Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details


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Seed of Reality, Tree of Life

Photo: N. Augusta Vincent

GLEANINGS FOUND HERE AND THERE:

From the seed of reality religion has grown into a tree which has put forth leaves and branches, blossoms and fruit. After a time this tree has fallen into a condition of decay. The leaves and blossoms have withered and perished; the tree has become stricken and fruitless. It is not reasonable that man should hold to the old tree, claiming that its life forces are undiminished, its fruit unequaled, its existence eternal.

The seed of reality must be sown again in human hearts in order that a new tree may grow therefrom and new divine fruits refresh the world. By this means the nations and peoples now divergent in religion will be brought into unity, imitations will be forsaken, and a universal brotherhood in reality itself will be established.

~ ‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

Artwork: Tobey A. Ring

Even though we find a defective branch or leaf upon this tree of humanity or an imperfect blossom, it, nevertheless, belongs to this tree and not to another.

Therefore, it is our duty to protect and cultivate this tree until it reaches perfection. If we examine its fruit and find it imperfect, we must strive to make it perfect.

There are souls in the human world who are ignorant; we must make them knowing. Some growing upon the tree are weak and ailing; we must assist them toward health and recovery. If they are as infants in development, we must minister to them until they attain maturity.

We should never detest and shun them as objectionable and unworthy. We must treat them with honor, respect and kindness; for God has created them and not Satan. They are not manifestations of the wrath of God but evidences of His divine favor. God, the Creator, has endowed them with physical, mental and spiritual qualities that they may seek to know and do His will; therefore, they are not objects of His wrath and condemnation.

In brief, all humanity must be looked upon with love, kindness and respect; for what we behold in them are none other than the signs and traces of God Himself. All are evidences of God; therefore, how shall we be justified in debasing and belittling them, uttering anathema and preventing them from drawing near unto His mercy? This is ignorance and injustice, displeasing to God; for in His sight all are His servants.”

 ~ Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 230


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Truth’s path is Oneness

“The root cause of prejudice is blind imitation of the past – imitation in religion,

in racial attitudes, in national bias, in politics.”

IMG_6326“The greatest cause of bereavement and disheartening in the world of humanity is ignorance based upon blind imitation. It is due to this that wars and battles prevail; from this cause hatred and animosity arise continually among mankind. As long as imitation persists, strife and contention will destroy the purpose of religion and make love and fellowship impossible.”

“The underlying reality of the world’s religions is one, but the corrosive effects of imitation prevent a realization of the awareness of their common foundation.”

“Ideas and beliefs left by … fathers and ancestors as a heritage will not suffice, for adherence to these are but imitations, and imitations have ever been a cause of disappointment and misguidance.”

“Be investigators of reality that you may attain the verity of truth and life.”

IMG_6343“It is now possible for us to come into awareness that the source of all evil, blind imitation, can be eliminated through the investigation of reality. The process of eliminating blind imitation in our lives takes place reaction by reaction.”

“Every individual member of humankind is exhorted … to set aside superstitious beliefs, traditions and blind imitation of ancestral forms in religion and investigate reality for himself.”

“Inasmuch as the fundamental reality is one, all religions and nations of the world will become one through the investigation of reality. The announcement of this principle is not found in any of the sacred Books of the past.”

Quoted passages from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, WTOEimage.php

excerpted from With Thine Own Eyes: Why Imitate the Past, When We Can Investigate Reality?

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