Qualities needed to understanding the holy writings
The understanding of His words and the comprehension of the utterances
of the Birds of Heaven are in no wise dependent upon human learning.
They depend solely upon purity of heart, chastity of soul, and freedom
of spirit. This is evidenced by those who, today, though without a single
letter of the accepted standards of learning, are occupying the loftiest
seats of knowledge; and the garden of their hearts is adorned, through
the showers of divine grace, with the roses of wisdom and the tulips of
understanding. Well is it with the sincere in heart for their share of the
light of a mighty Day!
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 211
Meditate upon that which hath streamed forth from the heaven of the Will
of thy Lord, He Who is the Source of all grace, that thou mayest grasp
the intended meaning which is enshrined in the sacred depths of the Holy
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 143
... the reading of the scriptures and holy books is for no other purpose
except to enable the reader to apprehend their meaning and unravel their
innermost mysteries. Otherwise reading, without understanding, is of no
abiding profit unto man.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 172
O servant! Warn thou the servants of God not to reject that which they do not
comprehend. Say, implore God to open to your hearts the portals of true
understanding that ye may be apprised of that of which no one is apprised.
Verily, He is the Giver, the Forgiving, the Compassionate.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 188
This sign of the revelation of the Divine Being in them that have joined
partners with Him may, in a sense, be regarded as a reflection of the glory
with which the faithful are illumined. None, however, can comprehend this
truth save men endued with understanding. They that have truly recognized
the Unity of God should be regarded as the primary manifestations of this
Name. It is they who have quaffed the wine of Divine Unity from the cup
which the hand of God hath proffered unto them, and who have turned their
faces towards Him. How vast the distance that separateth these sanctified
beings from those men that are so far away from God!...
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 191
The heart must needs therefore be cleansed from the idle sayings of men,
and sanctified from every earthly affection, so that it may discover the
hidden meaning of divine inspiration, and become the treasury of the
mysteries of divine knowledge. Thus hath it been said: "He that treadeth
the snow-white Path, and followeth in the footsteps of the Crimson Pillar,
shall never attain unto his abode unless his hands are empty of those
worldly things cherished by men." This is the prime requisite of whosoever
treadeth this path. Ponder thereon, that, with eyes unveiled, thou mayest
perceive the truth of these words.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 70
Blessed is the one who discovereth the fragrance of inner meanings from
the traces of this Pen through whose movement the breezes of God are
wafted over the entire creation, and through whose stillness the very
essence of tranquillity appeareth in the realm of being. Glorified be the
All-Merciful, the Revealer of so inestimable a bounty. Say: Because He
bore injustice, justice hath appeared on earth, and because He accepted
abasement, the majesty of God hath shone forth amidst mankind.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 76
2. 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.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh,
Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its
secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.
Take heed that ye do not vacillate in your determination to embrace the
truth of this Cause--a Cause through which the potentialities of the might
of God have been revealed, and His sovereignty established. With faces
beaming with joy, hasten ye unto Him. This is the changeless Faith of
God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. Let him that seeketh, attain
it; and as to him that hath refused to seek it--verily, God is Self-Sufficient,
above any need of His creatures.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 118
The attainment of the most great guidance is dependent upon knowledge
and wisdom, and on being informed as to the mysteries of the Holy Words.
Wherefore must the loved ones of God, be they young or old, be they men
or women, each one according to his capabilities, strive to acquire the
various branches of knowledge, and to increase his understanding of the
mysteries of the Holy Books, and his skill in marshalling the divine proofs
-- Compilation, Bahá'í Education, Abdu'l-Bahá
By God! He, the Glory of God (Bahá), hath spoken not from mere impulse.
He that hath given Him a voice is He that hath given a voice unto all
things, that they may praise and glorify Him. There is none other God
but Him, the One, the Incomparable, the Lord of strength, the
They whose sight is keen, whose ears are retentive, whose hearts are
enlightened, and whose breasts are dilated, recognize both truth and
falsehood, and distinguish the one from the other.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 9