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The Pen Of Revelation Exclaimeth: "on This
The Pen of Revelation exclaimeth: "On this Day the Ki...

Contemplate With Thine Inward Eye The
Contemplate with thine inward eye the chain of succes...

Art
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I knew not what amazement was Until I made Thy l...

Consider The Rational Faculty With Which
Consider the rational faculty with which God hath end...

87 Should Ye Condemn The Arsonist And The Murderer To Life Imprisonment
it would be permissible according to the provisions of ...





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GOD testifieth that there is none other God but...


GOD testifieth that there is none other God but Him and that He Who hath
come from the heaven of divine revelation is the Hidden Secret, the
Impenetrable Mystery, Whose advent hath been foretold in the Book of God
and hath been heralded by His Prophets and Messengers. Through Him the
mysteries have been unravelled, the veils rent asunder and the signs and
evidences disclosed. Lo! He hath now been made manifest. He bringeth to
light whatsoever He willeth, and treadeth upon the high places of the
earth, invested with transcendent majesty and power.

Blessed is that strong one who will shatter the gods of vain imaginings
through the potency of the Name of his Lord, He Who ruleth over all men.

O My Afnan! We would fain mention thy name as a token of grace on Our
part, that the sweet savours of My remembrance may attract thee unto My
Kingdom and draw thee nigh unto the Tabernacle of My majesty which hath
been hoisted through the power of this Name--a Name which hath caused every
foundation to tremble.

Say: O peoples of the earth! By the righteousness of God! Whatever ye have
been promised in the Books of your Lord, the Ruler of the Day of Return,
hath appeared and been made manifest. Beware lest the changes and chances
of the world hold you back from Him Who is the Sovereign Truth. Ere long
will everything visible perish and only that which hath been revealed by
God, the Lord of lords, shall endure.

Say: This is the Day of meritorious deeds, did ye but know it. This is the
Day of the glorification of God and of the exposition of His Word, could
ye but perceive it. Abandon the things current amongst men and hold fast
unto that which God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting, hath enjoined
upon you. The day is fast approaching when all the treasures of the earth
shall be of no profit to you. Unto this beareth witness the Lord of Names,
He Who proclaimeth: Verily, no God is there besides Him, the Sovereign
Truth, the Knower of things unseen.

Well is it with thee, O My Afnan, inasmuch as thou wert honoured to
receive My Holy Verses, hast inhaled the sweet savours of My Revelation
and responded to My Call at a time when My servants and My creatures,
casting the Mother Book behind their backs and, clinging to the dictates
of the exponents of idle fancy and vain imaginings, have denounced Me.
Thus hath the Tongue of Grandeur spoken in the kingdom of utterance at the
bidding of God, the Lord of Creation.

Persevere thou conscientiously in the service of the Cause and, through
the power of the Name of thy Lord, the Possessor of all things visible and
invisible, preserve the station conferred upon thee. I swear by the
righteousness of God! Were anyone apprised of that which is veiled from
the eyes of men, he would become so enraptured as to wing his flight unto
God, the Lord of all that hath been and shall be.

May His glory rest upon thee and upon such as have drawn nigh unto Him and
apprehended the meaning of that which the exalted Pen of God, the
Almighty, the All-Loving, hath recorded in this Tablet.




ALL praise be to Thee, O my God, inasmuch as Thou...


ALL praise be to Thee, O my God, inasmuch as Thou hast adorned the world
with the splendour of the dawn following the night wherein was born the
One Who heralded the Manifestation of Thy transcendent sovereignty, the
Dayspring of Thy divine Essence and the Revelation of Thy supreme
Lordship. I beseech Thee, O Creator of the heavens and Fashioner of names,
to graciously aid those who have sheltered beneath the shadow of Thine
abounding mercy and have raised their voices amidst the peoples of the
world for the glorification of Thy Name.

O my God! Thou beholdest the Lord of all mankind confined in His Most
Great Prison, calling aloud Thy Name, gazing upon Thy face, proclaiming
that which hath enraptured the denizens of Thy kingdoms of revelation and
of creation. O my God! I behold Mine own Self captive in the hands of Thy
servants, yet the light of Thy sovereignty and the revelations of Thine
invincible power shine resplendent from His face, enabling all to know of
a certainty that Thou art God, and that there is none other God but Thee.
Neither can the power of the powerful frustrate Thee, nor the ascendancy
of the rulers prevail against Thee. Thou doest whatsoever Thou willest by
virtue of Thy sovereignty which encompasseth all created things, and
ordainest that which Thou pleasest through the potency of Thy behest which
pervadeth the entire creation.

I implore Thee by the glory of Thy Manifestation and by the power of Thy
might, Thy sovereignty and Thine exaltation to render victorious those who
have arisen to serve Thee, who have aided Thy Cause and humbled themselves
before the splendour of the light of Thy face. Make them then, O my God,
triumphant over Thine enemies and cause them to be steadfast in Thy
service, that through them the evidences of Thy dominion may be
established throughout Thy realms and the tokens of Thine indomitable
power be manifested in Thy lands. Verily Thou art potent to do what Thou
willest; no God is there but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

This glorious Tablet hath been revealed on the Anniversary of the Birth
[of the Bab] that thou mayest recite it in a spirit of humility and
supplication and give thanks unto thy Lord, the All-Knowing, the
All-Informed. Make thou every effort to render service unto God, that from
thee may appear that which will immortalize thy memory in His glorious and
exalted heaven.

Say: Glorified art Thou, O my God! I implore Thee by the Dawning-Place of
Thy signs and by the Revealer of Thy clear tokens to grant that I may,
under all conditions, hold fast the cord of Thy loving providence and
cling tenaciously to the hem of Thy generosity. Reckon me then with those
whom the changes and chances of the world have failed to deter from
serving Thee and from bearing allegiance unto Thee, whom the onslaught of
the people hath been powerless to hinder from magnifying Thy Name and
celebrating Thy praise. Graciously assist me, O my Lord, to do whatever
Thou lovest and desirest. Enable me then to fulfil that which will exalt
Thy Name and will set ablaze the fire of Thy love.

Thou art, in truth, the Forgiving, the Bountiful.




O HUSAYN! God grant thou shalt ever be bright and...


O HUSAYN! God grant thou shalt ever be bright and radiant, beaming with
the light of the Sun of Truth, and mayest unloose thy tongue in magnifying
the Name of God, which is the most laudable of all acts.

Consider the multitude of souls who seemed to be intensely eager and
athirst, yet when the Ocean of living waters did surge forth in the world
of being, they remained deprived thereof, inasmuch as they failed to
relinquish idle fancy and to become consciously aware of Him Who is the
Object of all knowledge. This failure is in recompense for the deeds their
hands had formerly wrought.

Render thou thanks unto the Beloved of the world for having graciously
aided thee to attain confirmation in this glorious Cause. Entreat Him
moreover to make His loved ones steadfast therein, for the inflammatory
writings of the mischief-makers are widespread and the clamour of the
foreboders of evil is raised high. Happy are they that have cast behind
their backs all else save God and have held fast unto that which the Lord
of strength and power hath enjoined upon them.

His Glory be upon thee and upon such as have been enabled to recognize and
embrace this mighty Cause.




THIS is a Tablet which the Lord of all being hath sent...


THIS is a Tablet which the Lord of all being hath sent down from His
glorious station in honour of him who hath believed in God, the Almighty,
the All-Loving.

Blessed is the wayfarer who hath recognized the Desired One, and the
seeker who hath heeded the Call of Him Who is the intended Aim of all
mankind, and the learned one who hath believed in God, the Help in Peril,
the Self-Subsisting.

How vast the number of the learned who have turned aside from the way of
God and how numerous the men devoid of learning who have apprehended the
truth and hastened unto Him, saying, 'Praised be Thou, O Lord of all
things, visible and invisible.'

By the righteousness of God! The world's horizon is resplendent with the
light of the Most Great Luminary, yet the generality of mankind perceive
it not. Verily He Who is the Sovereign Truth moveth before the eyes of all
men. Unto this beareth witness the One Who is proclaiming in the midmost
heart of the world, 'In truth no God is there but Me, Omnipotent over all
things, whether of the past or of the future.'

Great is the blessedness of the believer who hath directed himself towards
Him and hath gained admittance into His presence, and woe betide every
disbeliever who hath turned away from God and followed the wayward and the
outcast.




O FRIEND! In the Bayan We directed everyone in this...


O FRIEND! In the Bayan We directed everyone in this Most Great Revelation
to see with his own eyes and hear with his own ears. However when the
horizon of the world was illumined with the resplendent light of this
Revelation, many people forgot this divine commandment, lost sight of this
heavenly exhortation and immersed themselves in the vain imaginings which
their minds had devised. Indeed the face of the sun of justice and
fairness is hidden behind the clouds of idle fancy which the foolish ones
have conceived. Therefore it is not to be wondered at that the movements
of the birds of darkness attract attention. Through the potency of the
Name of the Best-Beloved, invite thou the receptive souls unto God's holy
court, that perchance they may not remain deprived of the heavenly
Fountain of living water. He is in truth the Gracious, the Forgiving.

The gaze of the loving-kindness of God--exalted and glorified is He--hath
everlastingly been directed towards His beloved friends; verily He is the
One Who knoweth and remembereth.




O JAVAD! Such is the greatness of this Day that the Hour...


O JAVAD! Such is the greatness of this Day that the Hour itself is seized
with perturbation, and all heavenly Scriptures bear evidence to its
overpowering majesty. In this Day the Book solemnly testifieth to His
glory and the Balance is moved to lift up its voice. This is the Day
wherein the Sirat calleth aloud: 'I am the straight Path', and Mount Sinai
exclaimeth: 'Verily the Lord of Revelation is come.'

Being overcome by the drunkenness of corrupt inclinations, the people of
the earth find themselves in a state of stupor. They are, therefore,
debarred from the wondrous signs of God, are prevented from attaining the
ultimate goal and are deprived of the liberal effusions of divine grace.

It behoveth the people of God to be forbearing. They should impart the
Word of God according to the hearer's particular measure of understanding
and capacity, that perchance the children of men may be roused from
heedlessness and set their faces towards this Horizon which is
immeasurably exalted above every horizon.

O Javad! The manifold bounties of God have ever been and will continue to
be vouchsafed unto thee. Praised be God! Thou hast been shielded from the
most great terror and hast succeeded in drawing nigh unto the Most Great
Bounty at a time when all men were prevented from recognizing the eternal
King by the interposition of the veils of outward glory, namely the
divines of this day. Cherish thou as dearly as thine own life this
testimony pronounced by the All-Glorious Pen and strive with all thy might
to preserve it by the potency of the Name of Him Who is the Beloved One of
the entire creation, that this sublime honour may be proof against the
eyes and the hands of robbers. Verily thy Lord is the Expounder, the
All-Knowing.

Convey the greetings of this Wronged One unto all the beloved friends in
that region and call to their minds Our wondrous and exalted remembrances,
that haply they may forsake the things current amongst them, may set their
hearts on that which pertaineth unto God and remain purged from unseemly
deeds and pursuits.

May the glory of the Almighty, the All-Wise, be upon thee and upon such as
are related unto thee.




WE make mention of him who hath been attracted by Our...


WE make mention of him who hath been attracted by Our Call when it was
raised from the summit of transcendent glory and hath set his face towards
God, the Lord of creation. He is numbered with such as have heard and
responded to the summons of their Lord at a time when the peoples of the
world are wrapt in palpable veils. He testifieth unto that whereunto God
hath testified, and acknowledgeth his belief in that which the Tongue of
Grandeur hath uttered. Unto this beareth witness the Lord of Names in this
wondrous Tablet.

O My exalted Pen! Bring him, on My behalf, the joyful tidings concerning
the things that God, the Powerful, the Omnipotent, hath reserved for him.
Indeed he hath, for most of the time, been hemmed in by manifold sorrows,
and verily his merciful Lord is the One Who seeth and knoweth all things.
Rejoice thou with exceeding gladness inasmuch as this Wronged One hath
turned His face towards thee, hath mentioned thy name aforetime and doth
mention it at this very moment.

Unto My loved friends give thou remembrances in My Name and convey to them
the tidings of the gracious bounties of their Lord, the Giver, the
All-Generous. From this exalted station We send Our greetings unto such
believers as have taken fast hold on the Sure Handle and quaffed the
choice wine of constancy from the hand of favour of their Lord, the
Almighty, the All-Praised.

In this Day the faculty of hearing exclaimeth, 'This is my Day, wherein I
hearken unto the wondrous Voice coming from the precincts of the Prison of
my Lord, the Perspicuous, the Hearing.' And the faculty of sight calleth
aloud, 'Verily this is my Day, for I behold the Dayspring of glory shining
resplendent at the bidding of Him Who is the Ordainer, the All-Powerful.'
Blessed the ear that hath heard the call, 'Behold, and thou shalt see
Me.'(87) and happy the eye that hath gazed upon the most wondrous Sign,
dawning from this luminous horizon.

Say: O concourse of the rulers and of the learned and the wise! The
Promised Day is come and the Lord of Hosts hath appeared. Rejoice ye with
great joy by reason of this supreme felicity. Aid Him then through the
power of wisdom and utterance. Thus biddeth you the One Who hath ever
proclaimed, 'Verily, no God is there but Me, the All-Knowing, the
All-Wise.'

May His glory rest upon thee and upon those who are with thee and such
ones as cherish thee and give ear to the words thou utterest in
glorification of this mighty, this transcendent Revelation.




O THOU who bearest My Name, Jud [Bounty]! Upon...


O THOU who bearest My Name, Jud(88) [Bounty]! Upon thee be My Glory. Give
ear unto that which thou didst hear aforetime when the Day-Star of
testimony was shining resplendent above the horizon of 'Iraq, when Baghdad
served as the Seat of the Throne of thy Lord, the Exalted, the Mighty.

I bear witness that thou hast hearkened unto the melody of God and His
sweet accents, inclined thine ear to the cooing of the Dove of divine
Revelation and hast heard the Nightingale of fidelity pouring forth its
notes upon the Branch of Glory: Verily there is none other God but Me, the
Incomparable, the All-Informed.

O thou who bearest My Name! The glances of the loving-kindness of God have
been and continue to be directed towards thee. While in His presence, thou
hast heard the Voice of the One true God--exalted be His glory--and hast
beheld the unveiled splendour of the Light of divine knowledge. Ponder a
while! How sublime is the Utterance of Him Who is the Sovereign Truth and
how abject are the idle contentions of the people! The accumulations of
vain fancy have obstructed men's ears and stopped them from hearing the
Voice of God, and the veils of human learning and false imaginings have
prevented their eyes from beholding the splendour of the light of His
countenance. With the arm of might and power We have rescued a number of
souls from the slough of impending extinction and enabled them to attain
the Dayspring of glory. Moreover We have laid bare the divine mysteries
and in most explicit language foretold future events, that neither the
doubts of the faithless, nor the denials of the froward, nor the
whisperings of the heedless may keep back the seekers of truth from the
Source of the light of the One true God. Nevertheless some people seem to
have been seized with epilepsy, others are torn up even as hollow
tree-stumps. They abandon God, the Most Exalted--He before Whose revelation
of a single verse, all the Scriptures of the past and of more recent times
pale into lowliness and insignificance--and set their hearts on lying tales
and follow empty words.

Thou hast surely quaffed from the ocean of Mine utterance and hast
witnessed the effulgent splendour of the orb of My wisdom. Thou hast also
heard the sayings of the infidels who neither are acquainted with the
fundamentals of the Faith, nor have tasted this choice Wine whose seal
hath been broken through the power of My Name, the Help in Peril, the
Self-Subsisting. Beseech thou God that the believers who are endued with
true understanding may be graciously enabled to do that which is pleasing
unto Him.

How strange that despite this ringing Call, despite the appearance of this
most wondrous Revelation, We notice that men, for the most part, have
fixed their hearts on the vanities of the world and are sorely dismayed
and troubled by reason of prevailing doubts and evil suggestions. Say:
This is the Day of God Himself; fear ye God and be not of them that have
disbelieved in Him. Cast the idle tales behind your backs and behold My
Revelation through Mine eyes. Unto this have ye been exhorted in heavenly
Books and Scriptures, in the Scrolls and Tablets.

Arise thou to serve the Cause of thy Lord; then give the people the joyful
tidings concerning this resplendent Light whose revelation hath been
announced by God through His Prophets and Messengers. Admonish everyone
moreover to observe prudence as ordained by Him, and in the Name of God
advise them, saying: It behoveth every one in this Day of God to dedicate
himself to the teaching of the Cause with utmost prudence and
steadfastness. Should he discover a pure soil, let him sow the seed of the
Word of God, otherwise it would be preferable to observe silence.

Not long ago this most sublime Word was revealed in the Crimson Book by
the All-Glorious Pen: 'The heaven of divine wisdom is illumined with two
luminaries: consultation and compassion'. Please God, everyone may be
enabled to observe this weighty and blessed word.

Certain people seem to be entirely bereft of understanding. By clinging to
the cord of idle fancy they have debarred themselves from the Sure Handle.
I swear by My life! Were they to reflect a while with fairness on that
which the All-Merciful hath sent down, they would, one and all,
spontaneously give utterance to these words, 'Verily Thou art the Truth,
the manifest Truth.'

It behoveth thee to turn thy gaze in all circumstances unto the One true
God, and seek diligently to serve His Cause. Call thou to mind when thou
wert in My company, within the Tabernacle of Glory, and didst hear from Me
that which He Who conversed with God [Moses] heard upon the Sinai of
divine knowledge. Thus did We graciously aid thee, enabled thee to
recognize the truth and cautioned thee, that thou mightest render thanks
unto thy bountiful Lord. Thou shouldst safeguard this sublime station
through the potency of My Name, the Omnipotent, the Faithful.

Convey greetings on My behalf to My loved ones and suffer them to hearken
unto My sweet Voice. Thus biddeth thee the One Who hath bidden thee in the
past; I am in truth the Ordainer, the All-Informed. Glory be upon thee and
upon those who give ear to thy words concerning this momentous Cause and
who love thee for the sake of God, the Lord of the worlds.




O HAYDAR! This Wronged One hath heard thy voice...


O HAYDAR!(89) This Wronged One hath heard thy voice raised in the service
of the Cause of God and is well aware of the feeling of joy which His love
hath roused in thy heart and of thy pangs of anguish at that which hath
befallen His loved ones. I swear by the Lord of mercy! The whole world is
overwhelmed with sorrow whilst mankind is perplexed with doubts and
dissensions. The people of God, the Lord of Names, are so grievously beset
by enemies that the supreme Paradise hath lamented and the inmates of
highest Heaven and those who, day and night, circle round the Throne have
groaned aloud.

O 'Ali! Woes and sorrows are powerless to restrain thy Lord, the
All-Merciful. Indeed He hath risen to champion the Cause of God in such
wise that neither the overpowering might of the world nor the tyranny of
the nations can ever alarm Him. He calleth aloud betwixt earth and heaven,
saying: The Promised Day is come. The Lord of creation proclaimeth:
Verily, there is no God besides Me, the Almighty, the All-Bountiful.

O 'Ali! The immature wish to put out the light of God with their mouths
and to extinguish by their acts the flame in the Burning Bush. Say,
wretched indeed is your plight, O ye embodiments of delusion. Fear ye God
and reject not the heavenly grace which hath shed radiance upon all
regions. Say, He Who is the Exponent of the hidden Name hath appeared, did
ye but know it. He Whose advent hath been foretold in the heavenly
Scriptures is come, could ye but understand it. The world's horizon is
illumined by the splendours of this Most Great Revelation. Haste ye with
radiant hearts and be not of them that are bereft of understanding. The
appointed Hour hath struck and mankind is laid low. Unto this bear witness
the honoured servants of God.

O Haydar-'Ali! I swear by the righteousness of God! The Blast hath been
blown on the Trumpet of the Bayan as decreed by the Lord, the Merciful,
and all that are in the heavens and on the earth have swooned away except
such as have detached themselves from the world, cleaving fast unto the
Cord of God, the Lord of mankind. This is the Day in which the earth
shineth with the effulgent light of thy Lord, but the people are lost in
error and have been shut out as by a veil. We desire to regenerate the
world, yet they have resolved to put an end to My life. Thus have their
hearts prompted them in this Day--a Day which hath been made bright by the
radiant light of the countenance of its Lord, the Omnipotent, the
Almighty, the Unconstrained. The Mother Book hath lifted up its Voice, but
the people are bereft of hearing. The Preserved Tablet hath been revealed
with truth, yet the generality of mankind peruse it not. They have denied
the gracious favour of God after it hath been sent down unto them and have
turned away from God, the Knower of things unseen. They firmly cling to
the hem of idle fancies, turning their backs on the hidden Name of the
Almighty.

Say, O concourse of divines! Be fair in your judgement, I adjure you by
God. Produce then whatever proofs and testimonies ye possess, if ye are to
be reckoned among the inmates of this glorious habitation. Set your hearts
towards the Dayspring of divine Revelation that We may disclose before
your eyes the equivalent of all such verses, proofs, testimonies,
affirmations and evidences as ye and other kindreds of the earth possess.
Fear ye God and be not of them that well deserve the chastisement of God,
the Lord of creation.

This is the Day in which the Ocean of knowledge hath lifted up its Voice
and hath brought forth its pearls. Would that ye knew it! The heaven of
the Bayan hath been raised up in truth at the behest of God, the Help in
Peril, the Self-Subsisting. I swear by God! The Essence of knowledge
exclaimeth and saith: Lo! He Who is the Object of all knowledge is come
and through His advent the sacred Books of God, the Gracious, the Loving,
have been embellished. Every revelation of grace, every evidence of goodly
gifts emanateth from Him and unto Him doth it return.

Fear ye God, O concourse of the foolish, and do not inflict tribulations
upon those who have willed naught but that which God hath willed.
Moreover, if ye heed my call, follow not your selfish desires. The day is
approaching when everything now discernible will have faded away and ye
shall weep for having failed in your duty towards God. Unto this
testifieth this inscribed Tablet.

Rejoice thou with great joy that We have remembered thee both now and in
the past. Indeed the sweet savours of this remembrance shall endure and
shall not change throughout the eternity of the Names of God, the Lord of
mankind. We have graciously accepted thy devotions, thy praise, thy
teaching work and the services thou hast rendered for the sake of this
mighty Announcement. We have also hearkened unto that which thy tongue
hath uttered at the meetings and gatherings. Verily thy Lord heareth and
observeth all things. We have attired thee with the vesture of My
good-pleasure in My heavenly Kingdom, and from the Divine Lote-Tree which
is raised on the borders of the vale of security and peace, situate in the
luminous Spot beyond the glorious City, We call aloud unto thee saying: In
truth there is no God but Me, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. We have
brought thee into being to serve Me, to glorify My Word and to proclaim My
Cause. Centre thine energies upon that wherefor thou hast been created by
virtue of the Will of the supreme Ordainer, the Ancient of Days.

At this moment We call to remembrance Our loved ones and bring them the
joyous tidings of God's unfailing grace and of the things that have been
provided for them in My lucid Book. Ye have tolerated the censure of the
enemies for the sake of My love and have steadfastly endured in My Path
the grievous cruelties which the ungodly have inflicted upon you. Unto
this I Myself bear witness, and I am the All-Knowing. How vast the number
of places that have been ennobled with your blood for the sake of God. How
numerous the cities wherein the voice of your lamentation hath been raised
and the wailing of your anguish uplifted. How many the prisons into which
ye have been cast by the hosts of tyranny. Know ye of a certainty that He
will render you victorious, will exalt you among the peoples of the world
and will demonstrate your high rank before the gaze of all nations. Surely
He will not suffer the reward of His favoured ones to be lost.

Take heed lest the deeds wrought by the embodiments of idle fancy sadden
you or the acts committed by every wayward oppressor grieve you. Seize ye
the chalice of constancy through the power of His Name, quaff then
therefrom by virtue of the sovereignty of God, the Powerful, the
Omnipotent. Thus hath the Day-Star of My tender compassion and
loving-kindness shone forth above the horizon of this Tablet that ye may
render thanks unto your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Bountiful.

The glory that hath dawned resplendent from the heaven of Mine utterance
rest upon thee and upon them that have directed themselves towards thee
and inclined their ears to the words which thy mouth hath uttered
concerning this glorious, this august Revelation.




BY the righteousness of God! The Mother Book is made...


BY the righteousness of God! The Mother Book is made manifest, summoning
mankind unto God, the Lord of the worlds, while the seas proclaim: The
Most Great Ocean hath appeared, from whose waves one can hear the
thundering cry: 'Verily, no God is there but Me, the Peerless, the
All-Knowing.' And the trees raising their clamour exclaim: O people of the
world! The voice of the Divine Lote-Tree is clearly sounding and the
shrill cry of the Pen of Glory is ringing loud: Give ye ear and be not of
the heedless. The sun is calling out: O concourse of the divines! The
heaven of religions is split and the moon cleft asunder and the peoples of
the earth are brought together in a new resurrection. Fear ye God and
follow not the promptings of your passions, rather follow Him unto Whom
have testified the Scriptures of God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

The episode of Sinai hath been re-enacted in this Revelation and He Who
conversed upon the Mount is calling aloud: Verily, the Desired One is
come, seated upon the throne of certitude, could ye but perceive it. He
hath admonished all men to observe that which is conducive to the
exaltation of the Cause of God and will guide mankind unto His Straight
Path.

How vast the number of the down-trodden who have been enraptured by the
Call of God! How numerous the potentates who have risen up to commit acts
of aggression that have caused the inmates of the all-highest Paradise to
lament and the dwellers of this glorious habitation to wail with grief!
How great the multitude of the poor who have quaffed the choice wine of
divine revelation and how many the rich who have turned away, repudiated
the truth and voiced their disbelief in God, the Lord of this blessed and
wondrous Day!

Say: Fear ye God, then observe equity in your judgement of this Great
Announcement before which, as soon as it shone forth, every momentous
announcement bowed low in adoration. Say: O concourse of the foolish! If
ye reject Him, by what evidence can ye prove your allegiance to the former
Messengers of God or vindicate your belief in that which He hath sent down
from His mighty and exalted Kingdom? What benefit do your possessions
bestow upon you? What protection can your treasures afford you? None, I
swear by the Spirit of God that pervadeth all that are in the heavens and
on the earth. Cast away that which ye have put together with the hands of
idle fancy and vain imaginings and take fast hold of the Book of God which
hath been sent down by virtue of His all-compelling and inviolable
authority.

Thy letter was presented before this Wronged One and in thine honour have
We revealed this Tablet from which the fragrance of the gracious favour of
thy Lord, the Compassionate, the Bountiful, is diffused. We beseech God to
make thee as a banner upraised in the city of His remembrance, and to
exalt thy station in this Cause--a Cause beneath whose shadow the sincere
ones of God shall behold the peoples and kindreds of the earth seeking
shelter. Verily, thy Lord knoweth and informeth. Moreover We entreat Him
to nourish thee with the best of what hath been treasured in His Book. He
is in truth the One Who doth hear and answer the call.

Persevere thou in helping His Cause through the strengthening power of the
hosts of wisdom and utterance. Thus hath it been decreed by God, the
Gracious, the All-Praised. Blessed is the believer who hath in this Day
embraced the Truth and the man of fixed resolve whom the hosts of tyranny
have been powerless to affright.

The glory which hath shone forth above the horizon of utterance be upon
thee and upon such believers as have seized the chalice of His sealed wine
through the power of His Name, the Self-Subsisting, and drunk deep despite
those that have rejected the One in Whom they had formerly professed
belief--they that have disputed the truth of this Great Announcement
whereunto God hath testified in His precious and ancient Book.




O MUHAMMAD HUSAYN! Be thou prepared to receive the...


O MUHAMMAD HUSAYN! Be thou prepared to receive the outpourings of the
loving-kindness of God, the Lord of the worlds. The All-Merciful hath
deigned to bestow upon thee pearls of knowledge from the Ocean of the
grace of God, the Almighty, the Most Exalted.

Where is the man of insight who will recognize and perceive the truth?
Where is to be found the man of hearing who will hearken unto My wondrous
Voice calling from the realm of glory? Where is the soul who will set his
face towards the Divine Lote-Tree in such wise that neither the
overpowering might of the kings, nor the violent commotions of their
subjects may frustrate him, lifting up his voice amidst the entire
creation through the power of wisdom and utterance and testifying unto
that whereunto hath testified God, that verily no God is there besides
Him, the Powerful, the Invincible, the Omnipotent, the Knowing, the Wise.

O Husayn! Thy name hath been mentioned in the Most Great Prison before
this Wronged One and We have revealed for thee that with which none of the
books of the world can compare. Unto this beareth witness the King of
eternity; yet the generality of mankind are numbered among the heedless.
From the dawning-place of testimony We have raised the Call unto all that
dwell in the realm of creation. Amongst men there are those who have been
carried away by the fragrance of the utterance of their Lord in such
manner that they have forsaken everything which pertaineth unto men in
their eagerness to attain the court of the presence of God, the Lord of
the mighty throne. There are also those who are sore perplexed and
wavering. Others have made haste, winged their way to answer the Call of
their Lord, the Ancient of Days. Still others have turned aside, rejected
the truth and eventually disbelieved in God, the Almighty, the
All-Praised. And there are yet others who have pronounced judgement
against Him with such cruelty that every wise and discerning soul hath
been moved to lament. We have graciously summoned them unto the river that
is life indeed, while they have, with manifest injustice, decreed the
shedding of My blood. Thus hath the Day-Star of wisdom shone forth from
above the horizon of the utterance of thy Lord, the All-Merciful. Shouldst
thou attain unto its light, it behoveth thee to magnify the praise of thy
Lord and say, I yield Thee thanks, O God of the worlds.

Blessed art thou and are they whom the world and its vanities have failed
to deter from this luminous Horizon.

Convey greetings on My behalf unto My loved ones. We exhort them to
observe wisdom as decreed in My wondrous Book.




O MY handmaiden and My leaf! Rejoice with great joy...


O MY handmaiden and My leaf! Rejoice with great joy inasmuch as thy call
hath ascended unto the Divine Lote-Tree and is answered from the
all-glorious Horizon. Verily, no God is there but Me, the Wronged One, the
Exile.

We have revealed Ourself unto men, have unveiled the Cause, guided all
mankind towards God's Straight Path, promulgated the laws and have
enjoined upon everyone that which shall truly profit them both in this
world and in the next; yet they have pronounced judgement to shed My
blood, whereat the Maid of Heaven hath wept sore, Sinai hath lamented and
the Faithful Spirit was made to sigh with grief.

In these days the people have debarred themselves from the effusions of
divine grace by following in the footsteps of every ignorant one that hath
gone astray. They have cast the Ocean of divine knowledge behind their
backs and fixed their eyes upon such foolish men as claim to be well
versed in learning without being supported by any evidence from God, the
Lord of mankind.

Well is it with thee inasmuch as thou hast forsaken idle imaginings and
taken fast hold of the Cord of God that no man can sever. Consider the
gracious favour of God--exalted be His glory. How numerous are the kings
and queens on earth who, despite much yearning, anticipation and waiting,
have been debarred from Him Who is the Desire of the world, whilst thou
didst attain. God willing, thou mayest accomplish a deed whose fragrance
shall endure as long as the Names of God--exalted be His glory--will endure.
By the righteousness of God! The title 'O My handmaiden' far excelleth
aught else that can be seen in the world. Ere long the eyes of mankind
shall be illumined and cheered by recognizing that which Our Pen of Glory
hath revealed.

Blessed art thou and blessed is the mother that hath nursed thee.
Appreciate the value of this station and arise to serve His Cause in such
wise that the idle fancies and insinuations of the doubters withhold thee
not from this high resolve. The Day-Star of certitude is shining
resplendent but the people of the world are holding fast unto vain
imaginings. The Ocean of divine knowledge hath risen high whilst the
children of men are clinging to the hem of the foolish. But for the
unfailing grace of God--exalted be His glory--no antidote could ever cure
these inveterate diseases.

Convey My greetings unto the handmaidens of God in that region and give
them the joyful tidings that His tender mercy and grace are vouchsafed
unto them. High indeed is the station We have destined for thee. It
behoveth thee to yield praise and thanksgiving unto thy Lord, the
Bountiful, the Most Generous. Glorified be God, the Exalted, the Great.




AT one time this sublime Word was heard from the...


AT one time this sublime Word was heard from the Tongue of Him Who is the
Possessor of all being and the Lord of the throne on high and of earth
below--exalted is the glory of His utterance--: Piety and detachment are
even as two most great luminaries of the heaven of teaching. Blessed the
one who hath attained unto this supreme station, this habitation of
transcendent holiness and sublimity.




THIS is a Tablet sent down by the All-Merciful from the...


THIS is a Tablet sent down by the All-Merciful from the Kingdom of
utterance unto all that dwell on earth. Happy is the man who hearkeneth
and heedeth and woe betide him who hath erred and doubted. This is the Day
that hath been illumined by the effulgent light of the Countenance of
God--the Day when the Tongue of Grandeur is calling aloud: The Kingdom is
God's, the Lord of the Day of Resurrection.

Thy name hath been mentioned in Our Presence and We have deigned to reveal
for thee that which the tongue of no one among the peoples of the world
can recount. Rejoice with exceeding joy inasmuch as thou hast been
remembered in the Most Great Prison and the Countenance of the Ancient of
Days hath turned towards thee from this exalted habitation.

We have truly revealed the signs, demonstrated the irrefutable testimonies
and have summoned all men unto the straight Path. Among the people there
are those who have turned away and repudiated the truth, others have
pronounced judgement against Us without any proof or evidence. The first
to turn away from Us have been the world's spiritual leaders in this
age--they that call upon Us in the daytime and in the night season and
mention My Name while resting on their lofty thrones. However, when I
revealed Myself unto men they rose against Me in such wise that even the
stones groaned and lamented bitterly.

Great is thy blessedness inasmuch as thou hast hearkened unto His Voice,
set thy face towards Him and heeded the Call of thy Lord when He came
invested with invincible power and sovereignty.




O MY handmaiden, O My leaf! Render thou thanks unto...


O MY handmaiden, O My leaf! Render thou thanks unto the Best-Beloved of
the world for having attained this boundless grace at a time when the
world's learned and most distinguished men have remained deprived thereof.
We have designated thee 'a leaf' that thou mayest, like unto leaves, be
stirred by the gentle wind of the Will of God--exalted be His glory--even as
the leaves of the trees are stirred by onrushing winds. Yield thou thanks
unto thy Lord by virtue of this brilliant utterance. Wert thou to perceive
the sweetness of the title 'O My handmaiden' thou wouldst find thyself
detached from all mankind, devoutly engaged day and night in communion
with Him Who is the sole Desire of the world.

In words of incomparable beauty We have made fitting mention of such
leaves and handmaidens as have quaffed from the living waters of heavenly
grace and have kept their eyes directed towards God. Happy and blessed are
they indeed. Ere long shall God reveal their station whose loftiness no
word can befittingly express nor any description adequately describe.

We admonish thee to do that which will serve to promote the interests of
the Cause of God amongst men and women. He doth hear the call of the
friends and beholdeth their actions. Verily, He is the Hearing and the
Seeing.

Upon thee and upon them be the glory of God, the Powerful, the
All-Knowing, the All-Wise.




O HANDMAID of God! Hearken unto the Voice of the...


O HANDMAID of God! Hearken unto the Voice of the Lord of Names, Who from
His Prison hath directed His gaze towards thee and is making mention of
thee.

He hath extended assistance to every wayfarer, hath graciously responded
to every petitioner and granted admittance to every seeker after truth. In
this Day the Straight Path is made manifest, the Balance of divine justice
is set and the light of the sun of His bounty is resplendent, yet the
oppressive darkness of the people of tyranny hath, even as clouds,
intervened and caused a grievous obstruction between the Day-Star of
heavenly grace and the people of the world. Blessed is he who hath rent
the intervening veils asunder and is illumined by the radiant light of
divine Revelation. Consider how numerous were those who accounted
themselves among the wise and the learned, yet in the Day of God were
deprived of the outpourings of heavenly bounties.

O My leaf, O My handmaid! Appreciate the value of this blessing and of
this tender mercy which hath encompassed thee and guided thy steps unto
the Dayspring of glory.

Convey greetings on behalf of this Wronged One to such handmaidens as
worship God and cheer their hearts with the assurance of His loving
providence.




FIX your gaze upon wisdom in all things, for it is an...


FIX your gaze upon wisdom in all things, for it is an unfailing antidote.
How often hath it turned a disbeliever into a believer or a foe into a
friend? Its observance is highly essential, inasmuch as this theme hath
been set forth in numerous Tablets revealed from the empyrean of the Will
of Him Who is the Manifestation of the light of divine unity. Well is it
with them that act accordingly.

Centre your attention unceasingly upon that which will cause the Word of
God to be exalted. In this Most Great Revelation goodly deeds and a
praiseworthy character are regarded as the hosts of God, likewise is His
blessed and holy Word. These hosts are the lodestone of the hearts of men
and the effective means for unlocking doors. Of all the weapons in the
world this is the keenest.

Beseech thou God to graciously assist all men to observe that which His
all-glorious Pen hath recorded in the sacred Books and Tablets.




THIS Wronged One doth mention him who hath set his...


THIS Wronged One doth mention him who hath set his face toward the
Incomparable One, the All-Knowing, him who beareth witness unto His unity
even as the All-Glorious Pen hath borne witness as it moveth swiftly
within the arena of utterance. Blessed is the soul that hath recognized
its Lord and woe betide him who hath grievously erred and doubted.

Man is like unto a tree. If he be adorned with fruit, he hath been and
will ever be worthy of praise and commendation. Otherwise a fruitless tree
is but fit for fire. The fruits of the human tree are exquisite, highly
desired and dearly cherished. Among them are upright character, virtuous
deeds and a goodly utterance. The springtime for earthly trees occurreth
once every year, while the one for human trees appeareth in the Days of
God--exalted be His glory. Were the trees of men's lives to be adorned in
this divine Springtime with the fruits that have been mentioned, the
effulgence of the light of Justice would, of a certainty, illumine all the
dwellers of the earth and everyone would abide in tranquillity and
contentment beneath the sheltering shadow of Him Who is the Object of all
mankind. The Water for these trees is the living water of the sacred Words
uttered by the Beloved of the world. In one instant are such trees planted
and in the next their branches shall, through the outpourings of the
showers of divine mercy, have reached the skies. A dried-up tree, however,
hath never been nor will be worthy of any mention.

Happy is the faithful one who is attired with the vesture of high
endeavour and hath arisen to serve this Cause. Such a soul hath truly
attained the desired Goal and hath apprehended the Object for which it
hath been created. But a myriad times alas for the wayward who are like
unto dried-up leaves fallen upon the dust. Ere long mortal blasts shall
carry them away to the place ordained for them. Ignorant did they arrive,
ignorant did they linger and ignorant did they retire to their abodes.

The world is continually proclaiming these words: Beware, I am evanescent,
and so are all my outward appearances and colours. Take ye heed of the
changes and chances contrived within me and be ye roused from your
slumber. Nevertheless there is no discerning eye to see, nor is there a
hearing ear to hearken.

In this Day the inner ear exclaimeth and saith: Indeed well is it with me,
today is my day, inasmuch as the Voice of God is calling aloud. And the
essence of vision crieth out: Blessed am I, this is my day, for the
Ancient Beauty is shining resplendent from the most exalted Horizon.

It behoveth the people of Baha to invoke and entreat the Lord of Names
that perchance the people of the world may not be deprived of the
effusions of grace in His days.

In the past the divines were perplexed over this question, a question
which He Who is the Sovereign Truth hath, during the early years of His
life, Himself heard them ask repeatedly: 'What is that Word which the
Qa'im will pronounce whereby the leaders of religion are put to flight?'
Say, that Word is now made manifest and ye have fled ere ye heard it
uttered, although ye perceive it not. And that blessed, that hidden, that
concealed and treasured Word is this: 'HE hath now appeared in the
raiment of I. He Who was hidden from mortal eyes exclaimeth: Lo! I am
the All-Manifest.' This is the Word which hath caused the limbs of
disbelievers to quake. Glorified be God! All the heavenly Scriptures of
the past attest to the greatness of this Day, the greatness of this
Manifestation, the greatness of His signs, the greatness of His Word, the
greatness of His constancy, the greatness of His pre-eminent station. Yet
despite all this the people have remained heedless and are shut out as by
a veil. Indeed all the Prophets have yearned to attain this Day. David
saith: 'Who will bring me into the Strong City?'(90) By Strong City is
meant Akka. Its fortifications are very strong and this Wronged One is
imprisoned within its walls. Likewise it is revealed in the Qur'an: 'Bring
forth thy people from the darkness into the light and announce to them the
days of God.'(91)

The glory with which this Day is invested hath been explicitly mentioned
and clearly set forth in most heavenly Books and Scriptures. However, the
divines of the age have debarred men from this transcendent station, and
have kept them back from this Pinnacle of Glory, this Supreme Goal.

Blessed art thou inasmuch as the darkness of vain imaginings hath been
powerless to hinder thee from the light of certitude, and the onslaught of
the people hath failed to deter thee from the Lord of mankind. Appreciate
thou the value of this high station and beseech God--exalted is His
glory--to graciously enable thee to safeguard it. Imperishable dominion
hath exclusively pertained unto the One true God and His loved ones and
will continue to pertain unto them everlastingly.

The glory that hath shone forth from the horizon of eternity rest upon
thee and upon such as have taken fast hold of the Cord of God that no man
can sever.




HE Who leadeth to true victory is come. By the righteousness...


HE Who leadeth to true victory is come. By the righteousness of God! He is
fully capable of revolutionizing the world through the power of a single
Word. Having enjoined upon all men to observe wisdom, He Himself hath
adhered to the cord of patience and resignation.

The clay clods of the world have set forth to visit the embellished, the
luminous, the crimson City of God, and certain emissaries from Persia are
secretly stirring up mischief, though to outward seeming they pretend to
be gentle and meek. Gracious God! When will this world-afflicting
craftiness be transformed into sincerity? The exhortations of God, the
True One, have compassed the world, but until now their influence hath not
been disclosed. Men's unseemly deeds have kept them back from attaining
unto Him. We entreat God--exalted and glorified is He--to pour down, out of
the clouds of divine grace, the overflowing rain of His bounty upon all
His servants. Verily potent is He over all things.

O 'Ali Haydar! O thou who hast risen to serve My Cause and art engaged in
magnifying the praise of God, the Lord of the mighty throne! Unto the
emblems of justice and the exponents of equity it is indubitably clear and
evident that this Wronged One, strengthened by the transcendent power of
the Kingdom, is seeking to efface from among the peoples and kindreds of
the earth every evidence of disorder, discord, dissension, differences or
divisions; and it is for no other reason but this great, this momentous
object that He hath again and again been cast into prison and many a day
and a night hath been subjected to chains and fetters. Blessed are they
that judge this impregnable Cause, this glorious Announcement, with
fairness and equity.




THIS is a Tablet sent down by the Lord of mercy that the...


THIS is a Tablet sent down by the Lord of mercy that the people of the
world may be enabled to draw nigh unto this Ocean which hath surged
through the potency of His august Name. Amongst men there are those who
have turned away from Him and gainsaid His testimony, while others have
quaffed the wine of assurance in the glory of His Name which pervadeth all
created things. A grievous loss hath indeed been suffered by those that
have inclined their ears to the croaking of the raven, and refused to
hearken unto the sweet warblings of the Bird of Heaven singing upon the
twigs of the Tree of eternity: Verily there is none other God but Me, the
All-Knowing, the All-Wise. This is the Day that hath been illumined by the
splendours of the light of Our countenance--the Day around which all days
and nights circle in adoration. Blessed is the man of insight who hath
perceived, and the sore athirst who hath quaffed from this luminous
Fountain. Blessed the man who acknowledgeth the truth, earnestly striving
to serve the Cause of his Lord, the Powerful, the Almighty.

O servant who hast fixed his gaze upon My face! Hearken unto the Voice of
thy Lord, the All-Glorious, calling aloud from the dayspring of grandeur
and majesty. Verily His Call will draw thee nigh unto the realm of glory
and will cause thee to extol His praise in such wise that every created
thing will be enraptured, and to magnify His glory in such manner as to
influence the entire creation. Truly thy Lord is the Protector, the
Gracious, the All-Informed.

Gather thou together the friends of God in that land and acquaint them
with My incomparable remembrance. We have revealed for them a Tablet from
which the fragrance of the All-Merciful hath been wafted upon the realm of
existence, that they may rejoice with exceeding gladness and remain
steadfast in this wondrous Cause.

While in prison We have revealed a Book which We have entitled 'The Most
Holy Book'. We have enacted laws therein and adorned it with the
commandments of thy Lord, Who exerciseth authority over all that are in
the heavens and on the earth. Say: Take hold of it, O people, and observe
that which hath been sent down in it of the wondrous precepts of your
Lord, the Forgiving, the Bountiful. It will truly prosper you both in this
world and in the next and will purge you of whatsoever ill beseemeth you.
He is indeed the Ordainer, the Expounder, the Giver, the Generous, the
Gracious, the All-Praised.

Great is thy blessedness inasmuch as thou hast been faithful to the
Covenant of God and His Testament and for thy being honoured with this
Tablet through which thy name is recorded in My Preserved Tablet. Dedicate
thyself to the service of the Cause of thy Lord, cherish His remembrance
in thy heart and celebrate His praise in such wise that every wayward and
heedless soul may thereby be roused from slumber.

Thus have We deigned to bestow upon thee a token of favour from Our
presence; and I verily am the Forgiving, the All-Merciful.




WE desire to mention him who hath set his face towards...


WE desire to mention him who hath set his face towards Us and to let him
once again drink deep from the life-giving waters of Our gracious
providence that he may be enabled to draw nigh unto My Horizon, be adorned
with Mine attributes, soar in Mine atmosphere, be confirmed in that which
will cause the sanctity of My Cause to be manifested amongst My people and
to celebrate My praise in a manner that will cause every hesitating soul
to hasten, every motionless creature to wing its flight, every mortal
frame to be consumed, every chilled heart to be stirred with life and
every dejected spirit to surge with delight. Thus doth it behove him who
hath turned his face to Mine, hath entered beneath the shadow of My
loving-kindness and received My verses which have pervaded the whole
world.

O 'Ali! He Who is the Dayspring of divine Revelation is calling unto thee
through this most wondrous utterance. By the righteousness of God! If thou
wert present before My Throne and didst hearken unto the Tongue of might
and grandeur, thou wouldst sacrifice thy body, thy soul, thine entire
being as a token of thy love for God, the Sovereign, the Protector, the
All-Knowing, the All-Wise, and wouldst so thrill to the fascination of His
Voice that every pen would be powerless to recount thy station and every
eloquent speaker would be confounded in his attempt to describe it. Ponder
a while concerning this Revelation and its invincible sovereignty; aid it
then as it beseemeth thy Lord, the Gracious, the All-Bountiful. Direct
thou the people unto the Dayspring of glory. Verily it is He Himself Who
is established upon His mighty Throne. Through Him hath the horizon of
this Prison been made to shine and by Him have all that are in the heavens
and on the earth been illumined.

We have deigned to mention thy name in the past as well as in this
gracious Tablet that thou mayest once again inhale the sweet fragrance of
the All-Merciful. This is but a token of My favour unto thee. Render thou
thanks unto thy Lord, the All-Bountiful, the All-Seeing.

Grieve thou not at men's failure to apprehend the Truth. Ere long thou
shalt find them turning towards God, the Lord of all mankind. We have
indeed, through the potency of the Most Sublime Word, encompassed the
whole world, and the time is approaching when God will have subdued the
hearts of all that dwell on earth. He is in truth the Omnipotent, the
All-Powerful.

We also remember thy brother from this land that he may rejoice at My
mention of him and be of them that reflect.

O friend! The Best-Beloved is calling thee from His Most Great Prison and
exhorteth thee to observe that which Mine exalted Pen hath revealed in My
Most Holy Book that thou mayest hold fast unto it with such resolve and
power as is born of Me; and I verily am the Ordainer, the All-Wise.

Great is indeed your blessedness inasmuch as His unfailing grace hath been
vouchsafed unto you and ye have been aided to recognize this Cause--a Cause
through whose potency the heavens have been folded together and every
lofty and towering mountain hath been scattered in dust.

Moreover through Our boundless grace We make mention of your mother who
hath been privileged to recognize God. We send her Our greetings from this
glorious station. We remember every one of you, men and women, and from
this Spot--the Scene of incomparable glory--regard you all as one soul and
send you the joyous tidings of divine blessings which have preceded all
created things, and of My remembrance that pervadeth everyone, whether
young or old. The glory of God rest upon you, O people of Baha. Rejoice
with exceeding gladness through My remembrance, for He is indeed with you
at all times.




GIVE ear unto that which the Spirit imparteth unto thee from...


GIVE ear unto that which the Spirit imparteth unto thee from the verses of
God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting, that His Call may attract
thee to the Summit of transcendent glory and draw thee nigh unto the
Station where thou shalt behold thine entire being set ablaze with the
fire of the love of God in such wise that neither the ascendancy of the
rulers nor the whisperings of their vassals can quench it, and thou wilt
arise amidst the peoples of the world to celebrate the praise of thy Lord,
the Possessor of Names. This is that which well beseemeth thee in this
Day.

We will recount for thee the thing that hath happened in the past that
thou mayest perceive the sweetness of this utterance and become aware of
such events as have transpired in former times. Verily thy Lord is the
Admonisher, the Gracious, the Best-Beloved.

Call thou to mind the days when He Who conversed with God tended, in the
wilderness, the sheep of Jethro, His father-in-law. He hearkened unto the
Voice of the Lord of mankind coming from the Burning Bush which had been
raised above the Holy Land, exclaiming, 'O Moses! Verily I am God, thy
Lord and the Lord of thy forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.' He was so
carried away by the captivating accent of the Voice that He detached
Himself from the world and set out in the direction of Pharaoh and his
people, invested with the power of thy Lord Who exerciseth sovereignty
over all that hath been and shall be. The people of the world are now
hearing that which Moses did hear, but they understand not.

Say, I swear by the righteousness of God! Ere long the pomp of the
ministers of state and the ascendancy of the rulers shall pass away, the
palaces of the potentates shall be laid waste and the imposing buildings
of the emperors reduced to dust, but what shall endure is that which We
have ordained for you in the Kingdom. It behoveth you, O people, to make
the utmost endeavour that your names may be mentioned before the Throne
and ye may bring forth that which will immortalize your memories
throughout the eternity of God, the Lord of all being.

Remember thou on My behalf the loved ones in that land, convey My
greetings to them and gladden their hearts with the tidings of that which
hath been revealed for them from this glorious station.

Say, take heed lest the overpowering might of the oppressors alarm you.
The day is approaching when every emblem of vainglory will have been
reduced to nothingness; then shall ye behold the invincible sovereignty of
your Lord ruling over all things visible and invisible.

Beware lest the veils deter you from the outpourings of His bounty in this
Day. Cast away the things that keep you back from God and persevere on
this far-stretching Way. We desire naught for you but that which profiteth
you as hath been recorded in His Preserved Tablet. We often remember Our
loved ones; however, We have found them wanting in that which becometh
them at the Court of the favour of their Lord, the Gracious, the
Forgiving, save those whom God desireth to exempt. Verily, potent is He to
do what He willeth. He giveth and withholdeth. He is indeed the Eternal
Truth, the Knower of things unseen.

Seize ye, O loved ones of the All-Merciful, the chalice of eternal life
proffered by the hand of the bountiful favours of your Lord, the Possessor
of the entire creation, then drink ye deep therefrom. I swear by God, it
will so enrapture you that ye shall arise to magnify His Name and proclaim
His utterances amidst the peoples of the earth and shall conquer the
cities of the hearts of men in the name of your Lord, the Almighty, the
All-Praised.

Moreover, We announce unto everyone the joyful tidings concerning that
which We have revealed in Our Most Holy Book--a Book from above whose
horizon the day-star of My commandments shineth upon every observer and
every observed one. Hold ye fast unto it and fulfil that which is revealed
therein. Indeed better is this for you than whatsoever hath been created
in the world, did ye but know it. Beware lest the transitory things of
human life withhold you from turning unto God, the True One. Ponder ye in
your hearts the world and its conflicts and changes, so that ye may
discern its merit and the station of those who have set their hearts upon
it and have turned away from that which hath been sent down in Our
Preserved Tablet.

Thus have We revealed these holy verses and sent them unto thee that thou
mayest arise to glorify the Name of God, the Help in Peril, the
Self-Subsisting. The glory of God be upon thee and upon such as have
partaken of this choice, sealed Wine.




THIS Wronged One hath perused thy letter in the Most...


THIS Wronged One hath perused thy letter in the Most Great Prison and is
apprised of thine enquiry concerning the commandments of God on the
subjects of resurrection and the means of livelihood. Thou hast done well
to ask these questions, for the benefit thereof will be gained by thyself
as well as other servants of God, both outwardly and inwardly. Verily thy
Lord knoweth all things and readily answereth the call.

The supreme cause for creating the world and all that is therein is for
man to know God. In this Day whosoever is guided by the fragrance of the
raiment of His mercy to gain admittance into the pristine Abode, which is
the station of recognizing the Source of divine commandments and the
Dayspring of His Revelation, hath everlastingly attained unto all good.
Having reached this lofty station a twofold obligation resteth upon every
soul. One is to be steadfast in the Cause with such steadfastness that
were all the peoples of the world to attempt to prevent him from turning
to the Source of Revelation, they would be powerless to do so. The other
is observance of the divine ordinances which have streamed forth from the
wellspring of His heavenly-propelled Pen. For man's knowledge of God
cannot develop fully and adequately save by observing whatsoever hath been
ordained by Him and is set forth in His heavenly Book.

A year ago the Most Holy Book was sent down from the heaven of the bounty
of the Lord of Names. God willing, thou mayest be graciously enabled to
fulfil that which hath been revealed therein.

Concerning the means of livelihood, thou shouldst, while placing thy whole
trust in God, engage in some occupation. He will assuredly send down upon
thee from the heaven of His favour that which is destined for thee. He is
in truth the God of might and power.

Yield thou thanks unto God that thy letter hath reached the presence of
this Prisoner and from the Seat of divine authority the answer hath been
revealed and is being sent to thee. This is an incalculable blessing
vouchsafed by God. Although it is not evident at present, it soon shall
be. It behoveth thee to say:

Magnified be Thy Name, O Lord my God! I am the one who hath turned his
face towards Thee and hath placed his whole reliance in Thee. I implore
Thee by Thy Name whereby the ocean of Thine utterance hath surged and the
breezes of Thy knowledge have stirred, to grant that I may be graciously
aided to serve Thy Cause and be inspired to remember Thee and praise Thee.
Send down then upon me from the heaven of Thy generosity that which will
preserve me from anyone but Thee and will profit me in all Thy worlds.

Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Inaccessible, the Supreme, the Knowing,
the Wise.






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