Tuesday, February 17, 2009

forgiveness and acquiescence

"We ought to show something greater than forgiveness in meeting the cruelties and strictures in our lives. To be hurt and forgive is saintly but far beyond this is the power to comprehend and not be hurt. This power we may have...acceptance without complaint and it should be associated with our name. We ought never to be known to complain or lament. It is not that we would "make the best of things," but that we may find in everything, even in calamity, the gems of enduring wisdom. We ought never be impatient. We ought to be as incapable of impatience as one would be of revolt. This not being so much long-suffering as quiet awareness of the forces that operate in the hours of dark or years of waiting and inactivity. Always we ought to move with the larger rhythm, the wider sweep, towards our ultimate goal, in that complete acquiescence, that perfect chord which underlies the spirit of the faith itself."

-- Bahiyyih Khanum, The Greatest Holy Leaf


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear friend: This beautiful passage is actually not by the Greatest Holy Leaf -- it is a modification of a passage *about* the Greatest Holy Leaf, by Marjory Morten. Please read her five-page tribute to the Greatest Holy Leaf here: http://bahai-storytelling.blogspot.com/2010/10/magnificent-character-greatest-holy.html On the fifth page of the images in that article, you will see what I mean. Warmest greetings and thank you for your beautiful website. Brent Poirier

4:25 PM, April 02, 2011  

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