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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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.” –… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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!… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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,”… Read More

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… Read More

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