Bahá'í Faith

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When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.
Albert Camus
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This page contains a series of quotes relating to the Bahá'í Faith.

See also: Bahá'u'lláh, Báb, and 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Bahá´u´lláh (1817-1892)

  • So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.[1]
  • Consort with all religions with amity and concord, that they may inhale from you the sweet fragrance of God. Beware lest amidst men the flame of foolish ignorance overpower you. All things proceed from God and unto Him they return. He is the source of all things and in Him all things are ended..[2]
  • Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindred's of the earth.[3]
  • Man's merit lieth in service and virtue and not in the pageantry of wealth and riches.[4]
  • Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.[5]
  • We desire but the good of the world and happiness of the nations....That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled.[6]
  • The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds.[7]
  • O ye people of the world! The religion of God is for the sake of love and union; make it not the cause of enmity and conflict.[8]
  • Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.[9]
  • Dedicate the precious days of your lives to the betterment of the world.[10]
  • The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men.[11]
  • It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.[12]
  • All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.[13]
  • By faith is meant, first, conscious knowledge and second, the practice of good deeds.
  • O people of Baha! The source of crafts, sciences and arts is the power of reflection.[14]

Báb (1819-1850)

  • It is better to guide one soul than to possess all that is on earth, for as long as that guided soul is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity, he and the one who hath guided him will both be recipients of God’s tender mercy, whereas possession of earthly things will cease at the time of death. The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God’s method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future![15]
  • The most acceptable prayer is the one offered with the utmost spirituality and radiance; its prolongation hath not been and is not beloved by God. The more detached and the purer the prayer, the more acceptable is it in the presence of God.[16]
  • How vast the number of people who are well versed in every science, yet it is their adherence to the holy Word of God which will determine their faith, inasmuch as the fruit of every science is none other than the knowledge of divine precepts and submission unto His good-pleasure.[17]
  • He hath everlastingly existed and will everlastingly continue to exist. He hath been and will ever remain inscrutable unto all men, inasmuch as all else besides Him have been and shall ever be created through the potency of His command. He is exalted above every mention or praise and is sanctified beyond every word of commendation or every comparison. No created thing comprehendeth Him, while He in truth comprehendeth all things.[18]
  • There is no paradise more wondrous for any soul than to be exposed to God’s Manifestation in His Day, to hear His verses and believe in them, to attain His presence, which is naught but the presence of God, to sail upon the sea of the heavenly kingdom of His good-pleasure, and to partake of the choice fruits of the paradise of His divine Oneness.[19]

Abdul-Bahá (1844-1921)

  • Let your ambition be the achievement on earth of a heavenly civilization![20]
  • Their minds are so circumscribed by exterior manners and traditonal interests that they are blind to any other realm of existence.[21]
  • The divine purpose is that men should live in unity, concord and agreement and should love one another.[22]
  • The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power and charm of music the spirit of man is uplifted.[23]
  • Religion is not intendend to arouse enmity and hatred nor to become the source of tyranny and injustice. Should it prove to be the cause of hostility,discord and the alienation of mankind,assuredly the absence of religion would be preferable.[24]
  • Religious teachings are like a course of treatment having for its purpose the cure and healing of mankind.lf the only outcome of a course of treatment should be mere diagnosis and fruitless discussion of symptoms, it would be better to abandon and abolish it.[25]
  • Act in such a way that your heart may be free from hatred. Let not your heart be offended with anyone. If someone commits an error and wrong toward you, you must instantly forgive him. Do not complain of others. Refrain from reprimanding them, and if you wish to give admonition or advice, let it be offered in such a way that it will not burden the bearer. Turn all your thoughts toward bringing joy to hearts. Beware! Beware! Lest ye offend any heart.[26]
  • Spirituality is the process of systematically translating this knowledge into action for personal growt,the ordering of society,and the advancement of civilization.

Notes

  1. Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 287-289
  2. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas p. 254
  3. Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 167
  4. Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 138
  5. Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 93
  6. Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era p. 238-240
  7. Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 156
  8. Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh
  9. Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 213
  10. Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 183
  11. Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 215
  12. Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, Pages 249-250
  13. Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 215
  14. Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 72
  15. Selections From the Writings of the Báb p. 74-77
  16. Persian Bayan VII,19
  17. Selections From the Writings of the Báb p. 88
  18. Selections From the Writings of the Báb p. 112-113
  19. Selections From the Writings of the Báb p. 74-77
  20. Paris Talks, p. 96-99
  21. Paris Talks,p. 96-99
  22. The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 32
  23. The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 52
  24. The Promulgation of Universal Peace p. 394
  25. The Promulgation of Universal Peace p. 394
  26. Promulgation of Universal Peace pg. 453

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