Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
II. Three Conditions of Existence in Reality
A. Overview of the Three Worlds
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
….O Lord my God! I testify that Thou wast a hidden Treasure wrapped within Thine immemorial Being and an impenetrable Mystery enshrined in Thine own Essence. Wishing to reveal Thyself, Thou didst call into being the Greater and the Lesser Worlds,….
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection XXXVIII, pp. 48-49)
[from the Writings of the Báb:]
Thine is sovereignty; in Thy hand are the Kingdoms of Creation and Revelation;….
(The Báb: Selections from the Writings of the Báb, “Prayers and Meditations”, p. 178)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
Know that the conditions of existence are limited to the conditions of servitude, of prophethood and of Deity….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 62: “Perfections are Without Limit”, p. 230)
The Prophets…believe that there is the world of God, the world of the Kingdom, and the world of Creation: three things. The first emanation from God is the bounty of the Kingdom, which emanates and is reflected in the reality of the creatures, like the light which emanates from the sun and is resplendent in creatures; and this bounty, which is the light, is reflected in infinite forms in the reality of all things, and specifies and individualizes itself according to the capacity, the worthiness and the intrinsic value of things.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 82: “Pantheism”, p. 295)
[from letters on behalf of Shoghi Effendi:]
The inscription upon the Bahá’í ringstone is the Symbol of the Greatest Name, Bahá….It is also symbolic of the three planes, representing the World of God, the World of Revelation and the World of Creation.
(on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, in the compilation Lights of Guidance, #909, p. 269)