Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Qualifications of the Truly Learned
O foolish one! Know thou that he is truly learned who hath acknowledged My Revelation, and drunk from the Ocean of My knowledge, and soared in the atmosphere of My love, and cast away all else besides Me, and taken firm hold on that which hath been sent down from the Kingdom of My wondrous utterance. He, verily, is even as an eye unto mankind, and as the spirit of life unto the body of all creation. Glorified be the All-Merciful Who hath enlightened him, and caused him to arise and serve His great and mighty Cause. Verily, such a man is blessed by the Concourse on high, and by them who dwell within the Tabernacle of Grandeur, who have quaffed My sealed Wine in My Name, the Omnipotent, the All-Powerful.
(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 207, 208 )
This quote is from a tablet written to Shaykh Muhammad Baqir. However I still wonder if the address, “O foolish one!” may also apply to myself.
“Know thou that he is truly learned who hath acknowledged My Revelation,”
I have acknowledged the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, so am I truly learned? Wait! There is more conditions.
“and drunk from the Ocean of My knowledge,”
Well I’ve taken a few sips from this Ocean.
“and soared in the atmosphere of My love,”
I know Bahá'u'lláh loves us, but am I soaring in the atmosphere of His love?”
“and cast away all else besides Me,”
This is tough. I’m not sure I’ve done that. If I’ve cast away most other things, does that count?”
“and taken firm hold on that which hath been sent down from the Kingdom of My wondrous utterance.”
I am trying. I am desperately trying to grasp every word that comes from Bahá'u'lláh, but can I say I have taken firm hold of it?
The words of praise that Bahá'u'lláh has for the truly learned makes one long for such a position, and yet how unworthy we feel. And this for a good reason. The qualifications for the truly learned are tough. Is there anyone who can honestly say they have met all those qualifications? I wonder what qualifications there would be for the fifty percent learned.