Spirituality, the Soul and God

These quotes are taken from the Bahai writings. For more information about the Baha’i Faith look on the website
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Learning to develop our intuition is a tool which is needed to help guide us through our life.

He has given us material gifts and spiritual graces, outer sight to view the lights of the sun and inner vision by which we may perceive the glory of God. He has designed the outer ear to enjoy the melodies of sound and the inner hearing wherewith we may hear the voice of our creator.
Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith, P. 267

That divine world is manifestly a world of lights; therefore man has need of illumination here. That is a world of love, the love of God is essential. It is a world of perfection; virtues or perfections must be acquired. That world is vivified by the Holy Spirit; in this world we must seek them.
Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Art of Living, P. 18 – 20

Scientific philosophy has demonstrated that a simple element (‘simple’ meaning ‘not composed’) is indestructible, eternal…..
The soul is not a combination of elements, it is not composed of many atoms, it is of one indivisible substance and therefore eternal. It is entirely out of the order of the physical creation; it is immortal.
Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks. P.90 – 91

As to the soul after death, it remains in the degree of purity to which it has evolved during life in the physical body, and after it is freed from the physical body it remains plunged in the ocean of God’s Mercy. From the moment the soul leaves the body and arrives in the Heavenly world, its evolution is spiritual, and that evolution is: The approaching unto God.
Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, P. 66

Every soul will advance and develop until he attaineth the station at which he can manifest all the potential forces with which his inmost true self hath been endowed.
Adapted from Baha’u’llah, Gleanings XXVII

The soul, whether it be in sleep or waking, is in motion and ever active. Possibly it may, whilst in a dream, unravel an intricate problem, incapable of solution in the waking state.
Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i Revelation, P. 221

…The third is the soul which is divine and celestial. It is a divine energy, a substance, simple, and self-subsistent.
Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 111

God alone should be realized as the one power which animates and dominates all things which are but manifestations of its energy.
Abdu’l-Baha, Star of the West –  4

Now the Holy Spirit is a force which surpasses in energy and influence any force which man of himself can produce or imagine. As the sun is more powerful than anything upon the earth, and all the forces of the earth are but shadows or emanations of the sun, so the Holy Spirit is more powerful in the world of being than any human faculty. The Holy Spirit is a universal and divine power, which cannot be known by any faculty in its universality. Rather does it awaken and inspire all the faculties of the dormant soul, as the sun in springtime awakens and inspires the faculties that sleep in the earth.
Abdu’l-Baha, Star of the West –  7

The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the Sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight Path of Truth. The purpose underlying their revelation hath been to educate all men, that they may, at the hour of death, ascend, in the utmost purity and sanctity and with absolute detachment, to the throne of the Most High.
Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, P. 156 – 157

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