Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh
LXXXII: Thou hast asked Me concerning the...
Thou hast asked Me concerning the nature of the soul. Know, verily, that the soul is a
sign of God, a heavenly gem whose reality the most
learned of men hath failed to grasp, and whose
mystery no mind, however acute, can ever hope to
unravel. It is the first among all created things to
declare the excellence of its Creator, the first to
recognize His glory, to cleave to His truth, and to
bow down in adoration before Him. If it be faithful
to God, it will reflect His light, and will, eventually,
return unto Him. If it fail, however, in its allegiance
to its Creator, it will become a victim to self and
passion, and will, in the end, sink in their depths.
Whoso hath, in this Day, refused to allow the
doubts and fancies of men to turn him away from
Him Who is the Eternal Truth, and hath not suffered
the tumult provoked by the ecclesiastical and secular
authorities to deter him from recognizing His
Message, such a man will be regarded by God, the
Lord of all men, as one of His mighty signs, and
will be numbered among them whose names have
been inscribed by the Pen of the Most High in His
Book. Blessed is he that hath recognized the true
stature of such a soul, that hath acknowledged its
station, and discovered its virtues.
Much hath been written in the books of old concerning
the various stages in the development of the
soul, such as concupiscence, irascibility, inspiration,
benevolence, contentment, Divine good-pleasure, and
the like; the Pen of the Most High, however, is disinclined
to dwell upon them. Every soul that walketh
humbly with its God, in this Day, and cleaveth unto
Him, shall find itself invested with the honor and
glory of all goodly names and stations.
When man is asleep, his soul can, in no wise, be
said to have been inherently affected by any external
object. It is not susceptible of any change in its
original state or character. Any variation in its functions
is to be ascribed to external causes. It is to these
external influences that any variations in its environment,
its understanding, and perception should be
Consider the human eye. Though it hath the
faculty of perceiving all created things, yet the
slightest impediment may so obstruct its vision as to
deprive it of the power of discerning any object
whatsoever. Magnified be the name of Him Who
hath created, and is the Cause of, these causes, Who
hath ordained that every change and variation in the
world of being be made dependent upon them. Every
created thing in the whole universe is but a door
leading into His knowledge, a sign of His sovereignty,
a revelation of His names, a symbol of His
majesty, a token of His power, a means of admittance
into His straight Path....
Verily I say, the human soul is, in its essence, one
of the signs of God, a mystery among His mysteries.
It is one of the mighty signs of the Almighty, the
harbinger that proclaimeth the reality of all the
worlds of God. Within it lieth concealed that which
the world is now utterly incapable of apprehending.
Ponder in thine heart the revelation of the Soul of
God that pervadeth all His Laws, and contrast it with
that base and appetitive nature that hath rebelled
against Him, that forbiddeth men to turn unto the
Lord of Names, and impelleth them to walk after
their lusts and wickedness. Such a soul hath, in truth,
wandered far in the path of error...
Thou hast, moreover, asked Me concerning the
state of the soul after its separation from the body.
Know thou, of a truth, that if the soul of man hath
walked in the ways of God, it will, assuredly, return
and be gathered to the glory of the Beloved. By the
righteousness of God! It shall attain a station such
as no pen can depict, or tongue describe. The soul
that hath remained faithful to the Cause of God,
and stood unwaveringly firm in His Path shall, after
his ascension, be possessed of such power that all the
worlds which the Almighty hath created can benefit
through him. Such a soul provideth, at the bidding of
the Ideal King and Divine Educator, the pure leaven
that leaveneth the world of being, and furnisheth the
power through which the arts and wonders of the
world are made manifest. Consider how meal needeth
leaven to be leavened with. Those souls that are the
symbols of detachment are the leaven of the world.
Meditate on this, and be of the thankful.
In several of Our Tablets We have referred to this
theme, and have set forth the various stages in the
development of the soul. Verily I say, the human soul
is exalted above all egress and regress. It is still, and
yet it soareth; it moveth, and yet it is still. It is, in
itself, a testimony that beareth witness to the existence
of a world that is contingent, as well as to the
reality of a world that hath neither beginning nor
end. Behold how the dream thou hast dreamed is,
after the lapse of many years, re-enacted before thine
eyes. Consider how strange is the mystery of the
world that appeareth to thee in thy dream. Ponder in
thine heart upon the unsearchable wisdom of God,
and meditate on its manifold revelations....
Witness the wondrous evidences of God's handiwork,
and reflect upon its range and character. He
Who is the Seal of the Prophets hath said: "Increase
my wonder and amazement at Thee, O God!"
As to thy question whether the physical world is
subject to any limitations, know thou that the comprehension
of this matter dependeth upon the observer
himself. In one sense, it is limited; in another,
it is exalted beyond all limitations. The one true God
hath everlastingly existed, and will everlastingly continue
to exist. His creation, likewise, hath had no
beginning, and will have no end. All that is created,
however, is preceded by a cause. This fact, in itself,
establisheth, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the unity
of the Creator.
Thou hast, moreover, asked Me concerning the
nature of the celestial spheres. To comprehend their
nature, it would be necessary to inquire into the
meaning of the allusions that have been made in the
Books of old to the celestial spheres and the heavens,
and to discover the character of their relationship to
this physical world, and the influence which they
exert upon it. Every heart is filled with wonder at so
bewildering a theme, and every mind is perplexed by
its mystery. God, alone, can fathom its import. The
learned men, that have fixed at several thousand years
the life of this earth, have failed, throughout the long
period of their observation, to consider either the
number or the age of the other planets. Consider,
moreover, the manifold divergencies that have resulted
from the theories propounded by these men.
Know thou that every fixed star hath its own planets,
and every planet its own creatures, whose number
no man can compute.
O thou that hast fixed thine eyes upon My countenance!
The Day Spring of Glory hath, in this Day,
manifested its radiance, and the Voice of the Most
High is calling. We have formerly uttered these
words: "This is not the day for any man to question
his Lord. It behoveth whosoever hath hearkened to
the Call of God, as voiced by Him Who is the Day
Spring of Glory, to arise and cry out: `Here am I,
here am I, O Lord of all Names; here am I, here am
I, O Maker of the heavens! I testify that, through
Thy Revelation, the things hidden in the Books of
God have been revealed, and that whatsoever hath
been recorded by Thy Messengers in the sacred
Scriptures hath been fulfilled.'"