The All-Knowing Physician . . .

The All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy. Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.

We can well perceive how the whole human race is encompassed with great, with incalculable afflictions. We see it languishing on its bed of sickness, sore-tried and disillusioned. They that are intoxicated by self-conceit have interposed themselves between it and the Divine and infallible Physician. Witness how they have entangled all men, themselves included, in the mesh of their devices. They can neither discover the cause of the disease, nor have they any knowledge of the remedy. They have conceived the straight to be crooked, and have imagined their friend an enemy.

Incline your ears to the sweet melody of this Prisoner. Arise, and lift up your voices, that haply they that are fast asleep may be awakened. Say: O ye who are as dead! The Hand of Divine bounty proffereth unto you the Water of Life. Hasten and drink your fill. Whoso hath been re-born in this Day, shall never die; whoso remaineth dead, shall never live.

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, ch. 106

Here is another quote that thrillingly calls us to attend to the needs of the world around us. Bahá’u’lláh tells us what anyone reading a newspaper or watching TV knows is all too true: The world is “sick[], sore-tried and disillusioned.” We have been blinded by misconceptions and have entangled ourselves in these errors. Separated from God, we cannot identify the underlying problems nor solve them. These problems differ from age to age, and the appropriate remedy will vary, too, but the remedy for today is known to the Divine Physician for today, Bahá’u’lláh. What is that remedy? To recognize Him and to follow His teachings, the “Water of Life.” What is particularly interesting to me about this passage is that, while acknowledging that the benefit of drinking that Water is personal rebirth, the passage’s main focus is not the individual but all of “mankind,” “the world,” “the whole human race.” Indeed, rather than look inward to our personal salvation, He urges us to look outward: “Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.” Our focus should be to “[a]rise, and lift up [our] voices, that haply they that are fast asleep may be awakened.” By awakening the slumbering and pointing them toward Bahá’u’lláh, we help the world to take the remedy it needs today. Thus Bahá’u’lláh closes the circle. By following His teachings, we can achieve the “particular aspiration” of our individual souls, but by helping others to recognize and follow them we can collectively achieve the far greater remedy for the current ills of the whole human race. How thrilling is that?

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