It is the first day of the Baha’i month Asma’a, or name. I was responsible in gathering prayers and writings for this day. And I was searching for something relevant to the theme of the month, and shed light to why the Baha’i months have names after virtues or titles; such as the Month of Questions, Glory, Greatness and so forth (Baha’i Calendar). I found this excerpt from Abdu’l-Baha’s Divine Philosophy, which I believe is definitely worth sharing with everyone and relevant to the theme for the month of Asma’a. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have:
“Each religion teaches that a mediator is necessary between man and the Creator — one who receives the full light of the divine splendor and radiates it over the human world, as the earth’s atmosphere receives and diffuses the warmth of the sun’s rays. This mediator between God and humanity has different designations though he always brings the same spiritual command.
In one era he is called Abraham, at another time Moses, again he is called Buddha, another time Jesus, and yet another time Mohammad. All turned to the divine reality for their strength. Those who followed Moses accepted him as their mediator; those who followed Zoroaster accepted him as their mediator; but all the Israelites deny Zoroaster, and the Zoroastrians deny Moses. They fail to see in both the one light. Had the Zoroastrians comprehended the reality of Zoroaster, they would have understood Moses and Jesus. Alas! the majority of men attach themselvesto the name of the mediator and lose sight of the real purport.
Therefore did Bahá’u’lláh cry, “O God, deliver us from the sea of names!”
Man must turn to the light and not think that the form of the lamp is essential, for the lamp may be changed; but he who longs for light welcomes it from whatever source it comes. If the Jews had comprehended Moses, they would have accepted the Christ; but they were occupied with the name and when that name was changed they denied the reality.”
More from Divine Philosophy can be found here: Link