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Old 07-29-2018, 01:41 PM   #1
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the light of faith and the wisdom of humility

Hashim Khan was a Babi caravan driver. A certain person of wealth and knowledge employed him to transport him and his family from Kashan to the pilgrimage places of Najaf and Karbila. The man was reluctant to hire Hashim Khan because of his Babi faith, but in the end he felt that he had to hire him because of his reputation as a trustworthy and expert driver. Hashim Khan was not an educated man. He was a person of size, being tall and strong, but despite his lack of formal knowledge, the light of faith illumined his heart, and consequently endowed him with understanding and discernment, and an ability to share the truth of his faith in a simple and sincere way.

Throughout the journey, the man and his family refused to associate with Hashim Khan because in their view, he had turned from Islam and embraced a heretical faith. However, the journey was long and required several stops per day for meal stops, rest, and feeding of animals.

On one of these stops, the man decided to talk to Hashim Khan to see if he could show him the error of his ways and return him to the fold. The man reasoned with Hashim Khan: 'If the Bab were truly who you believe, then how is it a person of learning such as myself does not acknowledge his truth, while a person such as yourself who is unlearned and practically illiterate, believes he is able to ascertain the truth?'

Hashim Khan took up and handful of sand, and said thoughtfully. 'People like me have no worth in society. We are worthless as desert sand, but when the sun rises at dawn, we are first to be touched by its light. A learned man, however, is like a precious gem locked up in a safe box; when the sun appears it remains in darkness."

The man was impressed by this answer. He became softer toward Hashim Khan and began to learn the faith from him until at last he himself became enlightened by the new faith.

This is a summary of a story told by Taherzedeh in The Revelation of Baha'u'llah, Vol.2 .

Perhaps the best teaching is not the result of much and deep learning, but in becoming illumined by the light of faith and then being sincere and open, trusting that the light within is a sufficient source of wisdom and sharing with humility.

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Old 07-29-2018, 03:45 PM   #2
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Perhaps the best teaching is not the result of much and deep learning, but in becoming illumined by the light of faith and then being sincere and open, trusting that the light within is a sufficient source of wisdom and sharing with humility.

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Hmmm... It will take me another few years to grasp those words...

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Old 08-01-2018, 07:14 AM   #3
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Hmmm... It will take me another few years to grasp those words...

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If that is the case, I probably muddled it! Here is a quote I was meditating on recently that I think has relevance to our topic:

"...it behoveth the people of truth that the signs of humility should shine upon their faces, that the light of sanctity should radiate from their countenances, that they should walk upon the earth as though they were in the presence of God and distinguish themselves in their deeds from all the dwellers of the earth. Such must be their state that their eyes should behold the evidences of His might, their tongues and hearts make mention of His name, their feet be set towards the lands of His nearness, and their hands take fast hold upon His precepts." -Gems of Divine Mysteries, v81

To me, it also speaks of teaching, because of the power of distinguished deeds and the mystical influence of "tongues and hearts that make mention of his name." This is the true source of power behind effective teaching.

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Old 08-01-2018, 07:44 AM   #4
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It reminds me of a metaphor I once heard... I only sort-of remember it.

It was something to the effect of "a full cup cannot be filled". The meaning of which being it is easier to teach someone who is unlearned than it is someone who is very learned already.
 
Old 08-01-2018, 03:49 PM   #5
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I guess there are too few Bahá'í camel drivers these days...

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Old 08-01-2018, 04:14 PM   #6
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Perhaps you thought of this?

"Cleanliness and sanctity in all conditions are the characteristics of pure beings and necessities of free souls. The first perfection consists in cleanliness and sanctity and in purity from every defect. When man in all conditions is pure and immaculate, he will become the center of the reflection of the manifest Light. In all his actions and conduct there must first be purity, then beauty and independence. The channel must be cleansed before it is filled with sweet water. The pure eye comprehendeth the sight and the meeting of God; the pure nostril inhaleth the perfumes of the rose-garden of bounty; the pure heart becometh the mirror of the beauty of truth."

-Tablets of 'Abd'ul-Baha, p. 730



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Old 08-02-2018, 04:39 AM   #7
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If that is the case, I probably muddled it!

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You didn't. The problem is on my side: I have been reflecting on ways to become an uneducated person, whose main characteristic is a pure heart.

It would probably be easier for me to turn inte a furry cat with a long tail.

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