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Selections From the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá
1: O peoples of the world! The Sun of Truth hath ...
O peoples of the world! The Sun of Truth hath risen to illumine the whole earth, and to spiritualize the
community of man. Laudable are the results and the fruits
thereof, abundant the holy evidences deriving from this
grace. This is mercy unalloyed and purest bounty; it is light
for the world and all its peoples; it is harmony and fellowship,
and love and solidarity; indeed it is compassion and
unity, and the end of foreignness; it is the being at one, in
complete dignity and freedom, with all on earth.
The Blessed Beauty saith: `Ye are all the fruits of one
tree, the leaves of one branch.' Thus hath He likened this
world of being to a single tree, and all its peoples to the
leaves thereof, and the blossoms and fruits. It is needful for
the bough to blossom, and leaf and fruit to flourish, and
upon the interconnection of all parts of the world-tree,
dependeth the flourishing of leaf and blossom, and the
sweetness of the fruit.
For this reason must all human beings powerfully sustain
one another and seek for everlasting life; and for this reason
must the lovers of God in this contingent world become the
mercies and the blessings sent forth by that clement King of
the seen and unseen realms. Let them purify their sight and
behold all humankind as leaves and blossoms and fruits of
the tree of being. Let them at all times concern themselves
with doing a kindly thing for one of their fellows, offering
to someone love, consideration, thoughtful help. Let them
see no one as their enemy, or as wishing them ill, but
think of all humankind as their friends; regarding the alien
as an intimate, the stranger as a companion, staying free of
prejudice, drawing no lines.
In this day, the one favoured at the Threshold of the
Lord is he who handeth round the cup of faithfulness; who
bestoweth, even upon his enemies, the jewel of bounty,
and lendeth, even to his fallen oppressor, a helping hand; it
is he who will, even to the fiercest of his foes, be a loving
friend. These are the Teachings of the Blessed Beauty, these
the counsels of the Most Great Name.
O ye dear friends! The world is at war and the human
race is in travail and mortal combat. The dark night of hate
hath taken over, and the light of good faith is blotted out.
The peoples and kindreds of the earth have sharpened their
claws, and are hurling themselves one against the other. It
is the very foundation of the human race that is being
destroyed. It is thousands of households that are vagrant
and dispossessed, and every year seeth thousands upon
thousands of human beings weltering in their life-blood on
dusty battlefields. The tents of life and joy are down. The
generals practise their generalship, boasting of the blood
they shed, competing one with the next in inciting to
violence. `With this sword,' saith one of them, `I beheaded
a people!' And another: `I toppled a nation to the ground!'
And yet another: `I brought a government down!' On such
things do men pride themselves, in such do they glory!
Love--righteousness--these are everywhere censured, while
despised are harmony, and devotion to the truth.
The Faith of the Blessed Beauty is summoning mankind
to safety and love, to amity and peace; it hath raised up its
tabernacle on the heights of the earth, and directeth its call
to all nations. Wherefore, O ye who are God's lovers, know
ye the value of this precious Faith, obey its teachings, walk
in this road that is drawn straight, and show ye this way to
the people. Lift up your voices and sing out the song of the
Kingdom. Spread far and wide the precepts and counsels of
the loving Lord, so that this world will change into another
world, and this darksome earth will be flooded with light,
and the dead body of mankind will arise and live; so that
every soul will ask for immortality, through the holy
breaths of God.
Soon will your swiftly-passing days be over, and the fame
and riches, the comforts, the joys provided by this rubbish-heap,
the world, will be gone without a trace. Summon ye,
then, the people to God, and invite humanity to follow the
example of the Company on high. Be ye loving fathers to
the orphan, and a refuge to the helpless, and a treasury for
the poor, and a cure for the ailing. Be ye the helpers of
every victim of oppression, the patrons of the disadvantaged.
Think ye at all times of rendering some service to
every member of the human race. Pay ye no heed to aversion
and rejection, to disdain, hostility, injustice: act ye in
the opposite way. Be ye sincerely kind, not in appearance
only. Let each one of God's loved ones centre his attention
on this: to be the Lord's mercy to man; to be the Lord's
grace. Let him do some good to every person whose path
he crosseth, and be of some benefit to him. Let him improve
the character of each and all, and reorient the minds of men.
In this way, the light of divine guidance will shine forth,
and the blessings of God will cradle all mankind: for love is
light, no matter in what abode it dwelleth; and hate is
darkness, no matter where it may make its nest. O friends
of God! That the hidden Mystery may stand revealed, and
the secret essence of all things may be disclosed, strive ye to
banish that darkness for ever and ever.