The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
the time when the Promise was fulfilled and the Promised One made manifest, differences have appeared amongst the kindreds of the earth and each people hath followed its own fancy and idle imaginings.
36Amongst the people is he who seateth himself amid the sandals by the door whilst coveting in his heart the seat of honour. Say: What manner of man art thou, O vain and heedless one, who wouldst 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
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Paragraph 36.
Study Guide
Paragraph 36.
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”?