I charge you all that each one of…

I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love.

~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

May you become as the waves of one…

May you become as the waves of one sea, stars of the same heaven, fruits adorning the same tree, roses of one garden in order that through you the oneness of humanity may establish its temple in the world of mankind, for you are the ones who are called to uplift the cause of unity among the nations of the earth.

~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Love is a state of Being Your love…

Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.

In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form.

You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature.

You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love.

What is God? The eternal One Life underneath all the forms of life.

What is love? To feel the presence of that One Life deep within yourself and within all creatures. To be it.

Therefore, all love is the love of God.

Each sees in the other the Beauty of…

Each sees in the other the Beauty of God reflected in the soul, and finding this point of similarity, they are attracted to one another in love. This love will make all men the waves of one sea, this love will make them all the stars of one heaven and the fruits of one tree. This love will bring the realization of true accord, the foundation of real unity.

~ `Abdu’l-Bahá

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It is the nature of Love to create…

It is the nature of Love to create relationships. You might say it is Unity expressing itself. The lover, the beloved, and the love itself are all one in reality. – Shaikh Kabir Helminski

WHICH KNOWLEDGE IS BETTER THAN IGNORANCE One day…

WHICH KNOWLEDGE IS BETTER THAN IGNORANCE?

One day Ruknuddin, when conversing with Shams-i-Tabriz, had said to him,
“In the land of Roum is a Sufi who glows with divine love; thou must go
thither and fan this glow to a clear flame.” Shams-i-Tabriz immediately
went to Iconium. On his arrival he met Jalaluddin riding on a mule in
the midst of a throng of disciples who were escorting him from the
lecture hall to his house. He at once intuitively recognised that here
was the object of his search and his longing. He therefore went straight
up to him and asked, “What is the aim of all the teaching that you give,
and all the religious exercises which you practise?” “The aim of my
teaching,” answered Jalaluddin, “is the regulation of conduct as
prescribed by the traditions and the moral and religious law.” “All
this,” answered Shams-i-Tabriz, “is mere skimming the surface.” “But
what then is under the surface?” asked Jalaluddin. “Only complete union
of the knower with the known is knowledge,” answered Shams-i-Tabriz and
quoted the following verse of Hakim Sanai:–

Only when knowledge frees thee from thyself,
Is such knowledge better than ignorance.

These words made a most powerful impression on Jalaluddin, so that he
plied Shams-i-Tabriz with questions and resorted with him to lonely
desert places for uninterrupted converse.

Title: Mystics and Saints of Islam – Author: Claud Field – Gutenberg etext

The great Master Dogen said To study…

The great Master Dogen said, “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,

to study the self is to forget the self,

and to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”

To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize

the unity of the self and the ten thousand things.

http://www.mro.org/zmm/teachings/meditation.php

This passage from the Guardian is intere…

This passage from the Guardian is interesting;

“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. 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. 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. And this spiritual nourishment prayer can best provide. (Shoghi Effendi, Directives from the Guardian, p. 86)
“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. 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. Its chief goal is the development of the individual and society, through the acquisition of spiritual virtues and powers. It is the soul of man which has first to be fed. And this spiritual nourishment prayer can best provide. (Shoghi Effendi, Directives from the Guardian, p. 86)