“The fruits of the tree of man have ever been and are goodly deeds and a praiseworthy character.” –Bahá’u’lláh

Character and Conduct 

Purity of Heart

First in a human being’s way of life must be purity, then freshness, cleanliness, and independence of spirit‘Abdu’l-Bahá states. “First must the stream bed be cleansed, then may the sweet river waters be led into it…a pure sense inhaleth the fragrances that blow from the rose gardens of His grace; a burnished heart will mirror forth the comely face of truth.” The human heart is like a mirror that is able to reflect spiritual qualities and manifest divine attributes. In order to do so, it needs to be continually cleaned of the dust and dross of the world. “May your hearts become clear and pure like unto polished mirrors in which may be reflected the full glory of the Sun of Truth” are ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s words.


O SON OF SPIRIT! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.

Bahá'u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic no. 1

O SON OF MAN! Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me and to mirror forth My beauty.

Bahá'u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic no. 36

O CHILDREN OF ADAM! Holy words and pure and goodly deeds ascend unto the heaven of celestial glory. Strive that your deeds may be cleansed from the dust of self and hypocrisy and find favor at the court of glory; for ere long the assayers of mankind shall, in the holy presence of the Adored One, accept naught but absolute virtue and deeds of stainless purity. This is the daystar of wisdom and of divine mystery that hath shone above the horizon of the divine will. Blessed are they that turn thereunto.

Bahá'u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian no. 69

The world will pass away, and so will all the things whereat your hearts rejoice, or wherein ye pride yourselves before men. Cleanse the mirrors of your hearts from the dross of the world and all that is therein, that they may reflect the resplendent light of God. This, indeed, shall enable you to dispense with all save God, and to attain unto the good pleasure of your Lord, the Most Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts

Blessed thou art and more blessed thou shalt be if thy feet be firm, thy heart tranquil through the fragrance of His Holy Spirit and thy secret and hidden thoughts pure before the Lord of Hosts!

Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, vol. 3, p. 704

To be pure and holy in all things is an attribute of the consecrated soul and a necessary characteristic of the unenslaved mind. The best of perfections is immaculacy and the freeing of oneself from every defect. Once the individual is, in every respect, cleansed and purified, then will he become a focal center reflecting the Manifest Light.

First in a human being’s way of life must be purity, then freshness, cleanliness, and independence of spirit. First must the stream bed be cleansed, then may the sweet river waters be led into it. Chaste eyes enjoy the beatific vision of the Lord and know what this encounter meaneth; a pure sense inhaleth the fragrances that blow from the rose gardens of His grace; a burnished heart will mirror forth the comely face of truth.

Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

According to the direct and sacred command of God we are forbidden to utter slander, are commanded to show forth peace and amity, are exhorted to rectitude of conduct, straightforwardness and harmony with all the kindreds and peoples of the world.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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