Saturday, June 23, 2012

Baha'i World Faith: Selected Writings of Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha

  • "Every discerning observer will recognize in the Dispensation of the Qur'an both the Book and the Cause of Jesus were confirmed. As to the matter of names, Muhammad, Himself, declared: 'I am Jesus.'" - Why the People Have Denied God, 15
  • "The Bearers of the Truth of God are made manifest unto the peoples of the earth as the Exponents of a new Cause and the Revealers of a new Message. Inasmuch as these Birds of the celestial Throne are all sent down from the heaven of the Will of God...they, therefore, are regarded as one soul and the same person." - Oneness of the Prophets, 21-2
  • "Beware, O believers in the Unity of God, lest ye be tempted to make any distinctions between any of the Manifestations of His Cause, or to discriminate against the signs that have accompanied and proclaimed their Revelation. This indeed is the true meaning of Divine Unity" - The Meaning of True Unity, 27
  • "Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require." - The Remedy the World Needeth, 36
  • "That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its people in one universal Cause, one common Faith." - Tablets to the Kings, 58
  • "the world is like the vapor in a desert, which the thirsty dreameth to be water and striveth after it with all his might, until when he cometh unto it, he findeth it to be mere illusion." - Tablet to the People, 68
  • "All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man." - An Ever-Advancing Civilization, 114
  • "Forget your own selves, and turn your eyes towards your neighbor. Bend your energies to whatever may foster the education of men." - The Flood of Grace, 126
  • "Liberty causeth man to overstep the bounds of propriety, and to infringe on the dignity of his station." - True Liberty, 137
  • "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." - The Hidden Words, 162
  • "Languages must be reduced to one, and that one language must be taught in all the schools of the world." - Tablet of the World, 176
  • "Although a republican form of government profits all the people of the world, yet the majesty of kingship is one of the signs of God. We do not wish that the countries of the world should be deprived thereof. If statesmen combine the two into one form, their reward will be great before God." - The Glad-Tidings, 196
  • "Glory is not his who loves his own country, but glory is his who loves his kind." - The Sixth Ishraq, 199
  • "This is the century of new and universal nationhood. Sciences have advanced, industries have progressed, politics have been reformed, liberty has been proclaimed, justice is awakening. This is the century of motion, divine stimulus and accomplishment; the century of human solidarity and altruistic service; the century of Universal Peace and the reality of the divine kingdom." - Religion is Progressive, 228
  • "If religious beliefs and opinions are found contrary to the standards of science they are mere superstitions and imaginations" - Man and Nature, 240
  • "As the rich man enjoys his life surrounded by ease and luxuries, so the poor man must likewise have a home and be provided with sustenance and comforts commensurate with his needs." - Man and Nature, 240
  • "A universal or international House of Justice shall also be organized...This international House of Justice shall be appointed and organized from the Houses of Justice of the whole world, and all the world shall come under its administration." - Teachings of Baha'u'llah, 248
  • "The immortality of the spirit is mentioned in the Holy Books; it is the fundamental basis of the divine religions." - The Immortality of the Spirit, 323

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