GLEANINGS FOUND HERE AND THERE
One power is connected with the material world, and by it he is capable of material advancement.
These powers are like two wings. Both must be developed, for flight is impossible with one wing.
Praise be to God! Material advancement has been evident in the world, but there is need of spiritual advancement in like proportion. We must strive unceasingly and without rest to accomplish the development of the spiritual nature in man, and endeavor with tireless energy to advance humanity toward the nobility of its true and intended station.
But the spirit of man is essential and, therefore, eternal.
It is a divine bounty. It is the effulgence of the Sun of Reality and, therefore, of greater importance than the physical body.
~ ‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace
Today the world of humanity is walking in darkness because it is out of touch with the world of God. That is why we do not see the signs of God in the hearts of men. The power of the Holy Spirit has no influence.
When a divine spiritual illumination becomes manifest in the world of humanity, when divine instruction and guidance appear, then enlightenment follows, a new spirit is realized within, a new power descends, and a new life is given. It is like the birth from the animal kingdom into the kingdom of man.
When man acquires these virtues, the oneness of the world of humanity will be revealed, the banner of international peace will be upraised, equality between all mankind will be realized, and the Orient and Occident will become one.
Then will the justice of God become manifest, all humanity will appear as the members of one family, and every member of that family will be consecrated to cooperation and mutual assistance.
The lights of the love of God will shine; eternal happiness will be unveiled; everlasting joy and spiritual delight will be attained.
~ ‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Talks Delivered by ‘Abdu’l-Baha during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912