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Resignation - the virtue

ALTHOUGH the Realm of Glory hath none of the vanities of the world, yet within the treasury of trust and resignation We have bequeathed to Our heirs an excellent and priceless heritage.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 217)


All these purified hearts and sanctified souls hastened with perfect resignation to the call of destiny. During occasions of complaint, nothing proceeded from them except thanksgiving, and in time of affliction, only submission was visible. It is an evident fact how much hatred, animosity and enmity the people of the earth entertained toward these companions, for they considered tormenting and oppressing these holy ideal countenances conducive to prosperity, salvation and everlasting success and gain … Notwithstanding all their sufferings and injuries, they became the objects of the curses of the people and the subject of censure by all the servants. It seemed as if patience originated in the world of existence from their self-restraint, and faithfulness appeared in the regions of the earth from their actions.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 61)


All these stainless hearts and sanctified souls have, with absolute resignation, responded to the summons of His decree. Instead of complaining, they rendered thanks unto God, and amidst the darkness of their anguish they revealed naught but radiant acquiescence to His will.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Iqan, p. 234)


Blessed are the steadfastly enduring, they that are patient under ills and hardships, who lament not over anything that befalleth them, and who tread the path of resignation.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 129)


Have resignation and devotion and attraction and make thy heart empty of aught else save the love of Bahá‘. This is the state which was coveted by the near ones and this is a position which was longed for by the holy souls.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 363)


How piteous was her plight! In what a state of resignation she returned to her God! We, alone, in Our all-encompassing knowledge, have known it.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 109)


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)


Humility, kindness, resignation, and all these spiritual attributes emanating from great physical strength are acceptable to God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 98)


I hope that ye will attain the utmost patience, composure and resignation, and I entreat and implore at the Threshold of Oneness, begging for forgiveness and pardon.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 199)


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 roamed the wilderness of resignation” He thus depicts, in the Lawh-i-Maryam, the rigors of His austere solitude, “traveling in such wise that in My exile every eye wept sore over Me, and all created things shed tears of blood because of My anguish.
(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 120)


If the friends and relatives are keeping themselves at a distance from thee, be thou not sad, for God is near to thee. Associate thou, as much as thou canst, with the relatives and strangers; display thou loving kindness; show thou forth the utmost patience and resignation. The more they oppose thee, shower thou upon them the greater justice and equity; the more they show hatred and opposition toward thee, challenge thou them with great truthfulness, friendship and reconciliation.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 557-558)


In physical strength and fortitude one of these Bahá’ís could have withstood many of their enemies, but they accepted martyrdom in the spirit of complete resignation and nonresistance. Many of them died, crying out, “O Lord! Forgive them; they know not what they do. If they knew, they would not commit this wrong.” In the throes of martyrdom they willingly offered all they possessed in this life.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 384)


In truth were man to attain the stage of certitude in his spiritual development, no affliction could ever depress his spirits, though he would undoubtedly be influenced by reason of his human susceptibilities. Nevertheless, man’s inner being will be so revived by the breeze of divinely-ordained woes and trials that the dust of wailing and lamentation will entirely subside and the light of submissive resignation unto His Will shall shine forth like unto a radiant morn.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Fire and Light, p. 25)


It is the same with the Manifestation of God and His Chosen Ones, sent to live among men. There is a vast contrast between the world of man and the world of the Chosen Ones of God. The former is limited and full of imperfections while the latter is a realm of perfections far exalted above the comprehension of human beings. Coming from such a realm, possessing all the divine virtues and embodying God’s attributes, these exalted Beings descend into this world and become prisoners among human beings. Man’s ignorance, his cruelty, his ungodliness, his selfishness, his insincerity and all his sins and shortcomings are tools of torture inflicting painful wounds upon the souls of the Chosen Ones of God, who have no alternative but to bear them in silence with resignation and submissiveness, as in the case of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. One act of unfaithfulness—even a glance betraying the insincerity of the individual or an unworthy thought emanating from his mind—is painful torture to them. But they seldom reveal the shortcomings of men or dwell on their own pain and suffering. Like teachers who have to descend to the level of a child and act as if they do not know, the Manifestations of God come as men appearing to be the same as others. They have the sin-covering eye to such an extent that some may think that they do not know.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 226)


O servants! Inscribe the exhortations of the Spirit with the pen of resignation and the ink of submission and assurance upon the tablet of the heart and turn thereto in every instant, lest ye neglect a single letter thereof, and advance to the true God with all exertion, turning away from all else save Him.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 223)


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


Praise be to God! — the kind friends of God are also in a state of resignation and submissiveness. All are happy, thankful, joyful and content.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 378)


Should anyone offer Huqq with utmost joy and radiance, manifesting a spirit of resignation and content, his offering shall be acceptable before God.
(Compilations, Huqqu’lláh, #40)


Some were guided by the Light of God, gained admittance into the court of His presence, and quaffed, from the hand of resignation, the waters of everlasting life, and were accounted of them that have truly recognized and believed in Him. Others rebelled against Him, and rejected the signs of God, the Most Powerful, the Almighty, the All-Wise.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 144)


Sometimes we understand by “angel” those beings and souls who are sanctified from all earthly stations—that is, who have cut themselves from all worldly things and drawn nigh unto God with all resignation and devotion.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 498)


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)


Such was the haste of the courier that We even forsook the mention of the two exalted journeys of Resignation and Contentment.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 78)


Take the rod of resignation in the name of God.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 117)


That heavenly being [Bahiyyih Khanum] displayed throughout her life such evidence of glory and dignity, such manifestations of majesty and greatness, such a degree of patience and resignation as bewildered the minds and souls. In the midst of trials her radiant face bore the likeness of a sweet rose and in moments of sore tribulation she was resplendent as a brilliant candle.
(Compilations, Bahiyyih Khanum, p. 84)


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 Guardian … says that it is fitting that the righteous should hold fast to the cord of resignation and acquiescence, and adorn themselves with the ornaments of faithfulness and servitude, and take for their example that priceless treasure of the Kingdom.
(Compilations, Bahiyyih Khanum, p. 76)


The friends should, therefore, not assume an attitude of mere resignation in the face of persecutions. They should rather welcome them, and utilize as means for their own spiritual uplift.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 417)


The purpose of the one true God in manifesting Himself is to summon all mankind to … resignation and submissiveness to the Will of God, to forbearance and kindliness … His object is to array every man with the mantle of a saintly character, and to adorn him with the ornament of holy and goodly deeds.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 298)


The virtues and attributes pertaining unto God are all evident and manifest, and have been mentioned and described in all the heavenly Books. Among them are … forbearance, resignation to whatever the Almighty hath decreed, contentment with the things His Will hath provided, patience, nay, thankfulness in the midst of tribulation, and complete reliance, in all circumstances, upon Him. These rank, according to the estimate of God, among the highest and most laudable of all acts. All other acts are, and will ever remain, secondary and subordinate unto them.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 290)


They have met their fate with acquiescence, have bowed their heads in the valley of submission and resignation, and have borne every tribulation with radiance, for they know with absolute certainty that the fulfilment of divine prophecies will coincide with dire events and the bearing of innumerable afflictions.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 440)


They have turned aside from submission and resignation and are occupied with plots and hypocrisies.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 12)


Thine is the command at all times, O Thou Who art the Lord of all names; and mine is resignation and willing submission to Thy will, O Creator of the heavens!
(Bahá’u’lláh, Long Obligatory Prayer, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 320)


This Book … is a heaven which We have adorned with the stars of Our commandments and prohibitions.’… ‘Say, O men! Take hold of it with the hand of resignation.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 3)


This noble personage had been honored among men, but for God’s love he lost both name and fame. He bore manifold misfortunes with never a complaint. He was content with God’s decrees, and walked the ways of resignation. The glance of Bahá’u’lláh’s favor was upon him; he was close to the Divine Threshold. Thus, from the beginning of his life till the end, he remained in one and the same inner state: immersed in an ocean of submission and consent.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Memorials of the Faithful, p. 97)


Those, however, who have been trained and educated in the school of God, even when coming to such a pass, are resignation itself, and to the brutal aggressor they are as the living waters of Heaven. They are rivers of pure mercy and peace. Though powerful and well able to defend themselves, they never raise a hand to strike, nor do they open their lips to protest. They confront the others’ taunts and curses with prayers that God will forgive them, and their reply to the wounds of bullet and sword is to offer milk and honey. They kiss the murderer’s hand; as intoxicated lovers, they drain the martyr’s cup.
(Compilations, Bahiyyih Khanum, p. 165)


Though the divines and grandees in every city and town arose to reject and suppress them, girded up loins of envy, hatred and injustice to eradicate them, killed many a holy one who was the essence of justice, by the accusation of injustice, and destroyed with severest torment many a temple of spirit which showed forth pure knowledge and deeds; yet each one of these beings was occupied in the commemoration of God until the verge of death, and soared in the sky of submission and resignation.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 60)


Yet, during all this time and under all conditions these bereaved and oppressed ones, with faces set towards His luminous Threshold, held fast to the cord of patience and resignation, engaged themselves in offering fervent prayers and supplications and committed all their affairs to the care of the Blessed Beauty. For in truth He is the Refuge of the oppressed and the unfailing Comforter of the anguished.
(Compilations, Bahiyyih Khanum, p. 197)