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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:
The Word of God hath set the heart of the world afire;
how regrettable if ye fail to be enkindled with its flame!
[Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page no. 147]
The month of Kalimat (Word) is beginning soon. In the Book of Certitude (§ 104 and 105), we can read the following.
To every discerning and illumined heart it is evident that God, the unknowable Essence, the divine Being, is immensely exalted beyond every human attribute, such as corporeal existence, ascent and descent, egress and regress. … No tie of direct intercourse can possibly bind Him to His creatures. … No sign can indicate His presence or His absence; inasmuch as by a word of His command all that are in heaven and on earth have come to exist, and by His wish, which is the Primal Will itself, all have stepped out of utter nothingness into the realm of being, the world of the visible. Gracious God! How could there be conceived any existing relationship or possible connection between His Word and they that are created of it?
As this is the month of Kalimat (Words), perhaps it is fitting to read and reflect on some passages from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and `Abdu’l-Bahá on “the Word of God”. For this purpose (or simply as readings at the coming Nineteen Day Feast), you will find some quotes from the Writings of related to excellence below (download in pdf format The Month of Kalimat/Words).
The Month of Sovereignty (Sultan)
The month of Sovereignty (Sultan) is approaching. The meaning of “sovereignty” is simply “supreme power or authority”. It is also a debated concept within the domain of political science, where it means “a state or a governing body” that has “full right and power to govern itself without any interference from outside sources or bodies”. Interestingly, in this regard, concepts such as absoluteness, exclusivity, the right to exercise control, independence and the relationship between a sovereign power and its subjects, are closely associated with the concept of sovereignty.
Bahá’u’lláh says, “the majesty of kingship is one of the signs of God.” Perhaps a brief reflection on the sovereignty of a kingship and its relation to the associated concepts mentioned above might help us understand the Sovereignty of God a little bit more.
The root of the Arabic word for honour (sharaf), when referring to a person, means, “to be raised up”. With this definition in mind, we understand that the honour of man is to attain a lofty station. The Báb says in the Persian Bayan (provisional translation) that “… the honour of the servant consists in affirming the singleness of his Lord, in recognizing Him, in confessing to His justice, in obedience to Him, and in obtaining His good-pleasure.”
Furthermore He says in the same Book, “There is no honour for anyone in the next life unless he has attained to the presence of his Lord and spread abroad his messages and detached himself from all but him, so far as he was able. This is an honour whereon all pride themselves.”