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AUTHOR 1 Bahá'u'lláh
AUTHOR 2 Abdu'l-Bahá
AUTHOR 3 Shoghi Effendi
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TAGS* Institute process; Memorization; Study circles
CONTENT From the texts of the wondrous, heavenly Scriptures they should memorize phrases and passages bearing on various instances, so that in the course of their speech they may recite divine verses whenever the occasion demandeth it, inasmuch as these holy verses are the most potent elixir, the greatest and mightiest talisman.
    (Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 200)

They should impart the Word of God according to the hearer's particular measure of understanding and capacity, that perchance the children of men may be roused from heedlessness and set their faces towards this Horizon which is immeasurably exalted above every horizon.
    (Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 237)

Surely the ideal way of teaching is to prove our points by constant reference to the actual words of Bahá'u'lláh and the Master. This will save the Cause from being misinterpreted by individuals. It is what these divine Lights say that is truth and therefore they should be the authorities of our statements.
    (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 215)

Divine Truth is relative and that is why we are enjoined to constantly refer the seeker to the Word itself -- and why any explanations we make to ease the journey of the soul of any individual must be based on the Word -- and the Word alone.
    (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 313)

The friends should read the writings and be able to quote from the Tablets when discussing subjects pertaining to the Faith.
    (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 216)

It is very good to memorize the logical points and the proofs of the Holy Books. Those proofs and evidences which establish the fact that Bahá'u'lláh is the fulfillment of the Promises of the Holy Books. These proofs ought to be collected and memorized. As soon as someone will ask you -- What are your proofs? -- you may cry out at the top of your voice and say: 'Here they are!'
    (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 202)

Every word is endowed with a spirit, therefore the 173 speaker or expounder should carefully deliver his words at the appropriate time and place, for the impression which each word maketh is clearly evident and perceptible. The Great Being saith: One word may be likened unto fire, another unto light, and the influence which both exert is manifest in the world.
    (Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 172)

O friend of mine! The Word of God is the king of words and its pervasive influence is incalculable. It hath ever dominated and will continue to dominate the realm of being. The Great Being saith: The Word is the master key for the whole world, inasmuch as through its potency the doors of the hearts of men, which in reality are the doors of heaven, are unlocked.
    (Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 173)

Thy letter was received. It was written in Persian. I was very much pleased. I hope thou wilt memorize all the poetry of the Blessed Perfection and chant with wonderful melody in the assemblages and gatherings.
    (Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of Abdu'l-Bahá v1, p. 212)

His Honor Mirza Abu'l-Fadl has written a treatise answering the criticisms of a London preacher. Each one of you should have a copy.[1] Read, memorize and reflect upon it. Then, when accusations and criticisms are advanced by those unfavorable to the Cause, you will be well armed.
    (Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 430)

[Note 1] Mirza Abul Fazl Gulpaygan, The Brilliant Proof (Chicago: Press of Bahai News Service, 1912). The booklet was published under the direction of 'Abdu'l-Bahá while He was in America.] 431

The method of instruction which ye have established, beginning with proofs of the existence of God and the oneness of God, the mission of the Prophets and Messengers and Their teachings, and the wonders of the universe, is highly suitable. Keep on with this. It is certain that the confirmations of God will attend you. It is also highly praiseworthy to memorize the Tablets, divine verses and sacred traditions. Ye will surely exert every effort in teaching, and in furthering understanding.
    (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 195)
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