Alas! Alas! My sins have prevented me from approaching the Court of Thy holiness and my trespasses have caused me to stray far from the Tabernacle of Thy majesty. I have committed that which Thou didst forbid me to do and have put away what Thou didst order me to observe.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 25)
Alas, most of the people are fast asleep. They are even as the man who, in his drunkenness, became attracted to a dog, took it in his embrace, and made it his plaything, and who, when the morn of discernment dawned and the light of the sun enveloped the horizon, realized that the object of his affection was but a dog. Then, filled with shame and remorse, he repaired to his abode.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 170)
All our sorrow, pain, shame and grief, are born in the world of matter; whereas the spiritual Kingdom never causes sadness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 110)
All that is in heaven and earth I have ordained for thee, except the human heart, which I have made the habitation of My beauty and glory; yet thou didst give My home and dwelling to another than Me; and whenever the manifestation of My holiness sought His own abode, a stranger found He there, and, homeless, hastened unto the sanctuary of the Beloved. Notwithstanding I have concealed thy secret and desired not thy shame.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 27)
And whatsoever people turneth its heart away from this Divine Love—the revelation of the Merciful—shall err grievously, shall fall into despair, and be utterly destroyed. That people shall be denied all refuge, shall become even as the vilest creatures of the earth, victims of degradation and shame.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 27)
As they gradually strayed from the path of their Ideal Leader and Master, as they turned away from the Light of God and corrupted the principle of His Divine unity, and as they increasingly centered their attention upon them who were only the revealers of the potency of His Word, their power was turned into weakness, their glory into shame, their courage into fear.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 69)
As to the attitude of resentment which the young believers are inclined to assume regarding certain precepts of the Cause such as Obligatory prayers; there can and should be no compromise whatever in such matters that are specifically enjoined by Bahá’u’lláh. We should neither have any feeling of shame when observing such laws and precepts, nor should we over-estimate their value and significance.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 639)
At the same time we see man worshipping a stone, a clod of earth, or a tree: how vile he is, in that his object of worship should be the lowest existence that is a stone, or clay, without spirit; a mountain, a forest, or a tree. What shame is greater for man than to worship the lowest existence?
(Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 332)
Commit not, O people, that which will bring shame upon you or dishonor the Cause of God in the eyes of men, and be not of the mischief-makers.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 277)
Even before hostilities had ended, public audiences throughout the world were stunned by film coverage of the liberation of Nazi death camps, which exposed for all to see the horrific consequences of racism. What can adequately be described only as a profound sense of shame at the depths of evil that humanity had shown itself capable of committing shook the conscience of humankind.
(Commissioned by The Universal House of Justice, Century of Light, p. 72)
Every time My name “the All-Merciful” was told that one of My lovers had breathed a word that runneth counter to My wish, it repaired, grief-stricken and disconsolate to its abode; and whenever My name “the Concealer” discovered that one of My followers had inflicted any shame or humiliation on his neighbor, it, likewise, turned back chagrined and sorrowful to its retreats of glory, and there wept and mourned with a sore lamentation. And whenever My name “the Ever-Forgiving” perceived that any one of My friends had committed any transgression, it cried out in its great distress, and, overcome with anguish, fell upon the dust, and was borne away by a company of the invisible angels to its habitation in the realms above.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 308-309)
Exposure of the appalling suffering visited on the victims of human perversity during the course of the war produced a worldwide sense of shock - and what can only be termed deep feelings of shame. Out of this trauma emerged a new kind of moral commitment that was formally institutionalized in the work of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and its associated agencies.
(Bahá’í International Community, 1999 Feb, Who is Writing the Future)
For instance, a merchant may lose his trade and depression ensues. A workman is dismissed and starvation stares him in the face. A farmer has a bad harvest, anxiety fills his mind. A man builds a house which is burnt to the ground and he is straightway homeless, ruined, and in despair. All these examples are to show you that the trials which beset our every step, all our sorrow, pain, shame and grief, are born in the world of matter; whereas the spiritual Kingdom never causes sadness. A man living with his thoughts in this Kingdom knows perpetual joy. The ills all flesh is heir to do not pass him by, but they only touch the surface of his life, the depths are calm and serene.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 109)
How well hath it been said: “Cling unto the robe of the Desire of thy heart, and put thou away all shame; bid the worldlywise be gone, however great their name.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Iqan, p. 69)
Imperishable glory I have chosen for thee, yet boundless shame thou hast chosen for thyself.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 21)
Indeed, there existeth in man a faculty which deterreth him from, and guardeth him against, whatever is unworthy and unseemly, and which is known as his sense of shame. This, however, is confined to but a few; all have not possessed, and do not possess, it.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 27)
Love accepteth no existence and wisheth no life: He seeth life in death, and in shame seeketh glory.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 9)
Man should know his own self, and understand those things which lead to loftiness or to abasement, to shame or to honor, to affluence or to poverty. After man has realized his own being, and become mature, then (material) means are required.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 145)
O child of the world! Many a morning hath the effulgence of My grace come unto thy place from the day-spring of the placeless, found thee on the couch of ease busied with other things, and returned like the lightning of the spirit to the bright abode of glory. And I, desiring not thy shame, declared it not in the retreats of nearness to the hosts of holiness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, A Traveller’s Narrative, p. 69)
Ours rather the duty, however confused the scene, however dismal the present outlook, however circumscribed the resources we dispose of, to labor serenely, confidently, and unremittingly to lend our share of assistance, in whichever way circumstances may enable us, to the operation of the forces which, as marshaled and directed by Bahá’u’lláh, are leading humanity out of the valley of misery and shame to the loftiest summits of power and glory.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 123)
The fire that hath inflamed the heart of Bahá is fiercer than the fire that gloweth in thine heart, and His lamentation louder than thy lamentation. Every time the sin committed by any one amongst them was breathed in the Court of His Presence, the Ancient Beauty would be so filled with shame as to wish He could hide the glory of His countenance from the eyes of all men, for He hath, at all times, fixed His gaze on their fidelity, and observed its essential requisites.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 309)
Thou art well aware and dost witness that whatsoever shameth them that are dear to Thee must shame also Him Who is the Manifestation of Thyself and the Day-Spring of Thy Revelation. Nay, He is put to greater shame than they when they are led to confess the good things which have escaped them in Thy days.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 61)
Thou beholdest, O my God, the tears that my shame hath caused to flow, and the sighs which my heedlessness hath led me to utter.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 5)
Thy servant’s shame is to be shut out as by a veil from Thee, and his glory is to know Thee.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 208)
To a woman who said she was unhappy with herself, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá responded: “This is a sign of progress. The person who is satisfied with himself is the manifestation of Satan and the one who is not satisfied is the manifestation of the Merciful One. An egotist does not progress but the one who thinks himself imperfect will seek perfection for himself and will progress … .the attainment of absolute perfection for a human being is impossible; thus, however much he may progress he is still imperfect and has above him a point higher than himself.
(Mahmoud’s Diary, p. 216)
Women will not be safe until a new social conscience takes hold, one which will make the mere expression of condescending attitudes towards women, let alone any form of physical violence, a cause for deep shame.
(Bahá’í International Community, 1995 Oct, Turning Point For All Nations)