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171 The Mystery Of The Great Reversal In The Sign Of The Sovereign #157
Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i (1753-1831), who was the founde...

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Amongst The Proofs Demonstrating The Truth

Amongst the proofs demonstrating the truth of this Revelation is this,
that in every age and Dispensation, whenever the invisible Essence was
revealed in the person of His Manifestation, certain souls, obscure and
detached from all worldly entanglements, would seek illumination from the
Sun of Prophethood and Moon of Divine guidance, and would attain unto the
Divine Presence. For this reason, the divines of the age and those
possessed of wealth, would scorn and scoff at these people. Even as He
hath revealed concerning them that erred: "Then said the chiefs of His
people who believed not, 'We see in Thee but a man like ourselves; and we
see not any who have followed Thee except our meanest ones of hasty
judgment, nor see we any excellence in you above ourselves: nay, we deem
you liars.'" They caviled at those holy Manifestations, and protested
saying: "None hath followed you except the abject amongst us, those who
are worthy of no attention." Their aim was to show that no one amongst the
learned, the wealthy, and the renowned believed in them. By this and
similar proofs they sought to demonstrate the falsity of Him that speaketh
naught but the truth.

In this most resplendent Dispensation, however, this most mighty
Sovereignty, a number of illumined divines, of men of consummate learning,
of doctors of mature wisdom, have attained unto His Court, drunk the cup
of His divine Presence, and been invested with the honor of His most
excellent favor. They have renounced, for the sake of the Beloved, the
world and all that is therein....

All these were guided by the light of the Sun of Divine Revelation,
confessed and acknowledged His truth. Such was their faith, that most of
them renounced their substance and kindred, and cleaved to the good
pleasure of the All-Glorious. They laid down their lives for their
Well-Beloved, and surrendered their all in His path. Their breasts were
made targets for the darts of the enemy, and their heads adorned the
spears of the infidel. No land remained which did not drink the blood of
these embodiments of detachment, and no sword that did not bruise their
necks. Their deeds, alone, testify to the truth of their words. Doth not
the testimony of these holy souls, who have so gloriously risen to offer
up their lives for their Beloved that the whole world marveled at the
manner of their sacrifice, suffice the people of this day? Is it not
sufficient witness against the faithlessness of those who for a trifle
betrayed their faith, who bartered away immortality for that which
perisheth, who gave up the Kaw_th_ar of the Divine Presence for salty
springs, and whose one aim in life is to usurp the property of others?
Even as thou dost witness how all of them have busied themselves with the
vanities of the world, and have strayed far from Him Who is the Lord, the
Most High.

Be fair: Is the testimony of those acceptable and worthy of attention
whose deeds agree with their words, whose outward behavior conforms with
their inner life? The mind is bewildered at their deeds, and the soul
marveleth at their fortitude and bodily endurance. Or is the testimony of
these faithless souls who breathe naught but the breath of selfish desire,
and who lie imprisoned in the cage of their idle fancies, acceptable? Like
the bats of darkness, they lift not their heads from their couch except to
pursue the transient things of the world, and find no rest by night except
as they labor to advance the aims of their sordid life. Immersed in their
selfish schemes, they are oblivious of the Divine decree. In the daytime
they strive with all their soul after worldly benefits, and in the night
season their sole occupation is to gratify their carnal desires. By what
law or standard could men be justified in cleaving to the denials of such
petty-minded souls and in ignoring the faith of them that have renounced,
for the sake of the good pleasure of God, their life and substance, their
fame and renown, their reputation and honor?...

With what love, what devotion, what exultation and holy rapture, they
sacrificed their lives in the path of the All-Glorious! To the truth of
this all witness. And yet, how can they belittle this Revelation? Hath any
age witnessed such momentous happenings? If these companions be not the
true strivers after God, who else could be called by this name? Have these
companions been seekers after power or glory? Have they ever yearned for
riches? Have they cherished any desire except the good pleasure of God? If
these companions, with all their marvelous testimonies and wondrous works,
be false, who then is worthy to claim for himself the truth? I swear by
God! Their very deeds are a sufficient testimony, and an irrefutable proof
unto all the peoples of the earth, were men to ponder in their hearts the
mysteries of Divine Revelation. "And they who act unjustly shall soon know
what lot awaiteth them!"...

Consider these martyrs of unquestionable sincerity, to whose truthfulness
testifieth the explicit text of the Book, and all of whom, as thou hast
witnessed, have sacrificed their life, their substance, their wives, their
children, their all, and ascended unto the loftiest chambers of Paradise.
Is it fair to reject the testimony of these detached and exalted beings to
the truth of this pre-eminent and Glorious Revelation, and to regard as
acceptable the denunciations which have been uttered against this
resplendent Light by this faithless people, who for gold have forsaken
their faith, and who for the sake of leadership have repudiated Him Who is
the First Leader of all mankind? This, although their character is now
revealed unto all people who have recognized them as those who will in no
wise relinquish one jot or one tittle of their temporal authority for the
sake of God's holy Faith, how much less their life, their substance, and
the like.

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