Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
II. Three Conditions of Existence in Reality
C. The Greater World: The Kingdom of the Manifestation of God
4. The Will that God Manifests: the Divine Law
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
O ye peoples of the world! Know assuredly that My commandments are the lamps of My loving providence among My servants, and the keys of My mercy for My creatures. Thus hath it been sent down from the heaven of the Will of your Lord, the Lord of Revelation.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 3, p. 20)
The beginning of all things is the knowledge of God, and the end of all things is strict observance of whatsoever hath been sent down from the empyrean of the Divine Will that pervadeth all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection II, p. 5)
All the wondrous works ye behold in this world have been manifested through the operation of His supreme and most exalted Will, His wondrous and inflexible Purpose.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection LXXIV, p. 141)
Powerful is He to manifest His Cause, and to exalt His testimony, and to establish whatsoever is His Will, and to elevate it to so eminent a position that neither thine own hands, nor the hands of them that have turned away from Him, can ever touch or harm it.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXIII, pp. 219-220)
The purpose of the one true God in manifesting Himself is to summon all mankind to truthfulness and sincerity, to piety and trustworthiness, to resignation and submissiveness to the Will of God, to forbearance and kindliness, to uprightness and wisdom.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXXXVII, p. 299)
None can escape the snares He setteth, and no soul can find release except through submission to His will.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 278, p. 231)
171.O Son of Man
Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Arabic #40)
The source of all good is trust in God, submission unto His command, and contentment with His holy will and pleasure.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Asl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr” or “Words of Wisdom”, p. 155)
The essence of understanding is to testify to one’s poverty, and submit to the Will of the Lord, the Sovereign, the Gracious, the All-Powerful.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Asl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr” or “Words of Wisdom”, pp. 155-156)
And whosoever is made a Viceregent by Him, shall be a Viceregent in all the worlds, for this is an act of God. For the will of God can in no wise be revealed except through His will, nor His wish be manifested save through His wish.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 155)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
The first thing which emanated from God is that universal reality, which the ancient philosophers termed the “First Mind,” and which the people of Bahá call the “First Will.”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 53: “The Relation between God and the Creature”, p. 203)