The Promulgation of Universal Peace
17 June 1912
Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York
Notes by Emma C. Melick
We should all visit the sick. When they are in sorrow and suffering,
it is a real help and benefit to have a friend come. Happiness is
a great healer to those who are ill. In the East it is the custom to call
upon the patient often and meet him individually. The people in the
East show the utmost kindness and compassion to the sick and
suffering. This has greater effect than the remedy itself. You must
always have this thought of love and affection when you visit the
ailing and afflicted.
The world of humanity may be likened to the individual man
himself; it has its illness and ailments. A patient must be diagnosed
by a skillful physician. The Prophets of God are the real Physicians.
In whatever age or time They appear They prescribe for
human conditions. They know the sicknesses; They discover the
hidden sources of disease and indicate the necessary remedy.
Whosoever is healed by that remedy finds eternal health. For instance,
in the day of Jesus Christ the world of humanity was
afflicted with various ailments. Jesus Christ was the real Physician.
He appeared, recognized the symptoms and prescribed the real remedy.
What was that remedy? It was His revealed teaching especially
applicable to that age. Later on many new ailments and disorders
appeared in the body politic. The world became sick; other
severe maladies appeared, especially in the peninsula of Arabia.
God manifested Muhammad there. He came and prescribed for the
conditions so that the Arabs became healthy, strong and virile in
In this present age the world of humanity is afflicted with severe
sicknesses and grave disorders which threaten death. Therefore,
Bahá'u'lláh has appeared. He is the real Physician, bringing divine
remedy and healing to the world of man. He has brought teachings
for all ailments--the Hidden Words, Ishráqát, Tarazát,
Tajallíyát, Words of Paradise, Glad Tidings, etc. These Holy
Words and teachings are the remedy for the body politic, the divine
prescription and real cure for the disorders which afflict the world.
Therefore, we must accept and partake of this healing remedy in
order that complete recovery may be assured. Every soul who lives
according to the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh is free from the ailments
and indispositions which prevail throughout the world of humanity;
otherwise, selfish disorders, intellectual maladies, spiritual
sicknesses, imperfections and vices will surround him, and he will
not receive the life-giving bounties of God.
Bahá'u'lláh is the real Physician. He has diagnosed human conditions
and indicated the necessary treatment. The essential principles
of His healing remedies are the knowledge and love of God,
severance from all else save God, turning our faces in sincerity toward
the Kingdom of God, implicit faith, firmness and fidelity,
loving-kindness toward all creatures and the acquisition of the divine
virtues indicated for the human world. These are the fundamental
principles of progress, civilization, international peace and
the unity of mankind. These are the essentials of Bahá'u'lláh's
teachings, the secret of everlasting health, the remedy and healing
It is my hope that you may assist in healing the sick body of the
world through these teachings so that eternal radiance may illumine
all the nations of mankind.