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Spiritual and philosophical quotes of Bahá’í

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B e a breath of life to the body of mankind.











B e an ensign of the hosts of justice.











T he door of grace hath been unlocked and He Who is the Dayspring of Justice is come with perspicuous signs and evident testimonies, from God, the Lord of strength and of might!’











K now thou that he is truly learned who hath acknowledged My Revelation, and drunk from the Ocean of My knowledge, and soared in the atmosphere of My love, and cast away all else besides Me, and taken firm hold on that which hath been sent down from the Kingdom of My wondrous utterance.











J udge thou fairly, I adjure thee by God. What proof did the Jewish doctors adduce wherewith to condemn Him Who was the Spirit of God (Jesus Christ), when He came unto them with truth?











T he pride and vanity of certain of the peoples of the world have made havoc of true understanding, and laid waste the home of justice and of equity.











T hine ears and thine eyes must needs now be cleansed and sanctified, that thou mayest be able to judge with fairness and justice.











C onsider these days in which He Who is the Ancient Beauty hath come in the Most Great Name, that He may quicken the world and unite its peoples.











B lessed is he that entereth the Assembly for the sake of God, and judgeth between men with pure justice. He, indeed, is of the blissful.











C onfer with them, and show them what hath flowed out of the Pen of Glory, that haply they may be graciously aided to better the condition of the world, and improve the character of peoples of different nations, and may, through the living waters of God’s counsels, quench the hatred and the animosity which lie hid and smoulder in the hearts of men.











W ere the breezes of Revelation to seize thee, thou wouldst flee the world, and turn unto the Kingdom, and wouldst expend all thou possessest, that thou mayest draw nigh unto this sublime Vision.











R egard ye the world as a man’s body, which is afflicted with diverse ailments, and the recovery of which dependeth upon the harmonizing of all of its component elements.











P urge your hearts from love of the world, and your tongues from calumny, and your limbs from whatsoever may withhold you from drawing nigh unto God, the Mighty, the All-Praised.











O ye rich ones on earth! If ye encounter one who is poor, treat him not disdainfully.











M editate on the world and the state of its people.











G ather ye around that which We have prescribed unto you, and walk not in the ways of such as create dissension.











D eal not treacherously with the substance of your neighbour.











B e ye trustworthy on earth, and withhold not from the poor the things given unto you by God through His grace.











K now of a truth that your subjects are God’s trust amongst you. Watch ye, therefore, over them as ye watch over your own selves.











B eware that ye allow not wolves to become the shepherds of the fold, or pride and conceit to deter you from turning unto the poor and the desolate.











I have offered Myself up in the way of God, and I yearn after tribulations in My love for Him, and for the sake of His good pleasure.











S eclude yourselves in the stronghold of My love.











T he voice of the Burning Bush is raised in the midmost heart of the world, and the Holy Spirit calleth aloud among the nations: ‘Lo, the Desired One is come with manifest dominion!’











A ttire thy temple with the ornament of My Name, and thy tongue with remembrance of Me, and thine heart with love for Me, the Almighty, the Most High.











H e Who is the Unconditioned is come, in the clouds of light, that He may quicken all created things with the breezes of His Name, the Most Merciful, and unify the world, and gather all men around this Table which hath been sent down from heaven.











A ddressing Himself unto the kings and rulers of the earth -- may God, exalted be He, assist them -- He imparted unto them that which is the cause of the well-being, the unity, the harmony, and the reconstruction of the world, and of the tranquillity of the nations.











T hey that surround thee love thee for their own sakes, whereas this Youth loveth thee for thine own sake, and hath had no desire except to draw thee nigh unto the seat of grace, and to turn thee toward the right-hand of justice.











I beseech Thee, by Thy Cause that hath encompassed the world of being, and by Thy Name wherewith Thou hast subjected the seen and unseen, to adorn the peoples of the earth with the light of Thy justice, and to illuminate their hearts with the brightness of Thy knowledge.











O Shaykh! I swear by the Sun of Truth Which hath risen and shineth above the horizon of this Prison! The betterment of the world hath been the sole aim of this Wronged One.











B y the righteousness of God! Justice is a powerful force. It is, above all else, the conqueror of the citadels of the hearts and souls of men, and the revealer of the secrets of the world of being, and the standard-bearer of love and bounty.











T hey must put away the weapons of war, and turn to the instruments of universal reconstruction.











S hould one king rise up against another, all the other kings must arise to deter him. Arms and armaments will, then, be no more needed beyond that which is necessary to insure the internal security of their respective countries.











I t is their duty to convene an all-inclusive assembly, which either they themselves or their ministers will attend, and to enforce whatever measures are required to establish unity and concord amongst men.











I t is incumbent upon the Sovereigns of the world -- may God assist them -- unitedly to hold fast unto this Peace, which is the chief instrument for the protection of all mankind. It is Our hope that they will arise to achieve what will be conducive to the well-being of man.











W e pray God -- exalted be His glory -- and cherish the hope that He may graciously assist the manifestations of affluence and power and the daysprings of sovereignty and glory, the kings of the earth -- may God aid them through His strengthening grace -- to establish the Lesser Peace. This, indeed, is the greatest means for insuring the tranquillity of the nations.











A nd if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself.











C ling ye to the hem of virtue, and hold fast to the cord of trustworthiness and piety.











R eligion is, verily, the chief instrument for the establishment of order in the world, and of tranquillity amongst its peoples.











C oncern yourselves with the things that benefit mankind, and not with your corrupt and selfish desires.











W e entreat God to deliver the light of equity and the sun of justice from the thick clouds of waywardness, and cause them to shine forth upon men.











N o light can compare with the light of justice. The establishment of order in the world and the tranquillity of the nations depend upon it.











K nowledge is as wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone. The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth, and not those which begin with words and end with words.











G reat indeed is the claim of scientists and craftsmen on the peoples of the world.











A rts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation.











S trive, O people of God, that haply the hearts of the divers kindreds of the earth may, through the waters of your forbearance and loving-kindness, be cleansed and sanctified from animosity and hatred, and be made worthy and befitting recipients of the splendours of the Sun of Truth.











T he fruits of the tree of man have ever been and are goodly deeds and a praiseworthy character. Withhold not these fruits from the heedless. If they be accepted, your end is attained, and the purpose of life achieved.











L ay fast hold on whatever will profit you, and profit the peoples of the world.











I n the Book of God, the Mighty, the Great, ye have been forbidden to engage in contention and conflict.











O bond slave of the world! Many a dawn hath the breeze of My loving- kindness wafted over thee and found thee upon the bed of heedlessness fast asleep. Bewailing then thy plight it returned whence it came.











O ye seeming fair yet inwardly foul! Ye are like clear but bitter water, which to outward seeming is crystal pure but of which, when tested by the Divine Assayer, not a drop is accepted. Yea, the sunbeam falls alike upon the dust and the mirror, yet differ they in reflection even as doth the star from the earth: nay, immeasurable is the difference!









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