Friday, December 23, 2005

Tell The Rich

I had the honor recently of participating in an interfaith service for people who died this past year without a home that was organized by various groups in Massachusetts who serve and advocate on behalf of the homeless. I was part of a trio of Baha'is who did a musical rendition of a selection from the Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah called "Tell the Rich". I've included this selection below as well as a couple of other quotes that emphasize the importance of serving the poor. Eliminating the extremes of wealth and poverty is an important aspect of the Mission of the Baha'i Faith and is a fundamental prerequisite to the establishment of world peace.

49. O CHILDREN OF DUST!
Tell the rich of the midnight sighing of the poor, lest heedlessness lead them into the path of destruction, and deprive them of the Tree of Wealth. To give and to be generous are attributes of Mine; well is it with him that adorneth himself with My virtues.
(Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

54. O YE RICH ONES ON EARTH!
The poor in your midst are My trust; guard ye My trust, and be not intent only on your own ease.
(Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

"Know of a truth that your subjects are God's trust amongst you. Watch ye, therefore, over them as ye watch over your own selves. Beware that ye allow not wolves to become the shepherds of the fold, or pride and conceit to deter you from turning unto the poor and the desolate."
(Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 53)