It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens. - Baha’u’llah (‘Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh’; The Compilation of Compilations, vol. II, Peace)
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 respect. - The Báb (Excerpt from the
Persian Bayan, ‘Selections from the Writings of the Báb)
Beware lest ye harm any soul, or make any heart to sorrow;
lest ye wound any man with your words, be he known to you or a stranger, be he
friend or foe. Pray ye for all; ask ye that all be blessed, all be forgiven.
- ‘Abdu'l-Baha(Selections from the Writings of
It is imperative… that… definite steps be taken to ensure
that the vision of the community fully embraces its younger members. The
education of children, an obligation enjoined on both parents and institutions,
requires special emphasis so as to become thoroughly integrated into the
process of community development.
- The Universal House of Justice (From a
message dated 26 November 1999)
Man has two powers; and his development, two aspects. One
power is connected with the material world, and by it he is capable of material
advancement. The other power is spiritual, and through its development his
inner, potential nature is awakened. These powers are like two wings. Both must
be developed, for flight is impossible with one wing. Praise be to God!
Material advancement has been evident in the world, but there is need of
spiritual advancement in like proportion. We must strive unceasingly and
without rest to accomplish the development of the spiritual nature in man, and
endeavor with tireless energy to advance humanity toward the nobility of its
true and intended station. For the body of man is accidental; it is of no
importance. The time of its disintegration will inevitably come. But the spirit
of man is essential and, therefore, eternal. It is a divine bounty. It is the
effulgence of the Sun of Reality and, therefore, of greater importance than the
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (From a talk, 25 April, 1912, Washington, D.C.;
‘The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by 'Abdu'l-Bahá during
His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912’)
…the attributes of the people of faith are justice and
fair-mindedness; forbearance and compassion and generosity; consideration for others;
candor, trustworthiness, and loyalty; love and loving-kindness; devotion and
determination and humanity.
- ‘Abdu'l-Baha (‘The Secret of Divine Civilization’)
...parents endure the greatest toil and trouble for
their children, and often, by the time the latter have reached the age of maturity,
the former have hastened to the world beyond. Rarely do the mother and father
enjoy in this world the rewards of all the pain and trouble they have endured
for their children. The children must therefore, in return for this pain and
trouble, make charitable contributions and perform good works in their name,
and implore pardon and forgiveness for their souls.
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Table talks
in Akka, authenticated by ‘Abdu’l-Baha; ‘Some Answered Questions’ – 2014
revised translation by the Baha’i World Center)
Should a man wish to adorn himself with the ornaments of the
earth, to wear its apparels, or partake of the benefits it can bestow, no harm
can befall him, if he alloweth nothing whatever to intervene between him and
God, for God hath ordained every good thing, whether created in the
heavens or in the earth, for such of His servants as truly believe in Him. Eat
ye, O people, of the good things which God hath allowed you, and deprive not
yourselves from His wondrous bounties. Render thanks and praise unto Him, and
be of them that are truly thankful.
- Baha’u’llah ('Gleanings from the
Writings of Baha’u’llah’; The Compilation of Compilations, vol. I, Conservation
of the Earth's Resources)
span of earth is but one homeland and one habitation. It behoveth you to
abandon vainglory which causeth alienation and to set your hearts on whatever
will ensure harmony. In the estimation of the people of
Bahá man’s glory lieth in his knowledge, his upright conduct, his praiseworthy
character, his wisdom, and not in his nationality or rank.
- Baha’u’llah (‘Tablets of Baha’u’llah revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas)
Man has two aspects or natures - merciful or divine and an animal
aspect. The merciful aspect is peace, happiness, love and faithfulness. But the
animal aspect is strife, discord, war and battle. If the animal aspect dominates
in man, he becomes lower than an animal. If the divine aspect dominates, he
becomes an angel of the Lord. The teachings of the Prophets were for this: that
the animal aspect may be conquered, so that the souls that are captives of
nature may be saved and the heavenly aspect may dominate. That divine aspect
consists of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It consists of 'the second birth.'
He who possesses that aspect is a well-wisher of all; he is kind to all the
creatures; he has no bitterness toward any creed, and he shuns no religion.
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (From a talk given at the Universalist Church in Washington DC, April 21, 1912;
Star of the West, vol.19, no. 3, June 1928)
first self-conceited one was Satan. A man must never consider himself greater
than others. Rather, he must always be humble and self-effacing. The bird, as
long as it sees itself at a low level, is given impetus to soar and progress;
but the moment it fancies itself high in the air, it begins to descend.
…the principle of the oneness of humankind, as proclaimed by
Bahá’u’lláh, is inconsistent with any attempt to impose uniformity. Its
watchword is unity in diversity. To accept it is to embrace the rich diversity
that characterizes the human race. To promote it implies helping every soul to
develop and express his or her God-given talents and capacities in service to
- The Universal House of Justice (From a message dated 28 July 2008 to the Baha’is in Iran)
...the honor and distinction of the individual consist in
this, that he among all the world's multitudes should become a source of social
good. Is any larger bounty conceivable than this, that an individual, looking
within himself, should find that by the confirming grace of God he has become
the cause of peace and well-being, of happiness and advantage to his fellow
men? No, by the one true God, there is no greater bliss, no more complete
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (‘The Secret of Divine Civilization’)
Let us strive to blot out from our lives every last trace of
prejudice -- racial, religious, political, economic, national, tribal, class,
cultural, and that which is based on differences of education or age.
Universal House of Justice (From a message dated 13 July 1972, addressed to all
National Spiritual Assemblies; Messages from the Universal House of Justice