Soon the month of “questions” begins and questions play an important role in learning. As we are striving to express “a culture in which learning is the mode of operation”, posture of humility is important. Humility does not come from having answers but by being open to the fact that there are more things we don’t know that those we do know. Counsellor Donoval told a story.

In one cluster, the friend saw the need to learn more about the reality in neighborhood. They set out to have conversations with the people living in their neighborhood. They engaged in distinctive and meaningful conversations and found out that most of those they talked to, wanted to change their society but that they did not think it was possible, they did not see hope. The friends consulted and reflected based on this experience and realized they need to deepen more about the concept of hope and how they could help instill more hope in those who want to see a change but consider it to be impossible.

Action, reflection and learning are interrelated. These friends realized that the matter/issue or the question of “hope” was what they needed to learn more about once they had acted and reflected upon it. In our lives, there are many issues and questions we need to constantly reflect upon, try to learn more about and increase our understanding about. In fact, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá says

It is an axiomatic fact that while you meditate you are speaking with your own spirit. In that state of mind you put certain questions to your spirit and the spirit answers: the light breaks forth and the reality is revealed. (Paris Talks p 175).

If this means that we benefit from having questions in mind that we ponder and reflect upon, then what better source for good questions than the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. If one puts together all the writings of Bahá’u’lláh available in English, and search for questions or sentences congaing some keywords such as “consider”, “ponder” and “reflect”, we easily find thousands of “questions”.

The Hidden Words, alone has many questions for us to ponder upon, think and reflect upon so we can learn more, better understand and grow spiritually. Here follows a brief compilation of Hidden Words that contain questions. Perhaps this brief compilation could be helpful in making this month of “questions” more reflective on questions.


Selected Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh containing questions

O SON OF SPIRIT! I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.

O SON OF MAN! Thou art My dominion and My dominion perisheth not; wherefore fearest thou thy perishing? Thou art My light and My light shall never be extinguished; why dost thou dread extinction? Thou art My glory and My glory fadeth not; thou art My robe and My robe shall never be outworn. Abide then in thy love for Me, that thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory.

O SON OF THE WONDROUS VISION! I have breathed within thee a breath of My own Spirit, that thou mayest be My lover. Why hast thou forsaken Me and sought a beloved other than Me?

O SON OF MAN! Upon the tree of effulgent glory I have hung for thee the choicest fruits, wherefore hast thou turned away and contented thyself with that which is less good? Return then unto that which is better for thee in the realm on high.

O SON OF THE SUPREME! To the eternal I call thee, yet thou dost seek that which perisheth. What hath made thee turn away from Our desire and seek thine own?

O SON OF SPIRIT! The spirit of holiness beareth unto thee the joyful tidings of reunion; wherefore dost thou grieve? The spirit of power confirmeth thee in His cause; why dost thou veil thyself? The light of His countenance doth lead thee; how canst thou go astray?

O SON OF MAN! If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of them that are content with My pleasure? If trials afflict thee not in thy longing to meet Me, how wilt thou attain the light in thy love for My beauty?

O SON OF MAN! Thou dost wish for gold and I desire thy freedom from it. Thou thinkest thyself rich in its possession, and I recognize thy wealth in thy sanctity therefrom. By My life! This is My knowledge, and that is thy fancy; how can My way accord with thine?

O SON OF MAN! Many a day hath passed over thee whilst thou hast busied thyself with thy fancies and idle imaginings. How long art thou to slumber on thy bed? Lift up thy head from slumber, for the Sun hath risen to the zenith, haply it may shine upon thee with the light of beauty.

O SON OF JUSTICE! Whither can a lover go but to the land of his beloved? and what seeker findeth rest away from his heart’s desire? To the true lover reunion is life, and separation is death. His breast is void of patience and his heart hath no peace. A myriad lives he would forsake to hasten to the abode of his beloved.

O MY FRIEND IN WORD! Ponder awhile. Hast thou ever heard that friend and foe should abide in one heart? Cast out then the stranger, that the Friend may enter His home.

O WEED THAT SPRINGETH OUT OF DUST! Wherefore have not these soiled hands of thine touched first thine own garment, and why with thine heart defiled with desire and passion dost thou seek to commune with Me and to enter My sacred realm? Far, far are ye from that which ye desire.