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Why Do Teens Cut and How Can We Help?

One of my readers wrote:

I am a Baha’i of 18 years. I am working my way out of traumas from early childhood. I am trying to learn to connect to and love my body. I was a cutter and spent a lot of time denying that my body was even mine. Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to view my body differently and I am primarily looking to the Baha’i Writings to do this. I will also take any other advice that is helpful. I’m having a hard time finding anything on my own. Any insights you can offer are truly appreciated.

I don’t have any personal experience with cutting, but when I was a teenager trying to cope with ongoing sexual, physical and emotional abuse at home, I used to eat highly flavored cough candies, a bag of salt and vinegar chips; and Fudgsicles every day.  I now know this was my desire to “feel” something (on my mouth, just as cutters need to feel something on their bodies); instead of dissociating and stuffing our emotions.

Of course, I had a weight issue as a result; and was always taking diet pills.  Once I moved out of home and was surrounded by peers and adults I could trust, it went magically away; and I haven’t really thought about it till this moment!

This is the third time the issue of cutting has presented itself, so I can see that it is not an isolated incident, but an issue affecting our Baha’i youth and junior youth.  Since our Institutions will be faced with it sooner or later, here are some thoughts that come to mind.

What We Know About Cutting:

  • For most, cuttingis an attempt to interrupt strong emotions and pressures that seem impossible to tolerate. It can be related to broader emotional issues that need attention.
  • Most of the time, cutting is not a suicide attempt.
  • In many cases, cutting — and the emotions that go along with it — is something teens struggle with alone. But because of growing awareness, more teens can get the assistance they need.
  • Parents can help teens who cut — and the earlier, the better.
  • Cutting can be habit-forming, and sadly, many people underestimate the risks of getting seriously sick or hurt that go along with it.

 In an article called Self-Harm/Self-Injury the author tells us:

Many people, particularly teenagers, who suffer from a variety of mental disorders cope with their inner pain by physically harming themselves, most commonly by cutting. Self-injury seems to be becoming more common and well-known these days, but myths about the self-injurer’s intentions have not gone away.

No matter what it looks like, self-injury is not a failed suicide attempt. Some self-injurers harm themselves over and over for years without having a single injury that would threaten their life, which would be an amazing record of failure if they were actually trying to die. Many people who self-injure are actually trying to avoid suicide by letting out their feelings in a (somewhat) safer way.

Many people also believe that self-injurers are just seeking attention. This is true of a few people, especially since self-injury is becoming more well-known and almost popular, but most self-injurers actively try to hide their injuries by wearing long sleeves or pants, or by cutting in a place that is usually covered by clothing, like their upper thighs or stomach. Some self-injurers desperately want someone to find out about their behavior so they can get the help they need, but even many of them are too frightened of another person’s reactions, and ashamed of themselves, to actually point out their injuries. Besides, even if someone decided to injure themselves to get attention, shouldn’t you be very concerned about be what problem could be causing them to need attention so badly that they harm themselves to get it? 

Why Do Teens Cut? 

1.  Some teens cut because of peer pressure — and once they start, they can’t easily stop.

Encouraging these teens to join junior youth and youth groups will give them a different peer group, hopefully one that focuses on the betterment of the world, will take them away from negative peer pressure.

These quotes might be relevant:

Fully alive to the unfailing efficacy of the power of Bahá’u’lláh, and armed with the essential weapons of wise restraint and inflexible resolve, let him wage a constant fight against the inherited tendencies, the corruptive instincts, the fluctuating fashions, the false pretences of the society in which he lives and moves.  (Shoghi Effendi, Bahá’í Administration, p. 130)

To be approved of God alone should be one’s aim.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. 6, No. 6, p. 44)

. . . at all times seeking the approval of men is many times the cause of imperiling the approval of God.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, June 24, 1915)

Man must seek to gain the acceptance of God and not that of the different classes of men. If one is praised and chosen by God, the accusation of all the creatures will cause no loss to him; and if the man is not accepted in the threshold of God, the praise and admiration of all men will be of no use to him.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 158)

2.  Other teens feel pressure to be perfect and struggle to accept failures or mistakes.

These quotes might be relevant:

We humans are never going to become perfect, for perfection belongs to a realm we are not destined to enter. (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 453)

What every believer, new or old, should realize is that the Cause has the spiritual power to recreate us if we make the effort to let that power influence us, and the greatest help in this respect is prayer. We must supplicate Bahá’u’lláh to assist us to overcome the failings in our own characters, and also exert our own will power in mastering ourselves.  (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny. p. 442)

The Cause is not so fragile that a degree of mistakes cannot be tolerated.  (Universal House of Justice, Unlocking the Power of Action)

A wide latitude for action must be allowed them, which means that a large margin for mistakes must also be allowed. Your National Assembly and the Local Assemblies must not react automatically to every mistake, but distinguish between those that are self-correcting with the passage of time and do no particular harm to the community and those which require Assembly intervention.  (Universal House of Justice, Unlocking the Power of Action)

3.  And still others contend with powerful moods like anger, sadness, worthlessness, and despair that feel hard to control or too heavy to bear.

This quote might be relevant:

Be not the slave of your moods, but their master. But if you are so angry, so depressed and so sore that your spirit cannot find deliverance and peace even in prayer, then quickly go and give some pleasure to someone lowly or sorrowful, or to a guilty or innocent sufferer! Sacrifice yourself, your talent, your time, your rest to another, to one who has to bear a heavier load than you.  ([The Research] Department has found that these words were attributed to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in an unpublished English translation of notes in German by Dr. Josephine Fallscheer taken on 5 August 1910. As the statement is a pilgrim note, it cannot be authenticated.)

And this on self-hatred:

Women and children must be helped to avoid … blaming themselves.  (Bahá’í International Community, 1994 May 26, Creating Violence-Free Families)

These books might be helpful:

Letting Go of Anger and Bitterness 

Learning How to Forgive

Darkness into Light – Overcoming Depression  

4.  Cutting is sometimes the result of trauma and painful experiences that no one knows about.

Early childhood trauma definitely has a lasting effect, and those who have been through it need help from both professionals and the Baha’i Writings to help them make sense of experiences they never should have been exposed to!  The sooner they can get help, from someone able to listen and validate their horrendous experiences, and give them another perspective to consider, the sooner the cutting will lessen.

With regards to cutting, this guidance might be appropriate:

As this physical frame is the throne of the inner temple, whatever occurs to the former is felt by the latter. In reality that which takes delight in joy or is saddened by pain is the inner temple of the body, not the body itself. Since this physical body is the throne whereon the inner temple is established, God hath ordained that the body he preserved to the extent possible, so that nothing that causeth repugnance may be experienced.  (The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 95)

Most especially, nothing should be done that would be harmful to one’s body. Bahá’u’lláh says: … Beware of using any substance that … inflicteth harm upon the body. We, verily, desire for you naught save what shall profit you, and to this bear witness all created things, had ye but ears to hear.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Par. 155, p. 75)

Man is the temple of God, the image and likeness of the Lord. Surely if one should destroy the temple of God, he will incur the displeasure of the Creator.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 373)

 Is there a link between cutting and body piercing and tattoos?

There seems to be a connection; and it may be a better choice.

In a recent study called Tattoos, Body Piercings, And Self-Injury: Is There A Connection?   researchers found that the self-harmers reported that they often had their skin tattooed or body pierced to help overcome a negative experience, or simply to experience physical pain. Another clue that self-harm and piercing/tattooing might, in some cases, be linked, derives from the fact that many of the self-harmers said they had ceased cutting themselves after obtaining their first piercing or tattoo.

Body piercing and tattooing seem to reflect more self-care, and might protect some patients against more self-harm such as cutting.

All three behaviours (cutting, tattooing, piercing) were significantly more often linked to substance use and abuse. 

What Do the Baha’i Writings Say About Tatoos and Body Piercings? 

There are no specific injunctions against them, but the following principles might apply:

Our bodies are God’s throne, so we need to keep it clean:

O Son of Man! The temple of being is My throne; cleanse it of all things, that there I may he established and there I may abide.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic 58)

Let there be nothing in your demeanour of which sound and upright minds would disapprove, and make not yourselves the playthings of the ignorant:

In reply to your enquiry, nothing at all has been found in the Holy Texts on the matter of tattooing. There is, of course, the following general counsel given by Bahá’u’lláh: “Let there be naught in your demeanour of which sound and upright minds would disapprove, and make not yourselves the playthings of the ignorant. Well is it with him who hath adorned himself with the vesture of seemly conduct and a praiseworthy character.  (The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 159)” Generally, what is appropriate in such matters will clearly vary from culture to culture.  (Universal House of Justice to an individual, 19 August 2003)

Moderation should be observed. One is not to become a cause of displeasure to others, as pertains to one’s dress and appearance.

On a similar subject, the Guardian has written: “Regarding Bahá’í women using facial make-up: individuals are entirely free to do as they please in such purely personal matters. As Bahá’ís are enjoined to use moderation in all things, and to seek the Golden mean, the National Spiritual Assembly can, if it deems it necessary or advisable, counsel the believers to use moderation in this respect also.  (Shoghi Effendi: Dawn of a New Day, p. 193)

If you have a youth or junior youth in your community who is cutting, asking these questions might give you the insights needed to help find the best help possible for them:

  1. What childhood traumas led you to start cutting?
  1. What attempts did you make to get help?
  1. What was going through your mind when you started cutting for the first time?
  1. What caused you to disconnect from and hate your body?
  1. What happened to cause you to reach out for help?
  1. You said you were a cutter . . . what helped you to stop?
  1. What’s been helpful in your journey and what’s been harmful?
  1. If you were able to reconnect with your body; and start loving it again, what would you do differently so you knew you’d been successful?
  1. What non-Bahá’í resources have you found on cutting that were helpful to you; and how?

I asked the person who wrote to me these questions, and put together another article, to give her a voice:

Cutting – One Woman’s Experience

Here are some resources which might be helpful:

1.  This is the compilation of quotes which helped me to understand and deal with my childhood trauma:

Violence and Abuse:  Reasons and Remedies 

2.  Although cutters are not trying to kill themselves, there might be some relevant information in this article which could help:

Suicide 

3.  Those who cut themselves often feel rejected by those closest to them, and may believe they are unlovable. I wonder what would happen if you believed that God loved you and has been with you always, ever ready to help if asked. Would it change things?

Love Letter from God 

How has this been helpful in understanding this topic better?

If you are a cutter; or someone who has lived with a cutter, I’d love to hear your experiences.  Post your comments below!

Effects of Bitterness

What are the Effects of Bitterness?

Darkness:

Enmity is darkness in whatsoever abode it dwell.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i World Faith, p. 216)

Destruction and Dispersion:

If enmity and hatred exist within [a family] destruction and dispersion are inevitable. This is likewise true of a city.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i World Faith, p. 229)

The fierceness of the flame of enmity and hatred cannot but result in strife and ruin.  (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 95)

For strife and warfare are the very destroyers of human foundations.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 98)

Therefore, as strife and dissension destroy a family and prevent its progress, so nations are destroyed and advancement hindered.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 157)

Destructive to Truth:

Antagonism and contradiction are . . . always destructive to truth.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 72)

Health problems:  Bitterness and unforgiveness are the number one blocks to healing. They have been implicated in many health issues, including ulcers, heart attacks and some forms of cancer; or can lead to addictive behaviours (drugs, alcohol, smoking, sex outside marriage, driving too fast . . . ) or even ultimately to suicide.

. . . anger doth burn the liver: avoid [it] as you would a lion.  (Bahá’u’lláh, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 460)

Hell:

. . . think ye of hostility and hatred as the torments of hell.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Bahá, pp. 243-246)

Loss of Respect:

Mutual respect will not come about through separatism or antagonism.  (Baha’i International Community, 1988 Aug 01, Rights of Indigenous Populations)

Spiritually Corrosive:

However, to continue dialogue with those who have shown a fixed antagonism to the Faith, and have demonstrated their imperviousness to any ideas other than their own, is usually fruitless and, for the Bahá’ís who take part, can be burdensome and even spiritually corrosive.  (The Universal House of Justice, 1992 Dec 10, Issues Related to Study Compilation)

Torment:

If we are caused joy or pain by a friend, if a love prove true or false, it is the soul that is affected. If our dear ones are far from us — it is the soul that grieves, and the grief or trouble of the soul may react on the body.  Thus, when the spirit is fed with holy virtues, then is the body joyous; if the soul falls into sin, the body is in torment.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 65-66)

Veils between us and God: Bitterness creates veils between us and God.  Holding on to it is like drinking poison and hoping it will corrode someone else.  The result is separation, and separation from God is too high a price to pay.  It subverts our purpose in life, which is to “know God and worship Him”; to draw closer.

Nearness to Thee is the true life of them who are Thy lovers. (Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 77)

 

For more in this series:

Introduction to Bitterness:
Examples of Bitterness:
Bahá’í Quotes on Bitterness:
The 7 Underlings of Bitterness:
How Bitterness Works:
Causes of Bitterness:
Estrangement as an Outcome of Bitterness:
Warning Signs for Bitterness:
Solutions to Bitterness:

 

 

Suicide

 

Some of my life coaching clients have told me how tired they are of this life, and many of them have even considered ending their lives to end the intense suffering they feel, and hasten the intense longing to be in the next world.  They often feel very guilty for these feelings, knowing that the act of suicide is strongly condemned in the Baha’i teachings, (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 203) and alongside the other world religions, it is “forbidden”.

They want to know why it’s forbidden:

  • God Who is the Author of all life can alone take it away, and dispose of it the way he deems best.  (Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 203)
  • Whoever commits suicide endangers his soul, and will suffer spiritually as a result in the other worlds beyond.’ (Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 203)

And what they can do when they’re feeling this way:

  • You must not injure yourselves or commit suicide…Should anyone at any time encounter hard and perplexing times, he must say to himself, “This will soon pass.” Then will he be calm and quiet. In all my calamity and difficulties I used to say to myself, “This will pass away”. Then I became patient. If anyone cannot be patient and cannot endure, and if he wishes to become a martyr than let him arise in service to the Cause of God. It will be better for him if he attains to martyrdom in His path.  (‘Abdul-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. 12, No 181, p. 280)
  • The House of Justice admonishes you to put all thought of suicide and death out of your mind and concentrate on prayer and effort to serve the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh.  (Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 203)
  • The House of Justice admonishes you to put all thought of suicide out of your mind and instead to concentrate on the outpourings of Baha’u’llah’s grace which have encompassed all mankind, and strive to use the tests you face as a means for your growth and development. (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer 13 December 1988)

They want to know they aren’t alone:

  • That honorable personage has been so much subjected to the stress and pain of this world that his highest wish became deliverance from it. Such is this mortal abode — a storehouse of afflictions and suffering. It is negligence that binds man to it for no comfort can be secured by any soul in this world, from monarch down to the least subject. If once it should offer man a sweet cup, a hundred bitter ones will follow it and such is the condition of this world. The wise man therefore does not attach himself to this mortal life and does not depend upon it; even at some moments he eagerly wishes death that he may thereby be freed from these sorrows and afflictions. Thus it is seen that some, under extreme pressure of anguish, have committed suicide.  (‘Abdul-Bahá, Baha’i World Faith, p. 378)

They feel comforted to know that even the Manifestations of God longed to be delivered from this world:

  • Grant that the day of attaining Thy holy presence may be fast approaching.  (The Báb, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 165)
  • Hasten, by Thy grace and bounty, my passing, O my Lord … (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations, p. 18)

They want to know what will happen to them if they do kill themselves:

  • As to him rest assured; he will be immersed in the ocean of pardon and forgiveness and will become the recipient of bounty and favor.  (‘Abdul-Bahá, Baha’i World Faith, p. 378)
  • The manner in which the Supreme Being, in His justice as well as in His mercy, will deal with every individual soul is a mystery unknown to us on this earthly plane.  (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, December 21, 1978)

They want to know that God cares about them:

  • I sorrow for thee in thy grief, and lament with thee in thy tribulation… I bear witness to the ser¬vices thou hast rendered Me, and testify to the various troubles thou hast sustained for My sake. All the atoms of the earth declare My love for thee.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 309)
  • Ye have tolerated the censure of the enemies for the sake of My love and have steadfastly endured in My Path the grievous cruelties which the ungodly have inflicted upon you. Unto this I Myself bear witness, and I am the All-Knowing.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 246)
  • Know thou that God is with thee under all conditions. (‘Abdul-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdul-Bahá, p. 122)
  • With all my soul and spirit, I am thy companion at all moments. Know thou this of a certainty!  (Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v3, p. 558)
  • O my well-beloved, deeply spiritual sister! Day and night thou livest in my memory. Whenever I remember thee my heart swelleth with sadness and my regret groweth more intense. Grieve not, for I am thy true, thy unfailing comforter. Let neither despondency nor despair becloud the serenity of thy life or restrain thy freedom. These days shall pass away. We will, please God, in the Abha Kingdom and beneath the sheltering shadow of the Blessed Beauty, forget all these our earthly cares and will find each one of these base calumnies amply compensated by His expressions of praise and favour. From the beginning of time sorrow and anxiety, regret and tribulation, have always been the lot of every loyal servant of God. Ponder this in thine heart and consider how very true it is. Wherefore, set thine heart on the tender mercies of the Ancient Beauty and be thou filled with abiding joy and intense gladness…. (Compilations, Bahiyyih Khánum, p. 7)

They want to know that this despair will get better:

  • Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.  (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 329)
  • The darkness of this gloomy night shall pass away.   (‘Abdul-Bahá, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 547)
  • These are the darkest hours before the break of day. Peace, as promised, will come at night’s end.  (The Universal House of Justice, Ridván Message150, 1993)
  • Do not despair, nay be assured that a glorious future awaits you all, more brilliant than any you can imagine.  (Shoghi Effendi, The Light of Divine Guidance v I, p. 97)

They want to know what to say to combat these feelings:

  • Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!   (The Báb, Baha’i Prayers, p. 27)  Tell them to repeat it five hundred times, nay, a thousand times, by day and by night, sleeping and waking . . .   (Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 63)
  • O Lord! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction. Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul. O Lord! Grant deliverance through Thy mercy, and reckon me among such servants of Thine as have gained salvation. (The Báb, Baha’i Prayers, p. 28)
  • Protect us from what lieth in front of us and behind us, above our heads, on our right, on our left, below our feet and every other side to which we are exposed. Verily, Thy protection over all things is unfailing.  (The Báb, Baha’i Prayers, p. 134)
  • Dispel my grief by Thy bounty and Thy generosity, O God, my God, and banish mine anguish through Thy sovereignty and Thy might.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Prayers, p. 25)
  • O my Lord, my Beloved, my Desire! Befriend me in my loneliness and accompany me in my exile. Remove my sorrow. . . (‘Abdul-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 31)
  • O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.  O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.  (‘Abdul-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 151)
  • In the darksome night of despair, my eye turneth expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor and at the hour of dawn my drooping soul is refreshed and strengthened in remembrance of Thy beauty and perfection. (‘Abdul-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 30)
  • He urges you to persevere and add up your accomplishments, rather than to dwell on the dark side of things. Everyone’s life has both a dark and bright side. The Master said: turn your back to the darkness and your face to Me.  (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 457)

Family and friends want to know why their loved ones might have felt they had to do it:

  • Thus it is seen that some, under extreme pressure of anguish, have committed suicide. (‘Abdul-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 378)
  • …That honourable man hath been so subjected to the stress and strain of this world that his greatest wish was for deliverance from it. Such is this mortal abode: a storehouse of afflic¬tions and suffering. It is ignorance that binds man to it, for no comfort can be secured by any soul in this world, from monarch down to the most humble commoner. If once this life should offer a man a sweet cup, a hundred bitter ones will follow; such is the condition of this world. The wise man, therefore, doth not attach himself to this mortal life and doth not depend upon it; at some moments, even, he eagerly wisheth for death that he may thereby be freed from these sorrows and afflictions. (‘Abdul-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdul-Bahá, p. 200)
  • It is too bad that young and promising men . . . should take away their life at a moment of despair.  (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 203)

When suicidal feelings are part of a mental Illness:

  • It is very hard to be subject to any illness, particularly a mental one. However, we must always remember these illnesses have nothing to do with our spirit or our inner relation to God.  (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 281)

Survivors want to know the Baha’i attitude toward those who commit suicide:

  • Although suicide has been strongly condemned in the teachings, this does not mean that a person has ceased to be a Baha’i because he committed suicide, and he should certainly be given a Baha’i funeral.  (from a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to a National Spiritual Assembly 9 December 1984)
  • A Baha’i is certainly free to pray for those who have passed on regardless of the cause of their death, using the words of any of the prayers of his choice which have been revealed through the bounty of God. (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, December 21, 1978)

What can those that remain behind, do?

  • The Universal House of Justice was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of your daughter…Such a senseless cutting short of the lives of capable young people who have so much promise before them is a loss to mankind and an agonizing trial for those to whom they were near and dear.  You ask what you, as a Baha’i, can do to assist the progress of their souls. The House of Justice has asked us to say that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has stated that good works performed in the names of those who have passed on assist their progress in the next life. Therefore, if you will consecrate to their memory your services to your fellow human beings, and, above all, your efforts to teach the Message of Baha’u’llah, you may be sure that this will rejoice them in the worlds beyond.    (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer 10 August 1988)


If you are feeling suicidal, please get help!

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