August 22

HDR Efex Pro-4-2The first teaching of Baha’u’llah is the duty incumbent upon all to investigate reality. What does it mean to investigate reality? It means that man must forget all hearsay and examine truth himself, for he does not know whether statements he hears are in accordance with reality or not.

~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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August 21

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‘Abdu’l-Bahá

In brief, let each one of you be as a lamp
shining forth with the light of the virtues
of the world of humanity.

Be trustworthy, sincere, affectionate
and replete with chastity.

Be illumined, be spiritual, be divine,
be glorious, be quickened of God,

be a Bahá’í.

~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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August 20

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The purpose of religion as revealed from the heaven of God’s holy Will is to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world; make it not the cause of dissension and strife.

~ Bahá’u’lláh

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August 19

HDR Efex Pro-14O Brother! Not every sea hath pearls; not every branch will flower, nor will the nightingale sing thereon. Then, ere the nightingale of the mystic paradise repair to the garden of God, and the rays of the heavenly morning return to the Sun of Truth—make thou an effort, that haply in this dustheap of the mortal world thou mayest catch a fragrance from the everlasting garden, and live forever in the shadow of the peoples of this city. And when thou hast attained this highest station and come to this mightiest plane, then shalt thou gaze on the Beloved, and forget all else.

~ Bahá’u’lláh

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August 18

DSCF4141O Thou kind Lord! Grant that this youth may attain unto that which is the highest aspiration of the holy ones. Endow him with the wings of Thy strengthening grace—wings of detachment and divine aid—that he may soar thereby into the atmosphere of Thy tender mercy, be able to partake of Thy celestial bestowals, may become a sign of divine guidance and a standard of the Concourse on high. Thou art the Potent, the Powerful, the Seeing, the Hearing.

~ Abdu’l-Bahá

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August 17

HDR Efex Pro-12In the East the light of His Revelation hath broken; in the West have appeared the signs of His dominion. Ponder this in your hearts, O people, and be not of those who have turned a deaf ear to the admonitions of Him Who is the Almighty, the All-Praised. Should they attempt to conceal its light on the continent, it will assuredly rear its head in the midmost heart of the ocean, and, raising its voice, proclaim, ‘I am the lifegiver of the world.’

~ Baha’u’llah

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August 16

HDR Efex Pro-24O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. Oh God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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