Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
III.   The Reality of the Soul – Understanding Your True Self
E.   The Life Path of the Soul
8.   The Soul’s Pursuit of its Objectives and Highest Potentials
d.   The Characteristics of the Successful Soul
[Compiler’s Note: The reader may want to study the compilation Fire and Gold, for quotes about how tests influence the soul’s growth and development. The treatment of this topic is too large to encapsulate herein. The reader may also want to look back at Section I. E. “How to Perceive Reality.”]
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
633.Know thou that he is truly learned who hath acknowledged My Revelation, and drunk from the Ocean of My knowledge, and soared in the atmosphere of My love, and cast away all else besides Me, and taken firm hold on that which hath been sent down from the Kingdom of My wondrous utterance. He, verily, is even as an eye unto mankind, and as the spirit of life unto the body of all creation. Glorified be the All-Merciful Who hath enlightened him, and caused him to arise and serve His great and mighty Cause. Verily, such a man is blessed by the Concourse on high, and by them who dwell within the Tabernacle of Grandeur, who have quaffed My sealed Wine in My Name, the Omnipotent, the All-Powerful.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Lawḥ-i-Burhán” or “Tablet of the Proof”, pp. 207-208)
[from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
634.It is clear that life in this fast-fading world is as fleeting and inconstant as the morning wind, and this being so, how fortunate are the great who leave a good name behind them, and the memory of a lifetime spent in the pathway of the good pleasure of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 70)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
635.If his morals become spiritual in character, his aspirations heavenly and his actions conformable to the will of God, man has attained the image and likeness of his Creator; otherwise, he is the image and likeness of Satan.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “24 September 1912, Talk at Home of Mrs. Roberts, Denver, Colorado, From Stenographic Notes”, pp. 335-336)