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Old 12-12-2017, 08:42 AM   #1
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Becoming a mirror of the Divine Splendour

"Not by the force of our numbers, not by the mere exposition of a set of new and noble principles, not by an organized campaign of teaching -- no matter how world-wide and elaborate in its character -- not even by the staunchness of our faith or the exaltation of our enthusiasm, can we ultimately hope to vindicate in the eyes of a critical and sceptical age the supreme claim of the Abha Revelation.

One thing and only one thing will unfailingly and alone secure the undoubted triumph of this sacred Cause, namely the extent to which our own inner life and private character mirror forth in their manifold aspects the splendour of those eternal principles proclaimed by Bahá'u'lláh"


(Shoghi Effendi, Our Inner Life)

I just felt like sharing this extract with you, my friends.

It is just by getting transformed in my character that I can expect the New World Order of Bahaullah to triumph.

That is true religion all about... the journey of spiritual resurrection.

Oh, God, help me!
 
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Old 12-12-2017, 02:37 PM   #2
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Nice post
 
Old 12-12-2017, 09:19 PM   #3
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"Not by the force of our numbers, not by the mere exposition of a set of new and noble principles, not by an organized campaign of teaching -- no matter how world-wide and elaborate in its character -- not even by the staunchness of our faith or the exaltation of our enthusiasm, can we ultimately hope to vindicate in the eyes of a critical and sceptical age the supreme claim of the Abha Revelation.

One thing and only one thing will unfailingly and alone secure the undoubted triumph of this sacred Cause, namely the extent to which our own inner life and private character mirror forth in their manifold aspects the splendour of those eternal principles proclaimed by Bahá'u'lláh"


(Shoghi Effendi, Our Inner Life)

I just felt like sharing this extract with you, my friends.

It is just by getting transformed in my character that I can expect the New World Order of Bahaullah to triumph.

That is true religion all about... the journey of spiritual resurrection.

Oh, God, help me!
Well, I agree that character is very important. I do not consider psychological issues to be character defects because they are not spiritual deficiencies. To whom much is given much is expected. It is what we do with what we have that is important.

We should all struggle, but beating up on ourselves only makes matters worse. There are certain defects of character or personality traits that we might never be overcome, at least not in this mortal world.

I agree that religion is about transforming our character but it is also about transforming the character of the world. Baha’u’llah has enjoined us to do is proclaim this Cause and we cannot wait until we are perfect examples, because if we do the Cause will never get off the ground.

“Know ye from what heights your Lord, the All-Glorious is calling? Think ye that ye have recognized the Pen wherewith your Lord, the Lord of all names, commandeth you? Nay, by My life! Did ye but know it, ye would renounce the world, and would hasten with your whole hearts to the presence of the Well-Beloved. Your spirits would be so transported by His Word as to throw into commotion the Greater World—how much more this small and petty one!….” Gleanings, pp. 139-140

“Center your energies in the propagation of the Faith of God. Whoso is worthy of so high a calling, let him arise and promote it. Whoso is unable, it is his duty to appoint him who will, in his stead, proclaim this Revelation, whose power hath caused the foundations of the mightiest structures to quake, every mountain to be crushed into dust, and every soul to be dumbfounded. Should the greatness of this Day be revealed in its fullness, every man would forsake a myriad lives in his longing to partake, though it be for one moment, of its great glory—how much more this world and its corruptible treasures!” Gleanings, pp. 196-197

“Wert thou to consider this world, and realize how fleeting are the things that pertain unto it, thou wouldst choose to tread no path except the path of service to the Cause of thy Lord. None would have the power to deter thee from celebrating His praise, though all men should arise to oppose thee.” Gleanings, p. 214

“O ye beloved of God! Repose not yourselves on your couches, nay bestir yourselves as soon as ye recognize your Lord, the Creator, and hear of the things which have befallen Him, and hasten to His assistance. Unloose your tongues, and proclaim unceasingly His Cause. This shall be better for you than all the treasures of the past and of the future, if ye be of them that comprehend this truth.” Gleanings, p. 330

Enough preaching from me…

I think we can work on our character while proclaiming and teaching the Faith. I know for me sharing the Faith online has greatly improved my character over the last five years because I have had to learn to deal with all kinds of people, most of whom do not like the Baha’i Faith at all, and be kind and patient.Having to deal with people online is really not any different from dealing with people in person; people are people.

I need help too and probably I need a lot more help than you do, although that is neither here nor there… The best I can say is that I am “aware” of the character defects I have so even though I have not been able to eliminate all of them, my awareness of them in conjunction with what the Writings say has prevented me from hurting other people.

“O ye Cohorts of God! Beware lest ye offend the feelings of anyone, or sadden the heart of any person, or move the tongue in reproach of and finding fault with anybody, whether he is friend or stranger, believer or enemy.” Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas, p. 45
 
Old 12-13-2017, 12:31 AM   #4
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Oh, God, help me!
Yes you are not alone in that request!

I can attest to the accuracy of the quotes you posted.

Regards Tony
 
Old 12-13-2017, 02:53 PM   #5
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Well, I try my best. Right now, I'm trying to give another crooked judge a tough beating in a text to the Court of Appeal, in order to provide another little child with the necessary conditions for a happy childhood.

I believe that this is teaching.

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