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Old 02-07-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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Guidance by deeds

"O SON OF MY HANDMAID! Guidance hath ever been given by words, and now it is given by deeds. Every one must show forth deeds that are pure and holy, for words are the property of all alike, whereas such deeds as these belong only to Our loved ones. Strive then with heart and soul to distinguish yourselves by your deeds. In this wise We counsel you in this holy and resplendent tablet."

- Baha'u'llah, Hidden Words
 
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:50 PM   #2
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And I think our only hope is praying that God will assist us to show forth such deeds as are worthy of Him.

We can't do it on our own!

"O my God! O my God! Thou seest me in my lowliness and weakness, occupied with the greatest undertaking, determined to raise Thy word among the masses and to spread Thy teachings among Thy peoples. How can I succeed unless Thou assist me with the breath of the Holy Spirit, help me to triumph by the hosts of Thy glorious kingdom, and shower upon me Thy confirmations, which alone can change a gnat into an eagle, a drop of water into rivers and seas, and an atom into lights and suns? O my Lord! Assist me with Thy triumphant and effective might, so that my tongue may utter Thy praises and attributes among all people and my soul overflow with the wine of Thy love and knowledge.

Thou art the Omnipotent and the Doer of whatsoever Thou willest."


"O holy Lord! O Lord of loving-kindness! We stray about Thy dwelling, longing to behold Thy beauty, and loving all Thy ways. We are hapless, lowly, and of small account. We are paupers: show us mercy, give us bounty; look not upon our failings, hide Thou our endless sins. Whatever we are, still are we Thine, and what we speak and hear is praise of Thee, and it is Thy face we seek, Thy path we follow. Thou art the Lord of loving-kindness, we are sinners and astray and far from home. Wherefore, O Cloud of Mercy, grant us some drops of rain. O Flowering Bed of grace, send forth a fragrant breeze. O Sea of all bestowals, roll towards us a great wave. O Sun of Bounty, send down a shaft of light. Grant us pity, grant us grace. By Thy beauty, we come with no provision but our sins, with no good deeds to tell of, only hopes. Unless Thy concealing veil doth cover us, and Thy protection shield and cradle us, what power have these helpless souls to rise and serve Thee, what substance have these wretched ones to make a brave display? Thou Who art the Mighty, the All-Powerful, help us, favor us; withered as we are, revive us with showers from Thy clouds of grace; lowly as we are, illumine us with bright rays from the Day-Star of Thy oneness. Cast Thou these thirsty fish into the ocean of Thy mercy, guide Thou this lost caravan to the shelter of Thy singleness; to the wellspring of guidance lead Thou the ones who have wandered far astray, and grant to those who have missed the path a haven within the precincts of Thy might. Lift Thou to these parched lips the bounteous and soft-flowing waters of heaven, raise up these dead to everlasting life. Grant Thou to the blind eyes that will see. Make Thou the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak. Set Thou the dispirited ablaze, make Thou the heedless mindful, warn Thou the proud, awaken those who sleep.

Thou art the Mighty, Thou art the Bestower, Thou art the Loving. Verily Thou art the Beneficent, the Most Exalted."
 
Old 02-07-2014, 01:39 PM   #3
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"O my God! O my God! Thou seest me in my lowliness and weakness, occupied with the greatest undertaking, determined to raise Thy word among the masses and to spread Thy teachings among Thy peoples. How can I succeed unless Thou assist me with the breath of the Holy Spirit, help me to triumph by the hosts of Thy glorious kingdom, and shower upon me Thy confirmations, which alone can change a gnat into an eagle, a drop of water into rivers and seas, and an atom into lights and suns? O my Lord! Assist me with Thy triumphant and effective might, so that my tongue may utter Thy praises and attributes among all people and my soul overflow with the wine of Thy love and knowledge.

Thou art the Omnipotent and the Doer of whatsoever Thou willest."

I love this. Thanks Matt
 
Old 02-10-2014, 08:32 PM   #4
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Me too!
 
Old 02-10-2014, 08:50 PM   #5
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"O SON OF MY HANDMAID! Guidance hath ever been given by words, and now it is given by deeds. Every one must show forth deeds that are pure and holy, for words are the property of all alike, whereas such deeds as these belong only to Our loved ones. Strive then with heart and soul to distinguish yourselves by your deeds. In this wise We counsel you in this holy and resplendent tablet."- Baha'u'llah, Hidden Words
Certainly let deeds be our adorning.

But never forget the first step is the acceptance of the Manifestation.

Good deeds without the first step are in vain.
 
Old 02-11-2014, 05:02 AM   #6
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Certainly let deeds be our adorning.

But never forget the first step is the acceptance of the Manifestation.

Good deeds without the first step are in vain.
I struggle so much with this, it makes me so very sad.

So much good is done every single day by people who do not accept any Manifestation, or just not this one. To me their good deeds are as valuable as mine, yours or anyone else's. But I am just a lowly servant, what would I know!
 
Old 02-11-2014, 05:46 AM   #7
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I struggle so much with this, it makes me so very sad.

So much good is done every single day by people who do not accept any Manifestation, or just not this one. To me their good deeds are as valuable as mine, yours or anyone else's. But I am just a lowly servant, what would I know!
Rest assured dear Grace, all good deeds are motivated by the Holy Spirit. That same Spirit that motivates Jews,Christians,Moslems,Baha'is and atheists
 
Old 02-12-2014, 06:12 AM   #8
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I struggle so much with this, it makes me so very sad.

So much good is done every single day by people who do not accept any Manifestation, or just not this one. To me their good deeds are as valuable as mine, yours or anyone else's. But I am just a lowly servant, what would I know!
Dear Grace

All I know is what Baha'u'llah teaches, but I also feel deep within me that all good deeds have their reward.

Love to you
 
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