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
5. The Word that God Manifests: Divine Revelation
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
Were We to address Our theme by speaking in the language of the inmates of the Kingdom, We would say: “In truth, God created that School ere He created heaven and earth, and We entered it before the letters B and E were joined and knit together.” Such is the language of Our servants in Our Kingdom;….
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 177, p. 84)
The Word of God is the king of words and its pervasive influence is incalculable. It hath ever dominated and will continue to dominate the realm of being. The Great Being saith: The Word is the master key for the whole world, inasmuch as through its potency the doors of the hearts of men, which in reality are the doors of heaven, are unlocked.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Lawḥ-i-Maqsúd” or “Tablet of Maqsúd”, p. 173)
Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God is endowed with such potency as can instill new life into every human frame….
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection LXXIV, p. 141)
Every single letter proceeding out of the mouth of God is indeed a mother letter, and every word uttered by Him Who is the Well Spring of Divine Revelation is a mother word, and His Tablet a Mother Tablet.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection LXXIV, p. 142)
“Every single letter proceeding from Our mouth is endowed with such regenerative power as to enable it to bring into existence a new creation—a creation the magnitude of which is inscrutable to all save God. He verily hath knowledge of all things.”….
(Bahá’u’lláh quoted by Shoghi Effendi: The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 80)
Praise be to God….at Whose bidding the standard of the Most Exalted Word hath been lifted up in the world of creation, and the banner of “He doeth whatsoever He willeth” raised amidst all peoples.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 1)
Praise be unto Thee, O my God! Thou art He Who by a word of His mouth hath revolutionized the entire creation, and by a stroke of His pen hath divided Thy servants one from another. I bear witness, O my God, that through a word spoken by Thee in this Revelation all created things were made to expire, and through yet another word all such as Thou didst wish were, by Thy grace and bounty, endued with new life.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection XXXIII, p. 42)
The Word of God hath set the heart of the world afire; how regrettable if ye fail to be enkindled with its flame!
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXLVII, p. 316)
Behold how the generality of mankind hath been endued with the capacity to hearken unto God’s most exalted Word—the Word upon which must depend the gathering together and spiritual resurrection of all men.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Lawḥ-i-Dunyá” or “Tablet of the World”, p. 89)
It hath been decreed by Us that the Word of God and all the potentialities thereof shall be manifested unto men in strict conformity with such conditions as have been foreordained by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection XXXIII, p. 76)
No sooner had mankind attained the stage of maturity, than the Word revealed to men’s eyes the latent energies with which it had been endowed….
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection XXXIII, p. 77)
The vitality of men’s belief in God is dying out in every land; nothing short of His wholesome medicine can ever restore it. The corrosion of ungodliness is eating into the vitals of human society; what else but the Elixir of His potent Revelation can cleanse and revive it? Is it within human power, O Hakim, to effect in the constituent elements of any of the minute and indivisible particles of matter so complete a transformation as to transmute it into purest gold? Perplexing and difficult as this may appear, the still greater task of converting satanic strength into heavenly power is one that We have been empowered to accomplish. The Force capable of such a transformation transcendeth the potency of the Elixir itself. The Word of God, alone, can claim the distinction of being endowed with the capacity required for so great and far-reaching a change.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection XCIX, p. 200)
Such are the mysteries of the Word of God, which have been unveiled and made manifest, that haply thou mayest apprehend the morning light of divine guidance, mayest quench, by the power of reliance and renunciation, the lamp of idle fancy, of vain imaginings, of hesitation, and doubt, and mayest kindle, in the inmost chamber of thine heart, the new-born light of divine knowledge and certitude.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 52, pp. 45-46)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
But the proceeding through manifestation (if by this is meant the divine appearance, and not division into parts), we have said, is the proceeding and the appearance of the Holy Spirit and the Word, which is from God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 54: “On the Proceeding of the Human Spirit from God”, p. 206)
[from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
O my friend,…the penetration of the Word of God in the temple of all the regions is similar to the pervasion of the soul in a sound body.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the compilation Bahá’í World Faith, p. 393)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
Consider the statement recorded in the first chapter of the book of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This statement is brief but replete with the greatest meanings. Its applications are illimitable and beyond the power of books or words to contain and express. Heretofore the doctors of theology have not expounded it but have restricted it to Jesus as “the Word made flesh,” the separation of Jesus from God, the Father, and His descent upon the earth. In this way the individualized separation of the godhead came to be taught.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Promulgation of Universal Peace, “29 May 1912, Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Kinney, 780 West End Avenue, New York, Notes by Howard MacNutt”, p. 154)