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.]
E. God’s Purpose for Man in Fulfillment
2. The Soul Responding through Prayer
i. Concern for Others Best Expressed in Prayer
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
With all his heart should the seeker avoid fellowship with evil doers, and pray for the remission of their sins. He should forgive the sinful, and never despise his low estate, for none knoweth what his own end shall be.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Íqán, paragraph 214, p. 179)
Reflect a while, and consider how they who are the loved ones of God must conduct themselves, and to what heights they must soar. Beseech thou, at all times, thy Lord, the God of Mercy, to aid them to do what He willeth. He, verily, is the Most Powerful, the All-Glorious, the All-Knowing.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection CXV, p. 243)
Thou art He Who changeth through His bidding abasement into glory, and weakness into strength, and powerlessness into might, and fear into calm, and doubt into certainty.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection CLVI, p. 249)
O ye the loved ones and the trustees of God! Kings are the manifestations of the power, and the daysprings of the might and riches, of God. Pray ye on their behalf. He hath invested them with the rulership of the earth and hath singled out the hearts of men as His Own domain.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, “Kitáb-i-‘Ahd” or “Book of the Covenant”, pp. 220-221)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
As we have power to pray for these souls here, so likewise we shall possess the same power in the other world, which is the Kingdom of God. Are not all the people in that world the creatures of God? Therefore, in that world also they can make progress. As here they can receive light by their supplications, there also they can plead for forgiveness and receive light through entreaties and supplications. Thus as souls in this world, through the help of the supplications, the entreaties and the prayers of the holy ones, can acquire development, so is it the same after death. Through their own prayers and supplications they can also progress, more especially when they are the object of the intercession of the Holy Manifestations.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 62: “Perfections are without Limit”, p. 232)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
….spiritual instinct, surely never given in vain, prompts us to pray for the welfare of those, our loved ones, who have passed out of the material world….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Evolution of the Spirit, 15 Rue Greuze, Paris, November 10th”, p. 90)
Alas! we see on all sides how cruel, prejudiced and unjust is man, and how slow he is to believe in God and follow His commandments….
Therefore, I say unto you pray—pray and turn your faces to God, that He, in His infinite compassion and mercy, may help and succour these misguided ones. Pray that He will grant them spiritual understanding and teach them tolerance and mercy, that the eyes of their minds may be opened and that they may be endued with the gift of the spirit. Then would peace and love walk hand in hand through the lands, and these poor unhappy people might have rest.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Cruel Indifference of People towards the Suffering of Foreign Races, November 24th”, pp. 115-116)
[Writings of Shoghi Effendi:]
In this weighty and incomparable Document1
faithful to pray for the welfare of the kings of the earth,….
(Shoghi Effendi: God Passes By, Chapter 14: “The Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh”, p. 239)
1(the Kitáb-i-‘Ahd or Book of His Covenant)