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Power of One

A drop can become a sea and an atom a sun, through the bounties of God.
(‘Ali Nakhjavani, Shoghi Effendi - Author of Teaching Plans, p. 39)


Each one of us, if we look into our failures, is sure to feel unworthy and despondent, and this feeling only frustrates our constructive efforts and wastes time. The thing for us to focus on is the glory of the Cause and the Power of Bahá’u’lláh which can make of a mere drop a surging sea!
(Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 222)


God has said in the Qur‘án: “One grain will bring forth seven sheaves, and every sheaf shall contain one hundred grains.” In other words, one grain will become seven hundred; and if God so wills He will double these also. It has often happened that one blessed soul has become the cause of the guidance of a nation. Now we must not consider our ability and capacity, nay, rather, we must fix our gaze upon the favors and bounties of God, in these days, Who has made of the drop a sea, and of the atom a sun.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 6)


Humanity is weary for want of a pattern of life to which to aspire. A single soul can uphold a standard far above the low threshold by which the world measures itself.
(Universal House of Justice, Ridvan Message 2012)


If only the friends could realize it, the glory of our Faith is not that people with unique abilities do the work of the Cause, but that it is done by the sacrifice of loving and devoted souls who arise selflessly to undertake work they feel themselves incompetent, sometimes, to achieve. God works through them and endows them with gifts they did not dream they could ever possess.
(Shoghi Effendi, Quickeners of Mankind, p. 67)


It has often happened that one blessed soul has become the cause of the guidance of a nation.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 57)


Just one mature soul, with spiritual understanding and a profound knowledge of the Faith, can set a whole country ablaze—so great is the power of the Cause to work through a pure and selfless channel.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 223)


One of the holy Manifestations, addressing a believing soul, has said that, if a person become the cause of the illumination of one soul, it is better than a boundless treasury. “O Ali! If God guide, through thee, one soul, it is better for thee than all the riches!” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 11)


One righteous act is endowed with a potency that can so elevate the dust as to cause it to pass beyond the heaven of heavens. It can tear every bond asunder, and hath the power to restore the force that hath spent itself and vanished.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 286)


One soul can be the cause of the spiritual illumination of a continent.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 20)


The power of the faith of the first guide will be transmitted, find continuation and become manifest in the lives of other believers, until one sanctified soul will become the cause of quickening a hundred thousand souls. Consider how important this is, for the guidance of one soul is greater than the sovereignty of a kingdom.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Provisional Translations, Star of the West (Volume 1))


Verily God is fully capable of causing all names to appear in one name, and all souls in one soul. Surely powerful and mighty is He.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 183)


Whosoever quickens one soul in this Cause is like unto one quickening all the servants and the Lord shall bring him forth in the day of resurrection into the Ridván of oneness, adorned with the Mantle of Himself, the protector, the mighty, the generous!
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablet of the Branch)