If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men.
Spiritual and Positive
Topic: Love, Compassion, & Kindness
“I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, well-being, restfulness and content. Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness… If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men.“
Bahá, ‘Abdu’l. “Bahá'í Reference Library.” The Bahá'í Faith - The Website of the Worldwide Bahá'í Community, Bahai.org Home. Bahá’í International Community, www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/paris-talks/, [Paris Talks] pp. 29-30.
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