172 The Six Raised Up By Virtue Of This Upright Alif #157

In his writings, Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i placed great emphasis on the

Arabic letter Vav. In The Dawn-Breakers, Nabil states that this letter

symbolized for the Bab the advent of a new cycle of Divine Revelation,

and has since been alluded to by Baha'u'llah in the Kitab-i-Aqdas in such

passages as 'the mystery of the Great Reversal' and 'the Sign of the


The name for the letter Vav consists of three letters: Vav, Alif, Vav.

According to the abjad reckoning, the numerical value of each of these

letters is 6, 1 and 6 respectively. Shoghi Effendi in a letter written on

his behalf to one of the believers in the East provides an interpretation

of this verse of the Aqdas. He states that the Upright Alif refers to

the advent of the Bab. The first letter with its value of six, which comes

before the Alif, is a symbol of earlier Dispensations and Manifestations

which predate the Bab, while the third letter, which also has a numerical

value of six, stands for Baha'u'llah's supreme Revelation which was made

manifest after the Alif.

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