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Old 04-27-2015, 07:18 AM   #1
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In the presence of Baha'u'llah

"Although He [Baha’u’llah] showed much compassion and loving-kindness, and approached anyone who came to His presence with tender care and humbleness, and often used to make humorous remarks to put them at ease, yet in spite of these, no one, whether faithful or disbelieving, learned or unlettered, wise or foolish, was able to utter ten words in His presence in the usual everyday manner. Indeed, many would find themselves to be tremulous with an impediment in their speech."

"Some people asked permission to attain His presence for the sole purpose of conducting arguments and engaging in controversies. As a favour on His part, and in order to fulfill the testimony and to declare conclusively the proofs, He gave these permission to enter the court of His majesty and glory. As they entered the room, heard His voice welcoming them in, and gazed at His countenance beaming with the light of grandeur, they could not help but prostrate themselves at His door. They would then enter and sit down. When He showed them where to sit, they would find themselves unable to utter a word or put forward their questions. When they left they would bow to Him involuntarily. Some would be transformed through the influence of meeting Him and would leave with the utmost sincerity and devotion, some would depart as admirers, while others would leave His presence, ignorant and heedless, attributing their experience to pure sorcery."

". . . To be brief, the bounties which were vouchsafed to a person as a result of attaining His presence were indescribable and unknowable. The proof of the sun is the sun itself." – Haji Mirza Haydar Ali, Revelation of Baha’u’llah, Volume 3, pp. 248-249


"His blessed person appeared in the form of a human being, but His very movements, His manners, His way of sitting or standing, eating or drinking, even His sleep or wakefulness, were each a miracle to me. Because His perfections, His exalted character, His beauty, His glory, His most excellent titles and most august attributes revealed to me that He was peerless and without parallel. He was matchless with no one to join partners with Him, unique with no peer or equal, the One and Single without a deputy . . . I saw a Person Who, from the human point of view, was like the rest of humanity. However, if one were to add the love, mercy and compassion of all the peoples of the world together, they would appear as a drop when compared with the ocean of His tender mercy and loving-kindness. I even seek God’s forgiveness for making such a comparison. Similarly, if one brought together all the knowledge of science, crafts, philosophy, politics, natural history and divinity possessed by mankind, it would seem, in comparison with His knowledge and understanding, as an atom compared to the sun. If one weighed the might and power of kings, rulers, prophets and messengers against His omnipotence and sovereignty, His grandeur and glory, His majesty and dominion, they would be as insignificant as a touch of moisture compared with the waters of the sea . . . As I observed every one of His attributes, I discovered my inability to emulate Him, and realized that all the peoples of the world will never be able to attain to His perfections.” – ibid, Volume 4, pp 135-136

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Old 04-27-2015, 11:36 AM   #2
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so beautiful....
it is a wonder really why some of people who had visited Baha'ullah in Person, didn't accept the faith after leaving his house! i guess Quran talks about such people when it says that God seals hearts and ears of some people to keep them in error for ever.
 
Old 04-27-2015, 12:50 PM   #3
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so beautiful....
it is a wonder really why some of people who had visited Baha'ullah in Person, didn't accept the faith after leaving his house! i guess Quran talks about such people when it says that God seals hearts and ears of some people to keep them in error for ever.
Maryamr - The way I understand this is that God allows us our free choice. Mostly our choices are not "His Choices" for us.

Thus the Message is given, the Laws and Writings revealed and it is up to us to accept. We spend our whole lives trying to understand what True Acceptance is

Who knows why some are given the Gift and some are not, but there is a writing saying what a Soul Must Posses before the message can be received. It has been posted a few times in other threads, someone may re-post it here, unfortunately I have run out of time today.

God Bless and Regards To all - Tony
 
Old 04-27-2015, 12:58 PM   #4
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The Quote

This is that quote

"The understanding of His words and the comprehension of the utterances of the Birds of Heaven are in no wise dependent upon human learning. They depend solely upon purity of heart, chastity of soul, and freedom of spirit." Iqan, p.65

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Old 04-27-2015, 07:21 PM   #5
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Words of Baha'u'llah

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so beautiful....
it is a wonder really why some of people who had visited Baha'ullah in Person, didn't accept the faith after leaving his house! i guess Quran talks about such people when it says that God seals hearts and ears of some people to keep them in error for ever.


. "Whomsoever Thou willest Thou causest to draw nigh unto the Most Great Ocean, and on whomsoever Thou desirest Thou conferrest the honor of recognizing Thy Most Ancient Name."

. . . (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 94)


. . . "Be thankful to God for having enabled you to recognise His Cause. Whoever has received this blessing must, prior to his acceptance, have performed some deed which though he himself was unaware of its character, was ordained by God as a means whereby he has been guided to find and embrace the Truth. As to those who have remained deprived of such blessing, their acts alone have hindered them from recognising the truth of this Revelation." - Bahá’u’lláh, The Dawnbreakers, p. 586

. (This second quote is a recollection either of Nabil or someone's story that Nabil is quoting, and should be read in context)
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