Sacred Texts
A Pocketful of Meaning
Letter J
· Jábulqá
For by Jábulqá is meant none other than the treasure-houses of eternity in the all-highest heaven and the cities of the unseen in the supernal realm.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, page 37)
· Jerusalem
See also Holy ~ City;   New Jerusalem
The heavenly Jerusalem is none other than divine civilization, ...
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, page 102)
As for the heavenly Jerusalem that hath come to rest on the summits of the world, and God’s Holy of Holies, Whose banner is now lifted high, this comprehendeth within itself all the perfections, all the knowledge of the dispensations gone before. Beyond this, it heraldeth the oneness of the children of men. It is the flag of universal peace, the spirit of eternal life; it is the glory of the perfections of God, the circumambient grace of all existence, the ornament bedecking all created things, the source of inner quietude for all humankind.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, page 65)
The meaning of the passage is that this heavenly Jerusalem hath twelve gates, through which the blessed enter into the City of God. These gates are souls who are as guiding stars, as portals of knowledge and grace; and within these gates there stand twelve angels. By ‘angel’ is meant the power of the confirmations of God—that the candle of God’s confirming power shineth out from the lamp-niche of those souls—meaning that every one of those beings will be granted the most vehement confirming support.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, page 174)
... and all the laws, conventions, rites and material regulations are the city of Jerusalem—this is why it is called the heavenly Jerusalem.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 60)
descending out of heaven
By ‘that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God’ is meant the holy Law of God,
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, page 174)
outer court
... the outer court of Jerusalem—which is the expression used for the form of the religion ...
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 47)
sanctuary of
See also Holy ~ of Holies
The sanctuary of Jerusalem is likened to the reality of the Law of God, which is the Holy of Holies;
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 59-60)
trod underfoot
... Jerusalem was trodden under foot, which means that it lost its glory
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 46)
· Jesus
Christhood See Christhood ~ of Jesus
· Justice
essence of
Know verily that the essence of justice and the source thereof are both embodied in the ordinances prescribed by Him Who is the Manifestation of the Self of God amongst men, if ye be of them that recognize this truth. He doth verily incarnate the highest, the infallible standard of justice unto all creation.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 175)
infallible standard ofSee aboveessence of
powerful force
Justice is a powerful force. It is, above all else, the conqueror of the citadels of the hearts and souls of men, and the revealer of the secrets of the world of being, and the standard-bearer of love and bounty.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, page 32)
The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, page 67)
source ofSee aboveessence of
trains the world
O people of God! That which traineth the world is Justice, for it is upheld by two pillars, reward and punishment. These two pillars are the sources of life to the world.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, page 128-129)