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Synopsis And Codification Of The Laws And Ordinances Of The Kitab-i-aqdas


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There is a well-known Islamic tradition concerning God and His creation:

I was a Hidden Treasure. I wished to be made known, and thus I
called creation into being in order that I might be known.

References and allusions to this tradition are found throughout the Baha'i
Writings. For example, in one of His prayers, Baha'u'llah reveals:

Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! I testify that Thou wast a
hidden Treasure wrapped within Thine immemorial Being and an
impenetrable Mystery enshrined in Thine own Essence. Wishing to
reveal Thyself, Thou didst call into being the Greater and the
Lesser Worlds, and didst choose Man above all Thy creatures, and
didst make Him a sign of both of these worlds, O Thou Who art our
Lord, the Most Compassionate! Thou didst raise Him up to occupy
Thy throne before all the people of Thy creation. Thou didst
enable Him to unravel Thy mysteries, and to shine with the lights
of Thine inspiration and Thy Revelation, and to manifest Thy names
and Thine attributes. Through Him Thou didst adorn the preamble of
the book of Thy creation, O Thou Who art the Ruler of the universe
Thou hast fashioned! (Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah)

Likewise, in the Hidden Words, He states:

O Son of Man! I loved thy creation, hence I created thee.
Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy
soul with the spirit of life.

'Abdu'l-Baha, in His commentary on the above-cited tradition, wrote:

O wayfarer in the path of the Beloved! Know thou that the main
purpose of this holy tradition is to make mention of the stages of
God's concealment and manifestation within the Embodiments of
Truth, They who are the Dawning-places of His All-Glorious Being.
For example, before the flame of the undying Fire is lit and
manifest, it existeth by itself within itself in the hidden
identity of the universal Manifestations, and this is the stage of
the Hidden Treasure. And when the blessed Tree is kindled by
itself within itself, and that Divine Fire burneth by its essence
within its essence, this is the stage of I wished to be made
known. And when it shineth forth from the Horizon of the universe
with infinite Divine Names and Attributes upon the contingent and
placeless worlds, this constituteth the emergence of a new and
wondrous creation which correspondeth to the stage of Thus I
called creation into being. And when the sanctified souls rend
asunder the veils of all earthly attachments and worldly
conditions, and hasten to the stage of gazing on the beauty of the
Divine Presence and are honoured by recognizing the Manifestation
and are able to witness the splendour of God's Most Great Sign in
their hearts, then will the purpose of creation, which is the
knowledge of Him Who is the Eternal Truth, become manifest.

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