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‘Abdu’l-Bahá loved the cheerful, optimistic attitude of the Americans:
One reporter asked “What do you think of America?” ‘I like it,’ replied the Master, Americans are optimistic. If you ask them how they are, they say, “All right!” If you ask them how things are going, they say “All right!” This cheerful attitude is good. (Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 56)
Weep on. Beyond the tears is sunshine
Stanwood Cobb, the renowned educator, wrote, ‘This philosophy of joy was the keynote of all of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s teaching. “Are you happy?” was His frequent greeting to His visitors. “Be happy!” ‘Those who were unhappy (and who of us are not at times!) would weep at this. And ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would smile as if to say, “Yes, weep on. Beyond the tears is sunshine.” ‘And sometimes He would wipe away with His own hands the tears from their wet cheeks, and they would leave His presence transfigured.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 127)
‘Abdu’l-Bahá banished a boy who didn’t have a happy face!
On one occasion two young boys, Shoghi Effendi and his first cousin, Ruhi Effendi, entered the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. The Master looked at them thoughtfully and then remarked to Ruhi Effendi, ‘If you can’t wear a happy, pleasant expression on your face like Shoghi Effendi, then you are excused.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 48)
O Lord! O Lord! Make me severed from the world and void of its conditions, attracted by the fragrances of Thy holiness among Thy maid-servants, free in heart, happy in soul, cheerful in mind, longing for the Kingdom of Thy Beauty, and glowing with the fire of Thy love in the world. Thus may I enkindle the light of guidance in the hearts of Thy servants. Verily, Thou are the Powerful, the Bestower, the Precious, the Mighty! (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 110)
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. O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 150)
Combining dozens of quotations from a variety of sources with the distilled essence of his book “The Secret of Emotions,” Justice Saint Rain has created a lovely gift edition of his popular booklet, “The Secret of Happiness,” which has already sold over 12,000 copies worldwide. Whether you would like a clear and simple understanding of the nature of happiness, or need a gift for a friend who is feeling down, this easy-to-read and beautifully-formatted book is exactly what you are looking for.
Learning How to Be Happy is full of practical, powerful solutions with lots of examples and stories to illustrate answers from the Divine Physician, a source we can trust.
In it you will . . .
- Find spiritual tools to advance your recovery
- Learn how idle fancies and vain imaginings reduce happiness and keep you stuck
- Learn how to rise up, take back your life and claim what unhappiness and suffering has stolen from you.
- Learn how to be happy at your very core instead of just treating symptoms
- Discover why we aren’t finding happiness using conventional methods
- Understand where you have choices and how to make them
- See how to transform negative thoughts into happier ones
- Challenge the habits of thought that keep you stuck in victimhood
- Help others who are unhappy recognize the signs and offer support with love
- Learn specific prayers to use
Learning How to Be Happy is packed with ideas and techniques you can use immediately to overcome your suffering and find a more joyful way of life. Nowhere else will you find this approach to happiness, straight from the Bahá’í Writings. When you learn to apply the Divine Remedy, there is hope for a complete recovery.
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Continuing on the theme of happiness, this musician’s work is sure to lift your mood!
In this month’s video, Jamesley sings one of our featured prayers: O God Refresh and Gladden My Spirit, in a beautifully uplifting rendition!
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This two and a half-hour documentary, traces ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s 239 days in the United States and Canada. What was it like to meet Him? What implications do His journey and the talks He gave have for us today? Luminous Journey uses engaging documentary storytelling and offers a reflection upon a journey destined to change the consciousness of a nation and the world. In it we see the effect on the people he met,
Using high-definition production techniques and engaging documentary storytelling, told by the people who witnessed the visit 100 years ago, Luminous Journey celebrates the centenary of the travels of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in North America, the impact He made, and His prophetic vision of the spiritual destiny of America.
Shot on location, at significant places throughout the United States and Canada, such as New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, New Hampshire, Maine, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chicago, Montreal, Colorado, and California, Luminous Journey utilizes extras in period costumes, with historic vehicles and props, to stage visual recreations and impressions.