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T he word of God which the Supreme Pen hath recorded on the seventh leaf of the Most Exalted Paradise is this: O ye men of wisdom among nations! Shut your eyes to estrangement, then fix your gaze upon unity. Cleave tenaciously unto that which will lead to the well-being and tranquillity of all mankind. This span of earth is but one homeland and one habitation. It behoveth you to abandon vainglory which causeth alienation and to set your hearts on whatever will ensure harmony. In the estimation of the people of Bah man's glory lieth in his knowledge, his upright conduct, his praiseworthy character, his wisdom, and not in his nationality or rank.




Bah 8634 | 
Tablets of Bahullh Revealed After the Kitb-i-Aqdas, p. 6768 







I n this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The pages of swiftly-appearing newspapers are indeed the mirror of the world. They reflect the deeds and pursuits of divers peoples and kindreds. They both reflect them and make them known. They are a mirror endowed with hearing, sight and speech. This is an amazing and potent phenomenon. However, it behoveth the writers thereof to be purged from the promptings of evil passions and desires and to be attired with the raiment of justice and equity. They should enquire into situations as much as possible and ascertain the facts, then set them down in writing.




Bah 8633 | 
Tablets of Bahullh Revealed After the Kitb-i-Aqdas, p. 3940 







C oncerneth trustworthiness. Verily it is the door of security for all that dwell on earth and a token of glory on the part of the All-Merciful. He who partaketh thereof hath indeed partaken of the treasures of wealth and prosperity. Trustworthiness is the greatest portal leading unto the tranquillity and security of the people. In truth the stability of every affair hath depended and doth depend upon it. All the domains of power, of grandeur and of wealth are illumined by its light. Tablets of




Bah 8632 | 
Tablets of Bahullh Revealed After the Kitb-i-Aqdas, p. 37 







T his Wronged One exhorteth the peoples of the world to observe tolerance and righteousness, which are two lights amidst the darkness of the world and two educators for the edification of mankind. Happy are they who have attained thereto and woe betide the heedless.




Bah 8631 | 
Tablets of Bahullh Revealed After the Kitb-i-Aqdas, p. 36 







D efile not your tongues with the cursing and reviling of any soul, and guard your eyes against that which is not seemly. Set forth that which ye possess.




Bah 8630 | 
Tablets of Bahullh Revealed After the Kitb-i-Aqdas, p. 129 







O SON OF EART H! Know, verily, the heart wherein the least remnant of envy yet lingers, shall never attain My everlasting dominion, nor inhale the sweet savors of holiness breathing from My kingdom of sanctity.




Bah 8629 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part II.6 







O QUINTESSENCE OF PASSION! Put away all covetousness and seek contentment; for the covetous hath ever been deprived, and the contented hath ever been loved and praised.




Bah 8628 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part II.50 







O SON OF DUST! Verily I say unto thee: Of all men the most negligent is he that disputeth idly and seeketh to advance himself over his brother. Say, O brethren! Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.




Bah 8627 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part II.5 







O BRETHREN! Be forbearing one with another and set not your affections on things below. Pride not yourselves in your glory, and be not ashamed of abasement.




Bah 8626 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part II.48 







O CHILDREN OF DESIRE! Put away the garment of vainglory, and divest yourselves of the attire of haughtiness.




Bah 8625 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part II.47 







O COMPANION OF MY THRONE! Hear no evil, and see no evil, abase not thyself, neither sigh and weep. Speak no evil, that thou mayest not hear it spoken unto thee, and magnify not the faults of others that thine own faults may not appear great; and wish not the abasement of anyone, that thine own abasement be not exposed.




Bah 8624 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part II.44 







O MY SERVANT! Purge thy heart from malice and, innocent of envy, enter the divine court of holiness.




Bah 8623 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part II.42 







O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.




Bah 8622 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part II.3 







O SON OF MAN! Should prosperity befall thee, rejoice not, and should abasement come upon thee, grieve not, for both shall pass away and be no more.




Bah 8621 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part I.52 







O SON OF BEING! Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.




Bah 8620 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part I.29 







O SON OF BEING! How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy thyself with the faults of others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of Me.




Bah 8619 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, I.26 







O SON OF SPIRIT! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.




Bah 8618 | 
The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, Part I.2 







B eautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty. Beware, O people, that ye deal not treacherously with any one. Be ye the trustees of God amongst His creatures, and the emblems of His generosity amidst His people. They that follow their lusts and corrupt inclinations, have erred and dissipated their efforts. They, indeed, are of the lost




Bah 8617 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 297 







L ay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for any one the things ye would not desire for yourselves. This is My best counsel unto you, did ye but observe it




Bah 8616 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 128 







D o not busy yourselves in your own concerns; let your thoughts be fixed upon that which will rehabilitate the fortunes of mankind and sanctify the hearts and souls of men. This can best be achieved through pure and holy deeds, through a virtuous life and a goodly behavior.




Bah 8615 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 9394 







T he civilization, so often vaunted by the learned exponents of arts and sciences, will, if allowed to overleap the bounds of moderation, bring great evil upon men




Bah 8614 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 342 







B lessed are the learned that pride not themselves on their attainments; and well is it with the righteous that mock not the sinful, but rather conceal their misdeeds, so that their own shortcomings may remain veiled to mens eyes




Bah 8613 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 315 







T he purpose of the one true God in manifesting Himself is to summon all mankind to truthfulness and sincerity, to piety and trustworthiness, to resignation and submissiveness to the Will of God, to forbearance and kindliness, to uprightness and wisdom. His object is to array every man with the mantle of a saintly character, and to adorn him with the ornament of holy and goodly deeds




Bah 8612 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 299 







S ay: Sow not, O people, the seeds of dissension amongst men, and contend not with your neighbor




Bah 8611 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 296 







A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning, it is the fountain of the light of wisdom and understanding . . .




Bah 8610 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 289 







T he Purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, in revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that lie hidden within the mine of their true and inmost selves. That the divers communions of the earth, and the manifold systems of religious belief, should never be allowed to foster the feelings of animosity among men, is, in this Day, of the essence of the Faith of God and His Religion




Bah 8609 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 287 







B e generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy . . .




Bah 8608 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 285 







B e unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive




Bah 8607 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 285 







W hoso ariseth among you to teach the Cause of his Lord, let him, before all else, teach his own self, that his speech may attract the hearts of them that hear him. Unless he teacheth his own self, the words of his mouth will not influence the heart of the seeker




Bah 8606 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 277 







T o whatever place We may be banished, however great the tribulation We may suffer, they who are the people of God must, with fixed resolve and perfect confidence, keep their eyes directed towards the Day Spring of Glory, and be busied in whatever may be conducive to the betterment of the world and the education of its peoples




Bah 8605 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 270 







H e should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfil




Bah 8604 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 266 







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. He should be content with little, and be freed from all inordinate desire




Bah 8603 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 265 







H e should be content with little, and be freed from all inordinate desire




Bah 8602 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 265 







F or the tongue is a smoldering 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




Bah 8601 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 265 







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




Bah 8600 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 260 







O contending peoples and kindreds of the earth! Set your faces towards unity, and let the radiance of its light shine upon you. Gather ye together, and for the sake of God resolve to root out whatever is the source of contention amongst you. Then will the effulgence of the world's great Luminary envelop the whole earth, and its inhabitants become the citizens of one city, and the occupants of one and the same throne




Bah 8599 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 217 







T here can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God. The difference between the ordinances under which they abide should be attributed to the varying requirements and exigencies of the age in which they were revealed




Bah 8598 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 217 







I t is incumbent upon them who are in authority to exercise moderation in all things. Whatsoever passeth beyond the limits of moderation will cease to exert a beneficial influence. Consider for instance such things as liberty, civilization and the like. However much men of understanding may favorably regard them, they will, if carried to excess, exercise a pernicious influence upon men




Bah 8597 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 216 







T he Great Being saith: O ye children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men. Suffer it not to become a source of dissension and discord, of hate and enmity




Bah 8596 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 215 







T hose virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness




Bah 8595 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 215 







T he purpose underlying the revelation of every heavenly Book, nay, of every divinely-revealed verse, is to endue all men with righteousness and understanding, so that peace and tranquillity may be firmly established amongst them




Bah 8594 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 206 







C onsort with all men, O people of Baha, in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship. If ye be aware of a certain truth, if ye possess a jewel, of which others are deprived, share it with them in a language of utmost kindliness and good-will. If it be accepted, if it fulfil its purpose, your object is attained. If any one should refuse it, leave him unto himself, and beseech God to guide him




Bah 8593 | 
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahullh, p. 289 







O true companions! All humankind are as children in a school, and the Dawning- Points of Light, the Sources of divine revelation, are the teachers, wondrous and without peer. In the school of realities they educate these sons and daughters, according to teachings from God, and foster them in the bosom of grace . . . until they make of this mortal world a widespread mirror, to reflect that other world which dieth not.




Bah 7540 | 
Selections from the Writings of Abdul-Baha, sec. 102 







T he Purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, in revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that lie hidden within the mine of their true and inmost selves. That the divers communions of the earth, and the manifold systems of religious belief, should never be allowed to foster the feelings of animosity among men, is, in this Day, of the essence of the Faith of God and His Religion. These principles and laws, these firmly established and mighty systems, have proceeded from one Source, and are the rays of one Light. That they differ one from another is to be attributed to the varying requirements of the ages in which they were promulgated.




Bah 7539 | 
sec. CXXXII 







B e united in counsel, be one in thought. . . . and cling unto that which profiteth mankind, whether young or old, whether high or low.




Bah 7538 | 
Tablets of Bahaullah revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas, chap. 9: Lawh. -i-H. ikmat (Tablet of Wisdom) 







T here can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God.




Bah 7537 | 
sec. CXI 







I t is evident that the divine prophets have appeared in the world to establish love and agreement among mankind. . . . Divine religion is not a cause for discord and disagreement. . . . Therefore in this day the divine teachings must be sought, for they are the remedies for the present conditions of the world of humanity.




Bah 7536 | 
excerpted from Foundations of World Unity, US Bahai Publishing Trust, 1979 sixth printing, pp.22-23 







I f thou be of the inmates of this city within the ocean of divine unity, thou wilt view all the Prophets and Messengers of God as one soul and one body, as one light and one spirit, in such wise that the first among them would be last and the last would be first.




Bah 7535 | 
Gems of Divine Mysteries (Javahirul-Asrar), sec. 44 







T hou didst cause Me, through Thy kindness, to reach Thy holy precincts and didst suffer Me, through Thy tender mercy, to dwell within the court of fellowship, until I discerned therein that which I witnessed of the clear tokens of Thy mercifulness, the compelling evidences of Thy oneness, the effulgent splendors of Thy majesty, the source of Thy supreme singleness, the heights of Thy transcendent sovereignty . . .




Bah 7534 | 
Selections from the Writings of the Bab, chap. 7 : Prayers and Meditations 







L ay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things ye would not desire for yourselves. This is My best counsel unto you, did ye but observe it.




Bah 7533 | 
sec. LXVI 





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