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Darkness

He urges you to persevere and add up your accomplishments, rather than to dwell on the dark side of things. Everyone’s life has both a dark and bright side. The Master says: turn your back to the darkness and your face to Me.
(From a letter dated 22 October 1949 written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer) (The Universal House of Justice, 1985 Dec 02, Child Abuse, Psychology and Knowledge of Self)


Strive ye so that this darkness may be utterly dispelled and the Hidden Mystery may be revealed and the realities of things made evident and manifest.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 216)


The light of the celestial world makes war against the world of shadow and illusion. The rays of the Sun of Truth dispel the darkness of superstition and misunderstanding.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 85)


The world is full of evil and dark forces and the friends must not permit these forces to get hold of them by thinking and feeling negatively towards each other.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 113)


The world of humanity is filled with darkness; you are its radiant candles. It is very poor; you must be the treasury of the Kingdom. It is exceedingly debased; you must be the cause of its exaltation. It is bereft of divine graces; you must give it impetus and spiritual quickening. According to the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh you must love and cherish each individual member of humanity.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 336)


There is a tremendous darkness in the world today, the darkness caused by mankind’s going against the Laws of God and giving way to the animal side of human nature. People must recognize this fact, and consciously struggle against pessimism and depression.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 113)