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the Gift of Justice

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Day 15 #bahaiblogging

One of Baha'u'llah's Hidden Words is a favorite of a friend of mine. Ever since she told me so, I've been pondering what it means. Here's the actual text...

"The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes."

(Bahá’u’lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words 2)

Justice is something we have been talking about a lot in my country of residence (the United States of America). People young and old, of all ethnicities and genders, are calling out for justice for the victims of all the injustices known to mankind. Hate crimes, domestic violence, terrorism, enslavement, child abuse, animal abuse, rape, embezzlement, robbery, drunk driving. In just 24 hours, in this country alone, thousands are hurt, killed, humiliated and stolen from. It's a mad world, and every day over 100 US residents commit suicide as well.

What does it mean, then, to set justice before our eyes, to ponder it in our hearts, and to use it to see with our own eyes and to know with our own knowledge?

I have some thoughts, and I'd really like to hear from you all as well. Have you pondered the meaning of justice in your life?

To be continued on Day 16, and maybe Days 17 and 18 as well.


Categories: Spiritual Themes

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