One indication of how Baha’is view God appears…

One indication of how Baha’is view God appears in this passage:

‘The human temple that has been made the vehicle of so overpowering a Revelation must, if we be faithful to the tenets of our Faith, ever remain entirely distinguished from that “innermost Spirit of Spirits” and “eternal Essence of Essences” — that invisible yet rational God Who, however much we extol the divinity of His Manifestations on earth, can in no wise incarnate His infinite, His unknowable, His incorruptible and all-embracing Reality in the concrete and limited frame of a mortal being.

Indeed, the God Who could so incarnate His own reality would, in the light of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, cease immediately to be God.

So crude and fantastic a theory of Divine incarnation is as removed from, and incompatible with, the essentials of Bahá’í belief as are the no less inadmissible pantheistic and anthropomorphic conceptions of God — both of which the utterances of Bahá’u’lláh emphatically repudiate and the fallacy of which they expose.’

(Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 112/113

The writer, Sen McGlinn says…..my paraphrase: on the one hand we see God as manifest in history, in the persons of Baha’u’llah, the Bab, Muhammad, Jesus etc… back to the beginning. On the other hand, they are not God, but Manifestations of the Will of God. – https://www.religiousforums.com/threads/how-do-bahai-view-god.109325/

The lady doth protest too much methinks Hamlet…

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Hamlet Act 3, scene 2, 222–230

Frequently mis-remembered as ‘Methinks the lady doth protest too much.’

A Garden Beyond Paradise Everything you see has…

A Garden Beyond Paradise

Everything you see has its roots
in the unseen world.
The forms may change,
yet the essence remains the same.

Every wondrous sight will vanish,
every sweet word will fade.
But do not be disheartened,
The Source they come from is eternal—
growing, branching out,
giving new life and new joy.

Why do you weep?—
That Source is within you,
and this whole world
is springing up from it.

The Source is full,
its waters are ever-flowing;
Do not grieve,
drink your fill!
Don’t think it will ever run dry—
This is the endless Ocean!

From the moment you came into this world,
a ladder was placed in front of you
that you might transcend it.

From earth, you became plant,
from plant you became animal.
Afterwards you became a human being,
endowed with knowledge, intellect and faith.

Behold the body, born of dust—
how perfect it has become!

Why should you fear its end?
When were you ever made less by dying?

When you pass beyond this human form,
no doubt you will become an angel
and soar through the heavens!

But don’t stop there.
Even heavenly bodies grow old.

Pass again from the heavenly realm
and plunge into the ocean of Consciousness.
Let the drop of water that is you
become a hundred mighty seas.

But do not think that the drop alone
becomes the Ocean—
the Ocean, too, becomes the drop!

Jelaluddin Rumi, “A Garden Beyond Paradise”,
A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry of Rumi
(translated by Jonathan Star), Bantam Books, NY, 1992, pp. 148-149

Were you indeed not blinded by the Curse…

Were you indeed not blinded by the Curse
Of Self-exile, that still grows worse and worse,
Yourselves would know that, though you see him not,
He is with you this Moment, on this Spot.

Attar

As desire abates generosity is born When we…

As desire abates, generosity is born. When we are connected and present, what else is there to do but give?

~Jack Kornfield

Religion should unite all hearts and cause…

“Religion should unite all hearts and cause wars and disputes to vanish from the face of the earth, give birth to spirituality, and bring life and light to each heart. If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division, it were better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act. For it is clear that the purpose of a remedy is to cure; but if the remedy should only aggravate the complaint it had better be left alone. Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity is no religion.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith:

Gandhi was asked one day whether he was…

Gandhi was asked one day whether he was a Hindu,

he said : “Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew”

see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWwVMPrfzZc