Indeed, if God willeth, He is potent to turn the stone into a
mirror, but the person himself remaineth reconciled to his state.
Had he wished to become a crystal, God would have made him to assume
Success or failure, gain or loss, must .. . depend upon mans
own exertions. The more he striveth, the greater will be his progress.400
All that which ye potentially possess can, however, be manifested
only as a result of your own volition. Your own acts testify to
Each of us must improve himself, that he may attain nothing short
of the best. When one stops, he descends. A bird, when it is flying,
soars; but as soon as it stops, it falls. While man is directed
upward, he develops. As soon as he stops, he descends.
...There exists in man two powers. One power uplifts him. This is
divine attraction, which causes mans elevation. In all grades
of existence he will develop through this power. This belongs to
the spirit. The other power causes man to descend. This is the animal
nature. The first attracts man to the Kingdom. The second brings
him down to the contingent world. Now we must consider which is
these will gain more power. If the heavenly power overcome, many
will become heavenly, enlightened, merciful; but if the worldly
power overcome, he will be dark, satanic, and like the animal. Therefore
he must develop continually. As . . . you should not neglect your
health, but consider it the means which enables you to serve. It
the body is like a horse which carries the personality
and spirit, and as such should be well cared for so it can do its
work! You should certainly safeguard your nerves, and force yourself
to take time, and not only for prayer and meditation, but for real
rest and relaxation.412
There are . . . innumerable examples of individuals who have been
able to effect drastic and enduring changes in their behaviour,
through drawing on the spiritual powers available by the bounty
Our past is not the thing that matters so much in this world as
what we intend to do with our future. The inestimable value of religion
is that when a man is vitally connected with it, through a real
and living belief in it and in the Prophet Who brought it, he receives
a strength greater than his own which helps him to develop his good
characteristics and overcome his bad ones. The whole purpose of
religion is to change not only our thoughts but our acts; when we
believe in God and His Prophet and His Teachings, we find we are
growing, even though we perhaps thought ourselves incapable of growth
As we almost never attain any spiritual goal without seeing the
next goal we must attain still beyond our reach, he urges you, who
have come so far already on the path of spirituality, not to fret
about the distance you still have to cover! It is an indefinite
journey, and, no doubt in the next world the soul is privileged
to draw closer to God than is possible when bound on this physical
Do not feel discouraged if your labours do not always yield an
abundant fruitage. For a quick and rapidly-won success is not always
the best and the most lasting.424
We must not only be patient with others, infinitely patient!,
but also with our own poor selves, remembering that even the Prophets
of God sometimes got tired and cried out in despair!440
Every day, in the morning when arising you should compare today
with yesterday and see in what condition you are. If you see your
belief is stronger and your heart more occupied with God and your
love increased and your freedom from the world greater then thank
God and ask for the increase of these qualities. You must begin
to pray and repent for all that you have done which is wrong and
you must implore and ask for help and assistance that you may become
better than yesterday so that you may continue to make progress.411
The more we search for ourselves, the less likely we are to find
ourselves; and the more we search for God, and to serve our fellow-men,
the more profoundly will we become acquainted with ourselves, and
the more inwardly assured. This is one of the great spiritual laws
Peace of mind is gained by the centering of the spiritual consciousness
on the Prophet of God; therefore you should study the spiritual
Teachings, and receive the Water of Life from the Holy Utterances.
Then by translating these high ideals into action, your entire character
will be changed, and your mind will not only find peace, but your
entire being will find joy and enthusiasm.
Yield not to grief and sorrow: they cause the greatest misery.
When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of
peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful
thought of love.
Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital,
our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem
better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.
But when sadness visits us we become weak, our strength leaves us,
our comprehension is dim and our intelligence veiled. The actualities
of life seem to elude our grasp, the eyes of our spirits fail to
discover the sacred mysteries, and we become even as dead beings.
There is no human being untouched by these two influences; but all
the sorrow and the grief that exist come from the world of matter
the spiritual world bestows only the joy!
As you know, each individual must resove his own tests according
to the promptings of hs conscience. However, it sometimes happens
that negative feelings about oneself become an obstacle to succesfully
passing ones spiritual tests by making it difficult to believe
in ones ow nobility.
We often feel that our happiness lies in a certain direction; and
yet, if we have to pay too heavy a price for it in the end we may
discover that we have not really purchased either freedom or happiness,
but just some new situation of frustration and disillusion.
I will no longer be sorrowful or grieved; I will be a happy and
joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will
I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things
I adjure Thee by Thy might, O my God! Let no harm beset me in times
of tests, and in moments of heedlessness guide my steps aright through
Thine inspiration. Thou art God, potent art Thou to do what Thoudesirest.
No one can withstand Thy Will or thwart Thy Purpose.