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All Praise To The Unity Of God And All

All praise to the unity of God, and all honor to Him, the sovereign Lord,
the incomparable and all-glorious Ruler of the universe, Who, out of utter
nothingness, hath created the reality of all things, Who, from naught,
hath brought into being the most refined and subtle elements of His
creation, and Who, rescuing His creatures from the abasement of remoteness
and the perils of ultimate extinction, hath received them into His kingdom
of incorruptible glory. Nothing short of His all-encompassing grace, His
all-pervading mercy, could have possibly achieved it. How could it,
otherwise, have been possible for sheer nothingness to have acquired by
itself the worthiness and capacity to emerge from its state of
non-existence into the realm of being?

Having created the world and all that liveth and moveth therein, He,
through the direct operation of His unconstrained and sovereign Will,
chose to confer upon man the unique distinction and capacity to know Him
and to love Him--a capacity that must needs be regarded as the generating
impulse and the primary purpose underlying the whole of creation.... Upon
the inmost reality of each and every created thing He hath shed the light
of one of His names, and made it a recipient of the glory of one of His
attributes. Upon the reality of man, however, He hath focused the radiance
of all of His names and attributes, and made it a mirror of His own Self.
Alone of all created things man hath been singled out for so great a
favor, so enduring a bounty.

These energies with which the Day Star of Divine bounty and Source of
heavenly guidance hath endowed the reality of man lie, however, latent
within him, even as the flame is hidden within the candle and the rays of
light are potentially present in the lamp. The radiance of these energies
may be obscured by worldly desires even as the light of the sun can be
concealed beneath the dust and dross which cover the mirror. Neither the
candle nor the lamp can be lighted through their own unaided efforts, nor
can it ever be possible for the mirror to free itself from its dross. It
is clear and evident that until a fire is kindled the lamp will never be
ignited, and unless the dross is blotted out from the face of the mirror
it can never represent the image of the sun nor reflect its light and

And since there can be no tie of direct intercourse to bind the one true
God with His creation, and no resemblance whatever can exist between the
transient and the Eternal, the contingent and the Absolute, He hath
ordained that in every age and dispensation a pure and stainless Soul be
made manifest in the kingdoms of earth and heaven. Unto this subtle, this
mysterious and ethereal Being He hath assigned a twofold nature; the
physical, pertaining to the world of matter, and the spiritual, which is
born of the substance of God Himself. He hath, moreover, conferred upon
Him a double station. The first station, which is related to His innermost
reality, representeth Him as One Whose voice is the voice of God Himself.
To this testifieth the tradition: "Manifold and mysterious is My
relationship with God. I am He, Himself, and He is I, Myself, except that
I am that I am, and He is that He is." And in like manner, the words:
"Arise, O Muhammad, for lo, the Lover and the Beloved are joined together
and made one in Thee." He similarly saith: "There is no distinction
whatsoever between Thee and Them, except that They are Thy Servants." The
second station is the human station, exemplified by the following verses:
"I am but a man like you." "Say, praise be to my Lord! Am I more than a
man, an apostle?" These Essences of Detachment, these resplendent
Realities are the channels of God's all-pervasive grace. Led by the light
of unfailing guidance, and invested with supreme sovereignty, They are
commissioned to use the inspiration of Their words, the effusions of Their
infallible grace and the sanctifying breeze of Their Revelation for the
cleansing of every longing heart and receptive spirit from the dross and
dust of earthly cares and limitations. Then, and only then, will the Trust
of God, latent in the reality of man, emerge, as resplendent as the rising
Orb of Divine Revelation, from behind the veil of concealment, and implant
the ensign of its revealed glory upon the summits of men's hearts.

From the foregoing passages and allusions it hath been made indubitably
clear that in the kingdoms of earth and heaven there must needs be
manifested a Being, an Essence Who shall act as a Manifestation and
Vehicle for the transmission of the grace of the Divinity Itself, the
Sovereign Lord of all. Through the Teachings of this Day Star of Truth
every man will advance and develop until he attaineth the station at which
he can manifest all the potential forces with which his inmost true self
hath been endowed. It is for this very purpose that in every age and
dispensation the Prophets of God and His chosen Ones have appeared amongst
men, and have evinced such power as is born of God and such might as only
the Eternal can reveal.

Can one of sane mind ever seriously imagine that, in view of certain words
the meaning of which he cannot comprehend, the portal of God's infinite
guidance can ever be closed in the face of men? Can he ever conceive for
these Divine Luminaries, these resplendent Lights either a beginning or an
end? What outpouring flood can compare with the stream of His
all-embracing grace, and what blessing can excel the evidences of so great
and pervasive a mercy? There can be no doubt whatever that if for one
moment the tide of His mercy and grace were to be withheld from the world,
it would completely perish. For this reason, from the beginning that hath
no beginning the portals of Divine mercy have been flung open to the face
of all created things, and the clouds of Truth will continue to the end
that hath no end to rain on the soil of human capacity, reality and
personality their favors and bounties. Such hath been God's method
continued from everlasting to everlasting.

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