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Patience

All of us suffer from imperfections which we must struggle to overcome, and we all need one another’s understanding and patience.
(Universal House of Justice, NSA USA - The Bahá’í Faith and Homosexuality)


Bahá’u’lláh throws light upon patience, one of the most important virtues which God has bestowed on man. He extols the station of those believers who endured hardships and calamities with patience and resignation. Through their fortitude and constancy, their forbearance and long-suffering, these souls attained to such a lofty position that the Concourse on high seek their companionship and long for their blessings. Bahá’u’lláh urges the people of the Bayan to do likewise, counselling them to adorn their beings with the mantle of resignation, to be steadfast in the Cause of God, and never to be dismayed or disheartened by adversity. And He reminds them that, whereas God rewards every good deed in accordance with its merit, in the case of patience and long-suffering, as attested in the Qur‘án, the recompense is limitless.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 1, p. 271)


Bahá’u’lláh defines “the course that is praiseworthy” as “the exercise of patience”
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 210)


Be thou a mountain of quiescence, a sign of meekness, a sea of patience, a light of love, a standard of utter separation (from all else save God), so that thou mayest become everlasting in the Kingdom of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 291)


Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 43)


Change is an evolutionary process requiring patience with one’s self and others, loving education and the passage of time as the believers deepen their knowledge of the principles of the Faith, gradually discard long-held traditional attitudes and progressively conform their lives to the unifying teachings of the Cause.
(Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 620)


Concerning the attitude of some Bahá’ís, who seem at times to be insensitive and unsupportive, all we can do is to try to follow the patient example of the Master, bearing in mind that each believer is but one of the servants of the Almighty who must strive to learn and grow. The absence of spiritual qualities, like darkness, has no existence in itself. As the light of spirituality penetrates deep into the hearts, this darkness gradually dissipates and is replaced by virtue. Understanding this, and that the believers are encouraged to be loving and patient with one another, it will be clear that you too are called upon to exercise patience with the friends who demonstrate immaturity, and to have faith that the power of the Word of God will gradually effect a transformation in individual believers and in the Bahá’í community as a whole.
(The Universal House of Justice, 1985 Dec 02, Child Abuse, Psychology and Knowledge of Self)


Flexibility and patience are encouraged, as essential prerequisites of the learning process.
(ITC, 2003 Apr 23, Building Momentum, p. 17)


For example, you see that children born from a weak and feeble father and mother will naturally have a feeble constitution and weak nerves; they will be afflicted, and will have neither patience, nor endurance, nor resolution, nor perseverance, and will be hasty; for the children inherit the weakness and debility of their parents.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 319)


God, verily, loveth those women and men who
show forth patience.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 43)


Great is the honor destined by God for those poor who are steadfast in patience. By My life! There is no honor, except what God may please to bestow, that can compare to this honor. Great is the blessedness awaiting the poor that endure patiently and conceal their sufferings.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 202)


He should be … attaching the heart to patience and self-restraint.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 50)


He, verily, rewardeth beyond measure them that endure with patience.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 71)


He, verily, rewardeth beyond measure them that endure with patience.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 71)


However, relying upon God, we conducted ourselves with the utmost patience and submission, resignation and calmness; so much that if one did not know anything about these matters, he would have thought that we were in perfect ease of soul, enjoying the tranquility of heart mind, and were engaged in happiness and felicity.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 45)


I beg of God to pour on thee becoming patience, so that thy heart may be consoled with the fragrance of His mercy and that thy breast may be dilated with His favors, that thou mayest attain to the spiritual states which are lasting forever and ever. Thou oughtest to bear it with becoming patience. Again, thou oughtest to patiently bear this calamity which hath flowed thine eyes with tears and hath greatly afflicted thee.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 139)


I have waited years and years in prison, that I might come to see you now.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 38)


I hope that you will attain to the utmost patience, composure and resignation, and I supplicate and entreat at the Threshold of Oneness and beg pardon and forgiveness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 379)


I praise God that after forty years of waiting I am permitted at last to come and bring my message.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 82)


I recognize that Thou hast afflicted them for no other purpose except to proclaim Thy Cause, and to enable them to ascend into the heaven of Thine eternity and the precincts of Thy court, yet Thou knowest full well the frailty of some of them, and art aware of their impatience in their sufferings.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 157)


I seek patience only in God. Verily He is the best protector and the best helper. No refuge do I seek save God.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 20)


In the course of one of His talks to His companions ‘Abdu’l-Bahá states that a poor man who is patient and forbearing is better than a rich man who is thankful. However, a poor man who is thankful is more praiseworthy than the one who is patient, while more meritorious than all is the rich man who expends his wealth for others.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 2, p. 281)


In the moment of catastrophe, find ye patience, resignation and submission.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 45)


It behooveth whosoever hath set his face towards the Most Sublime Horizon to cleave tenaciously unto the cord of patience, and to put his reliance in God, the Help in Peril, the Unconstrained.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 98)


It was the Love of God that led Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that strengthened Joseph in Egypt and gave to Moses courage and patience.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 82)


Know, verily, that the seed, however virile it may be, however strong the hand of the sower, however pure the water that watereth it, it is impossible for it to grow, blossom and bear fruit in a short time; nay, a long period is needed for its development. So it is the Kingdom of God. Consider the seed which was sown by Christ; verily, it did not blossom until after a long period. Thus it is incumbent upon thee to be patient in all affairs. Verily thy Lord is powerful, forgiving, precious and persevering! Depend upon the favor of thy Lord. He shall bless thee and protect thee under the shadow of His generosity and mercy.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 312-313)


Knowledge is the most grievous veil between man and his Creator. The former bringeth forth the fruit of patience, of longing desire, of true understanding, and love; whilst the latter can yield naught but arrogance, vainglory and conceit.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Iqan, p. 69)


Manifest magnificent patience during every calamity and hardship.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 374)


O my dear …, endure and be patient, and by patience thou wilt attain thy desire.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 456)


One would well remember the story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who when approached by a believer in the depths of discouragement despairing of ever acquiring the qualities and virtues that Bahá’ís are required to possess, replied with the greatest compassion and encouragement, “little by little; day by day” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World 12: 704)


Only have faith, patience and courage—this is but the beginning, but surely you will succeed, for God is with you!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 101)


Ours is the duty to remain patient in these circumstances until relief be forthcoming from God, the Forgiving, the Bountiful.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 177)


Prayers and supplications should be offered at the sacred Threshold, so that thou mayest remain firm in tests, and patient in ordeals.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Art of Living, p. 85)


Rejoice not in what ye have done, or will do in the future … for ye are unable by such means as these to exalt your stations, were ye to examine your works with acute discernment … Nay, God will add unto the recompense with which He shall reward Us, for having sustained with persevering patience the tribulations We have suffered. He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 128)


Say, this earthly life shall come to an end, and everyone shall expire and return unto my Lord God Who will reward with the choicest gifts the deeds of those who endure with patience.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 161)


She should abide in patience until such time as God shall please to disclose to her his fate. By the course that is praiseworthy in this connection is meant the
exercise of patience.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 106)


Such hath been the patience, the calm, the resignation and contentment of this people that they have become the exponents of justice, and so great hath been their forbearance, that they have suffered themselves to be killed rather than kill, and this notwithstanding that these whom the world hath wronged have endured tribulations the like of which the history of the world hath never recorded, nor the eyes of any nation witnessed. What is it that could have induced them to reconcile themselves to these grievous trials, and to refuse to put forth a hand to repel them? What could have caused such resignation and serenity? The true cause is to be found in the ban which the Pen of Glory hath, day and night, chosen to impose, and in Our assumption of the reins of authority, through the power and might of Him Who is the Lord of all mankind.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 74-75)


That seeker must, at all times, put his trust in God, must renounce the peoples of the earth, must detach himself from the world of dust, and cleave unto Him Who is the Lord of Lords. He must never seek to exalt himself above any one, must wash away from the tablet of his heart every trace of pride and vain-glory, must cling unto patience and resignation, observe silence and refrain from idle talk.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 264-265)


The doors of the Kingdom of God are open, the Call of the Lord of the Kingdom is raised, the Bestowals of the Almighty are endless and the effulgence of the Sun of Reality has illumined the East and the West. In such a time patience and tranquility are not allowable. Thou must engage with infinite joy and happiness in the mention of the Forgiving Lord.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Japan Will Turn Ablaze, p. 12)


The greater the patience, the loving understanding and the forbearance the believers show towards each other and their shortcomings, the greater will be the progress of the whole Bahá’í community at large.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 9)


The greatest requirement for this progress is patience. Patience is the thing which is described in the Qur‘án as having rewards unlimited...please have patience, God will work through you, even if it is not in your lifetime—the lifetime of generations after you. All services will be rewarded. Be sure!
(Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Faizi at the closing session of the World Congress, May 2, 1963, Quickeners of Mankind, p. 108)


The prime requisites for them that take counsel together are purity of motive, radiance of spirit, detachment from all else save God, attraction to His Divine Fragrances, humility and lowliness amongst His loved ones, patience and long-suffering in difficulties and servitude to His exalted Threshold. Should they be graciously aided to acquire these attributes, victory from the unseen Kingdom of Bahá shall be vouchsafed to them.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 87)


The results of the sacrifices of all these people are manifested now. Therefore, those who have been for five or ten years in some place should never complain. These results are of eighty years’ work—yes, ninety years, and suffering. Work day and night in such time and the harvest will be ready. Bahá’u’lláh has definitely said clearly to the friends: ‘Your function is to sow the seeds. God will either let them grow or will bury them.’ It is yours to stand at your post and sow the seed. The greatest requirement for this progress is patience. Patience is the thing which is described in the Qur‘án as having rewards unlimited...please have patience, God will work through you, even if it is not in your lifetime—the lifetime of generations after you. All services will be rewarded. Be sure!
(Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Faizi at the closing session of the World Congress, May 2, 1963, Quickeners of Mankind, p. 108)


The sign of love is fortitude under My decree and patience under My trials.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words 48)


The steed of this Valley [Search] is patience; without patience the wayfarer on this journey will reach nowhere and attain no goal. Nor should he ever be downhearted; if he strive for a hundred thousand years and yet fail to behold the beauty of the Friend, he should not falter.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 3)


The transition to full equality between women and men is an evolutionary process requiring education and patience with oneself and others, as well as an unswerving determination.
(Bahá’í International Community, 1993 Mar 15, Women Peace Process)


The work of the friends therefore, interesting and useful as it may be, is hard and most exacting to one’s patience and energy.
(Shoghi Effendi, Arohanui - Letters to New Zealand, p. 11)


There are different degrees of motion. There is a motion of transit, that is from place to place. For example, the revolution of the earth around the sun; a bird flies from branch to branch. Another kind is the motion of inherent growth, like that of man from the condition of childhood to the estate of manhood, or the development of a tree from the seedling to its full fruition. The third is the motion of condition - the sick man passes from the stage of sickness to the state of health. The fourth motion is that of the spirit. For instance, the child while in the mother’s womb has all the potential qualities of the spirit, but those qualities begin to unfold little by little as the child is born and grows and develops, finally manifesting all the attributes and qualities of the spirit. The fifth is the motion of the intellect whereby the ignorant become wise; the indifferent, alert; the dark, illuminated and the carnally-minded, spiritual.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 124-125)


Therefore, see the connection which exists between the spirit of man and the atmospheric vibration, so that the movement of the air becomes the cause of transporting him from one state to another, and of entirely overpowering him; it will deprive him of patience and tranquillity.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 246)


They [tutors] need to combine the qualities of love, humility, and patience, with the dedication, perseverance, and commitment required to create a spiritual atmosphere conducive to learning.
(International Teaching Centre, 2000 Feb, Training Institutes and Systematic Growth, p. 9)


Too great emphasis cannot be laid on the importance of the unity of the friends, for only by manifesting the greatness of their love for and patience with each other can they hope to attract large numbers to their ranks.
(Shoghi Effendi, Promoting Entry by Troops, p. 3)


Verily I seek patience only in God, and Him do I regard as the goal of My desire. This signifieth that I have the undoubted Truth on My side.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 20)


Victories are won usually through a great deal of patience, planning and perseverance, and rarely accomplished at a single stroke.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 598)


We beseech Him to graciously enable them to show forth patience and fortitude that haply trials and ordeals might not deflect them from the path of God, the Almighty, the All-Knowing.
(Shoghi Effendi, Fire and Light, p. 33)


We must not only be patient with others, infinitely patient!, but also with our own poor selves, remembering that even the Prophets of God sometimes got tired and cried out in despair!
(Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Bahá’í Community, p. 456)


Were it not for calamity, how would the sun of Thy patience shine, O Light of the worlds? Lament not because of the wicked. Thou wert created to bear and endure, O Patience of the worlds.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Fire Tablet, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 217)


When calamity striketh, be ye patient and composed. However afflictive your sufferings may be, stay ye undisturbed, and with perfect confidence in the abounding grace of God, brave ye the tempest of tribulations and fiery ordeals.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 73)


You have asked as to what point in man’s evolution he becomes conscious of self. This consciousness of self in man is a gradual process, and does not start at a definite point. It grows in him in this world and continues to do so in the future spiritual world.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 113)