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THE FIRST PRINCIPLE-- SEARCH AFTER TRUTH - 4 Avenue de Camoens, Paris - November 10th
The first principle of the Teaching of Baha'u'llah is: The Search after Truth (135:1)

If a man would succeed in his search after truth, he must, in the first place, shut his eyes to all the traditional superstitions of the past. (135:2)

The Jews have traditional superstitions, the Buddhists and the Zoroastrians are not free from them, neither are the Christians! All religions have gradually become bound by tradition and dogma. (135:3)

All consider themselves, respectively, the only guardians of the truth, and that every other religion is composed of errors. They themselves are right, all others are wrong! The Jews believe that they are the only possessors of the truth and condemn all other religions. The Christians affirm that their religion is the only true one, that all others are false. Likewise the Buddhists and Muhammadans; all limit themselves. If all condemn one another, where shall we search for truth? All contradicting one another, all cannot be true. If each believe his particular religion to be the only true one, he blinds his eyes to the truth in the others. If, for instance, a Jew is bound by the external practice of the religion of Israel, he does not permit himself to perceive that truth can exist in any other religion; it must be all contained in his own! (135:4)

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