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
j. The Beloved, Receiving Our Prayers
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
Thou, in truth, art the God of strength and power, Who art meet to answer them that pray Thee.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection XLIII, p. 60)
To have accepted any act or praise from Thy creatures is but an evidence of the wonders of Thy grace and bountiful favors, and a manifestation of Thy generosity and providence.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection LXVI, p. 125)
I give praise to Thee, O my God, that the fragrance of Thy loving-kindness hath enraptured me, and the gentle winds of Thy mercy have inclined me in the direction of Thy bountiful favors.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection CL, p. 240)
Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most Powerful, Who art wont to answer the prayers of all men!
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection CLIV, p. 247)
Who is there that hath cried after Thee, and whose prayer hath remained unanswered? Where is he to be found who hath reached forth towards Thee, and whom Thou hast failed to approach?
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection CLXI, p. 254)
And were I to glorify Thee, O my God, so long as the glory of Thy majesty endureth and the influence of Thy sovereignty and power will last, such a glorification could never be compared with any of the praises which Thou, as a token of Thy grace, hast taught me, and wherewith Thou hast bidden me to extol Thy virtues.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection CLXXVIII, p. 297)
Exalted art Thou above my praise and the praise of anyone beside me, above my description and the description of all who are in heaven and all who are on earth!
(Bahá’u’lláh: Prayers and Meditations, Selection CLXXXII, “Medium Obligatory Prayer”, p. 315)
The tie of servitude established between the worshiper and the adored One, between the creature and the Creator, should in itself be regarded as a token of His gracious favor unto men, and not as an indication of any merit they may possess. To this testifieth every true and discerning believer.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection XCIV, pp. 193-194)
“A servant is drawn unto Me in prayer until I answer him; and when I have answered him, I become the ear wherewith he heareth….”
(Bahá’u’lláh, quoting a “famed tradition”: The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys, “Valley of Unity”, p. 22)
[from the Writings or talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
O Lord, my God and my Haven in my distress! My Shield and my Shelter in my woes! My Asylum and Refuge in time of need and in my loneliness my Companion! In my anguish my Solace, and in my solitude a loving Friend! The Remover of the pangs of my sorrows and the Pardoner of my sins!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Bahá’í Prayers (US edition), “Nearness to God” section, p. 132)