The Worlds of God by -U.S.Baha'i National Ref Library Committee- 11 Para

"Total annihilation is an impossibility... As existence can never become non- existence, there is no death for man... Death is therefore applicable to a change or transformation from one degree to another." (Bwf 263- 4) (88:1)

"As to the soul of man after death, it remains in the degree of purity to which it has evolved during life in the physical body, and after it is freed from the body it remains plunged in the ocean of God's mercy... (and) evolves nearer to God, by the mercy and bounty of God." (Pt 66) (88:2)

"There is no other being higher than a perfect man. But man when he has reached this state can still make progress in perfections but not in state, because there is no state higher than that of a perfect man to which he can transfer himself. He only progresses in the state of humanity, for the human perfections are infinite. Thus, however learned a man may be, we can imagine one more learned. Hence, as the perfections of humanity are endless, man can also make progress in perfections after leaving this world." (Bwf 333) (88:3)

"In the world of existence man has traversed successive degrees until he has attained the human kingdom. In each degree of his progression he has developed capacity for advancement to the next station and condition... Therefore in this world he must prepare himself for the life beyond... That world beyond is a world of sanctity and radiance; therefore it is necessary that in this world he should acquire these divine attributes... By what means can man acquire these things?... First, through the knowledge of God. Second, through the love of God. Third, through faith. Fourth, through philanthropic deeds. Fifth, through self- sacrifice. Sixth, through severance from this world. Seventh, through sanctity and holiness." (Pup 220- 1) (88:4)

"As the spirit continues to exist after death, it necessarily progresses, or declines; and in the other world, to cease to progress is the same as decline; but it never leaves its own condition, in which it continues to develop." (Bwf 330- 1) (88:5)

"From the moment the soul leaves the body and arrives in the Heavenly World, its evolution is spiritual, and that evolution is: the approaching unto God... The soul does not evolve from degree to degree as a law-- it only evolves nearer to God, by the Mercy and Bounty of God." (Pt 66) (88:6)

"The progress of man's spirit in the divine world, after the severance of its connection with the body of dust, is through the bounty and grace of the Lord alone, or through the intercession and the sincere prayers of other human souls, or through charities and important good works which are performed in its name." (Saq 278) (88:7)

"Spiritual existence is absolute immortality, completeness and unchangeable being." (Bwf 267) (89:1)

"Life in this mortal world will quickly come to an end, and this earthly glory, wealth, comfort and happiness will soon vanish and be no more. Summon ye the people to God and... to the manners and conduct of the Supreme Concourse." (Bwf 216) (89:2)

"Death proffereth unto every confident believer the cup that is life indeed. It bestoweth joy, and is the bearer of gladness. It conferreth the gift of everlasting life." (Gl 345) (89:3)

"The world beyond is as different from this world as this world is different from that of the child while still in the womb of its mother. When the soul attaineth the Presence of God, it will assume the form that best befitteth its immortality and is worthy of its celestial habitation." (Gl 157) (89:4)

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