Starting with myself

Until man acquires perfections himself, he will not be able to teach perfections to others. Unless man attains life himself, he cannot convey life to others. Unless he finds light, he cannot reflect light. We must, therefore, endeavor ourselves to attain to the perfections of the world of humanity, lay hold of everlasting life and seek the divine spirit in order that we may thereby be enabled to confer life upon others, be enabled to breathe life into others.
(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 457)

A teacher must proceed in this way: he must first teach himself, and then others. If he himself still walks the path of carnal appetites and lusts, how can he guide another to the “evident signs”[1] of God?
[1 Qur’án 3:91 ]
(Abdu’l-Baha, Memorials of the Faithful, p. 10)

The object of God’s teaching to man is that man may know himself in order to comprehend the greatness of God.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 80)

The teacher, when teaching, must be himself fully enkindled, so that his utterance, like unto a flame of fire, may exert influence and consume the veil of self and passion. He must also be utterly humble and lowly so that others may be edified, and be totally self-effaced and evanescent so that he may teach with the melody of the Concourse on high — otherwise his teaching will have no effect.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 269)

Whoso ariseth to teach Our Cause must needs detach himself from all earthly things, and regard, at all times, the triumph of Our Faith as his supreme objective. This hath, verily, been decreed in the Guarded Tablet. And when he determineth to leave his home, for the sake of the Cause of his Lord, let him put his whole trust in God, as the best provision for his journey, and array himself with the robe of virtue. Thus hath it been decreed by God, the Almighty, the All-Praised.
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 334)

You should first equip yourself with the necessary amount of knowledge about the Cause, and then, and only then, try to teach.
(Shoghi Effendi)

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