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Old 08-16-2015, 11:24 AM   #281
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I feel it is time for all of us imperfect souls to consider the example of the Master, as we discuss subjects that tend to get heated. I have withdrawn from certain threads because of name calling etc. Can't we agree to disagree without saying things that would cause the Master hurt.
Just a suggestion.

Love and peace to all.
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:31 AM   #282
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one of my favourite pieces of advice from ‘abdul-bahá is this:
‘abdu’l-baha was sitting at a window, listening quietly to the outpourings of a distressed young girl. The girl couldn’t understand why her life was so full of trials, especially when, as she told him, she read the ninety-first psalm and the twenty-third psalm, every night before she went to bed.
‘abdu’l-bahá responded: “to pray is not to read psalms. To pray is to trust in god and to be submissive in all things to him. . . . Strong ships are not conquered by the sea, they ride the waves! Now be a strong ship, not a battered one.”
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:10 AM   #283
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yes a wonderful story and advice

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realllyyyyyyy beautiful
thank you dear sister for the reminder.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:13 AM   #284
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realllyyyyyyy beautiful
It's called prayerfulness.

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Old 08-17-2015, 02:31 PM   #285
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My favourite Abdu'l-Baha story will probably not surprise anyone

From Tablets of the Divine Plan, in his own words (referring to himself in the third person):


Bahá'í Reference Library - Tablets of the Divine Plan, Pages 93-98

13: TABLET TO THE BAHÁ’ÍS OF CANADA AND GREENLAND

Revealed on February 21, 1917, in Bahá’u’lláh’s room at the house of Abbúd in ‘Akká, and addressed to the Bahá’ís of Canada—Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Mackenzie, Keewatin, Ungava, Franklin Islands—and Greenland.

He is God!

O ye kind friends and the maidservants of the Merciful:

IN THE great Qur’án, God says: “Thou shalt see no difference in the creatures of God.” In other words, He says: From the ideal standpoint, there is no variation between the creatures of God, because they are all created by Him. From the above premise, a conclusion is drawn, that there is no difference between countries. The future of the Dominion of Canada, however, is very great, and the events connected with it infinitely glorious. It shall become the object of the glance of providence, and shall show forth the bounties of the All-Glorious.

Abdu’l-Bahá during his journey and sojourn through that Dominion obtained the utmost joy. Before My departure, many souls warned Me not to travel to Montreal, saying, the majority of the inhabitants are Catholics, and are in the utmost fanaticism, that they are submerged in the sea of imitations, that they have not the capability to hearken to the call of the Kingdom of God, that the veil of bigotry has so covered the eyes that they have deprived themselves from beholding the signs of the Most Great Guidance, and that the dogmas have taken possession of the hearts entirely, leaving no trace of reality. They asserted that should the Sun of Reality shine with perfect splendor throughout that Dominion, the dark, impenetrable clouds of superstitions have so enveloped the horizon that it would be utterly impossible for anyone to behold its rays.

But these stories did not have any effect on the resolution of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. He, trusting in God, turned his face toward Montreal. When he entered that city he observed all the doors open, he found the hearts in the utmost receptivity and the ideal power of the Kingdom of God removing every obstacle and obstruction. In the churches and meetings of that Dominion he called men to the Kingdom of God with the utmost joy, and scattered such seeds which will be irrigated with the hand of divine power. Undoubtedly those seeds will grow, becoming green and verdant, and many rich harvests will be gathered. In the promotion of the divine principles he found no antagonist and no adversary. The believers he met in that city were in the utmost spirituality, and attracted with the fragrances of God. He found that through the effort of the maidservant of God Mrs. Maxwell a number of the sons and daughters of the Kingdom in that Dominion were gathered together and associated with each other, increasing this joyous exhilaration day by day. The time of sojourn was limited to a 95 number of days, but the results in the future are inexhaustible. When a farmer comes into the possession of a virgin soil, in a short time he will bring under cultivation a large field.
It is a wonderful story of confounding religious prejudices: revealing them to be baseless and hollow.

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Old 08-18-2015, 04:50 AM   #286
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My favourite Abdu'l-Baha story will probably not surprise anyone

From Tablets of the Divine Plan, in his own words (referring to himself in the third person):
I definitely didn't see this one coming!

 
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In Mahmud's Diary there is a story of Abdu'l-Baha getting lost:
When the guests had left and the Master was completely exhausted, He went out alone for a walk to refresh Himself. He then boarded a tram which took Him far out of the city, then another tram which went out of the city by another route and finally took a taxi. The driver asked for the name of the hotel but `Abdu'l-Bahá did not know. He pointed to him to go straight ahead and, suddenly, there was the hotel. With His hair dishevelled and His smiling face, He told us how He had gotten lost. `Once in the Holy Land,' He said,

`Áqá Faraj lost the way to Yirkih. I advised him to loosen the reins of the animal. When the ass was left to itself it went straight to its destination. Today I pointed to the chauffeur to go straight on and by chance I reached my hotel among all these hotels.
It seems Abdu'l-Baha knew a story for a multitude of scenarios.

He was also "tight" with his money, at least when it came to personal expenses:
"Today `Abdu'l-Bahá moved into the Hotel Windsor. As He was leaving for a meeting at Mr and Mrs Maxwell's home, he took the tram. We asked whether we could call for a carriage. He said: `Oh, it matters little. This saves expense. There is a difference of one dollar in the fare.' He was very careful over this type of personal expense but when He reached the home of Mr and Mrs Maxwell, He gave one pound to each of their servants."
Now I need to reflect on my own spending habits.
 
Old 08-29-2015, 07:35 AM   #288
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I feel dear ahanu, that studying the life of Abdu'lBaha is what encourages us all to reflect on our lives, after all was he not the perfect exemplar.
 
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When Shoghi Effendi was only five years old he was pestering the Master to write something for him, whereupon ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote this touching and revealing letter in His own hand:
“He is God! O My Shoghi, I have no time to talk, leave me alone! You said ‘write’ – I have written. What else should be done? Now is not the time for you to read and write, it is the time for jumping about and chanting ‘O My God!’ therefore memorize the prayers of the Blessed Beauty and chant them that I may hear them, because there is no time for anything else.”
It seems that when this wonderful gift reached the child he set himself to memorize a number of Bahá’u’lláh’s prayers and would chant them so loudly that the entire neighbourhood could hear his voice; when his parents and other members of the Master’s family remonstrated with him, Shoghi Effendi replied, “The Master wrote to me to chant that He may hear me! I am doing my best!” and he kept on chanting at the top of his voice for many hours every day. Finally his parents begged the Master to stop him, but He told them to let Shoghi Effendi alone.
 
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I spent a year translating the Selected Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. In a sense, it was a most difficult year. In another seense, it was a most wonderful year. Working with His texts, I learned that, in one sense, there are all kinds of love. In another sense, love is always the same - whether it is love of God, of a woman, of one's children, of mankind.

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Old 12-06-2015, 06:07 AM   #291
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Dear Yeshua Thank you for your input.
I think it was a letter from Shoghi Effendi to a believer where he said that a Catholic upbringing was a good foundation for a Baha'i, just going on my fading memory.

When I first read this so many years ago, was a surprise to my bigoted self, so many of my understandings have changed since then.

Thank you Yeshua your presence here is a gift from God.
 
Old 01-01-2016, 05:52 PM   #292
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I spent a year translating the Selected Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. In a sense, it was a most difficult year. In another seense, it was a most wonderful year. Working with His texts, I learned that, in one sense, there are all kinds of love. In another sense, love is always the same - whether it is love of God, of a woman, of one's children, of mankind.

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Which languages were you working with?
 
Old 01-01-2016, 06:11 PM   #293
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Which languages were you working with?
Translating from English to Swedish, with a little bit of help occasionally to figure out what He said in the Persian original.

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Old 01-03-2016, 02:17 PM   #294
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[QUOTE=gnat;71972]Translating from English to Swedish, with a little bit of help occasionally to figure out what He said in the Persian original.

gnat[/Are many works available in Swedish language
 
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Translating from English to Swedish, with a little bit of help occasionally to figure out what He said in the Persian original.

gnat[/Are many works available in Swedish language
Now there are. :-) Most of the Writings of the main figures of our Faith.

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Old 01-27-2016, 04:54 PM   #296
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:21 PM   #297
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Very good stories. Thank you.

Those simple things often are the best. And these stories were new to me.

The Ruth White story was so good. And the forgiveness example too.

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Old 06-11-2016, 04:43 PM   #298
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Yes, keep the stories going.

 
Old 06-13-2016, 02:32 PM   #299
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Yes, keep the stories going.

Dearly beloved friends I have so enjoyed posting these stories but like being in a relay race as one runner nears his end he passes on to the next. It is time for a younger fitter runner to take over, bless you one and all.
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"....my purpose is to warn and strengthen you against accusations, criticisms, revilings and derision in newspaper articles or other publications. Be not disturbed by them. They are the very confirmation of the Cause, the very source of upbuilding to the Movement. May God confirm the day when a score of ministers of the churches may arise and with bared heads cry at the top of their voices that the Bahá’ís are misguided. I would like to see that day, for that is the time when the Cause of God will spread. Bahá’u’lláh has pronounced such as these the couriers of the Cause. They will proclaim from pulpits that the Bahá’ís are fools, that they are a wicked and unrighteous people, but be ye steadfast and unwavering in the Cause of God. They will spread the message of Bahá’u’lláh."

Bahá'í Reference Library - The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Pages 428-430
 
Old 03-30-2017, 05:03 AM   #301
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Well done; printed it out for the wife...
 
Old 03-30-2017, 05:59 PM   #302
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Well done; printed it out for the wife...
" The wife", lol are you either British or Irish Pete?
 
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