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Knowledge - of Self

All that which ye potentially possess can, however, be manifested only as a result of your own volition. Your own acts testify to this truth …
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, sec. LXXVII, p. 149)


Do thou reckon thyself only a puny form when within thee the universe is folded?
(Bahá’u’lláh, Seven Valleys, p. 34)


O My servants! Could ye apprehend with what wonders of My munificence and bounty I have willed to entrust your souls, ye would, of a truth, rid yourselves of attachment to all created things, and would gain a true knowledge of your own selves - a knowledge which is the same as the comprehension of Mine own Being. Ye would find yourselves independent of all else but Me, and would perceive, with your inner and outer eye, and as manifest as the revelation of My effulgent Name, the seas of My loving-kindness and bounty moving within you. Suffer not your idle fancies, your evil passions, your insincerity and blindness of heart to dim the luster, or stain the sanctity, of so lofty a station …
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, sec. CLIII, pp. 326-27)


The first Taráz and the first effulgence which hath dawned from the horizon of the Mother Book is that man should know his own self and recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or lowliness, glory or abasement, wealth or poverty …
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas,
p. 34-35)


True loss is for him whose days have been spent in utter ignorance of his self.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 186)


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 …
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, sec. CXXVIII, p. 277)