Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
III. The Reality of the Soul – Understanding Your True Self
I. The Soul as Man Reacts and Lives
5. Human Nature Aware only of Its Own World
b. “Natural” Human Feelings and Actions
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
is meant the want of capacity to acquire spiritual knowledge and apprehend the Word of God.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 30, p. 30)
Would that the hearts of men could be cleansed from these man-made limitations and obscure thoughts imposed upon them!
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 49, p. 43)
The most burning fire is to question the signs of God, to dispute idly that which He hath revealed, to deny Him and carry one’s self proudly before Him.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Asl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr” or “Words of Wisdom”, p. 156)
Here followeth a supplication to God, the Exalted, the Glorified:
O Lord! O Thou Whose bounty granteth wishes!
I stand before Thee, all save Thee forgetting.
Grant that the mote of knowledge in my spirit
Escape desire and the lowly clay;
Grant that Thine ancient gift, this drop of wisdom,
Merge with Thy mighty sea.1
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys, Third Valley of Four, pp. 56-57)
1069.O Son of Man
! Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner. Shouldst thou transgress this command, accursed wouldst thou be, and to this I bear witness.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Arabic #27)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
Woe to those who are contented with ignorance, whose hearts are gladdened by thoughtless imitation, who have fallen into the lowest depths of ignorance and foolishness, and who have wasted their lives!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 34: “Peter’s Confession of Faith”, p. 137)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
When our thoughts are filled with the bitterness of this world, let us turn our eyes to the sweetness of God’s compassion and He will send us heavenly calm!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “Pain and Sorrow, November 22nd”, p. 111)
If five people meet together to seek for truth, they must begin by cutting themselves free from all their own special conditions and renouncing all preconceived ideas. In order to find truth we must give up our prejudices, our own small trivial notions; an open receptive mind is essential. If our chalice is full of self, there is no room in it for the water of life. The fact that we imagine ourselves to be right and everybody else wrong is the greatest of all obstacles in the path towards unity, and unity is necessary if we would reach truth, for truth is one.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The First Principle—Search after Truth, 4 Avenue de Camoens, Paris, November 10th”, p. 136)
Antagonism and contradiction are unfortunate and always destructive to truth.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “2 May 1912, Talk at Hotel Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, Notes by Joseph H. Hannen”, p. 72)
In discussions look toward the reality without being self-opinionated. Let no one assert and insist upon his own mere opinion; nay, rather, let each investigate reality with the greatest love and fellowship.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “11 June 1912, Talk at Open Committee Meeting, Home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Kinney, 780 West End Avenue, New York, Notes by Howard MacNutt”, p. 183)
If the animals are savage and ferocious, it is simply a means for their subsistence and preservation. They are deprived of that degree of intellect which can reason and discriminate between right and wrong, justice and injustice; they are justified in their actions and not responsible. When man is ferocious and cruel toward his fellowman, it is not for subsistence or safety. His motive is selfish advantage and willful wrong.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “8 October 1912, Talk at Leland Stanford Junior University, Palo Alto, California, Notes by Bijou Straun”, p. 352)