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The Pen Of Revelation O _dh_abih Hath In






The Pen of Revelation, O _Dh_abih, hath, in most of the divinely-revealed
Tablets, recorded these words: We have admonished all the loved ones of
God to take heed lest the hem of Our sacred vesture be smirched with the
mire of unlawful deeds, or be stained with the dust of reprehensible
conduct. We have, moreover, exhorted them to fix their gaze upon
whatsoever hath been revealed in Our Tablets. Had their inner ears been
attentive to the Divine counsels which have shone forth from the Day
Spring of the Pen of the All-Merciful, and hearkened unto His Voice, most
of the peoples of the earth would have by now been adorned with the
ornament of His guidance. What had been pre-ordained, however, hath come
to pass.

Once again doth the Tongue of the Ancient of Days reveal, while in this
Most Great Prison, these words which are recorded in this snow-white
Scroll: O ye the beloved of the one true God! Pass beyond the narrow
retreats of your evil and corrupt desires, and advance into the vast
immensity of the realm of God, and abide ye in the meads of sanctity and
of detachment, that the fragrance of your deeds may lead the whole of
mankind to the ocean of God's unfading glory. Forbear ye from concerning
yourselves with the affairs of this world and all that pertaineth unto it,
or from meddling with the activities of those who are its outward leaders.

The one true God, exalted be His glory, hath bestowed the government of
the earth upon the kings. To none is given the right to act in any manner
that would run counter to the considered views of them who are in
authority. That which He hath reserved for Himself are the cities of men's
hearts; and of these the loved ones of Him Who is the Sovereign Truth are,
in this Day, as the keys. Please God they may, one and all, be enabled to
unlock, through the power of the Most Great Name, the gates of these
cities. This is what is meant by aiding the one true God--a theme to which
the Pen of Him Who causeth the dawn to break hath referred in all His
Books and Tablets.

It behoveth, likewise, the loved ones of God to be forbearing towards
their fellow-men, and to be so sanctified and detached from all things,
and to evince such sincerity and fairness, that all the peoples of the
earth may recognize them as the trustees of God amongst men. Consider to
what lofty heights the injunctions of the Almighty have soared, and how
abject is the habitation wherein these feeble souls are now abiding.
Blessed are they who, on the wings of certitude, have flown in the heavens
which the Pen of thy Lord, the All-Merciful, hath spread.

Behold, O _Dh_abih, the works which God, the Sovereign Truth, hath
wrought. Say thou: How great, how very great, is the power of His might
that encompasseth all worlds! Exalted, immeasurably exalted, is His
detachment above the reach and ken of the entire creation! Glorified,
glorified be His meekness--a meekness that hath melted the hearts of them
that have been brought nigh unto God!

Though afflicted with countless tribulations, which We have suffered at
the hands of Our enemies, We have proclaimed unto all the rulers of the
earth what God hath willed to proclaim, that all nations may know that no
manner of affliction can deter the Pen of the Ancient of Days from
achieving its purpose. His Pen moveth by the leave of God, Who fashioneth
the crumbling and rotten bones.

Considering this most mighty enterprise, it beseemeth them that love Him
to gird up the loins of their endeavor, and to fix their thoughts on
whatever will ensure the victory of the cause of God, rather than commit
vile and contemptible deeds. Wert thou to consider, for but a little
while, the outward works and doings of Him Who is the Eternal Truth, thou
wouldst fall down upon the ground, and exclaim: O Thou Who art the Lord of
Lords! I testify that Thou art the Lord of all creation, and the Educator
of all beings, visible and invisible. I bear witness that Thy power hath
encompassed the entire universe, and that the hosts of the earth can never
dismay Thee, nor can the dominion of all peoples and nations deter Thee
from executing Thy purpose. I confess that Thou hast no desire except the
regeneration of the whole world, and the establishment of the unity of its
peoples, and the salvation of all them that dwell therein.

Reflect a while, and consider how they who are the loved ones of God must
conduct themselves, and to what heights they must soar. Beseech thou, at
all times, thy Lord, the God of Mercy, to aid them to do what He willeth.
He, verily, is the Most Powerful, the All-Glorious, the All-Knowing.

The imprisonment inflicted on this wronged One, O _Dh_abih, did to Him no
harm nor can it ever do so; nor can the loss of all His earthly goods, His
exile, or even His martyrdom and outward humiliation, do Him any hurt.
That which can hurt Him are the evil deeds which the beloved of God
commit, and which they impute to Him Who is the Sovereign Truth. This is
the affliction from which I suffer, and to this He, Himself, Who is potent
over all things, beareth Me witness. That which hath sorely hurt Me are
the claims which the people of the Bayan are advancing every day. Some
have proclaimed their allegiance to one of My Branches (Sons), while
others have asserted independently their claims, and acted after their own
desires.

O _Dh_abih! The Tongue of Grandeur saith: By Myself that speaketh the
truth! In this most mighty Revelation all the Dispensations of the past
have attained their highest and final consummation. Whoso layeth claim to
a Revelation after Him, such a man is assuredly a lying impostor. We pray
God that He may graciously assist him to retract and repudiate such claim.
Should he repent, God will no doubt forgive him. If, however, he
persisteth in his error, God will assuredly send down one who will deal
mercilessly with him. He, verily, is the Almighty, the Most Powerful.

Behold how the people of the Bayan have utterly failed to recognize that
the sole object of whatsoever My Previous Manifestation and Harbinger of
My Beauty hath revealed hath been My Revelation and the proclamation of My
Cause. Never--and to this He Who is the Sovereign Truth beareth Me
witness--would He have, but for Me, pronounced what He did pronounce.
Witness how this foolish people have treated the Cause of Him Who is the
All-Possessing, the Inaccessible, as a play and pastime! Their hearts
devise each day a new device, and their fancy leadeth them to seek a fresh
retreat. If what they say be true, how then can the stability of the Cause
of thy Lord be ensured? Ponder this in thine heart, and be thou of them
who are sharp-sighted, who scan heedfully, who are steadfast in their
purpose and confident in their belief. Such should be thy certitude that
if all mankind were to advance such claims as no man hath ever advanced,
or any mind conceived, thou wouldst completely ignore them, wouldst cast
them from thee, and would set thy face towards Him Who is the Object of
the adoration of all worlds.

By the righteousness of Mine own Self! Great, immeasurably great is this
Cause! Mighty, inconceivably mighty is this Day! Blessed indeed is the man
that hath forsaken all things, and fastened his eyes upon Him Whose face
hath shed illumination upon all who are in the heavens and all who are on
the earth.

Sharp must be thy sight, O _Dh_abih, and adamant thy soul, and brass-like
thy feet, if thou wishest to be unshaken by the assaults of the selfish
desires that whisper in men's breasts. This is the firm injunction which
the Pen of the Most Great Name hath, by virtue of the Will of the Ancient
King, been moved to reveal. Keep it as the apple of thine eye, and be thou
of the thankful. Strive thou day and night to serve the Cause of Him Who
is the Eternal Truth, and be thou detached from all else but Him. By
Myself! Whatever thou seest in this Day shall perish. Supremely lofty will
be thy station, if thou remainest steadfast in the Cause of thy Lord.
Towards Him are thy busy movements directed, and in Him is thy final
resting-place.





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