All that we potentially posses can be manifested only as a result of our own volition

Know thou that all men have been created in the nature made by God, the Guardian, the Self-Subsisting. Unto each one hath been prescribed a pre-ordained measure, as decreed in God's mighty and guarded Tablets. All that which ye potentially possess can, however, be manifested only as a result of your own volition. Your own acts testify to this truth.


Anonymous said...

I would like to thank you again for your services and that I am overwhelmed with things to read recently so i want to share some with you,also in light of the full moon and partial eclipse tonight:

Moreover, in the traditions the terms “sun” and “moon” have been applied to prayer and fasting, even as it is said: “Fasting is illumination, prayer is light.”
The Kitáb-i-Íqán page 39

Gaijin21 said...

Thank you for sharing the quote. It is a quote I was thinking of posting during the fast, but Baha'u'llah elaborates on this topic quite a bit, it was hard for me to just select a section out of it. But, I think this is great. I hope people would go to the source and read further. The Iqan is a great Book for anyone who wants to understand any Religion. I love it.

I also visited your site. It seems like we are going through a similar process of realizing "spirituality" of business. In other words, our spiritual life is not separate from our business life. No, if we live a spiritual life, it means we live a life of putting virtues into action in what ever we do. Business is no exception. In fact, trustworthiness, truthfulness, excellence, service, refinement, devotion, selflessness and more can all be practiced, and should be practiced in business. (Actually, can you think of any part of life where we shouldn't?)

Several books have been reinforcing this realization in the past seveal weeks. One book is "Prescription for Living", by Ruhiyyih Rabbani.
Another book, non-Baha'i, is "The Japanese Samurai Code - Classic Strategies for Success" by Boye Lafayette De Mente. This book goes over how the Japanese business (and the general non-business) culture was influenced by the Samurai Codes passed down by tradition. The codes includes selflessness, devotion, striving for excelence, refinement, care etc... It made me rethink a lot of what I thought I knew about Japan (a place I grew up) and about putting virtues into action. There are other books too, but these two hit me the hardest and were inspirational.

Anonymous said...

thanks,I have noted well both these books to add to the ones that are already on my to read list: Bahai and non much out there.