Thou Hast Asked Me Concerning The
Thou hast asked Me concerning the nature of the soul. Know, verily, that
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. It is the first among all created things to declare
the excellence of its Creator, the first to recognize His glory, to cleave
to His truth, and to bow down in adoration before Him. If it be faithful
to God, it will reflect His light, and will, eventually, return unto Him.
If it fail, however, in its allegiance to its Creator, it will become a
victim to self and passion, and will, in the end, sink in their depths.
Whoso hath, in this Day, refused to allow the doubts and fancies of men to
turn him away from Him Who is the Eternal Truth, and hath not suffered the
tumult provoked by the ecclesiastical and secular authorities to deter him
from recognizing His Message, such a man will be regarded by God, the Lord
of all men, as one of His mighty signs, and will be numbered among them
whose names have been inscribed by the Pen of the Most High in His Book.
Blessed is he that hath recognized the true stature of such a soul, that
hath acknowledged its station, and discovered its virtues.
Much hath been written in the books of old concerning the various stages
in the development of the soul, such as concupiscence, irascibility,
inspiration, benevolence, contentment, Divine good-pleasure, and the like;
the Pen of the Most High, however, is disinclined to dwell upon them.
Every soul that walketh humbly with its God, in this Day, and cleaveth
unto Him, shall find itself invested with the honor and glory of all
goodly names and stations.
When man is asleep, his soul can, in no wise, be said to have been
inherently affected by any external object. It is not susceptible of any
change in its original state or character. Any variation in its functions
is to be ascribed to external causes. It is to these external influences
that any variations in its environment, its understanding, and perception
should be attributed.
Consider the human eye. Though it hath the faculty of perceiving all
created things, yet the slightest impediment may so obstruct its vision as
to deprive it of the power of discerning any object whatsoever. Magnified
be the name of Him Who hath created, and is the Cause of, these causes,
Who hath ordained that every change and variation in the world of being be
made dependent upon them. Every created thing in the whole universe is but
a door leading into His knowledge, a sign of His sovereignty, a revelation
of His names, a symbol of His majesty, a token of His power, a means of
admittance into His straight Path....
Verily I say, the human soul is, in its essence, one of the signs of God,
a mystery among His mysteries. It is one of the mighty signs of the
Almighty, the harbinger that proclaimeth the reality of all the worlds of
God. Within it lieth concealed that which the world is now utterly
incapable of apprehending. Ponder in thine heart the revelation of the
Soul of God that pervadeth all His Laws, and contrast it with that base
and appetitive nature that hath rebelled against Him, that forbiddeth men
to turn unto the Lord of Names, and impelleth them to walk after their
lusts and wickedness. Such a soul hath, in truth, wandered far in the path
Thou hast, moreover, asked Me concerning the state of the soul after its
separation from the body. Know thou, of a truth, that if the soul of man
hath walked in the ways of God, it will, assuredly, return and be gathered
to the glory of the Beloved. By the righteousness of God! It shall attain
a station such as no pen can depict, or tongue describe. The soul that
hath remained faithful to the Cause of God, and stood unwaveringly firm in
His Path shall, after his ascension, be possessed of such power that all
the worlds which the Almighty hath created can benefit through him. Such a
soul provideth, at the bidding of the Ideal King and Divine Educator, the
pure leaven that leaveneth the world of being, and furnisheth the power
through which the arts and wonders of the world are made manifest.
Consider how meal needeth leaven to be leavened with. Those souls that are
the symbols of detachment are the leaven of the world. Meditate on this,
and be of the thankful.
In several of Our Tablets We have referred to this theme, and have set
forth the various stages in the development of the soul. 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.
Behold how the dream thou hast dreamed is, after the lapse of many years,
re-enacted before thine eyes. Consider how strange is the mystery of the
world that appeareth to thee in thy dream. Ponder in thine heart upon the
unsearchable wisdom of God, and meditate on its manifold revelations....
Witness the wondrous evidences of God's handiwork, and reflect upon its
range and character. He Who is the Seal of the Prophets hath said:
"Increase my wonder and amazement at Thee, O God!"
As to thy question whether the physical world is subject to any
limitations, know thou that the comprehension of this matter dependeth
upon the observer himself. In one sense, it is limited; in another, it is
exalted beyond all limitations. The one true God hath everlastingly
existed, and will everlastingly continue to exist. His creation, likewise,
hath had no beginning, and will have no end. All that is created, however,
is preceded by a cause. This fact, in itself, establisheth, beyond the
shadow of a doubt, the unity of the Creator.
Thou hast, moreover, asked Me concerning the nature of the celestial
spheres. To comprehend their nature, it would be necessary to inquire into
the meaning of the allusions that have been made in the Books of old to
the celestial spheres and the heavens, and to discover the character of
their relationship to this physical world, and the influence which they
exert upon it. Every heart is filled with wonder at so bewildering a
theme, and every mind is perplexed by its mystery. God, alone, can fathom
its import. The learned men, that have fixed at several thousand years the
life of this earth, have failed, throughout the long period of their
observation, to consider either the number or the age of the other
planets. Consider, moreover, the manifold divergencies that have resulted
from the theories propounded by these men. Know thou that every fixed star
hath its own planets, and every planet its own creatures, whose number no
man can compute.
O thou that hast fixed thine eyes upon My countenance! The Day Spring of
Glory hath, in this Day, manifested its radiance, and the Voice of the
Most High is calling. We have formerly uttered these words: "This is not
the day for any man to question his Lord. It behoveth whosoever hath
hearkened to the Call of God, as voiced by Him Who is the Day Spring of
Glory, to arise and cry out: 'Here am I, here am I, O Lord of all Names;
here am I, here am I, O Maker of the heavens! I testify that, through Thy
Revelation, the things hidden in the Books of God have been revealed, and
that whatsoever hath been recorded by Thy Messengers in the sacred
Scriptures hath been fulfilled.'"
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