100 Years Ago -- 'Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris -- The Heavenly Father gave the priceless gift of intelligence to man . . . .
you have spiritual aspirations, and your thoughts soar above the world of dust.
and sleeping. You are indeed men! Your thoughts and ambitions are set to acquire human perfection. You live to do good and
to bring happiness to others. Your greatest longing is to comfort those who mourn, to strengthen the weak, and to be the cause
of hope to the despairing soul. Day and night your thoughts are turned to the Kingdom, and your hearts are full of the Love of God.
to give light, it had better be destroyed. If a tree bear no fruit, it had better be cut down, for it only cumbereth the ground.
deaf of what use are they?
virtue he becomes no better than a mere animal, and an animal devoid of intelligence is a vile thing.
of materiality, and bringing goodness and truth into the world. If ye will follow earnestly the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, ye shall
indeed become the light of the world, the soul for the body of the world, the comfort and help for humanity, and the source of
salvation for the whole universe. Strive therefore, with heart and soul, to follow the precepts of the Blessed Perfection, and rest
assured that if ye succeed in living the life he marks out for you, Eternal Life and everlasting joy in the Heavenly Kingdom will
be yours, and celestial sustenance will be sent to strengthen you all your days.