A Pocketfull of Meaning
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· Darkness
morning made See Morning ~ made darkness
· Day
of Resurrection See Resurrection ~ Day of
· Dead
raising of See Raising ~ the dead
· Deaf
receive hearing
Wherever in the Holy Books ... it is said a deaf man received hearing, the meaning is that he acquired spiritual and heavenly hearing.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 101-102)
· Death
meaning of
See also Life
By the terms “life” and “death,” spoken of in the scriptures, is intended the life of faith and the death of unbelief.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán, page 105)
nature of
The nature of the soul after death can never be described, nor is it meet and permissible to reveal its whole character to the eyes of men.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 156)
soul
See also Soul
condition after
Thou hast, moreover, asked Me concerning the state of the soul after its separation from the body. Know thou, of a truth, that if the soul of man hath walked in the ways of God, it will, assuredly, return and be gathered to the glory of the Beloved.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 161)
Know thou that the souls of the people of Bahá, who have entered and been established within the Crimson Ark, shall associate and commune intimately one with another, and shall be so closely associated in their lives, their aspirations, their aims and strivings as to be even as one soul. ... The souls of the infidels, however, shall—and to this I bear witness—when breathing their last be made aware of the good things that have escaped them, and shall bemoan their plight, and shall humble themselves before God. They shall continue doing so after the separation of their souls from their bodies.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pages 169-170 ~ 170-171)
As to the soul of man after death, it remains in the degree of purity to which it has evolved during life in the physical body, and after it is freed from the body it remains plunged in the ocean of God’s Mercy.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, page 66)
continues after
Know thou of a truth that the soul, after its separation from the body, will continue to progress until it attaineth the presence of God, in a state and condition which neither the revolution of ages and centuries, nor the changes and chances of this world, can alter. It will endure as long as the Kingdom of God, His sovereignty, His dominion and power will endure. It will manifest the signs of God and His attributes, and will reveal His loving kindness and bounty.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pages 155-156)
true
True death is realized when a person dieth to himself at the time of His Revelation in such wise that he seeketh naught except Him.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, page 157)
world beyond See World(s) ~ beyond
· Demon(s)
is meant
O servants! This nether world is the abode of demons: Guard yourselves from approaching them. By demons is meant those wayward souls who, with the burden of their evil deeds, slumber in the chambers of oblivion.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tabernacle of Unity, page 69)
· Destiny
of true believer See Creation ~ originating purpose
· Devil, the See Satan
· Divine Messengers See Manifestation (of God)
· Divine Presence
is Manifestation See Manifestation (of God) ~ Divine Presence
· Divine Unity
true meaning
Beware, O believers in the Unity of God, lest ye be tempted to make any distinction between any of the Manifestations of His Cause, or to discriminate against the signs that have accompanied and proclaimed their Revelation. This indeed is the true meaning of Divine Unity, if ye be of them that apprehend and believe this truth.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 59)
Regard thou the one true God as One Who is apart from, and immeasurably exalted above, all created things. The whole universe reflecteth His glory, while He is Himself independent of, and transcendeth His creatures. This is the true meaning of Divine unity. He Who is the Eternal Truth is the one Power Who exerciseth undisputed sovereignty over the world of being, Whose image is reflected in the mirror of the entire creation. All existence is dependent upon Him, and from Him is derived the source of the sustenance of all things. This is what is meant by Divine unity; this is its fundamental principle.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 166)
true believer in
See also Believer(s) ~ true, in Unity of God
He is a true believer in Divine unity who, far from confusing duality with oneness, refuseth to allow any notion of multiplicity to becloud his conception of the singleness of God, who will regard the Divine Being as One Who, by His very nature, transcendeth the limitations of numbers.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 166-167)
essence of belief in
The essence of belief in Divine unity consisteth in regarding Him Who is the Manifestation of God and Him Who is the invisible, the inaccessible, the unknowable Essence as one and the same. By this is meant that whatever pertaineth to the former, all His acts and doings, whatever He ordaineth or forbiddeth, should be considered, in all their aspects, and under all circumstances, and without any reservation, as identical with the Will of God Himself. This is the loftiest station to which a true believer in the unity of God can ever hope to attain.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 167)
· Divine
purpose (regarding tests)
But inasmuch as the divine Purpose hath decreed that the true should be known from the false, and the sun from the shadow, He hath, therefore, in every season sent down upon mankind the showers of tests from His realm of glory.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán, page 49)
· Divines (clergy)
as suns See Sun(s) ~ divines (clergy)
· Divinity
means
... it essentially means the wisdom and knowledge of God, the effulgence of the Sun of Truth, the revelation of reality and divine philosophy.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, page 326)
of Bahá’u’lláh
Divinity, whenever I mention it, indicateth My complete and absolute self-effacement. This is the station in which I have no control over mine own weal or woe nor over my life nor over my resurrection.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, page 41)
· Duty
of man (in this day)
The Pen of the Ancient of Days proclaimeth: Among the foremost duties prescribed is to cleanse one’s heart of all but God.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Days of Remembrance, page 128)
The whole duty of man in this Day is to attain that share of the flood of grace which God poureth forth for him. Let none, therefore, consider the largeness or smallness of the receptacle. The portion of some might lie in the palm of a man’s hand, the portion of others might fill a cup, and of others even a gallon-measure.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 8)
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