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All prejudices, whether of religion, race, politics or nation, must be renounced, for these prejudices have caused the world’s sickness. It is a grave malady which, unless arrested, is capable of causing the destruction of the whole human family. Every ruinous war, with its terrible bloodshed and misery, has been caused by one or other of these prejudices.

The deplorable wars going on in these days are caused by the fanatical religious hatred of one people for another or the prejudices of race or color.

Until all these barriers erected by prejudice are swept away, it is not possible for humanity to be at peace. For this reason the Blessed Beauty has said, "These prejudices are destructive to humankind".

Contemplate first the prejudice of religion: consider the nations of so-called religious people; if they were truly worshippers of God they would obey His law which forbids them to kill one another.

If priests of religion really adored the Creator of love and served the Divine Light, they would teach their people to keep the chief Commandment, "To be in love and charity with all the human family". But we find the contrary, for it is often the priests who encourage nations to fight. Religious hatred is ever the cruelest!

All religions teach that we should love one another; that we should seek out our own shortcomings before we presume to condemn the faults of others, that we must not consider ourselves superior to our neighbors! We must be careful not to exalt ourselves lest we be humiliated.

Who are we that we should judge? How shall we know who, in the sight of the Creator, is the most upright human being? The Creator’s thoughts are not like our thoughts! How many human beings, who have seemed saint-like to their friends, have fallen into the greatest humiliation? Think of Judas; he began well, but remember his end! On the other hand, Paul, the Apostle, was in his early life an enemy of Christ, whilst later he became His most faithful servant. How then can we flatter ourselves and despise others?

Let us therefore be humble, without prejudices, preferring others’ good to our own! Let us never say, "I am a believer but he is an unbeliever", "I am near to God, while he is an outcast". We can never know what will be the final judgment! Therefore let us help all who are in need of any kind of assistance.

Let us teach the unknowing, and take care of the young child until he grows to maturity. When we find a person fallen into the depths of misery or error we must be kind to him, take him by the hand, help him to regain his footing, his strength; we must guide him with love and tenderness, treat him as a friend not as an enemy.

We have no right to look upon any of our fellow-human beings as evil.

Concerning the prejudice of race: it is an illusion, a superstition pure and simple! For the Creator created us all one race, the human race. There were no differences in the beginning, for we are all descendants from the same source, the same seed. In the beginning, also, there were no limits and boundaries between the different lands; no part of the earth belonged more to one people than to another. In the sight of Creator of All Good Things there is no difference between the various races. Why should human beings invent such a prejudice? How can we uphold war caused by an illusion?

The Creator has not created us that they should destroy one another. All races, tribes, sects and classes share equally in the Bounty of their Heavenly Creator.

The only difference lies in the degree of faithfulness, of obedience to the laws of our Beloved Creator. There are some who are as lighted torches; there are others who shine as stars in the sky of humanity. The lovers of humankind, these are the superior human beings, of whatever nation, creed, or color they may be. For it is they to whom the Creator will say these blessed words, "Well done, My good and faithful servants". In that day He will not ask, "Are you English, French, or perhaps Chinese? Do you come from the East, or from the West?"

The only division that is real is this: There are heavenly relatives and earthly relatives; self-sacrificing servants of humanity in the love of the Most High, bringing harmony and unity, teaching peace and goodwill to all. On the other hand there are those selfish human beings, haters of their brethren, in whose hearts prejudice has replaced loving kindness, and whose influence breeds discord and strife.

To which race or to which color belong these two divisions of human beings, to the White, to the Red, to the Yellow, to the Black, to the North or to the East, to the South or to the West? If these are the Creator’s divisions, why should we invent others?

Political prejudice is equally mischievous; it is one of the greatest causes of bitter strife amongst the children of humanity. There are people who find pleasure in breeding discord, who constantly endeavour to goad their country into making war upon other nations—and why? They think to advantage their own country to the detriment of all others. They send armies to harass and destroy the land, in order to become famous in the world, for the joy of greed and conquest. That it may be said: "Such a country has defeated another, and brought it under the yoke of their stronger, more superior rule". This victory, bought at the price of much bloodshed, is not lasting! The conqueror shall one day be conquered; and the vanquished ones victorious! Remember the history of the past: did not France conquer Germany more than once—then did not the German nation overcome France?

We learn also that France conquered England; then was the English nation victorious over France!

These glorious conquests are so ephemeral! Why attach so great importance to them and to their fame, as to be willing to shed the blood of the people for their attainment? Is any victory worth the inevitable train of evils consequent upon human slaughter, the grief and sorrow and ruin which must overwhelm so many homes of both nations? For it is not possible that one country alone should suffer.

Oh! Why will humanity, the disobedient children of Creator, who should be an example of the power of the spiritual law, turn their faces away from the Divine Teachings and put all their efforts into destruction and war?

My hope is that in this enlightened century the Divine Light of love will shed its radiance over the whole world, seeking out the responsive heart’s intelligence of every human being; that the light of the Sun of Truth will lead politicians to shake off all the chains of prejudice and superstition, and with free and open minds follow the Policy of the Creator: for Divine Politics are mighty, while human politics are feeble! God has created the entire world, and bestows His Divine Bounty upon every creature.

Are we not the servants of one Creator? Shall we neglect to follow our Master’s Example, and ignore His Commands?

I pray that the Divine Kingdom shall come on Earth, and that all darkness shall be driven away by the effulgence of the Heavenly Sun.

Abdu'l-Baha

4 Avenue de Camöens, Paris, November 13th, 1911

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Comment by Sylvia Donna Andreozzi on January 28, 2012 at 10:04pm

My Brother , If one is not standing on secure ground with Self ...that one .. cannot ...without great fear look into the eyes of another for peering into the eyes is to face the Soul and that would reveal ones insecurity . The Creative Force found within each Creation is bound one to the other ( as Above ) in the same fashion as the Earthly bonds (so Below) are created. When the Lifeforce of the Physical is extinquished  the Creative Force returns to the whole of the Creator Light and the components of the physical self return to the baser elements from which the came . In this duality during the actual lifetime the recognizeable difference is found in the memory of the traveler themselves...Unless this understanding exist ... there exist room for fear which compares to darkness which invites insecurity .. The truest way to disable darkness is to displace it with the Light Force . ... It is as you have alluded to ; the responsibility of those who have the understanding  to be the out streched hand when needed .. the voice of reason as dictated ... An example of what can be and not allow the physical self a ruling seat, which generally is controlled by biological instinctual urges and survival  techniques... We are as has been stated more alike than different ; However keep in mind that most people have not even thought of who they are and how they work....All their lives they have been slave to the physical  ...  Thank you for this posting Phil ... We are all Akin 

Comment by Robert Bruce Toovey on January 26, 2012 at 2:54pm

 I've never understood prejudice, is it not a result of base fear? WELL, ok, we fear the unknown. So maybe it's time to look at the similarities.... that will give a common bond. Then once we have common ground to feel "safe" in,  we can celebrate the differences as we look at the new. This is so simple, sit and watch a group of children....my stepson made me stop and think. At age 4 he had already picked up on prejudice. Why is my skin darker than others. But lighter than others. At the time I couldn't answer except to tell him that we came from different places in the world. All he said was cool and went of to play, with one white, one red, two black and a yellow fellow..... can we learn from our children or is it to hard to admit we are wrong.

Comment by Rosie Susie Trakostanec on January 25, 2012 at 3:03pm

 White Bear, thanks for the truth, it is exactly what needs to be dropped, so all mankind, can rise up and walk through 'spirit' and get back to the heart. Then bring healing back to the people for the planet, because she is crying and things need to change.

Blessings!

White Elk

Comment by White-Bear on January 24, 2012 at 11:08am

If I may add this?...EGO is the greatest sin that exists. If we can lift ourselves above ego, the other sins will fall.

 

May you walk in beauty

White-Bear

Apache Elder

Comment by Rosie Susie Trakostanec on January 23, 2012 at 6:01pm

 Many humble words and appreciation for the words of wisdom, shared.

White Elk

Comment by Mark Proctor on January 23, 2012 at 4:17pm

I'm Not 2 good at this, But thank you . Peace.

Comment by John Boswell on January 23, 2012 at 1:34pm

thank you for adding this!

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