Greater than Forgiveness
I have been searching for this quotation for a long time and recently came upon it when I was organizing my papers at my desk. I love photography so I decided to use one of the photos I took on my recent visit to Haifa, Israel (Baha’i World Centre) to use as the background to the text. Below is the photo with the lovely quotation written by Marjory Morten about The Greatest Holy Leaf, Bahiyyih Khanum on the theme of forgiveness. For the full quotation please see below the photo.
“We ought to show something greater than forgiveness in meeting the cruelties and stricture in our lives. To be hurt and to forgive is saintly, but far beyond this is the power to comprehend and not be hurt. This power we may have – acceptance without complaint – and it should become associated with our name. We ought never to be known to complain or lament. It is not that we make the best of things, but that we may find in everything, even in calamity itself, the germ of enduring wisdom. We ought not to resist the shocks and upheavals of life, nor run counter to obstacles, we ought never to be impatient. We ought to be as incapable of impatience as we would to revolt. This is not being so much ‘long suffering’ as a quiet awareness of the forces that operate in the hours, days or years of waiting and inactivity. Always we ought to move with the larger rhythm, the wider sweep towards our ultimate goal, in that complete acquiescence, that perfect accord which underlies the spirit of the Faith itself.”
-Written by Marjory Morten about The Greatest Holy Leaf, Bahiyyih Khanum: “The Passing of Bahiyyih Khanum” in ‘Crystalizations’, page 174.