Hidden Substance That Can Destroy the World

No soul has or will ever comprehend the essence of divine wisdom.  In reality, the rational mind is a most great sign in humans and blessed are those who realize (its potential).  But despite its high station and lofty rank, it is evident that the rational mind is unable to comprehend most things because its awareness depends on the testimony of sight.  If the eye sees a palm tree, the rational mind does not comprehend the world of fruits, leaves, trees, branches, and twigs (hidden) in its seed.  How, then, could the rational mind, before seeing it, comprehend that a thing will be found in the world, a particle (dharra) of which can consume the whole planet and turn it to ashes, obliterating it entirely?

Baha’u’llah, quoted in Ma’idih-yi Asmani, 8:100-1.  This is similar to his statement in the Words of Paradise: “Strange and astonishing things exist in the earth but they are hidden from the minds and understanding of men.  These things are capable of changing the whole atmosphere of the earth and their contamination would prove lethal.”  It is also echoed by `Abdu’l-Baha, speaking to a Japanese ambassador in 1911:  “There is in existence a stupendous force, as yet, happily, undiscovered by man.  Let us supplicate God, the Beloved, that this force be not discovered by science until spiritual civilization shall dominate the human mind.  In the hands of men of lower material nature, this power would be able to destroy the whole earth.”

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6 Responses to Hidden Substance That Can Destroy the World

  1. Amal says:

    Beautiful translation Will. If you have a chance, perhaps you could translate the rest of this Tablet. I think it is just a few more lines.

  2. Tooba says:

    I wait for your article on this tablet, Will.

  3. Theo Cope says:

    Hey Will, Wonderful! ANd if you ever find something else about the rational mind being dependent upon the senses, I'd love to see it.

  4. I suggest that the whole of chapter 16 of SAQ is devoted to that question. "In explaining these intellectual realities, one is obliged to express them by sensible figures because in exterior existence there is nothing that is not material."

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