His Holiness Christ declared that the Father…

“His Holiness (Christ) declared that the Father “maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” The meaning of this declaration is that the mercy of God encircles all mankind; that not a single individual is deprived of the mercy of God; and no soul is denied the resplendent bestowals of God.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 105)

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SPIRITUAL CAPACITY Those souls who have the capacity…

SPIRITUAL CAPACITY

Those souls who have the capacity and ability to receive the outpourings of the Kingdom and the confirmation of the Holy Spirit, they become attracted through one word. But people who 365 have not the capacity, no matter how much one explain the divine behests and advices or breathe the breath of the Holy Spirit, it will not make an effect; nay, rather they add to their hardness and heedlessness.

No sooner is the oil touched by fire than it is ignited, but the heat of the fire will not make any effect upon the black stone.

Now praise be to God that thou didst have a pure aim and great capacity so that as soon as thou didst hear the “Word” thou didst become attracted. Indeed this is one of the most great gifts of God.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 364)

God Who breathed the breath of the Holy …

God Who breathed the breath of the Holy Spirit upon His servants will breathe it upon them now and hereafter. There is no cessation to His bounty. The Divine Spirit is penetrating from eternity to eternity, for it is the bounty of God, and the bounty of God is eternal.

(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 159)

Progress is of two kinds: material and s…

Progress is of two kinds: material and spiritual. The former is attained through observation of the surrounding existence and constitutes the foundation of civilization. Spiritual progress is through the breaths of the Holy Spirit and is the awakening of the conscious soul of man to perceive the reality of Divinity. Material progress ensures the happiness of the human world. Spiritual progress ensures the happiness and eternal continuance of the soul. The Prophets of God have founded the laws of divine civilization. They have been the root and fundamental source of all knowledge. They have established the principles of human brotherhood, of fraternity, which is of various kinds — such as the fraternity of family, of race, of nation and of ethical motives

(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 142)

May spiritual susceptibilities set heart…

May spiritual susceptibilities set hearts aglow with the message of glad tidings. May spiritual brotherhood cause rebirth and regeneration, for its creative quickening emanates from the breaths of the Holy Spirit and is founded by the power of God. Surely that which is founded through the divine power of the Holy Spirit is permanent in its potency and lasting in its effect.

(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 129)

Material or physical association is base…

Material or physical association is based upon earthly interests, but divine fellowship owes its existence to the breaths of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual brotherhood may  130  be likened to the light, while the souls of humankind are as lanterns. The incandescent lamps here are many, yet the light is one.

(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 129)

They were submerged in the sea of supers…

They were submerged in the sea of superstitions and were, therefore, deprived of witnessing that glorious bounty; they were withheld from the fragrances or breaths of the Holy Spirit and suffered in themselves the greatest debasement and degradation.

(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 62)