Saturday, September 10, 2016

you must even treat your enemies as ...

You must, therefore, be kind to all men; you must even treat your enemies as your friends.
You must consider your evil-wishers as your well-wishers.
Those who are not agreeable toward you must be regarded as those who are congenial and pleasant so that, perchance, this darkness of disagreement and conflict may disappear from amongst men and the light of the divine may shine forth, so that the Orient may be illumined and the Occident filled with fragrance, nay, so that the East and West may embrace each other in love and deal with one another in sympathy and affection.
Until man reaches this high station, the world of humanity shall not find rest, and eternal felicity shall not be attained.
But if man lives up to these divine commandments, this world of earth shall be transformed into the world of heaven, and this material sphere shall be converted into a paradise of glory.

`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace P.471