Selections from the Writings of the BábIn the Name of God, the Most Exalted, the Most Holy. All praise and glory befitteth the sacred and glorious court of the sovereign Lord, Who from everlasting hath dwelt, and unto everlasting will continue to dwell within the mystery of His Own divine Essence, Who from time immemorial hath abided and will forever continue to abide within His transcendent eternity, exalted above the reach and ken of all created beings. The sign of His matchless Revelation as created by Him and imprinted upon the realities of all beings, is none other but their powerlessness to know Him. The light He hath shed upon all things is none but the splendour of His Own Self. He Himself hath at all times been immeasurably exalted above any association with His creatures. He hath fashioned the entire creation in such wise that all beings may, by virtue of their innate powers, bear witness before God on the Day of Resurrection that He hath no peer or equal and is sanctified from any likeness, similitude or comparison. He hath been and will ever be one and incomparable in the transcendent glory of His divine being and He hath ever been indescribably mighty in the sublimity of His sovereign Lordship. No one hath ever been able befittingly to recognize Him nor will any man succeed at any time in comprehending Him as is truly meet and seemly, for any reality to which the term 'being' is applicable hath been created by the sovereign Will of the Almighty, Who hath shed upon it the radiance of His Own Self, shining forth from His most august station. He hath moreover deposited within the realities of all created things the emblem of His recognition, that everyone may know of a certainty that He is the Beginning and the End, the Manifest and the Hidden, the Maker and the Sustainer, the Omnipotent and the All-Knowing, the One Who heareth and perceiveth all things, He Who is invincible in His power and standeth supreme in His Own identity, He Who quickeneth and causeth to die, the All-Powerful, the Inaccessible, the Most Exalted, the Most High. Every revelation of His divine Essence betokens the sublimity of His glory, the loftiness of His sanctity, the inaccessible height of His oneness and the exaltation of His majesty and power. His beginning hath had no beginning other than His Own firstness and His end knoweth no end save His Own lastness.1
THE substance wherewith God hath created Me is not the clay out of which others have been formed. He hath conferred upon Me that which the worldly-wise can never comprehend, nor the faithful discover ... I am one of the sustaining pillars of the Primal Word of God. Whosoever hath recognized Me, hath known all that is true and right, and hath attained all that is good and seemly; and whosoever hath failed to recognize Me, hath turned away from all that is true and right and hath succumbed to everything evil and unseemly.
I swear by the righteousness of Thy Lord, the Lord of all created things, the Lord of all the worlds! Were a man to rear in this world as many edifices as possible and worship God through every virtuous deed which God's knowledge embraceth, and attain the presence of the Lord, and were he, even to a measure less than that which is accountable before God, to bear in his heart a trace of malice towards Me, all his deeds would be reduced to naught and he would be deprived of the glances of God's favour, become the object of His wrath and assuredly perish. For God hath ordained that all the good things which lie in the treasury of His knowledge shall be attained through obedience unto Me, and every fire recorded in His Book, through disobedience unto Me. Methinks in this day and from this station I behold all those who cherish My love and follow My behest abiding within the mansions of Paradise, and the entire company of Mine adversaries consigned to the lowest depths of hell-fire.
By My life! But for the obligation to acknowledge the Cause of Him Who is the Testimony of God ... I would not have announced this unto thee... All the keys of heaven God hath chosen to place on My right hand, and all the keys of hell on My left...
I am the Primal Point from which have been generated all created things. I am the Countenance of God Whose splendour can never be obscured, the Light of God Whose radiance can never fade. Whoso recognizeth Me, assurance and all good are in store for him, and whoso faileth to recognize Me, infernal fire and all evil await him...
I swear by God, the Peerless, the Incomparable, the True One: for no other reason hath He--the supreme Testimony of God--invested Me with clear signs and tokens than that all men may be enabled to submit to His Cause.
By the righteousness of Him Who is the Absolute Truth, were the veil to be lifted, thou wouldst witness on this earthly plane all men sorely afflicted with the fire of the wrath of God, a fire fiercer and greater than the fire of hell, with the exception of those who have sought shelter beneath the shade of the tree of My love. For they in very truth are the blissful...
God beareth Me witness, I was not a man of learning,
for I was trained as a merchant. In the year sixty [1260 A.H. (1844
graciously infused my soul with the conclusive evidences
and weighty knowledge which characterize Him Who is
the Testimony of God--may peace be upon Him--until
finally in that year I proclaimed God's hidden Cause and
unveiled its well-guarded Pillar, in such wise that no one
could refute it. 'That he who should perish might perish
with a clear proof before him and he who should live
might live by clear proof.' [
In that same year [year 60] I despatched a messenger and a book unto thee, that thou mightest act towards the Cause of Him Who is the Testimony of God as befitteth the station of thy sovereignty. But inasmuch as dark, dreadful and dire calamity had been irrevocably ordained by the Will of God, the book was not submitted to thy presence, through the intervention of such as regard themselves the well-wishers of the government. Up to the present, when nearly four years have passed, they have not duly presented it to Your Majesty. However, now that the fateful hour is drawing nigh, and because it is a matter of faith, not a worldly concern, therefore I have given thee a glimpse of what hath transpired.
I swear by God! Shouldst thou know the things which in the space of these four years have befallen Me at the hands of thy people and thine army, thou wouldst hold thy breath from fear of God, unless thou wouldst rise to obey the Cause of Him Who is the Testimony of God and make amends for thy shortcomings and failure.
While I was in
Following his ascension to the eternal Kingdom, the
I swear by the Most Great Lord! Wert thou to be told
in what place I dwell, the first person to have mercy on Me
would be thyself. In the heart of a mountain is a fortress
When this decree was made known unto Me, I wrote to
him who administereth the affairs of the kingdom, saying:
'Put Me to death, I adjure thee by God, and send My head
wherever thou pleasest. For surely an innocent person such
as I, cannot reconcile himself to being consigned to a place
reserved for criminals and let his life continue.' My plea
remained unanswered. Evidently His Excellency the
Verily, the One True God beareth Me witness that in this Day I am the true mystic Fane of God, and the Essence of all good. He who doeth good unto Me, it is as if he doeth good unto God, His angels and the entire company of His loved ones. He who doeth evil unto Me, it is as if he doeth evil unto God and His chosen ones. Nay, too exalted is the station of God and of His loved ones for any person's good or evil deed to reach their holy threshold. Whatever reacheth Me is ordained to reach Me; and that which hath come unto Me, to him who giveth will it revert. By the One in Whose hand is My soul, he hath cast no one but himself into prison. For assuredly whatsoever God hath decreed for Me shall come to pass and naught else save that which God hath ordained for us shall ever touch us. Woe betide him from whose hands floweth evil, and blessed the man from whose hands floweth good. Unto no one do I take My plaint save to God; for He is the best of judges. Every state of adversity or bliss is from Him alone, and He is the All-Powerful, the Almighty.
In brief, I hold within My grasp whatsoever any man might wish of the good of this world and of the next. Were I to remove the veil, all would recognize Me as their Best Beloved, and no one would deny Me. Let not this assertion astound Your Majesty; inasmuch as a true believer in the unity of God who keepeth his eyes directed towards Him alone, will regard aught else but Him as utter nothingness. I swear by God! I seek no earthly goods from thee, be it as much as a mustard seed. Indeed, to possess anything of this world or of the next would, in My estimation, be tantamount to open blasphemy. For it ill beseemeth the believer in the unity of God to turn his gaze to aught else, much less to hold it in his possession. I know of a certainty that since I have God, the Ever-Living, the Adored One, I am the possessor of all things, visible and invisible...
In this mountain I have remained alone, and have come to such a pass that none of those gone before Me have suffered what I have suffered, nor any transgressor endured what I have endured! I render praise unto God and yet again praise Him. I find Myself free from sorrow, inasmuch as I abide within the good-pleasure of My Lord and Master. Methinks I am in the all-highest Paradise, rejoicing at My communion with God, the Most Great. Verily this is a bounty which God hath conferred upon Me; and He is the Lord of unbounded blessings.
I swear by the truth of God! Wert thou to know that which I know, thou wouldst forgo the sovereignty of this world and of the next, that thou mightest attain My good-pleasure, through thine obedience unto the True One... Wert thou to refuse, the Lord of the world would raise up one who would exalt His Cause, and the Command of God would, verily, be carried into effect.
Through the grace of God nothing can frustrate My
purpose, and I am fully conscious of that which God hath
bestowed upon Me as a token of His favour. If it were My
will, I would disclose to Your Majesty all things; but I have
not done this, nor will I do it, that the Truth may be
distinguished from aught else beside it, and this prophecy
uttered by the
I implore pardon of God for Myself and for all things
related to Me and affirm, 'Praise be to God, the Lord of all
O SHERIF!... All thy life thou hast accorded worship unto Us, but when We manifested Ourself unto thee, thou didst desist from bearing witness unto Our Remembrance, and from affirming that He is indeed the Most Exalted, the Sovereign Truth, the All-Glorious. Thus hath Thy Lord put thee to proof in the Day of Resurrection. Verily He is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
For hadst thou uttered 'Here am I' at the time We sent
thee the Book, We would have admitted thee to the company
of such of Our servants as truly believe, and would
have graciously praised thee in Our Book, until the Day
when all men shall appear before Us for judgement. This
is in truth far more advantageous unto thee than all the
acts of worship thou hast performed for thy Lord during
all thy life, nay, from the beginning that hath no beginning.
Assuredly this is what would have served and will ever
serve thy best interests. Verily We are cognizant of all
things. Yet notwithstanding that We had called thee into
being for the purpose of attaining Our presence in the Day of Resurrection, thou didst shut thyself out from Us without
any reason or explicit Writ; whereas hadst thou been
among such as are endowed with the knowledge of the
However, that which was preordained hath come to
pass. Shouldst thou return unto Us while revelation still
continueth through Us, We shall transform thy fire into
light. Truly We are powerful over all things. But if thou
failest in this task, thou shalt find no way open to thee other
than to embrace the Cause of God and to implore that the
matter of thine allegiance be brought to the attention of
Him Whom God shall make manifest, that He may
graciously enable thee to prosper and cause thy fire to be
transformed into light. This is that which hath been sent
down unto Us. Should this not come to pass, whatever We
have set down shall remain binding and irrevocably decreed by God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting, and
We shall therefore banish thee from Our presence as a
token of justice on Our part. Verily we are equitable in Our
ALL praise be to God Who hath, through the power of Truth, sent down this Book unto His servant, that it may serve as a shining light for all mankind... Verily this is none other than the sovereign Truth; it is the Path which God hath laid out for all that are in heaven and on earth. Let him then who will, take for himself the right path unto his Lord. Verily this is the true Faith of God, and sufficient witness are God and such as are endowed with the knowledge of the Book. This is indeed the eternal Truth which God, the Ancient of Days, hath revealed unto His omnipotent Word--He Who hath been raised up from the midst of the Burning Bush. This is the Mystery which hath been hidden from all that are in heaven and on earth, and in this wondrous Revelation it hath, in very truth, been set forth in the Mother Book by the hand of God, the Exalted...
O concourse of kings and of the sons of kings! Lay aside, one and all, your dominion which belongeth unto God...
Let not thy sovereignty deceive thee, O
DO not say, 'How can He speak of God while in truth His age is no more than twenty-five?' Give ye ear unto Me. I swear by the Lord of the heavens and of the earth: I am verily a servant of God. I have been made the Bearer of irrefutable proofs from the presence of Him Who is the long-expected Remnant of God. Here is My Book before your eyes, as indeed inscribed in the presence of God in the Mother Book. God hath indeed made Me blessed, wheresoever I may be, and hath enjoined upon Me to observe prayer and fortitude so long as I shall live on earth amongst you.5
O PEOPLE of the earth! By the righteousness of the One true God, I am the Maid of Heaven begotten by the Spirit of
At one time I hear His Voice as He acclaimeth Him Who
is the Ever-Living, the Ancient of Days, and at another
time as He speaketh of the mystery of His most august
Name. And when He intoneth the anthems of the greatness
of God all Paradise waileth in its longing to gaze on
His Beauty, and when He chanteth words of praise and
glorification of God all Paradise becomes motionless like
unto ice locked in the heart of a frost-bound mountain.
Methinks I visioned Him moving along a straight middle
path wherein every paradise was His Own paradise, every
heaven His Own heaven, while the whole earth and all that
is therein appeared but as a ring upon the finger of His
servants. Glorified be God, His Creator, the Lord of everlasting
sovereignty. Verily He is none other but the servant
of God, the Gate of the Remnant of God your Lord, the
O THOU the Supreme Word of God! Fear not, nor be Thou grieved, for indeed unto such as have responded to Thy Call, whether men or women, We have assured forgiveness of sins, as known in the presence of the Best Beloved and in conformity with what Thou desirest. Verily His knowledge embraceth all things. I adjure Thee by My life, set Thy face towards Me and be not apprehensive. Verily Thou art the Exalted One among the Celestial Concourse, and Thy hidden Mystery hath, of a truth, been recorded upon the Tablet of creation in the midst of the Burning Bush. Ere long God will bestow upon Thee rulership over all men, inasmuch as His rule transcendeth the whole of creation.7
ISSUE forth from your cities, O peoples of the West and aid God ere the Day when the Lord of mercy shall come down unto you in the shadow of the clouds with the angels circling around Him [cf.
Become as true brethren in the one and indivisible religion
of God, free from distinction, for verily God
desireth that your hearts should become mirrors unto your
brethren in the Faith, so that ye find yourselves reflected in
them, and they in you. This is the true Path of God, the
Almighty, and He is indeed watchful over your
WHENEVER the faithful hear the verses of this Book being recited, their eyes will overflow with tears and their hearts will be deeply touched by Him Who is the Most Great Remembrance for the love they cherish for God, the All-Praised. He is God, the All-Knowing, the Eternal. They are indeed the inmates of the all-highest Paradise wherein they will abide for ever. Verily they will see naught therein save that which hath proceeded from God, nothing that will lie beyond the compass of their understanding. There they will meet the believers in Paradise, who will address them with the words 'Peace, Peace' lingering on their lips...
O concourse of the faithful! Incline your ears to My Voice, proclaimed by this Remembrance of God. Verily God hath revealed unto Me that the Path of the Remembrance which is set forth by Me is, in very truth, the straight Path of God, and that whoever professeth any religion other than this upright Faith, will, when called to account on the Day of Judgement, discover that as recorded in the Book no benefit hath he reaped out of God's Religion...
Fear ye God, O concourse of kings, lest ye remain afar
from Him Who is His Remembrance [the
SHOULD it be Our wish, it is in Our power to compel, through the agency of but one letter of Our Revelation, the world and all that is therein to recognize, in less than the twinkling of an eye, the truth of Our Cause....
Truly other apostles have been laughed to scorn before
O YE peoples of the earth! By the righteousness of God, the True One, the testimony shown forth by His Remembrance is like unto a sun which the hand of the merciful Lord hath raised high in the midmost heart of the heaven, wherefrom it shineth in the plenitude of its meridian splendour...
With each and every Prophet Whom We have sent
down in the past, We have established a separate Covenant
concerning the Remembrance of God and His Day.
Manifest, in the realm of glory and through the power of
truth, are the Remembrance of God and His Day before
the eyes of the angels that circle His
THIS Religion is indeed, in the sight of God, the essence of the Faith of
AS a token of pure justice, We have indeed sent tidings unto every Prophet concerning the Cause of Our Remembrance, and verily God is supreme over all the peoples of the world.13
IT is better to guide one soul than to possess all that is on earth, for as long as that guided soul is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity, he and the one who hath guided him will both be recipients of God's tender mercy, whereas possession of earthly things will cease at the time of death. The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God's method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future! He causeth him whom He pleaseth to enter the shadow of His Mercy. Verily, He is the Supreme Protector, the All-Generous.
There is no paradise more wondrous for any soul than
to be exposed to God's Manifestation in His Day, to hear
His verses and believe in them, to attain His presence,
which is naught but the presence of God, to sail upon the
sea of the heavenly kingdom of His good-pleasure, and to
partake of the choice fruits of the paradise of His divine
WORSHIP thou God in such wise that if thy worship lead thee to the fire, no alteration in thine adoration would be produced, and so likewise if thy recompense should be paradise. Thus and thus alone should be the worship which befitteth the one True God. Shouldst thou worship Him because of fear, this would be unseemly in the sanctified Court of His presence, and could not be regarded as an act by thee dedicated to the Oneness of His Being. Or if thy gaze should be on paradise, and thou shouldst worship Him while cherishing such a hope, thou wouldst make God's creation a partner with Him, notwithstanding the fact that paradise is desired by men.
Fire and paradise both bow down and prostrate themselves before God. That which is worthy of His Essence is to worship Him for His sake, without fear of fire, or hope of paradise.
Although when true worship is offered, the worshipper is delivered from the fire, and entereth the paradise of God's good-pleasure, yet such should not be the motive of his act. However, God's favour and grace ever flow in accordance with the exigencies of His inscrutable wisdom.
The most acceptable prayer is the one offered with the
utmost spirituality and radiance; its prolongation hath not
been and is not beloved by God. The more detached and
the purer the prayer, the more acceptable is it in the presence
THERE is no paradise, in the estimation of the believers in the Divine Unity, more exalted than to obey God's commandments, and there is no fire in the eyes of those who have known God and His signs, fiercer than to transgress His laws and to oppress another soul, even to the extent of a mustard seed. On the Day of Resurrection God will, in truth, judge all men, and we all verily plead for His grace.16
GOD loveth those who are pure. Naught in the
God desireth not to see, in the Dispensation of the
YE perform your works for God from the beginning of your lives till the end thereof, yet not a single act is for the sake of Him Who is the Manifestation of God, to Whom every good deed reverteth. Had ye acted in such manner, ye would not have suffered so grievously on the Day of Resurrection.
Behold how great is the Cause, and yet how the people are wrapt in veils. I swear by the sanctified Essence of God that every true praise and deed offered unto God is naught but praise and deed offered unto Him Whom God shall make manifest.
Deceive not your own selves that you are being virtuous
for the sake of God when you are not. For should ye truly
do your works for God, ye would be performing them for
Him Whom God shall make manifest and would be magnifying
His Name. The dwellers of this mountain who are
bereft of true understanding unceasingly utter the words,
'No God is there but God'; but what benefit doth it yield
them? Ponder awhile that ye may not be shut out as by a veil
from Him Who is the Dayspring of Revelation.18
GOD hath, at all times and under all conditions, been wholly independent of His creatures. He hath cherished and will ever cherish the desire that all men may attain His gardens of Paradise with utmost love, that no one should sadden another, not even for a moment, and that all should dwell within His cradle of protection and security until the Day of Resurrection which marketh the dayspring of the Revelation of Him Whom God will make manifest.
The Lord of the universe hath never raised up a prophet
nor hath He sent down a Book unless He hath established
His covenant with all men, calling for their acceptance of
the next Revelation and of the next Book; inasmuch as
the outpourings of His bounty are ceaseless and without
HOW vast the number of people who are well versed in every science, yet it is their adherence to the holy Word of God which will determine their faith, inasmuch as the fruit of every science is none other than the knowledge of divine precepts and submission unto His good-pleasure.20
O PEOPLE of the
SINCE all men have issued forth from the shadow of the signs of His Divinity and Lordship, they always tend to take a path, lofty and high. And because they are bereft of a discerning eye to recognize their Beloved, they fall short of their duty to manifest meekness and humility towards Him. Nevertheless, from the beginning of their lives till the end thereof, in conformity with the laws established in the previous religion, they worship God, piously adore Him, bow themselves before His divine Reality and show submissiveness toward His exalted Essence. At the hour of His manifestation, however, they all turn their gaze toward their own selves and are thus shut out from Him, inasmuch as they fancifully regard Him as one like unto themselves. Far from the glory of God is such a comparison. Indeed that august Being resembleth the physical sun, His verses are like its rays, and all believers, should they truly believe in Him, are as mirrors wherein the sun is reflected. Their light is thus a mere reflection.22
THE reason why privacy hath been enjoined in moments of devotion is this, that thou mayest give thy best attention to the remembrance of God, that thy heart may at all times be animated with His Spirit, and not be shut out as by a veil from thy Best Beloved. Let not thy tongue pay lip service in praise of God while thy heart be not attuned to the exalted Summit of Glory, and the Focal Point of communion. Thus if haply thou dost live in the Day of Resurrection, the mirror of thy heart will be set towards Him Who is the Day-Star of Truth; and no sooner will His light shine forth than the splendour thereof shall forthwith be reflected in thy heart. For He is the Source of all goodness, and unto Him revert all things. But if He appeareth while thou hast turned unto thyself in meditation, this shall not profit thee, unless thou shalt mention His Name by words He hath revealed. For in the forthcoming Revelation it is He Who is the Remembrance of God, whereas the devotions which thou art offering at present have been prescribed by the Point of the
IT is seemly that the servant should, after each prayer, supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon his parents. Thereupon God's call will be raised: 'Thousand upon thousand of what thou hast asked for thy parents shall be thy recompense!' Blessed is he who remembereth his parents when communing with God. There is, verily, no God but Him, the Mighty, the Well-Beloved.24
AS this physical frame is the throne of the inner temple, whatever occurs to the former is felt by the latter. In reality that which takes delight in joy or is saddened by pain is the inner temple of the body, not the body itself. Since this physical body is the throne whereon the inner temple is established, God hath ordained that the body be preserved to the extent possible, so that nothing that causeth repugnance may be experienced. The inner temple beholdeth its physical frame, which is its throne. Thus, if the latter is accorded respect, it is as if the former is the recipient. The converse is likewise true.
Therefore, it hath been ordained that the dead body
should be treated with the utmost honour and
THE One true God may be compared unto the sun and the believer unto a mirror. No sooner is the mirror placed before the sun than it reflects its light. The unbeliever may be likened unto a stone. No matter how long it is exposed to the sunshine, it cannot reflect the sun. Thus the former layeth down his life as a sacrifice, while the latter doeth against God what he committeth. Indeed, if God willeth, He is potent to turn the stone into a mirror, but the person himself remaineth reconciled to his state. Had he wished to become a crystal, God would have made him to assume crystal form. For on that Day whatever cause prompteth the believer to believe in Him, the same will also be available to the unbeliever. But when the latter suffereth himself to be wrapt in veils, the same cause shutteth him out as by a veil. Thus, as is clearly evident today, those who have set their faces toward God, the True One, have believed in Him because of the
PRAISE be to God that He hath enabled us to become cognizant of Him Whom God shall make manifest in the Day of Resurrection, so that we may derive benefit from the fruit of our existence and be not deprived of attaining the presence of God. For indeed this is the object of our creation and the sole purpose underlying every virtuous deed we may perform. Such is the bounty which God hath conferred upon us; verily He is the All-Bountiful, the Gracious. Know thou, that thou wilt succeed in doing so if thou believest with undoubting faith. However, since thou canst not attain the state of undoubting faith, due to the intervening veils of thy selfish desires, therefore thou wilt tarry in the fire, though realizing it not. On the Day of His manifestation, unless thou truly believest in Him, naught can save thee from the fire, even if thou dost perform every righteous deed. If thou embracest the Truth, everything good and seemly shall be set down for thee in the Book of God, and by virtue of this thou wilt rejoice in the all-highest Paradise until the following Resurrection.
Consider with due attention, for the path is very strait,
even while it is more spacious than the heavens and the
earth and what is between them. For instance, if all those
who were expecting the fulfilment of the promise of Jesus
had been assured of the manifestation of
THOU hast asked concerning the fundamentals of religion and its ordinances: Know thou that first and foremost in religion is the knowledge of God. This attaineth its consummation in the recognition of His divine unity, which in turn reacheth its fulfilment in acclaiming that His hallowed and exalted Sanctuary, the Seat of His transcendent majesty, is sanctified from all attributes. And know thou that in this world of being the knowledge of God can never be attained save through the knowledge of Him Who is the Dayspring of divine Reality.28
GRACIOUS God! Within the domains of
LET Me set forth some rational arguments for thee. If someone desireth to embrace the Faith of
Now consider the Revelation of the
Should a Christian contend, 'How can I deem the
RID thou thyself of all attachments to aught except God, enrich thyself in God by dispensing with all else besides Him, and recite this prayer:
Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth or in whatever lieth between them but God, thy Lord, sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent.
Regard not the all-sufficing power of God as an idle
fancy. It is that genuine faith which thou cherishest for the
Manifestation of God in every Dispensation. It is such faith
which sufficeth above all the things that exist on the
earth, whereas no created thing on earth besides faith would
suffice thee. If thou art not a believer, the Tree of divine
Truth would condemn thee to extinction. If thou art a
believer, thy faith shall be sufficient for thee above all
things that exist on earth, even though thou possess
SHOULD a person lay claim to a cause and produce his proofs, then those who seek to repudiate him are required to produce proofs like unto his. If they succeed in doing so, his words will prove vain and they will prevail; otherwise neither his words will cease nor the proofs he hath set forth will become void. I admonish you, O ye who are invested with the
How numerous the people who engaged in contests
Who is the man amongst you who can challenge the
exalted Thrones of Reality in every Dispensation, while all
existence is wholly dependent upon Them? Indeed, God
hath wiped out all those who have opposed Them from the
beginning that hath no beginning until the present day and
hath conclusively demonstrated the Truth through the
power of Truth. Verily, He is the Almighty, the Omnipotent,
CONSIDER how at the time of the appearance of every Revelation, those who open their hearts to the Author of that Revelation recognize the Truth, while the hearts of those who fail to apprehend the Truth are straitened by reason of their shutting themselves out from Him. However, openness of heart is bestowed by God upon both parties alike. God desireth not to straiten the heart of anyone, be it even an ant, how much less the heart of a superior creature, except when he suffereth himself to be wrapt in veils, for God is the Creator of all things.
Wert thou to open the heart of a single soul by helping
him to embrace the Cause of Him Whom God shall make
manifest, thine inmost being would be filled with the inspirations
of that august Name. It devolveth upon you,
therefore, to perform this task in the Days of Resurrection,
inasmuch as most people are helpless, and wert thou to
open their hearts and dispel their doubts, they would gain
admittance into the Faith of God. Therefore, manifest thou
this attribute to the utmost of thine ability in the days of
Him Whom God shall make manifest. For indeed if thou
dost open the heart of a person for His sake, better will it
be for thee than every virtuous deed; since deeds are
secondary to faith in Him and certitude in His
HOW great the number of people who deck themselves with robes of silk all their lives, while clad in the garb of fire, inasmuch as they have divested themselves of the raiment of divine guidance and righteousness; and how numerous are those who wear clothes made of cotton or coarse wool throughout their lives, and yet by reason of their being endowed with the vesture of divine guidance and righteousness, are truly attired with the raiment of Paradise and take delight in the good-pleasure of God. Indeed it would be better in the sight of God were ye to combine the two, adorning yourselves with the raiment of divine guidance and righteousness and wearing exquisite silk, if ye can afford to do so. If not, at least act ye not unrighteously, but rather observe piety and virtue...
But for the sole reason of His being present amongst this people, We would have neither prescribed any law nor laid down any prohibition. It is only for the glorification of His Name and the exaltation of His Cause that We have enunciated certain laws at Our behest, or forbidden the acts to which We are averse, so that at the hour of His manifestation ye may attain through Him the good-pleasure of God and abstain from the things that are abhorrent unto Him.
Say, verily, the good-pleasure of Him Whom God shall
make manifest is the good-pleasure of God, while the displeasure
of Him Whom God shall make manifest is none
other than the displeasure of God. Avoid ye His displeasure,
and flee for refuge unto His good-pleasure. Say, the living
guides to His good-pleasure are such as truly believe in
Him and are well-assured in their faith, while the living
testimonies of His displeasure are those who, when they
hear the verses of God sent forth from His presence, or
read the divine words revealed by Him, do not instantly
embrace the Faith and attain unto certitude.34
SAY, God is the Lord and all are worshippers unto Him.
Say, God is the True One and all pay homage unto Him.
This is God, your Lord, and unto Him shall ye return.
Is there any doubt concerning God? He hath created you and all things. The Lord of all worlds is He.35
Selections from the Writings of the Báb: Part II
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb (Haifa: Bahá'í World Centre, 1976), pp. 111-12.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 11-17.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 29-30.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 41.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 47.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 54-55.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 55.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 56.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 62-3.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 68.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 68.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 71.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 74.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 77.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 77-8.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 79.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 80.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 86.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 86-7.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 88.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 92.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 92.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 93-4.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 94.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 95.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 103.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 110-111.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 117.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 117.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 119-20.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 123.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 131-32.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 133.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 149.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 153.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 156-57.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 157-58.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 158-59.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 160-61.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 163-64.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 174-75.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 176.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 177.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 178.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 178-79.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 179-80.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 182.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 182-83.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 186.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 186-87.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 187-88.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 188-89.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 189-91.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 191.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 191-92.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 192-93.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 193.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 193.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 194.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 194-95.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 196-98.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 204-05.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 205-06.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 209.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 210.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 210.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 210-11.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 212-13.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 213-14.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 214.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 214-15.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 215-16.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216.
- Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 217.