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Old 02-11-2014, 06:23 AM   #1
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The lofty station of Pioneering

The spiritual act of pioneering is of a supremely high station in this dispensation. God bless and confirm them in their service!



"O ye homeless and wanderers in the Path of God! Prosperity, contentment, and freedom, however much desired and conducive to the gladness of the human heart, can in no wise compare with the trials of homelessness and adversity in the pathway of God; for such exile and banishment are blessed by the divine favour, and are surely followed by the mercy of Providence. The joy of tranquillity in one's home, and the sweetness of freedom from all cares shall pass away, whilst the blessings of homelessness shall endure forever, and its far-reaching results shall be made manifest.

Abraham's migration from His native land caused bountiful gifts of the All-Glorious to be made manifest, and the setting of Canaan's brightest star unfolded to the eyes the radiance of Joseph. The flight of Moses, the Prophet of Sinai, revealed the Flame of the Lord's burning Fire, and the rise of Jesus breathed the breaths of the Holy Spirit into the world. The departure of Muhammad, the Beloved of God, from the city of His birth was the cause of the exaltation of God's Holy Word, and the banishment of the Sacred Beauty led to the diffusion of the light of His divine Revelation throughout all regions.

Take ye good heed, O people of insight!"

-(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pp. 280-281)



"The Guardian is well aware of the great sacrifices required of the devoted pioneers, and of the problems they must meet and conquer. This is why he feels that the work of the pioneers is the most important Bahá’í task any individual can perform today—more important than serving on a National Assembly, or any administrative post.

While it carries great responsibilities and difficulties, yet its spiritual blessings are so great, they overshadow everything else; and the opportunities for special victories of the Faith so abundant; the soul who once tastes the elixir of pioneering service, seldom will do anything else."

- (From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, June 5, 1954)



"Confirm, moreover, Thy loved ones, those who, leaving their homelands, their families and their children, have, for the love of Thy Beauty, traveled to foreign countries to diffuse Thy fragrances and promulgate Thy Teachings. Be Thou their companion in their loneliness, their helper in a strange land, the remover of their sorrows, their comforter in calamity. Be Thou a refreshing draught for their thirst, a healing medicine for their ills and a balm for the burning ardor of their hearts.

Verily, Thou art the Most Generous, the Lord of grace abounding, and, verily, Thou art the Compassionate and the Merciful." - Abdu'l-Baha
 
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Old 07-19-2014, 12:00 PM   #2
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hello Matthew, I can understand these quotations, and have read writings that outline the aims of pioneers. However, I am in a quandary, a relative is pioneering, and has not made it clear to his non-Baha'i immediate family what his motives or reasons for travelling are. This would be fine, but since he cannot -or will not- give any indication of future plans, his Mother is currently shouldering the burden of run-down property that he wishes to retain as an eventual home for his family. This emotional and financial burden is distressing an elderly woman.

Should I advise him to return home, and take up his responsibilities- which are entirely for his benefit, or does immediate family count for less that his higher motives in spreading belief?
 
Old 07-19-2014, 03:14 PM   #3
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Welcome Walker! It's nice to see you here on BahaiForums.

Regarding your query - how did you get drawn into this situation? That might help clarify the principles involved and what you ought to do - if anything.
 
Old 07-19-2014, 03:55 PM   #4
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Serving parents

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hello Matthew, I can understand these quotations, and have read writings that outline the aims of pioneers. However, I am in a quandary, a relative is pioneering, and has not made it clear to his non-Baha'i immediate family what his motives or reasons for travelling are. This would be fine, but since he cannot -or will not- give any indication of future plans, his Mother is currently shouldering the burden of run-down property that he wishes to retain as an eventual home for his family. This emotional and financial burden is distressing an elderly woman.

Should I advise him to return home, and take up his responsibilities- which are entirely for his benefit, or does immediate family count for less that his higher motives in spreading belief?
. The Blessed Beauty commented on the priority of serving one's parents:

. "Should anyone give you a choice between the opportunity to render a service to Me and a service to them, choose ye to serve them, and let such service be a path leading you to Me."

also:

. "However, as you no doubt know, Bahá'u'lláh has stated that the purpose of marriage is to promote unity, so you should bear this in mind when dealing with your non-Bahá'í relatives; they cannot be expected to feel the way we do on questions of racial amity, and we must not force our views on them, but rather lovingly and wisely seek to educate them."

(In a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, 30 August 1957 to an individual believer)

. Here is a very good link on the subject:

Lights of Guidance/The Relationship Between Parents and Children - Bahaitext, a library of books about the Bahá
 
Old 07-19-2014, 05:20 PM   #5
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hello Matthew, I can understand these quotations, and have read writings that outline the aims of pioneers. However, I am in a quandary, a relative is pioneering, and has not made it clear to his non-Baha'i immediate family what his motives or reasons for travelling are. This would be fine, but since he cannot -or will not- give any indication of future plans, his Mother is currently shouldering the burden of run-down property that he wishes to retain as an eventual home for his family. This emotional and financial burden is distressing an elderly woman.

Should I advise him to return home, and take up his responsibilities- which are entirely for his benefit, or does immediate family count for less that his higher motives in spreading belief?
Walker - welcome to the Forum

This is a good Question and I would think you should advise Him to return home if you have the influence.

I have personally contemplated this situation and was guided to writings on Unity and Love. So I will offer my thoughts.

The day for giving up Family and all worldly possession IMHO has passed. This was a thing that happened when the Bab and Baha'u'llah were upon this earth. They were special times to which this type of sacrifice created the new world to which we now live in.

Abdul'Baha then set the bar at Love and Unity. One can not abandon responsibilities to other Souls, be they Baha'is or not Baha'is.

Without knowing the full story, it would be hard to offer firm advice.

God Bless and Regards Tony
 
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