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COMPLETE QUOTE COLLECTION

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ANIMALS:

 

… show kindness to animals.

-Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 265

Burden not an animal with more than it can bear. We, truly, have prohibited such treatment through a most binding interdiction in the Book.

  – Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 85

 … the beloved of God … must … show forth the utmost loving-kindness to every living creature.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 158

 

Train your children from their earliest days to be infinitely tender and loving to animals.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 159

 

ARTS AND CRAFTS:

 

Craftsmanship is a book among the books of divine sciences, and a treasure among the treasures of His heavenly wisdom.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablet of Bahá’u’lláh, (unpublished compilation entitled Extracts from the Writings Concerning Arts and Crafts, compiled by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice.)

Arts, crafts, and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 26

Of all the arts and sciences, set the children to studying those which will result in advantage to man, will ensure his progress and elevate his rank.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 168

The source of crafts, sciences and arts is the power of reflection. Make ye every effort that out of this ideal mine there may gleam forth such pearls of wisdom and utterance as will promote the well-being and harmony of the kindreds of he earth.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 72

… people … should treat craftsmen with deference, … 

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 38

 … Music, art, and literature … are to represent and inspire the noblest sentiments and highest aspirations and should be a source of comfort and tranquillity …

Universal House of Justice, Bahá’í World, Vol. XVIII, p. 358

O thou servant of the One true God! In this universal dispensation man’s wondrous craftsmanship is reckoned as worship of the Resplendent Beauty.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 145

 

It behoveth the craftsmen of the world at each moment to … exert their highest endeavour and diligently pursue their professions so that their efforts may produce that which will manifest the greatest beauty and perfection before the eyes of all men.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 145

 

BACKBITING:

 

That seeker should, also, regard backbiting as grievous error, and keep himself aloof from its dominion, inasmuch as backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 125, p. 265

 

BEAUTY:

 

O Friends! Abandon not the everlasting beauty for a beauty that must die, and set not your affections on this mortal world of dust.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Persian The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 26

 … The pure heart becometh the mirror of the beauty of truth.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 333

These holy Manifestations liberate the world of humanity … and cause men to appear in the beauty of heavenly perfections.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 466

 … these holy, divine Manifestations are … endowed with a supreme splendor and reflecting the beauty of God.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 467

Every lasting glory, honor, grace and beauty which comes to man comes through nearness to God.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 147

The Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh are many. … and … are matchless in beauty and profundity.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 155

… Bahá’u’lláh hath said that the various races of humankind lend a composite harmony and beauty of color to the whole. Let all associate, therefore, in this great human garden even as flowers grow and blend together side by side without discord or disagreement between them. …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 69

 

CHANGE

 

Soon will the present-day order be rolled up, and a new one spread out in its stead.

-Bahá’u’lláh , Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 4, p. 7

 

By My Self! The day is approaching when We will have rolled up the world and all that is therein, and spread out a new order in its stead. He, verily, is powerful over all things.

-Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 143, p. 313

All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 109,
p. 215

 

CHARACTER:

 

The light of a good character surpasseth the light of the sun and the radiance thereof…

-Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 36

Man should know his own self and recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or to baseness, to shame or to honour, to affluence or to poverty.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 35

 

CHILDREN:

 

Every child is potentially the light of the world…

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 130

… children must be reared with infinite, loving care, and tenderly fostered in the embraces of mercy, …

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 21

The child must not be oppressed or censured because it is undeveloped; it must be patiently trained.

 

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 175-6

The children must be carefully trained to be most courteous and well-behaved. They must be constantly encouraged and made eager to gain all the summits of human accomplishment, so that from their earliest years they will be taught to have high aims, to conduct themselves well, to be chaste, pure, and undefiled, and will learn to be of powerful resolve and firm of purpose in all things.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 135

 

Children are even as a branch that is fresh and green; they will grow up in whatever way ye train them. Take the utmost care to give them high ideals and goals, so that once they come of age, they will cast their beams like brilliant candles on the world.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 136

 … mothers must … be encouraged and made eager to train their children, for the mother is the first educator of the child.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 138

 

O God!
Rear this little babe in the bosom of Thy love…

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 35

 

Among the greatest of all services … is the education and training of children …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 133

 

CLEANLINESS:

 

Naught … in the sight of God is more loved than purity and immaculate cleanliness.

-The Báb, Selections From the writings of The Báb, p. 80

 

 … in every aspect of life, purity and holiness, cleanliness and refinement, exalt the human condition and further the development of man’s inner reality.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 146

 

COMPASSION:

 

Blessed are they who hold fast to the rope of compassion and kindness and are detached from animosity and hatred!

– Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 168

 

All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. … Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 109, p. 215

 

Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 130, p. 285

 

… show forth love and affection, wisdom and compassion, faithfulness and unity towards all, without any discrimination.

– Universal House of Justice, Century of Light, p. 9

 

 

CONTENTMENT:

 

O son of Spirit! 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.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic, no. 18

 

O Son of Man! Be thou content with Me and seek no other helper. For none but Me can ever suffice thee.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic, no. 17

 

Be not grieved if affairs become difficult and troubles wax intense on all sides! Verily, thy Lord changeth hardship into facility, troubles into ease and afflictions into greatest composure.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Divine Art of Living, p. 93

 

COOPERATION:

 

Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship.

– Bahá’u’lláh. Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , no. 132, p. 288

 

Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 43, p. 95

 

…association is always conducive to union and harmony, and union and harmony are the cause of the order of the world and the life of nations.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Revelation, p. 148

 

Take ye counsel together in all matters, inasmuch as consultation is the lamp of guidance which leadeth the way, and is the bestower of understanding.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 168

 

…attraction, harmony, unity and Love, are the cause of life …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Paris Talks, p. 139

 

COURTESY:

 

Let truthfulness and courtesy be your adorning.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 139, p. 305

 

Blessed is he who is illumined with the light of courtesy, and is adorned with the mantle of uprightness! He who is endowed with courtesy is endowed with a great station.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 175

 

I admonish you to observe courtesy, for above all else it is the prince of virtues. Well is it with him who is illumined with the light of courtesy and is attired with the vesture of uprightness. Whoso is endued with courtesy hath indeed attained a sublime station.

-Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 88

 

 

CREATION:

 

The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 29, p. 7

Know thou of a truth that the worlds of God are countless in their number, and infinite in their range…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 79, pp. 151-152

 

The creation of God embraceth worlds besides this world, and creatures apart from these creatures.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 79, p. 152

 

Know assuredly that God’s creation hath existed from eternity, and will continue to exist forever. Its beginning hath had no beginning, and its end knoweth no end. His name, the Creator, presupposeth a creation , …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 78, p. 150

That which hath been in existence had existed before, but not in the form thou seest today. The world of existence came into being through the heat generated from the interaction between the active force and that which is its recipient. These two are the same, yet they are different. Thus doth the Great Announcement inform thee about this glorious structure. Such as communicate the generating influence and such as receive its impact are indeed created through the irresistible Word of God which is the Cause of the entire creation…

-Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 140

 

 

DEATH:

 

O SON OF MAN!
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.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic, no. 14

To consider that after the death of the body the spirit perishes, is like imagining that a bird in a cage will be destroyed if the cage is broken,… Our body is like the cage, and the spirit is like the bird.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, pp. 326-327

 

DEEDS:

 

The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 156

 

Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.

-Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Persian no. 5

 

Let your acts be a guide to all mankind…

-Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings, no. 129, p. 305

 

DETACHMENT:

 

Detachment is as the sun; in whatsoever heart it doth shine it quencheth the fire of covetousness and self.

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Divine Art of Living, p. 71

The day is fast approaching when all the treasurers of the earth
shall be of no profit to you.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 232

 

Cleanse from your hearts the love of worldly things …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 128, p. 275

Our greatest efforts must be directed towards detachment from the things of the world … so that the light of the Spirit shall be apparent in all our deeds.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 87

 

DISTINCTION:

 

You must become distinguished for loving humanity, for unity and accord, for love and justice.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 190

 

DIVERSITY:

 

Ye are all fruits of one tree, the leaves of one branch, the flowers of one garden.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, p. 286

 

The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 53

 

Behold a beautiful garden full of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Each flower has a different charm, a peculiar beauty, its own delicious perfume and beautiful colour. The trees too, how varied are they in size, in growth, in foliage–and what different fruits they bear! Yet all these flowers, shrubs and trees spring from the self-same earth, the same sun shines upon them and the same clouds give them rain.
So it is with humanity. It is made up of many races, and its peoples are of different colour, white, black, yellow, brown and red–but they all come from the same God, and all are servants to Him.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 52

 

EDUCATION:

 

The source of all learning is the knowledge of God, exalted be His glory.

-Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh , p. 156.

 

Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh , p. 162

 

The prophets of God are the first educators. They bestow universal education upon man…

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith-Selected Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 249

… the purpose of the religion of God is the education of humanity and the unity and fellowship of mankind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith-Selected Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 27

 

Education is the indispensable foundation of all human excellence and alloweth man to work his way to the heights of abiding glory.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 129

 

Education is essential and all standards of training and teaching throughout the world of mankind should be brought into conformity and agreement; a universal curriculum should be established and the basis of ethics be the same.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith-Selected Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 241

Among the greatest of all services … is the education and training of children.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 133

 

… the education of women is of greater importance than the education of men, for they are the mothers of the race and mothers rear the children. The first teachers of children are the mothers.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 170

 

… education and training are recorded in the Book of God as obligatory and not voluntary. That is, it is enjoined upon the father and mother, as a duty, to strive with all effort to train the daughter and the son…

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith-Selected Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 398

 

EQUALITY:

 

The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not fly. Until womankind reaches the same degree as man, until she enjoys the same arena of activity, extraordinary attainment for humanity will not be realized; humanity cannot wing its way to heights of real attainment. When the two wings or parts become equivalent in strength, enjoying the same prerogatives, the flight of man will be exceedingly lofty and extraordinary.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 375

 

…As long as women are prevented from attaining their highest possibilities, so long will men be unable to achieve the greatness which might be theirs.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 133

 

The happiness of mankind will be realized when women and men coordinate and advance equally, for each is the complement and helpmeet of the other.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 182

Divine justice demands that the rights of both sexes should be equally respected since neither is superior to the other in the yes of Heaven.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 162

 

Equality and Brotherhood must be established among all members of mankind. This is according to Justice. The general right of mankind must be guarded and preserved. All men must be treated equally.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 29

 

FAITH:

 

The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds…

-Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 156

 

That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith. This can in no wise be achieved except through the power of a skilled, an all-powerful and inspired Physician.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 120, p. 255

 

The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 110, p. 215

 

By faith is meant, first, conscious knowledge, and second, the practice of good deeds.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 383

FAMILY:

 

The integrity of the family bond must be constantly considered, and the rights of the individual members must not be transgressed.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 168

 

If love and agreement are manifest in a single family, that family will advance, become illumined and spiritual; …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 144-145

 

My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exaltation. Whoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whoever enters here must become illumined.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. 20, No. 2, p. 52

 

FORBEARANCE:

 

All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. … Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 109, p. 215

 

FORGIVENESS:

 

… let your adorning be forgiveness and mercy …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 138

 

FREEDOM:

 

When one is released from the prison of self, that is indeed freedom! For self is the greatest prison.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Bahá’í World, Vol. IV, p. 384

 

FRIENDSHIP and FRIENDLINESS:

 

Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 132, p. 288

 

Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 22.

 

Regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 132, p. 288

Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 29

 

Put into practice the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, that of kindness to all nations. Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 16

 

GENEROSITY:

Be generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 130, p. 285

 

THE GOLDEN RULE:

 

 … and desire not for anyone the things ye would not desire for yourselves. This is My best counsel unto you, did ye but observe it.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 66, p. 128

 

 

 

GRATITUDE:

 

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 130, p. 285

 

GUIDANCE:

 

Let your acts be a guide unto all mankind.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 139, p. 305

 

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race … Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 117, p. 250

 

 If the learned and wise men of goodwill were to impart guidance unto the people, the whole earth would be regarded as one country.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 172

 

HAPPINESS:

 

Happiness is a great healer to those who are ill.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 204

 

Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 29

 

…I want you to be happy … to laugh, smile and rejoice in order that others may be made happy by you.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 218

 

Your utmost desire must be to confer happiness upon each other.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 300

 

HEALING:

 

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 87

The Prophets of God should be regarded as physicians whose task is to foster the well-being of the world and its peoples …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 34, p. 80

 

That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its people into one universal Cause, one common Faith.

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 272

Happiness is a great healer to those who are ill.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 204

There are two ways of healing sickness, material means and spiritual means. The first is by the treatment of physicians; the second consisteth in prayers offered by the spiritual one to God and in turning to Him. Both means should be used and practiced.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 151

 

HONESTY:

 

Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 136, p. 297

 

HOSPITALITY:

 

My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation. Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined.

-‘Abdu’l-Baha’, Star of the West, vol. 9, no. 3, p. 40.

Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 16

 

HUMILITY:

 

O Son of Man! Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic, no. 42

 

Be … a fruit upon the tree of humility.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 130, p. 285

 

A man who does great good, and talks not of it, is on the way to perfection.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 16

 

INDEPENDENCE:

 

… 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 neighbour.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic, no. 2

 

Man must seek reality himself, forsaking imitations and adherence to mere hereditary forms.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 180

 

Man in not intended to see through the eyes of another, hear through another’s ears nor comprehend with another’s brain. … depend upon your own reason and judgment and adhere to the outcome of your own investigation.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 76

 

We must not be content with simply following a certain course because we find our fathers pursued that course. It is the duty of everyone to investigate reality, and investigation of reality by another will not do for us.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 152

 

JOY:

 

Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 109

 

JUSTICE:

 

The light of men is Justice. … The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 66-67

 

O Son of Spirit!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me,…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic, no. 2

 

Should any one among you take up arms against another, rise ye all against him, for this is naught but manifest justice.

– Bahá’u’lláh, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 40

 

KINDNESS:

 

A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , no. 132, p. 289.

 

We must associate with all humanity in gentleness and kindliness.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 87

 

Put into practice the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, that of kindness to all nations. Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 16

 

KNOWLEDGE:

 

Knowledge is as wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 26

 

Knowledge is a veritable treasure for man, and a source of glory, of bounty, of joy, of exaltation, of cheer and gladness unto him.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 27.

 

The source of all learning is the knowledge of God, exalted be His glory, and this cannot be attained save through the knowledge of His Divine Manifestation.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 156

 

Be … an ark on the ocean of knowledge…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , no. 130, p. 285.

 

LANGUAGE:

 

Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 136, p. 297

 

Among the things which are conducive to unity and concord and will cause the whole earth to be regarded as one country is that the divers languages be reduced to one language and in like manner the scripts used in the world be confined to a single script. … choose one language from among the varied existing languages, or create a new one, … The day is approaching when all the peoples of the world will have adopted one universal language and one common script.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, pp. 165-166

 

 … a universal language shall be adopted and be taught by all the schools and institutions of the world. … All must acquire it. This is one of the great factors in the unification of man.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 182

 

 

LOVE:

 

O Son of Man!
I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Arabic, no. 4

O Son of Being!
Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Arabic, no. 5

 

… Make My love thy treasure and cherish it even as thy very sight and life.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Persian, no. 32

 

In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Persian, no. 3

 

Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 132, p. 287

 

In the world of existence there is no greater power than the power of love.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 179

 

Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 27

 

Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 27

 

Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 27

 

-attraction, harmony, unity and love, are the cause of life…

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 139

 

Love is the most great Law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directs the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Art of Living, pp. 108-9.

 

Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 29

 

Love the creatures for the sake of God and not for themselves. You will never become angry or impatient if you love them for the sake of God.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 92

 

The perfect love needs an unselfish instrument, absolutely freed from fetters of every kind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 36

 

Love is unlimited, boundless, infinite!

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 36

 

MANKIND:

 

Glory not in love for your country, but in love for all mankind.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 138-39

 

Cleave tenaciously unto that which will lead to the well-being and tranquility of all mankind.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 67

 

The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 131, p. 286

 

Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth.

-Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 117, p. 250

 

The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 117, p. 250

 

Do not busy yourselves in your own concerns; let your thoughts be fixed upon that which will rehabilitate the fortunes of mankind and sanctify the hearts and souls of men.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 93-94

 

Let your acts be a guide unto all mankind…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, no. 139, p. 305

 

The world of humanity has two wings – one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 302

 

All mankind will dwell together as one family, blend as the waves of one sea, shine as stars of one firmament and appear as fruits of the same tree.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 201

 

MARRIAGE:

 

Enter into wedlock, that after you another may arise in your stead.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 49

 

He established the law of marriage, made it as a fortress for well-being and salvation, …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 186

 

Marriage is conditioned on the consent of both parties and their parents, …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 39

 

… the union must be a true relationship, a spiritual coming together as well as a physical one, so that throughout every phase of life, and in all the worlds of God, their union will endure…

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 117

 

O Thou kind Lord! Make Thou this marriage to bring forth coral and pearls.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 119

 

Bahá’í marriage is the commitment of the two parties one to the other, and their mutual attachment of mind and heart. … Their purpose must be this: to become loving companions and comrades and at one with each other for time and eternity…

‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 118

 

The true marriage of Bahá’ís is this, that husband and wife should be united both physically and spiritually, that they may ever improve the spiritual life of each other, and may enjoy everlasting unity throughout all the worlds of God. This is Bahá’í marriage.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 118

Out of the fusion of two souls
a third subtle entity is born.
Though invisible and intangible on earth
it is the composite soul of two lovers.

The progress of one mysteriously
influences the other.
They become the tutors of each other’s souls.
Distance or death
mere physical forces,
cannot cause its disintegration.

Rosemary Sala, The Bahá’í World Faith, vol. VII, p. 761

 

MEDITATION:

 

Meditate profoundly, that the secret of things unseen may be revealed unto you…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Íqán, par. 8, p. 8

 

It is an axiomatic fact that while you meditate you are speaking with your own spirit. In that state of mind you put certain questions to your spirit and the spirit answers: the light breaks forth and the reality is revealed.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 174

 

Through the faculty of meditation man attains to eternal life; through it he receives the breath of the Holy Spirit–the bestowal of the Spirit is given in reflection and meditation.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 175

The spirit of man is itself informed and strengthened during meditation; through it affairs of which man knew nothing are unfolded before his view.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 175

Meditation is the key for opening the doors of mysteries. In that state man abstracts himself: in that state man withdraws himself from all outside objects; in that subjective mood he is immersed in the ocean of spiritual life and can unfold the secrets of things-in-themselves.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 175

 

 

MODERATION:

 

Human utterance is an essence which aspireth to exert its influence and needeth moderation.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 172

It is incumbent upon them who are in authority to exercise moderation in all things.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 168

 

MUSIC:

 

Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men….

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 136, p. 295

 

We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high; …

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, par. 51, p. 38

 

A wondrous melody is wings for the spirit and maketh the soul to tremble for joy.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 147

 

…music, sung or played, is spiritual food for soul and heart.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p 112

 

The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power and charm of music the spirit of man is uplifted.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 52

 

Music is an important means to the education and development of humanity… .

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, quoted in Bahá’í Writings on Music, p. 8

 

The art of music must be brought to the highest stage of development, for this is one of the most wonderful arts…

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, quoted in Bahá’í Writings on Music, p. 5

 

The musician’s art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise…

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 112

 

NATURE:

 

Nature in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 142

 

By nature is meant those inherent properties and necessary relations derived from the realities of things. And these realities of things, though in the utmost diversity, are yet intimately connected one with to other … Liken the world of existence to the temple of man. All the organs of the human body assist one another, therefore life continues … Likewise among the parts of existence there is a wonderful connection and interchange of forces which is the cause of life of the world and the continuation of these countless phenomena.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablet to August Forel, p. 13

 

NOBLE:

 

O Son of Spirit!
Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Arabic, no. 22

 

OBEDIENCE:

 

Be obedient and kind to thy father and mother, …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, quoted in Bahá’í World, vol. 12, p. 896

 

…each and everyone is required to show obedience … and loyalty towards his own government.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 293

 

ONENESS:

 

Know thou assuredly that the essence of all the Prophets of God is one and the same. Their unity is absolute.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 34, p. 78

 

Bahá’u’lláh has announced that the foundation of all the religions of God is one, that oneness is truth and truth is oneness …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 641

 

There is one God; mankind is one; the foundations of religion are one.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 19

 

The whole world must be looked upon as one single country, all the nations as one nation, all men as belonging to one race … God is God for all, and to Him all creation is one.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 131

The great and fundamental teachings of Bahá’u’lláh are the oneness of God and unity of mankind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 156

 

PARENTS:

 

As We desired to bring about love and friendship and unity of the people, therefore We made it conditional upon the consent of the parents also, that enmity and ill-feeling might be avoided.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 42

It is the bounden duty of parents to rear their children to be staunch in faith, …

– Bahá’u’lláh, quoted in Bahá’í Education: A Compilation, no. 12

 

The child must not be oppressed or censured because it is undeveloped; it must be patiently trained.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 175-6

 

Among the greatest of all services … is the education and training of children …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 133

 

Be obedient and kind to thy father and mother.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World, vol. 12, p. 896

 

PATIENCE:

 

Be patient under all conditions, and place your whole trust and confidence in God.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 136, p. 296

 

He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 66, p. 129

 

We must not only be patient with others, infinitely patient! But also with our own poor selves, remembering that even the Prophets of God sometimes got tired and cried out in despair!

– Shoghi Effendi, a letter dated April 5, 1956, Bahá’í Marriage and Family Life, pg. 38, no. 127

 

PEACE:

 

The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 131, p. 286

 

Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 29

 

Today there is no greater glory for man than that of service in the cause of the Most Great Peace.
Peace is light, whereas war is darkness.
Peace is life; war is death.
Peace is guidance; war is error.
Peace is the foundation of God; war is a satanic institution.
Peace is the illumination of the world of humanity; war is the destroyer of human foundations.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 123

 

PERSEVERANCE:

 

All that which ye potentially possess can be manifested only as a result of your own volition.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 148

 

 PRAYER:

 

Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , no 136, p. 295

 

 … strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 81

 

The wisdom of prayer is this: that it causeth a connection between the servant and the True One, because in that state man with all heart and soul turneth his face towards His Highness the Almighty.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 368

 

PRIDE:

 

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no 117, p. 250

 

PROGRESSIVE REVELATION:

 

Every true Prophet hath regarded His Message as fundamentally the same as the Revelation of every other Prophet gone before Him.

– Bahá’u’állah, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 34, p. 79

 

The measure of the revelation of the Prophets of God in this world, however, must differ.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 34, p. 79

 

 … any apparent variation in the intensity of Their light is not inherent in the light itself, but should rather be attributed to the varying receptivity of an ever-changing world. Every Prophet … hath been entrusted with a Message, and charged to act in a manner that would best meet the requirements of the age in which He appeared.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 34, p. 79

 

Every Divine Revelation hath been sent down in a manner that befitted the circumstances of the age in which it hath appeared.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 34, p. 81

Wherefore, should one of these Manifestations of Holiness proclaim saying: “I am the return of all the Prophets,” He, verily, speaketh the truth. In like manner, in every subsequent Revelation, the return of the former Revelation is a fact, the truth of which is firmly established..

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 22, p. 52

 

Contemplate … the chain of successive Revelations that hath linked the Manifestation of Adam with that of the Báb. … each one of these Manifestations … hath been the bearer of a specific Message, … each hath been entrusted with a divinely revealed Book . . . The measure of the Revelation with which every one of them hath been identified had been definitely foreordained …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 31, p. 74

 

Religion is the outer expression of the divine reality. Therefore it must be living, vitalized, moving and progressive.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith-Selected Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 224

 

All the divine principles announced by the tongue of the Prophets of the past are to be found in the words of Bahá’u’lláh; but in addition to these He has revealed certain new teachings which are not found in any of the sacred Books of former times.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 453

 

The fundamental principle enunciated by Bahá’u’lláh … is that Religious truth is not absolute but relative, … Divine Revelation is a continuous and progressive process, … all the great religions of the world are divine in origin, … their basic principles are in complete harmony, … their aims and purposes are one and the same, … their teachings are but facets of one truth, … their functions are complementary, … they differ only in the non-essential aspects of their doctrines and … their missions represent successive stages in the spiritual evolution of human society.

– Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. v

 

PURITY:

 

Thy heart is My home; sanctify it for My descent.

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 59

 

A pure heart is as a mirror; cleanse it with the burnish of love and reverence from all save God, that the true sun may shine within it …

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 21

 

To be pure and holy in all things is an attribute of the consecrated soul and a necessary characteristic of the un-enslaved mind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 146

 

First in a human being’s way of life must be purity, then freshness, cleanliness, and independence of spirit.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 146

 

The pure heart is one that is entirely cut away from self.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 107

 

RACE:

 

The whole world must be looked upon as one single country, all the nations as one nation, all men as belonging to one race.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 131

 

REALITY:

 

 … man should investigate reality, for reality is contrary to dogmatic interpretations and imitations of ancestral forms of belief … Reality is one; … it will unify all mankind. Reality is the love of God. Reality is the knowledge of God. Reality is justice. Reality is the oneness or solidarity of mankind. Reality is international peace. Reality is the knowledge of verities. Reality unifies humanity.
In brief, His theme was that reality underlies all the great religious systems of the world.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 372

 

RELIGION:

 

O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity, make it not the cause of enmity or dissension.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 120

 

O people! Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 43, p. 95

 

Religion bestoweth upon man the most precious of all gifts…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 130

… religion is for the unification of mankind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 71

 

True religion is the source of love and agreement amongst men, the cause of the development of praiseworthy qualities;…

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 71

 

…the truth of divine religion has ever remained the same.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 71

 

It is the cause of human betterment, the acquisition of heavenly virtues and the illumination of mankind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 71

… religion must be in conformity with science and reason.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 373

 

Religion is the outer expression of the divine reality. Therefore it must be living, vitalized, moving and progressive.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 140

 

Religion … guides his [man’s] footsteps in the world of morality … It has been the basis of all civilization and progress in the history of mankind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 361

 

`Seek the truth, the truth shall make you free.’ So shall we see the truth in all religions, for truth is in all and truth is one!

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 137

 

We must abandon the prejudices of tradition if we would succeed in finding the truth at the core of all religions.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 136

 

Unity is the essential truth of religion and, when so understood, embraces all the virtues of the human world.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 32

 

The day is coming when all the religions of the world will unite, for in principle they are one already.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 121

 

RESPECT FOR OTHERS:

 

Let truthfulness and courtesy be your adorning.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 139, p. 305

Be worthy of he trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 130, p. 285.

Wherever you find the attributes of God love that person, whether he be of your family or of another.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 38

 

RIGHTEOUSNESS:

 

Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 130, p. 285

The heaven of true understanding shineth resplendent with the light of two luminaries: tolerance and righteousness.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, pp. 169-170

 

SCIENCE:

 

Know thou that every fixed star hath its own planets, and every planet its own creatures, whose number no man can compute.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 82, p. 163

… religion must be in conformity with science and reason.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 373

We may think of science as one wing and religion as the other; a bird needs two wings for flight, one alone would be useless. Any religion that contradicts science or that is opposed to it, is only ignorance – for ignorance is the opposite of knowledge.

-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 130

 

Put all your beliefs into harmony with science; there can be no opposition, for truth is one. … When religion shorn of its superstitions, traditions, and unintelligent dogmas, shows its conformity with science, then will there be a great unifying, cleansing force in the world which will sweep before it all wars, disagreements, discords and struggles – and then will mankind be united …

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 146

… the acquisition of sciences and the perfection of arts is considered as acts of worship.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 144

 

SERVICE:

 

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 117, p. 249

Service to humanity is service to God.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 10

 

May all your intentions center in the welfare of humanity, and may you seek to sacrifice yourselves in the pathway of devotion to mankind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 74

 

SHARING:

 

… withhold not from the poor the things given unto you by God through His grace. He, verily, will bestow upon you the double of what ye possess.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 55

 

SILENCE:

 

Observe silence and refrain from idle talk.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , no. 125, p. 265

 

SORROW:

 

Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful … a haven for the distressed …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 130, p. 285

 

SOUL:

 

It is a divine energy, a substance, simple, and self-subsistent.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 112

 

… the soul is a sign of God, a heavenly gem whose reality the most learned of men hath failed to grasp, and whose mystery no mind, however acute, can ever hope to unravel.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 82, pp. 159-159

 

Verily I say, the human soul is exalted above all egress and regress. It is still, and yet it soareth; it moveth, and yet it is still. It is, in itself, a testimony that beareth witness to the existence of a world that is contingent, as well as to the reality of a world that hath neither beginning nor end.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 161-2

 

The world beyond is as different from this world as this world is different from that of the child while still in the womb of its mother. When the soul attaineth the Presence of God, it will assume the form that best befitteth its immortality and is worthy of its celestial habitation.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 81, p. 157

 

Know thou that the soul of man is exalted above, and is independent of all infirmities of body or mind.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 80, pp. 153-154

 

Know thou of a truth that the soul, after its separation from the body, will continue to progress until it attaineth the presence of God, in a state and condition which neither the revolution of ages and centuries, nor the changes and chances of this world, can alter.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 81, p. 155

 

The soul, like the intellect, is an abstraction. … though the soul is a resident of the body, it is not to be found in the body.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 98

 

The progress and development of the soul, the joy and sorrow of the soul, are independent of the physical body.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 65

 

When the human soul soareth out of this transient heap of dust and riseth into the world of God, then veils will fall away, and verities will come to light, and all things unknown before will be made clear, and hidden truths be understood. …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 176

The soul is eternal, immortal.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 92

 

SPEECH:

 

Be … guarded in thy speech.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , no. 130, p. 285

 

TRANQUILITY:

 

Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope!

– Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’í Prayers, p. 142

 

TROUBLES AND TESTS:

 

Be not troubled in poverty nor confident in riches, for poverty is followed by riches, and riches are followed by poverty.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Persian, no. 51

 

TRUTH:

 

The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight Path of Truth.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 81, pp. 156-157

Bahá’u’lláh has announced that the foundation of all the religions of God is one, that oneness is truth and truth is oneness …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 454

 

The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’í Administration, p. 21

 

 … The pure heart becometh the mirror of the beauty of truth.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 333

 

If a man would succeed in his search after truth, he must, in the first place, shut his eyes to all the traditional superstitions of the past.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 135

`Seek the truth, the truth shall make you free.’ So shall we see the truth in all religions, for truth is in all and truth is one!

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 137

 

When you meet those whose opinions differ from your own, do not turn away your face from them. All are seeking truth, and there are many roads leading thereto. Truth has many aspects, but it remains always and forever one. … search diligently for the truth and make all men your friends.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá,

We must abandon the prejudices of tradition if we would succeed in finding the truth at the core of all religions.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 136

 

In order to find truth we must give up our prejudices, our own small trivial notions; an open receptive mind is essential.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 136

 

TRUTHFULNESS:

 

Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 136, p. 297.

 

Let truthfulness and courtesy be your adorning.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 139, p. 305

 

Truthfulness is the foundation of all the virtues of the world of humanity.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 384

 

UNITY:

 

It beseemeth all men, in this Day, to take firm hold on the Most Great Name, and to establish the unity of all mankind.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 100, p. 203

O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity, make it not the cause of enmity or dissension.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 220

 

The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race,…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 110, p. 215


Be united, O kings of the earth, … Should any one among you take up arms against another, rise ye all against him, for this is naught but manifest justice.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 119, p. 254

 

Know thou assuredly that the essence of all the Prophets of God is one and the same. Their unity is absolute.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 34, p. 78

 

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 132, p. 288

 

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 117, p. 250


Be ye as the fingers of one hand, the members of one body.

– Bahá’u’lláh .Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , no. 72, p. 140


The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 131, p. 286


The earth is but one country and mankind it’s citizens.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 167


Regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 112, p. 218


… the religion of God is absolute love and unity.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 24

 

There is one God; mankind is one; the foundations of religion are one.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 19

 

The great and fundamental teachings of Bahá’u’lláh are the oneness of God and unity of mankind.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 156


The whole world must be looked upon as one single country, all the nations as one nation, all men as belonging to one race.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 131


…attraction, harmony, unity and love, are the cause of life…

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Paris Talks, p. 139

 

O thou Kind Lord! Unite all.
Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 138


Bahá’u’lláh has announced that the foundation of all the religions of God is one, that oneness is truth and truth is oneness …

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 641


Bahá’u’lláh has drawn the circle of unity, He has made a design for the uniting of all the peoples, and for the gathering of them all under the shelter of the tent of universal unity.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 54

 

The divine Prophets came to establish the unity of the Kingdom in human hearts. All of them proclaimed the glad tidings of the divine bestowals to the world of mankind. All brought the same message of divine love to the world.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 5


Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching… World unity is the goal towards which a harassed humanity is striving.

– Shoghi Effendi, World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 202

 

VIRTUE:

 

Be … a luminary above the horizon of virtue…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 130, p. 285

 

Those virtues that befit his [man’s] dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 109, p. 215

 

 

VISION:

 

Let your vision be world embracing rather than confined to your own self.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 43, p. 94

 

WEALTH:

 

O rich ones on earth! The poor in your midst are My trust; guard ye My Trust.

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian, no. 54


They who are possessed of riches, … must have the utmost regard for the poor, … and well is it with the rich who bestow their riches on the needy and prefer them before themselves.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 100, p. 202


O son of man! Should prosperity befall thee, rejoice not, and should abasement come upon thee, grieve not, for both shall pass away and be no more.

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic, no. 52

 

WELL-BEING:

 

The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.

-Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 131, p. 286

 

The prophets of God should be regarded as physicians whose task is to foster the well-being of the world and its peoples, that, through the spirit of oneness, they may heal the sickness of a divided humanity.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 34, p. 80

 

WISDOM:

 

Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 85


Be … a gem on the diadem of wisdom…

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 130, p. 285


The sword of wisdom is hotter than summer heat, and sharper than blades of steel, if ye do but understand.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 55

 

Above all else, the greatest gift and the most wondrous blessing hath ever been and will continue to be wisdom. It is man’s unfailing protector. It aideth him and strengthened him.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 66

 

WORDS:

 

The Book of God is wide open, and His Word is summoning mankind unto Him.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 92, p. 183

 

Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God is endowed with such potency as can instill new life into every human frame …

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 74, p. 141


Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.


– Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 85

 

Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , no. 136, p. 297

 

The Word of God is the king of words and its pervasive influence is incalculable.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 173

 

The Word is the master key for the whole world, inasmuch as through its potency the doors of the hearts of men, which in reality are the doors of heaven, are unlocked.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 173

 

WORK IS WORSHIP:

 

It is enjoined upon every one of you to engage in some form of occupation, such as crafts, trades, and the like. We have graciously exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship unto God, the True One.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 26

 

O My Servants! Ye are the trees of My garden, ye must give forth goodly an wondrous fruits, that ye yourselves and other may profit therefrom.

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian, no. 80

O My Servant! The best of men are they that earn a livelihood by their calling and spend upon themselves and upon their kindred for the love of God, the Lord of all the worlds.

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian, no. 82

… all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, pp. 176-7

 

WORLD:

 

The world’s equilibrium hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this most great, this new World Order. Mankind’s ordered life hath been revolutionized through the agency of this unique, this wondrous System – the like of which mortal eyes have never witnessed.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 85

 

Let your vision be world embracing rather than confined to your own self.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, no. 43, p. 94

 

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.

-Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 250 no. 117

 

It is incumbent upon every man, in this Day, to hold fast unto whatsoever will promote the interests, and exalt the station, of all nations and just governments.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 94-95

 

The whole world must be looked upon as one single country, all the nations as one nation, all men as belonging to one race.

-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 131

 

 

WORSHIP:

 

O SON OF BEING! Make mention of Me on My earth that in My heaven I may remember thee.

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Arabic, no. 43

I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee.

– Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 117

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