Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thoughts on the Human Spirit

Abdu'l-Baha has compared the human spirit to sunlight. Since poets of the past have written about the sun of October, on this October 1, 2009, I want to share with the readers of this blog the following quote:

"The human spirit may be likened to the bounty of the sun shining on a mirror … This spirit has the power of discovery; it encompasses all things. All these wonderful signs, these scientific discoveries, great enterprises and important historical events which you know are due to it.But the spirit of man has two aspects: one divine, one satanic -- that is to say, it is capable of the utmost perfection, or it is capable of the utmost imperfection. If it acquires virtues, it is the most noble of the existing beings; and if it acquires vices, it becomes the most degraded existence." ('Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 143)

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