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January 13, 2018

18 Bahai-run businesses in Tabriz allowed to reopen

HRANA, January 10, 2018.

Eighteen Bahai-run businesses in Tabriz that had been closed down by the authorities were allowed to re-open on January 10, following a court order. It would appear that they are among the Bahai businesses in East Azerbaijan province that were closed by the authorities in late December. Of these, three were allowed to reopen soon after, and the new move appears to mean that all Bahai-run businesses are now operating normally.

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  1. Hey Sen, can you send me the link that showed AB’s list of principles that showed reliance on the Holy Spirit+? Thanks and best regards, Jack

    Comment by Jack Bullion — January 13, 2018 @ 21:28 | Reply

  2. There are 9 negative qualities that we cannot rise above by ourselves,,,,and NEED the power of the Holy Spirit to rise above them. The Tablet begins …” Just as the earth draws everything to the centre of gravity, so also…… ” Anger, Passion, Jealousy, Greed, Envy, Covetousness, Prejudice, Hatred and Suspicion”….”
    As I remember them at 7:08 on a Saturday morning. (Smiles).

    Comment by Karin — January 14, 2018 @ 01:10 | Reply

    • That’s pilgrim’s notes, from Ahmad Sohrab, in a talk he gave when presenting the Tablets of the Divine Plan. He says that he has gathered together various things he heard Abdu’l-Baha say:

      Third talk by Mírzá Ahmad Sohráb delivered at the Eleventh Annual Mashriqu’l-Adhkár Convention and Bahá’í Congress, held in McAlpin Hotel, New York City, Sunday evening, 27 April 1919.

      page 126
      Having revealed the above wonderful Tablet for the Central States,10 the Centre of the Covenant spoke often about the future work of the friends of God, and I have gathered his scattered words into one heavenly rosary.
      He said: “In reality the geographical position of the Central States has great importance, for just as I dictated to you now, it is like the heart of America. Passengers going east or west, north or south pass through that section. Similarly, it is a point of connection for the friends of God. The believers in Chicago must be so enkindled with the fire of the love of God and must be so characterized with the characteristics of unity and agreement, that other states may learn from them this all-important lesson; that their pure lives and holy words, their selfless services and deeds may affect the hearts of all the outsiders.
      “Just as the earth attracts everything to the centre of gravity and every object thrown upward into space will come down; so also material ideas and worldly thoughts attract man to the centre of self. Anger, passion, ignorance, prejudice, greed, envy, covetousness, jealousy and suspicion prevent man from ascending to the Realms of Holiness, imprisoning him in the claws of self and the jail of egotism. The physical man, unassisted by divine power, trying to escape from one of these invisible enemies, will fall unconsciously into the hands of another. No sooner does he attempt to soar upward than the density of the love of self, like the power of gravity, draws him to the earth. But the only power that is capable of delivering man from this captivity, is the power [page 127] of the breaths of the Holy Spirit.
      “The believers in the Central States must, through this all-conquering power, free the inhabitants from the claws of self, negligence, lust and imagination. The attraction of the power of the Holy Spirit is so effective that it keeps men ever on the path of upward ascension. The malevolent forces of no enemy will touch those sanctified souls who have made this universal power their guide. With tranquil heart and assured spirit they are flying upward day and night and are journeying through the illimitable space of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh.
      “The believers in America must be like lighthouses, lightships and searchlights, so that in the tempestuous sea of the world the arks of lives may reach the haven of security. Each individual Bahá’í must be a life-saver who, facing the rough waves of the sea, may plunge into the whirlpool and save the souls from drowning. To sit, to talk, to listen-there is no virtue in that. To rise, to act, to help-that is a Bahá’í life.
      “The sincerity and earnestness of the friends in the Central States must appear through deeds. Deeds are the standards! I have done all that is necessary. I have drawn for them the Plan of God which must guide them through all the coming years. I have explained to them the principles of Bahá’u’lláh. Now the promotion of those principles depends upon their co-operation with each other and their turning their faces to the Kingdom of Abhá. Without walking, a traveller will not reach his destination. Without working, a poor man will not obtain wealth. Without diving to the bottom of the sea, a diver will not gather pearls and corals, and without going through the lower classes, a student will not be able to take up the higher courses in sciences and literature.
      “The believers of God, in reality, display much effort; but this effort must be expended in the right direction. A sagacious thinker will always perceive the end before he takes up a certain kind of work. A youth desiring to prepare himself for a medical career must study those courses which are directly or indirectly connected with his profession, so that he may become efficient and skilful. Consequently, the friends of God must themselves become the fountain heads of divine characteristics and attributes, and then call others to this exalted station. They must first be attracted and enkindled, then try to attract and enkindle others. Let them cleanse their own hearts like unto clear mirrors, then strive in the purification of the hearts of mankind.
      “In brief, I hope that the friends in the Central States may become assisted in rendering these great services. May they become centres of merciful susceptibilities and spiritual guides to the Kingdom of Abhá! From every standpoint, ways and means for the teaching of the Cause of God must be prepared. The question of teaching, like any other question, is evolutionary and not revolutionary. This matter must become very plain to everyone, so that all the friends, like so many spirits in one temple, may arise in the accomplishment of this great service.
      “When the foundation of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár is laid in America, and that divine edifice is completed, a most wonderful and thrilling motion will appear in the world of existence. The Mashriqu’l-Adhkár will become the centre around which all these universal Bahá’í activities will be clustered. From that point of light, the spirit of teaching, spreading the Cause of God and promoting the teachings of God will permeate to all parts of the world. I hope that ere long the foundation of this celestial temple will be laid-thus it may become conducive to the happiness of the heart of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. All the inhabitants of the world are in these days engaged in warfare and strife, but the friends of God are striving with heart and soul to lay the basis of this palace of the Kingdom; [page 138] so that the call of prayers and supplications may ascend to the heights of heaven. The flowers of material and divine civilization shall grow in the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár, perfuming the nostrils with the fragrance of truth. Its doors will be open before the faces of all races, nations and religions. Whosoever enters therein is welcomed. Bahá’u’lláh is the universal Shepherd. All mankind are His sheep, and the adherents of all religions are welcomed in the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár to worship the Father of all humanity with perfect freedom and reverence and obedience.
      “Likewise, great importance must be given to the development of the Star of the West. The circle of its discussion must be widened; in its columns must be published the essential problems pertaining to the Bahá’í life in all its phases. Its contents must be so universal that even the strangers may subscribe to it. Articles must be published, dealing with the universal principles of the Cause, the writers proving that this Cause takes a vital interest in all the social and religious movements of the age and is conducive to the progress of the world and its inhabitants. In short, the Star of the West must promote the aspirations and the ideals that will gather little by little around these general Tablets, bringing into the light of day all the historical, religious and racial knowledge which will be of the utmost value to the Bahá’í teachers all over the world.
      “In a similar manner, the scope of the Bahá’í Publishing Society must be greatly enlarged, so that books and pamphlets may be translated into different languages and published. These short pamphlets and historical reviews, giving the proofs and arguments of the Cause, must be written in accordance with the intellectual and spiritual capacity of each people.
      “In short, for the diffusion of the fragrances of God the friends must think of detailed ways and means and year by year add to their efficiency, practicality and thoroughness. They must organize classes for teaching the young and preparing teachers to go to all parts of America. God willing, the believers like unto bright candles will illumine the assemblage of the world of humanity with the light of truth.”

      (Star of the West, Vol. 10 nr 7, 13 July 1919)

      Comment by Sen — January 14, 2018 @ 12:29 | Reply

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