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.]
E. God’s Purpose for Man in Fulfillment
2. The Soul Responding through Prayer
d. Worship Conditioned by the Soul’s Vision
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
1430.O Son of Being
Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Arabic #5)
It is incumbent upon each one of you to engage in some occupation—such as a craft, a trade or the like. We have exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship of the one true God. Reflect, O people, on the grace and blessings of your Lord, and yield Him thanks at eventide and dawn.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 33, p. 30)
Worship none but God, and, with radiant hearts, lift up your faces unto your Lord, the Lord of all names.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 78, p. 48)
Arise, O people, and, by the power of God’s might, resolve to gain the victory over your own selves, that haply the whole earth may be freed and sanctified from its servitude to the gods of its idle fancies—gods that have inflicted such loss upon, and are responsible for the misery of their wretched worshippers. These idols form the obstacle that impedeth man in his efforts to advance in the path of perfection.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Lawḥ-i-Dunyá” or “Tablet of the World”, p. 86)
None have believed in Him except them who, through the power of the Lord of Names, have shattered the idols of their vain imaginings and corrupt desires and entered the city of certitude.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection IX, p. 12)
[from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
O Lord, my God! ….illumine my brow with the light of adoration in Thy court of holiness, and of prayer to Thy Kingdom of grandeur.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selection #237, p. 319)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
God never forsakes His children who strive and work and pray!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Pitiful Causes of War, and the Duty of Everyone to Strive for Peace, October 21st”, p. 30)
If we are true Bahá’ís speech is not needed. Our actions will help on the world, will spread civilization, will help the progress of science, and cause the arts to develop. Without action nothing in the material world can be accomplished, neither can words unaided advance a man in the spiritual Kingdom. It is not through lip-service only that the elect of God have attained to holiness, but by patient lives of active service they have brought light into the world.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “Good Ideas must be Carried into Action, November 8th”, pp. 80-81)
Therefore strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “Good Ideas must be Carried into Action, November 8th”, p. 81)
What ignorance and stupidity it is to worship and adore nature, when God in His goodness has made us masters thereof.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “Words Spoken by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Pastor Wagner’s Church (Foyer de L’ame) in Paris, November 26th”, p. 123)
….men of enlightened heart worship truth on whatever horizon it appears.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “Theosophical Society, Paris”, p. 128)
Some worship the product of their own imagination: they make for themselves an imaginary God and adore this, when the creation of their finite minds cannot be the Infinite Mighty Maker of all things visible and invisible! Others worship the sun or trees, also stones! In past ages there were those who adored the sea, the clouds, and even clay!
Today, men have grown into such adoring attachment to outward forms and ceremonies that they dispute over this point of ritual or that particular practice, until one hears on all sides of wearisome arguments and unrest. There are individuals who have weak intellects and their powers of reasoning have not developed, but the strength and power of religion must not be doubted because of the incapacity of these persons to understand.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Fourth Principle—The Acceptance of the Relation between Religion and Science, 4 Avenue de Camoens, Paris, November 24th”, p. 145)
“Should Prayer take the form of action?”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá.—“Yes: In the Bahá’í Cause arts, sciences and all crafts are (counted as) worship. The man who makes a piece of notepaper to the best of his ability, conscientiously, concentrating all his forces on perfecting it, is giving praise to God. Briefly, all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity. This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people. Service is prayer. A physician ministering to the sick, gently, tenderly, free from prejudice and believing in the solidarity of the human race, he is giving praise”.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “Prayer, 97 Cadogan Gardens, London, December 26th, 1912”, pp. 176-177)