Say: Deliver Your Souls O People From
Say: Deliver your souls, O people, from the bondage of self, and purify
them from all attachment to anything besides Me. Remembrance of Me
cleanseth all things from defilement, could ye but perceive it. Say: Were
all created things to be entirely divested of the veil of worldly vanity
and desire, the Hand of God would in this Day clothe them, one and all,
with the robe "He doeth whatsoever He willeth in the kingdom of creation,"
that thereby the sign of His sovereignty might be manifested in all
things. Exalted then be He, the Sovereign Lord of all, the Almighty, the
Supreme Protector, the All-Glorious, the Most Powerful.
Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee,
as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy
melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men. Whoso
reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed by God, the
scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad the fragrance of
the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause the heart of every
righteous man to throb. Though he may, at first, remain unaware of its
effect, yet the virtue of the grace vouchsafed unto him must needs sooner
or later exercise its influence upon his soul. Thus have the mysteries of
the Revelation of God been decreed by virtue of the Will of Him Who is the
Source of power and wisdom.
O _Kh_alil! God beareth Me witness. Though My Pen be still moving on My
Tablet, yet, in its very heart, it weepeth and is sore distressed. The
lamp burning before the Throne, likewise, weepeth and groaneth by reason
of the things which the Ancient Beauty hath suffered at the hands of them
who are but a creation of His Will. God, Himself, knoweth and testifieth
to the truth of My words. No man that hath purged his ear from the loud
clamor of the infidels, and inclined it to all created things, can fail to
hear the voice of their lamentation and weeping over the trouble that hath
befallen Us at the hands of those of Our servants that have disbelieved
in, and rebelled against, Us. Thus have We disclosed to thee a glimmer of
the woes that have come upon us, that thou mayest be made aware of Our
sufferings, and patiently endure thy sorrows.
Arise to aid thy Lord at all times and in all circumstances, and be thou
one of His helpers. Admonish, then, the people to lend a hearing ear to
the words which the Spirit of God hath uttered in this irradiant and
resplendent Tablet. Say: Sow not, O people, the seeds of dissension
amongst men, and contend not with your neighbor. Be patient under all
conditions, and place your whole trust and confidence in God. Aid ye your
Lord with the sword of wisdom and of utterance. This indeed well becometh
the station of man. To depart from it would be unworthy of God, the
Sovereign Lord of all, the Glorified. The people, however, have been led
astray, and are truly of the heedless.
Unlock, O people, the gates of the hearts of men with the keys of the
remembrance of Him Who is the Remembrance of God and the Source of wisdom
amongst you. He hath chosen out of the whole world the hearts of His
servants, and made them each a seat for the revelation of His glory.
Wherefore, sanctify them from every defilement, that the things for which
they were created may be engraven upon them. This indeed is a token of
God's bountiful favor.
Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls
with the ornament of honesty. Beware, O people, that ye deal not
treacherously with any one. Be ye the trustees of God amongst His
creatures, and the emblems of His generosity amidst His people. They that
follow their lusts and corrupt inclinations, have erred and dissipated
their efforts. They, indeed, are of the lost. Strive, O people, that your
eyes may be directed towards the mercy of God, that your hearts may be
attuned to His wondrous remembrance, that your souls may rest confidently
upon His grace and bounty, that your feet may tread the path of His
good-pleasure. Such are the counsels which I bequeath unto you. Would that
ye might follow My counsels!
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