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Love

A lover feareth nothing and no harm can come nigh him: Thou seest him chill in the fire and dry in the sea.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 9)


Alas! that humanity is completely submerged in imitations and unrealities notwithstanding the truth of divine religion has ever remained the same. Superstitions have obscured the fundamental reality, the world is darkened and the light of religion is not apparent. This darkness is conducive to differences and dissensions; rites and dogmas are many and various; therefore discord has arisen among the religious systems whereas religion is for the unification of mankind. True religion is the source of love and agreement amongst men, the cause of the development of praiseworthy qualities; but the people are holding to the counterfeit and imitation, negligent of the reality which unifies; so they are bereft and deprived of the radiance of religion. They follow superstitions inherited from their fathers and ancestors. To such an extent has this prevailed that they have taken away the heavenly light of divine truth and sit in the darkness of imitations and imaginations. That which was meant to be conducive to life has become the cause of death; that which should have been an evidence of knowledge is now a proof of ignorance; that which was a factor in the sublimity of human nature has proved to be its degradation. Therefore the realm of the religionist has gradually narrowed and darkened and the sphere of the materialist has widened and advanced; for the religionist has held to imitation and counterfeit, neglecting and discarding holiness and the sacred reality of religion. When the sun sets it is the time for bats to fly. They come forth because they are creatures of the night. When the lights of religion become darkened the materialists appear. They are the bats of night. The decline of religion is their time of activity; they seek the shadows when the world is darkened and clouds have spread over it.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 71)


And if, confirmed by the Creator, the lover escapes from the claws of the eagle of love, he will enter THE VALLEY OF KNOWLEDGE and come out of doubt into certitude, and turn from the darkness of illusion to the guiding light of the fear of God. His inner eyes will open and he will privily converse with his Beloved; he will set ajar the gate of truth and piety, and shut the doors of vain imaginings.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 11)


As the Guardian once commented, our World Order is founded on justice, not love. Our governing institutions are Houses of justice, not love.
(The Diary of Juliet Thompson)


Love is light in whatsoever house it may shine and enmity is darkness in whatsoever abode it dwell.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 217)


Cleanse ye your eyes, so that ye behold no man as different from yourselves. See ye no strangers; rather see all men as friends, for love and unity come hard when ye fix your gaze on otherness. And in this new and wondrous age, the Holy Writings say that we must be at one with every people; that we must see neither harshness nor injustice, neither malevolence, nor hostility, nor hate, but rather turn our eyes toward the heaven of ancient glory. For each of the creatures is a sign of God, and it was by the grace of the Lord and His power that each did step into the world; therefore they are not strangers, but in the family; not aliens, but friends, and to be treated as such. Wherefore must the loved ones of God associate in affectionate fellowship with stranger and friend alike, showing forth to all the utmost loving-kindness, disregarding the degree of their capacity, never asking whether they deserve to be loved. In every instance let the friends be considerate and infinitely kind. Let them never be defeated by the malice of the people, by their aggression and their hate, no matter how intense. If others hurl their darts against you, offer them milk and honey in return; if they poison your lives, sweeten their souls; if they injure you, teach them how to be comforted; if they inflict a wound upon you, be a balm to their sores; if they sting you, hold to their lips a refreshing cup.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 24)


Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship … This goal excelleth every other goal, and this aspiration is the monarch of all aspirations.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 288)


Fear God, and be not of those who are shut out as by a veil. Burn ye away the veils with the fire of My love, and dispel ye the mists of vain imaginings by the power of this Name through which We have subdued the entire creation.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 66)


For I say unto you that He has chosen you to be His messengers of love throughout the world, to be His bearers of spiritual gifts to man, to be the means of spreading unity and concord on the earth.” “Perchance,” He remarked on another occasion, “God willing, this terrestrial world may become as a celestial mirror upon which we may behold the imprint of the traces of Divinity, and the fundamental qualities of a new creation may be reflected from the reality of love shining in human hearts.” To this end do all your efforts tend.
(Universal House of Justice to the Bahá’ís of the World, 5 Dec, 2013)


For when a sincere lover and agreeable friend attains to the meeting of the beloved and desired one, a fire is enkindled from the radiance of the beauty of the beloved and the heat of the heart of the lover, which consumes all coverings and veils: nay, whatever is with him, even marrow and skin, will thereby be burnt, and naught remain except the Friend.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 169)


God has created His servants in order that they may love and associate with each other. He has revealed the glorious splendor of His sun of love in the world of humanity. The cause of the creation of the phenomenal world is love.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 297)


If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 260)


In the Gospel it is said God is love.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 180)


In the hearts of men no real love is found, and the condition is such that, unless their susceptibilities are quickened by some power so that unity, love and accord may develop within them, there can be no healing.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 171)


In the world of existence there is indeed no greater power than the power of love. When the heart of man is aglow with the flame of love, he is ready to sacrifice all—even his life.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 179-180)


It has been suggested that the words of Bahá’u’lláh that a true seeker should “so cleanse his heart that no remnant of either love or hate may linger therein, lest that love blindly incline him to error, or that hate repel him away from the truth,” support the viewpoint of methodological agnosticism. But we believe that on deeper reflection it will be recognized that love and hate are emotional attachments or repulsions that can irrationally influence the seeker; they are not aspects of the truth itself.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 389-390)


Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 27)


Live free of love, for its very peace is anguish; Its beginning is pain, its end is death. Peace be upon him who followeth the Right Path!
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 41)


Love and serve mankind just for the sake of God and not for anything else. The foundation of your love toward humanity must be spiritual faith and Divine assurance.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Lights of Guidance, p. 213)


Love gives life to the lifeless. Love lights a flame in the heart that is cold. Love brings hope to the hopeless and gladdens the hearts of the sorrowful.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 179)


Love is a light that never dwelleth in a heart possessed by fear.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Four Valleys, p. 58)


Love is a veil betwixt the lover and the beloved.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Four Valleys, p. 60)


Love is light in whatsoever house it may shine and enmity is darkness in whatsoever abode it dwell.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 216)


Love is only of the four kinds that I have explained.
(a) The love of God towards the identity of God. Christ has said God is Love.
(b) The love of God for His children—for His servants.
(c) The love of man for God and
(d) the love of man for man.
These four kinds of love originate from God. These are rays from the Sun of Reality; these are the Breathings of the Holy Spirit; these are the Signs of the Reality.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 181)


May the assembled believers now but a tiny nucleus of the Bahá’í Commonwealth of the future so exemplify that spirit of universal love and fellowship as to evoke in the minds of their associates the vision of that future City of God which the almighty arm of Bahá’u’lláh can alone establish.
(Shoghi Effendi, Bahá’í Administration, p. 131)


Now is the time to cheer and refresh the down-cast through the invigorating breeze of love and fellowship, and the living waters of friendliness and charity.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 7)


That which will leaven the human world is a love that will insure the abandonment of pride, oppression and hatred.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 45)


The essence of love is for man to turn his heart to the Beloved One, and sever himself from all else but Him, and desire naught save that which is the desire of his Lord.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 155)


The foundation of Bahá’u’lláh is love. ...you must have infinite love for each other, each preferring the other before himself. The people must be so attracted to you that they will exclaim, “What happiness exists among you!” and will see in your faces the lights of the Kingdom; ...You must love your friend better than yourself; yes, be willing to sacrifice yourself. The Cause of Bahá’u’lláh has not yet appeared in this country. I desire that you be ready to sacrifice everything for each other, even life itself; then I will know that the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh has been established.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 218)


The greatest gift of man is universal love - that magnet which renders existence eternal. It attracts realities and diffuses life with infinite joy. If this love penetrate the heart of man, all the forces of the universe will be realized in him, for it is a divine power which transports him to a divine station and he will make no progress until he is illumined thereby. Strive to increase the love-power of reality, to make your hearts greater centers of attraction and to create new ideals and relationships. First of all, be ready to sacrifice your lives for one another, to prefer the general well-being to your personal well-being. Create relationships that nothing can shake; form an assembly that nothing can break up; have a mind that never ceases acquiring riches that nothing can destroy. If love did not exist, what of reality would remain? It is the fire of the love of God which renders man superior to the animal. Strengthen this superior force through which is attained all the progress in the world.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 111-112)


The real and great love is the love of God. That is holy above the imaginations and thoughts of men.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 365)


The souls who bear the tests of God become the manifestations of great bounties … they cause the holy souls to ascend to the highest degree of love and solidity.
(From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, 2 December, 1985)


The spiritual love of God maketh man pure and holy and clotheth him with the garment of virtue and purity. And when man attacheth his heart wholly to God and becometh related to the Blessed Perfection, the divine bounty will dawn. This love is not physical, nay, rather, it is absolutely spiritual.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 365)


The worldwide undertakings on which the Cause of God is embarked are far too significant, the need of the peoples of the world for the Message of Bahá’u’lláh far too urgent, the perils facing mankind far too grave, the progress of events far too swift, to permit His followers to squander their time and efforts in fruitless contention. Now, if ever, is the time for love among the friends, for unity of understanding and endeavor, for self-sacrifice and service by Bahá’ís in every part of the world.
(The Universal House of Justice, 1992 Dec 10, Issues Related to Study Compilation)


There is very little Divine love in the world to-day, but a great deal of intellectual reasoning, which is an entirely different thing, and springs from the mind and not the heart.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Bahá’í Community, p. 406)


Verily, I read thy recent letter which showed thy strong love, thy being ablaze with the fire of the love of thy Lord, the Mighty, the Praised, and the penetration of the Spirit of Truth in thy limbs, nerves, veins, arteries, bones, blood and flesh, until it hath taken the reins of power from thy hands and moveth thee as it willeth, causeth thee to speak in what it willeth and attracted thee as it willeth. This is becoming of whatever heart is replenished with the spirit of the love of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 716)


Verily, I address thee with such an appellation whereby the hearts of those who are endowed with intelligence, are dilated with joy; because, verily, this is from my heart which is overflowing with the love of God—and an appellation that proceeds from love will certainly be as a spirit for the souls, as a light to the eyes, as a life to bodies and as a dressing for the hearts and bodies which are wounded and lacerated by the afflictions of this world. Then be consoled by the praise of thy Lord, whenever thou art attacked by grief and sorrow.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 129)


We know that to help the poor and to be merciful is good and pleases God, but knowledge alone does not feed the starving man, nor can the poor be warmed by knowledge or words in the bitter winter; we must give the practical help of Loving-kindness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 60)


What a power is love! It is the most wonderful, the greatest of all living powers.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 179)


Whatever is done in love is never any trouble, and – there is always time.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Daily Lessons Received at Akka, p. 42)


When referring to the Báb, he mentioned that “love had cast out fear.”
(Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, p. 22)


Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and thou shalt not vex thine enemy with enmity.’ But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth down the rain of His mercy on the just and on the unjust.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 81)


... for any movement animated by love moveth from the periphery to the centre, from space to the Day-Star of the universe. Perchance thou deemest this to be difficult, but I tell thee that such cannot be the case, for when the motivating and guiding power is the divine force of magnetism it is possible, by its aid, to traverse time and space easily and swiftly.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 197)


… the affections and loving kindness of the servants of the One True God must be bountifully and universally extended to all mankind. Regarding this, restrictions and limitations are in no wise permitted.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 13)