Sunday, December 31, 2023

'Plant Naught But The Rose Of Love'

O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. ... ~ Bahá’u’lláh

© Bahá’í International Community. Used in accordance with BIC terms. Digital composition © Bahá’í Writings As Art/Glenn Franco Simmons.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

All Humans Are As Flowers Of One Garden

Ye are all the waves of one sea, the rays of one sun, the flowers of one garden, the lions of one thicket, the birds of one meadow, and the fragrant blossoms of one rose garden: wherefore ye are even as a single soul, and this letter is in reality written to each one of you.
~ `Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: “Additional Tablets, Extracts and Talks.” Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Digitally created artwork. © Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá’í Writings As Art. This AI artwork has not yet been reviewed by a a Spiritual Assembly; thus, it is not available for sale. For other artwork, please visit my website, Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons.


'O God, Guide Me' Prayer Illustrated

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O God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp
and a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Saturday, December 23, 2023

'Bestow Upon Me A Pure Heart'

He is God! O God, my God! Bestow upon me a pure heart, like unto a pearl.
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Bahá’í Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá," p. 37. © U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1991 edition. Photo of Tineke rose by © Glenn Franco Simmons. Please share, if so inclined.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Blessed Is The Spot Prayer Illustrated With Redwoods

Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified. ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Source: Bahá’í Prayers. © Bahá’í International Community. AI painting © Glenn Franco Simmons.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Abdul-Baha Endorses 'Meticulous Investigation Of Truth'

Happy are those who spend their days in the pursuit of knowledge, in the discovery of the secrets of the universe, and in the meticulous investigation of truth! ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions (Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre, 2014), pp. 154–155). Proprietary AI-created image © Glenn Franco Simmons.

'Worlds Of God Are Countless In Their Number'

As to thy question concerning the worlds of God. Know thou of a truth that the worlds of God are countless in their number, and infinite in their range. None can reckon or comprehend them except God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. Consider thy state when asleep. Verily, I say, this phenomenon is the most mysterious of the signs of God amongst men, were they to ponder it in their hearts. ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Source: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh (online). Proprietary AI-created image © Glenn Franco Simmons.

'Wert Thou To Traverse The Expanse Of Heaven'


Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face.
~ Bahá’u’lláh

Arabic Hidden Word 40 © Bahá’í International Community. Image courtesy of NASA. Image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.