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T hey who dwell within the tabernacle of God, and are established upon the seats of everlasting glory, will refuse, though they be dying of hunger, to stretch their hands and seize unlawfully the property of their neighbour, however vile and worthless he may be. 1











B eautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.











U nless one recognise God and love Him, his cry shall not be heard by God in this Day. This is of the essence of His Faith, did ye but know it.











T hus God instructeth whosoever seeketh Him. He, verily, loveth the one that turneth towards Him.











R eligious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench. The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver mankind from this desolating affliction.











F or the love of God, and them that serve Him, arise to aid this most sublime and momentous Revelation.











T he well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.











P rove yourselves worthy of his trust and confidence in you, and withhold not from the poor the gifts which the grace of God hath bestowed upon you.











H e, verily, shall recompense the charitable, and doubly repay them for what they have bestowed.











C leanse 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.











I f it be your wish, O people, to know God and to discover the greatness of His might, look, then, upon Me with Mine own eyes, and not with the eyes of any one besides Me.











H e that seeketh to be a helper of God in this Day, let him close his eyes to whatever he may possess, and open them to the things of God.











N o man that seeketh Us will We ever disappoint, neither shall he that hath set his face towards Us be denied access unto Our court.











O nly when the lamp of search, of earnest striving, of longing desire, of passionate devotion, of fervid love, of rapture, and ecstasy, is kindled within the seekers heart, and the breeze of His loving-kindness is wafted upon his soul, will the darkness of error be dispelled, the mists of doubts and misgivings be dissipated, and the lights of knowledge and certitude envelop his being.











G azing with the eye of God, he will perceive within every atom a door that leadeth him to the stations of absolute certitude. He will discover in all things the mysteries of Divine Revelation, and the evidences of an everlasting Manifestation.











T hat seeker should, also, regard backbiting as grievous error, and keep himself aloof from its dominion, inasmuch as backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul.











T hat seeker must, at all times, put his trust in God, must renounce the peoples of the earth, must detach himself from the world of dust, and cleave unto Him Who is the Lord of Lords.











O My brother! When a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading unto the knowledge of the Ancient of Days, he must, before all else, cleanse his heart, which is the seat of the revelation of the inner mysteries of God, from the obscuring dust of all acquired knowledge, and the allusions of the embodiments of satanic fancy.











F or the tongue is a smouldering fire, and excess of speech a deadly poison. Material fire consumeth the body, whereas the fire of the tongue devoureth both heart and soul. The force of the former lasteth but for a time, whilst the effects of the latter endureth a century.











H e must so cleanse his heart that no remnant of either love or hate may linger therein, lest that love blindly incline him to error, or that hate repel him away from the truth.











H e must purge his breast, which is the sanctuary of the abiding love of the Beloved, of every defilement, and sanctify his soul from all that pertaineth to water and clay, from all shadowy and ephemeral attachments.











I f the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.











T he Great Being saith: Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.











M an is the supreme Talisman. Lack of a proper education hath, however, deprived him of that which he doth inherently possess.











S hould any one among you take up arms against another, rise ye all against him, for this is naught but manifest justice.











B e united, O kings of the earth, for thereby will the tempest of discord be stilled amongst you, and your peoples find rest, if ye be of them that comprehend.











W e beseech God to assist the kings of the earth to establish peace on earth.











D ecide justly between men, and be ye the emblems of justice amongst them. 1











B eware not to deal unjustly with any one that appealeth to you, and entereth beneath your shadow.











P ut your whole trust and confidence in God, Who hath created you, and seek ye His help in all your affairs.











K now ye that the poor are the trust of God in your midst. Watch that ye betray not His trust, that ye deal not unjustly with them and that ye walk not in the ways of the treacherous.











T he earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.











H eal the dissensions that divide you, and ye will no longer be in need of any armaments except what the protection of your cities and territories demandeth.











C ompose your differences, and reduce your armaments, that the burden of your expenditures may be lightened, and that your minds and hearts may be tranquillised.











T read ye the path of justice, for this, verily, is the straight path.











T he rulers and kings of the earth must needs attend it, and, participating in its deliberations, must consider such ways and means as will lay the foundations of the worlds Great Peace amongst men.











T he Great Being, wishing to reveal the prerequisites of the peace and tranquillity of the world and the advancement of its peoples, hath written: The time must come when the imperative necessity for the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men will be universally realised.











P eace demandeth that the Great Powers should resolve, for the sake of the tranquillity of the peoples of the earth, to be fully reconciled among themselves.











G od hath committed into your hands the reins of the government of the people, that ye may rule with justice over them, safeguard the rights of the down-trodden, and punish the wrong-doers.











C ast away the things ye possess, and cling to that which God hath bidden you observe. Seek ye His grace, for he that seeketh it treadeth His straight Path.











C onsidering this most mighty enterprise, it beseemeth them that love Him to gird up the loins of their endeavour, and to fix their thoughts on whatever will ensure the victory of the cause of God, rather than commit vile and contemptible deeds.











L et My counsel be acceptable to thee, and strive thou to rule with equity among men, that God may exalt thy name and spread abroad the fame of thy justice in all the world.











D eal with them with undeviating justice, so that none among them may either suffer want, or be pampered with luxuries. This is but manifest justice.











S houldst thou cause rivers of justice to spread their waters amongst thy subjects, God would surely aid thee with the hosts of the unseen and of the seen, and would strengthen thee in thine affairs.











G ather around thee those ministers from whom thou canst perceive the fragrance of faith and of justice, and take thou counsel with them.











S et thy heart firmly upon justice.











I f the rulers and kings of the earth, the symbols of the power of God, exalted be His glory, arise and resolve to dedicate themselves to whatever will promote the highest interests of the whole of humanity, the reign of justice will assuredly be established amongst the children of men, and the effulgence of its light will envelop the whole earth.











W e cherish the hope that the light of justice may shine upon the world and sanctify it from tyranny.











T here can be no doubt whatever that if the day star of justice, which the clouds of tyranny have obscured, were to shed its light upon men, the face of the earth would be completely transformed.











T ake heed, O concourse of the rulers of the world! There is no force on earth that can equal in its conquering power the force of justice and wisdom.









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