The Promulgation of Universal Peace
30 May 1912
Talk at Theosophical Lodge
Broadway and Seventy-ninth Street, New York
Notes by Howard MacNutt
I am greatly pleased with these expressions of kindly feeling and
evidences of spiritual susceptibility. Tonight I am very happy in
the realization that our aims and purposes are the same, our desires
and longings are one. This is a reflection and evidence of the oneness
of the world of humanity and the intention toward accomplishment
of the Most Great Peace. Therefore, we are united
in will and purpose. In the world of existence there are no greater
questions than these. Oneness of the world of humanity ensures the
glorification of man. International peace is the assurance of the
welfare of all humankind. There are no greater motives and purposes
in the human soul. As we are agreed upon them, the certainty
of unity and concord between Bahá'ís and Theosophists is most
hopeful. Their purposes are one, their desires one, and spiritual
susceptibilities are common to both. Their attention is devoted to
the divine Kingdom; they partake alike of its bounty.
Today the human world is in need of a great power by which
these glorious principles and purposes may be executed. The cause
of peace is a very great cause; it is the Cause of God, and all the
forces of the world are opposed to it. Governments, for instance,
consider militarism as the step to human progress, that division
among men and nations is the cause of patriotism and honor, that if
one nation attack and conquer another, gaining wealth, territory
and glory thereby, this warfare and conquest, this bloodshed and
cruelty are the cause of that victorious nation's advancement and
prosperity. This is an utter mistake. Compare the nations of the
world to the members of a family. A family is a nation in miniature.
Simply enlarge the circle of the household, and you have the
nation. Enlarge the circle of nations, and you have all humanity.
The conditions surrounding the family surround the nation. The
happenings in the family are the happenings in the life of the nation.
Would it add to the progress and advancement of a family if
dissensions should arise among its members, all fighting, pillaging
each other, jealous and revengeful of injury, seeking selfish advantage?
Nay, this would be the cause of the effacement of progress
and advancement. So it is in the great family of nations, for
nations are but an aggregate of families. Therefore, as strife and
dissension destroy a family and prevent its progress, so nations are
destroyed and advancement hindered.
All the heavenly Books, divine Prophets, sages and philosophers
agree that warfare is destructive to human development, and
peace constructive. They agree that war and strife strike at the foundations
of humanity. Therefore, a power is needed to prevent war
and to proclaim and establish the oneness of humanity.
But knowledge of the need of this power is not sufficient.
Realizing that wealth is desirable is not becoming wealthy. The
admission that scientific attainment is praiseworthy does not confer
scientific knowledge. Acknowledgment of the excellence of honor
does not make a man honorable. Knowledge of human conditions
and the needed remedy for them is not the cause of their betterment.
To admit that health is good does not constitute health. A
skilled physician is needed to remedy existing human conditions.
As a physician is required to have complete knowledge of pathology,
diagnosis, therapeutics and treatment, so this World Physician
must be wise, skillful and capable before health will result.
His mere knowledge is not health; it must be applied and the remedy
The attainment of any object is conditioned upon knowledge,
volition and action. Unless these three conditions are forthcoming,
there is no execution or accomplishment. In the erection of a house
it is first necessary to know the ground, and design the house suitable
for it; second, to obtain the means or funds necessary for the
construction; third, actually to build it. Therefore, a power is
needed to carry out and execute what is known and admitted to
be the remedy for human conditions--namely, the unification of
mankind. Furthermore, it is evident that this cannot be realized
through material process and means. The accomplishment of this
unification cannot be through racial power, for races are different
and diverse in tendencies. It cannot be through patriotic power,
for nationalities are unlike. Nor can it be effected through political
power since the policies of governments and nations are various.
That is to say, any effort toward unification through these material
means would benefit one and injure another because of unequal and
individual interests. Some may believe this great remedy can be
found in dogmatic insistence upon imitations and interpretations.
This would likewise be without foundation and result. Therefore,
it is evident that no means but an ideal means, a spiritual power,
divine bestowals and the breaths of the Holy Spirit will heal this
world sickness of war, dissension and discord. Nothing else is possible;
nothing can be conceived of. But through spiritual means
and the divine power it is possible and practicable.
Consider history. What has brought unity to nations, morality to
peoples and benefits to mankind? If we reflect upon it, we will find
that establishing the divine religions has been the greatest means
toward accomplishing the oneness of humanity. The foundation of
divine reality in religion has done this, not imitations of ancestral
religious forms. Imitations are opposed to each other and have ever
been the cause of strife, enmity, jealousy and war. The divine religions
are collective centers in which diverse standpoints may
meet, agree and unify. They accomplish oneness of native lands,
races and policies. For instance, Christ united various nations,
brought peace to warring peoples and established the oneness of
humankind. The conquering Greeks and Romans, the prejudiced
Egyptians and Assyrians were all in a condition of strife, enmity
and war, but Christ gathered these varied peoples together and removed
the foundations of discord--not through racial, patriotic or
political power, but through divine power, the power of the Holy
Spirit. This was not otherwise possible. All other efforts of men
and nations remain as mere mention in history, without accomplishment.
As this great result is contingent upon divine power and bestowals,
where shall the world obtain that power? God is eternal and
ancient--not a new God. His sovereignty is of old, not recent--
not merely existent these five or six thousand years. This infinite
universe is from everlasting. The sovereignty, power, names and
attributes of God are eternal, ancient. His names presuppose creation
and predicate His existence and will. We say God is Creator.
This name Creator appears when we connote creation. We say God
is the Provider. This name presupposes and proves the existence of
the provided. God is Love. This name proves the existence of the
beloved. In the same way God is Mercy, God is Justice, God is Life,
etc. Therefore, as God is Creator, eternal and ancient, there were
always creatures and subjects existing and provided for. There is no
doubt that divine sovereignty is eternal. Sovereignty necessitates
subjects, ministers, trustees and others subordinate to sovereignty.
Could there be a king without country, subjects and armies? If we
conceive of a time when there were no creatures, no servants, no
subjects of divine lordship, we dethrone God and predicate a time
when God was not. It would be as if He had been recently appointed
and man had given these names to Him. The divine sovereignty is
ancient, eternal. God from everlasting was Love, Justice, Power,
Creator, Provider, the Omniscient, the Bountiful.
As the divine entity is eternal, the divine attributes are coexistent,
coeternal. The divine bestowals are, therefore, without beginning,
without end. God is infinite; the works of God are infinite;
the bestowals of God are infinite. As His divinity is eternal, His
lordship and perfections are without end. As the bounty of the Holy
Spirit is eternal, we can never say that His bestowals terminate,
else He terminates. If we think of the sun and then try to conceive
of the cessation of the solar flame and heat, we have predicated the
nonexistence of the sun. For separation of the sun from its rays and
heat is inconceivable. Therefore, if we limit the bestowals of God,
we limit the attributes of God and limit God.
Let us then trust in the bounty and bestowal of God. Let us be
exhilarated with the divine breath, illumined and exalted by the
heavenly glad tidings. God has ever dealt with man in mercy and
kindness. He Who conferred the divine spirit in former times is
abundantly able and capable at all times and periods to grant the
same bestowals. Therefore, let us be hopeful. The God Who gave
to the world formerly will do so now and in the future. God Who
breathed the breath of the Holy Spirit upon His servants will
breathe it upon them now and hereafter. There is no cessation to
His bounty. The Divine Spirit is penetrating from eternity to eternity,
for it is the bounty of God, and the bounty of God is eternal.
Can you conceive of limitation of the divine power in atomic verities
or cessation of the divine bounty in existing organisms? Could
you conceive the power now manifest in this glass in cohesion of
its atoms becoming nonexistent? The energy by which the water of
the sea is constituted failing to exert itself and the sea disappearing?
A shower of rain today and no more showers afterward? The
effulgence of the sun terminated and no more light or heat?
When we observe that in the kingdom of minerals the divine
bounties are continuous, how much more shall we expect and
realize in the divine spiritual Kingdom! How much greater the
radiation of the lights of God and the bounty of everlasting life
upon the soul of man! As the body of the universe is continuous,
indestructible, the bounties and bestowals of the divine spirit are
I praise God that I am privileged to be present in this revered
assembly which is quickened with spiritual susceptibilities and
heavenly attraction--its members investigating reality, their utmost
hope the establishment of international peace and their
greatest purpose service to the world of humanity.
When we observe the world of created phenomena, we discover
that each atom of the atoms of substance is moving through the
various degrees and kingdoms of organic life. For instance, consider
the ethereal element which is penetrating and traveling
through all the contingent realities. When there is vibration or
movement in the ethereal element, the eye is affected by that vibration
and beholds what is known as light.
In the same manner the bestowals of God are moving and circulating
throughout all created things. This illimitable divine
bounty has no beginning and will have no ending. It is moving,
circulating and becomes effective wherever capacity is developed
to receive it. In every station there is a specialized capacity. Therefore,
we must be hopeful that through the bounty and favor of God
this spirit of life infusing all created beings shall quicken humanity,
and from its bestowals the human world shall become a divine
world, this earthly kingdom become the mirror of the realm of Divinity,
the virtues and perfections of the world of humanity become
unveiled and the image and likeness of God be reflected from
I am most grateful to the president of this society and express my
most respectful greetings to him. It is my hope that all of you may
be assisted in attaining the good pleasure of God. The spiritual
susceptibility of those present has made me very happy, and I beg of
God assistance and confirmation for all.