Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
 
II.   Three Conditions of Existence in Reality
E.   The Lesser World, Servitude, Creation: The Kingdom of the Emanation of God
2.   The World of Servitude (Creation) in Relation to God
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
297.As regards thine assertions about the beginning of creation, this is a matter on which conceptions vary by reason of the divergences in men’s thoughts and opinions. Wert thou to assert that it hath ever existed and shall continue to exist, it would be true; or wert thou to affirm the same concept as is mentioned in the sacred Scriptures, no doubt would there be about it, for it hath been revealed by God, the Lord of the worlds. Indeed He was a hidden treasure. This is a station that can never be described nor even alluded to. And in the station of “I did wish to make Myself known”, God was, and His creation had ever existed beneath His shelter from the beginning that hath no beginning, apart from its being preceded by a Firstness which cannot be regarded as firstness and originated by a Cause inscrutable even unto all men of learning.
 That which hath been in existence had existed before, but not in the form thou seest today. The world of existence came into being through the heat generated from the interaction between the active force and that which is its recipient. These two are the same, yet they are different. Thus doth the Great Announcement inform thee about this glorious structure. Such as communicate the generating influence and such as receive its impact are indeed created through the irresistible Word of God which is the Cause of the entire creation, while all else besides His Word are but the creatures and the effects thereof. Verily thy Lord is the Expounder, the All-Wise.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Lawḥ-i-Hikmat” or “Tablet of Wisdom”, p. 140)
298.Thou didst wish to make Thyself known unto men; therefore, Thou didst, through a word of Thy mouth, bring creation into being and fashion the universe.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection IV, p. 6)
299.I can have no doubt that should the holy breaths of Thy loving-kindness and the breeze of Thy bountiful favor cease, for less than the twinkling of an eye, to breathe over all created things, the entire creation would perish, and all that are in heaven and on earth would be reduced to utter nothingness.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection LVIII, p. 90)
300.I know not what is in their hearts, O my God, nor can tell the thoughts they think of Thee. Methinks that they imagine that Thy purpose in calling them to Thine all-highest horizon is to heighten the glory of Thy majesty and power. For had they been satisfied that Thou summonest them to that which will recreate their hearts and immortalize their souls, they would never have fled from Thy governance….
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection CXVI, pp. 197-198)
301.This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. Let him that seeketh, attain it; and as to him that hath refused to seek it—verily, God is Self-Sufficient, above any need of His creatures.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 182, pp. 85-86)
302.Through Him all things live, move, and have their being.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 31, p. 32)
303.Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee, and in Thy grasp are the reins of all that is in heaven and all that is on earth.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 38)
304.Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee, and in Thy grasp are the reins of all created things.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 91)
305.The Imám Ṣádiq hath said: “Servitude is a substance, the essence of which is Divinity.”
(Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 111)
306.….the Divine Will…pervadeth all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection II, p. 5)
307.Such an existence [that of the immortal soul when it “attaineth the presence of God”] is a contingent and not an absolute existence, inasmuch as the former is preceded by a cause, whilst the latter is independent thereof. Absolute existence is strictly confined to God….
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection LXXXI, p. 157)
308.Bear thou witness in thine inmost heart unto this testimony which God hath Himself and for Himself pronounced, that there is none other God but Him, that all else besides Him have been created by His behest, have been fashioned by His leave, are subject to His law, are as a thing forgotten when compared to the glorious evidences of His oneness, and are as nothing when brought face to face with the mighty revelations of His unity.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection XCIV, pp. 192-193)
309.The tie of servitude established between the worshiper and the adored One, between the creature and the Creator, should in itself be regarded as a token of His gracious favor unto men, and not as an indication of any merit they may possess.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection XCIV, pp. 193-194)
310.Dost thou believe thou hast the power to frustrate His Will, to hinder Him from executing His judgment, or to deter Him from exercising His sovereignty? Pretendest thou that aught in the heavens or in the earth can resist His Faith? No, by Him Who is the Eternal Truth! Nothing whatsoever in the whole of creation can thwart His Purpose. Cast away, therefore, the mere conceit thou dost follow, for mere conceit can never take the place of truth.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXIII, p. 220)
311.By Him Who holdeth in His grasp the kingdom of the entire creation!
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXVIII, p. 253)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
312.The connection between God and the creatures is that of the creator to the creation; it is like the connection between the sun and the dark bodies of contingent beings, and is the connection between the maker and the things that he has made.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 53: “The Relation between God and the Creature”, p. 202)
313.The dependence of the creatures upon God is a dependence of emanation—that is to say, creatures emanate from God; they do not manifest Him. The relation is that of emanation and not that of manifestation.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 53: “The Relation between God and the Creature”, p. 202)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
314.The world of creation is bound by natural law, finite and mortal.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Holy Spirit, the Intermediary Power between God and Man, 4 Avenue de Camoens, October 31st”, p. 57)
315.It is my wish that they [the friends of God] may be assisted to become servants of the heavenly Kingdom, captives in the service of the will of God. This captivity is freedom; this sacrifice is glorification; this labor is reward; this need is bestowal. For service in love for mankind is unity with God. He who serves has already entered the Kingdom and is seated at the right hand of his Lord.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Promulgation of Universal Peace, “11 June 1912, Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York, Notes by Howard MacNutt”, p. 186)