The Universal House of Justice tells us that there are seven essential requisites to spiritual growth. Six of them are summarized in a letter circa 1984 to the Baha’is of Europe; the seventh, the requirement of repeating the Greatest Name of God (“Allah-u-abha”) ninety-five times a day, can be found in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and is one of those laws that was only recently made binding upon Western Baha’is.
The seven requisites are: (1) reciting one of the obligatory prayers each day; (2) reading from the Sacred Scriptures at least each morning and evening; (3) prayerful meditation on the Baha’i teachings; (4) striving each day to bring our behaviour into accordance with the Baha’i teachings; (5) teaching the Cause of God; (6) selfless service in the work of the Cause and in the carrying on of our trade or profession; (7) repeating the Greatest Name of God (“Allah-u-abha”) ninety-five times a day.
I’ve been making an effort to work on (2) lately – making sure I take time in the day to read from the writings of Bahá’u’lláh. I’ve been using the Bahá’í Quotes Syndication Service when possible, but the quotes presented there aren’t exclusively from Bahá’u’lláh. To help me out (and as a service to readers), I’ve added a random Hidden Word (c/o the Bahá’í Faith Index) to the bottom of my blog’s front page. Now you can scroll down and view a random hidden word as part of your daily spiritual growth programme.