Words (Kalimát) 2012

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Vancouver, Canada

Shahriar Erfanian ©

“O Son Of Man! Transgress not thy limits, nor claim that which beseemeth thee not. Prostrate thyself before the countenance of thy God, the Lord of might and power.” -Bahá’u’lláh

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Brooklyn, USA

Ryan Lash ©

Moving day. After living out of a suitcase more or less for the past decade, I’m moving into my own home. Which, given how often I’ve been hosted all over the planet, will also be a home for many a friend and stranger.

“Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility. We pray God to protect thee from the heat of jealousy and the cold of hatred. He verily is nigh, ready to answer.” -Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

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Wilmette, USA

Sholeh Loehle ©

The Wilmette Virtues Camp, organized by the Baha’is, was full of joy and beautiful little children. It made my heart happy after a very long week.

“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.” -Bahá’u’lláh

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Akka, Israel

Paul Aziz Netherwood ©

بیت العبد الله باشا   Bet Al-Abdullah Pasha

“ALL-PRAISE TO HIM Who, by the Shield of His Covenant, hath guarded the Temple of His Cause from the darts of doubtfulness, Who by the Hosts of His Testament hath preserved the Sanctuary of His most Beneficent Law and protected His Straight and Luminous Path…
…no earthly calling, glory and power can turn aside from the Covenant of God and His Testament, established firmly by His clear and manifest words, writ and revealed by His All-Glorious Pen and recorded in the Preserved Tablet.” -`Abdu’l-Bahá, The Will and Testament

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St. Peter, USA

Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle ©

“Shouldst thou attain to a drop of the ocean of the inner meaning of these words, thou wouldst surely forsake the world and all that is therein, and, as the Phoenix wouldst consume thyself in the flames of the undying Fire.” -Bahá’u’lláh

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Auckland, New Zealand

Kat Eghdamian ©

I went for a walk this morning and randomly encountered these words decorating my path: “Life’s a climb but the view is great”. The power of words (and the love and creativity of those who choose to share them)!

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Victoria, Canada

Dean Kalyan ©

“Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.” -Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas

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Sydney, Australia

Fiona Gohari-Aazami ©

With, we are rich.  Without, we are richer.

“The gentle breezes of holiness are diffused and, from the Unseen Kingdom, the rays of the Orb of Truth shine forth resplendent.” -`Abdu’l-Bahá

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Mount Barker, Australia

Chad Mauger ©

Images are linked with words in a fun game where you must tell a story based on the images that come up on the dice.

“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… [o]ne word is like unto springtime causing the tender saplings of the rose-garden of knowledge to become verdant and flourishing, while another word is even as a deadly poison. It behoveth a prudent man of wisdom to speak with utmost leniency and forbearance so that the sweetness of his words may induce everyone to attain that which befitteth man’s station.” -Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas