When people are not afraid of oppression, there will be a revolt.
Don’t restrict people’s lives and don’t cut off their livelihood.
If a ruler does not interfere with the will of the people, then the people won’t hate him.
Therefore, the sage is in charge of things, but does not control them (avoids interfering);
He is humble in the use of his power, and does not show off his power.
He avoids interfering with people’s lives but chooses to benefit others.
Implications from the Holy Books
O SON OF MAN! Neglect not My commandments if thou lovest My beauty, and forget not My counsels if thou wouldst attain My good pleasure. —Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic 39
O SON OF MAN! Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face. —Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic 40
O SON OF MAN! Magnify My cause that I may reveal unto thee the mysteries of My greatness and shine upon thee with the light of eternity. —Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic 41