Arts

Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation.

Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 26

All the existing arts and sciences were once hidden secrets of nature. By his command and control of nature man took them out of the plane of the invisible and revealed them in the plane of visibility, whereas according to the exigencies of nature these secrets should have remained latent and concealed.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 81

It is natural for the heart and spirit to take pleasure and enjoyment in all things that show forth symmetry, harmony, and perfection. For instance: a beautiful house, a well designed garden, a symmetrical line, a graceful motion, a well written book, pleasing garments -- in fact, all things that have in themselves grace or beauty are pleasing to the heart and spirit -- therefore, it is most certain that a true voice causes deep pleasure.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, A Brief Account of My Visit to Acca, pp. 11-14

The acquisition of sciences and the perfection of arts are considered acts of worship….

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 144

The drama is of the utmost importance." said ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. "It has been a great educational power in the past; it will be so again. He described how as a young boy he witnessed the Mystery Play of 'Ali's Betrayal and Passion, and how it affected him so deeply that he wept and could not sleep for many nights.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 93

The sciences and arts, all inventions, crafts, trades and their products have come forth from the intellect of man. It is evident that within the human organism the intellect occupies the supreme station. Therefore, if religious belief, principle or creed is not in accordance with the intellect and the power of reason, it is surely superstition.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 63