Excerpts From Other Tablets





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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