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The First Duty Prescribed By God For His

The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of
Him Who is the Day Spring of His Revelation and the Fountain of His laws,
Who representeth the Godhead in both the Kingdom of His Cause and the
world of creation. Whoso achieveth this duty hath attained unto all good;
and whoso is deprived thereof, hath gone astray, though he be the author
of every righteous deed. It behoveth every one who reacheth this most
sublime station, this summit of transcendent glory, to observe every
ordinance of Him Who is the Desire of the world. These twin duties are
inseparable. Neither is acceptable without the other. Thus hath it been
decreed by Him Who is the Source of Divine inspiration.

They whom God hath endued with insight will readily recognize that the
precepts laid down by God constitute the highest means for the maintenance
of order in the world and the security of its peoples. He that turneth
away from them, is accounted among the abject and foolish. We, verily,
have commanded you to refuse the dictates of your evil passions and
corrupt desires, and not to transgress the bounds which the Pen of the
Most High hath fixed, for these are the breath of life unto all created
things. The seas of Divine wisdom and divine utterance have risen under
the breath of the breeze of the All-Merciful. Hasten to drink your fill, O
men of understanding! They that have violated the Covenant of God by
breaking His commandments, and have turned back on their heels, these have
erred grievously in the sight of God, the All-Possessing, the Most High.

O ye peoples of the world! Know assuredly that My commandments are the
lamps of My loving providence among My servants, and the keys of My mercy
for My creatures. Thus hath it been sent down from the heaven of the Will
of your Lord, the Lord of Revelation. Were any man to taste the sweetness
of the words which the lips of the All-Merciful have willed to utter, he
would, though the treasures of the earth be in his possession, renounce
them one and all, that he might vindicate the truth of even one of His
commandments, shining above the day spring of His bountiful care and

Say: From My laws the sweet smelling savor of My garment can be smelled,
and by their aid the standards of victory will be planted upon the highest
peaks. The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent
glory, addressed to My creation these words: "Observe My commandments, for
the love of My beauty." Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the divine
fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words, laden with the perfume of
a grace which no tongue can describe. By My life! He who hath drunk the
choice wine of fairness from the hands of My bountiful favor, will circle
around My commandments that shine above the Day Spring of My creation.

Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather,
We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. To
this beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath revealed.
Meditate upon this, O men of insight!...

Whenever My laws appear like the sun in the heaven of Mine utterance, they
must be faithfully obeyed by all, though My decree be such as to cause the
heaven of every religion to be cleft asunder. He doth what He pleaseth. He
chooseth; and none may question His choice. Whatsoever He, the
Well-Beloved, ordaineth, the same is, verily, beloved. To this He Who is
the Lord of all creation beareth Me witness. Whoso hath inhaled the sweet
fragrance of the All-Merciful, and recognized the Source of this
utterance, will welcome with his own eyes the shafts of the enemy, that he
may establish the truth of the laws of God amongst men. Well is it with
him that hath turned thereunto, and apprehended the meaning of His
decisive decree.

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