Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
IV. The Workshop of Interacting Souls
[Compiler: “The Workshop of Interacting Souls” is a continuation of the “Life Path of the Soul
” in Section III. E., but emphasizing the macrocosmic repercussions and macrocosmic environment of souls’ lives interacting with each other.]
D. The Religion and the Revelator
6. Purpose: Salvation from the Soul’s Lower Nature through Progressive Acceptance of Reality
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
Consider Moses! Armed with the rod of celestial dominion, adorned with the white hand of Divine knowledge, and proceeding from the Paran of the love of God, and wielding the serpent of power and everlasting majesty, He shone forth from the Sinai of light upon the world. He summoned all the peoples and kindreds of the earth to the kingdom of eternity, and invited them to partake of the fruit of the tree of faithfulness.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection XIII, p. 19)
[from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
Jesus… founded the sacred Law on a basis of moral character and complete spirituality, and for those who believed in Him He delineated a special way of life which constitutes the highest type of action on earth.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 82)
….the ideal safeguard, namely, the religion of God, prevents both the manifest and the concealed crime, trains man, educates morals, compels the adoption of virtues and is the all-inclusive power which guarantees the felicity of the world of mankind. But by religion is meant that which is ascertained by investigation and not that which is based on mere imitation, the foundations of Divine Religions and not human imitations.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selection #227, p. 303)
[is this]: “The faith of God and religion of God hath been revealed and manifested from the heaven of the Will of the King of Preexistence only for the union and concord of the dwellers upon earth: make it not a cause of discord and dissension….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: A Traveler’s Narrative, p. 84)
1(“the precepts of Bahá’u’lláh”)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
Buddha also established a new religion,….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 43: “The Two Classes of Prophets”, p. 165)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
As religion inculcates morality, it is therefore the truest
philosophy, and on it is built the only lasting civilization.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Sun of Truth, October 22nd”, p. 31)
The Message of Krishna is the message of love. All God’s prophets have brought the message of love.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Universal Love, October 24th”, p. 35)
From the seed of reality religion has grown into a tree which has put forth leaves and branches, blossoms and fruit.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “24 May 1912, Talk at Free Religious Association, or Unitarian Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, From Stenographic Notes”, p. 141)
As regards the inculcation of morality and the development of human virtues, there is no difference whatsoever between the teachings of Zoroaster, Jesus and Bahá’u’lláh.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “2 June 1912, Talk at Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street, New York, Notes by Esther Foster”, p. 168)
[from the Writings or talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
Abraham…made a covenant concerning His Holiness Moses and gave the glad-tidings of His coming…. Moses made a covenant concerning the Promised One, i.e. His Holiness Christ, and announced the good news of His Manifestation to the world…. Christ made a covenant concerning the Paraclete and gave the tidings of His coming. ….the Prophet Muḥammad made a covenant concerning…the Báb and the Báb was the One promised by Muḥammad, for Muḥammad gave the tidings of His coming. The Báb made a Covenant concerning the Blessed Beauty of Bahá’u’lláh and gave the glad-tidings of His coming for the Blessed Beauty was the One promised by…the Báb. Bahá’u’lláh made a covenant concerning a promised One who will become manifest after one thousand or thousands of years.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the compilation Bahá’í World Faith, p. 358)
[Writings of Shoghi Effendi:]
“Religion,” He affirms, “is verily the chief instrument for the establishment of order in the world, and of tranquility amongst its peoples…. The greater the decline of religion, the more grievous the waywardness of the ungodly. This cannot but lead in the end to chaos and confusion.” And again: “Religion is a radiant light and an impregnable stronghold for the protection and welfare of the peoples of the world.” “As the body of man,” He, in another connection, has written, “needeth a garment to clothe it, so the body of mankind must needs be adorned with the mantle of justice and wisdom. Its robe is the Revelation vouchsafed unto it by God.”
(Shoghi Effendi quoting Bahá’u’lláh: The Promised Day is Come, “The Continuity of Revelation”, p. 113)