The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
50Beware lest ye be hindered by the veils of glory from partaking of the crystal waters of this living Fountain. Seize ye the chalice of salvation at this dawntide in the name of Him Who causeth the day to break, and drink your fill in praise of Him Who is the All-Glorious, the Incomparable.
51We have made it lawful for you to listen to music and singing. Take heed, however, lest listening thereto should cause you to overstep the bounds of propriety and dignity. Let your joy be the joy born of My Most Great Name, a Name that bringeth rapture to the heart, and filleth with ecstasy the minds of all who have drawn nigh unto God. We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high; make it not, therefore, as wings to self and passion. Truly, We are loath to see you numbered with the foolish.
52We have decreed that a third part of all fines shall go to the Seat of Justice, and We admonish its men to observe pure justice, that they may expend what is thus accumulated for such purposes as have been enjoined upon them by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. O ye Men of Justice! Be ye, in the realm of God, shepherds unto His sheep and guard them from the ravening wolves that have appeared in disguise, even as ye would guard your own sons. Thus exhorteth you the Counsellor, the Faithful.
53Should differences arise amongst you over any matter, refer it to God while the Sun still shineth above the horizon of this Heaven and, when it hath set, refer ye to whatsoever hath been sent down by Him. This,
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 50.
Paragraph 51.
Paragraph 52.
Paragraph 53.
Study Guide
Paragraph 50.
What are we to beware of?
What should be seized?
What should we drink?
Paragraph 51.
In listening to music what should one take heed of?
What brings “rapture to the heart” and fills the mind with ecstasy?
What has been made a ladder for our souls?
(See Note 79)
What is ”spiritual food for soul and heart”?
Paragraph 52.
What percentage of fines shall go to the Seat of Justice?
How have the Men of Justice been instructed to act?
(See Note 80)
Are women eligible for National and Local Spiritual Assemblies?
Paragraph 53.
What should we do if differences arise amongst us?
Complete this quotation:
Let not your hearts . . . ”
Who will be aided?