The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh
From the Arabic
He is the Glory of Glories
This is that which hath descended from the realm of glory, uttered by the
tongue of power and might, and revealed unto the Prophets of old. We have
taken the inner essence thereof and clothed it in the garment of brevity,
as a token of grace unto the righteous, that they may stand faithful unto
the Covenant of God, may fulfil in their lives His trust, and in the realm
of spirit obtain the gem of Divine virtue.
My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine
may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.
Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew
My love for thee: therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image
and revealed to thee My beauty.
I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I
may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.
Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise
reach thee. Know this, O servant.
Thy Paradise is My love; thy heavenly home, reunion with Me. Enter therein and
tarry not. This is that which hath been destined for thee in Our kingdom above
and Our exalted dominion.
If thou lovest Me, turn away from thyself; and if thou seekest My pleasure,
regard not thine own; that thou mayest die in Me and I may eternally live in
There is no peace for thee save by renouncing thyself and turning unto Me; for
it behoveth thee to glory in My name, not thine own; to put thy trust in Me
and not in thyself, since I desire to be loved alone and above all that is.
My love is My stronghold; he that entereth therein is safe and secure, and he
that turneth away shall surely stray and perish.
Thou art My stronghold; enter therein that thou mayest abide in safety. My love
is in thee, know it, that thou mayest find Me near unto thee.
Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and
seek none other than Me. For I have created thee rich and have bountifully
shed My favour upon thee.
With the hands of power I made thee and with the fingers of strength I created
thee; and within thee have I placed the essence of My light. Be thou content
with it and seek naught else, for My work is perfect and My command is
binding. Question it not, nor have a doubt thereof.
I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made
thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave
thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the
clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself, with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself,
that thou mayest find
Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.
Thou art My dominion and My dominion perisheth not, wherefore fearest thou thy
perishing? Thou art My light and My light shall never be extinguished, why dost
thou dread extinction? Thou art My glory and My glory fadeth not; thou art My
robe and My robe shall never be outworn. Abide then in thy love for Me, that
thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory.
Turn thy face unto Mine and renounce all save Me; for My sovereignty endureth
and My dominion perisheth not. If thou seekest another than Me, yea, if thou
searchest the universe for evermore, thy quest will be in vain.
Forget all save Me and commune with My spirit. This is of the essence of My
command, therefore turn unto it.
Be thou content with Me and seek no other helper. For none but Me can ever
Ask not of Me that which We desire not for thee, then be content with what We
have ordained for thy sake, for this is that which profiteth thee, if therewith
thou dost content thyself.
I have breathed within thee a breath of My own Spirit, that thou mayest be My
lover. Why hast thou forsaken Me and sought a beloved other than Me?
My claim on thee is great, it cannot be forgotten. My grace to thee is
plenteous, it cannot be veiled. My love has made in thee its home, it cannot be
concealed. My light is manifest to thee, it cannot be obscured.
Upon the tree of effulgent glory I have hung for thee the choicest fruits,
wherefore hast thou turned away and contented thyself with that which is less
good? Return then unto that which is better for thee in the realm on high.
Noble I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which
thou wast created.
To the eternal I call thee, yet thou dost seek that which perisheth. What hath
made thee turn away from Our desire and seek thine own?
Transgress not thy limits, nor claim that which beseemeth thee not. Prostrate
thyself before the countenance of thy God, the Lord of might and power.
Vaunt not thyself over the poor, for I lead him on his way and behold thee in
thy evil plight and confound thee for evermore.
How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy thyself with the faults of
others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of Me.
Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner. Shouldst
thou transgress this command, accursed wouldst thou be, and to this I bear
Know thou of a truth: He that biddeth men be just and himself committeth
iniquity is not of Me, even though he bear My name.
Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and
say not that which thou doest not. This is My command unto thee, do thou
Deny not My servant should he ask anything from thee, for his face is My face;
be then abashed before Me.
Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning: for
death, unheralded, shall come upon thee and thou shalt be called to give
account for thy deeds.
I have made death a messenger of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve? I
made the light to shed on thee its splendour. Why dost thou veil thyself
With the joyful tidings of light I hail thee: rejoice! To the court of holiness
I summon thee; abide therein that thou mayest live in peace for evermore.
The spirit of holiness beareth unto thee the joyful
tidings of reunion; wherefore dost thou
grieve? The spirit of power confirmeth thee
in His cause; why dost thou veil thyself? The light
of His countenance doth lead thee; how canst
thou go astray?
Sorrow not save that thou art far from Us. Rejoice not save that thou art
drawing near and returning unto Us.
Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me
and to mirror forth My beauty.
Divest not thyself of My beauteous robe, and forfeit not thy portion from My
wondrous fountain, lest thou shouldst thirst for evermore.
Walk in My statutes for love of Me and deny thyself that which thou desirest if
thou seekest My pleasure.
Neglect not My commandments if thou lovest My beauty, and forget not My
counsels if thou wouldst attain My good pleasure.
Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of
heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and
humbleness before Our Face.
Magnify My cause that I may reveal unto thee the mysteries of My greatness and
shine upon thee with the light of eternity.
Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee. Arise for the
triumph of My cause, that while yet on earth thou mayest obtain the victory.
Make mention of Me on My earth, that in My heaven I may remember thee, thus
shall Mine eyes and thine be solaced.
Thy hearing is My hearing, hear thou therewith. Thy sight is My sight, do thou
see therewith, that in thine inmost soul thou mayest testify unto My exalted
sanctity, and I within Myself may bear witness unto an exalted station for
Seek a martyr's death in My path, content with My pleasure and thankful for
that which I ordain, that thou mayest repose with Me beneath the canopy of
majesty behind the tabernacle of glory.
Ponder and reflect. Is it thy wish to die upon thy bed, or to shed thy
life-blood on the dust, a martyr in My path, and so become the manifestation
of My command and the revealer of My light in the highest paradise? Judge thou
aright, O servant!
By My beauty! To tinge thy hair with thy blood is greater in My sight than the
creation of the universe and the light of both worlds. Strive then to attain
this, O servant!
For everything there is a sign. The sign of love is fortitude under My decree
and patience under My trials.
The true lover yearneth for tribulation even as doth the rebel for forgiveness
and the sinful for mercy.
If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of
them that are content with My pleasure? If trials afflict thee not in thy
longing to meet Me, how wilt thou attain the light in thy love for My beauty?
My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly
it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal
light and an immortal spirit. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe
Should prosperity befall thee, rejoice not and should abasement come upon thee,
grieve not, for both shall pass away and be no more.
If poverty overtake thee, be not sad; for in time the Lord of wealth shall
visit thee. Fear not abasement, for glory shall one day rest on thee.
If thine heart be set upon this eternal, imperishable dominion, and this
ancient, everlasting life, forsake this mortal and fleeting sovereignty.
Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire We test the gold and with gold
We test Our servants.
Thou dost wish for gold and I desire thy freedom from it. Thou thinkest thyself
rich in its possession, and I recognize thy wealth in thy sanctity therefrom.
By My life! This is My knowledge, and that is thy fancy; how can My way accord
Bestow My wealth upon My poor, that in heaven thou mayest draw from stores of
unfading splendour and treasures of imperishable glory. But by My life! To
offer up thy soul is a more glorious thing couldst thou but see with Mine eye.
The temple of being is My throne; cleanse it of all things, that there I may be
established and there I may abide.
Thy heart is my home; sanctify it for My descent. Thy spirit is My place of
revelation; cleanse it for My manifestation.
Put thy hand into My bosom, that I may arise above thee, radiant and
Ascend unto My heaven, that thou mayest obtain the joy of reunion, and from the
chalice of imperishable glory quaff the peerless wine.
Many a day hath passed over thee whilst thou hast busied thyself with thy
fancies and idle imaginings. How long art thou to slumber on thy bed? Lift up
thy head from slumber, for the Sun has risen to the zenith, haply it may shine
upon thee with the light of beauty.
The light hath shone on thee from the horizon of the sacred Mount and the
spirit of enlightenment hath breathed in the Sinai of thy heart. Wherefore,
free thyself from the veils of idle fancies and enter into My court, that thou
mayest be fit for everlasting life and worthy to meet Me. Thus may death not
come upon thee, neither weariness nor trouble.
My eternity is My creation, I have created it for thee. Make it the garment of
thy temple. My unity is My handiwork; I have wrought it for thee; clothe
thyself therewith, that thou mayest be to all eternity the revelation of My
My majesty is My gift to thee, and My grandeur the token of My mercy unto thee.
That which beseemeth Me none shall understand, nor can any one recount. Verily,
I have preserved it in My hidden storehouses and in the treasuries of My
command, as a sign of My loving-kindness unto My servants and My mercy unto My
Ye shall be hindered from loving Me and souls shall be perturbed as they make
mention of Me. For minds cannot grasp Me nor hearts contain Me.
By My spirit and by My favour! By My mercy and by My beauty! All that I have
revealed unto thee with the tongue of power, and have written for thee with the
pen of might, hath been in accordance with thy capacity and understanding, not
with My state and the melody of My voice.
Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt
himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created.
Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to
be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and
dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and
actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made
manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this
counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous
Ye are My treasury, for in you I have treasured the pearls of My mysteries and
the gems of My knowledge. Guard them from the strangers amidst My servants and
from the ungodly amongst My people.
Know thou, that I have wafted unto thee all the fragrances of holiness, have
fully revealed to thee My word, have perfected through thee My bounty and have
desired for thee that which I have desired for My Self. Be then content with
My pleasure and thankful unto Me.
Write all that We have revealed unto thee with the ink of light upon the tablet
of thy spirit. Should this not be in thy power, then make thine ink of the
essence of thy heart. If this thou canst not do, then write with that crimson
ink that hath been shed in My path. Sweeter indeed is this to Me than all
else, that its light may endure for ever.
- Translated by Shoghi Effendi with the assistance of some English friends.