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Feast of Beauty

"Christ is ever in the world of existence. He has never disappeared out of it.... Rest assured that Christ is present. The Spiritual beauty we see around us today is from the breathings of Christ."
(Abdu'l-Baha, Abdu'l-Baha in London, p. 41)
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Then the brilliant Star of Jesus rose from the horizon upon the Israelites, brightening the world, until all sects and creeds and nations were taught the beauty of unity. There cannot be any better proof than this that Jesus was the Word of God.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Abdu'l-Baha in London, p. 42)
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This is the day of the Proclamation of the Bab! It is the Festival of the Forerunner of the Blessed Beauty (Baha'u'llah). It is the day of the dawning of the Morning of Guidance.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Abdu'l-Baha in London, p. 127)
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The herald of peace, reformation, love and reconciliation is the Religion of the Blessed Beauty which has pitched its tent on the apex of the world and proclaimed its summons to the people.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 216)
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In the estimation of God there is no distinction of color; all are one in the color and beauty of servitude to him. Color is not important; the heart is all-important. It matters not what the exterior may be if the heart be pure and white within. God does not behold differences of hue and complexion; He looks at the hearts. He whose morals and virtues are praiseworthy is preferred in the presence of God; he who is devoted to the Kingdom is most beloved. In the realm of genesis and creation the question of color is of least importance.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 267)
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Consider the flowers of the rose garden. Although they are of different kinds, various colors and diverse forms and appearances, yet as they drink from one water, are swayed by one breeze and grow by the warmth and light of one sun, this variation and this difference cause each to enhance the beauty and splendor of the others.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 295)
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Real love is impossible unless one turn his face towards God and be attracted to His Beauty.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 364)
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The beloved of God must each be the essence of purity and holiness; so may they be known by their purity, freedom and meekness in every land; they may drink from the eternal chalice of the love of God, enjoy its ecstasy, and through meeting the Beauty of Abha, they should be joyful, active, aglow with zeal and wonderful. This is the station of the sincere. This is the quality of those who are firm. This is the illumination of the faces of those who are near.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 365)
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True religion is the basis of divine civilization. Material civilization is like unto the body; divine civilization is like unto the spirit. A body without the spirit is dead, although it may be clothed in the utmost beauty and comeliness.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 161)
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It is my hope that through the favour and grace of the Abha Beauty, thou wilt fully recover thy health, and engage in serving the Cause with all thy might. I am aware that thou art much afflicted, and in extreme distress; but if we taste a drop from affliction's cup, the Blessed Beauty drank down a sea of anguish, and once we call this to mind, then every hardship turneth into peaceful rest, and toil into merciful bliss. Then will a draught of agony be but a refreshing wine, and the tyrant's wound only a friend's most gentle balm.
(Abdu'l-Baha, The Rosenberg Tablet)
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How often have they expected His coming, how frequently have they prayed that the breeze of Divine mercy might blow, and the promised Beauty step forth from behind the veil of concealment, and be made manifest to all the world. And whensoever the portals of grace did open, and the clouds of divine bounty did rain upon mankind, and the light of the Unseen did shine above the horizon of celestial might, they all denied Him, and turned away from His face -- the face of God Himself....
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 17)
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His purpose, however, is to enable the pure in spirit and the detached in heart to ascend, by virtue of their own innate powers, unto the shores of the Most Great Ocean, that thereby they who seek the Beauty of the All-Glorious may be distinguished and separated from the wayward and perverse.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 71)
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Sanctify, then, their eyes, O my God, that they may behold the light of Thy Beauty, and purge their ears, that they may listen to the melodies of the Dove of Thy transcendent oneness. Flood, then, their hearts with the wonders of Thy love, and preserve their tongues from mentioning any one save Thee, and guard their faces from turning to aught else except Thyself.
(Baha'u'llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah, p. 337)
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All praise and thanksgiving be unto the Blessed Beauty,for calling into action the armies of His Abha Kingdom, and sending forth to us His never-interrupted aid, dependable as the rising stars....
(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 209)
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Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen;

Duty, faith, love, are roots, and ever green.

(Book of English Verse, Robert Greene. 1560-92)
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