Unbelief is hell. As long as you cannot or will not recognize the Beloved, you are forever deprived of what you long for most. Imagine you’re in a desert, dying of thirst. There is a pool of crystal, pure water in front of you, but you’re convinced it’s poison and want nothing to do with it. As long as you [...]
This world is a dust-heap -- no better than ash; but even dust can be used to write out words of such import that it changes everything. [...]
Recognition of God’s Manifestation is “the first duty prescribed by God for His servants”, yet this weighty theme may imply much more than just acknowledgement of the station claimed by Bahá’u’lláh, perhaps offering an approach to interpreting certain mystical statements that appear at first to have difficult or impossible implications. For instance, Bahá’u’lláh has written about the Seven Valleys that [...]
There are certain mystical passages in the Bahá’í Writings that can be read quite differently if one shifts from a prescriptive, self-oriented interpretation, to a descriptive, Revelation-oriented one. One example of this is detachment, about which I wrote in another post; another, I think, is the following Hidden Word: O Son of Earth! Know, verily, the heart wherein the least [...]
Do the clouds have any power to darken or brighten the sun? Only while feet are bound to the earth will they seem to. [...]
If God is All-Powerful, He doesn’t need a Prophet to make Himself known to mankind. This implies that either He doesn’t exist, or He doesn’t want people to know Him in such an easy, automatic way. Perhaps there is value in free will, and the freedom to arrive at a knowledge of God through choice and determined effort. Perhaps that [...]