The Promulgation of Universal Peace
13 April 1912
Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Morten
141 East Twenty-first Street, New York
Notes by Esther Foster
Praise be to God! This is a radiant gathering. The faces are brilliant
with the light of God. The hearts are attracted to the Kingdom
of Bahá. I beg of God that day by day your faces may become
brighter; day by day you may draw nearer to God; day by day you
may take a greater portion from the outpourings of the Holy Spirit
so that you may become encircled by the bounties of heaven.
The spiritual world is like unto the phenomenal world. They are
the exact counterpart of each other. Whatever objects appear in this
world of existence are the outer pictures of the world of heaven.
When we look upon the phenomenal world, we perceive that it is
divided into four seasons; one is the season of spring, another the
season of summer, another autumn and then these three seasons are
followed by winter. When the season of spring appears in the arena
of existence, the whole world is rejuvenated and finds new life.
The soul-refreshing breeze is wafted from every direction; the
soul-quickening bounty is everywhere; the cloud of mercy showers
down its rain, and the sun shines upon everything. Day by day we
perceive that the signs of vegetation are all about us. Wonderful
flowers, hyacinths and roses perfume the nostrils. The trees are full
of leaves and blossoms, and the blossoms are followed by fruit.
The spring and summer are followed by autumn and winter. The
flowers wither and are no more; the leaves turn gray and life has
gone. Then comes another springtime; the former springtime is renewed;
again a new life stirs within everything.
The appearances of the Manifestations of God are the divine
springtime. When Christ appeared in this world, it was like the
vernal bounty; the outpouring descended; the effulgences of the
Merciful encircled all things; the human world found new life.
Even the physical world partook of it. The divine perfections were
upraised; souls were trained in the school of heaven so that all
grades of human existence received life and light. Then by degrees
these fragrances of heaven were discontinued; the season of winter
came upon the world; the beauties of spring vanished; the excellences
and perfections passed away; the lights and quickening were
no longer evident; the phenomenal world and its materialities conquered
everything; the spiritualities of life were lost; the world of
existence became life unto a lifeless body; there was no trace of the
Bahá'u'lláh has come into this world. He has renewed that
springtime. The same fragrances are wafting; the same heat of the
Sun is giving life; the same cloud is pouring its rain, and with our
own eyes we see that the world of existence is advancing and
progressing. The human world has found new life.
I hope that each and all of you may become like unto verdant and
green trees so that through the breezes of the divine spring, the outpouring
of heaven, the heat of the Sun of Truth, you may become
eternally refreshed; that you may bear blossoms and become
fruitful; that you may not be as fruitless trees. Fruitless trees do not
bring forth fruits or flowers. I hope that all of you may become
friends of the paradise of Abhá, appearing with the utmost freshness
and spiritual beauty. I pray in your behalf and beg of God
confirmation and assistance.