Believers he added must show their belief in…

Believers, he added, must show their belief in their daily lives, so that the world might see the light shining in their faces.

A bright and happy face cheers people on their way.

If you are sad, and pass a child who is laughing, the child, seeing your sad face, will cease to laugh, not knowing why.

If the day be dark, how much a gleam of sunshine is prized;

so let believers wear smiling happy faces, gleaming like sunshine in the darkness.

Let the Light of Truth and Honesty shine from them, so that all who behold them may know that their word in business or pleasure will be a word to trust and depend upon.

~ Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 124

Abdu’l Baha said…”All Art is a gift of…

Abdu’l-Baha said…”All Art is a gift of the Holy Spirit

“…all parts of the creational world are of…

“…all parts of the creational world are of one whole.”, BWF p.364.

“God contains all….The whole is greater than its parts…” PT 23 27

“All that exists is God….” (AB in London p22)

At all times I am near unto thee, but thou art ever far from Me. (Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words 21)

Meditate on what the poet hath written: “Wonder not, if my Best-Beloved be closer to me than mine own self; wonder at this, that I, despite such nearness, should still be so far from Him.” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, p. 185)

“This most great, this fathomless and surging Ocean is near, astonishingly near, unto you. Behold it is closer to you than your life-vein!” Gleanings – HERE

When a true seeker determineth to take the…

When a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading unto the knowledge of the Ancient of Days, he must, before all else, cleanse his heart, which is the seat of the revelation of the inner mysteries of God,……………..
Gleanings USA CXXV, pp. 264-70.

“The problem with which you are faced is…

“The problem with which you are faced is one which concerns and seriously puzzles many of our present-day youth. How to attain spirituality is indeed a question to which every young man and woman must sooner or later try to find a satisfactory answer. It is precisely because no such satisfactory answer has been given or found, that the modern youth finds itself bewildered, and is being consequently carried away by the materialistic forces that are so powerfully undermining the foundations of man’s moral and spiritual life.

“Indeed the chief reason for the evils now rampant in society is the lack of spirituality. The materialistic civilization of our age has so much absorbed the energy and interest of mankind that people in general do no longer feel the necessity of raising themselves above the forces and conditions of their daily material existence. There is not sufficient demand for things that we call spiritual to differentiate them from the needs and requirements of our physical existence.
“The universal crisis affecting mankind is, therefore, essentially spiritual in its causes. The spirit of the age, taken on the whole, is irreligious. Man’s outlook on life is too crude and materialistic to enable him to elevate himself into the higher realms of the spirit.
“It is this condition, so sadly morbid, into which society has fallen, that religion seeks to improve and transform. For the core of religious faith is that mystic feeling which unites Man with God. Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87

This state of spiritual communion can be brought about and maintained by means of meditation and prayer.

And this is the reason why Bahá’u’lláh has so much stressed the importance of worship. It is not sufficient for a believer merely to accept and observe the teachings. He should, in addition, cultivate the sense of spirituality which he can acquire chiefly by means of prayer. The Bahá’í Faith, like all other Divine Religions, is thus fundamentally mystic in character. Directives from the Guardian. Its chief goal is the development of the individual and society, through the acquisition of spiritual virtues and powers. 87 It is the soul of man which has first to be fed. Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87

“Laws and institutions, as viewed by Bahá’u’lláh, can become really effective only when our inner spiritual life has been perfected and transformed. Otherwise religion will degenerate into a mere organization, and becomes a dead thing. Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87

Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87