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The Bahá'í Revelation:
including Selections from the Bahá'í Holy Writings and Talks by 'Abdu'l-Bahá

by Bahá'u'lláh, Abdu'l-Bahá, and Shoghi Effendi

London: Baha'í Publishing Trust (of the British Isles), 1970
Note: Since most of the excerpts included in the print version of this publication are already available elsewhere at this site (see the List of References), only the items not available elsewhere online have been provided below: the Table of Contents, the Preface, the Index, and six quotations of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, originally from the Bahá'í Peace Programme (1930), the Teaching Manual used at the 1948 European Teaching Conference, Star of the West (volumes 4 and 11) and "Selection from Bahá'í Scripture". We have also added a section for pointing out where one can find equivalent versions online for those sources cited in the "List of References" which might not be obvious due to the cited reference being no longer in print or otherwise obscure, and a cross-reference table showing which section numbers correspond to which page numbers.


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CONTENTS

PREFACEpage ix
FOREWORDxiii

Part I: BAHÁ'U'LLÁH

I. PROCLAMATION TO THE KINGS AND LEADERS OF RELIGION3
    1. To Kings collectively3
    2. To Queen Victoria of Britain9
    3. To the Emperor Napoleon III of France12
    4. To Czar Alexander II of Russia18
    5. To Emperor "William I of Germany20
    6. To Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria-Hungary21
    7. To Sultan 'Abdu'l-'Aziz21
    8. To Nisiri'd-Din Shah of Persia26
    9. To the Pope Pius IX29
    10. To the Leaders of Religion Collectively31

II. SELECTION FROM "GLEANINGS FROM THE WRITINGS OF BAHÁ'U'LLÁH"35
    1. The Day of God35
    2. God and His Manifestations40
        (i) The Unity of God40
        (ii) The Messengers of God43
        (iii) Divine Revelation49
        (iv) The Sequence of the Prophets52
        (v) The Glory of God59
    3. Man61
        (i) The Soul of Man61
        (ii) Life after Death69
    4. Towards World Unity74
        (i) The World's Sickness74
        (ii) The Divine Physician's Remedy74
        (iii) Contribution of the Individual78
        (iv) The Laws of Bahá'u'lláh83
        (v) When the Victory arriveth87
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    5. Individual Conduct and the Path of God87
        (i) General Ethical Teachings87
        (ii) The Cause of God93
        (iii) The Path of God97
III. SELECTION FROM "THE HIDDEN WORDS"109
    1. From the Arabic109
    2. From the Persian112
IV. THE SEVEN VALLEYS117
V. SOME IMPORTANT TABLETS138
    1. Words of Wisdom138
    2. Tablet of Carmel139
    3. Ridván Tablet141
    4. Tablet of Tarázát146
    5. Tablet of Tajallíyát151
    6. Tablet of Ishráqát156
VI. THE COVENANT161
VII. MEDITATI0NS165

Part II: 'ABDU'L-BAHÁ
VIII. THE COVENANT183
    1. The Centre of the Covenant183
    2. The Power of the Covenant185
    3. Firmness in the Covenant187
IX. THE MASTER'S LAST TABLET TO AMERICA191
X. FROM THE TABLETS OF THE DIVINE PLAN200
    1. The Need for Detachment200
    2. Means for Unity201
    3. Conditions for success203
XI. TABLET TO THE HAGUE208
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XII. TABLET TO DR FOREL220
XIII. GOD AND HIS MANIFESTATIONS232
    1. God is Beyond Human Comprehension232
    2. The Source of Unity234
    3. Religion is Progressive237
    4. Religious Cycles240
    5. The Universal Cycles244
    6. Two Classes of Prophets245
    7. Commentary on an Old Testament Prophecy246
XIV. CONCERNING CHRISTIANITY250
    1. Prophecies concerning the Coming of Christ250
    2. The Greatness of Christ is due to His Perfections251
    3. The Resurrection of Christ253
    4. The Symbolism of the Bread and the Wine254
    5. The Second Coming of Christ256
XV. MAN259
    1. The Origin of Man259
    2. The Significance of human life on Earth261
    3. Soul, Spirit, and Mind263
    4. The Two Natures in Man264
    5. The Power of the Holy Spirit265
    6. Pain and Sorrow267
    7. Healing by Spiritual Means269
    8. Reincarnation271
    9. Immortality of Children276
    10. Psychic Forces277
    11. Perfections are without limit277
XVI. SOME ETHICAL AND SOCIAL TEACHINGS280
    1. 'Abdu'l-Bahá's first Public Address in the West280
    2. The World is Infirm281
    3. Dispel this Darkness282
    4. O Army of Life284
    5. Harmony in Diversity286
    6. Some Bahá'í Principles288
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    7. Collective Security292
    8. Industrial Justice294
    9. Justice, Crime, and Forgiveness297
    10. Practise Kindness to Strangers301
    11. Kindness to Animals302
    12. Bahá'í Marriage303
    13. Prayer304
    14. Obligation to deliver the Message305
    15. Consultation305
XVII. EXCERPTS FROM THE WILL AND TESTAMENT OF 'ABDU'L-BAHÁ307
LIST OF REFERENCES319
INDEX323

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PREFACE

PROBABLY no one will find in this compilation every piece of Bahá'í Scripture he seeks. Even the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá available in English are too numerous for any single volume to contain everybody's particular choice. That most people will find in this book most of the passages they value most is the apex of the compiler's aspiration.
      Although intended primarily as a handy comprehensive volume for Bahá'ís, it should serve inquirers well who know something of the history and teaching of the Bahá'í Faith and wish to deepen their knowledge. For many purposes, serious students of religion will also find it adequate.
      Bahá'í Scripture in a broad sense consists of the Words of all the Sacred Figures Who founded the great religions or promulgated their teachings, for Bahá'ís revere all as holy; but usually the phrase denotes the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, the Báb and 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the Sacred Figures of this age. More strictly, the Writings of the Báb belong to the Bábí Dispensation which preceded the Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh and they have for Bahá'ís something of the significance of an Old Testament. In this book, Works of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá only are included.
      Bahá'u'lláh revealed His Message between 1853 and 1892. His earliest Writings, revealed in Baghdád between 1853 and 1863, include the Kitáb-i-Íqán, the Hidden Words and the Seven Valleys. In Adrianople between 1863 and 1868 most of His Tablets to kings and leaders of religion were revealed. After 1868 in 'Akká came the remainder of these and the Tablets expounding His laws. Here also was revealed the Most Holy Book of the Baha'f Revelation, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, of which much is included in "Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh", a selection of His Writings made and translated by Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith. Throughout the period, Bahá'u'lláh revealed prayers and meditations, and wrote Tablets of varying weight and importance both to His followers and to others. Many of these Tablets are not yet
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collected and others not yet translated into English, but most of His foremost Writings have been collected and translated.
      Since Bahá'ís do not recognize as scripture unauthenticated reports of the sayings of the Founders of their Faith, the authenticity of Scripture is more easily established in the Bahá'í Dispensation than formerly. Only documents in the handwriting of the Central Figures, or signed by Them, or authenticated by Them in some other way, are acceptable. The validity of translations is more difficult to determine. None except those which were made by or in consultation with the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, until his passing in 1957, or by the Universal House of Justice since its election in 1963, are of unexceptionable validity.
      Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá wrote in Persian and Arabic. In the early days of the Bahá'í Faith in the West, translating was done by Eastern Bahá'ís whose English was defective so that many translations of the period are faulty and few have the advantage of good literary English. Fortunately the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, Shoghi Effendi, has rendered into beautiful English most of the important Writings of Bahá'u'lláh and several of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Tablets. His translation has been used wherever one exists.
      'Abdu'l-Bahá's Writings are mostly Tablets to individuals and Bahá'í Assemblies, of which many are still uncollected. Until His passing in 1921, He wrote Tablets in Persian to correspondents all over the world. These Tablets were translated into English with varying competence by Eastern Bahá'ís whose native language was not English. He gave many talks, but few records have been authenticated and even those with an authentic Persian record are available in English only as unauthenticated notes of the imperfect translation accompanying the talk. Extensive compilations of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Works have, therefore, to include either translations of authentic Works into a strange idiom, or more easily read, but unauthenticated, records of talks. Thus the quotations in this compilation from "Paris Talks", "The Promulgation of Universal Peace" and "Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era" are not authentic scripture although consistent with known teaching of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá.
      All translations which deviate excessively from ordinary English usage, whether of the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh or 'Abdu'l-Bahá, have been excluded from the compilation. Such translations are
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difficult to read with true understanding and probably distort the meaning of the original.
      The book comprises for the most part complete Tablets and excerpts picked out by the Guardian himself. The Tablets represent groups of teachings brought together for some reason by the One Who gave them and these have been separated only when the Guardian's authority or the context gave clear reason for doing so.
      No prayers will be found here, as selections of Bahá'í Prayers are easily available, but meditations which most prayer books omit have been included.
      The classification of items is the compiler's own, and no attempt will be made either to describe or to justify it. If it helps the reader to locate passages, it will have served its purpose.

Selections in Bahá'í Revelation which cannot readily be found elsewhere online (all are by 'Abdu'l-Bahá):

163. The spirit of this age is the Covenant and the Testament of God. It is like the pulsating artery in the body of the world.

      (Teaching Manual used at the 1948 European Teaching Conference, 48)

164. Turn thy face unto the Kingdom of the Covenant, thy heart beating with the love of God, thy soul attracted to the fragrances of God, thy tongue speaking of the appearances of the Kingdom of God, thy insight rending veils asunder and disclosing the realities of things–and with a power which may move the heart of all in the world.
      This is a confirmation from the Lord of the effulgence, while all else save this shall never profit thee! This is that by reason of which thy face shall gleam, thy heart shall de dilated with joy, thy soul become pure, thy back strengthened, thy spirit rejoiced and thy identity quickened. Leave the people of suspicion behind thy back and adhere to the manifest signs.

      (Star of the West, IV, 10)

165. The world of the Covenant is like unto the Blessed Tree which is growing beside the river of the Water of Life in the utmost delicacy and beauty, and day by day it is developing and adding to its verdancy.

      (Teaching Manual used at the 1948 European Teaching Conference, 49)

171. That which has come out of the centre of the Covenant you must take fast hold of. That which issues from my lips and that which is written with my pen is the reality. With this you can irrigate the vineyard of God. With this you can make the tree of the Cause of God become verdant. Through this the name of the Kingdom of God will be spread over the world. Through this the sun of reality will shine. Through this the clouds of mercy will pour down.

      (Teaching Manual used at the 1948 European Teaching Conference, 50)

The following is only in part at Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 228, no. 192, though it contains two additional sentences as well:

179. Today, those who are firm in the Covenant are soaring by the bounties of the Holy Spirit in lofty regions, while the wavering ones are depressed, dejected and afflicted with a thousand pains and calamities. This is because the confirmations of the Abhá Kingdom have been cut off from them. They have been deprived of the Light of the Sun of Truth and have no share from the breezes of the Holy Spirit. They resemble these souls who arose to agitate the minds of men after the time of Christ. Each one, by every subtle means, gathered around himself a group of souls, but all were eventually led to face disappointment, loss and failure. This was because the result of their principles was like unto a tree destitute of roots, or like the ocean foam. A rootless tree, no matter how tall and hardy it may seem, will ultimately wither away; and the ocean foam, however formidable it may appear, shall at last vanish and disappear.
      In brief—the Covenant is like unto the ocean which preserves Bahá'í unity, and these souls are like unto the foam upon it. They manifest a temporary activity, but soon, like unto Judas Iscariot and his associates and those who approved of his conduct, they shall be completely forgotten. The ocean of the Covenant, on the other hand, is eternally surging, for it preserves Bahá'í unity.
      Today, the Lord of Hosts is the defender of the Covenant, the forces of the Kingdom protect it, heavenly souls tender their services, and heavenly angels promulgate and spread it broadcast. If it is considered with insight, it will be seen that all the forces of the universe, in the last analysis, serve the Covenant. In the future it shall be made evident and manifest. In view of this fact, what can these weak and feeble souls achieve?

      (Star of the West, XI, 240)

Paragraphs 3-4 of the following are in 30 October 1924 to a Local Spiritual Assembly - translated from the Persian, in Compilation on Trustworthiness, no. 2076 and also part of paragraph 3 and paragraph 4 are in Excellence in All Things, no. 19 cited as being from 'Abdu'l-Bahá, in "Bahá'í Year Book" ["The Bahá'í World"], vol. 1 (New York: Bahá'í Publishing Committee, 1926), p. 12:

4. O ARMY OF LIFE

214. O Army of Life! East and West have joined to worship stars of faded splendour, and have turned in prayer unto darkened horizons. Both have utterly neglected the broad foundation of God's sacred laws, and have grown unmindful of the merits and virtues of His religion. They have regarded certain customs and conventions as the basis of the Divine faith, and have firmly established themselves therein. They have imagined themselves as having attained a glorious pinnacle of achievement and prosperity, when in reality they have touched the innermost depths of heedlessness and deprived themselves wholly of God's bounteous gifts.
      The cornerstone of the religion of God is the acquisition of divine perfections and the sharing in His manifold bestowals. The essential purpose of faith and belief is to ennoble the inner being of man with the outpourings of grace from on high. If this be not attained, it is, indeed, deprivation. It is the realization of this deprivation that is the true eternal fire.
      Therefore, it is incumbent upon all Bahá'ís to ponder this delicate and vital matter in their hearts, that, unlike other religions, they may not content themselves with the noise, the clamour, the hollowness of religious doctrine. Nay, rather, they should exemplify in every aspect of their lives the attributes and virtues that are born of God, and should arise to distinguish themselves by their goodly behaviour. They should justify their claim to be Bahá'ís by deeds, not by name.
      He is a true Bahá'í who strives by day and by night to progress and advance along the path of human endeavour, whose cherished desire is so to live and act as to enrich and illumine the world; whose source of inspiration is the Essence of Divine perfection; whose aim in life is to conduct himself so as to be the cause of infinite progress. Only when he attains unto such perfect gifts can it be said of him that he is a Bahá'í.
      In this holy dispensation, the crowning glory of bygone ages and cycles, faith is no mere acknowledgement of the unity of God, but rather the living of a life that manifests the virtues and perfections implied in such belief.
      His Holiness the exalted One, may my life be a sacrifice to Him, has shown us the way of behaviour, has guided us to the path of self-sacrifice, has taught us how to despise earthly rest and comfort, and how to lay down our lives for each other. That sanctioned Being, despite the loftiness of His position and the exaltation of His spirit, chose to be chained and fettered that we might obtain the light of divine guidance. All the days of His life He rested not for a moment. He sought no repose nor laid His head upon the couch of ease and security. His days were passed amid afflictions and suffering. How can we follow Him and yet remain idle and at ease?
      O my friends, arise to tend the pure and widely-scattered seed planted in the hearts of men. Dedicate yourselves wholly to the service of humanity. Then will the world be turned into a paradise; then will the surface of the earth mirror forth the glory of the Abhá Kingdom. Should you fail in this, great will be your deprivation and grievous your loss.
      O servant of truth, wouldst thou obtain the sovereignty of earth and heaven? Seek nought but true servitude upon the threshhold of the Abhá Beauty. Wouldst thou win the joy of liberty in this world and the next? Desire but submission unto His holy will. Wouldst thou discover the true way to God? Follow the path of His covenant. Wouldst thou behold the light of eternal splendour? Fix thy gaze upon His bountiful grace vouchsafed from the Abhá Kingdom.

      (Selection from Bahá'í Scripture, 331)


Online sources for items in the List of References which might not be readily obvious:

Note: All references to "America's Spiritual Mission" can be found in Tablets of the Divine Plan

Note 2: Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh is published within World Order of Bahá'u'lláh.

159: `Abdu'l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. III, No. 14, p. 9 in Covenant and Administration, p. 17

160: World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 133

161: Mirza Ahmad Sohrab: Diary Notes, July 7, 1914, p. 41, in Bahá'í Scriptures, p. 304 (no. 622)

166 `Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablet, Star of the West, Vol. X, p. 233, in Covenant and Administration, p. 34

167: Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 223 (paragraphs reversed in order but are both present on this page)

168: Bahá'í Scriptures, pp. 320-321

169: `Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablet, Star of the West, Vol. VIII, pp. 213-214 in Covenant and Administration, p. 33

172: `Abdu'l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. III, No. 14, p. 9; also Vol. XII, p. 227 in Covenant and Administration, p. 25

173: `Abdu'l-Bahá, from Tablet, Star of the West, Vol. X, p. 251, cited in Covenant and Administration, p. 26

175: Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Abbás, p. 443

176: Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Abbás, p. 83

180: Ten Days in the Light of Akká (under "Obedience") p. 48, in Star of West, Vol. VIII, p. 222, and cited on p. 25 of Covenant and Administration

182: Bahá'i World Faith, pp. 429-438

186: Tablet on the Hague

187: Tablet to Auguste Forel

213: Bahá'i World Faith, pp. 215-217

217: Secret of Divine Civilization, pp. 64-67
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LIST OF REFERENCES

(Note: for assistance in finding unclear references, please see here and here.

KEY

AbbreviationTitle of book

A.S.M.America's Spiritual Mission (1936)
B.P.P. Bahá'í Peace Programme (1930)
B.W.F.Bahá'í World Faith (1943)
D.B. Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh (British Edition 1947)
E.T.C. Teaching Manual used at the 1948 European Teaching Conference
G.Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh
H.W.A.Hidden Words (Arabic)
H.W.P.Hidden Words (Persian)
P.M. Prayers and Meditations
P.D.C.Promised Day is Come (1941)
P.T. Paris Talks (British Edition 1951)
P.U.P.Promulgation of Universal Peace (1922)
S.A.Q.Some Answered Questions (1930)
S.W. Star of the West (various volumes specified)
T.A.B. Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Bahá (1909)
T.B. Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh (1917)

      The dates are those of the first impressions of the editions consulted. Where no date is given, references are to section numbers, which remain invariant; otherwise references are to page numbers. American editions were used if no British edition existed.

[Regarding the sources for the foreword, a note at the end of the foreword states, "This material was compiled from two sources, The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh and The Faith of Bahá'u'lláh (a statement prepared for the United Nations Special Palestine Committee) both written by Shoghi Effendi.")]


BAHÁ'U'LLÁH

I. Proclamation to the Kings and Leaders of Religion

1. G.CV
2. P.D.C.20, G.CXVI,
    G.CXVIII
3. P.D.C.34. G.CXX,
    G.CXIX, P.D.C. 35
4. Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, 46
5. P.D.C. 32
6. P.D.C. 36
7. P.D.C. 37
8. G.CXIV
9. P.D.C. 40
10. P.D.C. 30
11. G.XCVIII
12. P.D.C. 81
13. P.D.C. 115


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II. Selection from "Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh"
14. G.III
15. G.IV
16. G.VII
17. G.VIII
18. G.X
19. G.XVI
20. G.LXX
21. G.LXXII
22. G.XXVI
23. G.LXXXIV
24. G.XIX
25. G.XXI
26. G.XXII
27. G.XXIV
28. G.XXV
29. G.XXXVIII
30. G.XCIX
31. G.LXXIV
32. G.LXXXIX
33. G.XIII
34. G.XXXVI
35. G.XLVII
36. G.XLV
37. G.XLVI
38. G.XLIX
39. G.XL
40. G.LXXVII
41. G.LXXXII
42. G.XCV
43. G.LXXIII
44. G.LXXIX
45. G.LXXX
46. G.LXXXI
47. G.LXXXVI
48. G.LXI
49. G.CVI
50. G.CXI
51. G.LXII
52. G.CXVII
53. G.CX
54. G.CIX
55. G.CXXXI
56. G.XLVI
37. G.XLIII
58. G.CLV
59. G.CLIX
60. G.LXXXVIII
61. G.CII
62. G.CL
63. G.II
64. G.CXXX
65. G.CXXXVI
66. G.CXXVI
67. G.CXXXIV
68. G.XLVII
69. G.XLVI
70. G.CXLV
71. G.XCII
72. G.CXLIV
73. G.CLVII
74. G.CXLIX
75. G.CLXI
76. G.XCVI
77. G.CXXV
78. G.CLIII
79. G.CXLVIII
80. G.CXXIX

III. Selection from the Hidden Words
81.H.W. Introduction
82-109.H.W.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 16, 18, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33, 36, 40, 42, 44, 48, 49, 50, 54, 55, 59, 61, 67, 68
110-133.H.W.P. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 35, 38, 40, 41, 44, 50, 53, 56, 59, 66, 70, 76, 78, 80

IV. The Seven Valleys

134. The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys P.I.

V. Some Important Tablets
135. B.W.F. 140
136. G.XI
137. G.XIV
138. T.B. 3
139. T.B. 71
140. T.B. 124

VI. The Covenant
141. Kitáb-i-'Ahd 142. G.CLXV



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VII. Meditations
143. G.I
144. P.M. I
145. P.M. IX
146. P.M. XVIII
147. P.M. XXX
148. P.M. LXV
149. P.M. XCIV
150. P.M. CI
151. P.M. CII
152. P.M. CXI
153. P.M. CXVIII
154. P.M. CXIX
155. P.M. CXXII
156. P.M. CXLI
157. P.M. CXLIX


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VIII. The Covenant
158. B.W.F. 358
159. S.W. XII, 227
160. E.T.C. 1948, 47
161. S.W. XI, 243
162. D.B. 56
163. E.T.C. 1948, 48
164. S.W. IV, 10
165. E.T.C. 1948, 49
166. S.W. X, 233
167. S.W. X, 153
168. S.W. IV, 10
169. S.W. VIII, 213
170. D.B. 21
171. E.T.C. 1948, 50
172. S.W. XII, 227
173. S.W. X, 251
174. T.A.B. 442
175. E.T.C. 1948. 49
176. E.T.C. 1948, 50
177. B.W.F. 410
178. T.A.B. 42
179. S.W. XI, 240
180. E.T.C. 1948, 48
181. Bahá'í Scripture (1923) No. 988

IX. The Master's Last Tablet to America

182. S.W. XIII, I

X. From the Tablets of the Divine Plan
183. A.S.M. 15 184. A.S.M. 17, 19 185. A.S.M. 22, 26

Xl. Tablet to the Hague

186. B.P.P. 11

XII. Tablet to Dr Forel

187 B.P.P. 31

XIII. God and His Manifestations
188. P.T. 19
189. P.U.P. 185
190. P.U.P. 55
191. S.A.Q. 83
192. S.A.Q. 183
193. S.A.Q. 188
194. S.A.Q. 72

XIV. Concerning Christianity
195. P.T. 48
196. S.A.Q. 102
197. S.A.Q. 119
198. S.A.Q. 112
199. S.A.Q. 126



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XV. Man
200. S.A.Q. 222
201. S.A.Q. 233
202. S.A.Q. 243
203. P.T. 53
204. P.T. 153
205. P.T. 100
206. S.A.Q. 293
207. S.A.Q. 324
208. S.A.Q. 278
209. Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era, 206
210. S.A.Q. 267

XVI. Some Ethical and Social Teachings
211. 'Abdu'l-Bahá in London, 3
212. T.A.B. 36
213. B.P.P. 27
214. Selection from Bahá'í Scripture, 331
215. P.T. 45
216. P.T. 117
217. B.P.P. 7
218. S.A.Q. 313
219. S.A.Q. 307
220. P.T. 11
221. T.A.B. 722
222. T.A.B. 115
223. B.W.F. 368
224. T.A.B. 390
225. Principles of Bahá'í Administration, 54

XVII. Excerpts from the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá

226. British Edition, 1950, 4




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Selection #Page #'s
Contentsv-viii
Prefaceix-xi
Forewordxiii-xvi
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39-12
412-18
518-20
620-21
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821-26
926-29
1029-31
1131-32
1232-34
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1937-38
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INDEX


'Abdu'l-Bahá (see also Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh)
   Did not rest, 195, 200, 310
   His Name might be taken in vain, 216-17
   Longs to leave this earth, 195, 309
   Station of, 162-3, 183, 184, 197-8
   Tribulations of, 268-9, 308-9
   Words of, 187
Abraham, 183, 236, 243, 245, 252
Adam, 46, 210, 234, 245, 251-2, 289
Afnán, 80, 163, 309, 310-11, 317
Aghsán, 163, 310-11
Alchemy, 50
'Alí (son-in-law of Muhammad), 46, 198, 290
Angels, 29, 39, 87, 94, 141, 170, 187, 203, 265
Animals (see Creation: Kingdoms of; Ethical Teachings: Kindness to Animals; Man: Station of)
Aristotle, 220
Armaments (see Peace)
Arts, 50, 154

Báb, The
   Covenant of, 183, 191-2, 194
   Herald of Bahá'u'lláh, 82, 155-6, 183, 191-2
   Oneness with other Manifestations of God, 59, 236
   People of the Bayán, 155, 191-2, 193, 194, 198, 217
   Prophesied by Muhammad, 183
   Rejection of, 5, 235, 308
   Station of, 154, 184, 245, 315
Bahá'u'lláh (see also Day of God)
   Apostles of, 204
   Appeared at a place and time of darkness, 209
   Ascension of, 39, 161, 199, 317
   Birth of Mission, 26-7, 167, 168-9
   Coming prophesied in Holy Books, 20, 31, 35, 36, 175-6
   Covenant of (see Covenant)
   Episodes in His Life, 151, 156, 158
   Had no schooling, 27, 32
   His obedience to civil authority, 26
   His precepts maintain order (see also Ethical Teachings: Obedience), 83-4, 160

   Knowledge of, 13, 14, 17, 18, 36, 51-2
   Laws of, 23, 84-5, 86, 157, 247, 315-16
   Newspaper reports about Him mostly false, 151
   Proclamation of His coming, 3, 4, 5, 9, 12, 13, 18, 20, 21-2, 29, 31, 36, 113, 125, 141-6
   Purpose
       The unification of mankind, 12, 75, 77, 79, 159-60, 161
       Other objects, 4, 79, 81-2, 86, 161
   Recognition
       All able to recognize Him, 82, 90, 117
       First duty of man, 10, 35, 83, 91, 93
       Station of recognition, 32, 63, 67, 81, 96, 145, 152, 162, 175
   Rejection (see also Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh: Covenant-Breakers)
       Condemnation of those who deny, 10, 12, 110, 126, 152, 154, 156, 162
       Could not prevent spread of His Faith, 146
       General failure to recognize Him, 36, 38, 39
       Prevented further Revelation, 28, 69, 142, 178
       Reasons for (see also Knowledge: Idle Fancies), 38, 57-8, 126, 127, 153
   Relation to former Messengers
       Greater intensity of His Revelation, 95-6, 101, 143, 151-2, 155-6
       His coming prophesied in Holy Books, 35, 66, 106-7, 151-2, 153, 183, 247
       Oneness with Them, 15, 21, 29, 59, 81, 153, 178-9, 236
       Station of "The Father", 19, 30
       Their attitude to Him, 20, 35
       Universal Manifestation, 245, 315
   Remembrance of His Name, 79, 89
   Revelation
       Brings knowledge of God, 152, 153-4, 248
       Brings new life, 12, 39, 50, 74, 80-3, 93, 126, 141-6, 163-4, 280
       Brings unity, 12, 80, 82-3, 201-2, 209, 219, 235, 247, 248, 287
       Criterion of truth in this Day, 31, 73, 106-7
       Distinguishing feature of, 83
       Intended for all mankind, 78, 82, 143
       Token of the Grace of God, 39, 60, 78, 81, 90, 104, 145
       Whole earth illumined by, 82, 102, 140, 146, 147, 214
   Station
       Ascendancy over all, 31, 40, 62, 78, 152
       Human Station, 60
       Mirror of God, 20, 27, 60, 104, 143-5, 146-7, 155-6, 168, 177, 178, 184, 245
       Sovereignty of (see also God: Sovereignty of) 4, 19, 59, 60, 140, 143
       Unable to discover Essence of God, 41, 142, 165-6
   Treated righteous and sinner alike, 90
   Tribulations
       Accepts without complaint, 29, 60, 79, 174, 178-9
       Are transitory, 25, 28
       Could not deter Him, 16, 156, 169-70, 173, 174-5, 216

       Effect is beneficial, 29, 59, 60, 89, 92, 169, 285
       Endured voluntarily, 59-60, 92, 161, 235, 285
       Forbearance, 19, 25
       Increased love for God, 16, 166-7
       Intensity of, 6, 15-16, 26, 28, 88, 308
       Yearns for martyrdom, 16, 28, 30, 59
       Yearns for tribulation, 16, 25, 28, 174
   Words of
       Embrace all other truth, 214-15, 230-1
       Hidden mysteries of (see God: Knowledge of, Its sacred depths) 19, 38, 66, 102-3, 114, 145
       Power of, 88, 152
Bayan. People of (see Báb, The)
Berlin, 21
Bible (see Holy Books)
Buddha, 231
Burning Bush, 13, 16, 19, 32, 56, 82, 90, 100, 141

Carmel, 139-41
Causation, 226
Cause of God (see also Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh; Steadfastness)
   American believers. Station of, 191
   Arise to help it, 79, 80, 88, 93-4, 200, 287-8, 310
   Consultation, 93, 157, 305-6
   Early believers
       Station of, 63, 90, 92, 93, 96-7
       Sufferings of, 166, 170-3, 216, 235, 308
   Fear of God will ensure triumph, 90
   Guardian of, 137, 207, 306, 310-12, 314, 316
   Hands of, 307, 309, 310, 311-13, 317
   His chosen ones, 106, 178, 203-7
   House of Justice, 156, 158, 159, 160, 311, 314, 315-16
   Insincere believers, 60, 95, 311-12
   Obedience to Bahá'í Assemblies, 305
   Protection of, 90, 307-8, 315, 316
   Put the Cause first, 90, 94, 97, 316
   Righteous deeds will ensure triumph, 79, 81, 90, 157, 163, 266
   Scattering of opposing forces, 80
   Service to
       Do not rest, 285, 308-9, 316
       Station of service, 94, 97, 159, 310
   Spiritual Assembly, 188, 305-6
   Teaching (see also Man: Heart of, Subdued by Wisdom and Utterance)
       An obligation (see also Enjoined, below), 37, 83, 93, 305, 309-10
       Consequences:
           For mankind, 37, 74, 203, 283, 285, 313
           For the individual, 111, 138, 316

       Deputization, 97
       Do not press those who turn aside, 39, 95, 106, 159
       Enjoined (see also An Obligation, above) 88, 106, 203, 283-4,
       General advice for teachers, 89, 95, 207, 316
       Heavenly aid in, 39, 93-4, 94, 95, 106, 188-9, 204
       Pioneering and Travelling Teaching, 94, 206, 310
       Preparation for, 79, 94, 206, 266
       Station of, 94, 95, 147, 310, 316
   The true Bahá'í, 285, 301, 304
   Triumph assured, 7, 78, 80, 87, 140
   Unity in (see also Unity: Contention forbidden)
       A condition of success, 189, 205-6, 305-6
       Do not let dissension arise, 39, 77, 159-60, 162, 163
       The eternal collective centre, 201-2, 248
       When unity is threatened, 92, 207
Civilization, 77, 78, 213, 239, 292, 300
Composition and Decomposition, 217-18, 225-6, 262-3, 272-3
Concourse on High, 39, 106, 139, 148, 172
Confucius, 231
Covenant
   of Bahá'u'lláh (see also Manifestations of God: Next Manifestation)
       Centre of the Covenant appointed, 162-3, 183, 184, 190
       Covenant-Breakers, 186, 189-99, 205, 307, 311, 316, 317
       Firmness in, 185, 187-90, 191-9, 205, 286, 306, 316
       Implications will become manifest, 186, 191
       Mentioned in Holy Books, 186
       Power of, 185-6, 189, 306
   of former Manifestations of God, 183-4, 191-2, 194
   of God, 84, 104, 109, 189, 190
Creation (see also God: Creator; God: Grace of; God: Will of; Man: Station of)
   All things bear sign of God, 28, 42, 61-2, 64, 87, 117, 118, 122-5, 132, 142, 173, 286
   Dependence on God, 43, 65, 71
   Identity of two beings impossible, 272
   Kingdoms of Creation, 221-2, 224, 232-3, 263, 277-8
   The Physical Universe, 65
   Without beginning or end, 41, 62, 65
Criminals, 17, 157, 212-13, 297-300
Czar of Russia, 14, 18

David, 245, 250
Day of God (see also Bahá'u'lláh)
   A Day of Judgment, 31, 39
   Greatness of
       Exalted Character, 13, 37, 49, 95, 97, 107, 139, 142, 144, 161, 280
       Hearts of Messengers proved, 36-7

Day of God: Greatness of (Continued)
   Mankind has yearned for it, 36, 37-8
   Potency, 35-6, 38, 78
   Prophesied in Holy Books, 35, 37, 38, 94
   Prophetic Cycle ended, 49
   Prophets have yearned for it, 36
Democracy, 10
Detachment (see also Ethical Teachings: Selflessness; Knowledge: True Knowledge; Terms Defined and Explained: "The Evil One", "The World")
   Cleanse hearts, 3, 17, 25, 87, 89, 97, 112, 119, 232
   Consequences of, 60, 64, 87-8, 95, 103, 128, 145, 206, 268, 310
   From desires, 5, 9, 84, 90, 92, 101, 102, 138
   From the things of this world, 4, 6, 15, 60, 91, 98, 111, 113, 114, 134, 145, 152, 268-9, 284, 304, 310
   Means to, 87, 113, 114, 127, 132, 138, 268-9
   Result of lack of, 5, 89, 103, 126-7, 200
   Seclusion in the love of God, 14, 110
   Worthlessness of things of this world (see also Kings and Rulers: Transitoriness of earthly station), 18, 94, 96, 99, 101, 104, 161, 175, 200-1
Divines
   Blessed Divines, 33
   Called to help heal the world, 77
   Disunity among, 33
   Failure to recognize Bahá'u'lláh, 13-14, 31, 33
   Hinder people from salvation, 32-3, 53
   Misdeeds of, 33-4
   Monks, 14, 30
   Persecute Manifestations, 13-14, 32-3, 56-7
   Prevented fuller Revelation, 28
   The stars have fallen, 13

Economic Problems (see also Povery and Wealth), 211, 212, 215, 231, 294-7
Education, 89, 158-9, 213, 303, 306
Elias, 276
Elijah, 266
Ethical Teachings (see also Detachment; God: Attitude to; God: Will of, Submission to; Justice; Love; Man: Deeds of; Mankind: Oneness of; Poverty and Wealth; Religion: Consort with followers of all; Unity; Contention Forbidden; World Unity: Promote Interests of Mankind)
   Aged, Attitude of, 268
   Aged, Care of, 282, 296
   Associate with the righteous, 98, 112, 115, 195-6, 198-9
   Avoid the unrighteous, 98, 112, 115, 193, 195-6, 199
   Be concerned with needs of age you live in, 74
   Be joyful, 38, 87, 91, 111, 114, 148
   Benevolence, 148
   "Bring thyself to an account each day", 24, 110

   Charity, 138
   Cheer the Miserable, 80, 87
   Compassion, 78, 87, 148
   Comply with requests, 110
   Conceal sins of others, 17, 90, 93, 98, 110, 114
   Contentment, 91, 98, 110, 111, 114, 115, 122, 131-2, 138
   Courage, 138
   Courtesy, 15
   Criticism disapproved, 271, 306
   Do not abase yourself, 114, 139
   Do not look on what is unworthy, 159
   Do not cause sorrow, 159
   Do not gossip, slander, 17, 98, 114, 115, 150, 161, 308
   Do not sadden anyone, 91
   Do not shed blood, 17
   Do not wish abasement of others, 114
   Faithfulness, 87, 112, 310, 313
   Forbearance, 78, 91, 148
   Forgiveness, 98, 297, 298-300
   Freedom from envy, 103, 113, 114,
   Friendliness, 75, 80, 87, 91, 92, 301-2, 313
   Generosity, 87, 89
   Golden Rule, 98
   Goodwill, 90
   Guide others, 87, 92, 95
   Help the distressed, 87, 98, 284
   Help the oppressed, 80
   Honesty, 89
   Humility, 4, 87, 98, 111, 305
   Kindness to Animals, 98, 302-3
   Meekness, 87
   Mercy, 78, 303
   Moderation, 7, 23, 77, 98, 295, 306
   Obedience
       To the Commands of God, 7, 22-3, 26, 35, 82-3, 83-5, 87, 111, 136-7, 154, 160, 161, 163
       To those in authority, 86, 159, 308, 314-15
   Orphans, Care for, 282, 284, 296
   Patience, 88, 98, 119, 123, 305
   Purity, 79, 91, 109, 114, 305
   Righteousness, 22, 79, 87, 92, 101, 148, 149, 161, 281, 308, 313
   Selflessness {see also Detachment)
       Self is a veil, a prison, 87, 91, 101, 114, 122
       Self-Sacrifice, 92, 285
       Turn away from self, 80, 110, 114, 118, 120, 121, 125, 196, 288, 304, 310
   Service, 4.13, 77, 85, 93, 119, 305, 310

   Sincerity, 102, 150
   Speech, Be guarded in, 87, 98, 114, 139, 150, 151, 159, 161, 302
   Sympathy, 87
   Trustworthiness
       Disbelievers in God untrustworthy, 22
       Enjoined, 17, 87, 89
       Fulfil promises, 98
       Station of, 91, 149-50
   Truthfulness, 87, 89, 90, 91, 150, 151, 161, 281, 313
   Work is obligatory, 116, 138, 147
Ezekiel, 246, 266

Fasting, 305
Franz-Josef of Austria, 21

God
   Attitude to
       Fear of
           Effects, 90, 118, 122, 157, 175
           Enjoined, 7, 14, 22, 91, 94, 101
       Love for, 13, 25, 109-10, 111, 113, 119-22, 138-9, 170
       Praise of, 23, 37, 40, 43, 67, 94, 108, 125, 138, 165-6
       Remembrance of, 13, 31, 79, 87, 89, 138, 175
       Trust in, 7, 8, 22, 23, 26, 31, 37, 88, 91, 98, 102, 135
   Attributes, Significance of, 226
   Belief in (see also God: Those who join partners with)
       Condemnation of disbelievers, 102, 108, 139, 152
       Fading of, 50, 101
       Nature of, 49
       Possibility of, 128, 225
       Proofs of existence of God, 222-9
       Turn away from disbelievers, 7, 22, 83
   Breath of, 5, 6, 12, 13, 40-1, 84
   City of, 99-101, 120, 136, 140
   Creator, The (see also God: Will of), 50-1, 62-3, 109, 116, 117, 139, 286
   Grace of
       Brought by Manifestations, 29, 78
       Each time has a settled measure, 135
       Effects, 17, 101, 116
       Flow is continuous, 41, 42, 53, 56, 101-2, 135
       Pervades all creation, 41, 102, 144
       Should be sought, 6, 81, 89, 105-6
       Should ponder upon, 230
   Knowledge of (see also Creation: All Things bear Sign of God; God: Unity of, Essence Unknowable; Knowledge)
       All things express, 61-2, 64, 87
   
       Animates the human heart, 91, 116
       Creation of man, 109
       Its sacred depths, 41, 99, 103-4, 131-2, 140-1
       Meaning of knowing God, 13, 42, 45, 61, 128, 153, 230
   Law of, has been revealed, 3, 37
   Love of
       Creation of man, 109
       Fire of, 94, 100, 102, 166, 233-4, 307
       Is in man, 97, 101, 109-10
       A stronghold, a robe for man, 14, 31, 110, 188
       Unites men, 205-6
   Ordaineth what He pleaseth, 11, 12, 19, 20, 23, 26, 31, 85, 91, 93, 108, 154, 198
   Presence of (see also Knowledge: True Knowledge, Union)
       Attainment to, 39, 70, 101, 103, 111, 112, 115, 118, 135, 144, 153
       Behaviour in, 48, 71, 138
       Proclaimed by whole universe, 42, 170
   Soul of, 64
   Sovereignty of, 3, 11, 23, 36, 38, 40, 42, 53, 88, 109, 111, 141, 143, 144, 166
   Those who join partners with, 37, 43, 60, 106
   The Ultimate Cause, 226
   Unity of
       All creation proclaims, 41, 125
       Belief in, 25, 26, 43, 49
       Essence Unknowable, 40-2, 43, 45, 62, 68, 105, 128, 165-6, 224-7, 232, 216
       Meaning of, 42, 49, 65, 130
       Transcendence of God, 41-2, 43, 62, 105, 128, 226, 233, 236-7
   Will of
       Conveyed by Manifestations, 43, 49, 81-2
       Is the Creative Force, 41, 50, 88, 105, 165
       Pervades all creation, 85, 229
       Sends down Manifestations of God, 3, 45
       Submission to (see also Ethical Teachings: Contentment), 23, 70, 91, 93, 98, 122, 138, 288
   Word of, 50-1, 59, 62, 82-3, 91, 101, 102, 188, 219, 286, 310
   Worlds of
       Generally, 68, 71, 129, 275
       Material and Spiritual Worlds, 213, 267-9, 272, 275
   Wrath of, 102, 190
Government (see Kings and Rulers)
"Greater World", 39

Healing and Health, 69, 221, 268, 269-71, 306
Holy Books
   Misinterpretation of, 51, 54, 251
   New Testament Quotations, 193-4, 233, 252, 253-4, 256, 298-9
   Old Testament Quotations, 37, 232, 246-9, 250-1, 252
   Old Testament laws, 213-14, 251
   Purpose of, 265
   Qur'án and Traditions, Quotations from, 43-4, 45-8, 55, 57, 61-2, 201, 221, 232
Holy Spirit (see Manifestations of God)

Isaiah, 20, 37, 245, 246, 257, 366

Jeremiah, 245, 266
Jesse, 246
Jesus Christ
   Acclaims Bahá'u'lláh, 3, 19
   Birth of, 246-7, 252-3
   Brought life everlasting, 235-6, 254-6
   Brought unity, 203, 235, 247
   Covenant of, 183, 184, 189, 194, 199
   Crucifixion of, 5-8
   Disciples, 29, 203-4, 235, 253-4, 264, 266, 310
   God enabled Him to triumph, 19, 30
   High Station of, 14, 41, 46, 58-9, 251
   Miracles of, 58-9
   Nature of His greatness, 14, 252-4
   Oneness with other Manifestations of God, 46, 55, 236, 243
   Prophecies about Him, 54, 183, 246-7, 250-1, 257
   Prophecies not fulfilled by Him, 247-9
   Prophesied coming of Bahá'u'lláh, 13, 14, 30
   Prophesied coming of Muhammad, 183
   Reason did not marry, 14
   Rejection of, 14, 29-30, 54, 250
   Resurrection of, 253-4
   Second Coming of, 5, 9, 54, 59, 256-8
   Show forth what He declared, 148
   Sovereignty of, 250-1
   Symbolism of bread and wine, 254-6
Jews, 54, 59, 202, 243, 249, 250-1, 255
John the Baptist, 276
Justice (see also World: Sickness of, the Malady)
   Brought by Bahá'u'lláh, 29, 80
   Enjoined, 87, 148-9, 160, 213-4, 280-1, 302
   In judgment, 17, 87
   In Rulers, 6, 7, 8, 10, 23, 24, 27, 30, 75-6, 149
   In the United Kingdom, 280-1
   International (see also World Unity), 11
   Reward and Punishment, 75, 150, 157, 159, 297

   Station of, 75-6, 109, 149, 150, 299
   True Justice, 80, 122-4, 139, 291

Kings and Rulers (see also Ethical Teachings: Obedience to those in Authority)
   Burden of kingship, 28
   Called to help Bahá'u'lláh, 7, 8, 13, 15, 16, 19
   Failure to help Bahá'u'lláh, 6
   Good Government (see also Justice)
       Care for the poor, 8, 11, 16, 24
       Care in delegating authority, 16, 22-4, 157-8
       Moderation, 23, 77
       Taxation, 7, 11
       Safeguarding rights of subjects, 6, 8, 23
       Various behests, 10, 23, 24, 160
   Reward for obedience or help to Bahá'u'lláh, 9, 13, 16-17, 18, 22, 27-8
   Station of kingship, 4, 24-5, 27, 75, 157, 160, 162, 204
   Station of kings who aid the Cause, 4, 20, 86
   Transitoriness of their earthly station, 6, 12, 15, 18, 20-1
   True glory of, 5, 8-9
   Warnings to, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29-30
Knowledge (see also God: Knowledge of; Man: Limits to knowledge of; Science)
   Idle Fancies
       Bahá'u'lláh frees men from, 80
       Blot them from heart, 36, 73, 75, 96, 97, 114, 120, 122, 134, 139
       Lead to rejection of Manifestations, 6, 53, 54, 103, 108, 145
       Sap belief in God, 101
   Insufficiency of learning, 32, 39, 51-2, 97, 120, 121, 129, 148, 266
   Object of, 31-2, 52
   Source of, 51, 52, 139, 150
   Station of, 150-1, 155, 221, 300
   The learned, 93, 162
   True knowledge
       Guidance by God, 93, 99, 102, 114, 118, 119, 124
       Search needed, 6, 38-9, 58, 101, 102-3, 119-20, 128, 287, 289
       Spiritual Poverty, 131, 132, 134-6, 138
       The Way of God, 6, 35, 97-101, 110, 111, 117-37, 148, 153-4
       Through study of self, 61, 103, 117, 120, 122-3, 139, 147, 166
       Union (see also God: Presence of) 35, 99-101, 104, 112, 113, 120, 121, 122, 124, 125, 127-8, 136, 144, 203-4
   Truth, Independent Investigation of, 33, 109, 119, 149, 209, 238, 243, 289
   Truth is one though appearances differ, 287, 288, 292
   Wisdom, 17, 76, 86, 97, 116, 135, 321

Language, Universal (see World Unity)
Leadership, Condemnation of desire for, 33, 189

Liberty, 59, 77, 80, 82, 85, 132, 212, 214-15, 286
Life after Death (see Man)
Love (see also Ethical Teachings)
   Can be a veil, 97-8, 124
   Fire of, 81, 120-2, 130, 135
   Four kinds of, 129
   Nature of, 138, 217
   Return good for evil, 123, 283, 284, 298, 313-14
   Show love, kindness, 91-2, 98, 109, 148, 282-3, 308, 313
   Shown by deeds, 284, 301-2
   The sign of, 111, 120-1

Maids of Heaven, 71, 104, 107, 144
Man
   Deeds of
       Effect if righteous, 79, 81
       Man must bring forth fruit, 14, 113, 115, 116, 139, 301-2
   Differing stations of, 72, 126-7
   Evolution, 259-61
   Everlasting life, 93, 100, 114, 115, 122, 145, 269, 288
   Hearing, 66, 67, 96, 99, 111, 125, 127-8, 133, 161-2
   Heart of
       Animated by Knowledge of God, 91
       Blindness of, 38, 103, 108
       Gift from God, 66
       Preserve of Bahá'u'lláh, 4, 86, 89, 162, 232
       Radiance of, 93, 101, 102, 109, 110, 234, 305
       Sanctuary of Love of God, 97, 102, 307
       Seat for revelation of His glory, 89, 111, 119, 127
       Secrets of, are not hidden, 115
       Set on fire by remembrance of God, 79
       Subdued by wisdom and utterance, 17, 80, 83, 88-9
       Subdued by Fear of God, 90
   Hour of Death, 72-3, 98
   Life after Death
       Arguments and evidence for its reality, 69-70, 71-2, 133-4, 275
       Divine Judgement, 24, 110, 114
       Pure souls after death, 64, 69, 70-1, 72-3, 104, 110-11, 114
       State and progress in next world, 70-2, 278-9
       Those dying as children, 276
       Wayward souls after death, 72-3, 278-9
   Limits to knowledge (see also God: Unity of, Essence Unknowable) 41, 67-8, 105, 112
   Mind of (see also Rational Faculty below), 221-3, 227-30, 232, 263
   Purpose of life on earth, 78, 114, 148, 201, 261
   Rational Faculty, 67-8, 133, 221-2, 233, 261-4
   Senses of, 66, 67, 220-1

   Sleep and Dreams, 63, 65, 68, 133-4, 221
   Spirit of Faith, 263
   Soul of
       Has choice of two paths, 63, 264
       Nature of, 63-5, 69, 99, 101, 221-4, 229-30, 233
       Relation to body, 64-5, 221, 261-3, 274-5
   Station of
       Comparison with animals, 200-1, 211, 213, 294
       Cannot become Manifestation of God, 278
       Exaltation of, 35, 36, 40, 78, 80, 93, 96, 111, 160, 161
       Place in creation, 61-2, 63, 96, 222-4, 230, 232-3, 234, 262, 286
       Recipient of attributes of God, 14, 61, 103, 117, 130, 134, 232-3
   Understanding of, 66-7, 138, 148, 221, 223, 227, 230
   Vision, 66, 67, 96, 99, 111, 120, 125, 133, 148, 161-2
   Will of, 223, 264
Manifestations of God (see also the individual Manifestations of God; Religion)
   As nothing before God, 40, 41, 48
   Holy Spirit
       Breath of, 191, 202, 213, 239, 252
       Power of, 265-7, 270-1, 292, 306
   Human Station, 46-8, 55, 265
   Intermediaries
       Channels for Divine Grace, 40, 44, 45, 122
       Convey the Will of God, 43, 49
       "He doeth whatsoever He willeth" (see also God: Ordaineth what He pleaseth), 86
       Mirrors of God, 44, 45, 47, 52, 233-4, 236-7, 245
       Transmit knowledge of God, 44, 51, 139, 238-40
   Next Manifestation, 106-8, 164, 183, 198
   Oneness of Manifestations of God
       All embody attributes of God, 44-5, 45-8, 55, 236
       Each brings a new message, 45
       Intensity of revelations differ, 44, 46
       Make no distinction between, 46, 49, 243
       Purpose of, 71, 122, 265
   Recognition of
       Possible for those who oppose, 52-3
       Always rejected by man, 52, 238
       Reasons for rejection (see also Knowledge: Idle Fancies), 52-3, 57, 86
       Their flame intensified by opposition, 53
   Revelation of
       A token of God's grace, 43-4, 45, 66
       Brings new life, 41, 50, 241, 245-6
       Need for gradual revelation, 49-50
       Not to be judged by human standards, 53
       Potency of, 50-1

   Sovereignty of, 44, 57, 231
   Universal, 62-3, 244-5
Mankind, Oneness of (see also Bahá'u'lláh: Revelation of, Brings Unity; Religion: Brings Unity; Unity; World Unity)
   All created by God, 75, 78-9, 111, 163, 209-10, 234-5, 239, 289, 290, 313
   Consort with all peoples, 148, 287, 313
   Diversity in Unity, 218-19, 286-7
   Effects of recognition of, 234-5
   God's gift to this age, 280
   Illustrations (see Unity)
   Love for Mankind, 75, 77, 78, 80, 82, 158, 281, 282-3, 306, 308, 313
   Mingling of races, 247-8
   Promote interests of mankind, 10, 14, 75-6, 77, 79, 81, 82, 89-90, 93, 163, 208
   Should be as one soul, 111
   Show love to foreign visitors, 301-2, 313
   Unity of East and West, 201-2, 281, 301
Marriage, 14, 303-4
Martyrdom (see Suffering)
Materialists, 71-2, 220-1, 231
Moderation (see Ethical Teachings)
Monks (see Divines)
Moses, 41, 46, 53-5, 183, 236, 243, 245
Muhammad
   Brought unity, 203
   Fulfilled Cause ofJesus, 55, 183
   Oneness with other Manifestations of God, 46, 55, 198, 236
   Prophesied the Báb, 183
   Rejection of, 56-7
   "Seal of the Prophets", 47, 49, 55-6
   Sovereignty, 56-7
   Station of, 117, 245

Napoleon III, 12-18, 20-1
Nasiri'd-Dín, Sháh, 26-9
Nature, 212, 213, 222-4, 227-8
Newspapers, 151
Noah, 46, 199

Pantheism (see God: Those who join partners with)
Parents and Children, 278
Peace (see also World Unity)
   Armaments, 7, 11, 76, 213, 293
   Call to, 36, 76, 163, 208, 281, 283, 292
   Causes of War, 210, 280, 286-7, 290
   Conditions for, 76, 79, 157, 208-9, 214, 240, 292-3
   Lesser, 11

   Most Great, 11, 157, 247-9, 280
Persia, 96
Peter, 184, 266
Philosophers, 220-1, 224, 230, 265-6
Plato, 220
Politics, 212, 215, 231, 291, 314
Pope, The, 29, 194
Poverty and Wealth (see also Detachment)
   Dangers of wealth, 111, 161
   Limitation of, 23-4, 290-1, 294-7
   Rich people, 87, 93, 114, 278, 297
   The Poor
       Benefit of voluntary giving, 212, 297
       Bequests for benefit of, 278
       Giving to them enjoined, 87, 92-3, 98
       House of Justice to care for, 159, 306
       True wealth, 100, 101, 110, 132, 138-9
Prayer
   Effect of, 87-8, 127, 268, 304-5
   For the departed, 278-9
   How and when to pray, 98, 110, 115, 159, 306
   Mention of God, 98, 138
   Need for, 110, 304-5
Prejudice, Freedom from, 36, 210, 284, 289, 290
Pride, 4, 9, 16, 20, 33, 53, 139
Priests (see Divines)
Progress, Material and Spiritual, 239-40
Progressive Revelation (see Religion: Cycles of)
Psychic forces, 277
Purest Branch, The, 168

Reincarnation, 271-6
Religion (see also Manifestations of God; Science and Religion)
   Brings unity, 202-3, 238
   Causes of religious strife, 238-9
   Consort with followers of all, 81, 148
   Cycles of, 41, 75, 101, 237-45
   Dogma, 234, 238, 284
   Faith, 75, 139, 285
   Founded by the Manifestations of God, 238, 246
   Must be the cause of love, 210, 289-90
   Nature of, 138, 237, 284-5, 290
   Need for renewal of (see also World: Sickness of), 50, 238-9
   Not concerned with politics, 291
   Oneness of, 10, 38, 46, 75, 213, 280
   Periodically renewed, 16, 101, 240-4
   
   Station of, 157, 160, 212-13
"Return", 46, 99, 272-3, 275-6, 288

Saints, 105, 128, 165, 264
Satan (The Evil One), 81, 139, 192, 193, 196, 306
Science
   Generally, 51, 154, 222-9, 248, 300
   and Religion, 210, 254, 290
   Ether, 225, 227
   Evolution (see Man)
   Inventions, 50-1
   Stars and Planets, 65, 253, 257
"Seal of the Prophets" (see Muhammad)
Sheba, 112
Sinai, 3, 13, 16, 19, 40, 41, 53, 102, 107, 141, 155
Slaves, 9
Socrates, 220, 224
Solomon, 112, 245
Steadfastness (see also Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh; Firmness in)
   Attainment to, 37, 154
   Consequences of, 138, 161
   Do not vacillate in allegiance to the Cause, 38
   Enjoined, 35, 39, 95, 98, 102, 106, 196
   Station of, 64, 87, 91, 154
Strikes, 294-7
Suffering (see also 'Abdu'l-Bahá: Tribulations of; Bahá'u'lláh: Tribulations of; Cause of God: Early Believers)
   Comes from the material world, 267-8
   Martyrdom, 35, 98, 216, 235, 308
   Purpose of, 111
   Should be welcomed, 84, 87, 91, 111, 171, 172, 174
Sufi Doctrines, 125, 131, 136-7
Sultán 'Abdu'l-'Azíz, 21

Táhirih (Qurratu'l-'Ayn), 199
Teaching the Cause of God (see Cause of God)
Terms Defined and Explained (see also Detachment: Means to; Justice: True Justice; Religion: Nature of; Poverty and Wealth: True Wealth)
   Abasement, Essence of, 139
   Attributes of God, 226
   Blood of Christ, 254-5
   Bread of the Last Supper, 254—5
   Charity, Essence of, 138
   "Clouds", 57, 107
   Courage, source of, 138
   Divine Unity, 42-3, 49

   "Earth", 50
   Error, Source of, 139
   Eternal Fire, 285
   Faith, 139, 285
   Glory, Source of, 138
   Good, Source of, 138
   Learning, Source of, 139
   "Leprosy", 58-9
   Liberty, 286
   Life Everlasting, 269
   Light of Eternal Splendour, 286
   Lord of Hosts, 203
   Loss, Cause of, 139
   Love, Essence of, 138
   Moses's rod, white hand, serpent, 53
   Nature, 223
   Párán, 53
   Power, Source of, 138
   Presence of (Meeting with) God, 153
   Reliance on God, 138
   Remembrance of God, 138
   Sinai, 53
   Sovereignty, 286
   "The Evil One," 81
   "The World," 17
   Understanding, Essence of, 138
   Way to God, 286
   Wisdom, Essence of, 138
Theosophists, 274
Transmigration, 271-6
Truth (see Knowledge)

Unity (see also Cause of God: Unity in; God; Unity of; Mankind, Oneness of; World Unity)
   Association conducive to unity, 148
   Cause of life, 217-18
   Collective Centres, 201-3, 234-6, 239-40
   Contention forbidden, 88, 97, 113, 162, 287, 313
   Disunity
       Cause of removed, 81-3, 202
       Causes destruction, 218
   Worldly desires provoke, 39
   Illustrations of
       Drops (waves) of one sea, 159, 205-6, 306
       Flowers of one garden, 206, 218, 286-7, 306
       Leaves (Blossoms, Fruits) of one tree, 75, 158, 159, 210, 282, 289

       Members of one body, 39-40, 223-4, 228
       Miscellaneous illustrations, 39-40, 79, 206, 306
   Light of, 36, 74, 75, 79, 160, 235, 313
   Station of, 75, 148

Victoria, Queen, 9-13

War (see Peace)
Wealth (see Poverty and Wealth)
West, Peoples of the, 96
Wilhelm I of Germany, 20
Women, 212, 291-2
World, The (see also World Unity)
   Its needs change, 74, 237
   Sickness of
       Calamity inevitable, 38, 74, 77
       Healing, 10, 17-18, 38, 74, 75, 77, 214, 231, 281, 293
       The Malady, 10, 12, 38, 74, 75, 77, 80, 83, 156, 281
World Unity (see also Mankind: Oneness of; Peace; Unity)
   Collective Security, 11, 76-7, 215-16, 292-3
   Enduring if based on universal love, 77
   New World Order, 36, 38, 79
   Old Order, 78
   Peoples called to unity, 36, 74-5, 158, 162
   Rulers called to unity, 7, 11, 76-7, 160, 292-3
   Spiritual Aids to Unity, 10, 75-6, 77, 79, 149, 289, 291
   Supreme Tribunal, 215, 247, 291, 313
   The world one country, 77, 79-80, 158, 210-11, 240, 247-9, 285, 290
   Universal Auxiliary Language, 76-7, 158, 212

Zion, 3, 37, 140
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