Striving

From now on, you must strive to beautify the moral aspect of your lives.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Lights of Guidance, p. 213

Strive ye so that this darkness may be utterly dispelled and the Hidden Mystery may be revealed and the realities of things made evident and manifest.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 216

Striving means this: Ye must live and move according to the divine commands and behests, be united in loving with ecstasy and joy; do not take any rest but engage continually in the service of the Cause of God.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 511

The Community, on the contrary, ought day and night to strive and endeavour with the utmost zeal and effort to . . . acquire virtues, to gain good morals and to avoid vices, so that crimes may not occur.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 271

The winds of the true springtide are passing over you; adorn yourselves with blossoms like trees in the scented garden. Spring clouds are streaming; then turn you fresh and verdant like the sweet eternal fields. The dawn star is shining, set your feet on the true path. The sea of might is swelling, hasten to the shores of high resolve and fortune. The pure water of life is welling up, why wear away your days in a desert of thirst? Aim high, choose noble ends; how long this lethargy, how long this negligence! Despair, both here and hereafter, is all you will gain from self-indulgence; abomination and misery are all you will harvest from fanaticism, from believing the foolish and the mindless. The confirmations of God are supporting you, the succor of God is at hand: why do you not cry out and exult with all your heart, and strive with all your soul!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 104-105

Therefore I hope that whether you be in the east or the west you will strive with heart and soul in order that day by day the world of humanity may become glorified, more spiritual, more sanctified; and that the splendor of the Sun of Reality may be revealed fully in human hearts as in a mirror.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 261