The essence of wisdom is the fear of God, the dread of His scourge and punishment, and the apprehension of His justice and decree.


أَصْلُ الحِكْمَةِ

هِيَ الْخَشْيَةُ عَنِ اللهِ عَزَّ ذِكْرُهُ وَالْمَخَافَةُ مِنْ سَطْوَتِهِ وَسِيَاطِهِ وَالْوَجَلُ مِنْ مَظَاهِرِ عَدْلِهِ وَقَضَائِهِ

حضرة بهاءالله

The Aṣl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr, or Words of Wisdom, are a series of powerful aphorisms revealed by Baháʼuʼlláh in Arabic, which encapsulate the most essential elements of various virtues and vices. Similar to the Hidden Words, these instructive maxims are meant to provide us with a roadmap for living a spiritual life that exemplifies the Baháʼí teachings.

Original Sources

  • The source for the English translation can be found here
  • The source for the original Arabic text can be found here

Further References