If you read the utterances of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá with selflessness and care and concentrate upon them, you will discover truths unknown to you before and will obtain an insight into the problems that have baffled the great thinkers of the world. (In the handwriting of Shoghi Effendi, appended to a letter dated 30 January 1925 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, in Living the Life, p. 4)
I love simple solutions and keys that open doors, and this quote does this for me. Wouldn’t we all love to find insight into our problems, truths that baffle the greatest thinkers in the world? How simple is this: read the utterances of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá with selflessness and care and concentrate upon them. So simple and yet so profound!
When I was a new Baha’i, enthralled with the blueprint Baha’u’llah has laid out for the world, leading us to world peace, I was convinced that since He had the blueprint for the world, surely it would include the blueprint for me to free myself from the bondage of childhood trauma. I looked everywhere, convinced there must be a book, when a wise Baha’i said: maybe you’ll write it. I was mad! I wanted someone else to have done the work for me.
But I did what I was told: I read the Writings morning and night and more often than not, I found exactly what I needed just at the right time. I made copies and put them in a filing cabinet. One day I was asked to give a presentation on violence and abuse and knew I was totally ill-equipped to do it, but I remembered that drawer. I took out all the quotes, put them into some kind of order and that was the draft of my first book! And the rest is history. Now there are nearly 1000 articles on my blog! And I’ve published 10 books and 3 more are at literature review. WOW! All more God’s success than mine. My part was following the instructions – reading the Writings and concentrating on them well enough to share with others.
Discovering truths and finding insights to my problems by reading the Writings, I am in awe of the results, and profoundly grateful!
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