Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
IV. The Workshop of Interacting Souls
[Compiler: “The Workshop of Interacting Souls” is a continuation of the “Life Path of the Soul
” in Section III. E., but emphasizing the macrocosmic repercussions and macrocosmic environment of souls’ lives interacting with each other.]
B. “Worlds, Holy and Spiritually Glorious”, Traversed Progressively
6. Living in the Spiritual World and Abiding in the Light of God’s Purpose
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
1185.O Son of Spirit
With the joyful tidings of light I hail thee: rejoice! To the court of holiness I summon thee; abide therein that thou mayest live in peace for evermore.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Arabic #33)
1186.O Ye People That Have Minds to Know and Ears to Hear
The first call of the Beloved is this: O mystic nightingale! Abide not but in the rose-garden of the spirit. O messenger of the Solomon of love! Seek thou no shelter except in the Sheba of the well-beloved, and O immortal phoenix! dwell not save on the mount of faithfulness. Therein is thy habitation, if on the wings of thy soul thou soarest to the realm of the infinite and seekest to attain thy goal.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Persian #1)
Prefer not your will to Mine, never desire that which I have not desired for you….
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Persian #19)
1188.O My Friends
Walk ye in the ways of the good pleasure of the Friend, and know that His pleasure is in the pleasure of His creatures. That is: no man should enter the house of his friend save at his friend’s pleasure, nor lay hands upon his treasures nor prefer his own will to his friend’s, and in no wise seek an advantage over him. Ponder this, ye that have insight!
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Persian #43)
The world’s equilibrium hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this most great, this new World Order. Mankind’s ordered life hath been revolutionized through the agency of this unique, this wondrous System—the like of which mortal eyes have never witnessed.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 181, p. 85)
Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths. Take heed that ye do not vacillate in your determination to embrace the truth of this Cause—a Cause through which the potentialities of the might of God have been revealed, and His sovereignty established. With faces beaming with joy, hasten ye unto Him. This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. Let him that seeketh, attain it; and as to him that hath refused to seek it—verily, God is Self-Sufficient, above any need of His creatures.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 182, pp. 85-86)
Attract the hearts of men, through the call of Him, the one alone Beloved. Say: This is the Voice of God, if ye do but hearken. This is the Day Spring of the Revelation of God, did ye but know it. This is the Dawning-Place of the Cause of God, were ye to recognize it. This is the Source of the commandment of God, did ye but judge it fairly. This is the manifest and hidden Secret; would that ye might perceive it. O peoples of the world! Cast away, in My name that transcendeth all other names, the things ye possess, and immerse yourselves in this Ocean in whose depths lay hidden the pearls of wisdom and of utterance, an ocean that surgeth in My name, the All-Merciful.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection XIV, p. 33)
Beware lest ye prefer yourselves above your neighbors.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXLVI, p. 315)
O thou who hast surrendered thy will to God! By self-surrender and perpetual union with God is meant that men should merge their will wholly in the Will of God, and regard their desires as utter nothingness beside His Purpose. Whatsoever the Creator commandeth His creatures to observe, the same must they diligently, and with the utmost joy and eagerness, arise and fulfil. They should in no wise allow their fancy to obscure their judgment, neither should they regard their own imaginings as the voice of the Eternal.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CLX, p. 337)
Perish that lover who discerneth between the pleasant and the poisonous in his love for his beloved!
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection VIII, p. 11)
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. That is, whatever he hath seen, and heard, and understood, all must he set at naught, that he may enter the realm of the spirit, which is the City of God. Labor is needed, if we are to seek Him; ardor is needed, if we are to drink of the honey of reunion with Him; and if we taste of this cup, we shall cast away the world.
On this journey the traveler abideth in every land and dwelleth in every region. In every face, he seeketh the beauty of the Friend; in every country he looketh for the Beloved. He joineth every company, and seeketh fellowship with every soul, that haply in some mind he may uncover the secret of the Friend, or in some face he may behold the beauty of the Loved One.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys, “Valley of Search”, p. 7)
O friend, the heart is the dwelling of eternal mysteries, make it not the home of fleeting fancies; waste not the treasure of thy precious life in employment with this swiftly passing world. Thou comest from the world of holiness—bind not thine heart to the earth; thou art a dweller in the court of nearness—choose not the homeland of the dust.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys, “Valley of Contentment”, p. 35)
“I swear by My life! Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones. To this testifieth the Pen of God, the Most Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Best Beloved.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, quoted by Shoghi Effendi in The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 82)
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh (no authority):]
….this blessed Word is, in this connection, a sun among words: Blessed is he who prefers his brother before himself: such a one is of the people of Bahá.
(Bahá’u’lláh in the compilation Bahá’í World Faith, p. 185)
Beware lest ye prefer your own selves before the mercy of God, and deprive not yourselves thereof!
(Bahá’u’lláh in the compilation Bahá’í World Faith, p. 204)
[from the Writings of the Báb:]
The time is come when naught but the purest motive, supported by deeds of stainless purity, can ascend to the throne of the Most High, and be acceptable unto Him.
(The Báb, addressing the Letters of the Living, quoted in The Dawn-Breakers, p. 93)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
The rewards of this life are the virtues and perfections which adorn the reality of man. For example, he was dark and becomes luminous; he was ignorant and becomes wise; he was neglectful and becomes vigilant; he was asleep and becomes awakened; he was dead and becomes living; he was blind and becomes a seer; he was deaf and becomes a hearer; he was earthly and becomes heavenly; he was material and becomes spiritual. Through these rewards he gains spiritual birth and becomes a new creature. He becomes the manifestation of the verse in the Gospel where it is said of the disciples that they “were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”1
—that is to say, they were delivered from the animal characteristics and qualities which are the characteristics of human nature, and they became qualified with the divine characteristics, which are the bounty of God. This is the meaning of the second birth.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 60: “The Immortality of the Spirit”, pp. 223-224)
….there is no greater torture than being veiled from God, and no more severe punishment than sensual vices, dark qualities, lowness of nature, engrossment in carnal desires. When they are delivered through the light of faith from the darkness of these vices, and become illuminated with the radiance of the sun of reality, and ennobled with all the virtues, they esteem this the greatest reward, and they know it to be the true paradise.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 60: “The Immortality of the Spirit”, p. 224)
For those who believe in God, who have love of God, and faith, life is excellent—that is, it is eternal….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 67: “Eternal Life and Entrance into the Kingdom of God”, p. 243)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
May you help those sunk in materiality to realize their Divine son-ship….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Bahá’ís must Work with Heart and Soul to bring about a Better Condition in the World, November 19th”, p. 100)
A man living with his thoughts in this Kingdom knows perpetual joy. The ills all flesh is heir to do not pass him by, but they only touch the surface of his life, the depths are calm and serene.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “Pain and Sorrow, November 22nd”, p. 110)
[from the Writings or talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
The souls who sacrifice self, become detached from the perfections of the realm of man and free from the shackles of this ephemeral world; assuredly the splendors of the rays of the divine Union shall shine in their hearts, and in the eternal Paradise. They shall find idea relationship, union and happiness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the compilation Bahá’í World Faith, p. 373)