Many are called, but few chosen. That is to say, there are many who are invited, but those souls who are signalized with the grace and favor of guidance are but very rare. This is the bounty of God; He will give the same unto whom He pleaseth; and God is endowed with great bounty.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 371-372)
O world Creator! For his life—well done!—for he is alive with Thy name and thoughtful of Thee night and day. Confer upon him Thy grace that he may daily receive a new life, attain a fresh bounty, offer a new service to Thy Threshold and serve Thy Throne. Thou art the Giver, the Forgiver and Thou art the Pardoner, the Educator!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 126)
O young trees and plants, matchless and tender, that grow in the meadows of guidance! O ye newcomers to the Fraternity of Truth! Although now ye be learners, the hope is that through showerings from the clouds of grace, ye will become teachers; that ye will flourish even as flowers and fragrant herbs in the garden of that knowledge which is both of the mind and of the heart; that each one of you will grow as a tree rich in yield, fair, fresh and strong, heavy with sweet fruit. May the hidden confirmations of God make each one of you to become a well-spring of knowledge. May your hearts ever receive inspiration from the Denizens of the Concourse on high. May the drop become as the great sea; may the mote dazzle as the shining sun. His Holiness the Báb hath said: “Should a tiny ant desire in this day to be possessed of such power as to be able to unravel the abstrusest and most bewildering passages of the Qur‘án, its wish will no doubt be fulfilled, inasmuch as the mystery of eternal might vibrates within the innermost being of all created things.” If so helpless a creature can be endowed with so subtle a capacity, how much more efficacious must be the power released through the liberal effusions of the grace of Bahá’u’lláh! What confirmations will be garnered, what influxes of the heart!
(The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 292)
Thank thou God for thou hast worn a crown studded with gems of the knowledge of God and partaken of the fountain of the Water of Life … Thou wast in darkness and thou hast attained the world of lights.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 118)