“What they desperately need is to know how to live their lives – they need to know who they are, to what purpose they exist, and how they should act towards one another; and, once they know the answers to these questions they need to be helped to gradually apply these answers to everyday behaviour. It is to the solution of this basic problem of mankind that the greater part of all our energy and resources should be directed”. (Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 122)
When I first became a Bahá’í, it was because I recognized that Bahá’u’lláh had answers to questions I’d never even thought of, and it was obvious to me that His message was from God. I knew that I needed to look to His Writings to find the answer to this question: “how then do I live my life?”
Fortunately we were told to read the Writings morning and night and meditate on them, so they quickly started to come, and I realized that this was the gift we had to give to the world, which was quickly disintegrating around us.
But it wasn’t enough to understand the Writings in my head. I did this, and they just became one big “to do” list, under which I eventually collapsed. I’m only one little person and this Revelation was written for all of humanity, for the next thousand years! So it didn’t all apply to me!
So how could I sort out what was the remedy for my particular situation? I had no idea! I wrote to the House of Justice a few times; consulted with different assemblies a few times, and gradually over time, I learned to clean away the veils from my heart, so I could listen there, where God resides, to find all the wisdom I needed.
Now I read the Writings morning and night as “soul food”, not as a “to do” list, and I’m much happier and more at peace!
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