The Promulgation of Universal Peace
24 April 1912
Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons
1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Notes by Joseph H. Hannen
You are welcome this afternoon, most welcome. I am ever happy
to see you. I ask God that meeting me may be productive of results;
that it may not be like ordinary gatherings, for those who hold
meetings where groups of people assemble usually have some
interest to further. Praise be to God! I have no personal interests. I
have an interest in the Kingdom, and this is a sincere intention. I
have perfect love for you; therefore, I have traveled this long distance
to meet and greet you. I hope that these gatherings may be
productive of great results, and there is no greater result than the
love of God. There is no greater result than bonds of service in the
divine Kingdom and attainment to the good pleasure of the Lord.
Therefore, I desire that your hearts may be directed to the Kingdom
of God, that your intentions may be pure and sincere, your purposes
turned toward altruistic accomplishment unmindful of your
own welfare; nay, rather, may all your intentions center in the
welfare of humanity, and may you seek to sacrifice yourselves in
the pathway of devotion to mankind. Even as Jesus Christ forfeited
His life, may you, likewise, offer yourselves in the threshold of
sacrifice for the betterment of the world; and just as Bahá'u'lláh
suffered severe ordeals and calamities nearly fifty years for you,
may you be willing to undergo difficulties and withstand catastrophes
for humanity in general. May you bear these trials and tests
most willingly and joyously, for every night is followed by a day,
and every day has a night. Every spring has an autumn, and every
autumn has its spring. The coming of a Manifestation of God is the
season of spiritual spring. For instance, the appearance of Christ
was a divine springtime. Therefore, it caused a great commotion
and vibrant movement in the world of humanity. The Sun of Reality
dawned, the cloud of mercy poured down its rain, the breezes of
providence moved, the world became a new world, mankind
reflected an extraordinary radiance, souls were educated, minds
were developed, intelligences became acute, and the human world
attained a new freshness of life, like unto the advent of spring.
Then gradually that spring was followed by the autumn of death
and decay. The teachings of Christ were forgotten. The Christly
bounties ceased. Divine moralities disappeared. Day ended in
night. The people became negligent and oblivious. Minds
weakened until conditions reached such a crisis that material science
rose in the ascendant. Knowledge and sciences of the Kingdom
became obsolete, the mysteries of God deepened, and the
traces of the bounties of Christ were completely obliterated. The
nations were enmeshed in superstition and blind imitation. Discord
and disagreement arose, culminating in strife, war and bloodshed.
Hearts were torn asunder in violence. Various denominations appeared,
diverse sects and creeds arose, and the whole world was
plunged into darkness.
At such a time as this Bahá'u'lláh dawned from the horizon of
Persia. He reformed and renewed the fundamentals and realities of
Christ's teachings. He endured the greatest difficulties and underwent
the severest ordeals.
Praise be to God that the teachings of God are revoiced, the light
of reality has dawned again, the effulgence is increasing daily, and
the radiance is shining more gloriously in the zenith. From the
cloud of mercy a deluge is descending; the Sun of Reality is brilliant
in its eternal station. Again we are hopeful that the same
springtime may pitch its tent and that these boundless bestowals
may appear once more among us. Through your efforts and sincerity
this is made possible. If you arise in the Cause of God with divine
power, heavenly grace, the sincerity of the Kingdom, a merciful
heart and decisive intention, it is certain that the world of humanity
will be entirely illumined, the moralities of mankind will become
merciful, the foundations of the Most Great Peace will be laid, and
the oneness of the kingdom of man will become a reality. This is
the great bounty I desire for you, and I pray and supplicate the divine
threshold, imploring in your behalf.
O Thou merciful God! O Thou Who art mighty and powerful! O
Thou most kind Father! These servants have gathered together,
turning to Thee, supplicating Thy threshold, desiring Thine endless
bounties from Thy great assurance. They have no purpose save
Thy good pleasure. They have no intention save service to the
world of humanity.
O God! Make this assemblage radiant. Make the hearts merciful.
Confer the bounties of the Holy Spirit. Endow them with a
power from heaven. Bless them with heavenly minds. Increase
their sincerity, so that with all humility and contrition they may
turn to Thy kingdom and be occupied with service to the world of
humanity. May each one become a radiant candle. May each one
become a brilliant star. May each one become beautiful in color
and redolent of fragrance in the Kingdom of God.
O kind Father! Confer Thy blessings. Consider not our shortcomings.
Shelter us under Thy protection. Remember not our sins.
Heal us with Thy mercy. We are weak; Thou art mighty. We are
poor; Thou art rich. We are sick; Thou art the Physician. We are
needy; Thou art most generous.
O God! Endow us with Thy providence. Thou art the Powerful.
Thou art the Giver. Thou art the Beneficent.