September 27, 2014

We are called upon to teach the Cause of God with humility...

You must teach the Cause of God with great humility. Just as I feel myself humble before all, even before children, so must you be. 
(Words of ‘Abdu’l-Baha quoted in Mahmud’s Diary, June 16, 1912)

Hand of the Cause Bill Sears with some children

September 10, 2014

‘Abdu’l-Baha’s hope for the city of Isfahan, Iran

I trust that you [members of the Spiritual Assembly of Isfahan] may make the land of Isfahan a salubrious fountain, so that the cool water of knowledge and the flowing river of assurance may make that region the envy of the green garden of Paradise. That city was illumined with the presence of His Highness, the Bab, after He left Shiraz; the Word of God was promulgated; many blessed souls became believers; a number of them hastened toward the arena of martyrdom; his highness, the leader of the righteous ones, the "King of the Martyrs," and the master of the friends, the "Beloved of Martyrs," gave up their lives at the altar of love. His Highness, Ashraf, and many other martyrs drank the cup of trials and sacrificed their lives with the utmost severance. Therefore, it is the hope of ‘Abdu’l-Baha that that region may become the Green Garden and that city the delectable Paradise. 
(‘Abdu’l-Baha, from a Tablet; Star of the West vol. 1, no. 14, November 23, 1910) 

September 7, 2014

Baha’i House of Worship in Chicago “marks the inception of the Kingdom of God on earth.”

“A most wonderful and thrilling motion will appear in the world of existence,” are ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s own words, predicting the release of spiritual forces that must accompany the completion of this most hallowed House of Worship [Baha’i House of Worship in Chicago]. “From that point of light,” He, further glorifying that edifice, has written, “the spirit of teaching ... will permeate to all parts of the world.” And again: “Out of this Mashriqu’l-Adhkár, without doubt, thousands of Mashriqu’l-Adhkárs will be born.” “It marks the inception of the Kingdom of God on earth.” 
(Shoghi Effendi, from a letter dated April 11, 1949; ‘Citadel of Faith’)

September 6, 2014