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.]
D. The Religion and the Revelator
8. The Transforming Elixir: Religion’s Gift to Creation
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
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)
That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith.
(Bahá’u’lláh addressing Queen Victoria: Summons of the Lord of Hosts, “Súriy-i-Haykal” or “Súrih of the Temple”, paragraph 176, p. 91)
I testify that no sooner had the First Word proceeded, through the potency of Thy will and purpose, out of His mouth, and the First Call gone forth from His lips than the whole creation was revolutionized, and all that are in the heavens and all that are on earth were stirred to the depths. Through that Word the realities of all created things were shaken, were divided, separated, scattered, combined and reunited, disclosing, in both the contingent world and the heavenly kingdom, entities of a new creation, and revealing, in the unseen realms, the signs and tokens of Thy unity and oneness. Through that Call Thou didst announce unto all Thy servants the advent of Thy most great Revelation and the appearance of Thy most perfect Cause.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection CLXXVIII, pp. 295-296)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
It is evident…that the divine teachings are intended to create a bond of unity in the human world and establish the foundations of love and fellowship among mankind.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “12 May 1912, Talk at Meeting of International Peace Forum, Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, West 104th Street, New York, Notes by Esther Foster”, p. 117)
Therefore, it is our duty in this radiant century to investigate the essentials of divine religion, seek the realities underlying the oneness of the world of humanity and discover the source of fellowship and agreement which will unite mankind in the heavenly bond of love. This unity is the radiance of eternity, the divine spirituality, the effulgence of God and the bounty of the Kingdom.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “25 May 1912, Huntington Chambers, Boston, Massachusetts, From Stenographic Notes”, p. 144)
Just as in the world of politics there is need for free thought, likewise in the world of religion there should be the right of unrestricted individual belief.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “16 June 1912, Talk at Central Congregational Church, Hancock Street, Brooklyn, New York, Notes by Esther Foster”, p. 197)
[from the Writings or talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
When the darkness of ignorance and heedlessness concerning the Realm of eternity…had encircled the universe, then the resplendent Luminary dawned and the brilliant Light illumined the horizon of the East. Hence, the Sun of Reality shone forth, scattering the sparkling lights of the Kingdom to the East and to the West. Those who had seeing eyes…have beheld that reality of things in themselves, have discovered the mysteries of the Kingdom, were released from superstition and doubts, perceived the lights of Truth, and became…intoxicated with the cup of the love of God…sacrificing their minds and their lives upon the altar of Love.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the compilation Bahá’í World Faith, p. 352)