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Bounty

Among the people, a multitude became intoxicated with this divine wine—and a multitude were deprived of this great favor. Many a soul enlightened his sight and insight by the radiance of grace, and many were cheered and rejoiced at the melodies of unity. Some birds sang melodies and harmonies, and some nightingales began to warble on the branches of the rose-tree of mercifulness. The Kingdom and the phenomenal world were adorned, and became the envy of the delectable paradise—but, alas—and a thousand times alas!—that the heedless souls are still in the sleep of negligence, and the ignorant are keeping clear of this holy gift. The blind are veiled, the deaf are bereft and the dead despair of attaining to it; just as it is said (in the Koran) “They despair of the life to come, as the infidels despair (of the resurrection of) those who dwell in the graves.”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 370)


As to the calamities and afflictions of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: These are not calamities, but bounties; they are not afflictions, but gifts; not hardships, but tranquility; not trouble, but mercy—and we thank God for this great favor.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 128)


As to you—O ye who are attracted to the fragrances of God! —kneel down and thank God for choosing you to enter His wonderful Kingdom. How many of the Pharisees were waiting for the appearance of the Spirit (i. e., Jesus) then were veiled from it. But ye have taken away the veil and were guided unto the light, have given up imitating forefathers and directed yours eyes to the Sun of Truth, which is shining in the Supreme Horizon. This is a favor to you on the part of your Lord, and a gift for you.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 135


But the Covenant of God and His Testament is a bounty to the righteous and a curse to the wicked.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 438)


Far be it from us to despair at any time of the incalculable favours of God, for if it were His wish He could cause a mere atom to be transformed into a sun and a single drop into an ocean. He unlocketh thousands of doors, while man is incapable of conceiving even a single one.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 176)


First and foremost among these favors, which the Almighty hath conferred upon man, is the gift of understanding. His purpose in conferring such a gift is none other except to enable His creature to know and recognize the one true God—exalted be His glory. This gift giveth man the power to discern the truth in all things, leadeth him to that which is right, and helpeth him to discover the secrets of creation.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 193)


He bestoweth His gifts on whom He will, and from whom He will He withholdeth them. He is the Great Giver, the Most Generous, the Benevolent.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings, CXXVIII)


How shall he obtain these merciful gifts and powers? First, through the knowledge of God. Second, through the love of God. Third, through faith. Fourth, through philanthropic deeds. Fifth, through self-sacrifice. Sixth, through severance from this world. Seventh, through sanctity and holiness. Unless he acquires these forces and attains to these requirements, he will surely be deprived of the life that is eternal. But if he possesses the knowledge of God, becomes ignited through the fire of the love of God, witnesses the great and mighty signs of the Kingdom, becomes the cause of love among mankind and lives in the utmost state of sanctity and holiness, he shall surely attain to second birth, be baptized by the Holy Spirit and enjoy everlasting existence.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 226)


I long for that cup, which is overflowing with the bounty of God, as a patient desiring to be healed, as a thirsty soul seeking water, as the poor in quest of wealth, and as one in separation yearning after the meeting of the beloved one night and day.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 315)


If thou art desiring the refulgent light, add to thy love for God. If thou art begging for the breaths of the Holy Spirit, become thou engaged in the commemoration of the Beauty of ABHA. If thou art seeking everlasting glory, choose humility in the path of the True One. If thou art aspiring to eternal life, sacrifice thy soul in the way of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 214)


It behooveth him to seek only the divine bounties and subjects which lead to the real knowledge of the invisible, through the mediation of the Holy Spirit.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 464)


It is even possible that the condition of those who have died in sin and unbelief may become changed—that is to say, they may become the object of pardon through the bounty of God, not through His justice—for bounty is giving without desert, and justice is giving what is deserved.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 17)


It is even possible that the condition of those who have died in sin and unbelief may become changed—that is to say, they may become the object of pardon through the bounty of God, not through His justice—for bounty is giving without desert, and justice is giving what is deserved.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 232)


Know thou that, according to what thy Lord, the Lord of all men, hath decreed in His Book, the favors vouchsafed by Him unto mankind have been, and will ever remain, limitless in their range.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 193)


Men keep their possessions for their own enjoyment and do not share sufficiently with others the bounty received from God. Spring is thus changed into the winter of selfishness and egotism.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 82)


O wayfarer in the path of God! Take thou thy portion of the ocean of His grace, and deprive not thyself of the things that lie hidden in its depths. Be thou of them that have partaken of its treasures. A dewdrop out of this ocean would, if shed upon all that are in the heavens and on the earth, suffice to enrich them with the bounty of God, the Almighty, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. With the hands of renunciation draw forth from its life-giving waters, and sprinkle therewith all created things, that they may be cleansed from all man-made limitations and may approach the mighty seat of God, this hallowed and resplendent Spot.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 279-280)


Take heed, and turn thine eyes from all save God! Let thine heart be enkindled with the fire of the love of God. Rejoice at the sweet savors of God, and baptize thyself with the Divine Spirit, overflowing abundantly from the Kingdom of God. Then thou shalt have whatsoever thou dost wish and desire from the gifts of God, O thou the maidservant of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Violette Nakhjavani’s, The Maxwells of Montréal: Early Years, p. 80)


The Tablet of Ashraf contains a significant statement concerning the power of prayer when freed from desire. He declares that the outpouring of grace in this day is so great, that should an individual raise his hands in supplication to God and ask for the treasures of earth and heaven, his wish will be granted even before he lowers his hands, provided that he is freed from attachment to all created things. Indeed, the key for attaining this glory lies in the word ‘detachment‘.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 2, p. 232)


The bounties of God are: to love each other, to speak the truth, to sever our hearts from the world, to be reverent, to be humble, to be hospitable. By these things you know the faithful servant of God. How do we know the light? By its rays. So when you see these qualities, you will know that the servant of God has received the regeneration. You must be thus reborn.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 501)


The earth is in motion and growth; the mountains, hills and prairies are green and pleasant; the bounty is overflowing; the mercy universal; the rain is descending from the cloud of mercy; the brilliant Sun is shining; the full moon is ornamenting the horizon of ether; the great ocean-tide is flooding every little stream; the gifts are successive; the favors consecutive; and the refreshing breeze is blowing, wafting the fragrant perfume of the blossoms. Boundless treasure is in the hand of the King of Kings! Lift the hem of thy garment in order to receive it.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 351)


The favors of God are unending, limitless. Infinite bounties have encompassed the world. We must emulate the bounties of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 219)


The grace of God is beating down upon mankind, even as the rains in spring, and the rays of the manifest Light have made this earth to be the envy of heaven. But alas, the blind are deprived of this bounty, the heedless are closed off from it, the withered despair of it, the faded are dying away—so that even as flooding waters, this endless stream of grace passeth back into its primal source in a hidden sea. Only a few receive this grace and take their share of it. Wherefore, let us put our hopes in whatever the strong arm of the Beloved can bring about.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 277)


The greatest bounty is the recognition of the Manifestation of God, and this is not given to man freely. He must earn it by cleansing the mirror of his heart so that the Sun of Truth may shine within it.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 2, p. 82)


The hands of bounty have borne round the cup of everlasting life. Approach, and quaff your fill. Drink with healthy relish, O ye that are the very incarnations of longing, ye who are the embodiments of vehement desire!
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 31)


The natural emotions are blameworthy and are like rust which deprives the heart of the bounties of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 244-245)


The purest form of prayer is one which is freed from desire. Such a prayer will cause the bounties of God to descend upon the soul. Nevertheless, human beings have many needs in this life and when in difficulty, pain or grief, they turn to God for assistance. The Báb and Bahá’u’lláh have both revealed special prayers for various occasions to be said when one is in need. If a man must have a desire—and it is quite natural for him to do so—his prayer should be that in the end he may attain the good-pleasure of his Lord. For any other desire, even service to the Cause, meritorious though it is, will not necessarily result in his salvation.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 2, p. 232)


The souls who bear the tests of God become the manifestations of great bounties … they cause the holy souls to ascend to the highest degree of love and solidity.
(From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, 2 December, 1985)


The souls who bear the tests of God become the manifestations of great bounties; for the divine trials cause some souls to become entirely lifeless, while they cause the holy souls to ascend to the highest degree of love and solidity. They cause progress and they also cause retrogression.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 324)


The whole duty of man in this Day is to attain that share of the flood of grace which God poureth forth for him.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 8)


Therefore, no matter how man may advance upon the physical and intellectual plane, he is ever in need of the boundless virtues of Divinity, the protection of the Holy Spirit and the face of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 288-289)


To read the writings purely with the eye of intellect, while proudly regarding oneself as a being endowed with great qualities and accomplishments, undoubtedly closes the door to the bounties and confirmations of Bahá’u’lláh, and His words therefore cannot influence the heart.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 405)


We call upon all to reflect upon the significance of the endeavour in which the community of the Greatest Name is engaged, the purpose of which the Master strove to underline so often in the course of His travels, and to rededicate themselves to contribute their share to its outcome. “Try with all your hearts", He urged one audience, “to be willing channels for God’s Bounty.
(Universal House of Justice to the Bahá’ís of the World, 5 Dec, 2013)


When a dead body is thrown into the ocean, the waves will throw it back upon the shore. So it is with the Ocean of Truth—it will not accept a dead body; and if a believer has not these bounties of God, the sea will roll until he is finally cast out.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 501)