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2. FUNCTIONS OF BAHÁ’Í SCHOLARSHIP
2.1 Promotion of Human Welfare
From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
21: “The Great Being saith: The learned of the day must direct the people to…”
The Great Being saith: The learned of the day must direct the people to acquire those branches of knowledge which are of use, that both the learned themselves and the generality of mankind may derive benefits therefrom. Such academic pursuits as begin and end in words alone have never been and will never be of any worth. The majority of Persia’s learned doctors devote all their lives to the study of a philosophy the ultimate yield of which is nothing but words.
(“Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas”, p. 169)