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Have you ever come across a Baha’i Writing or a story from the history of the Faith which has really touched you so deeply. I am sure the answer is a resounding YES!  The aim of this blog is to invite and encourage you to send in any extracts that have touched your hearts so that they can be shared with everyone. So lets try to inspire each other and see what happens.

Please email me with your contribution of the day at Inspire9blog@gmail.com . It would be really useful if you could include the reference i.e. which book the extract is taken from and the page number and the author.

Pilgrimage with ‘Abdu’l-Baha

Dr Youness Afroukhteh describes the experience of visiting the shrine of Baha’u’llah in the presence of Abdu’l Bahá. Taken from  “Memories of Nine Years in Akka” (page 25-26).

 Abdu'l-Baha-portrait

 Sometimes ‘Abdu’l-Baha travelled by carriage, but most of often on foot. Arriving in Bahji, He would rest briefly in the room adjoining the Shrine and then summon the friends inside, where in complete silence He would disperse rosewater on each and every visitor. After kneeling to kiss the threshold, He would rise to chant the Tablet of Visitation. As I write these words I can see with the eye of the spirit ‘Abdu’l-Baha standing before the threshold in supplication and I can hear His sublime powerful voice chanting the beautiful verses. Here memory plays no part, for it is the heart and the soul that in a state of utter attraction commit to the treasury of the spirit every word that leaves the blessed lips of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. My feeble heart trembles at the vibrations of His blessed voice as if there were a direct connection between that celestial chant and the nerve centre of my heart.

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Dr Davoodi a martyr of Iran

Highlights of a Talk by Mrs. Malek-Áfágh Dávoodí (the wife of the late Dr. `Alí-Murad Dávoodí*) at the Dec. 26-30th, 2000 Society for Persian Arts and Letters Conference

Dr Davoodi

Dr Davoodi

My dear ones, the Revolution days in Iran were indeed strange times. They reminded me of this saying from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “Great tests and difficulties await the friends; the magnitude of these trials shake even the bones of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.”

Story about Charles Dunning – Knight of Bahá’u’lláh

Marion Hofman told this story about the Knight of Baha’u’llah to the Orkney Islands, Charles Dunning.

Charlie was small, slightly strange-looking.  The children in Kirkwall used to run after him and throw stones and sticks and call him names. He was simple and uneducated.

Charlie went on pilgrimage during the time of the Guardian.  At dinner the other guests were shocked because Charles spoke very forcefully to the Guardian telling his views – and wagging his finger at the Guardian to emphasize his points.  The Guardian laughed and took it all in good spirit.

Worse was to come.  After the meal Charlie took out his packet of cigarettes, lit one and puffed away.  Shock – horror!

The Guardian who loved Charlie (and I like to think was trying to deepen the other guests) instructed that a packet of 20 Players Navy Cut cigarettes be at Charlie’s dinner-table place for the remainder of the pilgrimage.

God Willing

In “Portals to Freedom” Howard Colby Ives describes how Abdu’l Bahá would make plans wholly trusting in God 

“We should count time by heart throbs.” When I recall that all so far recounted occurred within the first three weeks after my meeting with Abdu’l-Bahá it seems incredible. In those few days life had taken on an entirely new meaning. I felt like a spiritual Columbus exploring the uncharted oceans of God. New lands had been discovered upon which I hardly had courage to set foot. Heights and depths of inner experience had been touched of which heretofore I had never dreamed. Truly, many times I had “packed eternity into an hour, or stretched an hour to eternity.”

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Being Lucky

Dr Youness Afroukhteh describes when Abdu’l Bahá was asked “…what is this luck. Is it real or just an invention?” In “Memories of Nine Years in Akka” (page 404), Dr Afroukhteh records his recollection of Abdu’l Baha’s response:

 

“In Bahá’i philosophy, luck is the same as divine confirmation, which is ceaseless and continuous, never subject to interruption or suspension. It is not limited to some to the exclusion of others. The capacity of its manifestation must be created. Showers of divine bounty and confirmation are always falling; if any spot experiences a suspension or delay, other areas shall receive these effusions.

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Dorothy Baker talking about prayer

Below are notes taken by Gene Pritchard from Dorothy Baker’s talks at Rice Lake, 1941. Taken from “Copper to Gold” page 252.

Dorothy Baker

Pray until you feel the inner contact about anything, then watch. God will open the door. We should obtain God’s first choice. Have magnetic spiritual passion. Talk, listen to the inner silences. Hear the voice of God. Yearning opens the recesses of the heart. Have the ardour and conviction…..

Remember the gift of intercession, as it is one of the creative forces of God. Those who have ascended have different attributes but there is no real separation. The realm of bounty is not fully understood. The force behind our progress is the degree of detachment, the consecrated life, and depth of conviction to God. Servitude is the essence of motion.

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