Mercy (Rahmat) 2014

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Laurel, Costa Rica

boy man bike bus trees Costa Rica

Adib Amini ©

“Be ye loving fathers to the orphan, and a refuge to the helpless, and a treasury for the poor, and a cure for the ailing. Be ye the helpers of every victim of oppression, the patrons of the disadvantaged. Think ye at all times of rendering some service to every member of the human race. Pay ye no heed to aversion and rejection, to disdain, hostility, injustice: act ye in the opposite way. Be ye sincerely kind, not in appearance only. Let each one of God’s loved ones centre his attention on this: to be the Lord’s mercy to man; to be the Lord’s grace.”
-Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha


Cordoama, Portugal

ocean coast portugal bw landscape

Victor Jason ©

Verily I say, whatsoever ye have concealed within your hearts is to Us open and manifest as the day; but that it is hidden is of Our grace and favor, and not of your deserving.”
-Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words


Evanston, USA

railroad bridge canal fog evanston

Sholeh Samadani Munion ©

“This morning the city is enveloped in fog and mist. How beautiful is a city brilliant with sunshine. Just as these mists and vapors conceal the phenomenal sun, so human imaginations obscure the Sun of Truth. Consider the radiant glory of the great solar center of our planetary system: how wonderful the sight, how its splendor illumines vision until clouds and mists veil it from the eye. In the same way, the Sun of Truth becomes veiled and hidden by the superstitions and imaginations of human minds. When the sun rises, no matter from what dawning point on the horizon it appears—northeast, east, southeast—the haze and mists disperse, and we have clear vision of its glory mounting to the zenith.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace


Haifa, Israel

Shrine of the Bab trees blue sky nighttime

Tamila Zeinalova ©

Were it not for His kind and merciful blessing, how could someone get this bounty to be in the vicinity of this Holy Spot?

“Refresh my heart, O my God, with the living waters of Thy love and give me a draught, O my Master, from the chalice of Thy tender mercy. Let me abide, O my Lord, within the habitation of Thy glory, and suffer me, O my God, to emerge from the darkness in which Thy divine obscurity is shrouded. Enable me to partake of every good Thou hast vouchsafed unto Him Who is the Point and unto such as are the exponents of His Cause, and ordain for me that which beseemeth Thee and well becometh Thy station. Do Thou graciously forgive me for the things that I have wrought in Thy holy presence, and look not upon me with the glance of justice, but rather deliver me through Thy grace, treat me with Thy mercy and deal with me according to Thy bountiful favours, as is worthy of Thy glory.”
-The Bab, Selections From the Writings of the Báb



Peru mountains clouds trees hiking

Ramin Hossaini ©

“He who reaches the end of a road needs it no longer, and the road is not given to him any more.” -Dictionary of the Khazars

Saint Peter, USA

dewdrops spiderweb green leaves crystal

Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle ©

“The greatness of His mercy surpasseth the fury of His wrath, and His grace encompasseth all who have been called into being and been clothed with the robe of life, be they of the past or of the future.”
-Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah


Woodstock, UK

The Cotswolds Woodstock UK

Kat Eghdamian ©

“The earth is in motion and growth; the mountains, hills and prairies are green and pleasant; the bounty is overflowing; the mercy universal; the rain is descending from the cloud of mercy; the brilliant Sun is shining; the full moon is ornamenting the horizon of ether; the great ocean-tide is flooding every little stream; the gifts are successive; the favors consecutive; and the refreshing breeze is blowing, wafting the fragrant perfume of the blossoms. Boundless treasure is in the hand of the King of Kings! Lift the hem of thy garment in order to receive it.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas


Sydney, Australia

man contemplation bw light lines

Fiona Gohari-Aazami ©

So much of now is about the tomorrow.

“I am a cage, in search of a bird.” Kafka

Los Angeles, USA

Pink Peonies Floral Arrangement

Golriz Lucina Gundry ©

“If thine eyes be turned towards mercy, forsake the things that profit thee and cleave unto that which will profit mankind.”
-Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah


Adelaide, Australia

Flinders Street Baptist Church Adelaide Australia

Chad Mauger ©

“God alone is Creator, and all are creatures of His might. Therefore, we must love mankind as His creatures, realizing that all are growing upon the tree of His mercy, servants of His omnipotent will and manifestations of His good pleasure.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

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1 Comment

  1. Barbara Miraftabi

    4 July, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Bear, Thanks for posting these wonderful pictures and quotes! (Your other dad :-))