Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
III. The Reality of the Soul – Understanding Your True Self
H. The Heart and the Love in the Soul’s Activities
2. The Soul’s Reflection of Love
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
933.O Son of Being
Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Arabic #5)
My love is in thee, know it, that thou mayest find Me near unto thee.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Arabic #10)
935.O Son of Love
Thou art but one step away from the glorious heights above and from the celestial tree of love. Take thou one pace and with the next advance into the immortal realm and enter the pavilion of eternity. Give ear then to that which hath been revealed by the pen of glory.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Persian #7)
936.O Dwellers of My Paradise
With the hands of loving-kindness I have planted in the holy garden of paradise the young tree of your love and friendship, and have watered it with the goodly showers of My tender grace; now that the hour of its fruiting is come, strive that it may be protected, and be not consumed with the flame of desire and passion.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Persian #34)
The essence of love is for man to turn his heart to the Beloved One, and sever himself from all else but Him, and desire naught save that which is the desire of his Lord.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Asl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr” or “Words of Wisdom”, p. 155)
The essence of wealth is love for Me; whoso loveth Me is the possessor of all things, and he that loveth Me not is indeed of the poor and needy.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Asl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr” or “Words of Wisdom”, p. 156)
The true seeker hunteth naught but the object of his quest, and the lover hath no desire save union with his beloved. Nor shall the seeker reach his goal unless he sacrifice all things.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys, “Valley of Search”, p. 7)
And as the human heart, as fashioned by God, is one and undivided, it behoveth thee to take heed that its affections be, also, one and undivided.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Summons of the Lord of Hosts, “Súriy-i-Mulúk” or “Súrih to the Kings”, paragraph 72, p. 214)
Cleanse from your hearts the love of worldly things, from your tongues every remembrance except His remembrance, from your entire being whatsoever may deter you from beholding His face, or may tempt you to follow the promptings of your evil and corrupt inclinations. Let God be your fear, O people….
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXXVIII, p. 275)
We verily behold your actions. If We perceive from them the sweet smelling savor of purity and holiness, We will most certainly bless you.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXLI, p. 307)
Be most loving one to another. Burn away, wholly for the sake of the Well-Beloved, the veil of self with the flame of the undying Fire, and with faces joyous and beaming with light, associate with your neighbor.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXLVII, p. 316)
[from the Writings of the Báb:]
One true God may be compared unto the sun and the believer unto a mirror. No sooner is the mirror placed before the sun than it reflects its light. The unbeliever may be likened unto a stone. No matter how long it is exposed to the sunshine, it cannot reflect the sun. Thus the former layeth down his life as a sacrifice, while the latter doeth against God what he committeth. Indeed, if God willeth, He is potent to turn the stone into a mirror, but the person himself remaineth reconciled to his state. Had he wished to become a crystal, God would have made him to assume crystal form. For on that Day whatever cause prompteth the believer to believe in Him, the same will also be available to the unbeliever. But when the latter suffereth himself to be wrapt in veils, the same cause shutteth him out as by a veil. Thus, as is clearly evident today, those who have set their faces toward God, the True One, have believed in Him because of the Bayán, while such as are veiled have been deprived because of it.
(The Báb: Selections from the Writings of the Báb, “Excerpts from the Persian Bayán”, p. 103, citing Váhid VI, Chapter 4)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
….the knowledge of God is the cause of spiritual progress and attraction…. Second, comes the love of God, the light of which shines in the lamp of the hearts of those who know God; its brilliant rays illuminate the horizon and give to man the life of the Kingdom. In truth, the fruit of human existence is the love of God, for this love is the spirit of life, and the eternal bounty.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 84: “The Necessity of Following the Teachings of the Divine Manifestations”, pp. 300-301)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
Put into practice the Teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, that of kindness to all nations. Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Duty of Kindness and Sympathy towards Strangers and Foreigners, October 16th and 17th, 1911”, p. 16)
Love manifests its reality in deeds, not only in words—these alone are without effect. In order that love may manifest its power there must be an object, an instrument, a motive.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Universal Love, October 24th”, p. 35)
We must find a way of spreading love among the sons of humanity.
Love is unlimited, boundless, infinite! Material things are limited, circumscribed, finite. You cannot adequately express infinite love by limited means….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Universal Love, October 24th”, p. 36)
All these ties of love1
are imperfect. It is clear that
limited material ties are insufficient to adequately express the
The great unselfish love for humanity is bounded by none of these imperfect, semi-selfish bonds; this is the one perfect love, possible to all mankind, and can only be achieved by the power of the Divine Spirit. No worldly power can accomplish the universal love.
Let all be united in this Divine power of love! Let all strive to grow in the light of the Sun of Truth, and reflecting this luminous love on all men, may their hearts become so united that they may dwell evermore in the radiance of the limitless love.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Universal Love, October 24th”, p. 37)
1(“family”, “blood”, “patriotic”, “race”, “political”, “community”)
Try with all your hearts to be willing channels for God’s Bounty. For I say unto you that He has chosen you to be His messengers of love throughout the world, to be His bearers of spiritual gifts to man, to be the means of spreading unity and concord on the earth. Thank God with all your hearts that such a privilege has been given unto you. For a life devoted to praise is not too long in which to thank God for such a favour.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Spiritual Meetings in Paris, November 4th”, p. 68)
….the love that flows from man to God. This is faith, attraction to the Divine, enkindlement, progress, entrance into the Kingdom of God, receiving the Bounties of God, illumination with the lights of the Kingdom. This love is the origin of all philanthropy; this love causes the hearts of men to reflect the rays of the Sun of Reality.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Four Kinds of Love, 97 Cadogan Gardens, London, Saturday, January 4th, 1913”, p. 180)
You must love your friend better than yourself; yes, be willing to sacrifice yourself.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “1 July 1912, Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York, From Stenographic Notes”, p. 218)