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Contact with the Ungodly  

Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.  (Bahá'u'lláh, Hidden Words, Persian 3) Shoghi Effendi explains this better than I can: In the passage 'eschew all fellowship with the ungodly, 'Bahá'u'lláh means that we should...

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Unconditional Love

At all times do I speak of you and call you to mind. I pray unto the Lord, and with tears I implore Him to rain down all these blessings upon you, and gladden your hearts, and make blissful your souls, and grant you exceeding joy and heavenly delights.  (Selections...

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Seeing the Next Goal 

As we almost never attain any spiritual goal without seeing the next goal we must attain still beyond our reach. He urges you, who have come so far already on the path of spirituality, not to fret about the distance you still have to cover! It is an indefinite...

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The Sins of Others 

O SON OF MAN!  Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner. Shouldst thou transgress this command, accursed wouldst thou be, and to this I bear witness.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words Arabic 27) This is such an important injunction to understand...

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Everything in its Proper Time

There is one season to harrow the ground, another season to scatter the seeds, still another season to irrigate the fields and still an­other to harvest the crop. We must attend to these various kinds of activities in their proper seasons in order to become...

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I am Seen

O Friends! Verily I say, whatsoever ye have concealed within your hearts is to Us open and manifest as the day; but that it is hidden is of Our grace and favour, and not of your deserving.      (Bahá'u'lláh, Hidden Words, Persian  60) When I was a child, I was taught...

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Choices and Failures 

 And yet, behold how, when He did bring the truth, ye refused to turn your faces towards Him, and persisted in disporting yourselves with your pastimes and fancies. Ye welcomed Him not, neither did ye seek His Presence, that ye might hear the verses of God from His...

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Avoiding Regret and Loss 

What result is forthcoming from material rest, tranquility, luxury and attachment to this corporeal world! It is evident that the man who pursues these things will in the end become afflicted with regret and loss. ('Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 42) As...

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Overcoming Confusion

All humanity is disturbed and suffering and confused; we cannot expect to not be disturbed and not to suffer - but we don't have to be confused. On the contrary, confidence and assurance, hope and optimism are our prerogative. The successful carrying out of our...

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Finding Serenity

The point is this:  that to gain control over physical bodies is an extremely easy matter, but to bring spirits within the bonds of serenity is a most arduous undertaking.  This is not the work of everybody. It necessitates a divine and holy potency, the potency of...

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