Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
III. The Reality of the Soul – Understanding Your True Self
D. How Spirit Manifests
7. The Vegetable Spirit: Power of Growth
[from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
In the vegetable world,…there is the power of growth, and that power of growth is the spirit.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Tablet to August Forel, p. 9)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
The vegetable spirit is the power of growth which is brought about in the seed through the influence of other existences.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 55: “Soul, Spirit and Mind”, p. 208)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
The plant has the power of existing and growing.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “God Comprehends All: He cannot be Comprehended, Friday evening, October 20th”, p. 25)
If we look with a perceiving eye upon the world of creation, we find that all existing things may be classified as follows: …. second, vegetable—possessing the virtues of the mineral plus the power of augmentation or growth, indicating a degree higher and more specialized than the mineral; ….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “19 April 1912, Talk at Earl Hall, Columbia University, New York, From Stenographic Notes”, p. 29)
The greatest power in the realm and range of human existence is spirit—the divine breath which animates and pervades all things. It is manifested throughout creation in different degrees or kingdoms. In the vegetable kingdom it is the augmentative spirit or power of growth, the animus of life and development in plants, trees and organisms of the floral world.
(‘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., Notes by Joseph H. Hannen”, p. 58)