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Guidance

“With Your counsel You guide me”


– Judaism

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Hinduism c. 3000 BC The Bahá'í Faith 1844 AD

The Blessed Lord said: (Continued...)


Attach thy mind to Me:
Engaged in Yogic exercise, put thy trust in Me: How shall we determine whether religion has been the
Listen how thou mayest come to know Me cause of human advancement or retrogression?
In my entirety, all doubt dispelled. We will first consider the founders of the religions – the
prophets – review the story of their lives, compare the
This wisdom derived from sacred writ
conditions preceding their appearance with those
And the wisdom of experience
I shall proclaim to thee, leaving nothing unsaid.
subsequent to their departure, following historical records
This knowing, never again will any other thing and irrefutable facts instead of relying upon traditionary
That needs to be known remain. statements which are open to both acceptance and
denial.
Among thousands of men but one, maybe.
Will strive for self-perfection; — `Abdu'l-Bahá:
And even among these who have won perfection Religion and Civilisation
But one, maybe, will come to know Me as I really am.

Eightfold divided is my Nature – thus:


Earth, water, fire, and air,
Space, mind, and also soul (buddhi),
The ego [last].

This the lower: but other than this


I have a higher Nature; this too thou must know.
[And this is] Nature seen as life
By which this universe (jagat) is kept in being.

From these [two Natures] all beings take their origin;


Be very sure of this.
Of the whole [wide] universe
The origin and the dissolution too am I.

— Bhagavad-Gitta 7:1-13

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The Bahá'í Faith 1844 AD Judaism c. 1500 BC

The greatest bestowal of God in the world of humanity is With Your counsel You will guide me,
religion; for assuredly the divine teachings of religion are And afterward receive me to glory.
above all other sources of instruction and development to Whom have I in heaven but You?
man. Religion confers upon man eternal life and guides his And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
footsteps in the world of morality. It opens the doors of My flesh and my heart may fail,
unending happiness and bestows everlasting honour upon But God is the strength of my heart and my portion
the human kingdom. It has been the basis of all civilization forever.
and progress in the history of mankind.
— Psalms 73–24: 26
We will therefore investigate religion, seeking from an
unprejudiced standpoint to discover whether it is the
source of illumination, the cause of development and the
animating impulse of all human advancement. We will
investigate independently, free from the restrictions of
dogmatic beliefs, blind imitations of ancestral forms, and
the influence of mere human opinion; for as we enter this
question we will find some who declare that religion is a
cause of uplift and betterment in the world, while others
assert just as positively that it is a detriment and a source
of degradation to mankind. We must give these questions
thorough and impartial consideration so that no doubt or
uncertainty may linger in our minds regarding them.

— `Abdu'l-Bahá:
Religion and Civilisation

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Judaism c. 1500 BC The Bahá'í Faith 1844 AD

Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains The source of all learning is the knowledge of God, exalted
understanding. be His Glory, and this cannot be attained save through the
For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages knowledge of His Divine Manifestation.
are better than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire — Bahá'u'lláh
can compare with her. Tablets p.156
She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and
honour in her left.
She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are
satisfying.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy
are those who hold her tightly.
By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding
he created the heavens.
By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst
forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.
My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and
discernment.
Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul.
They are like jewels on a necklace.
They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not
stumble.
You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and
sleep soundly.
You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the
destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your
security.
He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

— Psalms 3–13: 26

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Islam c. 613 AD Buddhism c. 400 BC

And whoso maketh efforts for us, in our ways will we Choose friends, virtuous and excellent.
guide them: for God is assuredly with those who do Shun the low-minded and ill-doing.
righteous deeds. To drink Dhamma [enlightenment] is to be serene.
Wisdom finds delight in the noble Dhamma.
— Qur’án 29:68

Planners make canals,


archers shoot arrows,
craftsmen fashion woodwork,
And truly thy Lord will repay every one according to their
the wise man moulds himself.
works! For He is well aware of what they do.
Wind will not move rock,
— Qur’án 11:113 nor praise and blame a wise man.

The words of the Dhamma flow into him:


He is clear and peaceful like a lake.

Good men do not stop working.


Good men do no gossip, good men are undemanding.
Joy does not affect them, nor sorrow.
Good men are constant.

—Lal, Dhammapada p. 65

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Christianity 1 AD Islam c. 613 AD

It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by Thou truly canst not guide whom thou desirest; but God
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. guideth whom He will; and He best knoweth those who
yield to guidance.
— Matthew 4:4
— Qur’án 28:56

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the
lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got God is the light of the Heavens and of the Earth. His Light
into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the is like a niche in which is a lamp – the lamp encased in
shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: glass – the glass, as it were, a glistening star. From a
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering blessed tree it is lighted, the olive neither of the East nor
the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came of the West, whose oil would well nigh shine out, even
and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not though fire touched it not! It is light upon light. God
have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was guideth whom He will to His light, and God setteth forth
shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were parables to men, for God knoweth all things.
scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
— Qur’án 24-35
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked
the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it
produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what
was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.”

— Mathew 13-1:9

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