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When Ali Kuli Khan served the Cause in the United States, it happened that he frequently met with representatives of Iran in that country. In some of those situations, he had to take instant decisions of diplomatic character. In such situations, although he did his Read the rest of this entry »


‘Abdu’l-Bahá revealed a Tablet in response to a letter He had received. It has no name but is often referred to as “what grief then” [digar che ghami] as this phrase is repeated in the Tablet. Currently we don’t know the background of this Tablet or to whom it was sent. This Tablet is only available in persian and I find it to be beautiful. The imagery and the poetic language used by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is simply matchless. Although my provisional translation falls short in doing the original justice, it is worth reading and reflecting on its meaning. I offer my translation (or perhaps interpretation) here so to enable English speaking friends to partake of its contents.

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Soon the month of “loftiness” begins. The word loftiness indicates elevation of character or spirit, extending high in the air, exalted in rank, dignity, and elevated in style, tone or sentiment. Perhaps we can discern different perspectives of loftiness in our reflections and meditations in this month. This blogpost gives a suggestion of readings for either the spiritual part of the Nineteen Day Feast or for personal reflection on the theme of loftiness during this month. In short, this compilation covers the Loftiness of God, His Word and His Cause, the loftiness of human beings and finally, a few quotations on the Fast as a means of attaining loftiness.

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The Golden Rule, in its simplest form, states that we should treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves and it can be found in the Writings of all religions. Tom Price once said that the golden rule has four flavors.

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Although Bahá’u’lláh  says that He has “made death a messenger of joy“, it is only natural to grieve when one of our loved ones passes away. Knowing the great station of our loved one might help us in our grieving process. Perhaps our sadness is balanced by knowing that our loved one is in a better place. This compilation from the Writings, Station of a True Believer, is on the station of a true believer and hopefully it will bring some relief.

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