Hidden Words: Deepening Day 7, Backbiting & Faultfinding – Persian #44

In Persian Hidden Word #44, Bahá’u’lláh again puts backbiting in terms of our own selves.

“O COMPANION OF MY THRONE! Hear no evil, and see no evil, abase not thyself, neither sigh and weep. Speak no evil, that thou mayest not hear it spoken unto thee, and magnify not the faults of others that thine own faults may not appear great; and wish not the abasement of anyone, that thine own abasement be not exposed. Live then the days of thy life, that are less than a fleeting moment, with thy mind stainless, thy heart unsullied, thy thoughts pure, and thy nature sanctified, so that, free and content, thou mayest put away this mortal frame, and repair unto the mystic paradise and abide in the eternal kingdom for evermore.”

Notice how Bahá’u’lláh in the above quoted Hidden Word also cites some of the rewards of refraining from backbiting. He says: “Speak no evil, that thou mayest not hear it spoken unto thee, and magnify not the faults of others that thine own faults may not appear great; and wish not the abasement of anyone, that thine own abasement be not exposed.” Isn’t it a relief to know that our own faults can remain hidden. In the above Hidden Word Bahá’u’lláh also reminds us that our days here are “less than a fleeting moment“. Do we really want to waste this limited time focusing our attention on the faults of others instead of correcting our own faults and serving our Lord to the best of our ability?

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