The next two Hidden Words show how our hearts are indeed His “home” and what we should “plant” in our hearts. To have Him so close as to be in our very hearts is surely worth a little effort to “cleanse” “sanctify” and “plant.” Again, we are the ones who really benefit from this.
“O SON OF BEING! Thy heart is My home; sanctify it for My descent. Thy spirit is My place of revelation; cleanse it for My manifestation.” [Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, No. A59.]
“O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.” [Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, No. P3.]
Arabic No. 59
Bahá’u’lláh in the Hidden Words stated that God, through His Prophets and Chosen Ones, explained that the heart of man is His home; it should be sanctified for His entry, and that his spirit is His place of Revelation; it should be cleansed so that it may become His abode. We, therefore, understand that nearness to God is possible through setting our faces towards Him. Nearness to God is through entrance into the Kingdom of God. Nearness to God is made possible through service to humanity. Nearness to God is possible through the unity of all peoples and religions. Nearness to God is dependent upon kindness to all mankind. Nearness to God is made possible through investigation of the Truth. Nearness to God is through the acquisition of knowledge and praiseworthy virtues. Nearness to God is possible through service to universal peace. Nearness to God is dependent upon purity and sanctity. Nearness to God is dependent upon self-sacrifice, self-abnegation, and the giving up of one’s glory and position for Him. Consider how the sun shineth upon all creation, but only surfaces which are pure and clear can reveal its full glory and light. The light of the sun is bright, but the darkened stone hath no portion of the revelation of the light. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, from a talk, earlier version published in “Star of the West”, vol. 3, no. 8, 26 May 1912, pp. 20-22)
Persian No. 3
In the passage “eschew all fellowship with the ungodly”, Bahá’u’lláh means that we should shun the company of those who disbelieve in God and are wayward. The word “ungodly” is a reference to such perverse people. (From a letter dated 27 March 1938 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)