Friday, December 15, 2017

I am He Who hath raised up all creatures through a word of My mouth

I am He Who hath raised up all creatures through a word of My mouth, and My power is, in truth, equal to My purpose.

(Baha'u'llah, Suriy-i-Haykal, Surih of the Temple, 1:75, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts)

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/SLH/slh-4.html

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The day is approaching when We will have rolled up the world and all that is therein, and spread out a new order in its stead.

Baha'u'llah says :

By My Self! The day is approaching when We will have rolled up the world and all that is therein, and spread out a new order in its stead. He, verily, is powerful over all things.

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-143.html

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Were any of the Manifestations of God to declare: “I am God”, He, verily, speaketh the truth !

Baha'u'llah says :

Were any of the all-embracing Manifestations of God to declare: “I am God”, He, verily, speaketh the truth, and no doubt attacheth thereto. For it hath been repeatedly demonstrated that through their Revelation, their attributes and names, the Revelation of God, His names and His attributes, are made manifest in the world…

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/KA/ka-177.html

I am God and I am coarser than clay!

Baha'u'llah says :

When I contemplate, O my God, the relationship that bindeth me to Thee, I am moved to proclaim to all created things “verily I am God”; and when I consider my own self, lo, I find it coarser than clay!

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/KA/ka-177.html

I am He, Himself, and He is I, Myself...

By John Wiegley

When I see my wife each day, I see her physical form, hear her voice, and say, "Yes, you are my wife". But I've never seen the soul of my wife; even she has not seen it. Does this mean I've never seen or known my wife?

The relationship of the Manifestations of God to God is one of the great mysteries. I find it eloquently expressed in the tradition:

Manifold and mysterious is My relationship with God. I am He, Himself, and He is I, Myself, except that I am that I am, and He is that He is.

I read this as meaning that if we regard the Manifestation of God and say that He is equal to God, we both are right and err in the same breath, and must be cautious of making any distinctions, or of not making a distinction, depending on the plane to which we refer: the plane of unity, or the plane of differentiation. For He effectively is God, all that we will ever know of God, and the entirety of the meaning of "God" for human beings; but He is also not God, nor will anything ever represent God, such that the word "God" cannot even have meaning for human beings.

If you look at a perfect mirror, you see what it reflects as clearly as if were standing there itself. You see the sun in the mirror and say, "This is the sun", rather than "This is the mirror, shining brightly"; but you could also say, "That is the mirror", or "That is the sun, reflecting its image", and be just as correct.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bible : Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing..

(15) Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

(16) By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

(17) Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

(18) A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.

(19) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

(20) Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

(Matthew 7:15-20 NIV)

Shun any man in whom you perceive enmity for this Servant

Shun any man in whom you perceive enmity for this Servant, though he may appear in the garb of piety of the former and later people, or may arise to the worship of the two worlds.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith—Selected Writings of Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha (Abdu’l-Baha’s Section Only), p. 431)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hossein Amanat is the brother of former Baha'i Abbas Amanat

Appointment of the Architect of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice 17 SEPTEMBER 1973

To all National Spiritual Assemblies

136.1 DELIGHTED ANNOUNCE APPOINTMENT HUSAYN AMANAT BRILLIANT YOUNG BAHA'I ARCHITECT CRADLE FAITH AS ARCHITECT OF BUILDING FOR UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE. THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Hossein Amanat is the brother of Abbas Amanat, Professor of History & International Studies at Yale University who is a former Bahá'í. The Seat of the Universal House of Justice was completed in 1982 during the second stage of building of the Arc, and occupied in 1983.

We encourage interested Baha'is to learn Esperanto

We feel that, within the framework of their efforts for the promotion of peace, the Bahá'ís of Europe would do well to increase their collaboration with the Esperanto Movement, and we encourage Bahá'ís who feel the urge to assist in this area, to learn Esperanto and take an active part in the activities of the Movement. As you know, although both 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi have made it clear that it is by no means certain that Esperanto will be chosen as the international auxiliary language of the world, 'Abdu'l-Bahá encouraged the friends in the east and the west to learn it as a practical step in the promotion of the concept of the adoption of an international auxiliary language to break down the barriers to understanding between peoples.

- Universal House of Justice 17 September 1986 letter to NSAs in Europe

http://bahai-library.com/books/lango/lang10.html

The Most Great Name or Ringstone Symbol Not Appropriate on Gravestones

"Normally the building of structures or headstones on graves should be left to the family of the deceased, and all expenses should be covered by them.

"The use of the Most Great Name or the ringstone symbol on gravestones is not appropriate. In a letter dated September 17, 1971 to an individual believer we wrote the following:

'Concerning the questions you ask in your postscript, there is no specific ruling regarding the type of headstone that may be used at a grave site. However, regarding the inscription on a headstone, the beloved Guardian asked the believers not to use any form of the Greatest Name but a nine-pointed star may be used. Or, you may wish to have an appropriate text from the Sacred Writings inscribed on the headstone. The position of the body in the grave should be with the feet pointing toward the Qiblih, which is Bahji in Akka'."

(From a letter of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of Uganda, May 4, 1972)

http://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance.html&chapter=2#n656

Books written by enemies of the faith should be ignored entirely.

"In reply to your letter of September 20, 1975, the Universal House of Justice instructs us to say that the friends should be advised to ignore these books and any similar ones which might be written by enemies of the Faith. There should certainly be no attempt made to destroy or remove such books from libraries. On the other hand there is no need at all for the friends to acquire them and, indeed, the best plan is to ignore them entirely."

(Referring to books by Hermann Zimmer and William Miller. Letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of Panama, October 2, 1975)

http://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance&chapter=2#n627

If people refuse to accept Baha'u'llah, they will bring upon themselves crisis and great affliction.

If men refuse absolutely to take the easier road of faith, of seeking out God's Manifestation for this age and accepting Him, then they will bring upon themselves a fresh crisis in human affairs and very great affliction.

- Shoghi Effendi

https://bahai-library.com/shoghieffendi_unfolding_destiny#451

Summary of rules of Baha'i translations

Arabic works cannot be translated into Persian.

Persian works cannot be translated into Arabic.

Persian and Arabic works can be translated "into Oriental languages such as Turkish and Urdu."

Persian and Arabic works can be translated into English.

Persian and Arabic works cannot be translated into non-English "European languages."

English works can be translated into non-English "European languages."

For further reading, please see "Persian, Arabic, and Provisional Translations", "Translation and provisional translations", "Unveiling the Hidden Words, by Diana Malouf: Commentary on "Translating the Hidden Words,' review by Franklin Lewis", a letter dated June 27, 1933 from Shoghi Effendi to Adelbert Mühlschlegel about Bahá'í orthography, a letter dated June 30, 1999 from the Universal House of Justice outlining its procedures for approving provisional as opposed to authorized translations, and a letter dated February 15, 1957 from Shoghi Effendi to French Bahá'ís.

Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/OnThisDateInBahai/comments/71avaj/september_20_on_this_date_in_1973_the_uhj_wrote/

"untimely and unwise" - "unpleasant and unworthy"

September 20. On this date in 1982, the UHJ wrote Kalimát Press about the publication of Ustad Salmani's My Memories of Bahá'u'lláh noting it "untimely and unwise" due to passages where believers refer to him as "You being God, Uncle" and other "unpleasant and unworthy" stories.

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_salmani_letters

Baha'is are the Leaven of God, the Chosen People of God

"...The Bahá'ís are the leaven of God, which must leaven the lump of their nation. In direct ratio to their success will be the protection vouchsafed, not only to them but to their country. These are the immutable laws of God, from which there is no escape: 'For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.'

"They cannot be the chosen people of God,--the ones who have received the bounty of accepting Him in His Day, the recipients of the Master's Divine Plan--and do nothing about it. The obligation to teach is the obligation of every Bahá'í, and particularly, the obligations of the American Bahá'ís towards humanity are great and inescapable. To the degree to which they discharge them will they be blessed and protected, happy and satisfied."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States, September 21, 1957: Bahá'í News, November 1957)

http://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance&chapter=2#n454

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