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Old 11-06-2016, 10:11 AM   #1
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Happiness in our lives

Happy are the wise that recognized the straight path of God and turned unto His kingdom; happy are the glad and sincere, the lamps of whose hearts burn with the knowledge of the All-Merciful and are protected by self-abnegation from the winds of test and sorrow; happy are the brave whose hearts the power of the oppressor cannot daunt; happy are the clear-sighted that have learned to distinguish the transitory from the eternal, that have turned their faces to the Imperishable and are named among the Immortals in the realm of power and glory......

Baha'u'llah, "Extracts from Baha'i Sacred Writings," Baha'i Year Book pg 43


Happiness consists of two kinds: physical and spiritual. The physical happiness is limited; its utmost duration is one day, one month, one year. It hath no result. Spiritual happiness is eternal and unfathomable. This kind of happiness appeareth in one's soul with the love of God and suffereth one to attain to the virtues and perfections of the world of humanity. Therefore, endeavor as much as thou art able in order to illumine the lamp of thy heart by the light of love.

Abdu'l-Baha', Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha', 3:673-74.


I AM IN CHARGE OF HOW I FEEL AND TODAY I AM CHOOSING HAPPINESS.

Loving regards,
Becky
 
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Old 11-07-2016, 08:07 AM   #2
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Be thou hopeful and be thou happy and rejoiced. For I have supplicated and beseeched before the Threshold of the Almighty that thy wish may be realized, so thou mayest overcome the self and perform charitable deeds and that human perfections may appear from thee; that thou mayest be endowed with lofty gifts; find thy way to divine wisdom and show forth the manners and conduct of those who are favored in the Threshold of the Almighty.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 545)


As for the spiritual perfections they are man’s birthright and belong to him alone of all creation. Man is, in reality, a spiritual being, and only when he lives in the spirit is he truly happy. This spiritual longing and perception belongs to all men alike, and it is my firm conviction that the Western people possess great spiritual aspiration.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 72)


At the threshold of the one true God no act is more meritorious than imparting happiness to the hearts of the friends. Each one of the friends should, most willingly, endeavor to bring happiness, joy and gladness to those with whom he associates.
(From a Tablet of Abdu’l?Bahá, approved translation from the Bahá’í World Center, quoted in The Story of My Heart by ‘Alí?Akbar Fur�tan, p. 200)
 
Old 11-07-2016, 08:24 AM   #3
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Be thou hopeful and be thou happy and rejoiced. For I have supplicated and beseeched before the Threshold of the Almighty that thy wish may be realized, so thou mayest overcome the self and perform charitable deeds and that human perfections may appear from thee; that thou mayest be endowed with lofty gifts; find thy way to divine wisdom and show forth the manners and conduct of those who are favored in the Threshold of the Almighty.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 545)


As for the spiritual perfections they are man’s birthright and belong to him alone of all creation. Man is, in reality, a spiritual being, and only when he lives in the spirit is he truly happy. This spiritual longing and perception belongs to all men alike, and it is my firm conviction that the Western people possess great spiritual aspiration.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 72)


At the threshold of the one true God no act is more meritorious than imparting happiness to the hearts of the friends. Each one of the friends should, most willingly, endeavor to bring happiness, joy and gladness to those with whom he associates.
(From a Tablet of Abdu’l?Bahá, approved translation from the Bahá’í World Center, quoted in The Story of My Heart by ‘Alí?Akbar Fur�tan, p. 200)

Beautiful quotes, Maryamr!
 
Old 11-07-2016, 01:36 PM   #4
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Be thou hopeful and be thou happy and rejoiced. For I have supplicated and beseeched before the Threshold of the Almighty that thy wish may be realized, so thou mayest overcome the self and perform charitable deeds and that human perfections may appear from thee; that thou mayest be endowed with lofty gifts; find thy way to divine wisdom and show forth the manners and conduct of those who are favored in the Threshold of the Almighty.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 545)


As for the spiritual perfections they are man’s birthright and belong to him alone of all creation. Man is, in reality, a spiritual being, and only when he lives in the spirit is he truly happy. This spiritual longing and perception belongs to all men alike, and it is my firm conviction that the Western people possess great spiritual aspiration.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 72)


At the threshold of the one true God no act is more meritorious than imparting happiness to the hearts of the friends. Each one of the friends should, most willingly, endeavor to bring happiness, joy and gladness to those with whom he associates.
(From a Tablet of Abdu’l?Bahá, approved translation from the Bahá’í World Center, quoted in The Story of My Heart by ‘Alí?Akbar Fur�tan, p. 200)
Inspirational and challenging. Thank you wee sister
 
Old 11-08-2016, 05:30 AM   #5
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and thank you dear Aidan and dear Becky
 
Old 11-08-2016, 07:14 AM   #6
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I bought a book recently, "History of Religion in Iran" written in the early 1900's. It covers the Babi/Baha'i movement, and is an interesting perspective.

Anyways, one interesting snippet said that the Bab wrote a law forbidding anyone from "doing anything that would cause them sadness" because the Bab said he wanted Him Whom God Will Make Manifest to be surrounded by happiness when he arrived.
 
Old 11-08-2016, 08:45 AM   #7
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I bought a book recently, "History of Religion in Iran" written in the early 1900's. It covers the Babi/Baha'i movement, and is an interesting perspective.

Anyways, one interesting snippet said that the Bab wrote a law forbidding anyone from "doing anything that would cause them sadness" because the Bab said he wanted Him Whom God Will Make Manifest to be surrounded by happiness when he arrived.

That is interesting....I think in many ways, happiness is a choice. It becomes easier if we make a conscious choice to view our glass as half full instead of half empty. After a while it becomes our strategy for living life, it is like looking for the good in people. And it is not to say, there are not other emotions in our lives, sadness, hurt, pain, anger...but we don't have to camp out there, don't have to dwell on it, don't have to let those emotions overshadow our view of the world. So many of the things we do in life become habit.... why not strive for positive habits.......

Loving regards,
Becky
 
Old 11-08-2016, 09:33 AM   #8
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I bought a book recently, "History of Religion in Iran" written in the early 1900's. It covers the Babi/Baha'i movement, and is an interesting perspective.

Anyways, one interesting snippet said that the Bab wrote a law forbidding anyone from "doing anything that would cause them sadness" because the Bab said he wanted Him Whom God Will Make Manifest to be surrounded by happiness when he arrived.
interesting point. yes I read this law as well I think in the Bayan. now I am going to ask a question based on it.
there is strong emphasis on being kind to all people in our religion (and in other religions as well), and try not to break a heart. how should we apply this rule to those who are having opinions completely different from ours, even if their opinions are bad. how should we not break their hearts? and if we shouldn't then this makes it clear how tolerable we have to be in facing just ANY human being that comes to our way, no matter what is his belief or way of living.
 
Old 11-08-2016, 11:56 AM   #9
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I would say choice is limited by many factors some we can control, some we have no choice about,even a state of mind has these limitations. The greatest limitation on state of mind is level of belief and to attain that belief many of us need physical, spiritual & psychological support.
 
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Love and blessings to all my Baha'i friends.
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:03 PM   #11
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Love and blessings to all my Baha'i friends.
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and to you, too, dear Bill
 
Old 11-15-2016, 11:48 AM   #12
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Love and blessings to all my Baha'i friends.
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Love and blessings to you too, dear friend!!!!!

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