Since Thou Hast, O My God, Established Thyself





Since Thou hast, O my God, established Thyself upon the throne of Thy

transcendent unity, and ascended the mercy seat of Thy oneness, it

befitteth Thee to blot out from the hearts of all beings whatsoever may

keep them back from gaining admittance into the sanctuary of Thy Divine

mysteries, and may shut them out from the tabernacle of Thy Divinity, that

all hearts may mirror Thy beauty, and may reveal Thee, and speak of Thee,

and that all created things may show forth the tokens of Thy most august

sovereignty, and shed the splendors of the light of Thy most holy

governance, and that all who are in heaven and on earth may laud and

magnify Thy unity, and give Thee glory, for having manifested Thy Self

unto them through Him Who is the Revealer of Thy oneness.



Divest, then, Thy servants, O my God, of the garments of self and desire,

or grant that the eyes of Thy people may be lifted up to such heights that

they will discern in their desires naught except the stirring of the

gentle winds of Thine eternal glory, and may recognize in their own selves

nothing but the revelation of Thine own merciful Self, that the earth and

all that is therein may be cleansed of whatever is alien to Thee, or

anything that manifesteth aught save Thy Self. All this can be fulfilled

throughout Thy dominion by Thy word of command, Be, and it is! Nay, even

swifter than this, and yet the people understand not.



Glorified, immeasurably glorified art Thou, O my Beloved! I swear by Thy

glory! I recognize this very moment that Thou hast granted all for which I

have supplicated Thee, in this blessed night which, as decreed by Thee,

calleth to remembrance Him Who was the Companion of Thy beauty and the

Beholder of Thy face, ere I had been mentioned by Thee, or called into

being within the court of Thy holiness. I perceive that Thou hast made all

things to be the manifestations of Thy behest, and the revelations of Thy

handiwork, and the repositories of Thy knowledge, and the treasuries of

Thy wisdom. I recognize, moreover, that were any of the revelations of Thy

names and Thine attributes to be withheld, though it be the weight of a

grain of mustard seed, from whatsoever hath been created by Thy power and

begotten by Thy might, the foundations of Thine everlasting handiwork

would thereby be made incomplete, and the gems of Thy Divine wisdom would

become imperfect. For the letters of negation, no matter how far they may

be removed from the holy fragrances of Thy knowledge, and however

forgetful they may become of the wondrous splendors of the dawning light

of Thy beauty, which are shed from the heaven of Thy majesty, must needs

exist in Thy realm, so that the words which affirm Thee may thereby be

exalted.



Thy might beareth me witness, O my Well-Beloved! The entire creation hath

been called into being to exalt Thy triumph and to establish Thine

ascendancy, and all the bounds that have been set by Thee are but the

signs of Thy sovereignty, and proclaim the power of Thy might. How great,

how very great, are the revelations of Thy wondrous power in all things!

They are such that the lowliest among Thy creatures hath been made by Thee

a manifestation of Thy most august attribute, and the most contemptible

token of Thy handiwork hath been chosen as a recipient of Thy most mighty

name. Poverty, as decreed by Thee, hath been made the means for the

revelation of Thy riches, and abasement a path leading to Thy glory, and

sinfulness a cause for the exercise of Thy forgiveness. By them Thou hast

demonstrated that to Thee belong Thy most excellent titles, and unto Thee

pertain the wonders of Thy most exalted attributes.



Since Thou hast purposed, O my God, to cause all created things to enter

into the tabernacle of Thy transcendent grace and favor, and to waft over

the entire creation the fragrances of the raiment of Thy glorious unity,

and to look upon all things with the eyes of Thy bounty and Thy oneness, I

beseech Thee, therefore, by Thy love, which Thou hast made to be the

mainspring of the revelations of Thine eternal holiness, and the flame

that gloweth within the hearts of such of Thy creatures as yearn towards

Thee, to create, this very moment, for those of Thy people who are wholly

devoted to Thee, and for such of Thy loved ones as love Thee, out of the

essence of Thy bounty and Thy generosity, and from the inmost spirit of

Thy grace and Thy glory, Thy Paradise of transcendent holiness, and to

exalt it above everything except Thee, and to sanctify it from aught else

save Thyself. Create, moreover, within it, O my God, out of the lights

shed by Thy throne, handmaidens who will intone the melodies of Thy

wondrous and most sweet invention, that they may magnify Thy name with

such words as have not been heard by any of Thy creatures, be they the

inmates of Thy heaven or the dwellers of Thine earth, nor been

comprehended by any of Thy people. Unlock, then, the gates of this

Paradise to the faces of Thy loved ones, that haply they may enter them in

Thy name, and by the power of Thy sovereignty, that thereby the sovereign

bounties vouchsafed by Thee unto Thy chosen ones and the transcendent

gifts granted unto Thy trusted ones be perfected, that they may extol Thy

virtues with such melodies as none can either intone or describe, and that

none of Thy people may conceive the design of appearing in the guise of

any of Thy chosen ones, or of emulating the example of Thy loved ones, and

that none may fail to discern between Thy friends and Thine enemies, or to

distinguish them that are devoted to Thee from such as stubbornly oppose

Thee. Potent art Thou to do what Thou willest, and powerful and supreme

art Thou over all things.



Exalted, immeasurably exalted art Thou, O my Beloved, above the strivings

of any of Thy creatures, however learned, to know Thee; exalted, immensely

exalted art Thou above every human attempt, no matter how searching, to

describe Thee! For the highest thought of men, however deep their

contemplation, can never hope to outsoar the limitations imposed upon Thy

creation, nor ascend beyond the state of the contingent world, nor break

the bounds irrevocably set for it by Thee. How can, then, a thing that

hath been created by Thy will that overruleth the whole of creation, a

thing that is itself a part of the contingent world, have the power to

soar into the holy atmosphere of Thy knowledge, or reach unto the seat of

Thy transcendent power?



High, immeasurably high art Thou above the endeavors of the evanescent

creature to soar unto the throne of Thine eternity, or of the poor and

wretched to attain the summit of Thine all-sufficing glory! From eternity

Thou didst Thyself describe Thine own Self unto Thy Self, and extol, in

Thine own Essence, Thine Essence unto Thine Essence. I swear by Thy glory,

O my Best-Beloved! Who is there besides Thee that can claim to know Thee,

and who save Thyself can make fitting mention of Thee? Thou art He Who,

from eternity, abode in His realm, in the glory of His transcendent unity,

and the splendors of His holy grandeur. Were any one except Thee to be

deemed worthy of mention, in all the kingdoms of Thy creation, from the

highest realms of immortality down to the level of this nether world, how

could it, then, be demonstrated that Thou art established upon the throne

of Thy unity, and how could the wondrous virtues of Thy oneness and Thy

singleness be glorified?



I bear witness, this very moment, to what Thou hast testified for Thine

own Self, ere Thou hadst created the heavens and the earth, that Thou art

God, and that there is none other God besides Thee. Thou hast from

everlasting been potent, through the Manifestations of Thy might, to

reveal the signs of Thy power, and Thou hast ever made known, through the

Day-Springs of Thy knowledge, the words of Thy wisdom. No one besides Thee

hath ever been found worthy to be mentioned before the Tabernacle of Thy

unity, and none except Thyself hath proved himself capable of being

praised within the hallowed court of Thy oneness.



Praise be to Thee, O my God, that Thou hast revealed Thy favors and Thy

bounties; and glory be to Thee, O my Beloved, that Thou hast manifested

the Day-Star of Thy loving-kindness and Thy tender mercies. I yield Thee

such thanks as can direct the steps of the wayward towards the splendors

of the morning light of Thy guidance, and enable those who yearn towards

Thee to attain the seat of the revelation of the effulgence of Thy beauty.

I yield Thee such thanks as can cause the sick to draw nigh unto the

waters of Thy healing, and can help those who are far from Thee to

approach the living fountain of Thy presence. I yield Thee such thanks as

can divest the bodies of Thy servants of the garments of mortality and

abasement, and attire them in the robes of Thine eternity and Thy glory,

and lead the poor unto the shores of Thy holiness and all sufficient

riches. I yield Thee such thanks as can enable the Heavenly Dove to warble

forth, upon the branches of the Lote-Tree of Immortality, her song:

Verily, Thou art God. No God is there besides Thee. From eternity Thou

hast been exalted above the praise of aught else but Thee, and been high

above the description of any one except Thyself. I yield Thee such thanks

as can cause the Nightingale of Glory to pour forth its melody in the

highest heaven: 'Ali (the Bab), in truth, is Thy servant, Whom Thou hast

singled out from among Thy Messengers and Thy chosen Ones, and made Him to

be the Manifestation of Thyself in all that pertaineth unto Thee, and that

concerneth the revelation of Thine attributes and the evidences of Thy

names. I yield Thee such thanks as can stir up all things to extol Thee,

and to glorify Thine Essence, and can unloose the tongues of all beings to

magnify the sovereignty of Thy beauty. I yield Thee such thanks as can

fill the heavens and the earth with the signs of Thy transcendent Essence,

and assist all created things to enter the Tabernacle of Thy nearness and

Thy presence. I yield Thee such thanks as can make every created thing to

be a book that shall speak of Thee, and a scroll that shall unfold Thy

praise. I yield Thee such thanks as can establish the Manifestations of

Thy sovereignty upon the throne of Thy governance, and set up the

Exponents of Thy glory upon the seat of Thy Divinity. I yield Thee such

thanks as can make the corrupt tree to bring forth good fruit through the

holy breaths of Thy favors, and revive the bodies of all beings with the

gentle winds of Thy transcendent grace. I yield Thee such thanks as can

cause the signs of Thine exalted singleness to be sent down out of the

heaven of Thy holy unity. I yield Thee such thanks as can teach all things

the realities of Thy knowledge and the essence of Thy wisdom, and will not

withhold the wretched creatures from the doors of Thy mercy and Thy

bountiful favor. I yield Thee such thanks as can enable all who are in

heaven and on earth to dispense with all created things, through the

treasuries of Thine all-sufficing riches, and can aid all created things

to reach unto the summit of Thine almighty favors. I yield Thee such

thanks as can assist the hearts of Thine ardent lovers to soar into the

atmosphere of nearness to Thee, and of longing for Thee, and kindle the

Light of Lights within the land of 'Iraq. I yield Thee such thanks as can

detach them that are nigh unto Thee from all created things, and draw them

to the throne of Thy names and Thine attributes. I yield Thee such thanks

as can cause Thee to forgive all sins and trespasses, and to fulfill the

needs of the peoples of all religions, and to waft the fragrances of

pardon over the entire creation. I yield Thee such thanks as can enable

them that recognize Thy unity to scale the heights of Thy love, and cause

such as are devoted to Thee to ascend unto the Paradise of Thy presence. I

yield Thee such thanks as can satisfy the wants of all such as seek Thee,

and realize the aims of them that have recognized Thee. I yield Thee such

thanks as can blot out from the hearts of men all suggestions of

limitations, and inscribe the signs of Thy unity. I yield Thee such thanks

as that with which Thou didst from eternity glorify Thine own Self, and

didst exalt it above all peers, rivals, and comparisons, O Thou in Whose

hands are the heavens of grace and of bounty, and the kingdoms of glory

and of majesty!



Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God, and my Master! Thou bearest witness,

and seest, and knowest the things that have befallen Thy loved ones in Thy

days, and the continual trials, and the successive tribulations, and the

incessant afflictions, which have been sent down upon Thine elect. Such

hath been their plight that the earth became too strait for them, and they

were encompassed by the evidences of Thy wrath and the signs of Thy fear

in every land, and the doors of Thy mercy and Thy loving-kindness were

shut against them, and the garden of their hearts was deprived of the

overflowing showers of Thy grace and Thy bountiful favors. Wilt Thou

withhold, O my God, from such as love Thee the wonders of Thine ascendancy

and triumph? Wilt Thou shatter, O my Beloved, the hopes which they who are

devoted to Thee have fixed on Thy manifold bounties and gifts? Wilt Thou

keep back, O my Master, those that have recognized Thee from the shores of

Thy sanctified knowledge, or wilt Thou cease to rain down upon the hearts

of such as desire Thee the showers of Thy transcendent grace? No, no, and

to this Thy glory beareth me witness! I testify this very moment that Thy

mercy hath surpassed all created things, and Thy loving-kindness

encompassed all that are in heaven and all that are on earth. From

everlasting the doors of Thy generosity were open to the faces of Thy

servants, and the gentle winds of Thy grace were wafted over the hearts of

Thy creatures, and the overflowing rains of Thy bounty were showered upon

Thy people and the dwellers of Thy realm.



I know full well Thou hast delayed to manifest Thy triumph in the kingdom

of creation by reason of Thy knowledge which embraceth both the mysteries

of Thy decree, and the hidden things ordained behind the veils of Thine

irrevocable purpose, that thereby those who have entered beneath the

shadow of Thy transcendent mercy may be separated from those who have

dealt disdainfully with Thee, and turned back from Thy presence at the

time when Thou didst manifest Thy most exalted Beauty.



Exalted, immeasurably exalted art Thou, therefore, O my Beloved! Forasmuch

as Thou hast divided, in Thy realm, Thy loved ones from Thine enemies, and

hast perfected Thy most weighty testimony and Thy most infallible Proof

unto all who are in heaven and on earth, have mercy, then, upon those who

were brought low in Thy land, by reason of what hath befallen them in Thy

path. Exalt them, then, O my God, through the power of Thy might and the

potency of Thy will, and raise them up to proclaim Thy Cause through Thine

omnipotent sovereignty and purpose.



I swear by Thy glory! My sole purpose in showing forth Thine ascendancy

hath been to glorify Thy Cause, and to magnify Thy word. I am persuaded

that if Thou wert to delay to send down Thy victory and to demonstrate Thy

power, the signs of Thy sovereignty would assuredly perish in Thy land,

and the tokens of Thy rule would be blotted out throughout Thy dominion.



My breast is straitened, O my God, and sorrows and vexations have

compassed me round, for I hear among Thy servants every praise except Thy

wondrous praise, and behold amidst Thy people the evidences of all things

save the evidences of what Thou hast prescribed unto them by Thy behest,

and destined for them through Thy sovereign will, and ordained unto them

by Thine overruling decree. They have strayed so far from Thee that should

any of Thy loved ones deliver unto them the wondrous tokens of Thy unity,

and the gem-like utterances that attest Thy transcendent oneness, they

would thrust their fingers into their ears, and would cavil at him and

mock him. All this hast Thou set down through Thine all-encompassing

sovereignty, and apprehended through Thine omnipotent supremacy.



Glorified, immeasurably glorified art Thou, O my Master! Look, then, upon

the hearts which, in their love for Thee, have been transfixed by the

darts of Thine enemies, and the heads which were borne on spears for the

sake of the exaltation of Thy Cause and the glorification of Thy name.

Have pity, then, upon those hearts which have been consumed by the fire of

Thy love, and been touched by such tribulations as are known only unto

Thee.



All laud and honor to Thee, O my God! Thou well knowest the things which,

for a score of years, have happened in Thy days, and have continued to

happen until this hour. No man can reckon, nor can any tongue tell, what

hath befallen Thy chosen ones during all this time. They could obtain no

shelter, nor find any refuge in which they could abide in safety. Turn,

then, O my God, their fear into the evidences of Thy peace and Thy

security, and their abasement into the sovereignty of Thy glory, and their

poverty into Thine all-sufficient riches, and their distress into the

wonders of Thy perfect tranquillity. Vouchsafe unto them the fragrances of

Thy might and Thy mercy, and send down upon them, out of Thy marvelous

loving-kindness, what will enable them to dispense with all except Thee,

and will detach them from aught save Thyself, that the sovereignty of Thy

oneness may be revealed and the supremacy of Thy grace and Thy bounty

demonstrated.



Wilt Thou not, O my God, look upon the tears which Thy loved ones have

shed? Wilt Thou not pity, O my Beloved, the eyes which have been dimmed by

reason of their separation from Thee, and because of the cessation of the

signs of Thy victory? Wilt Thou not behold, O my Master, the hearts

wherein have beaten the wings of the dove of longing and love for Thee? By

Thy glory! Things have come to such a pass that hope hath well nigh been

banished from the hearts of Thy chosen ones, and the breaths of despair

are ready to seize them, by reason of what hath befallen them in Thy days.



Behold me, then, O my God, how I have fled from myself unto Thee, and have

abandoned my own being that I may attain unto the splendors of the light

of Thy Being, and have forsaken all that keepeth me back from Thee, and

maketh me forgetful of Thee, in order that I may inhale the fragrances of

Thy presence and Thy remembrance. Behold how I have stepped upon the dust

of the city of Thy forgiveness and Thy bounty, and dwelt within the

precincts of Thy transcendent mercy, and have besought Thee, through the

sovereignty of Him Who is Thy Remembrance and Who hath appeared in the

robe of Thy most pure and most august Beauty, to send down, in the course

of this year, upon Thy loved ones what will enable them to dispense with

any one except Thee, and will set them free to recognize the evidences of

Thy sovereign will and all-conquering purpose, in such wise that they will

seek only what Thou didst wish for them through Thy bidding, and will

desire naught except what Thou didst desire for them through Thy will.

Sanctify, then, their eyes, O my God, that they may behold the light of

Thy Beauty, and purge their ears, that they may listen to the melodies of

the Dove of Thy transcendent oneness. Flood, then, their hearts with the

wonders of Thy love, and preserve their tongues from mentioning any one

save Thee, and guard their faces from turning to aught else except

Thyself. Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. Thou, verily, art the

Almighty, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.



Protect, moreover, O my Beloved, through Thy love for them and through the

love they bear to Thee, this servant, who hath sacrificed his all for

Thee, and expended whatsoever Thou hast given him in the path of Thy love

and Thy good pleasure, and preserve him from all that Thou abhorrest, and

from whatsoever may hinder him from entering into the Tabernacle of Thy

holy sovereignty, and from attaining the seat of Thy transcendent oneness.

Number him, then, O my God, with such as have allowed nothing whatever to

deter them from beholding Thy beauty, or from meditating on the wondrous

evidences of Thine everlasting handiwork, that he may have fellowship with

none except Thee, and turn to naught save Thyself, and discover in

whatever hath been created by Thee in the kingdoms of earth and heaven

nothing but Thy wondrous Beauty and the revelation of the splendors of Thy

face, and be so immersed beneath the billowing oceans of Thine overruling

providence and the surging seas of Thy holy unity, that he will forget

every mention except the mention of Thy transcendent oneness, and banish

from his soul the traces of all evil suggestions, O Thou in Whose hands

are the kingdoms of all names and attributes!



Lauded be Thy name, O Thou Who art the Goal of my desire! I swear by Thy

glory! How great is my wish to attain unto a detachment so complete that

were there to appear before me those countenances which are hid within the

chambers of chastity, and the beauty of which Thou didst veil from the

eyes of the entire creation, and whose faces Thou didst sanctify from the

sight of all beings, and were they to unveil themselves in all the glory

of the splendors of Thine incomparable beauty, I would refuse to look upon

them, and would behold them solely for the purpose of discerning the

mysteries of Thy handiwork, which have perplexed the minds of such as have

drawn nigh unto Thee, and awed the souls of all them that have recognized

Thee. I would, by Thy power and Thy might, soar to such heights that

nothing whatsoever would have the power to keep me back from the manifold

evidences of Thy transcendent dominion, nor would any earthly scheme shut

me out from the manifestations of Thy Divine holiness.



Glorified, immeasurably glorified art Thou, O my God, and my Beloved, and

my Master, and my Desire! Shatter not the hopes of this lowly one to

attain the shores of Thy glory, and deprive not this wretched creature of

the immensities of Thy riches, and cast not away this suppliant from the

doors of Thy grace, and Thy bounty, and Thy gifts. Have mercy, then, upon

this poor and desolate soul who hath sought no friend but Thee, and no

companion except Thee, and no comforter save Thee, and no beloved apart

from Thee, nor cherished any desire but Thyself.



Cast, then, upon me, O my God, the glances of Thy mercy, and forgive me my

trespasses and the trespasses of them that are dear to Thee, and which

come in between us and the revelation of Thy triumph and Thy grace. Cancel

Thou, moreover, our sins which have shut off our faces from the splendors

of the Day-Star of Thy favors. Powerful art Thou to do Thy pleasure. Thou

ordainest what Thou willest, and art not asked of what Thou wishest

through the power of Thy sovereignty, nor canst Thou be frustrated in

whatsoever Thou prescribest through Thine irrevocable decree. No God is

there save Thee, the Almighty, the Most Powerful, the Ever-living, the

Most Compassionate.





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