Long Obligatory Prayer





To Be Recited Once In Twenty-four Hours





_Whoso wisheth to recite this prayer, let him stand up and turn

unto God, and, as he standeth in his place, let him gaze to the

right and to the left, as if awaiting the mercy of his Lord, the

Most Merciful, the Compassionate. Then let him say:_





O Thou Who art the Lord of all names and the Maker of the heavens! I

beseech Thee by them Who are the Daysprings of Thine invisible Essence,

the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious, to make of my prayer a fire that will

burn away the veils which have shut me out from Thy beauty, and a light

that will lead me unto the ocean of Thy Presence.





_Let him then raise his hands in supplication toward God--blessed

and exalted be He--and say:_





O Thou the Desire of the world and the Beloved of the nations! Thou seest

me turning toward Thee, and rid of all attachment to anyone save Thee, and

clinging to Thy cord, through whose movement the whole creation hath been

stirred up. I am Thy servant, O my Lord, and the son of Thy servant.

Behold me standing ready to do Thy will and Thy desire, and wishing naught

else except Thy good pleasure. I implore Thee by the Ocean of Thy mercy

and the Day-Star of Thy grace to do with Thy servant as Thou willest and

pleasest. By Thy might which is far above all mention and praise!

Whatsoever is revealed by Thee is the desire of my heart and the beloved

of my soul. O God, my God! Look not upon my hopes and my doings, nay

rather look upon Thy will that hath encompassed the heavens and the earth.

By Thy Most Great Name, O Thou Lord of all nations! I have desired only

what Thou didst desire, and love only what Thou dost love.





_Let him then kneel, and bowing his forehead to the ground, let

him say:_





Exalted art Thou above the description of anyone save Thyself, and the

comprehension of aught else except Thee.





_Let him then stand and say:_





Make my prayer, O my Lord, a fountain of living waters whereby I may live

as long as Thy sovereignty endureth, and may make mention of Thee in every

world of Thy worlds.





_Let him again raise his hands in supplication, and say:_





O Thou in separation from Whom hearts and souls have melted, and by the

fire of Whose love the whole world hath been set aflame! I implore Thee by

Thy Name through which Thou hast subdued the whole creation, not to

withhold from me that which is with Thee, O Thou Who rulest over all men!

Thou seest, O my Lord, this stranger hastening to his most exalted home

beneath the canopy of Thy majesty and within the precincts of Thy mercy;

and this transgressor seeking the ocean of Thy forgiveness; and this lowly

one the court of Thy glory; and this poor creature the orient of Thy

wealth. Thine is the authority to command whatsoever Thou willest. I bear

witness that Thou art to be praised in Thy doings, and to be obeyed in Thy

behests, and to remain unconstrained in Thy bidding.





_Let him then raise his hands, and repeat three times the Greatest

Name. Let him then bend down with hands resting on the knees

before God--blessed and exalted be He--and say: _





Thou seest, O my God, how my spirit hath been stirred up within my limbs

and members, in its longing to worship Thee, and in its yearning to

remember Thee and extol Thee; how it testifieth to that whereunto the

Tongue of Thy Commandment hath testified in the kingdom of Thine utterance

and the heaven of Thy knowledge. I love, in this state, O my Lord, to beg

of Thee all that is with Thee, that I may demonstrate my poverty, and

magnify Thy bounty and Thy riches, and may declare my powerlessness, and

manifest Thy power and Thy might.





_Let him then stand and raise his hands twice in supplication, and

say:_





There is no God but Thee, the Almighty, the All-Bountiful. There is no God

but Thee, the Ordainer, both in the beginning and in the end. O God, my

God! Thy forgiveness hath emboldened me, and Thy mercy hath strengthened

me, and Thy call hath awakened me, and Thy grace hath raised me up and led

me unto Thee. Who, otherwise, am I that I should dare to stand at the gate

of the city of Thy nearness, or set my face toward the lights that are

shining from the heaven of Thy will? Thou seest, O my Lord, this wretched

creature knocking at the door of Thy grace, and this evanescent soul

seeking the river of everlasting life from the hands of Thy bounty. Thine

is the command at all times, O Thou Who art the Lord of all names; and

mine is resignation and willing submission to Thy will, O Creator of the

heavens!





_Let him then raise his hands thrice, and say:_





Greater is God than every great one!





_Let him then kneel and, bowing his forehead to the ground, say:_





Too high art Thou for the praise of those who are nigh unto Thee to ascend

unto the heaven of Thy nearness, or for the birds of the hearts of them

who are devoted to Thee to attain to the door of Thy gate. I testify that

Thou hast been sanctified above all attributes and holy above all names.

No God is there but Thee, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious.





_Let him then seat himself and say:_





I testify unto that whereunto have testified all created things, and the

Concourse on high, and the inmates of the all-highest Paradise, and beyond

them the Tongue of Grandeur itself from the all-glorious Horizon, that

Thou art God, that there is no God but Thee, and that He Who hath been

manifested is the Hidden Mystery, the Treasured Symbol, through Whom the

letters B and E (Be) have been joined and knit together. I testify that it

is He whose name hath been set down by the Pen of the Most High, and Who

hath been mentioned in the Books of God, the Lord of the Throne on high

and of earth below.





_Let him then stand erect and say:_





O Lord of all being and Possessor of all things visible and invisible!

Thou dost perceive my tears and the sighs I utter, and hearest my

groaning, and my wailing, and the lamentation of my heart. By Thy might!

My trespasses have kept me back from drawing nigh unto Thee; and my sins

have held me far from the court of Thy holiness. Thy love, O my Lord, hath

enriched me, and separation from Thee hath destroyed me, and remoteness

from Thee hath consumed me. I entreat Thee by Thy footsteps in this

wilderness, and by the words Here am I. Here am I which Thy chosen Ones

have uttered in this immensity, and by the breaths of Thy Revelation, and

the gentle winds of the Dawn of Thy Manifestation, to ordain that I may

gaze on Thy beauty and observe whatsoever is in Thy Book.





_Let him then repeat the Greatest Name thrice, and bend down with

hands resting on the knees, and say:_





Praise be to Thee, O my God, that Thou hast aided me to remember Thee and

to praise Thee, and hast made known unto me Him Who is the Dayspring of

Thy signs, and hast caused me to bow down before Thy Lordship, and humble

myself before Thy Godhead, and to acknowledge that which hath been uttered

by the Tongue of Thy grandeur.





_Let him then rise and say:_





O God, my God! My back is bowed by the burden of my sins, and my

heedlessness hath destroyed me. Whenever I ponder my evil doings and Thy

benevolence, my heart melteth within me, and my blood boileth in my veins.

By Thy Beauty, O Thou the Desire of the world! I blush to lift up my face

to Thee, and my longing hands are ashamed to stretch forth toward the

heaven of Thy bounty. Thou seest, O my God, how my tears prevent me from

remembering Thee and from extolling Thy virtues, O Thou the Lord of the

Throne on high and of earth below! I implore Thee by the signs of Thy

Kingdom and the mysteries of Thy Dominion to do with Thy loved ones as

becometh Thy bounty, O Lord of all being, and is worthy of Thy grace, O

King of the seen and the unseen!





_Let him then repeat the Greatest Name thrice, and kneel with his

forehead to the ground, and say:_





Praise be unto Thee, O our God, that Thou hast sent down unto us that

which draweth us nigh unto Thee, and supplieth us with every good thing

sent down by Thee in Thy Books and Thy Scriptures. Protect us, we beseech

Thee, O my Lord, from the hosts of idle fancies and vain imaginations.

Thou, in truth, art the Mighty, the All-Knowing.





_Let him then raise his head, and seat himself, and say:_





I testify, O my God, to that whereunto Thy chosen Ones have testified, and

acknowledge that which the inmates of the all-highest Paradise and those

who have circled round Thy mighty Throne have acknowledged. The kingdoms

of earth and heaven are Thine, O Lord of the worlds!



_(Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah, CLXXXIII)_









Medium Obligatory Prayer





To Be Recited Daily, In The Morning, At Noon, And In The Evening





_Whoso wisheth to pray, let him wash his hands, and while he

washeth, let him say:_





Strengthen my hand, O my God, that it may take hold of Thy Book with such

steadfastness that the hosts of the world shall have no power over it.

Guard it, then, from meddling with whatsoever doth not belong unto it.

Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most Powerful.





_And while washing his face, let him say:_





I have turned my face unto Thee, O my Lord! Illumine it with the light of

Thy countenance. Protect it, then, from turning to any one but Thee.





_Then let him stand up, and facing the Qiblih (Point of Adoration,

i.e. Bahji, Akka), let him say:_





God testifieth that there is none other God but Him. His are the kingdoms

of Revelation and of creation. He, in truth, hath manifested Him Who is

the Dayspring of Revelation, Who conversed on Sinai, through Whom the

Supreme Horizon hath been made to shine, and the Lote-Tree beyond which

there is no passing hath spoken, and through Whom the call hath been

proclaimed unto all who are in heaven and on earth: Lo, the

All-Possessing is come. Earth and heaven, glory and dominion are God's,

the Lord of all men, and the Possessor of the Throne on high and of earth

below!





_Let him, then, bend down, with hands resting on the knees, and

say:_





Exalted art Thou above my praise and the praise of anyone beside me, above

my description and the description of all who are in heaven and all who

are on earth!





_Then, standing with open hands, palms upward toward the face, let

him say:_





Disappoint not, O my God, him that hath, with beseeching fingers, clung to

the hem of Thy mercy and Thy grace, O Thou Who of those who show mercy art

the Most Merciful!





_Let him, then, be seated and say:_





I bear witness to Thy unity and Thy oneness, and that Thou art God, and

that there is none other God beside Thee. Thou hast, verily, revealed Thy

Cause, fulfilled Thy Covenant, and opened wide the door of Thy grace to

all that dwell in heaven and on earth. Blessing and peace, salutation and

glory, rest upon Thy loved ones, whom the changes and chances of the world

have not deterred from turning unto Thee, and who have given their all, in

the hope of obtaining that which is with Thee. Thou art, in truth, the

Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bountiful.





_(If anyone choose to recite instead of the long verse these

words: God testifieth that there is none other God but Him, the

Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting, it would be sufficient. And

likewise, it would suffice were he, while seated, to choose to

recite these words: I bear witness to Thy unity and Thy oneness,

and that Thou art God, and that there is none other God beside

Thee.)_





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