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Feast of Mashiyyat (Will) September 25th-26th

Discussion in 'Baha'i Faith DIR' started by arthra, Sep 23, 2021.

  1. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    The next Baha'i Feast is coming up in a few days so I decided to post some prayers:

    A compilation from the Baha'i writings on the topic of Will ( Mashíyyat ) - a Baha'i Feast devotional program.



    1. Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! I am the one who hath sought the good pleasure of Thy will, and directed his steps towards the seat of Thy gracious favors. I am he who hath forsaken his all, who hath fled to Thee for shelter, who hath set his face towards the tabernacle of Thy revelation and the adored sanctuary of Thy glory.’… I beseech Thee to grant that I may be numbered with them that have quaffed the wine that is life indeed from the hands of Thy gracious providence, and have rid themselves, in Thy path, of all attachment to Thy creatures, and been so inebriated with Thy manifold wisdom that they hastened to the field of sacrifice with Thy praise on their lips and Thy remembrance in their hearts. Send down, also, upon me, O my God, that which will wash me from anything that is not of Thee, and deliver me from Thine enemies who have disbelieved in Thy signs.



    Potent art Thou to do what Thou willest. No God is there beside Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.


    -- Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations, CXXI, pp. 206-207




    2. The Revelation which, from time immemorial, hath been acclaimed as the Purpose and Promise of all the Prophets of God, and the most cherished Desire of His Messengers, hath now, by virtue of the pervasive Will of the Almighty and at His irresistible bidding, been revealed unto men. The advent of such a Revelation hath been heralded in all the sacred Scriptures. Behold how, notwithstanding such an announcement, mankind hath strayed from its path and shut out itself from its glory.



    Say: O ye lovers of the One true God! Strive, that ye may truly recognize and know Him, and observe befittingly His precepts. This is a Revelation, under which, if a man shed for its sake one drop of blood, myriads of oceans will be his recompense. Take heed, O friends, that ye forfeit not so inestimable a benefit, or disregard its transcendent station. Consider the multitude of lives that have been, and are still being, sacrificed in a world deluded by a mere phantom which the vain imaginations of its peoples have conceived. Render thanks unto God, inasmuch as ye have attained unto your heart's Desire, and been united to Him Who is the Promise of all nations. Guard ye, with the aid of the one true God--exalted be His glory--the integrity of the station which ye have attained, and cleave to that which shall promote His Cause.


    -- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, III, pp. 5-6



    3. In former religions such ordinances as holy war, destruction of books, the ban on association and companionship with other peoples or on reading certain books had been laid down and affirmed according to the exigencies of the time; however, in this mighty Revelation, in this momentous Announcement, the manifold bestowals and favours of God have overshadowed all men, and from the horizon of the Will of the Ever-Abiding Lord, His infallible decree hath prescribed that which We have set forth above. We yield praise unto God--hallowed and glorified be He--for whatsoever He hath graciously revealed in this blessed, this glorious and incomparable Day. Indeed if everyone on earth were endowed with a myriad tongues and were to continually praise God and magnify His Name to the end that knoweth no end, their thanksgiving would not prove adequate for even one of the gracious favours We have mentioned in this Tablet.

    -- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 28
     
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  2. loverofhumanity

    loverofhumanity Well-Known Member
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    Hi Arthra. Hope you’re keeping well and safe from covid and ego. I suppose ego is just as deadly to our spirits as covid is to our bodies. The best vaccine and protection against spiritual covid would likely be I would think is obedience to and steadfastness in the Covenant.

    Have a happy Feast Arthra.

    David
     
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