Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
III. The Reality of the Soul – Understanding Your True Self
G. Mind and Knowledge in the Soul’s Activities
3. The Mind of Man and the Divine Nature’s Knowing Powers
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
Just as the conception of faith hath existed from the beginning that hath no beginning, and will endure till the end that hath no end, in like manner will the true believer eternally live and endure.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection LXIII, p. 141)
The people of Bahá, who are the inmates of the Ark of God, are, one and all, well aware of one another’s state and condition, and are united in the bonds of intimacy and fellowship. Such a state, however, must depend upon their faith and their conduct.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection LXXXVI, p. 170)
Amity and rectitude of conduct, rather than dissension and mischief, are the marks of true faith.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection C, p. 205)
Arise and, armed with the power of faith, shatter to pieces the gods of your vain imaginings, the sowers of dissension amongst you.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXI, p. 217)
bade the erring and wayward arise and speed out of the sepulchres of their bodies, arrayed them with the beauteous robe of faith, and quickened them with the breath of a new and wondrous life.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 123, p. 107)
….the peoples of the world are judged by their countenance. By it, their misbelief, their faith, and their iniquity are all made manifest.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 187, p. 160)
…a single letter of which1
is greater than the creation of heavens and earth, and…quickeneth the dead of the valley of self and desire with the spirit of faith;….
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 231, p. 193)
1(“the verses” of the Qur’án)
….apprehend the greatness of this Revelation, and perceive its stupendous glory. Then shall the spirit of faith, through the grace of the Merciful, be breathed into thy being, and thou shalt be established and abide upon the seat of certitude.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 265, p. 218)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
….they are delivered through the light of faith from the darkness of these vices,….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 60: “The Immortality of the Spirit”, p. 224)
[from the Writings or talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
Pleasing and acceptable as is a righteous person before God’s Holy Threshold, yet good works should proceed from knowledge. However matchless and exquisite may be a blind man’s handiwork, yet he himself is deprived of seeing it. How sorely do certain animals labour on man’s behalf, what loads they bear for him, how greatly they contribute to his ease and comfort; and yet, because they are unwitting, they earn no recompense for all their pains. The clouds rain down their bounty, nurturing the plants and flowers, and imparting verdure and enchantment to the plain and prairie, the forest and the garden; but yet, unconscious as they are of the results and fruit of their outpourings, they win no praise or honour, nor earn the gratitude and approbation of any man. The lamp imparteth light, but as it hath no consciousness of doing so, no one is indebted to it. This apart, a man of righteous deeds and goodly conduct will assuredly turn towards the Light, in whichever quarter he behold it. The point is this, that faith compriseth both knowledge and the performance of good works.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá quoted in a Memorandum from the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice to the Universal House of Justice, 28 March 1996, “Authenticity of Bahá’í World Faith and Foundations of World Unity.” The quote is a revised translation of a selection of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá which appeared in Bahá’í World Faith, pp. 382-383.)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
….the love that flows from man to God…. is faith, attraction to the Divine, enkindlement, progress, entrance into the Kingdom of God, receiving the Bounties of God, illumination with the lights of the Kingdom. This love is the origin of all philanthropy; this love causes the hearts of men to reflect the rays of the Sun of Reality.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Four Kinds of Love, 97 Cadogan Gardens, London, Saturday, January 4th, 1913”, p. 180)
[from the Writings or talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
Know that faith is of two kinds. The first is objective faith that is expressed by the outer man, obedience of the limbs and senses. The other faith is subjective, and unconscious obedience to the will of God. There is no doubt that, in the day of a Manifestation such as Christ, all contingent beings possessed subjective faith and had unconscious obedience to His Holiness Christ.
For all parts of the creational world are of one whole. Christ the Manifestor reflecting the divine Sun represented the whole. All the parts are subordinate and obedient to the whole. The contingent beings are the branches of the tree of life while the Messenger of God is the root of that tree. The branches, leaves and fruit are dependent for their existence upon the root of the tree of life. This condition of unconscious obedience constitutes subjective faith. But the discerning faith that consists of true knowledge of God and the comprehension of divine words, of such faith there is very little in any age. That is why His Holiness Christ said to His followers, “Many are called but few are chosen.”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the compilation Bahá’í World Faith, p. 364)