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
يَا ابْنَ الرُّوحِ
فِي أَوَّلِ القَوْلِ امْلِكْ قَلْباً جَيِّداً حَسَناً مُنيراً لِتَمْلِكَ مُلْكاً دائِماً باقِياً أَزَلاً قَدِيماًحضرت بهاءالله
In a letter written on his behalf (Lights of Guidance, no. 1633), Shoghi Effendi referred to The Hidden Words as “jewel-like thoughts cast out of the mind of the Manifestation of God to admonish and counsel men.” In an earlier letter (Unfolding Destiny, pp. 429–30), he noted that they were “dictated by Bahá’u’lláh to His secretary [Mírzá Áqá Ján] as He strolled on the banks of the river in Baghdád,” and that, according to ʻAbdu’l-Bahá Himself, they were revealed in 1274 A.H. (1857–58).