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In a few days, we celebrate Naw-Rúz which is more than the beginning of the Bahai year. It is one of the Holy Days and will be celebrated befittingly in literally all corners of our planet. If you are looking for quotes, for personal or preparing Naw-Rúz program, about this Holy Day, you can find them here (compilation on Naw-Rúz).
The Universal House of Justice has issued Naw-Rúz greetings to the friends of Iran. Below you will find excerpts describing the essence of this Holy Day from these letters. It is beautifully expressed and refreshing to read to remind ourselves about this Holy Day. Perhaps you will find them suitable for your Naw-Rúz celebration.
We have, as a world wide community, soon completed the construction of Continental Houses of Worships and have initiated National and Local Houses of Worship. We see that the Universal House of Justice, in their Messages and Letters, informs about the progress of the constructions of the Houses of Worships. Letters from the Universal House of Justice dated 1st of August 2014 and the letter to the friends in Iran dated 18 December 2014 are two examples.
Hand of the Cause Faizi once told the story of when, one night, “the Master asked someone to write the names of those who had contributed something for the fund of the Temple in Ishqábád. One of the friends, who was serving the Pilgrim House in `Akká, did not have any money. He said to the Master, “Beloved Master, could I borrow ten cents from you? I want to contribute, but I don’t have any money.”
He said, “Of course,” and gave him ten cents, and please write, “He borrowed these ten cents from `Abdu’l-Bahá.” When it was finished, `Abdu’l-Bahá said, “How I wish I could go to the Temple and work myself. I would go there and work with the laborers until the erection of this Temple, but I am in prison. I cannot get out of this country.” He was walking and repeating these words, “How I wish that somebody could go in my stead, in my behalf to do this.” And the same man got up, and said, “I will go.” And he said, “When I stood up and said that I would go, I said to myself, `You didn’t want to go.'” And he said, “When I volunteered, I thought that `Abdu’l-Bahá would say, `All right, after one month or so,” but He said, “All right, early in the morning.”
In a Tablet, `Abdu’l-Bahá wrote that “This man is coming to work on the Temple on my behalf. He will carry stones, he will carry mud, he will carry cement, all these things will be done in my name.” And he did this.
It might be time to read more deeply about the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár. If so, I highly recommend a wonderful online compilation called Mashriqu’l-Adhkár – ‘…the crowning institution of every Bahá’í community.’
The month of Kamal (Excellence) is beginning soon. In book 7 (section 4 of Unit 1), we can read the following.
To develop our spiritual qualities, we must be aware of the high spiritual station that God has destined for each of us and steadily move towards it. Our eyes should be fixed on excellence; we should not be satisfied with mediocrity. Living according to the standards of today’s society lulls us into mediocrity. Many people think that excellence is achieved through competition with others. But, in fact, competition entangles us even further in the trappings of society. The force that drives us towards excellence should be our ardent desire to achieve what God has bountifully ordained for us. Striving for excellence means striving to develop to its fullest that with which we have been endowed. Shoghi Effendi tells us:
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.
Soon, on 21st of April, Local Spiritual Assemblies are elected or formed in many locations in every corner of our world. Furthermore, in almost all countries, National Conventions will be held between first and twelfth of Ridvan. It might therefore be worthwhile to refresh our understanding on Bahai Elections and National Conventions. A good start would be to re-read the Letter of Universal House of Justice dated 25 March 2007 on the sacredness and uniqueness of Bahai Elections. Next, it might be interesting to take a look at this Compilation on National Bahai Conventions that covers topics such as
- Purpose of Conventions
- Within the context of Bahai Administration
- Function and Purpose of National Conventions
- Purpose of Consultations at National Conventions
- The Institution of the National Spiritual Assembly
- Bahai Elections
- Nature of Bahai Elections
- Preparation for Voting
- Mindset when Voting
- Qualifications of those to vote for
- Changes in Membership
- When it is difficult to find suitable candidates
- Voting for oneself
- The Role of Delegates
- The Role of the National Spiritual Assembly
If this proves to be too much, try this Bahai Elections – A Pocket Compilation. Finally, if you are elected to serve the Local or National Spiritual Assembly, it might be worthwhile to read about the Duties of Officers of an Assembly.