The Promulgation of Universal Peace
12 April 1912
Talk at Studio of Miss Phillips
39 West Sixty-seventh Street, New York
Notes by John G. Grundy
I give you greeting in love and unity. The affairs of this world are
to be accounted as nothing compared to the joy and heavenly happiness
of meeting the friends of God. It is to experience this great joy
and blessing that I have come here although weary from my long
voyage upon the sea. Tonight I am in the greatest happiness, looking
upon this concourse of God. Your meeting here is surely an
evidence that you are upholding the Cause of God, that you are
aiding and assisting in establishing the Kingdom of God. Therefore,
the culmination of my happiness is to look upon your faces
and realize that you have been brought together by the power of the
Blessed Perfection, Bahá'u'lláh. In this meeting you are upholding
His standard and assisting His Cause. Therefore, I behold in you
the making of a goodly tree upon which divine fruits will appear to
give sustenance to the world of humanity.
With hearts set aglow by the fire of the love of God and spirits
refreshed by the food of the heavenly spirit you must go forth as the
disciples nineteen hundred years ago, quickening the hearts of men
by the call of glad tidings, the light of God in your faces, severed
from everything save God. Therefore, order your lives in accordance
with the first principle of the divine teaching, which is love.
Service to humanity is service to God. Let the love and light of the
Kingdom radiate through you until all who look upon you shall be
illumined by its reflection. Be as stars, brilliant and sparkling in the
loftiness of their heavenly station. Do you appreciate the Day in
which you live?
This is the century of the Blessed Perfection!
This is the cycle of the light of His beauty!
This is the consummate day of all the Prophets!
These are the days of seed sowing. These are the days of tree planting. The bountiful bestowals of God are successive. He who
sows a seed in this day will behold his reward in the fruits and harvest
of the heavenly Kingdom. This timely seed, when planted in
the hearts of the beloved of God, will be watered by showers of
divine mercy and warmed by the sunshine of divine love. Its fruitage
and flower shall be the solidarity of mankind, the perfection of
justice and the praiseworthy attributes of heaven manifest in humanity.
All who sow such a seed and plant such a tree according to
the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh shall surely witness this divine outcome
in the degrees of its perfection and will attain unto the good
pleasure of the Merciful One.
Today the nations of the world are self-engaged, occupied with
mortal and transitory accomplishments, consumed by the fires of
passion and self. Self is dominant; enmity and animosity prevail.
Nations and peoples are thinking only of their worldly interests and
outcomes. The clash of war and din of strife are heard among them.
But the friends of the Blessed Perfection have no thoughts save the
thoughts of heaven and the love of God. Therefore, you must without
delay employ your powers in spreading the effulgent glow of
the love of God and so order your lives that you may be known and
seen as examples of its radiance. You must deal with all in loving-kindness
in order that this precious seed entrusted to your planting
may continue to grow and bring forth its perfect fruit. The love and
mercy of God will accomplish this through you if you have love in
your own heart.
The doors of the Kingdom are opened. The lights of the Sun of
Truth are shining. The clouds of divine mercy are raining down
their priceless jewels. The zephyrs of a new and divine springtime
are wafting their fragrant breaths from the invisible world. Know
ye then the value of these days.
Awake ye to the realization of this heavenly opportunity. Strive
with all the power of your souls, your deeds, actions and words to
assist the spread of these glad tidings and the descent of this merciful
bounty. You are the reality and expression of your deeds and
actions. If you abide by the precepts and teachings of the Blessed
Perfection, the heavenly world and ancient Kingdom will be
yours--eternal happiness, love and everlasting life. The divine
bounties are flowing. Each one of you has been given the opportunity
of becoming a tree yielding abundant fruits. This is the
springtime of Bahá'u'lláh. The verdure and foliage of spiritual
growth are appearing in great abundance in the gardens of human
hearts. Know ye the value of these passing days and vanishing
nights. Strive to attain a station of absolute love one toward
another. By the absence of love, enmity increases. By the exercise
of love, love strengthens and enmities dwindle away.
Consider me--in the years of my advanced age, burdened with
physical infirmities--crossing the wide ocean to look upon your
faces. It is my hope that through the life of the spirit you may all
become as one soul, as one tree adorning the rose garden of the
Kingdom. It is my hope that the endless treasures of the bestowals
of God may be yours here and hereafter. It is my prayer that the
Supreme Concourse may be illumined by your brilliant lights
shining forever in the heavens of eternal glory.