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“I rejoice to hear that thou takest pains with thine art, for in this wonderful new age, art is worship. The more thou strivest to perfect it, the closer wilt thou come to God. What bestowal could be greater than this, that one’s art should be even as the act of worshipping the Lord? That is to say, when thy fingers grasp the paint brush, it is as if thou wert at prayer in the Temple.” Abdu’l-Bahá

 

Prayer

Talk presented at:
97 Cadogan Gardens, London,
December 26th, 1912

‘Should Prayer take the form of action?’

‘Abdu’l-Bahá. “Yes: In the Bahá’í Cause arts, sciences and all crafts are (counted as) worship. The man who makes a piece of notepaper to the best of his ability, conscientiously, concentrating all his forces on perfecting it, is giving praise to God. Briefly, all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his 177 heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity. This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people. Service is prayer. A physician ministering to the sick, gently, tenderly, free from prejudice and believing in the solidarity of the human race, he is giving praise” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá. [1912-12-26] 1972).”

Sacred writings by Bahá’u’lláh, Abdu’l-Bahá, and Shoghi Effendi entitled “Arts and Crafts” by was compiled and published as part of the Compilation of Compilations, Volume 1, pages 1-8 in 1991.

Examples from “Arts and Crafts”

Blessed are those who have fixed their gaze on the realm of glory and have followed the commandments of the Lord of Names. Blessed is he who in the days of God will engage in handicrafts. This is a bounty from God, for in this Most Great Dispensation it is acceptable in the sight of God for man to occupy himself in a trade which relieveth him of depending upon charity. The craft of every craftsman is regarded as worship. (Bahá’u’lláh from a Tablet – translated from the Persian)

One of the names of God is the Fashioner. He loveth craftsmanship. Therefore any of His servants who manifesteth this attribute is acceptable in the sight of this Wronged One. Craftsmanship is a book among the books of divine sciences, and a treasure among the treasures of His heavenly wisdom. This is a knowledge with meaning, for some of the sciences are brought forth by words and come to an end with words. (Bahá’u’lláh from a Tablet – translated from the Persian)

God grant that thou wilt exert thine utmost to acquire perfections, as well as proficiency in a craft. (Bahá’u’lláh from a Tablet – translated from the Persian)

The one true God, exalted be He, loveth to witness handiworks of high craftsmanship produced by His loved ones. Blessed art thou, for what thy skill hath produced hath reached the presence of thy Lord, the Exiled, the Wronged. Please God every one of His friends may be enabled to acquire one of the crafts, and be confirmed in adhering to what hath been ordained in the Book of God, the All- Glorious, the All-Wise. (Bahá’u’lláh from a Tablet – translated from the Persian and Arabic)

More postings from this blog on creativity:

Creativity: the arts at grassroots level

Promoting the Arts at the Grassroots: Realizing One’s Full Potential in the Arts

Deep Creativity: the power of story telling in everyday life

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