The Promulgation of Universal Peace
5 May 1912
Talk at Children's Meeting
Notes by Marzieh Moss
You are the children of whom Christ has said, "Of such is the
kingdom of God"; and according to the words of Bahá'u'lláh you
are the very lamps or candles of the world of humanity, for your
hearts are exceedingly pure and your spirits most sensitive. You
are near the source; you have not yet become contaminated. You
are the lambs of the heavenly Shepherd. You are as polished mirrors
reflecting pure light. My hope is that your parents may educate
you spiritually and give you thorough moral training. May you develop
so that each one of you shall become imbued with all the
virtues of the human world. May you advance in all material and
spiritual degrees. May you become learned in sciences, acquire the
arts and crafts, prove to be useful members of human society and
assist the progress of human civilization. May you be a cause of the
manifestation of divine bestowals--each one of you a shining star
radiating the light of the oneness of humanity toward the horizons
of the East and West. May you be devoted to the love and unity of
mankind, and through your efforts may the reality deposited in the
human heart find its divine expression. I pray for you, asking the
assistance and confirmation of God in your behalf.
You are all my children, my spiritual children. Spiritual children
are dearer than physical children, for it is possible for physical
children to turn away from the Spirit of God, but you are spiritual
children and, therefore, you are most beloved. I wish for you progress
in every degree of development. May God assist you. May
you be surrounded by the beneficent light of His countenance, and
may you attain maturity under His nurture and protection. You are
(To the Friends)
I am going away, but you must arise to serve the Word of God.
Your hearts must be pure and your intentions sincere in order that
you may become recipients of the divine bestowals. Consider that
although the sun shines equally upon all things, yet in the clear
mirror its reflection is most brilliant and not in the black stone. This
great effulgence and heat have been produced by the crystal clearness
of the glass. If there were no clearness and purity, these effects
would not be witnessed. Should rain fall upon salty, stony
earth, it will never have effect; but when it falls upon good pure
soil, green and verdant growth follows, and fruits are produced.
This is the day when pure hearts have a portion of the everlasting
bounties and sanctified souls are being illumined by the eternal
manifestations. Praise be to God! You are believers in God, assured
by the words of God and turning to the Kingdom of God.
You have heard the divine call. Your hearts are moved by the
breezes of the paradise of Abhá. You have good intentions; your
purpose is the good pleasure of God; you desire to serve in the
Kingdom of the Merciful One. Therefore, arise in the utmost
power. Be in perfect unity. Never become angry with one another.
Let your eyes be directed toward the kingdom of truth and not toward
the world of creation. Love the creatures for the sake of God
and not for themselves. You will never become angry or impatient
if you love them for the sake of God. Humanity is not perfect.
There are imperfections in every human being, and you will always
become unhappy if you look toward the people themselves.
But if you look toward God, you will love them and be kind to
them, for the world of God is the world of perfection and complete
mercy. Therefore, do not look at the shortcomings of anybody; see
with the sight of forgiveness. The imperfect eye beholds imperfections.
The eye that covers faults looks toward the Creator of souls.
He created them, trains and provides for them, endows them with
capacity and life, sight and hearing; therefore, they are the signs of
His grandeur. You must love and be kind to everybody, care for the
poor, protect the weak, heal the sick, teach and educate the ignorant.
It is my hope that the unity and harmony of the friends in Chicago
may be the cause of the unity of the friends throughout America
and that all people may become recipients of their love and kindness.
May they be an example for mankind. Then the confirmations
of the Kingdom of Abhá and the bestowals of the Sun of Reality
will be all-encircling.