Hidden Words: Deepening Day 22, Our Relationship to Each Other (A68, 30)

We all share this world with every other human being on this planet. Unfortunately, there is a tendency for some people to want to make themselves feel better about themselves by finding others which they think they can see as inferior to themselves, as unjust as this seems. In Hidden Word # 68 from the Arabic, Bahá’u’lláh makes it clear that this is not so, that we are all “created … from the same dust” so “That no one should exalt himself over the other.” Thus He makes the equality of our relationship with each other very clear, and instructs us to “Ponder” this “at all times“.

“O CHILDREN OF MEN! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.” [Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, No. A68.]


In fact, as is shown in Hidden Word # 30 from the Arabic, presented next, Bahá’u’lláh tells us how we should view and react to His servants, saying: “his face is My face” and since we don’t have the wisdom to justly determine who is and who is not His servant, it may be best to consider everyone as His servant, and act accordingly. Bahá’u’lláh says:

“O SON OF MAN! Deny not My servant should he ask anything from thee, for his face is My face; be then abashed before Me.”

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