The Promulgation of Universal Peace
14 April 1912
Talk at Union Meeting of Advanced Thought Centers
West Fifty-seventh Street, New York
Notes by Mountfort Mills and Howard MacNutt
I have come from distant lands to visit the meetings and assemblies
of this country. In every meeting I find people gathered,
loving each other; therefore, I am greatly pleased. The bond of
union is evidenced in this assembly today, where the power of
God has brought together in faith, agreement and concord those
who are engaged in furthering the development of the human
world. It is my hope that all mankind may become similarly united
in the bond and agreement of love. Unity is the expression of the
loving power of God and reflects the reality of Divinity. It is resplendent
in this Day through the bestowals of light upon humanity.
Throughout the universe the divine power is effulgent in endless
images and pictures. The world of creation, the world of humanity
may be likened to the earth itself and the divine power to the sun.
This Sun has shone upon all mankind. In the endless variety of its
reflections the divine Will is manifested. Consider how all are recipients
of the bounty of the same Sun. At most the difference between
them is that of degree, for the effulgence is one effulgence,
the one light emanating from the Sun. This will express the oneness
of the world of humanity. The body politic, or the social unity
of the human world, may be likened to an ocean, and each member,
each individual, a wave upon that same ocean.
The light of the sun becomes apparent in each object according
to the capacity of that object. The difference is simply one of degree
and receptivity. The stone would be a recipient only to a limited
extent; another created thing might be as a mirror wherein
the sun is fully reflected; but the same light shines upon both.
The most important thing is to polish the mirrors of hearts in
order that they may become illumined and receptive of the divine
light. One heart may possess the capacity of the polished mirror;
another, be covered and obscured by the dust and dross of this
world. Although the same Sun is shining upon both, in the mirror
which is polished, pure and sanctified you may behold the Sun in
all its fullness, glory and power, revealing its majesty and effulgence;
but in the mirror which is rusted and obscured there is no
capacity for reflection, although so far as the Sun itself is concerned
it is shining thereon and is neither lessened nor deprived.
Therefore, our duty lies in seeking to polish the mirrors of our
hearts in order that we shall become reflectors of that light and recipients
of the divine bounties which may be fully revealed through
This means the oneness of the world of humanity. That is to say,
when this human body politic reaches a state of absolute unity, the
effulgence of the eternal Sun will make its fullest light and heat
manifest. Therefore, we must not make distinctions between individual
members of the human family. We must not consider any
soul as barren or deprived. Our duty lies in educating souls so that
the Sun of the bestowals of God shall become resplendent in them,
and this is possible through the power of the oneness of humanity.
The more love is expressed among mankind and the stronger the
power of unity, the greater will be this reflection and revelation, for
the greatest bestowal of God is love. Love is the source of all the
bestowals of God. Until love takes possession of the heart, no other
divine bounty can be revealed in it.
All the Prophets have striven to make love manifest in the hearts
of men. Jesus Christ sought to create this love in the hearts. He suffered
all difficulties and ordeals that perchance the human heart
might become the fountain source of love. Therefore, we must strive
with all our heart and soul that this love may take possession of us
so that all humanity--whether it be in the East or in the West--
may be connected through the bond of this divine affection; for we
are all the waves of one sea; we have come into being through the
same bestowal and are recipients from the same center. The lights
of earth are all acceptable, but the center of effulgence is the sun,
and we must direct our gaze to the sun. God is the Supreme Center.
The more we turn toward this Center of Light, the greater will be
In the Orient there were great differences among races and
peoples. They hated each other, and there was no association
among them. Various and divergent sects were hostile, irreconcilable.
The different races were in constant war and conflict. About
sixty years ago Bahá'u'lláh appeared upon the eastern horizon. He
caused love and unity to become manifest among these antagonistic
peoples. He united them with the bond of love; their former
hatred and animosity passed away; love and unity reigned instead.
It was a dark world; it became radiant. A new springtime appeared
through Him, for the Sun of Truth had risen again. In the fields and
meadows of human hearts variegated flowers of inner significance
were blooming, and the good fruits of the Kingdom of God became
I have come here with this mission: that through your endeavors,
through your heavenly morals, through your devoted efforts
a perfect bond of unity and love may be established between
the East and the West so that the bestowals of God may descend
upon all and that all may be seen to be the parts of the same
tree--the great tree of the human family. For mankind may be
likened to the branches, leaves, blossoms and fruit of that tree.
The favors of God are unending, limitless. Infinite bounties
have encompassed the world. We must emulate the bounties of
God, and just as each one of them--the bounty of life, for instance--
surrounds and encompasses all, so likewise must we be
connected and blended together until each part shall become the
expression of the whole.
Consider: We plant a seed. A complete and perfect tree appears
from it, and from each seed of this tree another tree can be produced.
Therefore, the part is expressive of the whole, for this seed
was a part of the tree, but therein potentially was the whole tree. So
each one of us may become expressive or representative of all the
bounties of life to mankind. This is the unity of the world of humanity.
This is the bestowal of God. This is the felicity of the
human world, and this is the manifestation of the divine favor.