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Selections of “The Hidden Words” by Bahá’u’lláh (vegetarian) – From the Persian, Passages 1-17 and 72-82, Part 1 of 2

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Born in 1817 in Tehran, Persia, or present-day Iran, Lord Bahá’u’lláh (vegetarian) was the enlightened Prophet and founder of the Bahá’i Faith. Today, we will share some passages from “The Hidden Words,” by Lord Bahá’u’lláh (vegetarian) and translated by Shoghi Effendi (vegetarian).

“O SON OF SPIRIT! The bird seeks its nest; the nightingale the charm of the rose; whilst those birds, the hearts of people, content with transient dust, have strayed far from their eternal nest, and with eyes turned towards the slough of heedlessness are bereft of the glory of the Divine Presence. Alas! How strange and pitiful; for a mere cupful, they have turned away from the billowing seas of the Most High, and remained far from the most effulgent horizon.”

“O SON OF EARTH! Know, verily, the heart wherein the least remnant of envy yet lingers, shall never attain My Everlasting Dominion, nor inhale the sweet savors of holiness breathing from My Kingdom of Sanctity.”

“O SON OF LOVE! Thou art but one step away from the glorious heights above and from the celestial tree of love. Take thou one pace and with the next advance into the immortal realm and enter the pavilion of eternity. Give ear then to that which has been revealed by the Pen of Glory.”

“O SON OF GLORY! Be swift in the path of holiness, and enter the Heaven of communion with Me. Cleanse thy heart with the burnish of the spirit, and hasten to the court of the Most High.”

“O SON OF DUST! Blind thine eyes, that thou may behold My Beauty; stop thine ears, that thou may hearken unto the sweet melody of My Voice; empty thyself of all learning, that thou may partake of My Knowledge; and sanctify thyself from riches, that thou may obtain a lasting share from the Ocean of My Eternal Wealth. Blind thine eyes, that is, to all save My Beauty; stop thine ears to all save My Word; empty thyself of all learning save the Knowledge of Me; that with a clear vision, a pure heart and an attentive ear thou may enter the court of My Holiness.”
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