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Virtues list

‘What is the purpose of our lives?’

See also Purpose of Life

‘Abdu’l-Bahá.—‘To acquire virtues. We come from the earth; why were we transferred from the mineral to the vegetable kingdom—from the plant to the animal kingdom? So that we may attain perfection in each of these kingdoms, that we may possess the best qualities of the mineral, that we may acquire the power of growing as in the plant, that we may be adorned with the instincts of the animal and possess the faculties of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste, until from the animal kingdom we step into the world of humanity and are gifted with reason, the power of invention, and the forces of the spirit.’ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. [1912-12-26] (1972). “Should Prayer take the form of action?” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá. [1912-12-26] 1972).” from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talk entitled “Prayer” at 97 Cadogan Gardens, London, 26 December 1912 published in Paris Talks. 1972. UK Bahá’í Publishing Trust. Eleventh edition reprint. page 184.

“The thought manifests as the word;

The word manifests as the deed;

The deed develops into habit;

And habit hardens into character.

So watch the thought and its ways with care;

And let it spring from love

Born out of concern for all beings ( The Buddha  in Eds. Amidon and Roberts. 1996. p.13).”

 Roberts, Elizabeth; Amidon, Elias. 1996. Life Prayers: From Around the World 365 Prayers, Blessings, and Affirmations. Harper Collins. p. 13)

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” Leonard Cohen (Canadian folk Singer, Song Writer, Poet and Novelist. b.1934)

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi?

“Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.

Keepy our words positive, because your words become your actions.

Keep your actions positive, because your actions become your habits.

Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny. (Mahatma Gandhi, quoted in Gold, 2001, p. 23)”
Gold, T. 2001. Open your mind, open your life: A little book of Eastern wisdom. Riverside, NJ:
Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Seven Qualities of the enlightened soul” Baha’i World Faith. p. 384. 1. Knowledge, 2. Faith, 3. Steadfastness, 4. Truthfulness, 5. Uprightness, 6. Fidelity, 7. Evanescence or humility,

assertiveness, caring, cleanliness, compassion, confidence, consideration, courage, courtesy, creativity, detachment, determination, enthusiasm, excellence, faithfulness, flexibility, forgiveness, friendliness, generosity, gentleness, gratitude,  helpfulness, honesty, honor, hopefulness, humility, idealism, joyfulness, justice, kindness, love, loyalty, mercy, moderation, modesty, obedience, orderliness, patience, peacefulness, prayerfulness, purposefulness, reliability, respect, responsibility, reverence, self-discipline, service, steadfastness, tact, thankfulness, tolerance, trust, trustworthiness, truthfulness, unity,

see also virtues training


Schaefer, Udo. 1995. “The New morality: An outline.” Baha’i Studies Review. 5:1. Association for Baha’i Studies English-Speaking Europe, 1995

“Abstract: This paper proposes that Bahá’u’lláh’s ethical teachings and injunctions, the “Straight Path” to human happiness, provide a coherent moral system. It suggests that a Bahá’í “hierarchy of virtues” rests on several metaphysical premises: God is the source of absolute moral values; man is in full control of his drives and actions and therefore morally responsible; virtuous behaviour is rewarded in the afterlife. Bahá’í ethics can be subdivided into two types of ethical instructions which are complementary. One is teleological (an ethic of virtue, aiming at “good deeds” and “a praiseworthy character”); the other is deontological (laws, commandments, prohibitions). Another classification is into three categories of virtues, constituting duties to God, to oneself and to others: the “theological virtues”, the “virtues of the Path”, and the “worldly virtues”, of which justice has been assigned the highest rank.”

“Following Plato and Aristotle, modern virtue ethics has always emphasised the importance of moral education, not as the inculcation of rules but as the training of character.”SEP

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  1. Abbas Amreliwalla permalink
    September 29, 2015 7:19 pm

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this… Please send me more link or study materials

    Thank you

    Abbas Amreliwalla

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