A Pocketfull of Meaning
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Preface
The purpose of this compilation is to provide a quick and ready refererence to the meaning(s) of the many terms and symbols used throughout the Scred Texts of the world.
The function intended is that, when one has a moment of not remembering the meaning of any of these terms or symbols, this compilation is referred to, the quotes read, and then use these quotes to explain these terms and symbols, whether using the quotes directly or, where considered suitable, in one’s own words.
It is suggested that one should, where possible, likewise refer to the source Text for the quote, where much, much more information can be gleaned on any of the subjects dealt with. This little volume is merely brief extracts and thus carries only a tiny portion of the full explanation.
Under no circumstances can it be said that this compilation is thorough, nor that it contains all the meanings for the terms and symbols used in Sacred Scripture. The merest perusal of the Sacred Texts will clearly demonstrate this be true. A close examination of the Works of the Central Figures of the Bahá’í Faith, and the works of Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, as well the Guidance received from the Universal House of Justice will, with complete certainty, reveal many more gems of meaning, not always encapsulated within the clear framework used in this compilation, such as “this means”, or “by this is intended” or any similar such statements.
It may quite reasonably be asked: "Why the use of these symbols and terms"? Bahá’u’lláh answers this in simple terms as follows:
Know verily that the purpose underlying all these symbolic terms and abstruse allusions, which emanate from the Revealers of God’s holy Cause, hath been to test and prove the peoples of the world; that thereby the earth of the pure and illuminated hearts may be known from the perishable and barren soil. From time immemorial such hath been the way of God amidst His creatures, and to this testify the records of the sacred books.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán, page 46)
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