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Discussion in 'Baha'i Faith DIR' started by andyjamal, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    Today there are many melodies; from every studio divers strains are floated to our ears, but these tunes have become antiquated and covered with the rust of time.

    For thousands of years the same notes have been heard. They lack their original charm and purity, for the singers have grown old and decrepit and lost their voices. The song of life has lost its virility. From every direction melodies are sounded and we must needs have discriminating ears.

    Let us seek the song with the sweetest strains, so that it may be taken up by the angles and carried to the supreme concourse. Let us hearken to the melody which will stir the world of humanity, so that the people may be transformed with joy.

    Let us listen to a symphony which will confer life on man; then we can obtain universal results; then we shall receive a new spirit; then we shall become illumined. Let us investigate a song which is above all songs; one which will develop the spirit and produce harmony and exhilaration, unfolding the inner potentialities of life.
    Whenever the sun of reality dawns, the lower sphere expresses the virtues of the highest world.

    Why does not man harken to the soul-stirring music of the supreme concourse and not run wild with joy over the jarring notes of a street organ!

    Strive day and night; perchance these sleeping ones may be awakened by the celestial strains of the city of melody and hear the soft, delicate music which is streaming down from the kingdom of El-Abha.

    Knowledge is one of the greatest benefits of God. To acquire knowledge is incumbent on all. These visible arts and present implements are from the results of his knowledge and wisdom, which have been revealed from the supreme pen. In this day the mysteries of this earth are unfolded and have become visible before the eyes.
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    ~ BAHA'O'LLAH

    ~ Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 77
     
  2. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    This wonderful age has rent asunder the veils of superstition and has condemned the prejudice of the people of the East.
    Among some of the nations of the Orient, music and harmony was not approved of, but the Manifested Light, Bahá'u'lláh, in this glorious period has revealed in Holy Tablets that singing and music are the spiritual food of the hearts and souls.

    In this dispensation, music is one of the arts that is highly approved and is considered to be the cause of the exaltation of sad and desponding hearts.

    Therefore ... set to music the verses and the divine words so that they may be sung with soul-stirring melody in the Assemblies and gatherings, and that the hearts of the listeners may become tumultuous and rise towards the Kingdom of Abha in supplication and prayer.

    ~ Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith, p. 378
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    THE TWO CLASSES OF PROPHETS

    Question. -- How many kinds of Prophets are there?

    Answer. -- Universally, the Prophets are of two kinds. One are the independent Prophets Who are followed; the other kind are not independent and are themselves followers.

    The independent Prophets are the lawgivers and the founders of a new cycle. Through Their appearance the world puts on a new garment, the foundations of religion are established, and a new book is revealed. Without an intermediary They receive bounty from the Reality of the Divinity, and Their illumination is an essential illumination. They are like the sun which is luminous in itself: the light is its essential necessity; it does not receive light from any other star. These Dawning-places of the morn of Unity are the sources of bounty and the mirrors of the Essence of Reality.

    The other Prophets are followers and promoters, for they are branches and not independent; they receive the bounty of the independent Prophets, and they profit by the light of the Guidance of the universal Prophets. They are like the moon, which is not luminous and radiant in itself, but receives its light from the sun.

    The Manifestations of universal Prophethood Who appeared independently are, for example, Abraham, Moses, Christ, Muhammad, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. But the others who are followers and promoters are like Solomon, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. For the independent Prophets are founders; They establish a new religion and make new creatures of men; They change the general morals, promote new customs and rules, renew the cycle and the Law. Their appearance is like the season of spring, which arrays all earthly beings in a new garment, and gives them a new life.

    With regard to the second sort of Prophets who are followers, these also promote the Law of God, make known the Religion of God, and proclaim His word. Of themselves they have no power and might, except what they receive from the independent Prophets.

    ~ Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 163
     
  4. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    Consider ye what doors His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh has opened before you, and what a high and exalted station He has destined for you, and what bounties He has prepared for you! Should we become intoxicated with this cup, the sovereignty of this globe of earth will become lower in our estimation than the children's plays. Should they place in the arena the crown of the government of the whole world, and invite each one of us to accept it, undoubtedly we shall not condescend, and shall refuse to accept it.

    ~~~ Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith, p. 424
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    Human conditions and exigencies are such that even the question of capital punishment, -- the one penalty which most nations have continued to enforce for murder, -- is now under discussion by wise men who are debating its advisability.

    In fact, laws for the ordinary conditions of life are only valid temporarily. The exigencies of the time of Moses justified cutting off a man's hand for theft but such a penalty is not allowable now. Time changes conditions, and laws change to suit conditions.

    We must remember that these changing laws are not the essentials; they are the accidentals of religion. The essential ordinances established by a Manifestation of God are spiritual; they concern moralities, the ethical development of man and faith in God.

    ~ Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 275
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    Thou hast written concerning the changing of names. A name hath no importance, for a name must needs have a bearer ( i. e., deserving a high name). That is to say, consider (people's) morals and character, then consider the person himself and be attentive (to detect) one's manners and conduct and consider his faith and assurance.

    If a person is illumined with the light of the love of God, he is (like unto) the morning star, even though his name be dark; and if he is a captive in the darkness of error, he is gloomy even though his name be that of a shining star.

    Consequently, be thou intent thou that thou makest thy face illumined with the light of the love of God, through the divine assistance and favor. This attribute will make thee independent of every name!

    ~ Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v2, p. 460
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    A PRAISE which is exalted above every mention or description beseemeth the Adored One, the Possessor of all things visible and invisible, Who hath enabled the Primal Point to reveal countless Books and Epistles and Who, through the potency of His sublime Word, hath called into being the entire creation, whether of the former or more recent generations. Moreover He hath in every age and cycle, in conformity with His transcendent wisdom, sent forth a divine Messenger to revive the dispirited and despondent souls with the living waters of His utterance, One Who is indeed the Expounder, the true Interpreter, inasmuch as man is unable to comprehend that which hath streamed forth from the Pen of Glory and is recorded in His heavenly Books.

    Men at all times and under all conditions stand in need of one to exhort them, guide them and to instruct and teach them. Therefore He hath sent forth His Messengers, His Prophets and chosen ones that they might acquaint the people with the divine purpose underlying the revelation of Books and the raising up of Messengers, and that everyone may become aware of the trust of God which is latent in the reality of every soul.

    Man is the supreme Talisman.

    ~ Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 159
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    Wherefore, O my loving friends! Consort with all the peoples, kindreds and religions of the world with the utmost truthfulness, uprightness, faithfulness, kindliness, good-will and friendliness; that all the world of being may be filled with the holy ecstasy of the grace of Baha, that ignorance, enmity, hate and rancor may vanish from the world and the darkness of estrangement amidst the peoples and kindreds of the world may give way to the Light of Unity.

    ~ Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith, p. 445
     
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    BAHA'O'LLAH continually urges man to free himself from the superstitions and traditions of the past and become an investigator of reality, for it will then be seen that God has revealed his light many times in order to illumine mankind in the path of evolution, in various countries and through many different prophets, masters and sages.

    ~ Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 8
     
  10. andyjamal

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    It is certain that the greatest of instrumentalities for achieving the advancement and the glory of man, the supreme agency for the enlightenment and the redemption of the world, is love and fellowship and unity among all the members of the human race. Nothing can be effected in the world, not even conceivably, without unity and agreement, and the perfect means for engendering fellowship and union is true religion.
    (Abdu'l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 73)
     
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    Etritonakin Well-Known Member

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    "I love yer crooked little mouth!"

    "It's not even my best feature"

    From "The Firm"
     
  12. andyjamal

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    "My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal light and an immortal spirit. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it."
    (Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    Hey there Andy! Allah'u'Abha.. How have you been there lately?
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    The Pen of Revelation exclaimeth:

    "On this Day the Kingdom is God's!"

    The Tongue of Power is calling:

    "On this Day all sovereignty is, in very deed, with God!"

    The Phoenix of the realms above crieth out from the immortal Branch:

    "The glory of all greatness belongeth to God, the Incomparable, the All-Compelling!"

    The Mystic Dove proclaimeth from its blissful bower, in the everlasting Paradise:


    "The source of all bounty is derived, in this Day, from God, the One, the Forgiving!"

    The Bird of the Throne warbleth its melody in its retreats of holiness:


    "Supreme ascendancy is to be attributed, this Day, to none except God, Him Who hath no peer nor equal, Who is the Most Powerful, the All-Subduing!"

    The inmost essence of all things voiceth in all things the testimony:


    "All forgiveness floweth, in this Day, from God, Him to Whom none can compare, with Whom no partners can be joined, the Sovereign Protector of all men, and the Concealer of their sins!"

    The Quintessence of Glory hath lifted up its voice above My head, and crieth from such heights as neither pen nor tongue can in any degree describe:

    "God is my witness! He, the Ancient of everlasting days is come, girded with majesty and power. There is none other God but Him, the All-Glorious, the Almighty, the All-Highest, the All-Wise, the All-Pervading, the All-Seeing, the All-Informed, the Sovereign Protector, the Source of eternal light!"

    ~ Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 35
     
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    Php 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
     
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    Oh, you know--up and down. Such is life.:seesaw:
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    O SON OF DUST!

    All that is in heaven and earth I have ordained for thee, except the human heart, which I have made the habitation of My beauty and glory;

    yet thou didst give My home and dwelling to another than Me;

    and whenever the manifestation of My holiness sought His own abode, a stranger found He there, and, homeless, hastened unto the sanctuary of the Beloved.

    Notwithstanding I have concealed thy secret and desired not thy shame.

    ~ Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words
     
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    "A wise man went to see another wise man. He asked the other wise man what would happen to him. The first wise man said 'A rock will fall on your head 7 days from now while you are standing in that very spot'. He returned every day and asked the same question. The answer was the same each day -minus a day. 7 days from the first, he returned to ask the same question -and a rock fell on his head."
     
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    Your point being, Eritonikin?


    Bruce
     
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    It behoveth thee to sever thyself from all desires save thy Lord, the Supreme, expecting no help or aid from anyone in the universe, not even from thy father or children. Resign thyself to God! Content thyself with but little of this world's goods! Verily, economy is a great treasure. If one of thy relations oppress thee, complain not against him before the magistrate; rather manifest magnificent patience during every calamity and hardship. Verily thy Master is the Lord of Faithfulness! Forgive and overlook the shortcomings which have appeared in that one, for the sake of love and affection. Know that nothing will benefit thee in this life save supplication and invocation unto God, service in His vineyard, and, with a heart full of love, be in constant servitude unto Him.
    (Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 374)

    :bahai2:
     
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