Mulk (Dominion) 173 B.E.
“One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
Largs Bay, Australia
Twenty minutes before sunset at Largs Bay, South Australia.
“Rely upon God. Trust in Him. Praise Him, and call Him continually to mind. He verily turneth trouble into ease, and sorrow into solace, and toil into utter peace. He verily hath dominion over all things”.
—‘Abdu’l‑Baha, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Baha
“Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.”
—Charlie Chaplin, ending speech from The Great Dictator
“Él, en verdad, es independiente de todo dominio terrenal, aunque carezca absolutamente de todo. Así te revelamos los misterios de la Causa de Dios y te conferimos las joyas de la sabiduría divina, para que quizás te remontes en las alas de la renunciación hacia aquellas alturas que están veladas a los ojos de los hombres.”
-Baha’u’llah, Kitab-I-Iqan Libro de la Certeza
“I beseech Thee so to enrich me as to dispense with all save Thee, and be made independent of any one except Thyself. Rain down, then, upon me out of the clouds of Thy bounty that which shall profit me in every world of Thy worlds. Assist me, then, through Thy strengthening grace, so to serve Thy Cause amidst Thy servants that I may show forth what will cause me to be remembered as long as Thine own kingdom endureth and Thy dominion will last.”
-Baha’u”llah, Prayers and Meditations
“Magnified be Thy Name, Thou art the Best Beloved Who hast enabled me to know Thee and Thou art that All-Renowned One Who hast graciously favoured me with Thy love. Thou art the Ancient of Days Whom none can ever describe through the evidences of Thy glory and majesty, and Thou art the mighty One Whom none can ever comprehend through the revelations of Thy greatness and beauty, inasmuch as the expressions of majesty and grandeur and the attributes of dominion and beauty are but the tokens of Thy divine Will and the effulgent reflections of Thy sovereignty which, by reason of their very essence and nature, proclaim that the way is barred and bear witness that the pathway is inaccessibly beyond the reach of men.”
-The Bab, Selections From the Writings of the Bab
“Green and living trees can absorb the bounty of the sun; dead roots and withered branches are destroyed by it.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace
Santa Barbara, USA
“If the wayfarer’s goal be the dwelling of the Praiseworthy One (Maḥmúd), this is the station of primal reason which is known as the Prophet and the Most Great Pillar. Here reason signifieth the divine, universal mind, whose sovereignty enlighteneth all created things—nor doth it refer to every feeble brain; for it is as the wise Saná’í hath written:
How can feeble reason encompass the Qur’án,
Or the spider snare a phoenix in her web?
Wouldst thou that the mind should not entrap thee?
Teach it the science of the love of God!”
-Baha’u’llah, The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys