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The Promulgation of Universal Peace
5 December 1912
Talk on Day of Departure
On Board Steamship Celtic, New York
Notes by Mariam Haney
This is my last meeting with you, for now I am on the ship ready to
sail away. These are my final words of exhortation. I have repeatedly
summoned you to the cause of the unity of the world of
humanity, announcing that all mankind are the servants of the
same God, that God is the creator of all; He is the Provider and
Life-giver; all are equally beloved by Him and are His servants
upon whom His mercy and compassion descend. Therefore, you
must manifest the greatest kindness and love toward the nations
of the world, setting aside fanaticism, abandoning religious, national
and racial prejudice.
The earth is one native land, one home; and all mankind are the
children of one Father. God has created them, and they are the recipients
of His compassion. Therefore, if anyone offends another,
he offends God. It is the wish of our heavenly Father that every
heart should rejoice and be filled with happiness, that we should
live together in felicity and joy. The obstacle to human happiness is
racial or religious prejudice, the competitive struggle for existence
and inhumanity toward each other.
Your eyes have been illumined, your ears are attentive, your
hearts knowing. You must be free from prejudice and fanaticism,
beholding no differences between the races and religions. You
must look to God, for He is the real Shepherd, and all humanity are
His sheep. He loves them and loves them equally. As this is true,
should the sheep quarrel among themselves? They should manifest
gratitude and thankfulness to God, and the best way to thank God is
to love one another.
Beware lest ye offend any heart, lest ye speak against anyone in
his absence, lest ye estrange yourselves from the servants of God.
You must consider all His servants as your own family and relations.
Direct your whole effort toward the happiness of those who
are despondent, bestow food upon the hungry, clothe the needy,
and glorify the humble. Be a helper to every helpless one, and
manifest kindness to your fellow creatures in order that ye may attain
the good pleasure of God. This is conducive to the illumination
of the world of humanity and eternal felicity for yourselves. I seek
from God everlasting glory in your behalf; therefore, this is my
prayer and exhortation.
Consider what is happening in the Balkans. Human blood is
being shed, properties are destroyed, possessions pillaged, cities
and villages devastated. A world-enkindling fire is astir in the Balkans.
God has created men to love each other; but instead, they kill
each other with cruelty and bloodshed. God has created them that
they may cooperate and mingle in accord; but instead, they ravage,
plunder and destroy in the carnage of battle. God has created them
to be the cause of mutual felicity and peace; but instead, discord,
lamentation and anguish rise from the hearts of the innocent and
As to you: Your efforts must be lofty. Exert yourselves with heart
and soul so that, perchance, through your efforts the light of universal
peace may shine and this darkness of estrangement and enmity
may be dispelled from amongst men, that all men may become
as one family and consort together in love and kindness, that
the East may assist the West and the West give help to the East, for
all are the inhabitants of one planet, the people of one original native
land and the flocks of one Shepherd.
Consider how the Prophets Who have been sent, the great souls
who have appeared and the sages who have arisen in the world
have exhorted mankind to unity and love. This has been the essence
of their mission and teaching. This has been the goal of their
guidance and message. The Prophets, saints, seers and philosophers
have sacrificed their lives in order to establish these principles
and teachings amongst men. Consider the heedlessness of
the world, for notwithstanding the efforts and sufferings of the
Prophets of God, the nations and peoples are still engaged in hostility
and fighting. Notwithstanding the heavenly commandments
to love one another, they are still shedding each other's blood.
How heedless and ignorant are the people of the world! How gross
the darkness which envelops them! Although they are the children
of a compassionate God, they continue to live and act in opposition
to His will and good pleasure. God is loving and kind to all men,
and yet they show the utmost enmity and hatred toward each other.
God is the Giver of life to them, and yet they constantly seek to destroy
life. God blesses and protects their homes; they rage, sack
and destroy each other's homes. Consider their ignorance and
Your duty is of another kind, for you are informed of the mysteries
of God. Your eyes are illumined; your ears are quickened
with hearing. You must, therefore, look toward each other and
then toward mankind with the utmost love and kindness. You have
no excuse to bring before God if you fail to live according to His
command, for you are informed of that which constitutes the good
pleasure of God. You have heard His commandments and precepts.
You must, therefore, be kind to all men; you must even treat
your enemies as your friends. You must consider your evil-wishers
as your well-wishers. Those who are not agreeable toward you
must be regarded as those who are congenial and pleasant so that,
perchance, this darkness of disagreement and conflict may disappear
from amongst men and the light of the divine may shine forth,
so that the Orient may be illumined and the Occident filled with
fragrance, nay, so that the East and West may embrace each other
in love and deal with one another in sympathy and affection. Until
man reaches this high station, the world of humanity shall not find
rest, and eternal felicity shall not be attained. But if man lives up to
these divine commandments, this world of earth shall be transformed
into the world of heaven, and this material sphere shall be
converted into a paradise of glory. It is my hope that you may become
successful in this high calling so that like brilliant lamps you
may cast light upon the world of humanity and quicken and stir the
body of existence like unto a spirit of life. This is eternal glory.
This is everlasting felicity. This is immortal life. This is heavenly
attainment. This is being created in the image and likeness of God.
And unto this I call you, praying to God to strengthen and bless