Ala (Loftiness) 173 B.E.

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Largs Bay, Australia

Chad Mauger ©

“All praise, O my God, be to Thee Who art the Source of all glory and majesty, of greatness and honor, of sovereignty and dominion, of loftiness and grace, of awe and power. Whomsoever Thou willest Thou causest to draw nigh unto the Most Great Ocean, and on whomsoever Thou desirest Thou conferrest the honor of recognizing Thy Most Ancient Name. Of all who are in heaven and on earth, none can withstand the operation of Thy sovereign Will.”
-Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations

Monticello, USA

John Etheridge ©

“In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.”
—Charlie Chaplin, ending speech from The Great Dictator

Nairobi, Kenya

Ryan Duly ©

“O thou fresh, slender branch saturated with the abundant rain of His bounty! I ask God to continue the heavenly abundant gifts upon thee and to grant thee more freshness, tenderness and fineness day by day. Verily I say unto thee that man is likened unto a tree. And as the life of a tree and its tenderness and brilliancy depend on the abundant rain descending from the clouds, so also the happiness of man, his pleasure, dignity, loftiness of position and highness of rank depend on the abundant bounty of the Kingdom and the light of the Sun of Truth coming from the horizon of the gift of God.”
-`Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas

San Gregorio de Polanco, Uruguay

Gerardo Almada ©

“En el nombre de Dios, el Único, el Incomparable, el Todopoderoso, el Omnisciente, el Omnisapiente.

Alabado sea Dios, el Eterno que no perece, el Sempiterno que no declina, el Autosubsistente que no cambia. Él es Aquel que es trascendente en Su soberanía, que Se halla manifiesto por medio de Sus signos y está oculto por Sus misterios. Él es Aquel por cuyo mandato ha sido enarbolado el estandarte de la Más Exaltada Palabra en el mundo de la creación, y la enseña de “Él hace lo que Él desea” fue izada en medio de todos los pueblos. Él es Quien ha revelado Su Causa para guía de Sus criaturas y ha hecho descender Sus versos para demostrar Su Prueba y Su Testimonio, y Quien embelleció el prefacio del Libro del Hombre con el ornamento de la expresión…”
-Baha’u’llah, Epistola al Hijo del Lobo

Giants Causeway, UK

Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle ©

“Behold me, then, O my God, fallen prostrate upon the dust before Thee, confessing my powerlessness and Thine omnipotence, my poverty and Thy wealth, mine evanescence and Thine eternity, mine utter abasement and Thine infinite glory. I recognize that there is none other God but Thee, that Thou hast no peer nor partner, none to equal or rival Thee. In Thine unapproachable loftiness Thou hast, from eternity, been exalted above the praise of any one but Thee, and shalt continue for ever, in Thy transcendent singleness and glory, to be sanctified from the glorification of any one except Thine own Self.”
-Baha’u’llah, Days of Remembrance

Chicago, USA

Sholeh Samadani Munion ©

“Be ye sincere in your allegiance to Him Whom God shall make manifest, for the sake of God, your Lord, that perchance ye may, through devotion to His Faith, be redeemed on the Day of Resurrection. Beware lest ye suffer one another to be wrapt in veils by reason of the disputes which may, during your night, arise among you as a result of the problems ye encounter or in consideration of such matters as your loftiness or lowliness, your nearness or remoteness.”
-The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab

Chad was initiated into the world of digital SLRs in 2007 and he continues to be amazed by the photographic opportunities that are presented to him.

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