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It behoveth him who is a wayfarer in the path of God and...





Say: Doth It Beseem A Man While Claiming






Say: Doth it beseem a man while claiming to be a follower of his Lord, the
All-Merciful, he should yet in his heart do the very deeds of the Evil
One? Nay, it ill beseemeth him, and to this He Who is the Beauty of the
All-Glorious will bear Me witness. Would that ye could comprehend it!

Cleanse from your hearts the love of worldly things, from your tongues
every remembrance except His remembrance, from your entire being
whatsoever may deter you from beholding His face, or may tempt you to
follow the promptings of your evil and corrupt inclinations. Let God be
your fear, O people, and be ye of them that tread the path of
righteousness.

Say: Should your conduct, O people, contradict your professions, how think
ye, then, to be able to distinguish yourselves from them who, though
professing their faith in the Lord their God, have, as soon as He came
unto them in the cloud of holiness, refused to acknowledge Him, and
repudiated His truth? Disencumber yourselves of all attachment to this
world and the vanities thereof. Beware that ye approach them not, inasmuch
as they prompt you to walk after your own lusts and covetous desires, and
hinder you from entering the straight and glorious Path.

Know ye that by "the world" is meant your unawareness of Him Who is your
Maker, and your absorption in aught else but Him. The "life to come," on
the other hand, signifieth the things that give you a safe approach to
God, the All-Glorious, the Incomparable. Whatsoever deterreth you, in this
Day, from loving God is nothing but the world. Flee it, that ye may be
numbered with the blest. 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.

O thou that hast fled thy home and sought the presence of God! Proclaim
unto men the Message of thy Lord, that it may haply deter them from
following the promptings of their evil and corrupt desires, and bring them
to the remembrance of God, the Most Exalted, the Most Great. Say: Fear
God, O people, and refrain from shedding the blood of any one. Contend not
with your neighbor, and be ye of them that do good. Beware that ye commit
no disorders on the earth after it hath been well ordered, and follow not
the footsteps of them that are gone astray.

Whoso ariseth among you to teach the Cause of his Lord, let him, before
all else, teach his own self, that his speech may attract the hearts of
them that hear him. Unless he teacheth his own self, the words of his
mouth will not influence the heart of the seeker. Take heed, O people,
lest ye be of them that give good counsel to others but forget to follow
it themselves. The words of such as these, and beyond the words the
realities of all things, and beyond these realities the angels that are
nigh unto God, bring against them the accusation of falsehood.

Should such a man ever succeed in influencing any one, this success should
be attributed not to him, but rather to the influence of the words of God,
as decreed by Him Who is the Almighty, the All-Wise. In the sight of God
he is regarded as a lamp that imparteth its light, and yet is all the
while being consumed within itself.

Say: Commit not, O people, that which will bring shame upon you or
dishonor the Cause of God in the eyes of men, and be not of the
mischief-makers. Approach not the things which your minds condemn. Eschew
all manner of wickedness, for such things are forbidden unto you in the
Book which none touch except such as God hath cleansed from every taint of
guilt, and numbered among the purified.

Be fair to yourselves and to others, that the evidences of justice may be
revealed, through your deeds, among Our faithful servants. Beware lest ye
encroach upon the substance of your neighbor. Prove yourselves worthy of
his trust and confidence in you, and withhold not from the poor the gifts
which the grace of God hath bestowed upon you. He, verily, shall
recompense the charitable, and doubly repay them for what they have
bestowed. No God is there but Him. All creation and its empire are His. He
bestoweth His gifts on whom He will, and from whom He will He withholdeth
them. He is the Great Giver, the Most Generous, the Benevolent.

Say: Teach ye the Cause of God, O people of Baha, for God hath prescribed
unto every one the duty of proclaiming His Message, and regardeth it as
the most meritorious of all deeds. Such a deed is acceptable only when he
that teacheth the Cause is already a firm believer in God, the Supreme
Protector, the Gracious, the Almighty. He hath, moreover, ordained that
His Cause be taught through the power of men's utterance, and not through
resort to violence. Thus hath His ordinance been sent down from the
Kingdom of Him Who is the Most Exalted, the All-Wise. Beware lest ye
contend with any one, nay, strive to make him aware of the truth with
kindly manner and most convincing exhortation. If your hearer respond, he
will have responded to his own behoof, and if not, turn ye away from him,
and set your faces towards God's sacred Court, the seat of resplendent
holiness.

Dispute not with any one concerning the things of this world and its
affairs, for God hath abandoned them to such as have set their affection
upon them. Out of the whole world He hath chosen for Himself the hearts of
men--hearts which the hosts of revelation and of utterance can subdue. Thus
hath it been ordained by the Fingers of Baha, upon the Tablet of God's
irrevocable decree, by the behest of Him Who is the Supreme Ordainer, the
All-Knowing.





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