That which profiteth God’s loved ones

Pirin Mountain in Bulgaria, not far from where I grew upAs I often do during my lunch break, today I went to a nearby park to say my noon prayer and meditate on some of the Writings. I opened a pocket version of “The Hidden Words and Selected Holy Writings” on the page preceding “Words of Wisdom” and saw this line which rang so true to me:

Be ye as a mountain in the Cause of your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Unconstrained.

…I swear by My life! Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones.

Now, this is a statement by the Manifestation of God! These are the words of God, nothing less, and cannot be taken lightly. So, here is what I make of these blessed words (and I am sure one day I will find even deeper meaning):

First of all, I am given the assurance of being among God’s loved ones! This is profound, because for as long as I know I am loved by God — and I now know God’s love is unconditional — I am not dependent on the conditional love others might provide. Moreover, as I am given a perfect example of how to love — unconditionally — I can start practicing how to love unconditionally too. One moment at a time. And this all becomes possible as long as I see the world through the eyes of a Loving God.

Secondly, in order to see life’s challenges in profitable light, I need to look at them with God’s eyes. Any other way won’t do it. For as long as I see the world with the eyes of a self-centered and self-important person, I will not appreciate the lessons God has provided. But if I, confident in God’s never-ending Love and Grace, look at my life’s experiences as an emanation of the gentle guidance of a Loving Father, then it indeed becomes possible to be “as a mountain in the Cause of your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Unconstrained.”

Baha’u’llah lovingly provides very direct guidance on how to realize the exalted station of spiritual nobility, which is inherently ours:

Thy hearing is My hearing, hear thou therewith. Thy sight is My sight, do thou see therewith, that in thine inmost soul thou mayest testify unto My exalted sanctity, and I within Myself may bear witness unto an exalted station for thee.
(Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

As if I needed any more confirmations while I was researching the Ocean library for the original quote which lead to this series of thoughts, I received this month’s Baha’i newsletter which profiles the victorious search for spirituality of a recovering addict: “What he has learned being a Baha’i, he says, is that “God had nothing to do with my troubled past. God gave us all free will. He’s also there guiding us. He was always there, even when I didn’t think he was there.””

As Shoghi Effendy inspires us to always turn towards the Writings, Baha’u’llah explains God’s nearness majestically:

O My servants! The one true God is My witness! This most great, this fathomless and surging Ocean is near, astonishingly near, unto you. Behold it is closer to you than your life-vein! Swift as the twinkling of an eye ye can, if ye but wish it, reach and partake of this imperishable favor, this God-given grace, this incorruptible gift, this most potent and unspeakably glorious bounty.
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 326)

So, indeed, as I go through life’s difficulties, regardless of how painful they might feel the moment I experience them, they will always profit me — that is, if I keep on turning towards God. And turning to God means turning to His Manifestation’s Writings, as Shoghi Effendi, ever willing to help, gently but firmly suggests:

Dearly beloved friends! I can do no better, eager as I am to extend to every one of you any assistance in my power that may enable you to discharge more effectively your divinely appointed, continually multiplying duties, than to direct your special attention, at this decisive hour, to these immortal passages, gleaned in part from the great mass of Bahá’u’lláh’s unpublished and untranslated writings.

Among Baha’u’llah’s sublime utterances which Shoghi Effendi quotes are:

In the beginning of every Revelation adversities have prevailed, which later on have been turned into great prosperity.” “…Put your trust in God, and commit your affairs to His keeping. He, verily, will, through the power of truth, render you victorious, and He, verily, is powerful to do what He willeth, and in His grasp are the reins of omnipotent might.” “I swear by My life! Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones. To this testifieth the Pen of God, the Most Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Best Beloved.” “Let not the happenings of the world sadden you. I swear by God! The sea of joy yearneth to attain your presence, for every good thing hath been created for you, and will, according to the needs of the times, be revealed unto you.” “O my servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.

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