Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
III. The Reality of the Soul – Understanding Your True Self
H. The Heart and the Love in the Soul’s Activities
1. The Reality of Love
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
921.O Son of Man
For everything there is a sign. The sign of love is fortitude under My decree and patience under My trials.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Arabic #48)
The leviathan of love swalloweth the master of reason and destroyeth the lord of knowledge…. He hath bound a myriad victims in his fetters, wounded a myriad wise men with his arrow.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys, “Valley of Love”, p. 10)
“Love is a veil betwixt the lover and the loved one;….”
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys, “Valley of Knowledge”, p. 16, quoting Jalálu’d-Dín Rúmí, a Persian Súfí poet, in the Mathnaví)
“Love is a light that never dwelleth in a heart possessed by fear.”
(Bahá’u’lláh quoting “mystic knowers”: The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys, Fourth Valley of Four, p. 58)
[from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selection #12, p. 27)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
Love manifests its reality in deeds, not only in words—these alone are without effect.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Universal Love, October 24th”, p. 35)
Love is unlimited, boundless, infinite! Material things are limited, circumscribed, finite. You cannot adequately express infinite
love by limited means.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Universal Love, October 24th”, p. 36)
The wonderful Law of Attraction, Harmony and Unity, holds together this marvellous Creation.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Second Principle—The Unity of Mankind, November 11th”, p. 139)
….the love of God towards the Self or Identity of God….is the transfiguration of His Beauty, the reflection of Himself in the mirror of His Creation. This is the reality of love, the Ancient Love, the Eternal Love. Through one ray of this Love all other love exists.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Four Kinds of Love, 97 Cadogan Gardens, London, Saturday, January 4th, 1913”, p. 180)
We declare that love is the cause of the existence of all phenomena and that the absence of love is the cause of disintegration or nonexistence. Love is the conscious bestowal of God, the bond of affiliation in all phenomena.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “16 August 1912, Talk at Green Acre, Eliot, Maine, Notes by Edna McKinney”, p. 255)
Real love is the love which exists between God and His servants, the love which binds together holy souls. This is the love of the spiritual world, not the love of physical bodies and organisms.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “16 August 1912, Talk at Green Acre, Eliot, Maine, Notes by Edna McKinney”, p. 256)
….love is the first effulgence of Divinity.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “25 September 1912, Talk at Second Divine Science Church, 3929 West Thirty-eighth Avenue, Denver, Colorado, From Stenographic Notes”, p. 338)