6. Quotations from the Bahá’í Scriptures

Serving Humankind

From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:

Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth.71

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race.72

…become a source of all goodness unto men, and an example of uprightness to mankind.73

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love.74 Consort with all men, O people of Bahá, in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.75 Forget your own selves, and turn your eyes towards your neighbor.76

Do not busy yourselves in your own concerns; let your thoughts be fixed upon that which will… sanctify the hearts and souls of men. This can best be achieved through pure and holy deeds, through a virtuous life and a goodly behavior.77

Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.78

It is not his to boast who loveth his country, but it is his who loveth the world.79

It behoveth man to show forth that which will benefit mankind. He that bringeth forth no fruit is fit for the fire.80

They who are the people of God have no ambition except to revive the world…81

From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:

…is there any deed in the world that would be nobler than service to the common good?82

We must gird ourselves for service, kindle love’s flame…83

Ye are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch; be ye compassionate and kind to all the human race.84

Think ye at all times of rendering some service to every member of the human race.85

Service to humanity is service to God.86

This is the hour when ye must associate with all the earth’s peoples in extreme kindliness and love, and be to them the signs and tokens of God’s great mercy.87

Shed the light of boundless love on every human being whom you meet.88 Love must be free from boundaries!89

Make thyself the servant of all—and serve all alike.90