Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Arts are Sacred

For those of you who enjoy and engage in arts and crafts, but struggle with finding worth in what you do, I share with you these Holy Writings of the Bahá'í Faith to inspire you.

"Blessed is he who in the days of God will engage in handicrafts. This is a bounty from God, for in this Most Great Dispensation it is acceptable in the sight of God for man to occupy himself in a trade which relieveth him of depending upon charity. The craft of every craftsman is regarded as worship."
(Bahá'u'lláh from a Tablet - translated from the Persian)

"One of the names of God is the Fashioner. He loveth craftsmanship. Therefore any of His servants who manifesteth this attribute is acceptable in the sight of this Wronged One. Craftsmanship is a book among the books of divine sciences, and a treasure among the treasures of His heavenly wisdom. This is a knowledge with meaning, for some of the sciences are brought forth by words and come to an end with words."
(Bahá'u'lláh from a Tablet - translated from the Persian)

"The purpose of learning should be the promotion of the welfare of the people, and this can be achieved through crafts. It hath been revealed and is now repeated that the true worth of artists and craftsmen should be appreciated, for they advance the affairs of mankind. Just as the foundations of religion are made firm through the Law of God, the means of livelihood depend upon those who are engaged in arts and crafts."
(Bahá'u'lláh from a Tablet - translated from the Persian)

"The one true God, exalted be He, loveth to witness handiworks of high craftsmanship produced by His loved ones. Blessed art thou, for what thy skill hath produced hath reached the presence of thy Lord, the Exiled, the Wronged. Please God every one of His friends may be enabled to acquire one of the crafts, and be confirmed in adhering to what hath been ordained in the Book of God, the All- Glorious, the All-Wise."
(Bahá'u'lláh from a Tablet - translated from the Persian and Arabic)


Did you know that engaging in an art or craft lowers stress and increases concentration and focus?

The arts and crafts are good for you and your soul! So continue if you are engaged in a craft and start one if you are not.

Healing Blessings!

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