Kalimát (Words) 174 B.E.
In an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, junior youth help with the children classes, inspired by these Words:
“The distinguishing feature that marketh the pre-eminent character of this Supreme Revelation consisteth in that We have, on the one hand, blotted out from the pages of God’s holy Book whatsoever hath been the cause of strife, of malice and mischief amongst the children of men, and have, on the other, laid down the essential prerequisites of concord, of understanding, of complete and enduring unity. Well is it with them that keep My statutes.”
-Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah
Chapel Hill, USA
At Chapel Hill Farmers Market, fruits and vegetables in season reflect the bounty of His generosity. My thoughts turn especially to a friend who recently passed on to the other side, and this photo is dedicated to Sarah Olson Rogers, who would have enjoyed the colors.
“O Divine Providence! All existence is begotten by Thy bounty; deprive it not of the waters of Thy generosity, neither do Thou withhold it from the ocean of Thy mercy. I beseech Thee to aid and assist me at all times and under all conditions, and seek from the heaven of Thy grace Thine ancient favor. Thou art, in truth, the Lord of bounty, and the Sovereign of the kingdom of eternity.”
-Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah
Mission Beach, Australia
“Take thou thy portion of the ocean of His grace, and deprive not thyself of the things that lie hidden in its depths…”
-Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
The shell symbolizes a portion of the ocean of His grace . . .
“True peace and tranquillity will only be realized when every soul will have become the well-wisher of all mankind. He Who is the All-Knowing beareth Me witness: were the peoples of the world to grasp the true significance of the words of God, they would never be deprived of their portion of the ocean of His bounty. In the firmament of truth there hath never been, nor will there ever be, a brighter star than this.”
-Baha’u’llah, The Tabernacle of Unity
“¡Oh Mis queridos amigos! Sois los portadores del nombre de Dios en este Día. Habéis sido elegidos como los depositarios de Su misterio. Os incumbe a cada uno de vosotros manifestar los atributos de Dios y ejemplificar, por vuestras acciones y palabras los signos de Su rectitud, Su poder y gloria. Los mismos miembros de vuestro cuerpo deben dar testimonio de lo exaltado de vuestro propósito, la integridad de vuestra vida, la realidad de vuestra fe y el elevado carácter de vuestra devoción.”
-Abdu’l-Baha, Las Tablas del Plan Divino
“Every word is endowed with a spirit, therefore the speaker or expounder should carefully deliver his words at the appropriate time and place, for the impression which each word maketh is clearly evident and perceptible. The Great Being saith: One word may be likened unto fire, another unto light, and the influence which both exert is manifest in the world. Therefore an enlightened man of wisdom should primarily speak with words as mild as milk, that the children of men may be nurtured and edified thereby and may attain the ultimate goal of human existence which is the station of true understanding and nobility.”
-Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, Lawḥ-i-Maqṣúd
Williamstown, SA, Australia
“Strive, then, to exemplify the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: ‘It behooveth the loved ones of the Lord to be the signs and tokens of His universal mercy and the embodiments of His own excelling grace. Like the sun, let them cast their rays upon garden and rubbish heap alike, and even as clouds in spring, let them shed down their rain upon flower and thorn.'”
-The Universal House of Justice, 3 June 2008, To the Believers in the Cradle of the Faith
Coney Island, USA
“Thus have their superstitions become veils between them and their own hearts and kept them from the path of God, the Exalted, the Great.”
-Baha’u’llah, Tablet of Ahmad