Ridvan Message 2010 - My S2

Finally I can take some time to share my thoughts on the second paragraph. Sorry for having you wait.

The 2nd paragraph:

We feel moved, as we take pause on this festive occasion, to make clear that what evokes such a deep sense of pride and gratitude in our hearts is not so much the numerical feat you have achieved, remarkable as it is, but a combination of developments at the more profound level of culture, to which this accomplishment attests. Chief among them is the rise we have observed in the capacity of the friends to converse with others on spiritual matters and to speak with ease about the Person of Baha’u'llah and His Revelation. They have understood well that teaching is a basic requirement of a life of generous giving.

The whole paragraph consists of only 3 sentences and to summarize it: It is not the goal of 1,500 IPG's that is impressive, but what this number stands for.

A Bahá'í-friend from Poland was in the Holy Land on Pilgrimage over Ridvan. During the evening talks one member of the Universal House of Justice referred to this paragraph when jokingly saying, that some of the pilgrims probably come from areas with IPG's and know the reality and are probably thinking "yeah right".

{josquote}The IPG's I know from personal experience are just so far from my limited understanding of what they are supposed to be like.{/josquote}

I must admit, that was me when reading the message. The IPG's I know from personal experience are just so far from my limited understanding of what they are supposed to be like. And they are also very far from the IPG's I see in other parts of the world.

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