Law

As for what We have appropriated to the children, this is a bounty conferred on them by God, that they may render thanks unto their Lord, the Compassionate, the Merciful. These, verily, are the Laws of God; transgress them not at the prompting of your base and selfish desires. Observe ye the injunctions laid upon you by Him Who is the Dawning-place of Utterance. The sincere among His servants will regard the precepts set forth by God as the Water of Life to the followers of every faith, and the Lamp of wisdom and loving providence to all the denizens of earth and heaven.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 28-29

His Law is a fortress unto you, could ye but understand. Verily, He hath no purpose therein save to benefit the souls of His servants.

Bahá’u’lláh,

This Book . . . is a heaven which We have adorned with the stars of Our commandments and prohibitions.'. . . 'Say, O men! Take hold of it with the hand of resignation.

Bahá’u’lláh, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 3

We have desired for thee naught except that which is better for thee than what thou dost possess and all the treasures of the earth.

Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 48

We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. # 5

The consumption of wine and other intoxicants is prohibited in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (see notes 144 and 170). Reference to the use of "wine" in an allegorical sense -- such as being the cause of spiritual ecstasy – is found, not only in the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, but in the Bible, in the Qur'án, and in ancient Hindu traditions.

For example, in the Qur'án the righteous are promised that they will be given to drink of the "choice sealed wine". In His Tablets, Bahá’u’lláh identifies the "choice Wine" with His Revelation whose "musk-laden fragrance" has been wafted "upon all created things". He states that He has "unsealed" this "Wine", thereby disclosing spiritual truths that were hitherto unknown, and enabling those who quaff thereof to "discern the splendours of the light of divine unity" and to "grasp the essential purpose underlying the Scriptures of God". In one of His meditations, Bahá’u’lláh entreats God to supply the believers with "the choice Wine of Thy mercy, that it may cause them to be forgetful of any one except Thee, and to arise to serve Thy Cause, and to be steadfast in their love for Thee".

Bahá’u’lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 166

Were His law to be such as to strike terror into the hearts of all that are in heaven and on earth, that law is naught but manifest justice. The fears and agitation

which the revelation of this law provoke in men's hearts should indeed be likened to the cries of the sucking babe weaned from his mother's milk, if ye be of them that perceive.

Bahá’u’lláh, Principles of Bahá’í Administration, p. 6