the purpose of life is to know and love God, and thus to progress
Letter written on
of Shoghi Effendi
OF DIFFICULTIES (Prayer in Tlinget)
Ahdoochsah axagooxsahah yaleedxeeyeeut
Yeiyanaka Kooodoodleeshix Dikeeankawoo
Hoo awweh DikeeAnkawoo
Idakut doojeeyis yeijudoonih
Kah idakut dooxayax kooyatee
Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts
are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated
by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American
democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has
aspired to material degrees, and render this just government
victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard
of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace,
to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the
nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy
of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious
and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.
O God! Educate these children. These children are the plants
of Thine orchard, the flowers of Thy meadow, the roses of Thy
garden. Let Thy rain fall upon them; let the Sun of Reality
shine upon them with Thy love. Let Thy breeze refresh them in
order that they may be trained, grow and develop, and appear
in the utmost beauty. Thou art the Giver. Thou art the Compassionate.
God, my God! I beg of Thee by the ocean of Thy healing, and
by the splendors of the Daystar of Thy grace, and by Thy Name
through which Thou didst subdue Thy servants, and by the pervasive
power of Thy most exalted Word and the potency of Thy most august
Pen, and by Thy mercy that hath preceded the creation of all
who are in heaven and on earth, to purge me with the waters
of Thy bounty from every affliction and disorder, and from all
weakness and feebleness.
Thou seest, O my Lord, Thy suppliant
waiting at the door of Thy bounty, and him who hath set his
hopes on Thee clinging to the cord of Thy generosity. Deny him
not, I beseech Thee, the things he seeketh from the ocean of
Thy grace and the Daystar of Thy loving-kindness.
art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. There is none other God save
Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.
O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine
my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide
and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I
will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be
full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not
dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate
myself to Thee, O Lord. óĎAbduíl-Bahá