Friday, September 14, 2007

Are You Happy ?

It certainly seems like a massively difficult task for some folk to be Truly Happy--not that smiling, chatty brand of nervous activity that some cling to...

Happiness deep within, when no one's around to impress...

Happiness that never withers...

Spiritual Happiness !

Ponder these quotes from Reality and mine them for the gems they contain:

"Happy are they who act; happy are they who understand; happy the man that hath clung unto the truth, detached from all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth."

Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 139

"Happy are they that observe God’s precepts; happy are they that have recognized the Truth; happy are they that judge with fairness in all matters and hold fast to the Cord of My inviolable Justice."

Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, "Kalimát-i-Firdawsíyyih" or "Words of Paradise", p. 62

"Happy are they that have cast behind their backs all else save God and have held fast unto that which the Lord of strength and power hath enjoined upon them."

Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, "Excerpts from Other Tablets" (excerpt #3), p. 235

"Happy are the righteous that have attained unto the most great truth; happy are the wise that have recognized the straight path of God and turned unto His Kingdom; happy are the glad and sincere, the lamps of whose hearts burn with the knowledge of the All-Merciful and are protected from the rough winds of tests and sorrows; happy are the brave whose hearts the power of the oppressor cannot daunt; happy are the clear-sighted that have learned to distinguish the transitory from the eternal, that have turned their faces to the Imperishable and are named among the Immortals in the realm of power and glory."

Bahá’u’lláh: excerpts from epistles, quoted in Bahá’í World, Vol. 2, p. 63

"’s supreme honor and real happiness lie in self-respect, in high resolves and noble purposes, in integrity and moral quality, in immaculacy of mind."

‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 19

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