Monday, February 4, 2008

"The publication of high thoughts..."

I've mentioned before that this blog, although a definite service to others, is my main spiritual discipline for staying on the Path, right after my daily prayers...

Even though I focus on the Bahá'í Writings here, I read and am inspired by a number of other spiritual bloggers...

I hope to see some choice comments on today's quote:

"The publication of high thoughts is the dynamic power in the arteries of life; it is the very soul of the world. Thoughts are a boundless sea, and the effects and varying conditions of existence are as the separate forms and individual limits of the waves; not until the sea boils up will the waves rise and scatter their pearls of knowledge on the shore of life."

‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Secret of Divine Civilization, pp. 109-110


Alexys Fairfield said...

I love the poetry of your Soul my friend. :D

Sandy said...

What always amazes me is that the Baha'i writings touch on every wonderment there is in this life. Even my most obscure questions are eventually answered, explained and expounded on and with a depth, wisdom and eloquence above anything elsewhere I have ever read.

~ Sandy

Anonymous said...

A beautiful quote and it rings so true.

Peter said...

This quote from Abdu'l-Baha is very important. I remember fearing my love of philosophy and contemplative thought was what the Writings cautioned against when They spoke of watching out for knowledge that "began with words, and ended with words". Now that we're more familiar with the type of thought engaged in by Muslim fundmentalists, and realizing that was Baha'u'llah's melieu, I think He was warning about something much different. And of course, if we use such thought as fertilizer, our tree will bear the most beautiful fruit.

Alexander M Zoltai said...


Here's a little confirmation of what you thought:

From letters written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to individual believers:

"What Bahá'u'lláh meant primarily with "sciences that begin and end in words" are those theological treatises and commentaries that encumber the human mind rather than help it to attain the truth. The students would devote their life to their study but still attain no where...."
(30 November 1932)