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Know Thou That Every Created Thing Is A

Know thou that every created thing is a sign of the revelation of God.
Each, according to its capacity, is, and will ever remain, a token of the
Almighty. Inasmuch as He, the sovereign Lord of all, hath willed to reveal
His sovereignty in the kingdom of names and attributes, each and every
created thing hath, through the act of the Divine Will, been made a sign
of His glory. So pervasive and general is this revelation that nothing
whatsoever in the whole universe can be discovered that doth not reflect
His splendor. Under such conditions every consideration of proximity and
remoteness is obliterated.... Were the Hand of Divine power to divest of
this high endowment all created things, the entire universe would become
desolate and void.

Behold, how immeasurably exalted is the Lord your God above all created
things! Witness the majesty of His sovereignty, His ascendancy, and
supreme power. If the things which have been created by Him--magnified be
His glory--and ordained to be the manifestations of His names and
attributes, stand, by virtue of the grace with which they have been
endowed, exalted beyond all proximity and remoteness, how much loftier
must be that Divine Essence that hath called them into being?...

Meditate on what the poet hath written: "Wonder not, if my Best-Beloved be
closer to me than mine own self; wonder at this, that I, despite such
nearness, should still be so far from Him."... Considering what God hath
revealed, that "We are closer to man than his life-vein," the poet hath,
in allusion to this verse, stated that, though the revelation of my
Best-Beloved hath so permeated my being that He is closer to me than my
life-vein, yet, notwithstanding my certitude of its reality and my
recognition of my station, I am still so far removed from Him. By this he
meaneth that his heart, which is the seat of the All-Merciful and the
throne wherein abideth the splendor of His revelation, is forgetful of its
Creator, hath strayed from His path, hath shut out itself from His glory,
and is stained with the defilement of earthly desires.

It should be remembered in this connection that the one true God is in
Himself exalted beyond and above proximity and remoteness. His reality
transcendeth such limitations. His relationship to His creatures knoweth
no degrees. That some are near and others are far is to be ascribed to the
manifestations themselves.

That the heart is the throne, in which the Revelation of God the
All-Merciful is centered, is attested by the holy utterances which We have
formerly revealed.

Among them is this saying: "Earth and heaven cannot contain Me; what can
alone contain Me is the heart of him that believeth in Me, and is faithful
to My Cause." How often hath the human heart, which is the recipient of
the light of God and the seat of the revelation of the All-Merciful, erred
from Him Who is the Source of that light and the Well Spring of that
revelation. It is the waywardness of the heart that removeth it far from
God, and condemneth it to remoteness from Him. Those hearts, however, that
are aware of His Presence, are close to Him, and are to be regarded as
having drawn nigh unto His throne.

Consider, moreover, how frequently doth man become forgetful of his own
self, whilst God remaineth, through His all-encompassing knowledge, aware
of His creature, and continueth to shed upon him the manifest radiance of
His glory. It is evident, therefore, that, in such circumstances, He is
closer to him than his own self. He will, indeed, so remain for ever, for,
whereas the one true God knoweth all things, perceiveth all things, and
comprehendeth all things, mortal man is prone to err, and is ignorant of
the mysteries that lie enfolded within him....

Let no one imagine that by Our assertion that all created things are the
signs of the revelation of God is meant that--God forbid--all men, be they
good or evil, pious or infidel, are equal in the sight of God. Nor doth it
imply that the Divine Being--magnified be His name and exalted be His
glory--is, under any circumstances, comparable unto men, or can, in any
way, be associated with His creatures. Such an error hath been committed
by certain foolish ones who, after having ascended into the heavens of
their idle fancies, have interpreted Divine Unity to mean that all created
things are the signs of God, and that, consequently, there is no
distinction whatsoever between them. Some have even outstripped them by
maintaining that these signs are peers and partners of God Himself.
Gracious God! He, verily, is one and indivisible; one in His essence, one
in His attributes. Everything besides Him is as nothing when brought face
to face with the resplendent revelation of but one of His names, with no
more than the faintest intimation of His glory--how much less when
confronted with His own Self!

By the righteousness of My name, the All-Merciful! The Pen of the Most
High trembleth with a great trembling and is sore shaken at the revelation
of these words. How puny and insignificant is the evanescent drop when
compared with the waves and billows of God's limitless and everlasting
Ocean, and how utterly contemptible must every contingent and perishable
thing appear when brought face to face with the uncreated, the unspeakable
glory of the Eternal! We implore pardon of God, the All-Powerful, for them
that entertain such beliefs, and give utterance to such words. Say: O
people! How can a fleeting fancy compare with the Self-Subsisting, and how
can the Creator be likened unto His creatures, who are but as the script
of His Pen? Nay, His script excelleth all things, and is sanctified from,
and immeasurably exalted above, all creatures.

Furthermore, consider the signs of the revelation of God in their relation
one to another. Can the sun, which is but one of these signs, be regarded
as equal in rank to darkness? The one true God beareth Me witness! No man
can believe it, unless he be of those whose hearts are straitened, and
whose eyes have become deluded. Say: Consider your own selves. Your nails
and eyes are both parts of your bodies. Do ye regard them of equal rank
and value? If ye say, yea; say, then: ye have indeed charged with
imposture, the Lord, my God, the All-Glorious, inasmuch as ye pare the
one, and cherish the other as dearly as your own life.

To transgress the limits of one's own rank and station is, in no wise,
permissible. The integrity of every rank and station must needs be
preserved. By this is meant that every created thing should be viewed in
the light of the station it hath been ordained to occupy.

It should be borne in mind, however, that when the light of My Name, the
All-Pervading, hath shed its radiance upon the universe, each and every
created thing hath, according to a fixed decree, been endowed with the
capacity to exercise a particular influence, and been made to possess a
distinct virtue. Consider the effect of poison. Deadly though it is, it
possesseth the power of exerting, under certain conditions, a beneficial
influence. The potency infused into all created things is the direct
consequence of the revelation of this most blessed Name. Glorified be He,
Who is the Creator of all names and attributes! Cast into the fire the
tree that hath rot and dried up, and abide under the shadow of the green
and goodly Tree, and partake of the fruit thereof.

The people living in the days of the Manifestations of God have, for the
most part, uttered such unseemly sayings. These have been set down
circumstantially in the revealed Books and Holy Scriptures.

He is really a believer in the Unity of God who recognizeth in each and
every created thing the sign of the revelation of Him Who is the Eternal
Truth, and not he who maintaineth that the creature is indistinguishable
from the Creator.

Consider, for instance, the revelation of the light of the Name of God,
the Educator. Behold, how in all things the evidences of such a revelation
are manifest, how the betterment of all beings dependeth upon it. This
education is of two kinds. The one is universal. Its influence pervadeth
all things and sustaineth them. It is for this reason that God hath
assumed the title, "Lord of all worlds." The other is confined to them
that have come under the shadow of this Name, and sought the shelter of
this most mighty Revelation. They, however, that have failed to seek this
shelter, have deprived themselves of this privilege, and are powerless to
benefit from the spiritual sustenance that hath been sent down through the
heavenly grace of this Most Great Name. How great the gulf fixed between
the one and the other! If the veil were lifted, and the full glory of the
station of those that have turned wholly towards God, and have, in their
love for Him, renounced the world, were made manifest, the entire creation
would be dumbfounded. The true believer in the Unity of God will, as it
hath already been explained, recognize, in the believer and the
unbeliever, the evidences of the revelation of both of these Names. Were
this revelation to be withdrawn, all would perish.

Consider, in like manner, the revelation of the light of the Name of God,
the Incomparable. Behold, how this light hath enveloped the entire
creation, how each and every thing manifesteth the sign of His Unity,
testifieth to the reality of Him Who is the Eternal Truth, proclaimeth His
sovereignty, His oneness, and His power. This revelation is a token of His
mercy that hath encompassed all created things. They that have joined
partners with Him, however, are unaware of such a revelation, and are
deprived of the Faith through which they can draw near unto, and be united
with, Him. Witness how the divers peoples and kindreds of the earth bear
witness to His unity, and recognize His oneness. But for the sign of the
Unity of God within them, they would have never acknowledged the truth of
the words, "There is none other God but God." And yet, consider how
grievously they have erred, and strayed from His path. Inasmuch as they
have failed to recognize the Sovereign Revealer, they have ceased to be
reckoned among those who may be regarded as true believers in the Unity of

This sign of the revelation of the Divine Being in them that have joined
partners with Him may, in a sense, be regarded as a reflection of the
glory with which the faithful are illumined. None, however, can comprehend
this truth save men endued with understanding. They that have truly
recognized the Unity of God should be regarded as the primary
manifestations of this Name. It is they who have quaffed the wine of
Divine Unity from the cup which the hand of God hath proffered unto them,
and who have turned their faces towards Him. How vast the distance that
separateth these sanctified beings from those men that are so far away
from God!...

God grant that, with a penetrating vision, thou mayest perceive, in all
things, the sign of the revelation of Him Who is the Ancient King, and
recognize how exalted and sanctified from the whole creation is that most
holy and sacred Being. This, in truth, is the very root and essence of
belief in the unity and singleness of God. "God was alone; there was none
else besides Him." He, now, is what He hath ever been. There is none other
God but Him, the One, the Incomparable, the Almighty, the Most Exalted,
the Most Great.

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