Selections From the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá
163: O ye two seekers after truth! Your letter was ...
O ye two seekers after truth! Your letter was received and its contents noted. As for the letters ye had
previously sent, not all were received, while some reached
here at a time when the cruelty of the oppressors had so
intensified that it was not possible to send a reply. Now this
present letter is here, and we are able to answer it, and I
have therefore set about writing, in spite of much pressing
business, so that ye will know that ye are loved amongst
us, and also accepted in the Kingdom of God.
Your questions, however, can be answered only briefly,
since there is no time for a detailed reply. The answer to the
first question: the souls of the children of the Kingdom,
after their separation from the body, ascend unto the
realm of everlasting life. But if ye ask as to the place, know
ye that the world of existence is a single world, although
its stations are various and distinct. For example, the
mineral life occupieth its own plane, but a mineral entity is
without any awareness at all of the vegetable kingdom,
and indeed, with its inner tongue denieth that there is any
such kingdom. In the same way, a vegetable entity knoweth
nothing of the animal world, remaining completely
heedless and ignorant thereof, for the stage of the animal is
higher than that of the vegetable, and the vegetable is
veiled from the animal world and inwardly denieth the
existence of that world--all this while animal, vegetable
and mineral dwell together in the one world. In the same
way the animal remaineth totally unaware of that power
of the human mind which graspeth universal ideas and
layeth bare the secrets of creation--so that a man who
liveth in the east can make plans and arrangements for the
west; can unravel mysteries; although located on the
continent of Europe can discover America; although sited
on the earth can lay hold of the inner realities of the stars
of heaven. Of this power of discovery which belongeth to
the human mind, this power which can grasp abstract and
universal ideas, the animal remaineth totally ignorant, and
indeed denieth its existence.
In the same way, the denizens of this earth are completely
unaware of the world of the Kingdom and deny the
existence thereof. They ask, for example: `Where is the
Kingdom? Where is the Lord of the Kingdom?' These
people are even as the mineral and the vegetable, who
know nothing whatever of the animal and the human
realm; they see it not; they find it not. Yet the mineral and
vegetable, the animal and man, are all living here together
in this world of existence.
As to the second question: the tests and trials of God take
place in this world, not in the world of the Kingdom.
The answer to the third question is this, that in the other
world the human reality doth not assume a physical form,
rather doth it take on a heavenly form, made up of
elements of that heavenly realm.
And the answer to the fourth question: the centre of the
Sun of Truth is in the supernal world--the Kingdom of
God. Those souls who are pure and unsullied, upon the
dissolution of their elemental frames, hasten away to the
world of God, and that world is within this world. The
people of this world, however, are unaware of that world,
and are even as the mineral and the vegetable that know
nothing of the world of the animal and the world of man.
The answer to the fifth question is this: Bahá'u'lláh hath
raised up the tabernacle of the oneness of mankind. Whoso
seeketh shelter under this roof will certainly come forth
from other dwellings.
And to the sixth question: if on some point or other a
difference ariseth among two conflicting groups, let them
refer to the Centre of the Covenant for a solution to the
And the seventh question: Bahá'u'lláh hath been made
manifest to all mankind and He hath invited all to the
table of God, the banquet of Divine bounty. Today,
however, most of those who sit at that table are the poor,
and this is why Christ hath said blessed are the poor, for
riches do prevent the rich from entering the Kingdom;
and again, He saith, `It is easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the
Kingdom of God.'
If, however, the wealth of this world,
and worldly glory and repute, do not block his entry
therein, that rich man will be favoured at the Holy Threshold
and accepted by the Lord of the Kingdom.
In brief, Bahá'u'lláh hath become manifest to educate
all the peoples of the world. He is the Universal Educator,
whether of the rich or the poor, whether of black or white,
or of peoples from east or west, or north or south.
Among those who visit Akká, some have made great
forward strides. Lightless candles, they were set alight;
withered, they began to bloom; dead, they were recalled
to life and went home with tidings of great joy. But
others, in truth, have simply passed through; they have
only taken a tour.
O ye twain who are strongly attracted to the Kingdom,
thank ye God that ye have made your home a Bahá'í
centre and a gathering place for the friends.
1. [Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25]