Leaven

The Prophets and Messengers of God . . . are like unto leaven which leaveneth the world of being, and constitute the animating force through which the arts and wonders of the world are made manifest.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 156-157

Those souls that are the symbols of detachment are the leaven of the world. Meditate on this, and be of the thankful.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 161

Thou hast, moreover, asked Me concerning the state of the soul after its separation from the body. Know thou, of a truth, that if the soul of man hath walked in the ways of God, it will, assuredly, return and be gathered to the glory of the Beloved . . . Such a soul provideth, at the bidding of the Ideal King and Divine Educator, the pure leaven that leaveneth the world of being, and furnisheth the power through which the arts and wonders of the world are made manifest.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 161

That which will leaven the human world is a love that will insure the abandonment of pride, oppression and hatred.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 45

Even though outwardly the number of the friends has not been increasing so rapidly, yet the spirit has not remained idle. The leaven of spirituality has been working, and when the time will come it will manifest itself in a sudden awakening. All that we need is a little more courage, perseverance and patience. There are many important men that are attentively watching the progress of the Faith but are reluctant to come forward and extend a helping hand. In time they will, and then we shall see the Cause of God spread by leaps and bounds.

Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Bahá’í Community, p. 430

From Alaska to Chile, the Americas are astir with the leavening influences of the rising Order of the newborn Revelation.

Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, p. 55