Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
III. The Reality of the Soul – Understanding Your True Self
D. How Spirit Manifests
5. The Human Spirit: The Faculty of the Rational Soul
b. The Limitations of the Human Spirit or Rational Soul
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
….the human spirit has its limitations. It cannot comprehend the phenomena of the Kingdom transcending the human station, for it is a captive of powers and life forces which have their operation upon its own plane of existence, and it cannot go beyond that boundary.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “25 April 1912, Talk to Theosophical Society, Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons, 1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.”, p. 58)
Is it not astonishing that although man has been created for the knowledge and love of God, for the virtues of the human world, for spirituality, heavenly illumination and eternal life, nevertheless, he continues ignorant and negligent of all this? Consider how he seeks knowledge of everything except knowledge of God….How much he is attracted to the mysteries of matter, and how completely unaware he is of the mysteries of Divinity!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “6 July 1912, Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York, Notes by Emma C. Melick”, pp. 226-227)