Thursday, August 23, 2007

Limitations and Powers

Three short quotes today from Reality.

[ Once again, I feel compelled to mention that the use of "man" for "all of us" is due to the lack, in English, of the proper non-sexual terms... ]

The first two are about how we limit ourselves with our misguided imaginations.

The last one is about the supremely high station God has given us the power to reach...

"Would that the hearts of men could be cleansed from these man-made limitations and obscure thoughts imposed upon them! Haply they may be illumined by the light of the Sun of true knowledge, and comprehend the mysteries of divine wisdom."

Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 49, p. 43

"Arise and, armed with the power of faith, shatter to pieces the gods of your vain imaginings, the sowers of dissension amongst you."

Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXI, p. 217

"The All-Merciful hath conferred upon man the faculty of vision, and endowed him with the power of hearing. Some have described him as the 'lesser world,' when, in reality, he should be regarded as the 'greater world.' The potentialities inherent in the station of man, the full measure of his destiny on earth, the innate excellence of his reality, must all be manifested in this promised Day of God."

Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CLXII, p. 340

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