confused

A superficial culture, unsupported by a cultivated morality, is as “a confused medley of dreams,” and external luster without inner perfection is “like a vapor in the desert which the thirsty dreameth to be water.” For results which would win the good pleasure of God and secure the peace and well-being of man, could never be fully achieved in a merely external civilization.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization

verdant

It is Our hope that our encounter may never be forgotten nor effaced from the heart by the passage of time, but rather that, out of the seeds thus sown, the sweet herbs of friendship may spring forth and remain forever fresh and verdant for all to behold.”

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Tabernacle of Unity

apple

A survey, however inadequate of the varied and immense activities of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá in His tour of Europe and America cannot leave without mention some of the strange incidents that would often accompany personal contact with Him…

the touching scene when ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, receiving from the hands of a Persian friend, recently arrived in London from ‘Ishqábád, a cotton handkerchief containing a piece of dry black bread and a shrivelled apple—the offering of a poor Bahá’í workman in that city—opened it before His assembled guests, and, leaving His luncheon untouched, broke pieces off that bread, and partaking Himself of it shared it with those who were present…

– Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By

ascension

Centenary Commemoration of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. The new film, Exemplar, follows His life and works.

two

Wherefore, wed Thou in the heaven of Thy mercy these two birds of the nest of Thy love, and make them the means of attracting perpetual grace; that from the union of these two seas of love a wave of tenderness may surge and cast the pearls of pure and goodly issue on the shore of life.”

—‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers

farm

You find, for example, that an individual seeking to further his own petty and personal concerns, will block the advancement of an entire people. To turn his own water mill, he will let the farms and fields of all the others parch and wither. To maintain his own leadership, he will everlastingly direct the masses toward that prejudice and fanaticism which subvert the very base of civilization.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization

harvest

Rejoice with exceeding gladness in your hearts and souls, for the night hath come for the harvesting of the ages and the gathering up of past cycles, the night wherein all days and nights were called into being and the time preordained for this Revelation was fulfilled at the behest of Him Who is the Lord of might and power.”

– Bahá’u’lláh, Days of Remembrance

noon

Once the sun hath mounted to high noon, its fires will burn so hot as to stir even the creeping things beneath the earth; and although it is not for them to behold the light, yet will they all be set in frenzied motion by the impact of the heat.”

– ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

service

Now this is the time that you may arise and perform this most great service and become the cause of the guidance of innumerable souls. Thus through this superhuman service the rays of peace and conciliation may illumine and enlighten all the regions and the world of humanity may find peace and composure.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan

market

He set forth, on foot, in the heat of midday, … reciting, as He walked, through the streets and markets, verses, in a voice and in a manner that greatly astonished those who saw and heard Him.”

– Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By

early

‘Abdu’l‑Bahá has stated that the morning Obligatory Prayer may be said as early as dawn.”

The Kitáb-i-Aqdas

journey

In this journey the seeker becometh witness to a myriad changes and transformations, confluences and divergences. He beholdeth the wonders of Divinity in the mysteries of creation and discovereth the paths of guidance and the ways of His Lord. Such is the station reached by them that search after God, and such are the heights attained by those who hasten unto Him.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries

stretching

Know thou that the Kingdom is the real world, and this nether place is only its shadow stretching out. A shadow hath no life of its own; its existence is only a fantasy, and nothing more; it is but images reflected in water, and seeming as pictures to the eye.”

– ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

sunset

The physical sun has its rising and its setting. The earthly world has its day and its night. After each sunset there is a sunrise and the coming of a new dawn. The Sun of Reality, likewise, has its rising and setting. There is a day and a night in the world of spirituality. After each departure there is a return and the dawning light of a new day.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

confinement

In prison, all fidelity is Thine, O Thou the Bestower of gifts, and in confinement, all eternity is Thine, O Thou Who art the ever-abiding King!

– Bahá’u’lláh, Additional Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh

across

Among the greatest of all services that can possibly be rendered by man to Almighty God is the education and training of children… that these children, reared one and all in the holy Teachings, will develop natures like unto the sweet airs that blow across the gardens of the All-Glorious, and will waft their fragrance around the world.”

– ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

pour

Pour out Thy steadfastness and send down Thy calm upon them, O my Lord! Thou art, in truth, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.”

– Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh

city

“Issue forth from your cities, O peoples of the West and aid God ere the Day when the Lord of mercy shall come down unto you in the shadow of the clouds with the angels circling around Him, exalting His praise and seeking forgiveness for such as have truly believed in Our signs.

– The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb

splendor

Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount.

—‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers

fallen

Happy is the faithful one who is attired with the vesture of high endeavor and hath arisen to serve this Cause. Such a soul hath truly attained the desired Goal and hath apprehended the Object for which it hath been created. But a myriad times alas for the wayward who are like unto dried-up leaves fallen upon the dust. Ere long mortal blasts shall carry them away to the place ordained for them. Ignorant did they arrive, ignorant did they linger and ignorant did they retire to their abodes.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

golden

From beneath her veil she drew forth her hand, golden tinged as a sunbeam falling upon the face of a stainless mirror. Rejoice! This is the immortal Beauty, come with a resplendent adorning.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Days of Remembrance

extinct

“…the world of existence is dependent for its progress upon reformation; otherwise, it will be as dead. Consider: If a new springtime failed to appear, what would be the effect upon this globe, the earth? Undoubtedly it would become desolate and life extinct. The earth has need of an annual coming of spring.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

consumer

Every choice a Bahá’í makes—as employee or employer, producer or consumer, borrower or lender, benefactor or beneficiary—leaves a trace, and the moral duty to lead a coherent life demands that one’s economic decisions be in accordance with lofty ideals, that the purity of one’s aims be matched by the purity of one’s actions to fulfil those aims.”

– The Universal House of Justice, 1 March 2017 – To the Bahá’ís of the World

stream

Drink your fill, O My companions, from this sparkling and luminous stream, and rejoice therein, O My friends! And this, verily, is from the grace of God, the Most Exalted, the Most Bountiful.”

– Bahá’u’lláh, Days of Remembrance

luminous

He it is Who is established upon this luminous Throne.”

– In commemoration of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Days of Remembrance

orange

In commemoration of the life of The Báb, on this day of His birth in 1819. Learn about the significance of the orange tree here.

frost

Jesus Himself was poor. He did not belong to the rich. He passed His time in the desert, traveling among the poor, and lived upon the herbs of the field. He had no place to lay His head, no home. He was exposed in the open to heat, cold and frost—to inclement weather of all kinds—yet He chose this rather than riches.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

sun

Far be it from us to despair at any time of the incalculable favors of God, for if it were His wish He could cause a mere atom to be transformed into a sun and a single drop into an ocean. He unlocketh thousands of doors, while man is incapable of conceiving even a single one.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

park

During My journey [in the Western U.S.] and traveling in those parts, I beheld wonderful scenes and beautiful panoramas of nature, orchards and rivers; national parks and general conclaves; deserts, plains, meadows and prairies; and the grains and fruits of that region greatly attracted My attention; even to the present moment they are in My mind.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan

hardier

“…both vegetable and animal kingdoms have undergone transformation; for in certain strata of the earth, plants have been discovered which existed in the past but which have since disappeared, meaning that they evolved, became hardier, and changed in form and appearance, and thus the species have changed.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions

eaten

For as plants grow they are eaten by the animal and replace those elements which have been depleted in the latter’s body. In this manner the plants enter the animal kingdom. The microscopic organisms in the air, water, and food enter in turn the body of man and replace that which has been assimilated therein.”

– ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Twelve Table Talks given by ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá in ‘Akká

flow

Know that thy true adornment consisteth in the love of God and in thy detachment from all save Him, and not in the luxuries thou dost possess. Abandon them unto those who seek after them and turn unto God, He Who causeth the rivers to flow.”
– Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts

rain

Nothing can prevent the fall of the rain from Heaven.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks

branch

Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Daystar of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”

– Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

trail

“Even as wolves, tyrants are lying in wait, and the wronged, innocent flock hath neither help nor succor. Hounds are on the trail of the gazelles of the fields of divine unity, and the pheasant in the mountains of heavenly guidance is pursued by the ravens of envy. O Thou divine Providence, preserve and protect us! O Thou Who art our Shield, save us and defend us! Keep us beneath Thy Shelter, and by Thy Help save us from all ills. Thou art, indeed, the True Protector, the Unseen Guardian, the Celestial Preserver, and the Heavenly Loving Lord.”

‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers

rose

Consider the rose: whether it blossometh in the East or in the West, it is nonetheless a rose. For what mattereth in this respect is not the outward shape and form of the rose, but rather the smell and fragrance which it doth impart.”

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán

Baltimore

I am pleased with the friends from Baltimore, for I have observed that their hearts are attracted to the love of Bahá’u’lláh.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

fire

O God, my God! Praise be unto Thee for kindling the fire of divine love in the Holy Tree on the summit of the loftiest mount: that Tree which is “neither of the East nor of the West,” that fire which blazed out till the flame of it soared upward to the Concourse on high, and from it those realities caught the light of guidance, and cried out: “Verily have we perceived a fire on the slope of Mount Sinai.”

‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers

crooked

As to the differences of character arising from education, they are great indeed, for education exerts an enormous influence. Through education the ignorant become learned, the cowardly become courageous, the crooked branch becomes straight, the acrid and bitter fruit of the mountains and woods becomes sweet and succulent, and the five-petalled flower puts forth a hundred petals.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions

cling

Those who have rejected God and firmly cling to Nature as it is in itself are, verily, bereft of knowledge and wisdom.”

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh