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October 6, 2012


Quotations chosen by Susan Adegbesan.

“I offer thanks to God for this meeting with you. From the outer standpoint such meetings are inconceivable, for we are orientals whereas you are occidentals. Between us there is no patriotic, linguistic, racial, commercial nor political relation. No worldly bond nor connection of any kind exists between us that would justify such a gathering as this. The love of God has brought us together, and this is the best of means and motive. Every other bond of friendship is limited in effectiveness, but fellowship based upon the love of God is unlimited, everlasting, divine and radiant. Therefore, we must be thankful to God for uniting us in love and agreement, praise Him for creating such affinity between us that those from the faraway Orient may associate with the beloved ones of the West in the utmost fragrance (‘Abdu’l-Bahá from a talk at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank K. Moxey on November 18, 1912 from notes by Esther Foster cited in The Promulgation of Universal Peace. US Bahá’í Publishing Trust. 1982 second edition. p.470).”

“You must do your best to increase love among the friends that really and sincerely the friends may all love one another so that Faith in the Kingdom may give forth good results, because life in this world depends upon love. The illumination of the world depends upon love, The splendour of God depends upon love. Tranquility of the heart and soul both depend upon love. Anything beside that is personified imagination.” attributed to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (unable to find reference).

The following quote was written by Shoghi Effendi after he “read with the keenest interest and appreciation a copy of that splendid document formulated by the National Committee on inter-racial amity and addressed to all the Spiritual Assemblies throughout the United States and Canada. This moving appeal, so admirable in its conception, so sound and sober in its language, has struck a responsive chord in my heart. Sent forth at a highly opportune moment in the evolution of our sacred Faith, it has served as a potent reminder of these challenging issues which still confront in a peculiar manner the American believers.” It is possible that the document was the compilation of Bahá’í teachings on the subject of race amity, edited by Louis G. Gregory and Mariam Haney, and published by the Committee in 1928.

“In their relations amongst themselves as fellow-believers, let them not be content with the mere exchange of cold and empty formalities often connected with the organizing of banquets, receptions, consultative assemblies, and lecture-halls. Let them rather, as equal co-sharers in the spiritual benefits conferred upon them by Bahá’u’lláh, arise and, with the aid and counsel of their local and national representatives, supplement these official functions with those opportunities which only a close and intimate social intercourse can adequately provide. In their homes, in their hours of relaxation and leisure, in the daily contact of business transactions, in the association of their children, whether in their study-classes, their playgrounds, and club-rooms, in short under all possible circumstances, however insignificant they appear, the community of the followers of Bahá’u’lláh should satisfy themselves that in the eyes of the world at large and in the sight of their vigilant Master they are the living witnesses of those truths which He fondly cherished and tirelessly championed to the very end of His days. If we relax in our purpose, if we falter in our faith, if we neglect the varied opportunities given us from time to time by an all-wise and 131 gracious Master, we are not merely failing in what is our most vital and conspicuous obligation, but are thereby insensibly retarding the flow of those quickening energies which can alone insure the vigorous and speedy development of God’s struggling Faith (Shoghi Effendi. “Inter-racial Amity” cited in 1974 Edition. Bahá’í Administration. US Bahá’í Publishing Trust. p.196).”

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