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The Reason We Have Tests

The more difficulties one sees in the world the more perfect one becomes. The more you plough and dig the ground the more fertile it becomes. The more you cut the branches of a tree the higher and stronger it grows. The more you put the gold in the fire the purer it...

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Geographic “Cure”

O Son of Man! Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face.  (Bahá'u'lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic 40) I love this Hidden Word, even...

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Useless Hairsplittings

If . . . it consists in empty, profitless debates and in a vain concatenation of imaginings that lead to no result except acrimony, why devote one's life to such useless hairsplittings and disputes.  (Abdu'l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 106) I love this...

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When Not to be Kind

 Strive ye, then, with all your heart to treat compassionately all humankind - except for those who have some selfish, private motive, or some disease of the soul. Kindness cannot be shown the tyrant, the deceiver, or the thief, because, far from awak­ening them to...

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Listening to the Faults of Others

It is obvious that if we listen to those who complain to us about the faults of others we are guilty of complicity in their backbit­ing. We should therefore, as tactfully as possible, but yet firmly, do our utmost to prevent others from making accusations or...

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Bicentenary 2019

Dear Friends, I just found this lovely presentation on the life of the Bab with solo and orchestration music of Farzad Khozein.  Many communities are showing it as people arrive at their events.  I offer it in the hopes that you will enjoy it privately or at your...

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Every Good Thing Hath Been Created For You

Let not the happenings of the world sadden you. I swear by God! The sea of joy yearneth to attain your presence, for every good thing hath been created for you, and will, according to the needs of the times, be revealed unto you.  (Baha'u'llah, quoted in Shoghi...

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