Will (Mashiyyat) 2014

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Ramatamu, Rwanda

Kat Eghdamian ©

Kat Eghdamian ©

…children who are born in the cradle of the love of God, who are nurtured by the breast of the knowledge of God, who are brought up in the bosom of the gift of God, and who are fostered in the lap of the training of God. Such children are those of whom it was said by Christ, “Verily, they are the children of the Kingdom!”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdul-Bahá Abbas, vol. 3

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Everglades, USA

Rudy Umans ©

Rudy Umans ©

“Say: Nature in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator. Its manifestations are diversified by varying causes, and in this diversity there are signs for men of discernment. Nature is God’s Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world. It is a dispensation of Providence ordained by the Ordainer, the All-Wise.”
-Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas

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Haifa, Israel

Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle ©

Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle ©

“Say, He Whom God shall make manifest is indeed the Primal Veil of God. Above this Veil ye can find nothing other than God, while beneath it ye can discern all things emanating from God. He is the Unseen, the Inaccessible, the Most Exalted, the Best Beloved.”
-The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab

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St. Petersburg, USA

Adib Amini ©

Adib Amini ©

“O My servants! Could ye apprehend with what wonders of My munificence and bounty I have willed to entrust your souls, ye would, of a truth, rid yourselves of attachment to all created things, and would gain a true knowledge of your own selves—a knowledge which is the same as the comprehension of Mine own Being. Ye would find yourselves independent of all else but Me, and would perceive, with your inner and outer eye, and as manifest as the revelation of My effulgent Name, the seas of My loving-kindness and bounty moving within you.”
-Baha’u’llah, Gleanings From the Writings of Baha’u’llah

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Sydney, Australia

Fiona Gohari-Aazami ©

Fiona Gohari-Aazami ©

“Nurture this plant then through the outpourings of the clouds of Thy tender mercy and quicken and refresh this sapling through the reviving breath of Thy spiritual springtime.”
-‘Abdul-Baha

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Wisconsin, USA

Sholeh Samadani Munion ©

Sholeh Samadani Munion ©

“The greatest power in the realm and range of human existence is spirit—the divine breath which animates and pervades all things.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace
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Victoria, Canada

Dean Kalyan ©

Dean Kalyan ©

Effort

“My heart aches, for I note with intense regret that the attention of the people is nowhere directed toward that which is worthy of this day and time. The Sun of Truth has risen above the world but we are ensnared in the dark of our imaginings. The waters of the Most Great Sea are surging all around us, while we are parched and weak with thirst. The divine bread is coming down from heaven, and yet we grope and stumble in a famine-stricken land. ‘Between the weeping and the telling, I spin out my days.'”
-Abdu’l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization

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Adelaide, Australia

Chad Mauger ©

Chad Mauger ©

“Work ye for the guidance of the women in that land, teach the young girls and the children, so that the mothers may educate their little ones from their earliest days, thoroughly train them, rear them to have a goodly character and good morals, guide them to all the virtues of humankind, prevent the development of any behaviour that would be worthy of blame, and foster them in the embrace of Bahá’í education. Thus shall these tender infants be nurtured at the breast of the knowledge of God and His love. Thus shall they grow and flourish, and be taught righteousness and the dignity of humankind, resolution and the will to strive and to endure. Thus shall they learn perseverance in all things, the will to advance, high mindedness and high resolve, chastity and purity of life. Thus shall they be enabled to carry to a successful conclusion whatsoever they undertake.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

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