Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
Ye ask, who are those that draw us to the kingdom
if the kingdom is in Heaven?
… the fowls of the air and all beasts that are under
the earth or upon the earth and the fishes of the sea,
these are they which draw you
and the kingdom of Heaven is within you
and whosoever shall know himself shall find it.
Strive therefore to know yourselves and ye shall be aware
that ye are the sons of the Almighty Father; and ye shall know
that ye are in the city of God and ye are the city.
Logia Fragment - Verse 2 - sayings of Jesus
The Bahá’í Faith
Essentially, my discovery, my knowing and understanding bring me to the conclusion that all religions are of the One true religion, Love. The same Source, God, is found in each and every major or minor teaching of these religions.
Bahá’u’lláh, a new messenger if you will, has paved the way for a new faith and understanding. His essential message is the preaching of complete unity throughout the land, the One land, Our world. He teaches of the oneness of all things; God, religion, mankind, etc.
“Let your vision be world embracing…” — Bahá’u’lláh
“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.” — Bahá’u’lláh
A message that has ever resonated with us, regardless what religious background you have been born into, unity has been a key to peace and love of All.
The Bahá’í Faith is a bit more than a century and a half old and continues to spread and grow. The Bahá’í Faith can be found allover the world, being practiced by people of every possible ethnicity and from all walks of life.
The Bahá’í belief is that now is the time for us to stand and unify, to discover our purpose and nature in life as a Whole. This vision is consistently spoken in the lessons of Bahá’u’lláh.
Refresh and gladden my spirit.
Purify my heart.
Illumine my powers.
I lay all my affairs in Thy hands.
Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.
I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved;
I will be a happy and joyful being.
O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety,
nor will I let trouble harass me.
I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself.
I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.
~ Baha’i Prayers - Abdu’l-bahá
The aim of life is to live a divine life. We are living in this world. We know that man does not live by bread alone. He needs the soul in order to live in the world of God’s Reality. The soul alone has the capacity to see and feel the known and the Unknown, the existent and the non-existent, the dream of the past, the achievement of the present and the hope of the future.
You were on your way home when you died.
It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.
In search of Love I wandered far and wide,
From thought to thought and fear to fear I went,
Upon the restless steed of foolish pride,
A thousand pointless moments I have spent.
Until I saw the eyes of one who’d seen
The marvel of Love’s light upon your face,
And from his look, three clues I toiled to glean:
Three gems which pointed to your gentle grace. The first,
that ‘I’ could never travel there;
The next, that pride for love must be exchanged;
The final clue is buried in your stare:
So long as ‘I’ continues to exist
The sun I seek is shrouded in Is’ mist
— Camran Chaichian
The sign of God’s love is to bestow three attributes on His lover: A generosity like that of the sea, a kindness like that of the sun, and, a humility like that of the earth.
Do not use your energy except for a cause more noble than yourself. Such a cause cannot be found except in Almighty God Himself: to preach the truth, to defend womanhood, to repel humiliation which your Creator has not imposed upon you, to help the oppressed. Anyone who uses his energy for the sake of the vanities of the world is like someone who exchanges gemstones for gravel. There is no nobility in anyone who lacks faith. The wise man knows that the only fitting price for his soul is a place in Paradise…
A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness.