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Note: Bahá'í World Faith was intended to replace the earlier compilation Bahá'í Scriptures with newer translations. However, many of the translations in Bahá'í World Faith have themselves been superseded by more authoritative versions. The reader is thus advised that some of the translations included here could be poor or even incorrect. Cf. William P. Collins, Bibliography of English Language Works on the Babi and Bahá'í Faiths, 1844-1985 (George Ronald, Oxford, 1990), pp. 20-21.




The Prophetic Cycle
hath, verily, ended.
The Eternal Truth is
now come. Bahá'u'lláh


Bahá'í Publishing Trust
Wilmette, Illinois, USA


Copyright 1943, © 1956, 1976 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States

Sixth Printing of 1956 Edition, 1976

ISBN 0-87743-043-8
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 56-8259

PRINTED IN U.S.A.


                                   CONTENTS



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INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I

                                       I.
                         WRITINGS OF BAHAU'LLAH


CHAPTER ONE — THE GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
    The Purpose of the Prophets, The True Believer, This Wondrous Day, How Severe the Tests, The Time Fore-Ordained, Beware Lest Ye Fail, Why the People Have Denied God, Manifestations of God, The Truth of His Mission, The Standard of His Truth, Oneness of the Prophets, Breakers of the Covenant, The Meaning of True Unity, The Prophetic Cycle Hath Ended, He Hath Recreated All Things, Manifold Woes and Trials, The Divine Spirit Awoke Him, To Build Anew the World, Every Soul Endowed, This New World Order, The Remedy the World Needeth, Tablets to the Kings, Tablets to the Leaders of Religion, Tablet to the People.

CHAPTER TWO — THE PROMISED ONE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
    The Successive Revelations, Wishing to Reveal Thyself, The Covenant Thou Hast Established, Whom Thou Hast Chosen, Thy Straight Path, Thou Hast Sent Down Thy Book, The Tablet of Visitation, He Calleth the Nations, Darkness Hath Fallen, The Eternity of Thy Majesty, This Divine Law, No Sooner Had He Revealed Himself, The Fire of Thy Love, No Refuge Can Be Found, Entities of a New Creation, He Hath Entrusted Every Created Thing, The Best-Beloved Is Come, The Signs of Revelation, The Generating Impulse of Creation, The Morn of Divine Guidance, The Hosts of Divine Inspiration.

CHAPTER THREE — THE LIFE OF THE SOUL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..113
    The Power of Regeneration, A Fixed Time to Turn to God, An Ever-Advancing Civilization, As One Soul and One Body, The Paradise of His Presence, Man's Perfection and Nobility, Re-created By His Spirit, Every Man Endowed with Capacity, The Result of Volition, The Soul's Power, A Sign of God, The Gift of Understanding, Chosen From the Whole World, The Flood of Grace, Two Duties Laid Upon Man, The Spirit That Animateth the Heart, Potentialities Inherent in Man, Endowed with Constancy, Establish Unity, The Root of Knowledge, Union with God, A Safe Approach to God, By Which the Truth Is Distinguished, Unless One Love God, Actions of the Righteous, True Liberty, In Amity and Concord, The Reason They Were Created, The Principle of Moderation, The Advancement of the World, The Essence of Justice, Words of Wisdom, Prayers, .

CHAPTER FOUR — LAWS OF THE NEW AGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
    Tablet of Tarizát, Tablet of the World, Words of Paradise, Tablet of Tajalliyát, The Glad Tidings, Tablet of Ishráqát.

CHAPTER FIVE — THE MYSTERY OF GOD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .204
    Tablet of the Branch, Kitáb-i-'Ahd, Whoso Layeth Claim to a Revelation.

                                      II.
                       WRITINGS OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA

CHAPTER SIX — THE FAITH OF BAHA'U'LLAH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
    Mankind Is In Danger, I Have Come with This Mission, The Blessed Perfection, Bahá'u'lláh, Religion Is Progressive, This Radiant Century, The Most Great Peace, Man and Nature, Science and Spiritual Development, Teachings of Bahá'u'lháh, The Educators of Mankind, The Divine Standard of Knowledge, The Sun of Reality, The Source of Unity, The Quickening Spirit, Spiritual Existence Is Immortality, Race Unity, Assurance of World Peace, Religion and Civilization, Industrial Justice, Universal Peace.

CHAPTER SEVEN — SOUL, MIND AND SPIRIT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .297
    The Origin of Man, Modification of Species, The Kingdom of Man, Man and Evolution, Spiritual Nature of Man, Man's Innate Powers, The Spirit in the Body, Man's Relation to God, Soul, Mind and Spirit, Five Physical and Five Spiritual Powers, Innate, Inherited and Acquired Character, Man's Knowledge of God, The Immortality of the Spirit, Perfection Is Endless, The Evolution of Man In the Other World, Progress After Death, Tablet on Purity, God and the Universe.

CHAPTER EIGHT — THE LOOM OF REALITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...349
    His Deathless Splendor, The New Heaven, The New Earth, Spiritual Spring, Serve the Kingdom, Fulfillment of Prophecy, Heralds of His Name, The World Is Infirm, The Covenant, Race Unity, The Fire of the Love of God, Ye Are the Angels, Reality of Thanksgiving, The Straight Path, Cut Thyself from the World, Arise With Great Power, Divine Assistance, Proof of Nobility, The Source of Love, Objective and Subjective Faith, Spiritual Capacity, The Beloved of God, If One Possesses the Love of God, The Magnet of the Kingdom, The Encompassing Spirit, Souls Are Like Mirrors, The World of Vision, Prayer Is Indispensable, Turn to the Holy Spirit, Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, The Intermediary, The Spirit of Faith, Trials a Gift from God, The Mystery of Suffering, Bahá'í Marriage, Kindness to Animals, Economy a Great Treasure, Means of Livelihood, Socialism, Two Methods of Healing, If Thou Desirest Health, Duty to Attain Science, Work Is Worship, Science As Worship, Music, Severance from the World, Consolation of Our Hearts, The University of the Kingdom, The Unknowable Essence, Faith and Knowledge, Knowledge and Deeds, Training and Children, Spiritual Knowledge, Qualifications of the Enlightened Soul, Eternal Sovereignty, Confirmation and Assistance, This World a Mirage, Protection of the Bahá'is, The Return of Christ, Eternal Life, Spreaders of Calumny, The Spirit of Christ, Salvation, The Spiritual Church, The Supper of the Lord, Understanding the Mysteries, Reincarnation, The Glad Tidings, Consider the Past, This Branch Will Ascend, After This Storm, The Center, Mental and Spiritual Education.

CHAPTER NINE — THE DIVINE PLAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400
    The Cause of Bahá'u'lláh, The Community of the Greatest Name, God Loveth Those Who Work in Groups, The Divine Shepherd, The Fundamental Aim, This Meeting Is Blessed, The Spiritual Election, The House of Justice, Obedience to the Assembly, 'Abdu'l-Bahá Is Present, The Center of Decision, The Basis of Union, The Spiritual Assembly, Mercy and Justice, Inter-Assembly Union, The Mashriqu'l-Adhkár, The Collective Center of the Kingdom, Bahá'u'lláh The Lord of Hosts, The Master's Last Tablet to America, Excerpts From the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá.

APPENDIX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..451
    Sources, Translations, Editor's Note.

INDEX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .455

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