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Old 12-02-2017, 12:53 AM   #1
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Context of Gleanings, Passage 130

Does anyone know of the context of Passage #130 in Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah (provided below, with some emphasis added)? To whom was Baha'u'llah writing?

The interpretation of the bolded section is of special interest to me at this time.
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. 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.
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:19 PM   #2
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To me, to be guarded in speech means to speak attentive to the message and standards God has set and not every vain and selfish thought.

If I have missed your point\question I apologise.
Old 03-22-2018, 10:37 AM   #3
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This was written to Baha'u'llah's son Badi'u'llah (a half-brother to Abdu'l-Baha, Mirza Mihdi and Bahiyyih Khanum), who later broke the covenant).

Last edited by Matthew Light; 03-22-2018 at 12:50 PM.

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