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Prayers to
meditate on



Prayers can help to focus and ensure a peaceful state of mind during meditations. Random bahai prayers to meditate on:



Spiritual Growth

From the sweet-scented streams...

From the sweet-scented streams of Thine eternity give me to drink, O my God, and of the fruits of the tree of Thy being enable me to taste, O my Hope!  From the crystal springs of Thy love suffer me to quaff, O my Glory, and beneath the shadow of Thine everlasting providence let me abide, O my Light!  Within the meadows of Thy nearness, before Thy presence, make me able to roam, O my Beloved, and at the right hand of the throne of Thy mercy, seat me, O my Desire!  From the fragrant breezes of Thy joy let a breath pass over me, O my Goal, and into the heights of the paradise of Thy reality let me gain admission, O my Adored One!  To the melodies of the dove of Thy oneness suffer me to hearken, O Resplendent One, and through the spirit of Thy power and Thy might quicken me, O my Provider!  In the spirit of Thy love keep me steadfast, O my Succorer, and in the path of Thy good pleasure set firm my steps, O my Maker!  Within the garden of Thine immortality, before Thy countenance, let me abide for ever, O Thou Who art merciful unto me, and upon the seat of Thy glory stablish me, O Thou Who art my Possessor!  To the heaven of Thy loving-kindness lift me up, O my Quickener, and unto the Daystar of Thy guidance lead me, O Thou my Attractor!  Before the revelations of Thine invisible spirit summon me to be present, O Thou Who art my Origin and my Highest Wish, and unto the essence of the fragrance of Thy beauty, which Thou wilt manifest, cause me to return, O Thou Who art my God!

Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee.  Thou art, verily, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious, the All-Highest.



America

O Thou kind Lord!


Prayer for America

O 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.
 


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No Santa

by Lady D
Spiritual Counselor and Life Coach


Not sure where to start except that I have been thinking of Christmas past. It was always a magical time when I was a kid. Mom and dad had five of us and not a lot of money. They tried to make it festive for all of us. We always had a real tree and lots of colored lights. There was only one year when they were too broke to buy any presents. We lived in the projects in Houston, Texas during that time. It was a strange place to live. Everyone who lived there struggled to make it. 

For some reason I don't remember anything negative in a real sense except for one year when I was about ten. That was the year when I found out there was no Santa. 

We lived in a old run down shot gun house in Kenner, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans. We could walk to the levee. It was only a half block away. Money was clearly tight that year. When we got up the next morning there was nothing under the tree. You can't imagine the turmoil with 5 kids in shock and dismay. We thought Santa had forgotten us.

Dad told us to calm down that Santa delivered our stuff to our Uncle Johnny instead and our uncle had the stuff in his car and was bringing it over. Mom and dad walked outside and I followed them and rounded the corner to hear them arguing. I backed away and I listened to them talk about how dad had screwed up and drank up all the extra money. My Uncle had come up with some money and got stuff for us. It wasn't much but it was a wonderful thing to all of us kids. It hurt my heart to hear them argue on Christmas morning. When my uncle got there he was not too happy with my dad either. 

In any event, I was a little sad to know there was no Santa but somehow relieved. It was all about the celebration after all. The celebration of life, re-birth, family, love and giving. I wasn't angry at my dad. I felt deep compassion for this broken man who was my father. He screwed up. We all screw up. 

This Christmas let go of any anger or un-forgiveness you may have toward another at least for a day or two. Let it go. Be compassionate. Be loving. 

On that Christmas long ago I had a choice to make. I could be angry at dad too or I could see the man behind it all. I could hate the behavior but not hate the man. I went to my hiding place that day on our property and cried tears. My small girl’s heart was broken for him. I grew up in a big way that day.

My love goes out to you all...
My prayers are wafting and moving through the veil.



** Editor's note: The views expressed are solely that of the author of the article. What do you think ? Post your comments on the forum


 

 

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