He is God! [Day of the Covenant]

Today is the Bahá’í holiday of the Day of the Covenant.

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
~ Native American Saying

He is God! Thou seest us, O my God, gathered around this table, praising Thy bounty, with our gaze set upon Thy Kingdom. O Lord! Send down upon us Thy heavenly food and confer upon us Thy blessing. Thou art verily the Bestower, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I see all of the beauty and grace which is around me with loving gratitude.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

Prayer for Monday

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues today.

If words come out of the heart,
they will enter the heart,
but if they come from the tongue,
they will not pass beyond the ears.
~ al-Suhrawardi

O Thou kind Lord! From the horizon of detachment Thou hast manifested souls that, even as the shining moon, shed radiance upon the realm of heart and soul, rid themselves from the attributes of the world of existence and hastened forth unto the kingdom of immortality. With a drop from the ocean of Thy loving-kindness Thou didst oft-times moisten the gardens of their hearts until they gained incomparable freshness and beauty. The holy fragrance of Thy divine unity was diffused far and wide, shedding its sweet savours over the entire world, causing the regions of the earth to be redolent with perfume.

Raise up then, O spirit of Purity, souls who, like those sanctified beings, will become free and pure, will adorn the world of being with a new raiment and a wondrous robe, will seek no one else but Thee, tread no path except the path of Thy good pleasure and will speak of naught but the mysteries of Thy Cause.

O Thou kind Lord! Grant that this youth may attain unto that which is the highest aspiration of the holy ones. Endow him with the wings of Thy strengthening grace—wings of detachment and divine aid—that he may soar thereby into the atmosphere of Thy tender mercy, be able to partake of Thy celestial bestowal, may become a sign of divine guidance and a standard of the Concourse on high. Thou art the Potent, the Powerful, the Seeing, the Hearing.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I rejoice for the success and abundance of others.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday (Birthday of Gurus Angad Dev and Tegh Bahadur)

Today is the Sikh celebration of the births of Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh Guru, and Guru Tegh Bahadur, ninth Sikh Guru. The Hindu festival of Chaitra Navratri continues today.

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
~ Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi

O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.

O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.

O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.

O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.

O God! Establish the Most Great Peace. Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.

O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.

Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Light fills my body and I am One with Everything.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Tuesday (Ayyam-i-Ha)

Ayyam-i-Ha, Days of Ha or Intercalary Days, begins for all Bahá’ís today.

Death would not be called bad, O people,
if one knew how to truly die.
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

O Thou the Compassionate God!
Bestow upon me a heart, which like unto a glass,
may be illumined with the light of Thy love,
and confer upon me a thought which may change this world
into a rose-garden through the spiritual bounty.
Thou art the Compassionate, the Merciful!
Thou art the Great beneficent God!

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Love.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

Prayer for Monday (Losar)

Today begins Losar, the Tibetan New Year celebration. It is also the Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves,
and it is tiresome for children to be always
and forever explaining things to them.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness.

O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity.

O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness.

Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Every atom of my being is resonating with joy and happiness now.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday

It is easier to believe than to doubt.
~ E.D. Martin, The Meaning of a Liberal Education

O Thou compassionate Lord, Thou Who art generous and able! We are servants of Thine sheltered beneath Thy providence. Cast Thy glance of favor upon us. Give light to our eyes, hearing to our ears, and understanding and love to our hearts. Render our souls joyous and happy through Thy glad tidings. O Lord! Point out to us the pathway of Thy kingdom and resuscitate all of us through the breaths of the Holy Spirit. Bestow upon us life everlasting and confer upon us never-ending honor. Unify mankind and illumine the world of humanity. May we all follow Thy pathway, long for Thy good pleasure and seek the mysteries of Thy kingdom. O God! Unite us and connect our hearts with Thy indissoluble bond. Verily, Thou art the Giver, Thou art the Kind One and Thou art the Almighty.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I have complete faith in myself.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Friday (Nineteen Day Fast)

Today begins the Nineteen Days of Fasting in the Bahá’í faith.

“Fasting is the cause of awakening man. The heart becomes tender and the spirituality of man increases. This is produced by the fact that man’s thoughts will be confined to the commemoration of God, and through this awakening and stimulation surely ideal advancements follow… Fasting is of two kinds, material and spiritual. The material fasting is abstaining from food or drink, that is, from the appetites of the body. But spiritual, ideal fasting is this, that man abstain from selfish passions,…”
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, vol. 3, p. 305.)

This is, O my God, the first of the days on which Thou hast bidden Thy loved ones to observe the Fast. I ask of Thee by Thy Self and by him who hath fasted out of love for Thee and for Thy good-pleasure—and not out of self and desire, nor out of fear of Thy wrath—and by Thy most excellent names and august attributes, to purify Thy servants from the love of aught except Thee and to draw them nigh unto the Dawning-Place of the lights of Thy countenance and the Seat of the throne of Thy oneness. Illumine their hearts, O my God, with the light of Thy knowledge and brighten their faces with the rays of the Daystar that shineth from the horizon of Thy Will. Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. No God is there but Thee, the All-Glorious, Whose help is implored by all men.

Assist them, O my God, to render Thee victorious and to exalt Thy Word. Suffer them, then, to become as hands of Thy Cause amongst Thy servants, and make them to be revealers of Thy religion and Thy signs amongst mankind, in such wise that the whole world may be filled with Thy remembrance and praise and with Thy proofs and evidences. Thou art, verily, the All-Bounteous, the Most Exalted, the Powerful, the Mighty, and the Merciful.

(Bahá’u’lláh)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“The Spirit of my Creator makes me wonderful.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)