Metaphor of "Ocean" used by 'Abdu'l-Baha

(The ocean of God's mercy = the most popular metaphor = 14 times)

A Traveller's Narrative

13 * the ocean of woe rageth on every side

33 * I am... a dewdrop from that limitless ocean

35 * the doctors present were astounded, and filled with amazement and astonishment at the seething and roaring of the ocean of His utterance

44 * The waves of the ocean of divine mercy appear at the utmost height

45 * perchance the evildoers might win their way to the ocean of boundless forgiveness.

45 * those persons who have withheld mankind from the shore of the Ocean of Unity

47 * The like of these persons would depict the drop as an ocean

66 * may God exalt his station and overwhelm him in the depth of the ocean of His mercy and forgiveness

73 * prophets, who are the pearls of the Ocean of Unity

76 * we are streams which have arisen from the most mighty Ocean whereby God revived the earth after its death

77 * We have made manifest a spray from the Ocean of Life which was deposited in his words

78 * Where are they at whose bounty treasures were afraid, at whose openhandedness and generosity the ocean was dismayed?

Abdu'l-Baha in London

80 * When the spiritually minded dive deeply into the ocean of their meaning they bring to the surface the pearls of their inner significance.

Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section

349 * Be not perplexed should the star of My presence disappear, and the ocean of My utterance be stilled.

350 * the billows of His rising ocean have scattered on every shore many a precious pearl.

354 * if we wish to dive into the depths of the ocean, we must teach our limbs swimming.

368 * be immersed in the ocean of His utterance, goodness and generosity.

378 * he will be immersed in the ocean of pardon and forgiveness

401 * What a great blessing it is when the torrents, streams, currents, tides, and drops are all gathered in one place! They will form a great ocean and the real harmony shall overcome and reign in such a manner that all the rules, laws, distinctions and differences of the imaginations of these souls shall disappear and vanish like little drops and shall be submerged in the ocean of spiritual unity. By the Ancient Beauty, in this case and condition, the blessings of the great ocean will overflow and canals shall become as spacious as an endless ocean and each drop shall become as a boundless sea!

414 * At this moment that 'Abdu'l-Bahá is immersed in the ocean of calamities, this news caused him joy and happiness

Memorials of the Faithful

5 * submerged in an ocean of lights.

9 * the Muhammedic sea could rise in one great tide, and carry all those sects away to the ocean floor.

20 * Then he leapt and soared to undying glory, and plunged into the ocean of light.

23 * was immersed beneath an ocean of light.

97 * immersed in an ocean of submission and consent.

118 * he ascended to the Abha Kingdom, and was plunged in the ocean of lights.

174 * She rose up into the shadowing mercy of God and was plunged in an ocean of light.

Paris Talks

30 * when every child of God realizes that they are... drops in one ocean

66 * As to the soul of man after death, it remains in the degree of purity to which it has evolved during life in the physical body, and after it is freed from the body it remains plunged in the ocean of God's Mercy.

83 * Your souls are as waves on the sea of the spirit; although each individual is a distinct wave, the ocean is one, all are united in God.

84 * The spirit is as one great ocean and the waves thereof are the souls of men.

87 * all rough waves disappear from off the surface of life's ocean henceforth unruffled and peaceful.

120 * we are all immersed in the ocean of His mercy and sheltered and protected by His loving care.

175 * Meditation... in that subjective mood he is immersed in the ocean of spiritual life and can unfold the secrets of things-in-themselves.

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