Plow Field

Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words 13

It is my hope that you may consider this matter, that you may search out your own imperfections and not think of the imperfections of anybody else. Strive with all your power to be free from imperfections. Heedless souls are always seeking faults in others. What can the hypocrite know of others' faults when he is blind to his own?

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 244

Let your thoughts dwell on your own spiritual development, and close your eyes to the deficiencies of other souls.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 203

See ye, therefore, to your own tasks: guide ye the people and educate them in the ways of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Deliver to mankind this joyous message from the Bahá Realm. Rest not, by day or night; seek ye no moment's peace. Strive ye with all your might to bring to men's ears these happy tidings. In your love for God and your attachment to  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, accept ye every tribulation, every sorrow.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 245-246

This is the meaning of the words in the Seven Valleys. It is a guide for human conduct. As long as a man does not find his own faults, he can never become perfect. Nothing is more fruitful for man than the knowledge of his own shortcomings. The Blessed Perfection says, "I wonder at the man who does not find his own imperfections.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 244-245

Each of us is responsible for one life only, and that is our own. Each of us is immeasurably far from being 'perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect' and the task of perfecting our own life and character is one that requires all our attention, our will- power and energy.

Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 92