creep

“Although to outward seeming the divines and the unjust and foolish rulers are raising an uproar and flaunting themselves, erelong ye shall witness how, like the owls of the night, these people will creep into a desolate ruin,… Read More

battle

In this station, neither the reign of the intellect is sufficient nor the rule of self. Thus one of the Prophets of God asked, “O my Lord, how shall I reach Thee?” And the answer came: “Leave thy… Read More

budding

O Lord! Guard Thou the children that are born in Thy day, are nurtured at the breast of Thy love, and fostered in the bosom of Thy grace. O Lord, they are verily young branches growing in the… Read More

emerald

“All things are clothed with a new vesture: The black earth is swathed in abundant grass, mountains and plains don an emerald-green robe, trees bear leaves and blossoms, gardens bring forth flowers and sweet herbs, the world becomes… Read More

blooms

“Let them be fruitful trees in the celestial bowers, sweet-scented blooms in the divine gardens; let them be verses of perfection on the page of the universe, words of oneness in the Book of Life.“ – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Excellence… Read More

bud

“The perfume is intimately commingled and blended with the bud, and once the bud hath opened the sweet scent of it is spread abroad. The herb is not without its fruit, although it seemeth so, for in this… 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

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

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

legumes

“What will be the food of the future?” “Fruit and grains. The time will come when meat will no longer be eaten. Medical science is only in its infancy, yet it has shown that our natural diet is… Read More

longing

“Longing hands are uplifted to the heaven of Thy grace and generosity: Where are the rains of Thy bestowal, O Answerer of the worlds?“– Bahá’u’lláh, Fire Tablet, Bahá’í Prayers

gem

“Know, verily, that the soul is a sign of God, a heavenly gem whose reality the most learned of men hath failed to grasp, and whose mystery no mind, however acute, can ever hope to unravel.” – Bahá’u’lláh,… Read More

colored

“The world of humanity, too, is like a garden, and humankind are like the many-colored flowers.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, 23 April 1912 at Howard University, Washington, D.C., from The Promulgation of Universal Peace

lines

“…the lines were touching in the extreme, so that all who were there shed tears, and voices were raised in grief.“ – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, describing the writing of the poet and coppersmith Áqá Muḥammad-Ibráhím in Memorials of the Faithful

seed

“Look ye not upon the present, fix your gaze upon the times to come. In the beginning, how small is the seed, yet in the end it is a mighty tree.” – ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of… Read More

fruit

“Consider the trees: If they remain uncultivated, they bear no fruit, and without fruit they are of no use. But when committed to a gardener’s care, the barren tree becomes fruitful, and, through cultivation, crossing, and grafting, the… Read More

nature

“Nature is God’s Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world.” – Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

bloom

“…fields and plains shall teem with such a galaxy of sweet-smelling plants and blooms, that this lowly earth will become the Abhá Kingdom, and this nether world the world above.” – ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

illumine

“Illumine my inner being, O my Lord, with the splendors of the Dayspring of Thy Revelation, even as Thou didst illumine my outer being with the morning light of Thy favor.” —Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Prayers