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Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.
Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy,
a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.
Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.
Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men.
Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowfull, a sea for the thirsty,
a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.
Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.
Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown in the brow of fidelity,
a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind,
an ensign of the host of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue,
a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge,
a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom,
a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humanity.
and acknowledge Thy gifts, both in the past and in the present.
Thou art the All-Bountiful, the overflowing showers of Whose mercy have rained down upon high and low alike, and the splendors of Whose grace have been shed over both the obedient and the rebellious.
O God of mercy, before Whose door the quintessence of mercy hath bowed down,
and round the sanctuary of Whose Cause loving-kindness, in its inmost spirit, hath circled, we beseech Thee, entreating Thine ancient grace, and seeking Thy present favor,
that Thou mayest have mercy upon all who are the manifestations of the world of being,
and deny them not the outpourings of Thy grace in Thy days. All are but poor and needy,
and Thou, verily, art the All-Possessing, the All-Subduing, the All- Powerful
to abide within the Sanctuary of Thy protection and the Stronghold of Thy defense.
Illumine my inner being, O my Lord, with the splendors of the Dayspring of Thy Revelation,
even as Thou didst illumine my outer being with the morning light of Thy favor.
O my Hope!
Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause,
O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire!
Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness,
O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me,
O Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me,
O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy,
O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!
We are One People
We the followers of Baha'u'llah, dedicate ourselves to the unity of all people,
to the removal of all prejudice and injustice, and to the establishment of universal and lasting peace.
We the followers of Baha'u'llah, welcome everyone with the hand of loving-friendship
and dedicate ourselves to building united, responsible and caring communities,
to the celebration of diversity and to upholding the dignity and rights of all people.
We commit ourselves to the spiritual transformation of society, through the power of personal example,
the strengthening of family life, and service to our fellow citizens.
We are Baha'is
We the followers of Baha'u'llah, declare our belief in His Divine Mission
and confirm our allegiance to His Cause, and our obedience to His Laws and Teachings.
May our words proclaim, and our deeds demonstrate that there is only one God,
only one religion, only one race. And few though we may be,
may we thus fulfill our duty towards Baha'u'llah, towards His covenant,
and, indeed towards all human kind.
Universal House of Justice, 29 November 1992.
characteristics of the believers, so that they, too, may become a new
people, and having found new life and been baptized with fire and spirit,
may make the world a new world, to the end that the old earth may disappear
and the new earth appear; old ideas depart and new thoughts come; old
garments be cast aside and new garments put on; ancient politics whose
foundation is war be discarded and modern politics founded on peace raise
the standard of victory; the new star shine and gleam and the new sun
illumine and radiate; new flowers bloom, the new spring become known; the
new breeze blow; the new bounty descend; the new tree give forth new fruit;
the new voice become raised and this new sound reach the ears, that the new
will follow the new, and all the old furnishings and adornments be cast
aside and new decorations put in their places.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v1, p. 38)
processes of inductive reasoning and research he is informed of all that
appertains to humanity, its status, conditions and happenings. He studies
the human body politic, understands social problems and weaves the web and
texture of civilization.
(Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 50)
likewise in the world of religion there should be the right of unrestricted individual
Consider what a vast difference exists between modern democracy and
the old forms of despotism.
Under an autocratic government the opinions of
men are not free, and development is stifled, whereas in democracy, because
thought and speech are not restricted, the greatest progress is witnessed.
It is likewise true in the world of religion. When freedom of conscience,
liberty of thought and right of speech prevail -- that is to say, when every
man according to his own idealization may give expression to his beliefs --
development and growth are inevitable.
Therefore, this is a blessed church because its pulpit is open to every religion,
the ideals of which may be set forth with openness and freedom.
(Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 197)
Thou knowest the secrets and art aware of all things. We are all helpless,
and Thou art the Mighty, the Omnipotent. We are all sinners,
and Thou art the Forgiver of sins, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
O Lord! Look not at our shortcomings.
Deal with us according to Thy grace and bounty.
Our shortcomings are many, but the ocean of Thy forgiveness is boundless.
Our weakness is grievous, but the evidences of Thine aid and assistance are clear. Therefore, confirm and strengthen us. Enable us to do that which is worthy of Thy holy Threshold. Illumine our hearts, grant us discerning eyes and attentive ears.
Resuscitate the dead and heal the sick.
Bestow wealth upon the poor and give peace and security to the fearful.
Accept us in Thy kingdom and illumine us with the light of guidance.
Thou are the Powerful and the Omnipotent. Thou art the Generous.
Thou art the Clement. Thou art the Kind.
Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i Prayers, p.79
"Whenever ye enter the council-chamber, recite this prayer with a heart throbbing
with the love of God and a tongue purified from all but His remembrance, that the All-Powerful may graciously aid you to achieve supreme victory."
O God, my God! We are servants of Thine that have turned with devotion to
Thy Holy Face, that have detached ourselves from all besides
Thee in this glorious Day. We have gathered in this Spiritual Assembly,
united in our views and thoughts, with our purposes harmonized
to exalt Thy Word amidst mankind. O Lord, our God! Make us the signs
of Thy Divine Guidance, the Standards of Thine exalted Faith amongst men,
servants to Thy mighty Covenant, O Thou our Lord Most High,
manifestations of Thy Divine Unity in Thine Abha Kingdom,
and resplendent stars shining upon all regions.
Lord! Aid us to become seas surging with the billows of Thy wondrous Grace,
streams flowing from Thine all-glorious Heights, goodly fruits upon the
Tree of Thy heavenly Cause, trees waving through the breezes of
Thy Bounty in Thy celestial Vineyard. O God!
Make our souls dependent upon the Verses of Thy Divine Unity,
our hearts cheered with the outpourings of Thy Grace,
that we may unite even as the waves of one sea
and become merged together as the rays of
Thine effulgent Light; that our thoughts, our views,
our feelings may become as one reality,
manifesting the spirit of union throughout the world.
Thou art the Gracious, the Bountiful, the Bestower,
the Almighty, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 135)
Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God's holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings.
Love is heaven's kindly light, the Holy Spirit's eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God's revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things.
Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next.
Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul.
Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.
Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe.
Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 27)