One thing most of us know–in our hearts, even if sometimes not in our heads–is that the one thing which we can count on in this world, and indeed in every world, is God’s love for us. Bahá’u’lláh makes this very clear to us in the following two Hidden Words, from the Arabic, #s 3 and 4 respectively. Listen to the love expressed in these two Hidden Words.
“O SON OF MAN! Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.”
“O SON OF MAN! I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.”
This love, however, must be reciprocated by us. Indeed, He tells us “If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee.” The next three Hidden Words, from the Arabic, #s 5, 6, and 7 respectively, are all related to each other and bring out this need for us to love Him. In # 5, He says what we need to do, saying “Love Me, that I may love thee.” In # 6, He tells us why this is so important, saying “Thy Paradise is My love;” and, finally, in # 7, He tells us how to do this, saying “If thou lovest Me, turn away from thyself”.
“O SON OF BEING! Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant.”
“O SON OF BEING! Thy Paradise is My love; thy heavenly home, reunion with Me. Enter therein and tarry not. This is that which hath been destined for thee in Our kingdom above and Our exalted dominion.”
“O SON OF MAN! If thou lovest Me, turn away from thyself; and if thou seekest My pleasure, regard not thine own; that thou mayest die in Me and I may eternally live in thee.”
Do we need any further urging or instruction? If so, tomorrow we look at Arabic #9 & 10.
Arabic No. 7
As to the reference in the Arabic “Hidden Words” that the human being must become detached from self, here too the meaning is that he should not seek out anything whatever for his own self in this swiftly-passing life, but that he should cut the self away, that is, he should yield up the self and all its concerns on the field of martyrdom, at the time of the coming of the Lord. (“Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá” (Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre, 1982), No. 181, p. 207)