The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
36Amongst the people is he who seateth himself amid the sandals by the door whilst coveting in his heart the seat of honor. Say: What manner of man art thou, O vain and heedless one, who whouldst appear as other than thou art? And among the people is he who layeth claim to inner knowledge, and still deeper knowledge concealed within this knowledge. Say: Thou speakest false! By God! What thou dost possess is naught but husks which We have left to thee as bones are left to dogs. By the righteousness of the one true God! Were anyone to wash the feet of all mankind, and were he to worship God in the forests, valleys, and mountains, upon high hills and lofty peaks, to leave no rock or tree, no clod of earth, but was a witness to his worship—yet, should the fragrance of My good pleasure not be inhaled from him, his works would never be acceptable unto God. Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the Lord of all. How many a man hath secluded himself in the climes of India, denied himself the things that God hath decreed as lawful, imposed upon himself austerities and mortifications, and hath not been remembered by God, the Revealer of Verses. Make not your deeds as snares wherewith to entrap the object of your aspiration, and deprive not yourselves of this Ultimate Objective for which have ever yearned all such as have drawn nigh unto God. Say: The very life of all deeds is My good pleasure, and all things depend upon my acceptance. Read ye the Tablets that ye may know what hath been purposed in the Books of God, the All-Glorious, the Ever-Bounteous. He who attaineth to My love hath title to a throne of gold, to sit thereon in honor over all the world; he who is deprived thereof, though he sit upon the dust, that dust would seek refuge with God, the Lord of all Religions.
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Cross-References
Asceticism,   15, 156, n61
Deeds, good, acceptance dependent on good-pleasure of God,   K73, K157, 163
Hypocrisy,   160
India,   n61
Knowledge, esoteric,   163, n60
Monasticsm,   15, 156, n61
Reading of sacred verses,   K138
Works, acceptability dependent of God,   K167
Study Guide
Complete this quotation.
Make not your deeds . . . ”
He who . . .; he who . . . ”
(See Note 59)
What is the tradition in the east regarding removal of sandals and shoes?
(See Note 60)
Who are accounted among the heathen?
(See Note 61)
What is not acceptable in the presence of God?
What advice is given to those who live in seclusion or practise asceticism?
What instruction is given to those who have taken “their abodes in the caves of the mountains” or “repaired to graveyards at night”?