Sacred Texts
A Pocketful of Meaning
Letter F
· Faith
essence of See Essence ~ of faith
of God
fundamental purpose
The Great Being saith: O ye children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 215)
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, page 168)
· Fasting
and Prayer
as sun and moon See Sun(s) ~ and moon
· Fate
and predestination See Predestination
· Father
is in the Son
This is the meaning of the Messiah’s words, that the Father is in the Son. Dost thou not see that should a stainless mirror proclaim, ‘Verily is the sun ashine within me, together with all its qualities, tokens and signs’, such an utterance by such a mirror would be neither deceptive nor false? No, by the One Who created It, shaped It, fashioned It, and made It to be an entity conformable to the attributes of the glory within It!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, page 46)
· Feet
As to the words “brass-like were His feet”, by this is meant His constancy upon hearing the call of God that commandeth Him: “Be thou steadfast as thou hast been bidden.” He shall so persevere in the Cause of God, and evince such firmness in the path of His might, that even if all the powers of earth and heaven were to deny Him, He would not waver in the proclamation of His Cause, nor flee from His command in the promulgation of His Laws. Nay rather, He will stand as firm as the highest mountains and the loftiest peaks. He will remain immovable in His obedience to God and steadfast in revealing His Cause and proclaiming His Word.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, page 55)
· Fire
See also Water
... there is no fire in the eyes of those who have known God and His signs, fiercer than to transgress His laws and to oppress another soul, even to the extent of a mustard seed.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, page 79)
as a flame of See Eyes ~ as a flame of fire
Love of God
This life-giving water of which He speaks is like unto fire, for it is none other than the Love of God, and this love means life to our souls.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, page 82)
... and fire is the fire of the love of God; ...
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, page 147)
· Fountain
is Gospel
The fountain referred to was the Gospel, from which the water of life gushes forth.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, page 200)
teachings of Christ
... drink from the same fountain of life in His teachings ...
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, page 293)
· Fruit(s)
eaten by Adam See Adam ~ tree and sin
of tree of man See Man ~ fruits of tree of