Loftiness (Ala) 2014

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Vancouver, Canada

Sunset in Vancouver, Canada

Shahriar Erfanian ©

“O Son Of Being! Thy Paradise is My love; thy heavenly home, reunion with Me. Enter therein and tarry not. This is that which hath been destined for thee in Our kingdom above and Our exalted dominion.”
-Baha’u’llah

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Atwater Village, USA

Raunculus and tulips in hipster bridal bouquet

Golriz Lucina Gundry ©

“None can equal Thee in Thy created realms; none can compare with Thee in the universe Thou hast fashioned. The mind of no one hath comprehended Thee, and the aspiration of no soul hath reached Thee.”
-Baha’u’llah

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Sydney, Australia

Abandoned warehouse in Sydney, Australia

Fiona Gohari Aazami ©

“I had turned back from Thee, Thou didst graciously aid me to turn towards Thee. I was as one dead, Thou didst quicken me with the water of life. I was withered, Thou didst revive me with the heavenly stream of Thine utterance which hath flowed forth from the Pen of the All-Merciful.”
-Baha’u’llah

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Yosemite, USA

Starry sky at Yosemite National Park

Ramin Hossaini ©

“Those who have passed on through death, have a sphere of their own. It is not removed from ours; their work, the work of the Kingdom, is ours; but it is sanctified from what we call ‘time and place.’ Time with us is measured by the sun. When there is no more sunrise, and no more sunset, that kind of time does not exist for man. Those who have ascended have different attributes from those who are still on earth, yet there is no real separation.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, ‘Abdu’l-Baha in London

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Akka, Israel

Baha'i holy places in Akka, Israel

Lindsey Lugsch Tehle ©

“The Great Being saith: The Word is the master key for the whole world, inasmuch as through its potency the doors of the hearts of men, which in reality are the doors of heaven, are unlocked. No sooner had but a glimmer of its effulgent splendour shone forth upon the mirror of love than the blessed word ‘I am the Best-Beloved’ was reflected therein. It is an ocean inexhaustible in riches, comprehending all things. Every thing which can be perceived is but an emanation therefrom. High, immeasurably high is this sublime station, in whose shadow moveth the essence of loftiness and splendour, wrapt in praise and adoration.”
-Baha’u’llah

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Everglades National Park, USA

Sunset at Everglades National Park

Rudy Umans ©

“[W]hose loftiness and glory shine as the sun, were each honored with a Book which all have seen, and the verses of which have been duly ascertained. Whereas the verses which have rained from this Cloud of divine mercy have been so abundant that none hath yet been able to estimate their number… How can they belittle this Revelation? Hath any age witnessed such momentous happenings?”
-The World Order of Baha’u’llah

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Adelaide, Australia

Apex Park in Adelaide, Australia

Chad Mauger ©

Apex Park, Gawler

“Man should know his own self, and know those things that lead to loftiness or to baseness, to shame or to honor, to wealth or to poverty.”
-Baha’u’llah, Baha’u’llah and the New Era

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Wilmette, USA

Guitar Strings

Sholeh Samadani Munion ©

“…with regard to the peoples who clamor for freedom: the moderate freedom which guarantees the welfare of the world of mankind and maintains and preserves the universal relationships, is found in its fullest power and extension in the teachings of His Holiness Baha’u’llah.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha