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Divest, then, Thy servants, O my God, of the garments of self and desire, or grant that the eyes of Thy people may be lifted up to such heights that they will discern in their desires naught except the stirring of the gentle winds of Thine eternal glory, and may recognize in their own selves nothing but the revelation of Thine own merciful Self, that the earth and all that is therein may be cleansed of whatever is alien to Thee, or anything that manifesteth aught save Thy Self. All this can be fulfilled throughout Thy dominion by Thy word of command, “Be,” and it is! Nay, even swifter than this, and yet the people understand not.

Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh
Author: Bahá’u’lláh, Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust,
1987 pocket-size edition Pages 324 – 325

O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.

The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh
Author: Bahá’u’lláh
Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1985 reprint Page 23

 

O CONCOURSE of monks! Seclude not yourselves in churches and cloisters. Come forth by My leave, and occupy yourselves with that which will profit your souls and the souls of men. Thus biddeth you the King of the Day of Reckoning. Seclude yourselves in the stronghold of My love. This, verily, is a befitting seclusion, were ye of them that perceive it. He that shutteth himself up in a house is indeed as one dead. It behoveth man to show forth that which will profit all created things, and he that bringeth forth no fruit is fit for fire. Thus counselleth you your Lord, and He, verily, is the Almighty, the All-Bounteous. Enter ye into wedlock, that after you someone may fill your place. We have forbidden you perfidious acts, and not that which will demonstrate fidelity. Have ye clung to the standards fixed by your own selves, and cast the standards of God behind your backs? Fear God, and be not of the foolish. But for man, who would make mention of Me on My earth, and how could My attributes and My name have been revealed? Ponder ye, and be not of them that are veiled and fast asleep. He that wedded not (Jesus) found no place wherein to dwell or lay His head, by reason of that which the hands of the treacherous had wrought. His sanctity consisteth not in that which ye believe or fancy, but rather in the things We possess. Ask, that ye may apprehend His station which hath been exalted above the imaginings of all that dwell on earth. Blessed are they who perceive it.

Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh
Author: Bahá’u’lláh
Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1978 reprint Pages 95 – 96

Baha’i House of Worship in Battambang, Cambodia

Dawn unveiling for Cambodian temple design

Source: news.bahai.org

The approved temple design of the local Baha’i House of Worship in Battambang, Cambodia

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Some 300 people gathered under tents for the unveiling of the design of the local Baha’i House of Worship

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A model of the Baha’i House of Worship on display at the event

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Artist impression of the interior of the Baha’i House of Worship

Cambodge interior of the Baha'i House of Worship

Field of faith: Baha’i community wins space to worship

Source: m.phnompenhpost.com

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The Baha’i have been gathering on the site of the new temple since its construction was announced.  Kimberley Mccosker

The design for Cambodia’s first Baha’i temple has now been unveiled. For the country’s 12,000 believers, it’s a proud moment of recognition for their message of peace 

It’s 530am and a trail of just-awake men and women are making their way across a soggy field about 7 kilometres outside Battambang. At a spot some 50 metres into the field, they stop.

There is chatting and stretching as late arrivals make their way across the grass.

A single voice starts singing, and the group joins in. As the day dawns, the singing continues and the peaking sun casts long shadows along the ground.

The singing is soft but assured, sometimes in Khmer, sometimes in English, but always with the same evocative cadence and trembling half notes of local melodies. The lyrics speak of unity, of worship and of peace.

“Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place . . . and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.”

For Battambang’s Baha’i community, who follow the peaceful teachings of the 19th-century Persian prophet Baha’u’llah, this meadow has been blessed above all others.

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Keo Yvette became Baha’i during the 1990s. Kimberley Mccosker

The patch of grass where they stand in orderly lines is at the direct centre of a ring of red border markers that demark the 1.5 hectares of land on which construction of Cambodia’s first Baha’i House of Worship is to take place. Work will begin as soon as the rainy season finishes.

The project is not expected to take longer than a year to complete, as no building in the complex will be higher than one storey.

Since plans for the temple design were unveiled last month, every morning has begun with prayers in this same spot.

“God is everywhere,” explains a young believer as he walks back to the road, the sun now well above the horizon. “But now God is here in particular.”

A global religion

There are currently about 12,000 Baha’is living in Cambodia, about half in Battambang province and the rest in small communities dotted across the country.

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A 3D model of the temple sits in the Baha’is Battambang headquarters.  Kimberley Mccosker

It’s not a local phenomenon. The Baha’i faith is believed to have originated as an offshoot of Islam in Persia, although its practitioners today meet with persecution in some Muslim countries, particularly Iran.

After Christianity, it is the world’s most geographically diverse religion, and the only religion to have grown proportionately faster than the population of the world in all major areas over the past century. It is hard to arrive at estimates for the total size of the global congregation, but it is at least 5 million strong.

The new temple marks Cambodia out as special.

The site was ordained by the Universal House of Justice – the supreme body of the Baha’i faith based in Haifa, Israel – the reason that Battambang’s Baha’i community face northwest as they pray.

It is one of only five local worship houses to have been approved (and majority funded) by the supreme governing body in Israel.

The other four are planned for towns where, like Battambang, there is already a strong regional congregation of Baha’is outside the national capital.

These sites are in India, Kenya, Colombia and the tiny South Pacific ocean nation of Vanuatu.

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The Baha’i gather for morning prayers.  Kimberley Mccosker

Understandably, the local Baha’i are thrilled.

“It’s a question that’s asked by a lot by Baha’is in other countries: Why was Battambang chosen?” says Hou Sopheap, an earnest member of the temple construction committee.

“I think the Baha’i community of Battambang is ready to follow whatever Baha’u’llah’s teachings are. So it’s [because of] our readiness to obey the institution.”

A growing faith

Mention of Baha’i communities in Cambodia can be found as far back as the 1920s, but it was during the post-1992 UNTAC period that the community expanded most rapidly, through the proselytising of mainly Asian expats and aid workers.

“I was working for one Baha’i family as a nanny,” recalls Keo Yvette – a 66-year-old who discovered the faith during the UNTAC period.

“One of their friends gave me a reading book about being Baha’i and I thought, ‘wow, this is really nice’. I went to all the holidays and feasts with the family, and after that, I became a Baha’i.

My son started to pray with the children that I was taking care of.”

Like most missionaries (the Baha’i prefer the term “pioneers”), the Baha’i often proselytise through education setting up centres for the faithful, who are then tasked with attracting newcomers through their programs.

“I’ll come for three months and go to villages all over – in Pursat, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear .

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Malaysian ‘pioneer’ Chung Choon Fah.  Kimberley Mccosker

” says one such pioneer, a 64-year-old Malaysian called Chung Choon Fah who is wrapped up against Battambang’s dawn breeze in a Barbour jacket.

“Usually I come here when there’s a need – when there’s a village with a growth of the Baha’i community and they need a place to have some learning and some prayers.”

But the pioneers are keen to emphasise that the focus of the classes, at least at the entry level, is far less on the particulars of the Baha’i faith than it is on prompting general reflection on morality and spirituality.

“It’s not like the Christian missionaries,” says Yvette in Phnom Penh. “People don’t worry we are taking their children away from Buddhism.”

Through their youth programs, the Baha’i are fervent do-gooders, dedicating themselves to everything from litter picking to teaching foreign languages. As a result, they generally have good relations with local government as well as local villagers.

A place to call home

The plans unveiled last month for the Local House of Worship suggest it will be a striking, spacious campus. As well as a temple which the Baha’i emphasise will be open to members of all religions there will be a study centre, administrative block and dormitories for long-distance visitors facilities the Baha’i hope will solidify Battambang’s reputation as a regional hub for the faithful.

The cost of the project is not yet fixed.

Those involved said they believe it would be more than $1 million, but they are not yet sure how much more. Funding will come from Baha’is all over the world, who are obliged to “give back” to the faith as part of their devotion.

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Hou Sopheap, 37, is a Battambang convert.  Kimberley Mccosker

The temple itself adheres to the Baha’is central aesthetic principle of favouring nine-sided designs, but is also distinctly Cambodian: the round building’s winged parapets are reminiscent of Vann Molyvann’s Chaktomuk theatre.
The man behind the complex’s design is Tang Sochet Vitou, an architect based in Phnom Penh.

Vitou is enthused by the project, partly because his mandate left so much room for creative expression “All wats in Cambodia look the same,” he laments but also because of the Baha’i faith – in which he received a crash course prior to bidding for the project.

Vitou is Buddhist, but discovered a strong affinity with Baha’i practices, agreeing with devotees who say that the faith promotes the same principles as Buddhism, but makes them more actionable.

“They are more giving, more sharing, more promoting unity.”

The unveiling of Vitou’s design has enthused the Baha’i community around the country.

Even though half the national population will not be able to pray there in person with any regularity, they believe the temple signals that Cambodia is evolving spiritually in a way that will one day bring about world peace.

“This is a gift to us a bounty of blessing,” says Yvette, sitting in the small shophouse in Tuol Kork that is used as the prayer room in Phnom Penh.

Her son Davuth nods. “It has given us more spirit to strive.”

Quote of the Day Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 12 ‘Ilm, 172 B.E.

Quote of the Day
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 12 ‘Ilm, 172 B.E.

“That the heart is the throne, in which the Revelation of God the All-Merciful is centered, is attested by the holy utterances which We have formerly revealed.
Among them is this saying: “Earth and heaven cannot contain Me; what can alone contain Me is the heart of him that believeth in Me, and is faithful to My Cause.”

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Author:  Bahá’u’lláh, Source:  US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1990 pocket-size edition, Page:  186

Quote of the Day Saturday, August 15, 2015 | 15 Kamál, 172 B.E.

Quote of the Day

Saturday, August 15, 2015 | 15 Kamál, 172 B.E.

“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?”

The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Author:  Bahá’u’lláh, Source:  US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1985 reprint, Page:  15

Quote of the Day Thursday, August 13, 2015 | 13 Kamál, 172 B.E.

Quote of the Day
Thursday, August 13, 2015 | 13 Kamál, 172 B.E.

“O My Name! Utterance must needs possess penetrating power. For if bereft of this quality it would fail to exert influence. And this penetrating influence dependeth on the spirit being pure and the heart stainless. Likewise it needeth moderation, without which the hearer would be unable to bear it, rather he would manifest opposition from the very outset. And moderation will be obtained by blending utterance with the tokens of divine wisdom which are recorded in the sacred Books and Tablets. Thus when the essence of one’s utterance is endowed with these two requisites it will prove highly effective and will be the prime factor in transforming the souls of men. This is the station of supreme victory and celestial dominion. Whoso attaineth thereto is invested with the power to teach the Cause of God and to prevail over the hearts and minds of men.”

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Author: Bahá’u’lláh, Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1988 pocket-size edition, Pages: 198-199, excerpt from LAWḤ-I-SÍYYID-I-MIHDÍY-I-DAHÁJÍ (Tablet to Siyyid Mihdíy-i-Dahájí)

Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the BÁB

Anniversary of the
MARTYRDOM of
the BÁB

His Brief Ministry Ends

Nabil, The Dawn-Breakers
pp. 510 – 517

Sám Khán was, in the meantime, finding himself increasingly affected by the behaviour of his Captive and the treatment that had been meted out to Him. He was seized with great fear lest his action should bring upon him the wrath of God. “I profess the Christian Faith,” he explained to the Báb, “and entertain no ill will against you. If your Cause be the Cause of Truth, enable me to free myself from the obligation to shed your blood.” “Follow your instructions,” the Báb replied, “and if your intention be sincere, the Almighty is surely able to relieve you from your perplexity.” Sám Khán ordered his men to drive a nail into the pillar that lay between the door of the room that Siyyid Husayn occupied and the entrance to the adjoining one, and to make fast two ropes to that nail, from which the Báb and His companion were to be separately suspended. Mírzá Muhammad-`Alí begged Sám Khán to be placed in such a manner that his own body would shield that of the Báb. He was eventually suspended in such a position that his head reposed on the breast of his Master. As soon as they were fastened, a regiment of soldiers ranged itself in three files, each of two hundred and fifty men, each of which was ordered to open fire in its turn until the whole detachment had discharged the volleys of its bullets. The smoke of the firing of the seven hundred and fifty rifles was such as to turn the light of the noonday sun into darkness. There had crowded onto the roof of the barracks, as well as the tops of the adjoining houses, about ten thousand people, all of whom were witnesses to that sad and moving scene.

As soon as the cloud of smoke had cleared away, an astounded multitude were looking upon a scene which their eyes could scarcely believe. There, standing before them alive and unhurt, was the companion of the Báb, whilst He Himself had vanished uninjured from their sight. Though the cords with which they were suspended had been rent in pieces by the bullets, yet their bodies had miraculously escaped the volleys. Even the tunic which Mírzá Muhammad-`Alí was wearing had, despite the thickness of the smoke, remained unsullied. “The Siyyid-i-Báb has gone from our sight!” rang out the voices of the bewildered multitude. They set out in a frenzied search for Him, and found Him, eventually, seated in the same room which He had occupied the night before, engaged in completing His interrupted conversation, with Siyyid Husayn. An expression of unruffled calm was upon His face. His body had emerged unscathed from the shower of bullets which the regiment had directed against Him. “I have finished My conversation with Siyyid Husayn,” the Báb told the farrásh-báshí. “Now you may proceed to fulfil your intention.” The man was too much shaken to resume what he had already attempted. Refusing to accomplish his duty, he, that same moment, left that scene and resigned his post. He related all that he had seen to his neighbour, Mírzá Siyyid Muhsin, one of the notables of Tabríz, who, as soon as he heard the story, was converted to the Faith.

I was privileged to meet, subsequently, this same Mírzá Siyyid Muhsin, who conducted me to the scene of the Báb’s martyrdom and showed me the wall where He had been suspended. I was taken to the room in which He had been found conversing with Siyyid Husayn, and was shown the very spot where He had been seated. I saw the very nail which His enemies had hammered into the wall and to which the rope which had supported His body had been attached.

Sám Khán was likewise stunned by the force of this tremendous revelation. He ordered his men to leave the barracks immediately, and refused ever again to associate himself and his regiment with any act that involved the least injury to the Báb. He swore, as he left that courtyard, never again to resume that task even though his refusal should entail the loss of his own life.

No sooner had Sám Khán departed than Áqá Ján Khan-i-Khamsih, colonel of the body-guard, known also by the names of Khamsíh and Nasiri, volunteered to carry out the order for execution. On the same wall and in the same manner, the Báb and His companion were again suspended, while the regiment formed in line to open fire upon them. Contrariwise to the previous occasion, when only the cord with which they were suspended had been shot into pieces, this time their bodies were shattered and were blended into one mass of mingled flesh and bone. “Had you believed in Me, O wayward generation,” were the last words of the Báb to the gazing multitude as the regiment was preparing to fire the final volley, “every one of you would have followed the example of this youth, who stood in rank above most of you, and willingly would have sacrificed himself in My path. The day will come when you will have recognised Me; that day I shall have ceased to be with you.”

The very moment the shots were fired, a gale of exceptional severity arose and swept over the whole city. A whirlwind of dust of incredible density obscured the light of the sun and blinded the eyes of the people. The entire city remained enveloped in that darkness from noon till night. Even so strange a phenomenon, following immediately in the wake of that still more astounding failure of Sám Khán’s regiment to injure the Báb, was unable to move the hearts of the people of Tabríz, and to induce them to pause and reflect upon the significance of such momentous events. They witnessed the effect which so marvellous an occurrence had produced upon Sám Khán; they beheld the consternation of the farrásh-báshí and saw him make his irrevocable decision; they could even examine that tunic which, despite the discharge of so many bullets, had remained whole and stainless; they could read in the face of the Báb, who had emerged unhurt from that storm, the expression of undisturbed serenity as He resumed His conversation with Siyyid Husayn; and yet none of them troubled himself to enquire as to the significance of these unwonted signs and wonders.

The martyrdom of the Báb took place at noon on Sunday, the twenty-eighth of Sha’bán, in the year 1266 A.H., thirty-one lunar years, seven months, and twenty-seven days from the day of His birth in Shíráz.

Rahmat – Mercy – Miséricorde – 24 June – 12 July –

Rahmat

Mercy

24 June – 12 July

The Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Báb
occurs during this Bahá’í Month

A Selection of Writings with “Mercy”

as a key word

Prayers and Meditations, pp. 244-245

CLII

Lauded be Thy name, O my God! I can discover no one in Thy realm who can befittingly turn unto Thee, or is able to adequately hearken unto what hath gone out of the mouth of Thy will. I beseech Thee, therefore, O Thou Who art the Possessor of the entire creation and the King of the realm of Thine invention, graciously to aid Thy creatures to accomplish that which is pleasing and acceptable unto Thee, that they may arise to serve Thy Cause amidst Thy creatures, and to speak forth Thy praise before all who are in heaven and on earth.

Thou art He, O my Lord, Whose bounty hath surpassed all things, and Whose power hath transcended all things, and Whose mercy hath encompassed all things. Look, then, upon Thy people with the eyes of Thy tender mercies, and leave them not to themselves and to their corrupt desires in Thy days. How farsoever they may have strayed from Thee, and however grievously they have turned back from Thy face, yet Thou, in Thine essence, art the All-Bountiful, and, in Thine inmost spirit, art the Most Merciful. Deal with them according to the unrevealed tokens of Thy bounty and Thy gifts. Thou art, verily, the One to the power of Whose might all things have testified, and to Whose majesty and omnipotence the whole creation hath borne witness.

No God is there but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

— Bahá’u’lláh

Baha’i World Faith, p. 204

He is Eternal in His Abha Horizon!

Verily, the Cause of God hath come upon the clouds of utterances and the polytheists are in this day in great torment! Verily, the hosts of revelation have descended with banners of inspiration from the heaven of the Tablet in the name of God, the powerful, the mighty! At this time the monotheists all rejoice in the victory of God and His dominion, and the deniers will then be in manifest perplexity.

O ye people! Do ye flee from the mercy of God after it has encompassed the existent things created between the heavens and earths? Beware lest ye prefer your own selves before the mercy of God, and deprive not yourselves thereof! Verily, whosoever turneth away therefrom will be in great loss. Verily, mercy is like unto verses which have descended from the one heaven, and from them the monotheists drink the choice wine of life, whilst the polytheists drink from the fiery water; and when the verses of God are read unto them, the fire of hatred is enkindled within their breasts. Thus have they preferred their own selves before the mercy of God, and are of those who are heedless.

— Bahá’u’lláh

Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, pp. 29-30

The third word we have recorded on the third leaf of Paradise is this: “O son of man! If thine eyes be turned towards mercy, forsake the things that profit thee, and cleave unto that which will profit mankind. And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself.”

— Bahá’u’lláh

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 7

V

This is the Day whereon the Ocean of God’s mercy hath been manifested unto men, the Day in which the Day Star of His loving-kindness hath shed its radiance upon them, the Day in which the clouds of His bountiful favor have overshadowed the whole of mankind. Now is the time to cheer and refresh the down-cast through the invigorating breeze of love and fellowship, and the living waters of friendliness and charity.

They who are the beloved of God, in whatever place they gather and whomsoever they may meet, must evince, in their attitude towards God, and in the manner of their celebration of His praise and glory, such humility and submissiveness that every atom of the dust beneath their feet may attest the depth of their devotion.

— Bahá’u’lláh

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 44-45

Speed out of your sepulchers. How long will ye sleep? The second blast hath been blown on the trumpet. On whom are ye gazing? This is your Lord, the God of Mercy. Witness how ye gainsay His signs! The earth hath quaked with a great quaking, and cast forth her burdens. Will ye not admit it? Say: Will ye not recognize how the mountains have become like flocks of wool, how the people are sore vexed at the awful majesty of the Cause of God? Witness how their houses are empty ruins, and they themselves a drowned host.

This is the Day whereon the All-Merciful hath come down in the clouds of knowledge, clothed with manifest sovereignty. He well knoweth the actions of men. He it is Whose glory none can mistake, could ye but comprehend it. The heaven of every religion hath been rent, and the earth of human understanding been cleft asunder, and the angels of God are seen descending. Say: This is the Day of mutual deceit; whither do ye flee? The mountains have passed away, and the heavens have been folded together, and the whole earth is held within His grasp, could ye but understand it. Who is it that can protect you? None, by Him Who is the All-Merciful! None, except God, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Beneficent.

— Bahá’u’lláh

The Hidden Words, Arabic #65

O SON OF MAN!

My majesty is My gift to thee, and My grandeur the token of My mercy unto thee. That which beseemeth Me none shall understand, nor can anyone recount. Verily, I have preserved it in My hidden storehouses and in the treasuries of My command, as a sign of My loving-kindness unto My servants and My mercy unto My people.

— Bahá’u’lláh

Tablets of Baha’u’llah, pages 24-25

The ninth Glad-Tidings

When the sinner findeth himself wholly detached and freed from all save God, he should beg forgiveness and pardon from Him. Confession of sins and transgressions before human beings is not permissible, as it hath never been nor will ever be conducive to divine forgiveness. Moreover such confession before people results in one’s humiliation and abasement, and God – exalted be His glory – wisheth not the humiliation of His servants. Verily He is the Compassionate, the Merciful. The sinner should, between himself and God, implore mercy from the Ocean of mercy, beg forgiveness from the Heaven of generosity and say:

O God, my God! I implore Thee by the blood of Thy true lovers who were so enraptured by Thy sweet utterance that they hastened unto the Pinnacle of Glory, the site of the most glorious martyrdom, and I beseech Thee by the mysteries which lie enshrined in Thy knowledge and by the pearls that are treasured in the ocean of Thy bounty to grant forgiveness unto me and unto my father and my mother. Of those who show forth mercy, Thou art in truth the Most Merciful. No God is there but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bountiful.

— Bahá’u’lláh

Tablets of Baha’u’llah, pp. 173-174

Methinks people’s sense of taste hath, alas, been sorely affected by the fever of negligence and folly, for they are found to be wholly unconscious and deprived of the sweetness of His utterance. How regrettable indeed that man should debar himself from the fruits of the tree of wisdom while his days and hours pass swiftly away. Please God, the hand of divine power may safeguard all mankind and direct their steps towards the horizon of true understanding.

Verily our Lord of Mercy is the Helper, the Knowing, the Wise.

— Bahá’u’lláh

Prayers and Meditations, pp. 4-5

Unto Thee be praise, O Lord my God! I entreat Thee, by Thy signs that have encompassed the entire creation, and by the light of Thy countenance that hath illuminated all that are in heaven and on earth, and by Thy mercy that hath surpassed all created things, and by Thy grace that hath suffused the whole universe, to rend asunder the veils that shut me out from Thee, that I may hasten unto the Fountain-Head of Thy mighty inspiration, and to the Day-Spring of Thy Revelation and bountiful favors, and may be immersed beneath the ocean of Thy nearness and pleasure.

Suffer me not, O my Lord, to be deprived of the knowledge of Thee in Thy days, and divest me not of the robe of Thy guidance. Give me to drink of the river that is life indeed, whose waters have streamed forth from the Paradise (Ridván) in which the throne of Thy Name, the All-Merciful, was established, that mine eyes may be opened, and my face be illumined, and my heart be assured, and my soul be enlightened, and my steps be made firm.

Thou art He Who from everlasting was, through the potency of His might, supreme over all things, and, through the operation of His will, was able to ordain all things. Nothing whatsoever, whether in Thy heaven or on Thy earth, can frustrate Thy purpose. Have mercy, then, upon me, O my Lord, through Thy gracious providence and generosity, and incline mine ear to the sweet melodies of the birds that warble their praise of Thee, amidst the branches of the tree of Thy oneness.

Thou art the Great Giver, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.

— Bahá’u’lláh

“Let your vision be world embracing…”

“Let your vision be world embracing…” — Bahá’u’lláh

Throughout history, God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators—known as Manifestations of God—whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.

Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.

Quote of the Day Saturday, April 5, 2015 – Bahá’í electoral procedures

Bahá’í electoral procedures and methods have, indeed, for one of their essential purposes the development in every believer of the spirit of responsibility. By emphasizing the necessity of maintaining his fully freedom in the elections, they make it incumbent upon him to become an active and well-informed member of the Bahá’í community in which he lives. To be able to make a wise choice at the election time, it is necessary for him to be in close and continued contact with all local activities, be they teaching, administrative or otherwise, and to fully and whole-heartedly participate in the affairs of the local as well as national committees and assemblies in his country. It is only in this way that a believer can develop a true social consciousness and acquire a true sense of responsibility in matters affecting the interests of the Cause. Bahá’í community life thus makes it a duty for every loyal and faithful believer to become an intelligent, well-informed and responsible elector, and also gives him the opportunity of raising himself to such a station.

Shoghi Effendi