Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
II. Three Conditions of Existence in Reality
B. Deity, the Source Condition: Kingdom of the Essence of God
5. The Manifesting and Creating of Worlds
a. The Source Power Underlying the Creation of 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, and didst choose Man above all Thy creatures, and didst make Him a sign of both of these worlds, O Thou Who art our Lord, the Most Compassionate!
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection XXXVIII, pp. 48-49)
The kingdoms of earth and heaven are Thine, O Lord of the worlds!
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection CLXXXIII, “Long Obligatory Prayer”, p. 323)
From each and every revelation emanating from the Source of His glory, holy and never-ending evidences of unimaginable splendor have appeared, and out of every manifestation of His invincible power oceans of eternal light have outpoured.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 60-61)
….by His wish, which is the Primal Will itself, all have stepped out of utter nothingness into the realm of being, the world of the visible.
Gracious God! How could there be conceived any existing relationship or possible connection between His Word and they that are created of it? The verse: “God would have you beware of Himself”1 unmistakably beareth witness to the reality of Our argument, and the words: “God was alone; there was none else besides Him” are a sure testimony of its truth. All the Prophets of God and their chosen Ones, all the divines, the sages, and the wise of every generation, unanimously recognize their inability to attain unto the comprehension of that Quintessence of all truth, and confess their incapacity to grasp Him, Who is the inmost Reality of all things.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraphs 104-105, pp. 90-91)
[from the Writings of the Báb:]
This is God, your Lord, and unto Him shall ye return.
Is there any doubt concerning God? He hath created you and all things. The Lord of all worlds is He.
(The Báb: Selections from the Writings of the Báb, “Excerpts from Various Writings”, Excerpt #1, p. 153)
[from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
God (glorious is His mention) hath called Himself the Lord of the worlds for that He hath nurtured and doth nurture all; exalted is His favor which hath preceded contingent beings and His mercy which hath preceded the worlds.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: A Traveler’s Narrative, p. 65, quoting an epistle from Bahá’u’lláh to the king of Persia)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
Consider the lady beside me who is writing in this little book. It seems a very trifling, ordinary matter; but upon intelligent reflection you will conclude that what has been written presupposses and proves the existence of a writer. These words have not written themselves, and these letters have not come together of their own volition. It is evident there must be a writer.
And now consider this infinite universe. Is it possible that it could have been created without a Creator? Or that the Creator and cause of this infinite congeries of worlds should be without intelligence? Is the idea tenable that the Creator has no comprehension of what is manifested in creation? Man, the creature, has volition and certain virtues. Is it possible that his Creator is deprived of these? A child could not accept this belief and statement. It is perfectly evident that man did not create himself and that he cannot do so. How could man of his own weakness create such a mighty being? Therefore, the Creator of man must be more perfect and powerful than man. If the creative cause of man be simply on the same level with man, then man himself should be able to create, whereas we know very well that we cannot create even our own likeness. Therefore, the Creator of man must be endowed with superlative intelligence and power in all points that creation involves and implies.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “2 May 1912, Talk at Hotel Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, Notes by Henrietta C. Wagner”, p. 82)