Baha’i Writings

 

1.     Spiritual / Relational

 

1.8            Justice (Investigation of Truth / Unity) 

1.8.1                   Justice – The essence of all things

            The essence of all that We have revealed for thee is Justice, is for man to free himself from idle fancy and imitation, discern with the eye of oneness His glorious handiwork, and look into all things with a searching eye.

 

            (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 156)

 

 

1.8.2                   Justice – Investigation of truth
O SON OF SPIRIT!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor.  Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be.  Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness.  Set it then before thine eyes.

            (
Baha'u'llah:  Arabic Hidden Words          Pages 2-4)

1.8.3                   Justice – The twin Guardians that watch over men

Justice and equity are twin Guardians that watch over men.  From them are revealed such blessed and perspicuous words as are the cause of the well-being of the world and the protection of the nations.

            (
Baha'u'llah:  Epistle to the Son of the Wolf    Pages 12-13)
 

1.8.4                   Justice – Establishment of order

No light can compare with the light of justice.  The establishment of order in the world and the tranquillity of the nations depend upon it.

                       
Baha'u'llah:  Epistle to the Son of the Wolf    Pages 28-29
 

1.8.5                   Justice – The purpose of Justice

The light of men is Justice.  Quench it not with the contrary winds of oppression and tyranny.  The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.  The ocean of divine wisdom surgeth within this exalted word, while the books of the world cannot contain its inner significance.

            (
Baha'u'llah:  Tablets of Baha'u'llah        Pages 66-67)

 

 

1.8.6                   Justice – Attaining the true station

Say: no man can attain his true station except through his justice. No power can exist except through unity. No welfare and no well-being can be attained except through consultation.

 

       (Baha'u'llah:  From a Tablet - translated from the Arabic)

 

 

1.8.7                   Justice – Consultation and the gift of understanding

Consultation bestoweth greater awareness and transmuteth conjecture into certitude. It is a shining light which, in a dark world, leadeth the way and guideth. For everything there is and will continue to be a station of perfection and maturity. The maturity of the gift of understanding is made manifest through consultation.

 

             (Bahá'u'lláh, in Consultation: A Compilation, p. 3)

 

 

1.8.8                   Justice – Consultation and compassion

The Great Being saith: The heaven of divine wisdom is illumined with the two luminaries of consultation and compassion. Take ye counsel together in all matters, inasmuch as consultation is the lamp of guidance which leadeth the way, and is the bestower of understanding.

 

            (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 168)

 

 

1.8.9                   Justice – Agreement and unity

It is my hope that the friends and the maid-servants of America become united on all subjects and not disagree at all. If they agree upon a subject, even though it be wrong, it is better than to disagree and be in the right, for this difference will produce the demolition of the divine foundation. Though one of the parties may be in the right and they disagree that will be the cause of a thousand wrongs, but if they agree and both parties are in the wrong, as it is in unity the truth will be revealed and the wrong made right.

 

            (Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 411)

 

 

1.8.10                   Jusitce – Resolution of disputes

The text of the Divine Book is this: If two souls quarrel and contend about a question of the Divine questions, differing and disputing, both are wrong. The wisdom of this incontrovertible law of God is this: That between two souls from amongst the believers of God, no contention and dispute might arise; that they may speak with each other with infinite amity and love. Should there appear the least trace of controversy, they must remain silent, and both parties must continue their discussions no longer, but ask the reality of the question from the Interpreter. This is the irrefutable command!

 

            (Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 428)

 

 

1.8.11                   Justice – Material and spiritual civilization

As to the difference between that material civilization now prevailing, and the divine civilization which will be one of the benefits to derive from the House of Justice, it is this: material civilization, through the power of punitive and retaliatory laws, restraineth the people from criminal acts; and notwithstanding this, while laws to retaliate against and punish a man are continually proliferating, as ye can see, no laws exist to reward him. In all the cities of Europe and America, vast buildings have been erected to serve as jails for the criminals.

 

Divine civilization, however, so traineth every member of society that no one, with the exception of a negligible few, will undertake to commit a crime. There is thus a great difference between the prevention of crime through measures that are violent and retaliatory, and so training the people, and enlightening them, and spiritualizing them, that without any fear of punishment or vengeance to come, they will shun all criminal acts. They will, indeed, look upon the very commission of a crime as a great disgrace and in itself the harshest of punishments. They will become enamoured of human perfections, and will consecrate their lives to whatever will bring light to the world and will further those qualities which are acceptable at the Holy Threshold of God.

 

See then how wide is the difference between material civilization and divine. With force and punishments, material civilization seeketh to restrain the people from mischief, from inflicting harm on society and committing crimes. But in a divine civilization, the individual is so conditioned that with no fear of punishment, he shunneth the perpetration of crimes, seeth the crime itself as the severest of torments, and with alacrity and joy, setteth himself to acquiring the virtues of humankind, to furthering human progress, and to spreading light across the world.

 

        (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 132)

 

 

1.8.12                   Justice – A universal quality

Justice is not limited, it is a universal quality. Its operation must be carried out in all classes, from the highest to the lowest. Justice must be sacred, and the rights of all the people must be considered. Desire for others only that which you desire for yourselves.

 

            (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 159)

 

 

1.8.13                   Justice – The law and the individual

The Law must reign, and not the individual; thus will the world become a place of beauty and true brotherhood will be realized. Having attained solidarity, men will have found truth.

 

            (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 132)

 

 

1.8.14                   Justice – Resolution of truth

'The Laws of God are not imposition of will, or of power, or pleasure, but the resolutions of truth, reason and justice.'

 

All men are equal before the law, which must reign absolutely.

 

The object of punishment is not vengeance, but the prevention of crime.

 

Kings must rule with wisdom and justice; prince, peer and peasant alike have equal rights to just treatment, there must be no favour shown to individuals. A judge must be no 'respecter of persons', but administer the law with strict impartiality in every case brought before him.

 

If a person commit a crime against you, you have not the right to forgive him; but the law must punish him in order to prevent a repetition of that same crime by others, as the pain of the individual is unimportant beside the general welfare of the people.  

 

When perfect justice reigns in every country of the Eastern and Western World, then will the earth become a place of beauty. The dignity and equality of every servant of God will be acknowledged; the ideal of the solidarity of the human race, the true brotherhood of man, will be realized; and the glorious light of the Sun of Truth will illumine the souls of all men.

 

            (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 154)