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"Be thankful to God for having enabled you to recognize His Cause. Whoever has received this blessing must, prior to his acceptance, have performed some deed which, though he himself was unaware of its character, was ordained by God as a means whereby he has been guided to find and embrace the Truth.
As to those who have remained deprived of such a blessing, their acts alone have hindered them from recognising the truth of this Revelation.
We cherish the hope that you, who have attained to this light, will exert your utmost to banish the darkness of superstition and unbelief from the midst of the people.
May your deeds proclaim your faith and enable you to lead the erring into the paths of eternal salvation.
The memory of this night will never be forgotten. May it never be effaced by the passage of time, and may its mention linger for ever on the lips of men." (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 586)
All over the world one hears beautiful sayings extolled and noble precepts admired. All men say they love what is good, and hate everything that is evil! Sincerity is to be admired, whilst lying is despicable.
Faith is a virtue, and treachery is a disgrace to humanity. It is a blessed thing to gladden the hearts of men, and wrong to be the cause of pain. To be kind and merciful is right, while to hate is sinful. Justice is a noble quality and injustice an iniquity. That it is one's duty to be pitiful and harm no one, and to avoid jealousy and malice at all costs. Wisdom is the glory of man, not ignorance; light, not darkness! It is a good thing to turn one's face toward God, and foolishness to ignore Him. That it is our duty to guide man upward, and not to mislead him and be the cause of his downfall. There are many more examples like unto these.
26.2 But all these sayings are but words and we see very few of them carried into the world of action. On the contrary, we perceive that men are carried away by passion and selfishness, each man thinking only of what will benefit himself even if it means the ruin of his brother. They are all anxious to make their fortune and care little or nothing for the welfare of others. They are concerned about their own peace and comfort, while the condition of their fellows troubles them not at all.
26.3 Unhappily this is the road most men tread.
26.4 But Bahá'ís must not be thus; they must rise above this condition. Actions must be more to them than words. By their actions they must be merciful and not merely by their words. They must on all occasions confirm by their actions what they proclaim in words. Their deeds must prove their fidelity, and their actions must show forth Divine light.
26.5 Let your actions cry aloud to the world that you are indeed Bahá'ís, for it is actions that speak to the world and are the cause of the progress of humanity.
26.6 If we are true Bahá'ís speech is not needed. Our actions will help on the world, will spread civilization, will help the progress of science, and cause the arts to develop. Without action nothing in the material world can be accomplished, neither can words unaided advance a man in the spiritual Kingdom. It is not through lip-service only that the elect of God have attained to holiness, but by patient lives of active service they have brought light into the world.
26.7 Therefore strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.
>Turn towards God, and
>seek always to do that which is right and noble.
>Enrich the poor, raise the fallen,
>comfort the sorrowful,
>bring healing to the sick,
>reassure the fearful,
>rescue the oppressed,
>bring hope to the hopeless,
> shelter the destitute!
26.8 This is the work of a true Bahá'í, and this is what is expected of him. If we strive to do all this, then are we true Bahá'ís, but if we neglect it, we are not followers of the Light, and we have no right to the name.
26.9 God, who sees all hearts, knows how far our lives are the fulfilment of our words. (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 79)
Indeed, the laws of God are like unto the ocean and the children of men as fish, did they but know it. However, in observing them one must exercise tact and wisdom... Since most people are feeble and far-removed from the purpose of God, therefore one must observe tact and prudence under all conditions, so that nothing might happen that could cause disturbance and dissension or raise clamour among the heedless. Verily, His bounty hath surpassed the whole universe and His bestowals encompassed all that dwell on earth. One must guide mankind to the ocean of true understanding in a spirit of love and tolerance. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas itself beareth eloquent testimony to the loving providence of God.
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 6)
Man has two planes: the physical and the intellectual. The divine revelators have three: their physical condition, which is shared by all mankind - they eat, they sleep, they are sometimes ill, they become well again, they become fatigued, they undergo all that man can undergo; their intellectual degree and their holy reality which surrounds all beings and comprehends secrets. Their horizons enfold the universe, for they are the suns of real truth illuminating all the regions of thought, dispersing the darkness, uplifting the world of mankind and making the material world heavenly.
Were it not for these divine messengers there would be no consciousness of continuity. They are the focal points of all the human and divine attainments, for they bring eternal life and the promise of its fulfillment. Other men, although able to evolve to a high degree, are still in the second condition; this third state is alone partaken of by the divine messengers although great saints have attained extraordinary pre-eminence and reflect the splendor of the sun. May you be of those who have believed and obeyed; may you be of the few that are chosen rather than of the many that are called!
In the same way consider the body of man. It must be composed of different organs, parts and members. Human beauty and perfection require the existence of the ear, the eye, the brain and even that of the nails and hair; if man were all brain, eyes or ears, it would be equivalent to imperfection. So the absence of hair, eyelashes, teeth and nails would be an absolute defect, though in comparison with the eye they are without feeling, and in this resemble the mineral and plant; but their absence in the body of man is necessarily faulty and displeasing. As the degrees of existence are different and various, some beings are higher in the scale than others. Therefore, it is by the will and wish of God that some creatures are chosen for the highest degree, as man, and some others are placed in the middle degree, as the vegetable, and some are left in the lowest degree, like the mineral.
It is from the bounty of God that man is selected for the highest degree; and the differences which exist between men in regard to spiritual progress and heavenly perfections are also due to the choice of the Compassionate One. For faith, which is life eternal, is the sign of bounty, and not the result of justice.
The flame of the fire of love, in this world of earth and water, comes through the power of attraction and not by effort and striving.
Nevertheless, by effort and perseverance, knowledge, science and other perfections can be acquired; but only the light of the Divine Beauty can transport and move the spirits through the force of attraction.
Therefore, it is said: "Many are called, but few are chosen." [1 Matt. 22:14.] (Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 130)
(Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 59)
From the Universal House of Justice
To all National Spiritual Assemblies
Dear Bahá’í Friends,
The Universal House of Justice has asked us to send to you the enclosed copy of its message of today’s date to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors. This message, which defines features of the upcoming Nine Year Plan as well as of the current series of Plans, will form the basis of the consultation of the Counsellors over the next several days.
At the institutional meetings that will be held around the world in the coming weeks and months, the Counsellors will no doubt share with you and other friends the insights that arise from their deliberations. You are requested to distribute the message among the friends in your communities without delay and to take all necessary measures to ensure, in consultation with the Counsellors, that the implementation of the new Plan begins promptly at Riḍván 2022.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Department of the Secretariat
WRITTEN IN 1991 (HOW FAR HAVE WE COME IN 30 YEARS?)
FRIDAY FACILITATOR TEAM:
(CAROL MANSOUR, BARBARA TALLEY, AND MARTINE HUBBARD)
MARTINE HUBBARD- 7/16/2021
CAROL MANSOUR- 7/23/2021
MARTINE HUBBARD- 7/30/2021
MARTINE HUBBARD - 8/6/2021
CAROL MANSOUR - 8/13/2021
BARBARA TALLEY - 8/30/2021
GUIDANCE RELEVENT TO TEACHING AFRICAN AMERICANS
"… One of the best ways to teach is what the Americans call a 'fireside', in other words a little group of your friends in your own home, to whom you can introduce a few believers whom you feel would be congenial and help confirm them. When you have made them true Bahá’ís, then take them to the community and let them be accepted. In this way they are protected from tests until their faith is really strong."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, March 18, 1950)
"...As your own analysis shows, there are advantages to sometimes working in multiracial spaces and at other times to spaces for African Americans alone.
In pursuing a two-pronged approach to community building within a cluster, some gatherings will take place in neighborhoods and some in a locality or at the cluster level. These can be organized in different ways to meet different needs.
Even with neighborhoods, some will involve an interracial population and others will not. But you should not underestimate the value of contributing to spiritual empowerment and community building in an African American neighborhood where the work of a few dedicated friends can lead to the participation of scores of families—an experience that can itself radically alter and revive a local Bahá’í community that showed no previous capacity to deal with matters of race." (Universal House of Justice to the U.S. National Spiritual Assembly, March 24, 2019)
"… Let him remember the example set by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and His constant admonition to
(Shoghi Effendi: The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 52)