Cast not your pearls before swine.
172. Cast not your pearls before swine: The messengers of God tell us that we should not spend our precious time in trying to teach the unenlightened ones of the earth, but kick the dust off our feet and go on: Christianity: Mark 6:11 “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them.” We are also not supposed to reveal God’s teachings to the blind ones of the earth: Matthew 7:6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Baha’i Faith: “The wise are they that speak not unless they obtain a hearing, even as the cup-bearer, who proffereth not his cup till he findeth a seeker, and the lover who crieth not out from the depths of his heart until he gazeth upon the beauty of his beloved. Wherefore sow the seeds of wisdom and knowledge in the pure soil of the heart, and keep them hidden, till the hyacinths of divine wisdom spring from the heart and not from mire and clay.” (Bahá’í Faith, The Persian Hidden Words)
BAHA’I FAITH: “Beware lest ye scatter the pearls of inner significance before every barren, dumb one. Verily, the blind are deprived of witnessing the lights and are unable to distinguish between the stone and the holy, precious pearl.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Tablet of the Branch – from BWF)
ISLAM: 69. “All who obey Allah (God) and the Messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah, of the Prophets (who teach), the sincere lovers of truth.” “But such as Allah leaves to stray, can have none to guide.” Reveal not the holy word of Allah to the dogs of the earth who mock at the holy word. 30. “Ah! alas for (My) servants! There comes not an messenger to them but they mock Him!” 31. “See they not how many generations before them We destroyed? Not to them will they return:” 32. “But each one of them all — will be brought before Us (for judgment).” 6. “They have indeed rejected (the Message): so they will know soon (enough) the truth of what they mocked at!” “Indeed, this affair is wholly Allah’s.” “So they receive no guidance–” 25. “Kept them away from the Path, that they should not worship Allah, Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and knows what ye hide and what ye reveal.”
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 3, 4, 26, 27, 36 and 39)
“Allah’s Apostle forbade the people to travel to a hostile country carrying (copies of) the Quran,” for protection of the word from the infidels.
(Hadith, Bukhari Vol 4, Book 52, # 233)
ZOROASTRIANISM: “What protector hast thou given unto me, O Mazda (God)! while the hate of the wicked encompasses me? Who is the victorious who will protect thy teaching? Keep us from our hater, O Mazda.” And Thy word out of the hand of the disbeliever.
(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Vendidad 10)
Zoroastrianism: “The busy world is apt to forget the most important lesson of life so the merciful Mazda sends prophets now and then to remind men of their highest destiny.” “If one disbelieves in the spiritual experience of the prophet he deprives himself of the means of salvation. The gospel of the prophet enables one to have a glimpse of His spirit. All the prophets teach the same truth. The lamps are different, but the flame is the same.” “Who is the victorious who will protect thy teaching?” “To Right shalt thou go for teaching.” The spiritually susceptible ones, to the blind ones avoid.
((ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 468 and Avesta – Vendidad 22 and Yasna 43)
Zoroastrianism: Denkard. Zoroaster, “The thought of adoring the one Life-giver (i.e. God) is due to living in accordance with His laws.” “The Lord delights in persons who on all occasions conduct themselves in accordance with His wishes and behests; and He is displeased with persons who on all occasions transgress his wishes and commands. Of such contumacious persons it is stated in the Religion that they observe not His behests and wishes.” “Mazda gives to the prophet, the scriptures. The scripture containing the lessons of the prophet is his main instrument. It lays down the rules and regulations which bring salvation to mankind. But unless man has the goodwill to accept the gospel it does not benefit him.” “Those who are sinful in thought, word, and deed are not grateful unto God; they render themselves liable to punishment by doing (evil) deeds of the body, and thus they are adjudged to be without their source (i. e. separated from their Creator),” without the good graces of Mazda’s word to sustain them.
Zoroastrianism: “Invocation of God, to the neglect of rectitude (moral integrity), is unveiling. It does not suffice for the vision of Mazda. In order to be able to see Mazda, one should be righteous, thoughtful and active.” “Strive for the good and fight against the evil, but without losing equanimity of the mind and without any malice towards the evil doer and leave the result to Mazda.” Forgive and leave the results to Mazda. (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 247 and 777)
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 18)
Hinduism: 112. “Where merit and wealth are not (obtained by teaching) nor (at least) due obedience, in such (soil) sacred knowledge must not be sown, just as good seed (must) not (be thrown) on barren land.”
(Hindu, Laws of Manu chapter 2)
(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 3 (tr. J. Richards))
SABEANISM: “Great First Word, (God) which assured me sight in mine eyes, pour wisdom into my heart! Open the eyes of my understanding!” “The good will see and will be found ready, (But) The wicked will be discomfited, chastised by Manda-d-Hiia (Savior God).” “The…tongue which is softer than fat and sharper than a sword.” (Can cause great harm when used inappropriately, or talking in an inappropriate manor to the nonbelievers. Withhold the holy word from the decadent of the nonbelievers!) “The Lord shall repel from Himself the wicked, and the just shall shine like the sun, in the sight of God.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 24, 75, 76, and The Books of Adam and Eve)