Paris Talks
Contents
Contents
Part I
The Duty of Kindness and Sympathy Towards Strangers and Foreigners 15
The Power and Value of True Thought Depend Upon its Manifestation in Action 17
God is the Great Compassionate Physician Who Alone Gives True Healing 19
The Need for Union Between the Peoples of the East and West 21
God Comprehends All: He Cannot be Comprehended 23
The Pitiful Causes of War, and the Duty of Everyone to Strive for Peace 28
The Sun of Truth 30
The Light of Truth is Now Shining Upon the East and West 33
The Universal Love 35
The Imprisonment of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 39
God’s Greatest Gift to Man 41
The Clouds That Obscure the Sun of Truth 43
Religious Prejudices 45
The Benefits of God to Man 49
Beauty and Harmony in Diversity 51
The True Meaning of the Prophecies Concerning the Coming of Christ 54
The Holy Spirit, the Intermediary Power Between God and Man 57
The Two Natures in Man 60
Material and Spiritual Progress 62
The Evolution of Matter and Development of the Soul 64
The Spiritual Meetings in Paris 67
The Two Kinds of Light 68
Spiritual Aspiration in the West 70
Lecture Given at a Studio in Paris 72
Bahá’u’lláh 75
Good Ideas Must be Carried Into Action 79
The True Meaning of Baptism by Water and Fire 81
Discourse at ‘l’Alliance Spiritualiste’ 83
The Evolution of the Spirit 88
The Desires and Prayers of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 95
Concerning Body, Soul and Spirit 96
The Bahá’ís Must Work with Heart and Soul to Bring About a Better Condition in the World 99
On Calumny 102
There Can Be No True Happiness and Progress Without Spirituality 106
Pain and Sorrow 109
The Perfect Human Sentiments and Virtues 112
The Cruel Indifference of People Towards the Suffering of Foreign Races 114
We Must Not be Discouraged by the Smallness of Our Numbers 116
Words Spoken by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Pastor Wagner’s Church (Foyer de L’Ame) in Paris 119
Part II
The Eleven Principles out of the Teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, Explained by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Paris. 127
Theosophical Society, Paris 127
The First Principle—Search after Truth 135
The Second Principle—the Unity of Mankind 138
Third Principle 140
Fourth Principle—the Acceptance of the Relation Between Religion and Science 141
The Fifth Principle—the Abolition of Prejudices 146
The Sixth Principle—Means of Existence 151
Seventh Principle—Equality of Men 154
The Eighth Principle—Universal Peace 155
Ninth Principle—the Non-Interference of Religion with Politics 157
The Tenth Principle—Equality of Sex 160
The Eleventh Principle—the Power of the Holy Spirit 163
This Great and Glorious Cause 167
The Last Meeting 168
Part III
Address by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at the Friends’ Meeting House, St Martin’s Lane, London, W.C. 173
Prayer 176
Evil 177
The Progress of the Soul 178
The Four Kinds of Love 179
Tablet Revealed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 182
Index to pages