secret of right living.

                                           -Shoghi Effendi

April 15-21, 2007
The Festival of Ridván

The twelve day festival commemorating Bahá 'u' lláh's Declaration of His mission to His companions is celebrated annually from 21 April through 2 May.
Bahá 'u' lláh acclaimed Ridván as the 'Most Great Festival' , the 'King of Festivals, the 'Festival of God'  and has referred to it as the Day whereon 'the breezes of forgiveness were wafted over the entire creation'.

The first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridván are celebrated as Holy Days on which work is suspended. Local spiritual assemblies are elected annually on the first day of Ridván while national spiritual assemblies are elected during the Ridván  period. The Universal House of Justice is elected every five years during the Ridván  period.
April 22-28, 2007
The Festival of Ridván

The twelve day festival commemorating Bahá 'u' lláh's Declaration of His mission to His companions is celebrated annually from 21 April through 2 May.
Bahá 'u' lláh acclaimed Ridván as the 'Most Great Festival' , the 'King of Festivals, the 'Festival of God'  and has referred to it as the Day whereon 'the breezes of forgiveness were wafted over the entire creation'.

The first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridván are celebrated as Holy Days on which work is suspended. Local spiritual assemblies are elected annually on the first day of Ridván while national spiritual assemblies are elected during the Ridván  period. The Universal House of Justice is elected every five years during the Ridván  period.
April 29-May 5,, 2007
The Festival of Ridván

The twelve day festival commemorating Bahá 'u' lláh's Declaration of His mission to His companions is celebrated annually from 21 April through 2 May.
Bahá 'u' lláh acclaimed Ridván as the 'Most Great Festival' , the 'King of Festivals, the 'Festival of God'  and has referred to it as the Day whereon 'the breezes of forgiveness were wafted over the entire creation'.

The first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridván are celebrated as Holy Days on which work is suspended. Local spiritual assemblies are elected annually on the first day of Ridván while national spiritual assemblies are elected during the Ridván  period. The Universal House of Justice is elected every five years during the Ridván  period.
May 6-12, 2007
In accordance with the Divine Teachings,  the aquisition of sciences and the perfection of arts is considered as acts of worship. If a man engages with all his power in the aquisition of a science or in the perfection of an art, it is as if he has been worshipping God in the churches and temples.

                                                               - 'Abdu'l-Bahá
May 13-19, 2007
In our solar system, the center of illumination is the sun itself. Through the will of God this central luminary is the one source of the existence and development of all phenomenal things....Without this quickening impulse there would be no growth of tree or vegetation, neither would the existence of animal or human being be possible; in fact no forms of created life would be manifest upon the earth....
   Likewise in the spiritual realm of intelligence and idealism there must be a center of illumination, and that center is the everlasting, ever-shining Sun, the Word of God....This Sun of Reality, this center of effulgence's is the prophet or Manifestation of God.  Just as the phenomenal sun shines upon the material world producing life and growth, likewise the spiritual or prophetic Sun confers illumination upon the human world of thought and intelligence, and unless it rose upon the horizon of human existence the kingdom of man would become dark and extinguished.

                                                             -'Abdu'l-Bahá       
May 20-26, 2007
The anniversary of the Declaration of the Báb begins  May 22 at sunset.
May 23 is a Holy Day. Bahá'ís should make every effort to be excused from work and school- and should celebrate the Declaration of the Báb two hours after Sunset on May 22.                     
Quote:

O Lord! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction, Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul. O Lord! Grant deliverance through Thy mercy, and reckon me among such servants of Thine as have gained salvation.

                                                  -The Báb
May 27-June 2, 2007
The Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh

The anniversary of the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh begins  May 28 at sunset. The commemoration of His Ascension should take place at 3:00 A.M. on May 29. It is a Bahá'í Holy Day; Bahá'ís should make every effort to be excused from work and school.
     
Quote:

For the betterment of the world  Bahá'u'lláh endured all the hardships, ordeals and vicissitudes of life, sacrificing His very being and comfort, forfeiting His estates, possessions and honor- all that pertains to human existence-not for one year, nay rather, for nearly fifty years.

                                                    
                                                       - Abdu'l-Baha 
June 3-9, 2007
.O Son of Man!

If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of them that are content with My pleasure? If trials afflict thee not in thy longing to meet Me, how will thou attain the light of My beauty?

                                                              -Bahá'u'lláh

We glory in tribulations also: know that tribulation worketh patience...
                      
                                                    -Romans 5-3
June 10-16, 2007
Religions are many, but the reality of religion is one. The days are many, but the sun is one. The fountains are many, but the fountainhead is one. The branches are many, but the tree is one.
  The foundation of the divine religions is reality; were there no reality, there would be no religions. Abraham heralded reality. Muhammad was the Messenger of reality. The Báb was  the door of reality. Bahá 'u' lláh was the splendor of reality. Reality is one; it does not admit multiplicity or division. Reality is as the sun, which shines forth from different dawning points; it is as the light, which has illumined many lanterns.
  Therefore, if the religions investigate reality and seek the essential truth of their own foundations, they will agree and no difference will be found.

                                                         -'Abdu'l-Bahá

June 17-23, 2007

The All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy. Every age hath had its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and centre your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.


                                                -Bahá 'u' lláh,
        Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá 'u' lláh, p. 213

June 24-30, 2007
Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.

                                                   -Bahá 'u' lláh
July 1-7, 2007
Pay ye no heed to aversion and rejection, to distain, hostility, injustice:  act ye in the opposite way.  Be ye sincerely kind, not in appearance only.  Let each one of God's loved ones centre his attention on this:  to be the Lord's mercy to man;  to be the Lord's grace.  Let him do some good to every person whose path he crosseth,  and be of some benifit to him....In this way, the light of divine guidance will shine forth, and the blessings of God will cradle all mankind: for love is light, no matter in what abode it dwelleth; and hate is darkness, no matter where it may make its nest.

                                        -'Abdu'l-Bahá,
                  Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá
.July 8-14,2007

The Martyrdom of the Báb

On July 9, 1850, the Báb was martyred in Tabriz, Persia. The anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Báb should be commemorated July 9 at noon.


Fear not: I am come into this world to bear witness to the glory of sacrifice...The drops of this consecrated blood will be the seed out of which will arise the mighty Tree of God, the Tree that will gather beneath its all-embracing shadow the peoples and kindreds of the earth.

                                                                   -The Báb
July 15-21, 2007
The civilization, so often vaunted by the learned exponents of arts and science, will, if allowed to overleap the bounds of moderation, bring great evil upon men.  Thus warneth you He Who is the All-Knowing. If carried to excess, civilization will prove as prolific a source of evil as it had been of goodness when kept within the restraints of moderation. Meditate on this, O people, and be not of them that wander distraught in the wilderness of error. The day is approaching when its flame will devour the cities, when the Tongue of Grandeur will proclaim: "The Kingdom is God's, the Almighty, the All-Praised!"


              Bahá 'u' lláh, Gleanings from the Writings
             of Bahá 'u' lláh, pp. 342-343
July 22-28, 2007
The purpose of religion as revealed from the heaven of God's holy Will is to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world; make it not the cause of dissension and strife.


                                                       -Bahá 'u' lláh

July 29- August 4, 2007
Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a
tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope!  Through the
spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my
Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal
unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire!
Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up
unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being,
and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O
Thou Who art my God!  Let Thine everlasting melodies
breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let
the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me
from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings
of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring
me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the
manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!


                                                             - Bahá'u'lláh

August 5-11, 2007
A prayer for spiritual growth:


"O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harrass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord."

                                                    -'Abdu'l-Bahá
                    
August 12-18, 2007
  O Thou kind Lord!  O Thou Who art generous and
merciful!  We are the servants of Thy threshold and
are gathered beneath the sheltering shadow of Thy
divine unity.  The sun of Thy mercy is shining upon
all, and the clouds of Thy bounty shower upon all.
Thy gifts encompass all, Thy loving providence
sustains all, Thy protection overshadows all, and the
glances of Thy favor are cast upon all.  O Lord!
Grant Thine infinite bestowals, and let the light of
Thy guidance shine.  Illumine the eyes, gladden the
hearts with abiding joy.  Confer a new spirit upon all
people and bestow upon them eternal life.  Unlock the
gates of true understanding and let the light of faith
shine resplendent.  Gather all people beneath the
shadow of Thy bounty and cause them to unite in
harmony, so that they may become as the rays of one
sun, as the waves of one ocean, and as the fruit of
one tree.  May they drink from the same fountain.
May they be refreshed by the same breeze.  May they
receive illumination from the same source of light.
Thou art the Giver, the Merciful, the Omnipotent.


                                                     -'Abdu'l-Baha
August 26- September 1, 2007
All created things have their degree or stage of maturity. The period of maturity in the life of a tree is the time of its fruit-bearing....and in the human kingdom man reaches his maturity when the light of his intelligence attains its greatest power and development....Similarly there are periods and stages in the collective life of humanity. At one time it was passing through its stage of childhood, at another its period of youth, but now, it has entered its long predictated phase of maturity, the evidences of which are everywhere apparent.... Man must now become imbued with new virtues and powers, new moral standards, new capacities.  New bounties, perfect bestowals, are awaiting and already decending upon him. The gifts and blessings of the period of youth, although timely and sufficient during the adolescence of mankind, are now incapable of meeting the requirements of its maturity.

                                              -'Abdu'l-Bahá

September 2-8, 2007

This is a new cycle of human power.  All the horizons of the world are luminous, and the world will become indeed as a garden and a paradise....
The gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and the fundamental oneness of religion.

                                           -'Abdu'l-Bahá
September 9-15, 2007
Religions are many, but the reality of religion is one. The days are many, but the sun is one. The fountains are many, but the fountainhead is one. The branches are many, but the tree is one.
  The foundation of the divine religions is reality; were there no reality, there would be no religions. Abraham heralded reality. Muhammad was the Messenger of reality. The Báb was  the door of reality. Bahá 'u' lláh was the splendor of reality. Reality is one; it does not admit multiplicity or division. Reality is as the sun, which shines forth from different dawning points; it is as the light, which has illumined many lanterns.
  Therefore, if the religions investigate reality and seek the essential truth of their own foundations, they will agree and no difference will be found.

                                                   -'Abdu'l-Bahá

September 16-22, 2007
Beware lest ye harm any soul, or make any heart
to sorrow; lest ye wound any man with your words, be he known to you or a stranger, be he friend or foe. Pray ye for all; ask ye that all be blessed, all be forgiven.

                                                           -'Abdu'l-Bahá  


Question:

What do the Bahá'í writings say about gossip?

Answer:

Bahá 'u' lláh strictly forbids gossip and backbiting.
September 23-29, 2007
O CHILDREN OF MEN!
Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory

                        Bahá'u'lláh
                        # 68 / Hidden Words

September 30-October 6, 2007
O Son of the Throne!
Thy hearing is My hearing, hear thou therewith. Thy sight is My sight, do thou see therewith, that in thine inmost soul thou mayest testify unto My exalted sanctity, and I within Myself may bear witness unto an exalted station for thee.   

                                                              -'Abdu'l-Baha
October 7-13, 2007
O Son of Man!
If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of them that are content with My pleasure? If trials afflict thee not in thy longing to meet Me, how wilt thou attain the light in thy love for My beauty?

                                        -Bahá 'u' lláh

We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience...  

                                         -Romans 5:3

October 14-20, 2007
  O Thou kind Lord!  O Thou Who art generous and
merciful!  We are the servants of Thy threshold and
are gathered beneath the sheltering shadow of Thy
divine unity.  The sun of Thy mercy is shining upon
all, and the clouds of Thy bounty shower upon all.
Thy gifts encompass all, Thy loving providence
sustains all, Thy protection overshadows all, and the
glances of Thy favor are cast upon all.  O Lord!
Grant Thine infinite bestowals, and let the light of
Thy guidance shine.  Illumine the eyes, gladden the
hearts with abiding joy.  Confer a new spirit upon all
people and bestow upon them eternal life.  Unlock the
gates of true understanding and let the light of faith
shine resplendent.  Gather all people beneath the
shadow of Thy bounty and cause them to unite in
harmony, so that they may become as the rays of one
sun, as the waves of one ocean, and as the fruit of
one tree.  May they drink from the same fountain.
May they be refreshed by the same breeze.  May they
receive illumination from the same source of light.
Thou art the Giver, the Merciful, the Omnipotent.


                                                     -'Abdu'l-Baha
October 21-27, 2007
                          Prayer for Mankind

O Thou kind Lord!  Thou hast created all humanity
from the same stock.  Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household.  In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.

   O God!  Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided
for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all.
Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and
faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.

O Thou kind Lord!  Unite all.  Let the religions
agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home.  May they all live together in perfect harmony.

   O God!  Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of
mankind.

   O God!  Establish the Most Great Peace.  Cement
Thou, O God, the hearts together.  O Thou kind Father, God!  Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love.  Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance.  Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.  Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind. 

                            -'Abdu'l-Bahá
October 28-November 3, 2007
Men who suffer not, will attain no perfection. The plant most pruned by the gardeners is that one which, when the summer comes, will have the most beautiful blossoms and the most abundant fruit.

                                                    -'Abdu'l-Bahá
November 4-10, 2007

Follow thou the way of thy Lord, and say not that which the ears cannot bear to hear, for speech is like a lucious food given to small children. However palatable, rare and rich the food may be, it cannot be assimilated by the digestive organs of a suckling child. Therefore unto every one who hath a right, let his settled measure be given.
  "Not everything that a man knoweth can be disclosed, nor can everything that he can disclose be regarded as timely, nor can every timely utterance be considered as suited to the capacity of those who hear it."  Such is the consummate wisdom to be observed in thy pursuits.  Be not oblivious thereof, if thou wishest to be a man of action under all conditions.  First diagnose and identify the malady, then prescribe the remedy, for such is the perfect method of the skilful physician.
                                                    
                                                   -Abdu'l-Bahá

November 11-17, 2007
The Birth of Bahá 'u' lláh

The anniversary of the Birth of  Bahá 'u' lláh begins at sunset  on November 11. November 12 is a Holy Day;  Baha'is should make every effort to be excused from work and school.
He Who is the Eternal Truth hath, from the Day Spring of Glory, directed His eyes towards the people of Bahá, and is addressing them in these words: "Address yourselves to the promotion of the well-being and tranquillity of the children of men. Bend your minds and wills to the education of the peoples and kindreds of the earth, that haply the dissensions that divide it may, through the power of the Most Great Name, be blotted out from  its face, and all mankind become the upholders of one Order, and the inhabitants of one City."

                                                           -Bahá 'u' lláh
November 18-24, 2007

According to the teachings of Bahá 'u' lláh the family, being a human unit, must be educated according to the rules of sanctity. All the virtues must be taught the family. The integrity of the family bond must be constantly considered, and the rights of the individual members must not be transgressed. The rights of the son, the father, the mother- none of them must be transgressed, none of them must be arbitrary. Just as the son has certain obligations to his father, the father, likewise, has certain obligations to his son. The mother, the sister and other members of the household have their certain prerogatives. All these rights and prerogatives must be conserved, yet the unity of the family must be sustained. The injury of one shall be considered the injury of all; the comfort of each, the comfort of all; the honor of one, the honor of all.

                                                   -'Abdu'l-Bahá

November 25-December 1, 2007
The Day of the Covenant

Oh, trust in God! For His Bounty is everlasting, and in His Blessings, for they are superb. Oh! put your faith in the Almighty, for He faileth not and His goodness endureth forever! His Sun giveth light continually, and the Clouds of His Mercy are full of the Waters of Compassion with which He waters the hearts of all who trust in Him. His refreshing Breeze ever carries healing in its wings to the parched souls of men!
   
                                                 -Abdu'l-Bahá

O ye League of the Covenant! Verily the Abhá Beauty made a promise to the beloved who are steadfast in the Covenant, that He would reinforce their strivings with the strongest of supports, and succor them with His triumphant might.

                                                -Abdu'l-Bahá
The celebration of the Day of the Covenant begins November 25 at sunset. On this day we celebrate the appoinment of 'Abdu'l-Bahá as the Center of the Covenant. Work and school do not need to be suspended on this Holy Day.
The Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá

The anniversary of the Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá begins November 27 at sunset. His Ascension should be commemorated at about 1:00 A.M. on November 28. Work and school do not need to be suspended on this Holy Day.
December 2-8, 2007

All created things have their degree or stage of maturity. The period of maturity in the life of a tree is the time of its fruit-bearing....and in the human kingdom man reaches his maturity when the light of his intelligence attains its greatest power and development....Similarly there are periods and stages in the collective life of humanity. At one time it was passing through its stage of childhood, at another its period of youth, but now, it has entered its long predictated phase of maturity, the evidences of which are everywhere apparent.... Man must now become imbued with new virtues and powers, new moral standards, new capacities.  New bounties, perfect bestowals, are awaiting and already decending upon him. The gifts and blessings of the period of youth, although timely and sufficient during the adolescence of mankind, are now incapable of meeting the requirements of its maturity.

                                                      -'Abdu'l-Bahá

December 9-15, 2007
Beware lest ye harm any soul, or make any heart to sorrow; lest ye wound any man with your words, be he known to you or a stranger, be he friend or foe. Pray ye for all; ask ye that all be blessed, all be forgiven.

                                                           
                                             -'Abdu'l-Bahá  

Question: 

What do the Bahá'í writings say about gossip?

Answer:

Bahá 'u' lláh strictly forbids gossip and backbiting.
December 16-22, 2007
O Son of Spirit!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice;
turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and
neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see withthine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.

                                                         -Bahá 'u' lláh

December 23-29 2007
  O Thou kind Lord!  O Thou Who art generous and
merciful!  We are the servants of Thy threshold and
are gathered beneath the sheltering shadow of Thy
divine unity.  The sun of Thy mercy is shining upon
all, and the clouds of Thy bounty shower upon all.
Thy gifts encompass all, Thy loving providence
sustains all, Thy protection overshadows all, and the
glances of Thy favor are cast upon all.  O Lord!
Grant Thine infinite bestowals, and let the light of
Thy guidance shine.  Illumine the eyes, gladden the
hearts with abiding joy.  Confer a new spirit upon all
people and bestow upon them eternal life.  Unlock the
gates of true understanding and let the light of faith
shine resplendent.  Gather all people beneath the
shadow of Thy bounty and cause them to unite in
harmony, so that they may become as the rays of one
sun, as the waves of one ocean, and as the fruit of
one tree.  May they drink from the same fountain.
May they be refreshed by the same breeze.  May they
receive illumination from the same source of light.
Thou art the Giver, the Merciful, the Omnipotent.


                                                                       -'Abdu'l-Baha
January 6-12, 2008
A Prayer for Assistance with Tests
O Lord, my God and my Haven in my distress!  My Shield and my Shelter in my woes!  My Asylum and Refuge in time of need and in my loneliness my Companion!  In my anguish my Solace, and in my solitude a loving Friend!  The Remover of the pangs of my sorrows and the Pardoner of my sins!

   Wholly unto Thee do I turn, fervently imploring
Thee with all my heart, my mind and my tongue, to
shield me from all that runs counter to Thy will in
this, the cycle of Thy divine unity, and to cleanse me
of all defilement that will hinder me from seeking,
stainless and unsullied, the shade of the tree of Thy
grace.

   Have mercy, O Lord, on the feeble, make whole the
sick, and quench the burning thirst.  Gladden the bosom wherein the fire of Thy love doth smolder, and
set it aglow with the flame of Thy celestial love and
spirit.  Robe the tabernacles of divine unity with the
vesture of holiness, and set upon my head the crown of Thy favor.

   Illumine my face with the radiance of the orb of
Thy bounty, and graciously aid me in ministering at
Thy holy threshold.

   Make my heart overflow with love for Thy creatures
and grant that I may become the sign of Thy mercy, the token of Thy grace, the promoter of concord amongst Thy loved ones, devoted unto Thee, uttering Thy commemoration and forgetful of self but ever mindful of what is Thine.

   O God, my God!  Stay not from me the gentle gales
of Thy pardon and grace, and deprive me not of the
wellsprings of Thine aid and favor.  'Neath the shade
of Thy protecting wings let me nestle, and cast upon
me the glance of Thine all-protecting eye.

   Loose my tongue to laud Thy name amidst Thy
people, that my voice may be raised in great
assemblies and from my lips may stream the flood of
Thy praise.

   Thou art, in all truth, the Gracious, the Glorified, the Mighty, the Omnipotent --

                                                             'Abdu'l-Baha

The Birth of the Báb

The anniversary of the Birth of the Báb begins October 19 at sunset. October 20 is a Holy Day; Bahá'is should make every effort to be excused from work and school. The Bahá'i community should gather for a celebration this evening 10/19) or tomorrow (10/20) before sun set.

Quote:

Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are his servants, and all abide by His bidding!

                    -The Báb

This prayer was revealed by the Báb, Whose name means  "the Gate" in Arabic. The Báb was born on October 20, 1819. He was the Prophet of  God Who came to prepare the way for the coming of  Bahá 'u' lláh.