The Promulgation of Universal Peace
31 May 1912
Talk at Town Hall
Fanwood, New Jersey
From Persian Notes
The material world is subject to change and transformation. The
Cause of the Kingdom is eternal; therefore, it is the most important.
But, alas, day by day the power of the Kingdom in human
hearts is weakened, and material forces gain the ascendancy. The
divine signs are becoming less and less, and human evidences
grow stronger. They have reached such a degree that materialists
are advancing and aggressive while divine forces are waning and
vanishing. Irreligion has conquered religion. The cause of the chaotic
condition lies in the differences among the religions and finds
its origin in the animosity and hatred existing between sects and
denominations. The materialists have availed themselves of this
dissension amongst the religions and are constantly attacking
them, intending to uproot the tree of divine planting. Owing to
strife and contention among themselves, the religions are being
weakened and vanquished. If a commander is at variance with his
army in the execution of military tactics, there is no doubt he will
be defeated by the enemy. Today the religions are at variance; enmity,
strife and recrimination prevail among them; they refuse to
associate; nay, rather, if necessary they shed each other's blood.
Read history and record to see what dreadful events have happened
in the name of religion. For instance, the Hebrew prophets were
sent to announce Christ, but unfortunately the Talmud and its
superstitions veiled Him so completely that they crucified their
promised Messiah. Had they renounced the talmudic traditions and
investigated the reality of the religion of Moses, they would have
become believers in Christ. Blind adherence to forms and imitations
of ancestral beliefs deprived them of their messianic bounty.
They were not refreshed by the downpouring rain of mercy, nor
were they illumined by the rays of the Sun of Truth.
Imitation destroys the foundation of religion, extinguishes the
spirituality of the human world, transforms heavenly illumination
into darkness and deprives man of the knowledge of God. It is the
cause of the victory of materialism and infidelity over religion; it is
the denial of Divinity and the law of revelation; it refuses Prophethood
and rejects the Kingdom of God. When materialists subject
imitations to the intellectual analysis of reason, they find them to
be mere superstitions; therefore, they deny religion. For instance,
the Jews have ideas as to the purity and impurity of religion, but
when you subject these ideas to scientific scrutiny, they are found
to be without foundation.
Is it impossible for us to receive the infinite bounties of God? Is
it impossible to attain the virtues of the spiritual world because we
are not living in the time of Moses, the period of the prophets or the
era of Christ? Those were spiritual cycles. Can we not develop
spiritually because we are far from them and are living in a
materialistic age? The God of Moses and Jesus is able to bestow the
same favors, nay, greater favors upon His people in this day. For
example, in past ages He bestowed reason, intelligence and understanding
upon His servants. Can we say He is not able to confer His
bounties in this century? Would it be just if He sent Moses for the
guidance of past nations and entirely neglected those living now?
Could it be possible that this present period has been deprived of
divine bounties while past ages of tyranny and barbarism received
an inexhaustible portion of them? The same merciful God Who
bestowed His favors in the past has opened the doors of His Kingdom
to us. The rays of His sun are shining; the breath of the Holy
Spirit is quickening. That omniscient God still assists and confirms
us, illumines our hearts, gladdens our souls and perfumes our nostrils
with the fragrances of holiness. Divine wisdom and providence
have encircled all and spread the heavenly table before us.
We must take a bountiful share of this generous favor.
The work of the shepherd is to bring together the scattered
sheep. If he disperses the united flock, he is not the shepherd. As
the Prophets fulfilled Their mission in this respect, They are the
true Shepherds. When Moses appeared, the Israelitish people were
disorganized. Enmity and discord increased their disunion. With
divine power He assembled and united this scattered flock, placed
within their hearts the pearl of love, freed them from captivity and
led them out of Egypt into the Holy Land. They made wonderful
progress in sciences and arts. Bonds of social and national strength
cemented them. Their progress in human virtues was so rapid and
wonderful that they rose to the zenith of the Solomonic sovereignty.
Could it be said that Moses was not a real Shepherd and that
He did not gather these scattered people together?
Christ was a real Shepherd. At the time of His manifestation,
the Greeks, Romans, Assyrians and Egyptians were like so many
scattered flocks. Christ breathed upon them the spirit of unity and
Therefore, it is evident that the Prophets of God have come to
unite the children of men and not to disperse them, to establish the
law of love and not enmity. Consequently, we must lay aside all
prejudice--whether it be religious, racial, political or patriotic; we
must become the cause of the unification of the human race. Strive
for universal peace, seek the means of love, and destroy the basis
of disagreement so that this material world may become divine, the
world of matter become the realm of the Kingdom and humanity
attain to the world of perfection.