SELECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF THE BAB.

SELECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF THE BAB

(Baha’i World Centre, 1982 Lightweight ed.)

Filename:      SWB.ZIP (FN)

Filedate:      02/19/94

 

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References to the &Qur’an

In footnotes referring to the &Quran the &surihs have been

numbered according to the original, whereas the verse

numbers are those in Rodwell’s translation which differ

sometimes from those of the Arabic.

 

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TABLETS AND ADDRESSES

 

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A TABLET ADDRESSED TO

`HIM WHO WILL BE MADE MANIFEST’

 

This is an epistle from this lowly servant to the All-Glorious

Lord–He Who hath been aforetime and will be

hereafter made manifest.  Verily He is the Most Manifest,

the Almighty.

 

IN the name of the Sovereign Lord, the Lord of

Power.

Glorified is He before Whom all the dwellers

of earth and heaven bow down in adoration and

unto Whom all men turn in supplication.  He is the One

Who holdeth in His grasp the mighty kingdom of all

created things and unto Him shall all return.  He is the One

Who revealeth whatsoever He willeth and by His injunction

`Be Thou’ all things have come into being.

This is an epistle from the letter `&Tha’+F1 unto Him Who

will be made manifest through the power of Truth–He

Who is the All-Glorious, the Best Beloved–to affirm that

all created things as well as myself bear witness for all time

that there is none other God but Thee, the Omnipotent,

the Self-Subsisting; that Thou art God, there is no God

besides Thee and that all men shall be raised up to life

through Thee.

Lauded and glorified be Thy name, O Lord, my God!

 

+F1 This is the first letter of `&Thamarih’ which means `fruit’.  Shoghi

+F1 Effendi, in his writings, refers to the &Bab as the `&Thamarih’ (fruit)

+F1 of the Tree of God’s successive Revelations.  (See Shoghi Effendi’s

+F1 letter to the &Baha’is of the East dated &Naw-Ruz 110, page 5.)

 

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From all eternity I have indeed recognized Thee and

unto all eternity will ever do so through Thine Own Self

and not through any one else besides Thee.  Verily Thou

art the Source of all knowledge, the Omniscient.  From

everlasting I have besought and unto everlasting will beseech

forgiveness for my limited understanding of Thee,

aware as I am that there is no God but Thee, the All-Glorious,

the Almighty.

I beg of Thee, O my Best Beloved, to pardon me and

those who earnestly seek to promote Thy Cause; Thou art

indeed the One Who forgiveth the sins of all mankind.

And in this second year of my Revelation–a Revelation

which took place at Thy behest–I bear witness that Thou

art the Most Manifest, the Omnipotent, the Ever-Abiding;

that of all things that exist on earth and in the heavens nothing

whatsoever can frustrate Thy purpose and that Thou

art the Knower of all things and the Lord of might and

majesty.

Verily, we have believed in Thee and in Thy signs ere

the dawn of Thy Manifestation, and in Thee are we all

well-assured.  Verily, we have believed in Thee and in Thy

signs after the fulfilment of Thy Manifestation, and in Thee

do we all believe.  Verily, we have believed in Thee and in

Thy signs at the hour of Thy Manifestation and bear witness

that through Thine injunction `Be Thou’ all things

have been created.

Every Manifestation is but a revelation of Thine Own

Self, with each of Whom we have truly appeared and we

bow down in adoration before Thee.  Thou hast been, O

my Best Beloved, and shalt ever be my witness throughout

bygone times and in the days to come.  Verily, Thou art

the All-Powerful, the Ever-Faithful, the Omnipotent.

I have testified to Thy oneness through Thine Own Self

 

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before the dwellers of the heavens and the earth, bearing

witness that, verily, Thou art the All-Glorious, the Best

Beloved.  I have attained the recognition of Thee through

Thine Own Self before the dwellers of the heavens and the

earth, bearing witness that Thou art in truth the Almighty,

the All-Praised.  I have glorified Thy Name through Thine

Own Self before the dwellers of the heavens and the earth,

bearing witness that Thou art indeed the Lord of power, He

Who is the Most Manifest.  I have exalted Thy holiness

through Thine Own Self before the dwellers of the

heavens and the earth, bearing witness that in truth Thou

art the Most Sanctified, the Most Holy.  I have praised Thy

sanctity through Thine Own Self before the dwellers of

the heavens and the earth, bearing witness that Thou art

indeed the Indescribable, the Inaccessible, the Immeasurably

Glorified.  I have extolled Thine overpowering majesty

through Thine Own Self before the dwellers of the

heavens and the earth, bearing witness that, verily, Thou

and Thou alone art the Lord of might, the Eternal One,

the Ancient of Days.

Hallowed and glorified art Thou; there is none other

God but Thee and in truth unto Thee do we all return.

As to those who have put the kindred of &Ali to death,

ere long they shall realize to what depths of perdition they

have descended.

 

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A SECOND TABLET ADDRESSED TO

`HIM WHO WILL BE MADE MANIFEST’

 

May the glances of Him Whom God shall make manifest

illumine this letter at the primary school.+F1

 

He is the Most Glorious.

 

HE is God, no God is there but Him, the Almighty, the

Best Beloved.  All that are in the heavens and on the earth

and whatever lieth between them are His.  Verily He is the

Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

This is a letter from God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting,

unto God, the Almighty, the Best Beloved, to

 

+F1 In one of His Tablets &Abdu’l-Baha explains that some were misled

+F1 by this statement and thought that the school referred to was

+F1 a physical school for the training of unlettered children, whereas

+F1 it referred to a spiritual school sanctified from the limits of the

+F1 contingent world.  &Baha’u’llah in the &Kitab-i-Aqdas also refers to

+F1 this Epistle of the &Bab in the following words:

+F1     O Thou Supreme Pen!  Move over the Tablet by the leave of Thy

+F1 Lord, the Creator of the heavens.  Call Thou then to mind the day when

+F1 the Fountainhead of divine unity sought to attend the school which is

+F1 sanctified of all save God, that perchance the righteous might become

+F1 acquainted, to the extent of a needle’s eye, with that which is concealed

+F1 behind the veil of the inner mysteries of Thy Lord, the Almighty, the

+F1 All-Knowing.

+F1     Say, We, in truth, entered the school of inner meaning and exposition

+F1 at a time when the minds of all that dwell on earth were wrapt in

+F1 heedlessness.  We beheld what the Merciful Lord had revealed, accepted

+F1 the gift He [the &Bab] had offered Me of the verses of God, the Help in

+F1 Peril, the Self-Subsisting, and hearkened to that to which He had

+F1 attested in the Tablet.  We, verily, are the Witness.  We responded to

+F1 His call at Our Own behest, and We are, in truth, the Ordainer.

+F1     O people of the &Bayan!  We entered the School of God when ye were

+F1 slumbering on your couches, and perused the Tablet when ye were fast

+F1 asleep.  By the righteousness of God, the True One, We had read it

+F1 before it was revealed, and ye were utterly unaware.  Indeed Our knowledge

+F1 had encompassed the Book when ye were yet unborn.

+F1     These utterances are revealed according to your measure, not to

+F1 God’s, and unto this beareth witness that which is enshrined in the

+F1 knowledge of God, did ye but know.  Unto this testifieth He Who is the

+F1 Mouthpiece of God, could ye but understand.  By the righteousness of

+F1 God!  Were We to lift the veil ye would swoon away.  Take heed lest ye

+F1 dispute with Him and His Cause.  He hath indeed appeared in such wise

+F1 as to encompass all things, whether of the past or of the future.  Were

+F1 We to speak forth at this time in the language of the dwellers of the

+F1 Kingdom, We would say that God raised up this School ere the earth

+F1 and the heavens were brought into being, and We entered it before the

+F1 letters `B’ and `E’ were joined and knit together.

 

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affirm that the &Bayan and such as bear allegiance to it are

but a present from me unto Thee and to express my undoubting

faith that there is no God but Thee, that the kingdoms

of Creation and Revelation are Thine, that no one

can attain anything save by Thy power and that He Whom

Thou hast raised up is but Thy servant and Thy Testimony.

I, indeed, beg to address Him Whom God shall make

manifest, by Thy leave in these words:  `Shouldst Thou

dismiss the entire company of the followers of the

&Bayan in the Day of the Latter Resurrection by a mere

sign of Thy finger even while still a suckling babe, Thou

wouldst indeed be praised in Thy indication.  And though

no doubt is there about it, do Thou grant a respite of

nineteen years as a token of Thy favour so that those who

have embraced this Cause may be graciously rewarded by

Thee.  Thou art verily the Lord of grace abounding.  Thou

dost indeed suffice every created thing and causest it to be

 

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independent of all things, while nothing in the heavens or

on the earth or that which lieth between them can ever

suffice Thee.’

Verily Thou art the Self-Sufficient, the All-Knowing;

Thou art indeed potent over all things.

 

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TABLET TO THE FIRST LETTER OF THE LIVING

 

This is that which We have revealed for the First Believer

in Him Whom God shall make manifest, that it may serve

as an admonition from Our presence unto all mankind.

 

In the Name of the Almighty, the Best Beloved.

 

LAUDED and glorified is He Who is the sovereign Lord

of the kingdoms of heaven and earth and whatever is between

them.  Say, verily unto Him shall all return, and He

is the One Who guideth at His Own behest whomsoever

He pleaseth.  Say, all men beseech His blessings and He is

supreme over all created things.  He is indeed the All-Glorious,

the Mighty, the Well-Beloved.

This is an epistle from the letter `&Tha’ unto him who is

the First Believer.  Bear thou witness that verily He is I,

Myself, the Sovereign, the Omnipotent.  He is the One

Who ordaineth life and death and unto Him shall all return.

Indeed there is none other God but Him and all men

bow down in adoration before Him.  Verily Thy Lord,

God, shall presently recompense every one as He ordaineth,

even swifter than uttering the words `Be thou, and it is’.

God hath in truth testified in His Book and so also have

testified the company of His angels, His Messengers and

those endued with divine knowledge, that thou hast

believed in God and in His signs and that everyone is

guided aright by virtue of thy guidance.  This is indeed a

boundless grace which God, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting,

hath graciously conferred upon thee aforetime

 

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and will confer hereafter.  And since thou didst believe in

God before the creation, He hath in truth, at His own

behest, raised thee up in every Revelation.  There is no God

but Him, the Sovereign Protector, the All-Glorious.

It behooveth you to proclaim the Cause of God unto all

created things as a token of grace from His presence; no

God is there but Him, the Most Generous, the All-Compelling.

Say:  All matters must be referred to the Book of God;

I am indeed the First to believe in God and in His signs;

I am the One Who divulgeth and proclaimeth the Truth

and I have been invested with every excellent title of God,

the Mighty, the Incomparable.  Verily I have attained the

Day of the First Manifestation and by the bidding of the

Lord and as a token of His grace, I shall attain the Day of

the Latter Manifestation.  There is no God but Him and at

the appointed hour everyone shall bow down unto Him

in adoration.

I render thanks and yield praise unto God for having

been chosen by Him as the Exponent of His Cause in bygone

days and in the days to come; there is none other God

save Him, the Glorified, the All-Praised, the Ever-Abiding.

Whatever is in the heavens and on the earth is His and

through Him are we guided aright.

O people of the &Bayan!  Those who embrace the Truth

must turn unto Me, as ordained in the Book and divine

guidance will be vouchsafed to whosoever attaineth My

presence.

 

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EXTRACTS FROM AN EPISTLE TO

&MUHAMMAD &SHAH

 

THE substance wherewith God hath created Me is not the

clay out of which others have been formed.  He hath

conferred upon Me that which the worldly-wise can never

comprehend, nor the faithful discover … I am one of the

sustaining pillars of the Primal Word of God.  Whosoever

hath recognized Me, hath known all that is true and right,

and hath attained all that is good and seemly; and whosoever

hath failed to recognize Me, hath turned away from

all that is true and right and hath succumbed to everything

evil and unseemly.

I swear by the righteousness of Thy Lord, the Lord of all

created things, the Lord of all the worlds!  Were a man to

rear in this world as many edifices as possible and worship

God through every virtuous deed which God’s knowledge

embraceth, and attain the presence of the Lord, and were he,

even to a measure less than that which is accountable before

God, to bear in his heart a trace of malice towards Me, all

his deeds would be reduced to naught and he would be

deprived of the glances of God’s favour, become the object

of His wrath and assuredly perish.  For God hath ordained

that all the good things which lie in the treasury of His

knowledge shall be attained through obedience unto Me,

and every fire recorded in His Book, through disobedience

unto Me.  Methinks in this day and from this station I

behold all those who cherish My love and follow My

behest abiding within the mansions of Paradise, and the

entire company of Mine adversaries consigned to the lowest

depths of hell-fire.

 

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By My life!  But for the obligation to acknowledge the

Cause of Him Who is the Testimony of God … I would

not have announced this unto thee…  All the keys of

heaven God hath chosen to place on My right hand, and all

the keys of hell on My left…

I am the Primal Point from which have been generated

all created things.  I am the Countenance of God Whose

splendour can never be obscured, the Light of God

Whose radiance can never fade.  Whoso recognizeth Me,

assurance and all good are in store for him, and whoso

faileth to recognize Me, infernal fire and all evil await

him…

I swear by God, the Peerless, the Incomparable, the

True One:  for no other reason hath He–the supreme

Testimony of God–invested Me with clear signs and

tokens than that all men may be enabled to submit to His

Cause.

By the righteousness of Him Who is the Absolute Truth,

were the veil to be lifted, thou wouldst witness on this

earthly plane all men sorely afflicted with the fire of the

wrath of God, a fire fiercer and greater than the fire of hell,

with the exception of those who have sought shelter

beneath the shade of the tree of My love.  For they in very

truth are the blissful…

God beareth Me witness, I was not a man of learning,

for I was trained as a merchant.  In the year sixty+F1 God

graciously infused my soul with the conclusive evidences

and weighty knowledge which characterize Him Who is

the Testimony of God–may peace be upon Him–until

finally in that year I proclaimed God’s hidden Cause and

unveiled its well-guarded Pillar, in such wise that no one

could refute it.  `That he who should perish might perish

 

+F1 1260 A.H. (1844 A.D.)

 

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with a clear proof before him and he who should live

might live by clear proof.’+F1

In that same year [year 60] I despatched a messenger and

a book unto thee, that thou mightest act towards the Cause

of Him Who is the Testimony of God as befitteth the

station of thy sovereignty.  But inasmuch as dark, dreadful

and dire calamity had been irrevocably ordained by the

Will of God, the book was not submitted to thy presence,

through the intervention of such as regard themselves the

well-wishers of the government.  Up to the present, when

nearly four years have passed, they have not duly presented

it to Your Majesty.  However, now that the fateful

hour is drawing nigh, and because it is a matter of faith,

not a worldly concern, therefore I have given thee a

glimpse of what hath transpired.

I swear by God!  Shouldst thou know the things which in

the space of these four years have befallen Me at the hands

of thy people and thine army, thou wouldst hold thy

breath from fear of God, unless thou wouldst rise to obey

the Cause of Him Who is the Testimony of God and make

amends for thy shortcomings and failure.

While I was in &Shiraz the indignities which befell Me at

the hands of its wicked and depraved Governor waxed so

grievous that if thou wert acquainted with but a tithe

thereof, thou wouldst deal him retributive justice.  For as a

result of his unmitigated oppression, thy royal court hath

become, until the Day of Resurrection, the object of the

wrath of God.  Moreover, his indulgence in alcohol had

grown so excessive that he was never sober enough to

make a sound judgement.  Therefore, disquieted, I was

obliged to set out from &Shiraz with the aim of attaining the

enlightened and exalted court of Your Majesty.  The

 

+F1 &Qur’an 8:44

 

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&Mu’tamidu’d-Dawlih then became aware of the truth of

the Cause and manifested exemplary servitude and devotion

to His chosen ones.  When some of the ignorant people in

his city arose to stir up sedition, he defended the divine

Truth by affording Me protection for a while in the

privacy of the Governor’s residence.  At length, having

attained the good-pleasure of God, he repaired to his habitation

in the all-highest Paradise.  May God reward him

graciously…

Following his ascension to the eternal Kingdom, the

vicious &Gurgin, resorting to all manner of treachery, false

oaths and coercion, sent Me away from &Isfahan with an

escort of five guards on a journey which lasted seven days,

without providing the barest necessities for My travel

(Alas!  Alas! for the things which have touched Me!), until

eventually Your Majesty’s order came, instructing Me to

proceed to &Maku…

I swear by the Most Great Lord!  Wert thou to be told

in what place I dwell, the first person to have mercy on Me

would be thyself.  In the heart of a mountain is a fortress

[&Maku] … the inmates of which are confined to two guards

and four dogs.  Picture, then, My plight…  I swear by the

truth of God!  Were he who hath been willing to treat Me

in such a manner to know Who it is Whom he hath so

treated, he, verily, would never in his life be happy.  Nay–

I, verily, acquaint thee with the truth of the matter–it is as

if he hath imprisoned all the Prophets, and all the men of

truth and all the chosen ones…

When this decree was made known unto Me, I wrote to

him who administereth the affairs of the kingdom, saying:

`Put Me to death, I adjure thee by God, and send My head

wherever thou pleasest.  For surely an innocent person such

as I, cannot reconcile himself to being consigned to a place

 

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reserved for criminals and let his life continue.’  My plea

remained unanswered.  Evidently His Excellency the &Haji,

is not fully aware of the truth of our Cause.  It would be

far more heinous a deed to sadden the hearts of the faithful,

whether men or women, than to lay waste the sacred House

of God.

Verily, the One True God beareth Me witness that in

this Day I am the true mystic Fane of God, and the Essence

of all good.  He who doeth good unto Me, it is as if he doeth

good unto God, His angels and the entire company of His

loved ones.  He who doeth evil unto Me, it is as if he doeth

evil unto God and His chosen ones.  Nay, too exalted is the

station of God and of His loved ones for any person’s good

or evil deed to reach their holy threshold.  Whatever

reacheth Me is ordained to reach Me; and that which hath

come unto Me, to him who giveth will it revert.  By the One

in Whose hand is My soul, he hath cast no one but himself

into prison.  For assuredly whatsoever God hath decreed

for Me shall come to pass and naught else save that which

God hath ordained for us shall ever touch us.  Woe betide

him from whose hands floweth evil, and blessed the man

from whose hands floweth good.  Unto no one do I take

My plaint save to God; for He is the best of judges.  Every

state of adversity or bliss is from Him alone, and He is the

All-Powerful, the Almighty.

In brief, I hold within My grasp whatsoever any man

might wish of the good of this world and of the next.  Were

I to remove the veil, all would recognize Me as their Best

Beloved, and no one would deny Me.  Let not this assertion

astound Your Majesty; inasmuch as a true believer in the

unity of God who keepeth his eyes directed towards Him

alone, will regard aught else but Him as utter nothingness.

I swear by God!  I seek no earthly goods from thee, be it as

 

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much as a mustard seed.  Indeed, to possess anything of this

world or of the next would, in My estimation, be tantamount

to open blasphemy.  For it ill beseemeth the believer

in the unity of God to turn his gaze to aught else, much

less to hold it in his possession.  I know of a certainty that

since I have God, the Ever-Living, the Adored One, I am

the possessor of all things, visible and invisible…

In this mountain I have remained alone, and have come

to such a pass that none of those gone before Me have

suffered what I have suffered, nor any transgressor endured

what I have endured!  I render praise unto God and yet

again praise Him.  I find Myself free from sorrow, inasmuch

as I abide within the good-pleasure of My Lord and

Master.  Methinks I am in the all-highest Paradise, rejoicing

at My communion with God, the Most Great.  Verily this

is a bounty which God hath conferred upon Me; and He

is the Lord of unbounded blessings.

I swear by the truth of God!  Wert thou to know that

which I know, thou wouldst forgo the sovereignty of this

world and of the next, that thou mightest attain My good-pleasure,

through thine obedience unto the True One…

Wert thou to refuse, the Lord of the world would raise up

one who would exalt His Cause, and the Command of God

would, verily, be carried into effect.

Through the grace of God nothing can frustrate My

purpose, and I am fully conscious of that which God hath

bestowed upon Me as a token of His favour.  If it were My

will, I would disclose to Your Majesty all things; but I have

not done this, nor will I do it, that the Truth may be

distinguished from aught else beside it, and this prophecy

uttered by the &Imam &Baqir–may peace rest upon Him

–be fully realized:  `What must needs befall us in &Adhirbayjan

is inevitable and without parallel.  When this

 

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happeneth, rest ye in your homes and remain patient as we

have remained patient.  As soon as the Mover moveth make

ye haste to attain unto Him, even though ye have to crawl

over the snow.’

I implore pardon of God for Myself and for all things

related to Me and affirm, `Praise be to God, the Lord of all

the worlds’.

 

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EXTRACTS FROM ANOTHER EPISTLE TO

&MUHAMMAD &SHAH

 

GLORY be unto Him Who knoweth all that is in the

heavens and in the earth.  Verily there is no God but Him,

the sovereign Ruler, the Almighty, the Great.

He is the One Who on the Day of Severing shall pass

judgement through the power of Truth; indeed no God is

there besides Him, the Peerless, the All-Compelling, the

Exalted.  He is the One Who holdeth within His grasp the

kingdom of all created things; there is none other God but

Him, the Single, the Incomparable, the Ever-Abiding, the

Inaccessible, the Most Great.

At this moment I testify unto God, even as He testified

unto Himself before the creation of all things:  Verily

there is no God save Him, the All-Glorious, the All-Wise.

And I bear witness unto whatsoever He hath fashioned or

will fashion, even as He Himself, in the majesty of His

glory, hath borne witness:  No God is there but Him, the

Peerless, the Self-Subsisting, the Most Wondrous.

In God, Who is the Lord of all created things, have I

placed My whole trust.  There is no God but Him, the

Peerless, the Most Exalted.  Unto Him have I resigned

Myself and into His hands have I committed all My affairs.

No God is there besides Him, the supreme Ruler, the

resplendent Truth.  Indeed all-sufficient is He for Me; independently

of all things doth He suffice, while nothing in

the heavens or in the earth but Him sufficeth.  He, in very

truth, is the Self-Subsisting, the Most Severe.

Praise be unto Him Who at this very moment perceiveth

 

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in this remote prison the goal of My desire.  He is the One

Who beareth witness unto Me at all times and beholdeth

Me ere the inception of `after &Hin’.+F1

Why didst thou pronounce judgement without remembering

God, the All-Wise?  How canst thou endure in

the fire?  Indeed, mighty and most severe is thy God.

Thou pridest thyself in the things thou dost possess, yet

no believer in God and in His signs, nor any righteous man

would ever deign to regard them.  This mortal life is like

unto the carcass of a dog, around which none would gather,

nor would any partake thereof, except those who gainsay

the life hereafter.  Verily it is incumbent upon thee to

become a true believer in God, the All-Possessing, the

Almighty, and to turn away from the one who guideth

thee into the torment of hell-fire.

I have been waiting a while that perchance thou wouldst

take heed and be rightly guided.  How canst thou answer

God on the day which is near at hand–the day whereon

witnesses will stand forth to testify in the presence of thy

Lord, the Lord of all the worlds?

By the righteousness of Him Who hath called thee into

being and unto Whom ere long thou shalt return, if thou

remainest, at the moment of death, a disbeliever in the

signs of thy Lord thou shalt surely enter the gates of hell,

and none of the deeds thy hands have wrought will profit

thee, nor shalt thou find a patron nor anyone to plead for

thee.  Fear thou God and pride not thyself on thine earthly

possessions, inasmuch as what God doth possess is better

for them that tread the path of righteousness.

Verily in this Day all that dwell on earth are the servants

 

+F1 The numerical value of the letters of the word &Hin is 68.  The

+F1 year 1268 A.H. (1851-1852 A.D.) is the year preceding the birth of

+F1 the &Baha’i Revelation.

 

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of God.  As to those who truly believe in God and are well

assured in the signs revealed by Him, perchance He will

graciously forgive them the things their hands have committed,

and will grant them admission into the precincts

of His mercy.  He, in truth, is the Ever-Forgiving, the

Compassionate.  But the verdict of divine chastisement is

pronounced against those who have turned away disdainfully

from Me and have repudiated the conclusive

proofs and the unerring Book with which God hath invested

Me, and on the Day of Severing they shall find no

protector or helper.

I swear by Him Who createth all beings and unto Whom

all shall return, if anyone at the hour of death beareth

hatred towards Me or disputeth the clear tokens wherewith

I have been invested, then naught but afflictive torment shall

be his lot.  On that day no ransom will be accepted, nor will

any intercession be permitted, unless God so please.  Verily

He is the All-Compelling, the All-Glorious; and no God

is there other than Him, the sovereign Ruler, the Almighty,

the Most Severe.

If thou rejoicest in My imprisonment, woe then unto

thee for the grievous torment which will soon overtake

thee.  Indeed God hath permitted no one to pass unfair

judgement, and if thou wouldst fain do so, then soon shalt

thou learn.

From the first day that I cautioned thee not to wax

proud before God until the present time, four years have

elapsed, and during this space naught have I witnessed,

either from thee or from thy soldiers, except dire oppression

and disdainful arrogance.  Methinks thou dost imagine that

I wish to gain some paltry substance from this earthly life.

Nay, by the righteousness of My Lord!  In the estimation

of them that have fixed their eyes upon the merciful Lord,

 

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the riches of the world and its trappings are worth as much

as the eye of a dead body, nay even less.  Far from His

glory be what they associate with Him!…  I seek patience

only in God.  Verily He is the best protector and the best

helper.  No refuge do I seek save God.  Verily He is the

guardian and the best supporter…

I swear by the glory of God, My Lord, the Most Exalted,

the Most Great, He assuredly, as is divinely ordained, will

make His Cause shine resplendent, while there will be no

helper for the unjust.  If thou hast any scheme, produce thy

scheme.  Indeed every revelation of authority proceedeth

from God.  In Him do I trust and unto Him do I turn.

Hast thou heard anyone of old passing a judgement similar

to the one thou didst contrive or like unto that whereto

thou didst give thine assent?  Woe then unto the oppressors!

Both thine intentions and the manner in which thou dealest

with the people clearly demonstrate thine infidelity

towards God, hence He hath ordained a severe chastisement

for thee.  Verily I seek patience only in God, and Him do I

regard as the goal of My desire.  This signifieth that I have

the undoubted Truth on My side.

If thou art not apprehensive that the truth might be

revealed and the works of the ungodly be brought to

naught, why summonest thou not the divines of the land,

and then summon Me, so that I may confound them forthwith,

even as those disbelievers whom I have previously

confounded?  This is My sure testimony unto thee and unto

them, if they speak the truth.  Summon thou all of them.

Should they then be able to utter words like unto this, thou

wouldst know that their cause is worthy of attention.  Nay,

by the righteousness of My Lord!  They are bereft of power,

nor are they endued with perception.  They professed faith

in the past without understanding its significance, then

 

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later they repudiated the Truth; for they are devoid of

discernment.

If thou hast decided to shed My blood, wherefore dost

thou delay?  Thou art now endowed with power and

authority.  For Me it will prove an infinite bounty conferred

by God, while for thee and for them that would commit

such an act it will amount to a chastisement meted out by

Him.

How great the blessedness that would await Me, wert

thou to pass a verdict such as this; and what immense joy

would be Mine, shouldst thou agree to do this!  This is a

bounty which God hath reserved for them that enjoy near

access to His court.  Give then thy leave and wait no longer.

In truth, mighty is thy Lord, the Avenger.

Art thou not ashamed in the presence of God for consenting

to the consignment to a fortress of Him Who is the

Testimony of God, and His being made captive in the

hands of the faithless?  Woe betide thee and them who rejoice

at this moment in inflicting so dire a humiliation upon

Me…

I swear by Him Who hath called Me into being, I can

discover no trace of sinfulness in Myself, nor have I followed

aught but the Truth; and unto Me God is sufficient

witness.  Fie upon the world and its people and upon those

who take delight in earthly riches, while oblivious of the

life to come.

Were the veil to be removed from thine eye thou

wouldst crawl unto Me on thy breast, even through the

snow, from fear of the chastisement of God which is swift

and near at hand.  By the righteousness of Him Who hath

created thee, wert thou to be acquainted with that which

hath transpired during thy reign, thou wouldst wish not to

have issued from thy father’s loins, but rather to have passed

 

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into oblivion.  However, that which God, thy Lord, had

ordained hath presently come to pass, and woe betide the

oppressors in this day.

Methinks thou hast not perused the unerring Book.  If

thou art satisfied with thine own way and dost not wish

to follow the Truth, then to Me be My way and to thee

thine.  If thou aidest Me not, why dost thou seek to abase

Me?  Verily, God is the hearer of the suppliant, and in Him

all things find their highest consummation, both in this

world and in the world to come.

Far from the glory of God, the Lord of heaven and earth,

the Lord of creation, be that which is affirmed of Him by

the peoples of the world, except by such as faithfully observe

His precepts.  May the peace of God rest upon the

sincere among His servants.

All praise be to God, the Lord of all the worlds.

 

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EXTRACTS FROM A FURTHER EPISTLE TO

&MUHAMMAD &SHAH

 

THIS is an Epistle from Him Who is the true, the undoubted

Leader.  Herein is revealed the law of all things for

those who fain would heed His Call or wish to be reckoned

among them that are guided aright.  Herein is enshrined the

law of all things for such as would bear witness to the

Revelation of thy Lord in accordance with this clear

balance.  Verily the ordinances of God concerning all things

were formerly set forth in eloquent Arabic.  Indeed those

whose souls have been created through the splendour of

the light of thy Lord recognize the Truth and are numbered

with such as faithfully obey the One True God and are well

assured…

O &Muhammad!  The Decree of thy Lord was fulfilled

four years ago; and ever since the inception of the Cause

of thy Lord I have warned thee to fear God and not to be of

the ignorant.  I despatched a messenger unto thee with a

truly resplendent Tablet, but the followers of the devil

turned him away disdainfully and interposed themselves

between him and thee.  They expelled him from the land

whereof thou art the undisputed sovereign.  Thus hath the

good of this world and of the next escaped thee, unless thou

submit to the commandment ordained by God and be of

them that are rightly guided.

On My return from the sacred House of God+F1 I sent thee

a Message similar to, nay even greater than the one I had

previously sent unto thee.  Indeed God is the best protector

 

+F1 The &Ka’bah in Mecca

 

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and witness.  I despatched a messenger unto thee with

Epistles revealed by Me, that thou mightest obey the command

of God and not be of them that have repudiated the

Truth.  The oppressor, however, committed a thing the like

of which no one would commit, not even any of the

wicked, nor anyone among the vile wrong-doers…

The tribulations which I have suffered in this land, no

one of old hath suffered.  Verily unto God shall revert the

whole affair, and He in truth is the best protector and is

cognizant of all.  The things which have, from the first day

till now, befallen Me at the hand of thy people are but the

work of Satan.+F1  Ever since the Cause of thy Lord hath

appeared none of thy deeds hath been acceptable, and thou

hast been lost in palpable error while all thou couldst see

appeared to thee as deeds performed for the sake of thy

Lord.  In truth thy day is nigh at hand and thou shalt be

questioned concerning all this, and assuredly God is not

heedless of the deeds of the wicked.

Had it not been for thee, thy supporters would not have

disdainfully rejected Me, though they have gone more

widely astray than the foolish.

Dost thou imagine him whom thou hast appointed

Chancellor in thy kingdom to be the best leader and the

best supporter?  Nay, I swear by thy Lord.  He will bring

thee into grievous trouble by reason of that which Satan

instilleth in his heart, and verily, he himself is Satan.  He

comprehendeth not a single letter from the Book of

God and is seized with fear by reason of that which his

hands have wrought.  Fain would he extinguish the light

which thy Lord hath kindled, so that the old impiety which

is concealed in his inner being may not be revealed.  Hadst

thou not appointed him as thy Chancellor no one would

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 4:119

 

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have paid him the slightest attention.  Indeed in the estimation

of the people he is naught but manifest darkness…

Fear thou God and suffer not thy soul to be chastised

beyond that with which it hath already been tormented;

for ere long thou shalt pass away and shalt declare thyself

clear of the devil whom thou hast appointed as thy Chancellor,

saying:  `O would that I had not taken the devil as my

Chancellor, nor appointed an impostor as my guide and

adviser.’

Why dost thou burden thy soul with that which is far

more abject than the deeds of Pharaoh, and still callest thyself

one of the faithful?  How dost thou peruse the verses of

the &Qur’an, while thou art of the unjust?  Never would the

Jews, nor the Christians nor any such people as have

rejected the truth consent to inflict wrongs upon the son of

their Prophet’s daughter.  Woe betide thee, for the day of

chastisement is approaching.  Dost thou not dread the

wrath of thy Lord, the Almighty, the Lord of the heavens,

the Lord of all worlds?  Indeed these manifest verses are conclusive

testimony for those who seek true guidance.

I have no desire to seize thy property, even to the extent

of a grain of mustard, nor do I wish to occupy thy position.

If thou followest Me not, then unto thee be the things thou

dost possess, and unto Me the land of unfailing security.  If

thou obeyest Me not, wherefore dost thou look disdainfully

upon Me and seek to treat Me with sore injustice?

Verily, behold My habitation–a lofty mountain wherein

no one dwelleth.  Woe betide them that wrongfully do injustice

to people, and unjustly and deceitfully usurp the

property of the believers in violation of His lucid Book;

whereas I, Who, in very truth, am the rightful Sovereign

of all men, designated by the true, the undeniable Leader,

would never infringe on the integrity of the substance of

 

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the people, were it to the extent of a grain of mustard, nor

would I treat them unjustly.  Rather would I consort with

them even as one of themselves, and I would be their witness.

That which devolveth upon Me is but to mention the

Book of thy Lord and to deliver this clear Message.  If thou

wishest to enter the gates of Paradise, lo, they are open

before thy face and no harm can reach Me from anyone.

Every missive which up till now I have directed unto thee

and unto the custodian of thy affairs hath been but a token

of My bounty to you both, that perchance ye may grow

anxious about the day which is nigh at hand.  Nevertheless

from the moment ye waxed disdainful, divine judgement

was passed upon you in the Book of God, for in truth ye

both have denied your Lord and are numbered with them

that will perish…  This is indeed My last reminder unto

you, and I shall make no mention of you hereafter, nor

shall I make any remark other than affirming you as

infidels.

Unto God do I commit Mine affair and yours, and He

verily is the best Judge.  Were ye to return, however, ye

would be granted whatever ye desire of earthly possessions

and of the ineffable delights of the life to come, and ye

would inherit such glorious might and majesty as your

minds can scarce conceive in this mortal life.  But if ye fail

to return then upon ye shall be your transgressions.

Ye cannot alter the things which the Almighty hath

prescribed unto Me.  Naught shall touch Me besides that

which God, My Lord, hath pre-ordained for Me.  In Him

have I placed My whole trust and upon Him do the faithful

place their complete reliance.

Bear Thou witness unto Me, O Lord.  By sending forth

this resplendent Epistle I shall have proclaimed Thy Verses

 

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unto both of them and shall have fulfilled Thy Testimony

for them.  I am well pleased to lay down My life in Thy

path and ere long to return to Thy presence.  Unto Thee be

praise in the heavens and on the earth.  Deal with them

according to Thy decree.  In truth Thou art the best protector

and helper.

Set right, O Lord, such disorders as people stir up, and

cause Thy Word to shine resplendent throughout the

earth, so that no trace of the ungodly may remain.

I beg forgiveness of Thee, O My Lord, for that which I

have uttered in Thy Epistle, and I repent unto Thee.  I am

but one of Thy servants who give praise to Thee.  Glorified

art Thou; no God is there but Thee.  In Thee have I placed

My whole trust and of Thee do I beg pardon for being a

suppliant at Thy door.

Sanctified is God thy Lord, the Lord of the Mighty

Throne, from that which the people wrongfully and without

the guidance of His lucid Book, affirm of Him.  Peace

be upon them that beseech forgiveness from God thy Lord,

saying:  `Verily, praise be unto God, the Lord of the worlds.’

 

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EXTRACTS FROM A TABLET CONTAINING WORDS

ADDRESSED TO THE SHERIF OF MECCA

 

O SHERIF!…  All thy life thou hast accorded worship

unto Us, but when We manifested Ourself unto thee, thou

didst desist from bearing witness unto Our Remembrance,

and from affirming that He is indeed the Most Exalted, the

Sovereign Truth, the All-Glorious.  Thus hath Thy Lord

put thee to proof in the Day of Resurrection.  Verily He is

the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

For hadst thou uttered `Here am I’ at the time We sent

thee the Book, We would have admitted thee to the company

of such of Our servants as truly believe, and would

have graciously praised thee in Our Book, until the Day

when all men shall appear before Us for judgement.  This

is in truth far more advantageous unto thee than all the

acts of worship thou hast performed for thy Lord during

all thy life, nay, from the beginning that hath no beginning.

Assuredly this is what would have served and will ever

serve thy best interests.  Verily We are cognizant of all

things.  Yet notwithstanding that We had called thee into

being for the purpose of attaining Our presence in the Day

of Resurrection, thou didst shut thyself out from Us without

any reason or explicit Writ; whereas hadst thou been

among such as are endowed with the knowledge of the

&Bayan, thou wouldst have, at the sight of the Book,

testified forthwith that there is no God but Him, the Help in

Peril, the Self-Subsisting, and wouldst have affirmed that

He Who hath revealed the &Qur’an, hath likewise revealed

this Book, that every word of it is from God, and unto it

we all bear allegiance.

 

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However, that which was preordained hath come to

pass.  Shouldst thou return unto Us while revelation still

continueth through Us, We shall transform thy fire into

light.  Truly We are powerful over all things.  But if thou

failest in this task, thou shalt find no way open to thee other

than to embrace the Cause of God and to implore that the

matter of thine allegiance be brought to the attention of

Him Whom God shall make manifest, that He may

graciously enable thee to prosper and cause thy fire to be

transformed into light.  This is that which hath been sent

down unto Us.  Should this not come to pass, whatever We

have set down shall remain binding and irrevocably decreed

by God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting, and

We shall therefore banish thee from Our presence as a

token of justice on Our part.  Verily we are equitable in Our

judgement.

 

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ADDRESS TO A MUSLIM DIVINE

 

O &ABDU’S-SAHIB!  Verily God and every created thing

testify that there is none other God but Me, the Almighty,

the Best Beloved…

Thy vision is obscured by the belief that divine revelation

ended with the coming of &Muhammad, and unto this

We have borne witness in Our first epistle.  Indeed, He Who

hath revealed verses unto &Muhammad, the Apostle of God,

hath likewise revealed verses unto &Ali-Muhammad.  For

who else but God can reveal to a man such clear and manifest

verses as overpower all the learned?  Since thou hast

acknowledged the revelation of &Muhammad, the Apostle

of God, then there is no other way open before thee but to

testify that whatever is revealed by the Primal Point hath

also proceeded from God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

Is it not true that the &Qur’an hath been sent

down from God and that all men are powerless before its

revelation?  Likewise these words have also been revealed

by God, if thou dost but perceive.  What is there in the

&Bayan which keepeth thee back from recognizing these

verses as being sent forth by God, the Inaccessible, the Most

Exalted, the All-Glorious?

The essence of these words is this:  Were We to bring

thee to a reckoning, thou wouldst prove thyself empty-handed;

We in truth know all things.  Hadst thou uttered

`yea’ on hearing the Words of God, thou wouldst have

been seen to have been worshipping God from the beginning

that hath no beginning until the present day, never to

have disobeyed Him, not even for the twinkling of an eye.

 

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Yet, neither the upright deeds thou hast wrought during all

thy life, nor the exertions thou didst make to banish every

thought from thy heart save that of the good-pleasure of

God, none of these did in truth profit thee, not even to the

extent of a grain of mustard seed, inasmuch as thou didst

veil thyself from God and tarried behind at the time of His

manifestation.

Verily all the divines in the land of &Kaf [&Kufih] shall,

even as thyself, be asked by God:  `Is it not strange that a

Messenger should have come to you with a Book, and ye,

while confessing your powerlessness, refused to follow the

Faith of God which He had brought, and ye persisted in

your disbelief?’  Therefore unto thee shall be assigned the

fire which was meant for those who turned away from God

in that land, inasmuch as thou art their leader; would that

thou might be of them who heed.

Hadst thou faithfully obeyed the Decree of God, all the

inhabitants of thy land would have followed thee, and would

have themselves entered into the celestial Paradise, content

with the good-pleasure of God for evermore.  However, on

that day thou shalt wish that God had not created thee.

Thou hast set thyself up as one of the learned in the

Faith of &Islam, that thou mightest save the believers, yet

thou didst cause thy followers to descend into the fire, for

when the verses of God were sent forth thou didst deprive

thyself therefrom and yet reckoned thyself to be of the

righteous…  Nay, by the life of Him Whom God shall

make manifest!  Neither thou nor any one among His servants

can produce the slightest proof, while God shineth

resplendent above His creatures and through the power of

His behest standeth supreme over all that dwell in the kingdoms

of heaven and earth and in whatever lieth between

them.  Verily He is potent over all created things.

 

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Thou hath named thyself &Abdu’s &Sahib [servant of the

Lord].  Yet, while God hath, in very truth, made thy Lord

manifest, and thou didst set thine eyes upon Him, thou

didst not recognize Him, even though thou hadst been

called into being by God for the purpose of attaining His

presence, didst thou but truly believe in the third verse of

the chapter entitled `Thunder’.+F1

Thou contendest, `How can we recognize Him when

we have heard naught but words which fall short of irrefutable

proofs?’  Yet since thou hast acknowledged and

recognized &Muhammad, the Apostle of God, through the

&Qur’an, how canst thou withhold recognition from Him

Who sent thee the Book, despite thy calling thyself `His

servant’?  Verily He doth exercise undisputed authority

over His revelations unto all mankind.

Wert thou to come unto Us while divine revelation is

descending upon Us, haply God will change thy fire into

light.  Verily He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.

Otherwise that which hath been revealed is decisive and

final and will be faithfully upheld by all until the Day of

Resurrection…  If divine revelation ceaseth, thou shouldst

write a petition to Him Whom God shall make manifest,

imploring that it be delivered into His presence.  Therein

thou must beg pardon of thy Lord, turn unto Him in

repentance and be of them that are wholly devoted to Him.

Perchance God will transform thy fire into light at the next

Resurrection.  He, of a truth, is the Protector, the Most

Exalted, the Ever-Forgiving.  Unto Him bow down in

worship all that are in the heavens and on the earth and

whatever lieth between them; and unto Him shall all return.

We enjoin thee to save thyself and all the inhabitants of

 

+F1 &Qur’an 13

 

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that land from the fire, then to enter the peerless and exalted

Paradise of His good-pleasure.  Otherwise the day is

approaching when thou shalt perish and enter the fire,

when thou shalt have neither patron nor helper from God.

We have taken compassion on thee, as a sign of Our grace,

inasmuch as thou hast related thyself unto Us.  Verily We

are aware of all things.  We are cognizant of thy righteous

deeds, though they shall avail thee nothing; for the whole

object of such righteousness is but recognition of God, thy

Lord, and undoubted faith in the Words revealed by Him.

 

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ADDRESS TO &SULAYMAN, ONE OF THE MUSLIM

DIVINES IN THE LAND OF &MASQAT

 

THIS is an Epistle from God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting,

unto &Sulayman in the land of &Masqat, to the

right of the Sea.  In truth there is none other God but Him,

the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting…  Indeed, were all

the inhabitants of heaven and earth and whatever existeth

between them to assemble together, they would utterly

fail and be powerless to produce such a book, even though

We made them masters of eloquence and learning on earth.

Since thou dost adduce proofs from the &Qur’an, God shall,

with proofs from that self-same Book, vindicate Himself in

the &Bayan.  This is none other than a decree of God; He is

truly the All-Knowing, the All-Powerful.

If thou art of them that truly believe, thou hast no other

alternative than to bear allegiance unto it.  This is the Way

of God for all the inhabitants of earth and heaven and all

that lieth betwixt them.  No God is there but Me, the Almighty,

the Inaccessible, the Most Exalted.

From this land We then proceeded to the sacred House,

and on Our return journey We landed once again at this

spot, when We perceived that thou hadst heeded not that

which We sent thee, nor art thou of them that truly believe.

Although We had created thee to behold Our countenance,

and We did actually alight in thy locality, yet thou didst

fail to attain the object of thy creation, and this despite thy

worshipping God all thy life.  Wherefore vain shall be the

deeds thou hast wrought, by reason of thy being shut out

as by a veil from Our presence and from Our Writings.

 

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This is an irrevocable decree ordained by Us.  Verily We are

equitable in Our judgement.

Hadst thou observed the contents of the Epistle We sent

unto thee, it would have been far more profitable to thee

than worshipping thy Lord from the beginning that hath

no beginning until this day, and indeed more meritorious

than proving thyself wholly devoted in thine acts of worship.

And hadst thou attained the presence of thy Lord in

this land, and been of them that truly believe that the Face

of God is beheld in the person of the Primal Point, it would

have been far more advantageous than prostrating thyself

in adoration from the beginning that hath no beginning

until the present time….

In truth We tested thee and found that thou wert not of

them that are endowed with understanding, wherefore

We passed upon thee the sentence of negation, as a token

of justice from Our presence; and verily We are equitable.

However, shouldst thou return unto Us, We would convert

thy negation into affirmation.  Verily We are the One

Who is of immense bounteousness.  But should the Primal

Point cease to be with you, then the judgement given in

the Words of God shall be final and unalterable and every

one will assuredly uphold it.

Wert thou to address a letter to Him Whom God shall

make manifest, begging that it be delivered unto His

presence, perchance He would graciously forgive thee and,

at His behest, turn thy negation into affirmation.  He is in

truth the All-Bountiful, the Most Generous, He Whose

grace is infinite.  Otherwise, no way shalt thou find open

unto thee and no benefit shalt thou gain from the deeds

thou hast wrought, by reason of thy failure to respond `yea,

here am I’.  Verily We have reduced thee and thy works to

naught, as though thou hadst never come into existence nor

 

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ever been of them that do good works, that this may serve

as a lesson for those unto whom the &Bayan is given, that

they may take good heed when the sacred Writings of Him

Whom God shall make manifest will reach them and perchance,

by pondering upon them, may be enabled to save

their own souls.

Our grace assuredly pervadeth all that dwell in the kingdoms

of earth and heaven and in whatever lieth between

them, and beyond them all mankind.  However, souls that

have shut themselves out as by a veil can never partake of

the outpourings of the grace of God.

 

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EXCERPTS FROM THE

&QAYYUMU’L-ASMA’

 

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ALL praise be to God Who hath, through the

power of Truth, sent down this Book unto His

servant, that it may serve as a shining light for

all mankind…  Verily this is none other than

the sovereign Truth; it is the Path which God hath laid out

for all that are in heaven and on earth.  Let him then who

will, take for himself the right path unto his Lord.  Verily

this is the true Faith of God, and sufficient witness are God

and such as are endowed with the knowledge of the Book.

This is indeed the eternal Truth which God, the Ancient of

Days, hath revealed unto His omnipotent Word–He Who

hath been raised up from the midst of the Burning Bush.

This is the Mystery which hath been hidden from all that

are in heaven and on earth, and in this wondrous Revelation

it hath, in very truth, been set forth in the Mother

Book by the hand of God, the Exalted…

O concourse of kings and of the sons of kings!  Lay aside,

one and all, your dominion which belongeth unto God…

Let not thy sovereignty deceive thee, O &Shah, for `every

soul shall taste of death,’+F1 and this, in very truth, hath been

written down as a decree of God.  Chapter I.

 

 

O King of &Islam!  Aid thou, with the truth, after having

aided the Book, Him Who is Our Most Great Remembrance,

for God hath, in very truth, destined for thee, and

for such as circle round thee, on the Day of Judgement, a

responsible position in His Path.  I swear by God, O &Shah!

 

+F1 &Qur’an 3:182

 

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If thou showest enmity unto Him Who is His Remembrance,

God will, on the Day of Resurrection, condemn

thee, before the kings, unto hell-fire, and thou shalt not, in

very truth, find on that Day any helper except God, the

Exalted.  Purge thou, O &Shah, the Sacred Land [&Tihran]

from such as have repudiated the Book, ere the day whereon

the Remembrance of God cometh, terribly and of a sudden,

with His potent Cause, by the leave of God, the Most High.

God, verily, hath prescribed to thee to submit unto Him

Who is His Remembrance, and unto His Cause, and to

subdue, with the truth and by His leave, the countries, for

in this world thou hast been mercifully invested with

sovereignty, and wilt, in the next, dwell, nigh unto the Seat

of Holiness, with the inmates of the Paradise of His good-pleasure…

By God!  If ye do well, to your own behoof will ye do

well; and if ye deny God and His signs, We, in very truth,

having God, can well dispense with all creatures and all

earthly dominion.  Chapter I.

 

 

BE thou content with the commandment of God, the

True One, inasmuch as sovereignty, as recorded in the

Mother Book by the hand of God, is surely invested in Him

Who is His Remembrance…

O Minister of the &Shah!  Fear thou God, besides Whom

there is none other God but Him, the Sovereign Truth, the

Just, and lay aside thy dominion, for We, by the leave of

God, the All-Wise, inherit the earth and all who are upon

it,+F1 and He shall rightfully be a witness unto thee and unto

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 19:41

 

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the &Shah.  Were ye to obey the Remembrance of God with

absolute sincerity, We guarantee, by the leave of God, that

on the Day of Resurrection, a vast dominion shall be yours

in His eternal Paradise.

Vain indeed is your dominion, for God hath set aside

earthly possessions for such as have denied Him; for unto

Him Who is your Lord shall be the most excellent abode,

He Who is, in truth, the Ancient of Days….

O concourse of kings!  Deliver with truth and in all haste

the verses sent down by Us to the peoples of Turkey and of

India, and beyond them, with power and with truth, to

lands in both the East and the West….  And know that if ye

aid God, He will, on the Day of Resurrection, graciously

aid you, upon the Bridge, through Him Who is His Most

Great Remembrance…

O people of the earth!  Whoso obeyeth the Remembrance

of God and His Book hath in truth obeyed God and His

chosen ones and he will, in the life to come, be reckoned in

the presence of God among the inmates of the Paradise of

His good-pleasure.  Chapter I.

 

 

VERILY We made the revelation of verses to be a testimony

for Our message unto you.  Can ye produce a single

letter to match these verses?  Bring forth, then, your proofs,

if ye be of those who can discern the one true God.  I

solemnly affirm before God, should all men and spirits

combine to compose the like of one chapter of this Book,

they would surely fail, even though they were to assist one

another.+F1

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 17:90

 

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O concourse of divines!  Fear God from this day onwards

in the views ye advance, for He Who is Our Remembrance

in your midst, and Who cometh from Us, is,

in very truth, the Judge and Witness.  Turn away from that

which ye lay hold of, and which the Book of God, the True

One, hath not sanctioned, for on the Day of Resurrection

ye shall, upon the Bridge, be, in very truth, held answerable

for the position ye occupied….  And unto you We have

sent down this Book which truly none can mistake…

O concourse of the people of the Book!  Fear ye God

and pride not yourselves in your learning.  Follow ye the

Book which His Remembrance hath revealed in praise of

God, the True One.  He Who is the Eternal Truth beareth

me witness, whoso followeth this Book hath indeed followed

all the past Scriptures which have been sent down

from heaven by God, the Sovereign Truth.  Verily, He is

well informed of what ye do…  Such as are the true followers

of &Islam would say:  `O Lord our God!  We have

hearkened to the call of Thy Remembrance and obeyed

Him.  Forgive us our sins.  Thou art, verily, the Eternal

Truth, and unto Thee, our infallible Retreat, must we all

return.’+F1  Chapter II.

 

 

AS to those who deny Him Who is the Sublime Gate of

God, for them We have prepared, as justly decreed by God,

a sore torment.  And He, God, is the Mighty, the Wise.

We have, of a truth, sent down this divinely-inspired

Book unto Our Servant…  Ask ye then Him Who is Our

Remembrance of its interpretation, inasmuch as He, as

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 2:285

 

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divinely-ordained and through the grace of God, is invested

with the knowledge of its verses…

O children of men!  If ye believe in the one True God,

follow Me, this Most Great Remembrance of God sent

forth by your Lord, that He may graciously forgive you

your sins.  Verily He is forgiving and compassionate toward

the concourse of the faithful.  We, of a truth, choose the

Messengers through the potency of Our Word, and We

exalt Their offspring, some over others, through the Great

Remembrance of God as decreed in the Book and concealed

therein…

Some of the people of the city have declared:  `We are

the helpers of God’, but when this Remembrance came

suddenly upon them, they turned aside from helping Us.

Verily God is My Lord and your true Lord, therefore

worship Him, while this Path from &Ali [the &Bab] is none

but the straight Path+F1 in the estimation of your Lord.

Chapter III.

 

 

UNTO every people We have sent down the Book in

their own language.+F2  This Book We have, verily, revealed

in the language of Our Remembrance and it is in truth a

wondrous language.  He is, verily, the eternal Truth come

from God, and according to the divine judgement given in

the Mother Book, He is the most distinguished among the

writers of Arabic and most eloquent in His utterance.  He

is in truth the Supreme Talisman and is endowed with

supernatural powers, as set forth in the Mother Book…

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 3:50

+F2 cf. ibid. 14:4

 

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O people of the city!  Ye have disbelieved your Lord.  If

ye are truly faithful to &Muhammad, the Apostle of God

and the Seal of the Prophets, and if ye follow His Book,

the &Qur’an, which is free from error, then here is the like

of it–this Book, which We have, in truth and by the leave

of God, sent down unto Our Servant.  If ye fail to believe

in Him, then your faith in &Muhammad and His Book which

was revealed in the past will indeed be treated as false in the

estimation of God.  If ye deny Him, the fact of your having

denied &Muhammad and His Book will, in very truth and

with absolute certainty, become evident unto yourselves.

Chapter IV.

 

 

FEAR ye God and breathe not a word concerning His

Most Great Remembrance other than what hath been

ordained by God, inasmuch as We have established a

separate covenant regarding Him with every Prophet and

His followers.  Indeed, We have not sent any Messenger

without this binding covenant and We do not, of a truth,

pass judgement upon anything except after the covenant

of Him Who is the Supreme Gate hath been established.

Ere long the veil shall be lifted from your eyes at the

appointed time.  Ye shall then behold the sublime Remembrance

of God, unclouded and vivid.  Chapter V.

 

 

DO men imagine that We are far distant from the people

of the world?  Nay, the day We cause them to be assailed

 

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by the pangs of death+F1 they shall, upon the plain of Resurrection,

behold how the Lord of Mercy and His Remembrance

were near.  Thereupon they shall exclaim:  `Would

that we had followed the path of the &Bab!  Would that we

had sought refuge only with Him, and not with men of

perversity and error!  For verily the Remembrance of God

appeared before us,+F2 behind us, and on all sides, yet we

were, in very truth, shut out as by a veil from Him.’

Chapter VII.

 

 

DO not say, `How can He speak of God while in truth

His age is no more than twenty-five?’  Give ye ear unto

Me.  I swear by the Lord of the heavens and of the earth:  I

am verily a servant of God.  I have been made the Bearer of

irrefutable proofs from the presence of Him Who is the

long-expected Remnant of God.  Here is My Book before

your eyes, as indeed inscribed in the presence of God in the

Mother Book.  God hath indeed made Me blessed, wheresoever

I may be, and hath enjoined upon Me to observe

prayer and fortitude so long as I shall live on earth amongst

you.  Chapter IX.

 

 

GLORIFIED is He besides Whom there is none other God.

In His grasp He holdeth the source of authority, and

verily God is powerful over all things.  We have decreed

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 68:42

+F2 cf. ibid. 7:63, 69

 

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that every long life shall in truth suffer decline+F1 and

that every hardship shall be followed by ease,+F2 that perchance

men may recognise the Gate of God as He Who is

the eternal Truth, and verily God shall stand as witness unto

those that have believed.  Chapter XIII.

 

 

O YE servants of God!  Verily, be not grieved if a thing ye

asked of Him remaineth unanswered, inasmuch as He hath

been commanded by God to observe silence, a silence

which is in truth praiseworthy.  We have indeed enabled

Thee to truly see in Thy dream a measure of Our Cause,

but wert Thou to acquaint them with the hidden Mystery,

they would dispute its truth among themselves.  Verily Thy

Lord, the God of truth, knoweth the very secrets of

hearts+F3…

O peoples of the world!  Whatsoever ye have offered

up in the way of the One True God, ye shall indeed find

preserved by God, the Preserver, intact at God’s Holy

Gate.  O peoples of the earth!  Bear ye allegiance unto this

resplendent light wherewith God hath graciously invested

Me through the power of infallible Truth, and walk not in

the footsteps of the Evil One,+F4 inasmuch as he prompteth

you to disbelieve in God, your Lord, and verily God will

not forgive disbelief in Himself, though He will forgive

other sins to whomsoever He pleaseth.+F5  Indeed His knowledge

embraceth all things…  Chapter XVII.

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 36:68

+F2 cf. ibid. 65:7; 94:5

+F3 cf. ibid. 8:45

+F4 cf. ibid. 2:204

+F5 cf. ibid. 4:51

 

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O PEOPLES of the East and the West!  Be ye fearful of God

concerning the Cause of the true Joseph and barter Him

not for a paltry price+F1 established by yourselves, or for a

trifle of your earthly possessions, that ye may, in very truth,

be praised by Him as those who are reckoned among the

pious who stand nigh unto this Gate.  Verily God hath

deprived of His grace him who martyred &Husayn, Our

forefather, lonely and forsaken as He was upon the land of

&Taff [&Karbila].  &Yazid, the son of &Mu’aviyih, out of corrupt

desire, bartered away the head of the true Joseph to the

fiendish people for a trifling price and a petty sum from his

property.  Verily they repudiated God by committing a

grievous error.  Erelong will God wreak His vengeance

upon them, at the time of Our Return, and He hath, in very

truth, prepared for them, in the world to come, a severe

torment.  Chapter XXI.

 

 

O &QURRATU’L-‘AYN!+F2  We have, verily, dilated Thine

heart in this Revelation, which stands truly unique from all

created things, and have exalted Thy name through the

manifestation of the &Bab, so that men may become aware

of Our transcendent power, and recognize that God is immeasurably

sanctified above the praise of all men.  He is

verily independent of the whole of creation.  Chapter XXIII.

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 12:20

+F2 In these passages of the &Qayyumu’l-Asma’ the name &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn

+F2 (Solace of the Eyes) refers to the &Bab Himself.

 

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THE angels and the spirits, arrayed rank upon rank,

descend, by the leave of God, upon this Gate+F1 and circle

round this Focal Point in a far-stretching line.  Greet them

with salutations, O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn, for the dawn hath indeed

broken; then proclaim unto the concourse of the

faithful:  `Is not the rising of the Morn, foreshadowed in the

Mother Book, to be near at hand?+F2…’

O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  Turn Thou eagerly unto God in

Thy Cause, for the peoples of the world have risen in

iniquity, and but for the outpouring of the grace of God

and Thy mercy unto them, no one could purge even a

single soul for evermore.+F3  O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  The life to

come is indeed far more advantageous unto Thee and unto

such as follow Thy Cause than this earthly life and its

pleasures.  This is what hath been foreordained according to

the dispensations of Providence…

O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  Say:  Verily I am the `Gate of God’

and I give you to drink, by the leave of God, the sovereign

Truth, of the crystal-pure waters of His Revelation which

are gushing out from the incorruptible Fountain situate

upon the Holy Mount.  And those who earnestly strive

after the One True God, let them then strive to attain this

Gate.+F4  Verily God is potent over all things…

O peoples of the earth!  Give ear unto God’s holy Voice

proclaimed by this Arabian Youth Whom the Almighty

hath graciously chosen for His Own Self.  He is indeed none

other than the True One, Whom God hath entrusted with

this Mission from the midst of the Burning Bush.  O

&Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  Unravel what Thou pleasest from the

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 78:38

+F2 cf. ibid. 11:83

+F3 cf. ibid. 24:21

+F4 cf. ibid. 83:25-26

 

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secrets of the All-Glorious, for the ocean is surging high+F1

at the behest of the incomparable Lord.  Chapter XXIV.

Are ye wickedly scheming, according to your selfish

fancies, an evil plot against Him Who is the Most Great

Remembrance of God?  By the righteousness of God, all

who are in the heaven and on earth and whatsoever lieth

between them are regarded in My sight even as a spider’s

web,+F2 and verily God beareth witness unto all things.  Indeed

they will not lay plots but against themselves.  God

hath caused this Remembrance to be, in very truth, independent

of all the dwellers of earth and heaven.  Chapter

XXV.

 

 

O YE peoples of the earth!  During the time of My

absence I sent down the Gates unto you.  However the

believers, except for a handful, obeyed them not.  Formerly

I sent forth unto you &Ahmad and more recently &Kazim,

but apart from the pure in heart amongst you no one followed

them.  What hath befallen you, O people of the

Book?  Will ye not fear the One true God, He Who is your

Lord, the Ancient of Days?…  O ye who profess belief in

God!  I adjure you by Him Who is the Eternal Truth, have

ye discerned among the precepts of these Gates anything

inconsistent with the commandments of God as set forth

 

+F1 &Qur’an 52:6

+F2 cf. ibid. 29:40

 

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in this Book?  Hath your learning deluded you by reason of

your impiety?  Take ye heed then, for verily your God, the

Lord of Eternal Truth, is with you and in very truth is

watchful over you…  Chapter XXVII.

 

 

O YE kinsmen of the Most Great Remembrance!  This

Tree of Holiness, dyed crimson with the oil of servitude,

hath verily sprung forth out of your own soil in the midst

of the Burning Bush, yet ye comprehend nothing whatever

thereof, neither of His true, heavenly attributes, nor of the

actual circumstances of His earthly life, nor of the evidences

of His powerful and unblemished behaviour.

Actuated by your own fancies, you consider Him to be

alien to the sovereign Truth, while in the estimation of God

He is none other than the Promised One Himself, invested

with the power of the sovereign Truth, and verily He is, as

decreed in the Mother Book, held answerable in the midst

of the Burning Bush…

O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  Deliver the summons of the most

exalted Word unto the handmaids among Thy kindred,

caution them against the Most Great Fire and announce

unto them the joyful tidings that following this mighty

Covenant there shall be everlasting reunion with God in

the Paradise of His good-pleasure, nigh unto the Seat of

Holiness.  Verily God, the Lord of creation, is potent over

all things.

O Thou Mother of the Remembrance!  May the peace

and salutation of God rest upon thee.  Indeed thou hast

endured patiently in Him Who is the sublime Self of God.

Recognize then the station of thy Son Who is none other

 

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than the mighty Word of God.  He hath verily pledged

Himself to be answerable for thee both in thy grave and

on the Judgement Day, while thou hast, in the Preserved

Tablet of God, been immortalized as the `Mother of the

Faithful’ by the Pen of His Remembrance.  Chapter XXVIII.

 

 

O &QURRATU’L-‘AYN!  Stretch not Thy hands wide open

in the Cause, inasmuch as the people would find themselves

in a state of stupor by reason of the Mystery, and I

swear by the true, Almighty God that there is yet for Thee

another turn after this Dispensation.

And when the appointed hour hath struck, do Thou, by

the leave of God, the All-Wise, reveal from the heights of

the Most Lofty and Mystic Mount a faint, an infinitesimal

glimmer of Thy impenetrable Mystery, that they who have

recognized the radiance of the Sinaic Splendour may faint

away and die as they catch a lightning glimpse of the fierce

and crimson Light that envelops Thy Revelation.  And God

is, in very truth, Thine unfailing Protector.  Chapter XXVIII.

 

 

O PEOPLE of Persia!  Are ye not satisfied with this glorious

honour which the supreme Remembrance of God hath

conferred upon you?  Verily ye have been especially

favoured by God through this mighty Word.  Then do not

withdraw from the sanctuary of His presence, for, by the

righteousness of the One true God, He is none other than

the sovereign Truth from God; He is the most exalted One

 

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and the Source of all wisdom, as decreed in the Mother

Book…

O peoples of the earth!  Cleave ye tenaciously to the

Cord of the All-Highest God, which is but this Arabian

Youth, Our Remembrance–He Who standeth concealed

at the point of ice amidst the ocean of fire.  Chapter XXIX.

 

 

O PEOPLE of the earth!  By the righteousness of the One

true God, I am the Maid of Heaven begotten by the Spirit

of &Baha, abiding within the Mansion hewn out of a mass of

ruby, tender and vibrant; and in this mighty Paradise

naught have I ever witnessed save that which proclaimeth

the Remembrance of God by extolling the virtues of this

Arabian Youth.  Verily there is none other God but your

Lord, the All-Merciful.  Magnify ye, then, His station, for

behold, He is poised in the midmost heart of the All-Highest

Paradise as the embodiment of the praise of God

in the Tabernacle wherein His glorification is intoned.

At one time I hear His Voice as He acclaimeth Him Who

is the Ever-Living, the Ancient of Days, and at another

time as He speaketh of the mystery of His most august

Name.  And when He intoneth the anthems of the greatness

of God all Paradise waileth in its longing to gaze on

His Beauty, and when He chanteth words of praise and

glorification of God all Paradise becomes motionless like

unto ice locked in the heart of a frost-bound mountain.

Methinks I visioned Him moving along a straight middle

path wherein every paradise was His Own paradise, every

heaven His Own heaven, while the whole earth and all that

is therein appeared but as a ring upon the finger of His

 

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servants.  Glorified be God, His Creator, the Lord of everlasting

sovereignty.  Verily He is none other but the servant

of God, the Gate of the Remnant of God your Lord, the

Sovereign Truth.  Chapter XXIX.

 

 

O THOU the Supreme Word of God!  Fear not, nor be

Thou grieved, for indeed unto such as have responded to

Thy Call, whether men or women, We have assured forgiveness

of sins, as known in the presence of the Best

Beloved and in conformity with what Thou desirest.  Verily

His knowledge embraceth all things.  I adjure Thee by My

life, set Thy face towards Me and be not apprehensive.

Verily Thou art the Exalted One among the Celestial Concourse,

and Thy hidden Mystery hath, of a truth, been

recorded upon the Tablet of creation in the midst of the

Burning Bush.  Ere long God will bestow upon Thee rulership

over all men, inasmuch as His rule transcendeth the

whole of creation.  Chapter XXXI.

 

 

O CONCOURSE of &Shi’ihs!  Fear ye God and Our Cause

which concerneth Him Who is the Most Great Remembrance

of God.  For great is its fire, as decreed in the Mother

Book.  Chapter XL.

 

 

RECITE ye as much as convenient from this &Qur’an both

 

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at morn and at eventide, and chant the verses of this Book,

by the leave of the eternal God, in the sweet accents of this

Bird which warbleth its melody in the vault of heaven.

Chapter XLI.

 

 

ISSUE forth from your cities, O peoples of the West and

aid God ere the Day when the Lord of mercy shall come

down unto you in the shadow of the clouds with the angels

circling around Him,+F1 exalting His praise and seeking forgiveness

for such as have truly believed in Our signs.

Verily His decree hath been issued, and the command of

God, as given in the Mother Book, hath indeed been revealed…

Become as true brethren in the one and indivisible religion

of God, free from distinction, for verily God

desireth that your hearts should become mirrors unto your

brethren in the Faith, so that ye find yourselves reflected in

them, and they in you.  This is the true Path of God, the

Almighty, and He is indeed watchful over your actions.

Chapter XLVI.

 

 

O YE peoples of the earth!  Hearken unto My call, ringing

forth from the precincts of this sacred Tree–a Tree set

ablaze by the pre-existent Fire:  There is no God but Him;

He is the Exalted, the All-Wise.  O ye the servants of the

Merciful One!  Enter ye, one and all, through this Gate and

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 2:206

 

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follow not the steps of the Evil One, for he prompteth you

to walk in the ways of impiety and wickedness; he is, in

truth, your declared enemy.+F1  Chapter LI.

 

 

BE Thou patient, O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn, for God hath indeed

pledged to establish Thy sovereignty throughout all

countries and over the people that dwell therein.  He is God

and verily He is powerful over all things.  Chapter LIII.

 

 

BY My glory!  I will make the infidels to taste, with the

hands of My power, retributions unknown of any one

except Me, and will waft over the faithful those musk-scented

breaths which I have nursed in the midmost heart

of My throne; and verily the knowledge of God embraceth

all things.

O concourse of light!  By the righteousness of God, We

speak not according to selfish desire, nor hath a single letter

of this Book been revealed save by the leave of God, the

Sovereign Truth.  Fear ye God and entertain no doubts

regarding His Cause, for verily, the Mystery of this Gate

is shrouded in the mystic utterances of His Writ and hath

been written beyond the impenetrable veil of concealment by

the hand of God, the Lord of the visible and the invisible.

Indeed God hath created everywhere around this Gate

oceans of divine elixir, tinged crimson with the essence of

existence and vitalized through the animating power of the

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 2:163-164

 

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desired fruit; and for them God hath provided Arks of

ruby, tender, crimson-coloured, wherein none shall sail

but the people of &Baha, by the leave of God, the Most

Exalted; and verily He is the All-Glorious, the All-Wise.

Chapter LVII.

 

 

THE Lord hath, in truth, inspired Me:  Verily, verily, I am

God, He besides Whom there is none other God, and I am

indeed the Ancient of Days…

O people of the Kingdom!  By the righteousness of the

true God, if ye remain steadfast upon this line which

standeth upright between the two lines, ye shall, in very

truth, quaff the living waters from the Fountain of this

wondrous Revelation as proffered by the hand of His

Remembrance…

I swear by your true Lord, by Him Who is the Lord of

the heavens and of the earth, that the divine Promise concerning

His Remembrance is naught but the sovereign

truth and, as decreed in the Mother Book, it shall come to

pass…

Say, O peoples of the earth!  Were ye to assemble together

in order to produce the like of a single letter of My

Works, ye would never be able to do so,+F1 and verily God

is cognizant of all things…

O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  Say:  Behold!  Verily the Moon hath

faded; verily the night hath retreated; verily the dawn

hath brightened;+F2 verily the command of God, your true

Lord, hath been accomplished…

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 17:88

+F2 cf. ibid. 74:35-37

 

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Out of utter nothingness, O great and omnipotent

Master, Thou hast, through the celestial potency of Thy

might, brought me forth and raised me up to proclaim this

Revelation.  I have made none other but Thee my trust; I

have clung to no will but Thy Will.  Thou art, in truth, the

All-Sufficing and behind Thee standeth the true God, He

Who overshadoweth all things.  Indeed sufficient unto Me

is God, the Exalted, the Powerful, the Sustainer.  Chapter

LVIII.

 

 

O THOU Remnant of God!  I have sacrificed myself wholly

for Thee; I have accepted curses for Thy sake, and have

yearned for naught but martyrdom in the path of Thy

love.  Sufficient witness unto me is God, the Exalted, the

Protector, the Ancient of Days.

O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  The words Thou hast uttered in this

momentous Call have grieved Me bitterly.  However, the

irrevocable decision resteth with none but God and the

decree proceedeth from none save Him alone.  By My life,

Thou art the Well-Beloved in the sight of God and His

creation.  Verily, there is no power except in God, and

sufficient witness unto Me is your Lord, Who is, in very

truth, the Omnipotent Avenger.  Chapter LVIII.

 

 

O PEOPLES of the earth!  By the righteousness of God, this

Book hath, through the potency of the sovereign Truth,

pervaded the earth and the heaven with the mighty Word

 

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of God concerning Him Who is the supreme Testimony,

the Expected &Qa’im, and verily God hath knowledge of all

things.  This divinely-inspired Book hath firmly established

His Proof for all those who are in the East and in the West,

hence beware lest ye utter aught but the truth regarding

God, for I swear by your Lord that this supreme Proof of

Mine beareth witness unto all things…

O servants of God!  Be ye patient, for, God grant, He

Who is the sovereign Truth will suddenly appear amongst

you, invested with the power of the mighty Word, and ye

shall then be confounded by the Truth itself, and ye shall

have no power to ward it off;+F1 and verily I am a witness

over all mankind.  Chapter LIX.

 

 

VERILY such as ridicule the wondrous, divine Verses

revealed through His Remembrance, are but making themselves

the objects of ridicule, and We, in truth, aid them to

wax in their iniquity.+F2  Indeed God’s knowledge transcendeth

all created things…

The infidels, of a truth, seek to separate God from His

Remembrance,+F3 but God hath determined to perfect His

Light+F4 through His Remembrance, and indeed He is

potent over all things…

Verily, Christ is Our Word which We communicated

unto Mary;+F5 and let no one say what the Christians term

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 21:40

+F2 cf. ibid. 2:14

+F3 cf. ibid. 4:149

+F4 cf. ibid. 9:32

+F5 cf. ibid. 4:169

 

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as `the third of three’,+F1 inasmuch as it would amount to

slandering the Remembrance Who, as decreed in the

Mother Book, is invested with supreme authority.  Indeed

God is but one God, and far be it from His glory that there

should be aught else besides Him.  All those who shall

attain unto Him on the Day of Resurrection are but His

servants, and God is, of a truth, a sufficient Protector.

Verily I am none other but the servant of God and His

Word, and none but the first one to bow down in supplication

before God, the Most Exalted; and indeed God witnesseth

all things.  Chapter LXI.

 

 

O PEOPLE of the &Qur’an!  Ye are as nothing unless ye

submit unto the Remembrance of God and unto this Book.

If ye follow the Cause of God, We will forgive you your

sins, and if ye turn aside from Our command, We will, in

truth, condemn your souls in Our Book, unto the Most

Great Fire.  We, verily, do not deal unjustly with men, even

to the extent of a speck on a date-stone.  Chapter LXII.

 

 

O PEOPLES of the earth!  Verily the resplendent Light of

God hath appeared in your midst, invested with this unerring

Book, that ye may be guided aright to the ways of

peace and, by the leave of God, step out of the darkness into

the light and onto this far-extended Path of Truth+F2…

 

+F1 &Qur’an 5:77

+F2 cf. ibid. 5:15-18

 

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God hath, out of sheer nothingness and through the

potency of His command, created the heavens and the

earth and whatever lieth between them.  He is single and

peerless in His eternal unity with none to join partner with

His holy Essence, nor is there any soul, except His Own

Self, who can befittingly comprehend Him…

O peoples of the earth!  Verily His Remembrance is

come to you from God after an interval during which

there were no Messengers,+F1 that He may purge and purify

you from uncleanliness in anticipation of the Day of the

One true God; therefore seek ye whole-heartedly divine

blessings from Him, inasmuch as We have, in truth,

chosen Him to be the Witness and the Source of wisdom

unto all that dwell on earth…

O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  Proclaim that which hath been sent

down unto Thee as a token of the grace of the merciful

Lord, for if Thou do it not, Our secret will never be made

known to the people,+F2 while the purpose of God in creating

man is but for him to know Him.  Indeed God hath

knowledge of all things and is self-sufficient above the need

of all mankind.  Chapter LXII.

 

 

WHENEVER the faithful hear the verses of this Book

being recited, their eyes will overflow with tears and their

hearts will be deeply touched by Him Who is the Most

Great Remembrance for the love they cherish for God, the

All-Praised.  He is God, the All-Knowing, the Eternal.  They

are indeed the inmates of the all-highest Paradise wherein

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 5:22

+F2 cf. ibid. 5:71

 

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they will abide for ever.  Verily they will see naught therein

save that which hath proceeded from God, nothing that

will lie beyond the compass of their understanding.  There

they will meet the believers in Paradise, who will address

them with the words `Peace, Peace’ lingering on their

lips…

O concourse of the faithful!  Incline your ears to My

Voice, proclaimed by this Remembrance of God.  Verily

God hath revealed unto Me that the Path of the Remembrance

which is set forth by Me is, in very truth, the straight

Path of God, and that whoever professeth any religion

other than this upright Faith, will, when called to account

on the Day of Judgement, discover that as recorded in the

Book no benefit hath he reaped out of God’s Religion…

Fear ye God, O concourse of kings, lest ye remain afar

from Him Who is His Remembrance [the &Bab], after the

Truth hath come unto you with a Book and signs from

God, as spoken through the wondrous tongue of Him

Who is His Remembrance.  Seek ye grace from God, for

God hath ordained for you, after ye have believed in Him,

a Garden the vastness of which is as the vastness of the

whole of Paradise.  Therein ye shall find naught save the

gifts and favours which the Almighty hath graciously

bestowed by virtue of this momentous Cause, as decreed

in the Mother Book.  Chapter LXIII.

 

 

O SPIRIT of God!  Call Thou to mind the bounty which

I bestowed upon Thee when I conversed with Thee in the

midmost heart of My Sanctuary and aided Thee through

the potency of the Holy Spirit that Thou mightest, as the

 

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peerless Mouthpiece of God, proclaim unto men the commandments

of God which lie enshrined within the divine

Spirit.

Verily God hath inspired Thee with divine verses and

wisdom while still a child and hath graciously deigned to

bestow His favour upon the peoples of the world through

the influence of Thy Most Great Name, for indeed men

have not the least knowledge of the Book.  Chapter LXIII.

 

 

O PEOPLE of the earth!  To attain the ultimate retreat in

God, the True One, are we to seek a Gate other than this

exalted Being?…

When God created the Remembrance He presented

Him to the assemblage of all created beings upon the altar

of His Will.  Thereupon the concourse of the angels bowed

low in adoration to God, the Peerless, the Incomparable;

while Satan waxed proud, refusing to submit to His

Remembrance; hence he is identified in the Book of God

as the arrogant one and the accursed.+F1  Chapter LXVII.

 

 

GOD, besides Whom there is none other true God, saith:

Indeed, whoso visiteth the Remembrance of God after

His passing, it is as though he hath attained the presence of

the Lord, seated upon His mighty Throne.  Verily this is

the Way of God, the Most Exalted, which hath been irrevocably

decreed in the Mother Book…

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 2:32; 38:74-78

 

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Say, O peoples of the world!  Do ye dispute with Me

about God by virtue of the names which ye and your

fathers have adopted for Him at the promptings of the

Evil One?+F1  God hath indeed sent down this Book unto Me

with truth that ye may be enabled to recognize the true

names of God, inasmuch as ye have strayed in error far

from the Truth.  Verily We have taken a covenant from

every created thing upon its coming into being concerning

the Remembrance of God, and there shall be none to avert

the binding command of God for the purification of mankind,

as ordained in the Book which is written by the hand

of the &Bab.  Chapter LXVIII.

 

 

THE people, during the absence of the &Bab, re-enacted

the episode of the Calf by setting up a blaring figure which

embodied animal features in human form+F2…

Whenever the people ask Thee of the appointed Hour

say:  Verily the knowledge of it is only with My Lord,+F3

Who is the Knower of the unseen.  There is none other

God but Him–He Who hath created you from a single

soul,+F4 and I have no control over what profiteth Me or

harmeth Me, but as My Lord pleaseth.+F5  Indeed God is

Self-Sufficient and He, My Lord, standeth supreme over all

things.  Chapter LXIX.

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 7:69; 12:40

+F2 cf. ibid. 7:146; 20:90

+F3 cf. ibid. 7:186

+F4 cf. ibid. 4:1

+F5 cf. ibid. 10:50

 

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DOTH it seem strange to the people that We should have

revealed the Book to a man from among themselves in

order to purge them and give them the good tidings that

they shall be rewarded with a sure stance in the presence of

their Lord?  He indeed beareth witness unto all things…

When the verses of this Book are recited to the infidels

they say:  `Give us a book like the &Qur’an and make changes

in the verses.’  Say:  `God hath not given Me that I should

change them at My pleasure.’  I follow only what is revealed

unto Me.  Verily, I shall fear My Lord on the Day of

Separation, whose advent He hath, in very truth, irrevocably

ordained.+F1  Chapter LXXI.

 

 

O PEOPLES of the earth!  Verily the true God calleth

saying:  He Who is the Remembrance is indeed the

sovereign Truth from God, and naught remaineth beyond

truth but error,+F2 and naught is there beyond error save fire,

irrevocably ordained…

O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  Point to Thy truthful breast through

the power of truth and exclaim:  I swear by the One true

God, herein lieth the vicegerency of God; I am indeed the

One Who is regarded as the Best Reward+F3 and I am indeed

He Who is the Most Excellent Abode.  Chapter LXXII.

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 10:16

+F2 cf. ibid. 10:33

+F3 cf. ibid. 18:42

 

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O YE concourse of the believers!  Utter not words of

denial against Me once the Truth is made manifest, for

indeed the mandate of the &Bab hath befittingly been proclaimed

unto you in the &Qur’an aforetime.  I swear by your

Lord, this Book is verily the same &Qur’an which was sent

down in the past.  Chapter LXXXI.

 

 

O THOU cherished Fruit of the heart!  Give ear to the

melodies of this mystic Bird warbling in the loftiest heights

of heaven.  The Lord hath, in truth, inspired Me to proclaim:

Verily, verily, I am God, He besides Whom there is

none other God.  He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.

O My servants!  Seek ye earnestly this highest reward,

as I have indeed created for the Remembrance of God

gardens which remain inscrutable to anyone save Myself,

and naught therein hath been made lawful unto anyone

except those whose lives have been sacrificed in His Path.

Hence beseech ye God, the Most Exalted, that He may

grant you this meritorious reward, and He is in truth the

Most High, the Most Great.  Had it been Our wish, We

would have brought all men into one fold round Our

Remembrance, yet they will not cease to differ,+F1 unless

God accomplish what He willeth through the power of

truth.  In the estimation of the Remembrance this commandment

hath, in very truth, been irrevocably ordained…

God hath indeed chosen Thee to warn the people, to

guide the believers aright and to elucidate the secrets of the

Book.  Chapter LXXXV.

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 11:120

 

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SHOULD it be Our wish, it is in Our power to compel,

through the agency of but one letter of Our Revelation,

the world and all that is therein to recognize, in less than

the twinkling of an eye, the truth of Our Cause….

Truly other apostles have been laughed to scorn before

Thee,+F1 and Thou art none other but the Servant of God,

sustained by the power of Truth.  Ere long We shall prolong

the days of such as have rejected the Truth by reason

of that which their hands have wrought,+F2 and verily God

will not deal unjustly with anyone, even to the extent of a

speck on a date-stone.  Chapter LXXXVII.

 

 

O YE peoples of the earth!  By the righteousness of God,

the True One, the testimony shown forth by His Remembrance

is like unto a sun which the hand of the merciful

Lord hath raised high in the midmost heart of the heaven,

wherefrom it shineth in the plenitude of its meridian

splendour…

With each and every Prophet Whom We have sent

down in the past, We have established a separate Covenant

concerning the Remembrance of God and His Day.

Manifest, in the realm of glory and through the power of

truth, are the Remembrance of God and His Day before

the eyes of the angels that circle His mercy-seat.  Chapter

XCI.

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 6:10

+F2 cf. ibid. 3:172

 

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O HOUR of the Dawn!  Ere the resplendent glory of the

divine Luminary sheddeth its radiance from the Dayspring

of this Gate, call thou to mind that the appointed

Day of God will indeed be at hand in less than the twinkling

of an eye.  Thus hath the decree of God been issued in the

Mother Book.  Chapter XCIV.

 

 

O CONCOURSE of the faithful!  Verily the object of each

and every sign revealed by God in the Scriptures or in the

world at large or in the hearts of men is but to make them

fully realize that this Remembrance is indeed the True One

from God.  Verily God is cognizant of all things through the

power of eternal Truth…

O ye that circle the throne of glory!  Hearken unto My

Call which is raised from the midst of the Burning Bush,

`Verily I am God and there is none other God but Me.

Hence worship Me, and for the sake of Him Who is the

Most Great Remembrance, offer ye prayers, purged from

the insinuations of the people, for verily your Lord, the

One true God, is none other than the Sovereign Truth.

Indeed such as invoke others besides Him are deservedly

numbered among the inmates of the fire, while He Who is

the Remembrance of God verily abideth, firm and undeviating,

on the Path of Truth amidst the Burning Bush.’…

O peoples of the earth!  Inflict not upon the Most Great

Remembrance what the Umayyads cruelly inflicted upon

&Husayn in the Holy Land.  By the righteousness of God, the

True One, He is indeed the Eternal Truth, and unto Him

God, verily, is a witness.  Chapter XVII.

 

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GOD had, in truth, proposed Our Mission unto the

heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused

to bear it and were afraid thereof.  However, Man, this

&Ali, Who is none other but the Great Remembrance of

God, undertook to bear it.  Hence God, the All-Encompassing,

hath referred to Him in His Preserved Book as the

`Wronged One’, and by reason of His being undistinguished

before the eyes of men, He hath, according to the

judgement of the Book, been entitled `the Unknown’…+F1

Erelong We will, in very truth, torment such as waged

war against &Husayn [&Imam &Husayn], in the Land of the

Euphrates, with the most afflictive torment, and the most

dire and exemplary punishment….

God knoweth well the heart of &Husayn, the heat of His

burning thirst and His long-suffering for the sake of God,

the Incomparable, the Ancient of Days; and unto Him

God is verily a witness.  Chapter XII.

 

 

HEARKEN unto the Voice of Thy Lord calling from

Mount Sinai, `Verily there is no God but Him, and I am

the Most Exalted One Who hath been veiled in the Mother

Book according to the dispensations of Providence.’

Chapter XIX.

 

 

THIS Book which We have sent down is indeed abounding

in blessings+F2 and beareth witness to the Truth, so that

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 33:72

+F2 cf. ibid. 6:93

 

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the people may realize that the conclusive Proof of God in

favour of His Remembrance is similar to the one wherewith

&Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets, was invested,

and verily great is the Cause as ordained in the Mother

Book.  Chapter LXVI.

 

 

THIS Remembrance is indeed the glorious Remnant of

the Light of God, and He will be best for you,+F1 if ye in very

truth remain faithful to God, the Most Exalted…

We have in truth sent Thee forth unto all men, by the

leave of God, invested with Our signs and reinforced by

Our unsurpassed sovereignty.  He is indeed the appointed

Bearer of the Trust of God…

O &Qurratu’l-‘Ayn!  Persevere steadfastly as Thou art

bidden and let not the faithless amongst men nor their

utterances grieve Thee, since Thy Lord shall, by the

righteousness of God, the Most Great, pass judgement upon

them on the Day of Resurrection, and surely God witnesseth

all things.  Chapter LXXXIV.

 

 

THIS Religion is indeed, in the sight of God, the essence

of the Faith of &Muhammad; haste ye then to attain the

celestial Paradise and the all-highest Garden of His good-pleasure

in the presence of the One True God, could ye

but be patient and thankful before the evidences of the

signs of God.  Chapter XLVIII.

 

+F1 cf. &Qur’an 11:87

 

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O MY servants!  This is God’s appointed Day which the

merciful Lord hath promised you in His Book; wherefore,

in very truth, glorify ye abundantly the name of God

while treading the Path of the Most Great Remembrance…

Verily God hath granted leave to His Remembrance to

say whatsoever He willeth in whatever manner He pleaseth.

Indeed whatsoever He chooseth is none other than what is

chosen by Us.  The Lord, in truth, witnesseth all things.

Chapter LXXXVII.

 

 

INDEED We conversed with Moses by the leave of God

from the midst of the Burning Bush in the Sinai and revealed

an infinitesimal glimmer of Thy Light upon the

Mystic Mount and its dwellers, whereupon the Mount

shook to its foundations and was crushed into dust…

O peoples of the earth!  I swear by your Lord!  Ye shall

act as former generations have acted.  Warn ye, then,

yourselves of the terrible, the most grievous vengeance of

God.  For God is, verily, potent over all things.  Chapter LIII.

 

 

O &QURRATU’L-‘AYN!  I recognize in Thee none other

except the `Great Announcement’–the Announcement

voiced by the Concourse on high.  By this name, I bear

witness, they that circle the Throne of Glory have ever

known Thee.

O concourse of the believers!  Do ye harbour any doubt

 

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as to that whereunto the Remembrance of God doth

summon you?  By the righteousness of the One true God,

He is none other than the sovereign Truth Who hath been

made manifest through the power of Truth.  Are ye in

doubt concerning the &Bab?  Verily He is the One Who

holdeth, by Our leave, the kingdoms of earth and heaven

in His grasp, and the Lord is in truth fully aware of what

ye are doing…

Indeed I am but a man like unto you.  However, God

bestoweth upon Me whatever favours He willeth as He

pleaseth, and that which your Lord hath decreed in the

Mother Book is unbounded.  Chapter LXXXVIII.

 

 

GOD, of a truth, revealed unto Me in the sacred house of

the &Ka’bah, `Verily, I am God, no God is there but Me.  I

have singled Thee out for Myself and have chosen Thee as

the Remembrance.  Indeed, whosoever beareth allegiance

unto Thee by walking in the way of the &Bab, for him the

recompense of the next world hath surely been prescribed…’

It is ordained in the Book that upon the realization of

the Cause of the Remembrance, the Most Great Event will

have come to pass according to the dispensation of Providence,

and God, truly, is potent over all things.  Chapter

LXXIX.

 

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O &QURRATU’L-‘AYN!  Say:  Verily I am the One Who is

hailed in the Mother Book as the `Great Announcement’.

Say:  The people have grievously differed over Me, whereas

in truth there is no difference between Me and the &Bab; and

God, the Eternal Truth, is sufficient witness.  Chapter

LXXVII.

 

 

I AM the Mystic Fane which the Hand of Omnipotence

hath reared.  I am the Lamp which the Finger of God hath

lit within its niche and caused to shine with deathless

splendour.  I am the Flame of that supernal Light that

glowed upon Sinai in the gladsome Spot, and lay concealed

in the midst of the Burning Bush.  Chapter XCIV.

 

 

AS a token of pure justice, We have indeed sent tidings

unto every Prophet concerning the Cause of Our Remembrance,

and verily God is supreme over all the peoples of the

world.  Chapter LXXXIII.

 

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EXCERPTS FROM

THE PERSIAN &BAYAN

 

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IT is better to guide one soul than to possess all

that is on earth, for as long as that guided soul is

under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity,

he and the one who hath guided him will both

be recipients of God’s tender mercy, whereas possession of

earthly things will cease at the time of death.  The path to

guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and

coercion.  This hath been God’s method in the past, and

shall continue to be in the future!  He causeth him whom He

pleaseth to enter the shadow of His Mercy.  Verily, He is

the Supreme Protector, the All-Generous.

There is no paradise more wondrous for any soul than

to be exposed to God’s Manifestation in His Day, to hear

His verses and believe in them, to attain His presence,

which is naught but the presence of God, to sail upon the

sea of the heavenly kingdom of His good-pleasure, and to

partake of the choice fruits of the paradise of His divine

Oneness. II, 16.+F1

 

 

WORSHIP thou God in such wise that if thy worship lead

thee to the fire, no alteration in thine adoration would be

produced, and so likewise if thy recompense should be

paradise.  Thus and thus alone should be the worship which

befitteth the one True God.  Shouldst thou worship Him

because of fear, this would be unseemly in the sanctified

Court of His presence, and could not be regarded as an act

by thee dedicated to the Oneness of His Being.  Or if thy

 

+F1 The &Bayan is divided into &vahids and chapters, to which these

+F1 numbers refer.

 

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gaze should be on paradise, and thou shouldst worship

Him while cherishing such a hope, thou wouldst make

God’s creation a partner with Him, notwithstanding the

fact that paradise is desired by men.

Fire and paradise both bow down and prostrate themselves

before God.  That which is worthy of His Essence is to

worship Him for His sake, without fear of fire, or hope of

paradise.

Although when true worship is offered, the worshipper is

delivered from the fire, and entereth the paradise of God’s

good-pleasure, yet such should not be the motive of his

act.  However, God’s favour and grace ever flow in accordance

with the exigencies of His inscrutable wisdom.

The most acceptable prayer is the one offered with the

utmost spirituality and radiance; its prolongation hath not

been and is not beloved by God.  The more detached and

the purer the prayer, the more acceptable is it in the presence

of God. VII, 19.

 

 

THE Day of Resurrection is a day on which the sun riseth

and setteth like unto any other day.  How oft hath the Day

of Resurrection dawned, and the people of the land where

it occurred did not learn of the event.  Had they heard, they

would not have believed, and thus they were not told!

When the Apostle of God [&Muhammad] appeared, He

did not announce unto the unbelievers that the Resurrection

had come, for they could not bear the news.  That Day is

indeed an infinitely mighty Day, for in it the Divine Tree

proclaimeth from eternity unto eternity, `Verily, I am God.

No God is there but Me’.  Yet those who are veiled believe

 

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that He is one like unto them, and they refuse even to call

Him a believer, although such a title in the realm of His

heavenly Kingdom is conferred everlastingly upon the

most insignificant follower of His previous Dispensation.

Thus, had the people in the days of the Apostle of God

regarded Him at least as a believer of their time how would

they have debarred Him, for seven years while He was in

the mountain, from access to His Holy House [&Ka’bah]?

Likewise in this Dispensation of the Point of the &Bayan,

if the people had not refused to concede the name believer

unto Him, how could they have incarcerated Him on this

mountain, without realizing that the quintessence of belief

oweth its existence to a word from Him?  Their hearts are

deprived of the power of true insight, and thus they cannot

see, while those endowed with the eyes of the spirit

circle like moths round the Light of Truth until they are

consumed.  It is for this reason that the Day of Resurrection

is said to be the greatest of all days, yet it is like unto any

other day.  VIII, 9.

 

 

THERE is no paradise, in the estimation of the believers in

the Divine Unity, more exalted than to obey God’s

commandments, and there is no fire in the eyes of those

who have known God and His signs, fiercer than to transgress

His laws and to oppress another soul, even to the

extent of a mustard seed.  On the Day of Resurrection God

will, in truth, judge all men, and we all verily plead for

His grace.  V, 19.

 

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GOD loveth those who are pure.  Naught in the &Bayan and

in the sight of God is more loved than purity and immaculate

cleanliness….

God desireth not to see, in the Dispensation of the

&Bayan, any soul deprived of joy and radiance.  He indeed

desireth that under all conditions, all may be adorned with

such purity, both inwardly and outwardly, that no

repugnance may be caused even to themselves, how much

less unto others.  V, 14.

 

 

LIKEWISE consider the manifestation of the Point of the

&Bayan.  There are people who every night until morning

busy themselves with the worship of God, and even at

present when the Day-Star of Truth is nearing its zenith

in the heaven of its Revelation, they have not yet left their

prayer-rugs.  If any one of them ever heard the wondrous

verses of God recited unto him, he would exclaim:  `Why

dost thou keep me back from offering my prayers?’  O thou

who are wrapt in veils!  If thou makest mention of God,

wherefore sufferest thou thyself to be shut out from Him

Who hath kindled the light of worship in thy heart?  If He

had not previously revealed the injunction:  `Verily, make

ye mention of God’+F1, what would have prompted thee to

offer devotion unto God, and whereunto wouldst thou

turn in prayer?

Know thou of a certainty that whenever thou makest

mention of Him Whom God shall make manifest, only

then art thou making mention of God.  In like manner

shouldst thou hearken unto the verses of the &Bayan and

 

+F1 &Qur’an 8:47; 33:41; 62:10

 

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acknowledge its truth, only then would the revealed

verses of God profit thee.  Otherwise what benefit canst

thou derive therefrom?  For wert thou to prostrate thyself

in adoration from the beginning of life till the end and to

spend thy days for the sake of God’s remembrance, but

disbelieve in the Exponent of His Revelation for the age,

dost thou imagine that thy deeds would confer any benefit

upon thee?  On the other hand, if thou believest in Him

and dost recognize Him with true understanding, and He

saith:  `I have accepted thine entire life spent in My adoration’,

then assuredly hast thou been worshipping Him most

ardently.  Thy purpose in performing thy deeds is that God

may graciously accept them; and divine acceptance can in

no wise be achieved except through the acceptance of Him

Who is the Exponent of His Revelation.  For instance, if the

Apostle of God–may divine blessings rest upon Him–

accepted a certain deed, in truth God accepted it; otherwise

it hath remained within the selfish desires of the person who

wrought it, and did not reach the presence of God.  Likewise,

any act which is accepted by the Point of the &Bayan

is accepted by God, inasmuch as the contingent world hath

no other access unto the presence of the Ancient of Days.

Whatever is sent down cometh through the Exponent of

His Revelation, and whatever ascendeth, ascendeth unto

the Exponent of His Revelation.  VIII, 19.

 

 

THERE is no doubt that the Almighty hath sent down

these verses unto Him [the &Bab], even as He sent down

unto the Apostle of God.  Indeed no less than a hundred

thousand verses similar to these have already been disseminated

 

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among the people, not to mention His Epistles,

His Prayers or His learned and philosophical treatises.  He

revealeth no less than a thousand verses within the space of

five hours.  He reciteth verses at a speed consonant with the

capacity of His amanuensis to set them down.  Thus, it may

well be considered that if from the inception of this

Revelation until now He had been left unhindered, how

vast then would have been the volume of writings disseminated

from His pen.

If ye contend that these verses cannot, of themselves,

be regarded as a proof, scan the pages of the &Qur’an.  If

God hath established therein any evidence other than the

revealed verses to demonstrate the validity of the prophethood

of His Apostle–may the blessings of God rest

upon Him–ye may then have your scruples about Him…

Concerning the sufficiency of the Book as a proof, God

hath revealed:  `Is it not enough for them that We have sent

down unto Thee the Book to be recited to them?  In this

verily is a mercy and a warning to those who believe.’+F1

When God hath testified that the Book is a sufficient

testimony, as is affirmed in the text, how can one dispute

this truth by saying that the Book in itself is not a conclusive

proof?…  II, 1.

 

 

SINCE that Day is a great Day it would be sorely trying

for thee to identify thyself with the believers.  For the

believers of that Day are the inmates of Paradise, while the

unbelievers are the inmates of the fire.  And know thou of a

certainty that by Paradise is meant recognition of and submission

 

+F1 &Qur’an 29:50

 

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unto Him Whom God shall make manifest, and

by the fire the company of such souls as would fail to

submit unto Him or to be resigned to His good-pleasure.

On that Day thou wouldst regard thyself as the inmate of

Paradise and as a true believer in Him, whereas in reality

thou wouldst suffer thyself to be wrapt in veils and thy

habitation would be the nethermost fire, though thou thyself

wouldst not be cognizant thereof.

Compare His manifestation with that of the Point of

the &Qur’an.  How vast the number of the Letters of the

Gospel who eagerly expected Him, yet from the time of

His declaration up to five years no one became an inmate of

Paradise, except the Commander of the Faithful [&Imam

&Ali], and those who secretly believed in Him.  All the rest

were accounted as inmates of the fire, though they considered

themselves as dwellers in Paradise.

Likewise behold this Revelation.  The essences of the

people have, through divinely-conceived designs, been

set in motion and until the present day three hundred and

thirteen disciples have been chosen.  In the land of &Sad

[&Isfahan], which to outward seeming is a great city, in

every corner of whose seminaries are vast numbers of

people regarded as divines and doctors, yet when the time

came for inmost essences to be drawn forth, only its sifter

of wheat donned the robe of discipleship.  This is the

mystery of what was uttered by the kindred of the Prophet

&Muhammad–upon them be the peace of God–

concerning this Revelation, saying that the abased shall be

exalted and the exalted shall be abased.

Likewise is the Revelation of Him Whom God shall

make manifest.  Among those to whom it will never occur

that they might merit the displeasure of God, and whose

pious deeds will be exemplary unto everyone, there will

 

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be many who will become the personification of the nethermost

fire itself, when they fail to embrace His Cause;

while among the lowly servants whom no one would

imagine to be of any merit, how great the number who

will be honoured with true faith and on whom the

Fountainhead of generosity will bestow the robe of authority.

For whatever is created in the Faith of God is created

through the potency of His Word.  VIII, 14.

 

 

IN the manifestation of the Apostle of God all were eagerly

awaiting Him, yet thou hast heard how He was treated at

the time of His appearance, in spite of the fact that if ever

they beheld Him in their dreams they would take pride in

them.

Likewise in the manifestation of the Point of the &Bayan,

the people stood up at the mention of His Name and fervently

implored His advent night and day, and if they

dreamt of Him they gloried in their dreams; yet now that

He hath revealed Himself, invested with the mightiest

testimony, whereby their own religion is vindicated, and

despite the incalculable number of people who yearningly

anticipate His coming, they are resting comfortably in

their homes, after having hearkened to His verses; while

He at this moment is confined in the mountain of &Maku,

lonely and forsaken.

Take good heed of yourselves, O people of the &Bayan,

lest ye perform such deeds as to weep sore for His sake

night and day, to stand up at the mention of His Name, yet

on this Day of fruition–a Day whereon ye should not only

arise at His Name, but seek a path unto Him Who personifies

 

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that Name–ye shut yourselves out from Him as

by as veil.  VI, 15.

 

 

AT the time of the manifestation of Him Whom God

shall make manifest everyone should be well trained in the

teachings of the &Bayan, so that none of the followers may

outwardly cling to the &Bayan and thus forfeit their allegiance

unto Him.  If anyone does so, the verdict of `disbeliever

in God’ shall be passed upon him.

I swear by the holy Essence of God, were all in the &Bayan

to unite in helping Him Whom God shall make manifest

in the days of His Revelation, not a single soul, nay, not a

created thing would remain on earth that would not gain

admittance into Paradise.  Take good heed of yourselves,

for the sum total of the religion of God is but to help Him,

rather than to observe, in the time of His appearance, such

deeds as are prescribed in the &Bayan.  Should anyone,

however, ere He manifesteth Himself, transgress the

ordinances, were it to the extent of a grain of barley, he

would have trangressed His command.

Seek ye refuge in God from whatsoever might lead you

astray from the Source of His Revelation and hold fast

unto His Cord, for whoso holdeth fast unto His allegiance,

he hath attained and will attain salvation in all the worlds.

`Such is the bounty of God; to whom He will, He giveth

it, and God is the Lord of grace abounding.’+F1  V, 5.

 

+F1 &Qur’an 57:21

 

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YE perform your works for God from the beginning of

your lives till the end thereof, yet not a single act is for the

sake of Him Who is the Manifestation of God, to Whom

every good deed reverteth.  Had ye acted in such manner,

ye would not have suffered so grievously on the Day of

Resurrection.

Behold how great is the Cause, and yet how the people

are wrapt in veils.  I swear by the sanctified Essence of God

that every true praise and deed offered unto God is naught

but praise and deed offered unto Him Whom God shall

make manifest.

Deceive not your own selves that you are being virtuous

for the sake of God when you are not.  For should ye truly

do your works for God, ye would be performing them for

Him Whom God shall make manifest and would be magnifying

His Name.  The dwellers of this mountain who are

bereft of true understanding unceasingly utter the words,

`No God is there but God’; but what benefit doth it yield

them?  Ponder awhile that ye may not be shut out as by a veil

from Him Who is the Dayspring of Revelation.  VIII, 19.

 

 

GOD hath, at all times and under all conditions, been

wholly independent of His creatures.  He hath cherished

and will ever cherish the desire that all men may attain

His gardens of Paradise with utmost love, that no one

should sadden another, not even for a moment, and that all

should dwell within His cradle of protection and security

until the Day of Resurrection which marketh the dayspring

of the Revelation of Him Whom God will make

manifest.

 

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The Lord of the universe hath never raised up a prophet

nor hath He sent down a Book unless He hath established

His covenant with all men, calling for their acceptance of

the next Revelation and of the next Book; inasmuch as

the outpourings of His bounty are ceaseless and without

limit.  VI, 16.

 

 

HOW veiled are ye, O My creatures,+F1 … who, without

any right, have consigned Him unto a mountain [&Maku],

not one of whose inhabitants is worthy of mention…

With Him, which is with Me, there is no one except him

who is one of the Letters of the Living of My Book.  In

His presence, which is My Presence, there is not at night

even a lighted lamp!  And yet, in places [of worship] which

in varying degrees reach out unto Him, unnumbered lamps

are shining!  All that is on earth hath been created for Him,

and all partake with delight of His benefits, and yet they

are so veiled from Him as to refuse Him even a lamp!

In this Day therefore I bear witness unto My creatures,

for the witness of no one other than Myself hath been or shall

ever be worthy of mention in My presence.  I affirm that no

Paradise is more sublime for My creatures than to stand

before My face and to believe in My holy Words, while

no fire hath been or will be fiercer for them than to be

veiled from the Manifestation of My exalted Self and to disbelieve

in My Words.

Ye may contend:  `How doth He speak on our behalf?’

 

+F1 In The Promised Day is Come on page 7 Shoghi Effendi affirms

+F1 that this passage was revealed by the &Bab speaking with the voice

+F1 of God.

 

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Have ye not perused the unseemly words ye uttered in the

past, as reflected in the text of My Book, and still ye feel

not ashamed?  Ye have now seen the truth of My Book

conclusively established and today every one of you doth

profess belief in Me through that Book.  The day is not far

distant when ye shall readily realize that your glory lieth

in your belief in these holy verses.  Today, however, when

only belief in this Faith truly profiteth you, ye have debarred

yourselves therefrom by reason of the things which

are disadvantageous unto you and will inflict harm upon

you, whereas He Who is the Manifestation of My Self

hath been and shall ever remain immune from any harm

whatever, and any loss that hath appeared or will appear

shall eventually revert unto yourselves.  II, 1.

 

 

HOW vast the number of people who are well versed in

every science, yet it is their adherence to the holy Word of

God which will determine their faith, inasmuch as the

fruit of every science is none other than the knowledge of

divine precepts and submission unto His good-pleasure.  II, 1.

 

***(((AQUI

NO created thing shall ever attain its paradise unless it

appeareth in its highest prescribed degree of perfection.

For instance, this crystal representeth the paradise of the

stone whereof its substance is composed.  Likewise there

are various stages in the paradise for the crystal itself…

So long as it was stone it was worthless, but if it attaineth

 

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the excellence of ruby–a potentiality which is latent in it–

how much a carat will it be worth?  Consider likewise every

created thing.

Man’s highest station, however, is attained through

faith in God in every Dispensation and by acceptance of

what hath been revealed by Him, and not through learning;

inasmuch as in every nation there are learned men who

are versed in divers sciences.  Nor is it attainable through

wealth; for it is similarly evident that among the various

classes in every nation there are those possessed of riches.

Likewise are other transitory things.

True knowledge, therefore, is the knowledge of God,

and this is none other than the recognition of His Manifestation

in each Dispensation.  Nor is there any wealth

save in poverty in all save God and sanctity from aught else

but Him–a state that can be realized only when demonstrated

towards Him Who is the Dayspring of His Revelation.

This doth not mean, however, that one ought not

to yield praise unto former Revelations.  On no account is

this acceptable, inasmuch as it behooveth man, upon

reaching the age of nineteen, to render thanksgiving for the

day of his conception as an embryo.  For had the embryo

not existed, how could he have reached his present state?

Likewise had the religion taught by Adam not existed,

this Faith would not have attained its present stage.  Thus

consider thou the development of God’s Faith until the

end that hath no end.  V, 4.

 

 

TWELVE hundred and seventy years have elapsed since

the declaration of &Muhammad, and each year unnumbered

 

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people have circumambulated the House of God [Mecca].

In the concluding year of this period He Who is Himself

the Founder of the House went on pilgrimage.  Great God!

There was a vast concourse of pilgrims from every sect.

Yet not one recognized Him, though He recognized every

one of them–souls tightly held in the grasp of His former

commandment.  The only person who recognized Him and

performed pilgrimage with Him is the one round whom

revolve eight &Vahids,+F1 in whom God hath gloried before

the Concourse on high by virtue of his absolute detachment

and for his being wholly devoted to the Will of God.

This doth not mean that he was made the object of a special

favour, nay, this is a favour which God hath vouchsafed

unto all men, yet they have suffered themselves to be veiled

from it.  The Commentary on the &Surih of Joseph had, in

the first year of this Revelation, been widely distributed.

Nevertheless, when the people realized that fellow supporters

were not forthcoming they hesitated to accept it;

while it never occurred to them that the very &Qur’an

whereunto unnumbered souls bear fealty today, was

revealed in the midmost heart of the Arab world, yet to

outward seeming for no less than seven years no one acknowledged

its truth except the Commander of the Faithful

[&Imam &Ali]–may the peace of God rest upon him–who,

in response to the conclusive proofs advanced by God’s

supreme Testimony, recognized the Truth and did not fix

his eyes on others.  Thus on the Day of Resurrection God

will ask everyone of his understanding and not of his

following in the footsteps of others.  How often a person,

having inclined his ears to the holy verses, would bow

 

+F1 This is a reference to &Quddus, `whom the Persian &Bayan extolled

+F1 as that fellow-pilgrim round whom mirrors to the number of

+F1 eight &Vahids revolve’.  (God Passes By, p. 49).

 

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down in humility and would embrace the Truth, while his

leader would not do so.  Thus every individual must bear

his own responsibility, rather than someone else bearing

it for him.  At the time of the appearance of Him Whom

God will make manifest the most distinguished among the

learned and the lowliest of men shall both be judged alike.

How often the most insignificant of men have acknowledged

the truth, while the most learned have remained

wrapt in veils.  Thus in every Dispensation a number of

souls enter the fire by reason of their following in the footsteps

of others.  IV, 18.

 

 

BETTER is it for a person to write down but one of His

verses than to transcribe the whole of the &Bayan and all the

books which have been written in the Dispensation of the

&Bayan.  For everything shall be set aside except His

Writings, which will endure until the following Revelation.

And should anyone inscribe with true faith but one letter

of that Revelation, his recompense would be greater than

for inscribing all the heavenly Writings of the past and all

that has been written during previous Dispensations.  Likewise

continue thou to ascend through one Revelation after

another, knowing that thy progress in the Knowledge of

God shall never come to an end, even as it can have no

beginning.  VII, 13.

 

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O PEOPLE of the &Bayan!  Be on your guard; for on the

Day of Resurrection no one shall find a place to flee to.

He will shine forth suddenly, and will pronounce judgement

as He pleaseth.  If it be His wish He will cause the

abased to be exalted, and the exalted to be abased, even as

He did in the &Bayan, couldst thou but understand.  And no

one but Him is equal unto this.  Whatever He ordaineth

will be fulfilled, and nothing will remain unfulfilled.  VII, 9.

 

 

SINCE all men have issued forth from the shadow of the

signs of His Divinity and Lordship, they always tend to

take a path, lofty and high.  And because they are bereft of a

discerning eye to recognize their Beloved, they fall short

of their duty to manifest meekness and humility towards

Him.  Nevertheless, from the beginning of their lives till

the end thereof, in conformity with the laws established in

the previous religion, they worship God, piously adore

Him, bow themselves before His divine Reality and show

submissiveness toward His exalted Essence.  At the hour of

His manifestation, however, they all turn their gaze toward

their own selves and are thus shut out from Him, inasmuch

as they fancifully regard Him as one like unto themselves.

Far from the glory of God is such a comparison.  Indeed

that august Being resembleth the physical sun, His verses

are like its rays, and all believers, should they truly believe

in Him, are as mirrors wherein the sun is reflected.  Their

light is thus a mere reflection.  VII, 15.

 

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O PEOPLE of the &Bayan!  If ye believe in Him Whom God

shall make manifest, to your own behoof do ye believe.  He

hath been and ever will remain independent of all men.

For instance, were ye to place unnumbered mirrors before

the sun, they would all reflect the sun and produce impressions

thereof, whereas the sun is in itself wholly independent

of the existence of the mirrors and of the suns which

they reproduce.  Such are the bounds of the contingent

beings in their relation to the manifestation of the Eternal

Being…

In this day no less than seventy thousand people make

pilgrimage every year to the holy House of God in compliance

with the bidding of the Apostle of God; while He

Himself Who ordained this ordinance took refuge for

seven years in the mountains of Mecca.  And this notwithstanding

that the One Who enjoined this commandment is

far greater than the commandment itself.  Hence all this

people who at this time go on pilgrimage do not do so with

true understanding, otherwise in this Day of His Return

which is mightier than His former Dispensation, they

would have followed His commandment.  But now behold

what hath happened.  People who profess belief in His

former religion, who in the daytime and in the night

season bow down in worship in His Name, have assigned

Him to a dwelling place in a mountain, while each one of

them would regard attaining recognition of Him as an

honour.  VII, 15.

 

 

THE reason why privacy hath been enjoined in moments

of devotion is this, that thou mayest give thy best attention

 

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to the remembrance of God, that thy heart may at all times

be animated with His Spirit, and not be shut out as by a veil

from thy Best Beloved.  Let not thy tongue pay lip service

in praise of God while thy heart be not attuned to the

exalted Summit of Glory, and the Focal Point of communion.

Thus if haply thou dost live in the Day of Resurrection,

the mirror of thy heart will be set towards Him

Who is the Day-Star of Truth; and no sooner will His

light shine forth than the splendour thereof shall forthwith

be reflected in thy heart.  For He is the Source of all goodness,

and unto Him revert all things.  But if He appeareth

while thou hast turned unto thyself in meditation, this shall

not profit thee, unless thou shalt mention His Name by

words He hath revealed.  For in the forthcoming Revelation

it is He Who is the Remembrance of God, whereas the

devotions which thou art offering at present have been

prescribed by the Point of the &Bayan, while He Who will

shine resplendent in the Day of Resurrection is the Revelation

of the inner reality enshrined in the Point of the &Bayan

–a Revelation more potent, immeasurably more potent,

than the one which hath preceded it.  IX, 4.

 

 

IT is seemly that the servant should, after each prayer,

supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon his

parents.  Thereupon God’s call will be raised:  `Thousand

upon thousand of what thou hast asked for thy parents shall

be thy recompense!’  Blessed is he who remembereth his

parents when communing with God.  There is, verily, no

God but Him, the Mighty, the Well-Beloved.  VIII, 16.

 

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AS this physical frame is the throne of the inner temple,

whatever occurs to the former is felt by the latter.  In

reality that which takes delight in joy or is saddened by

pain is the inner temple of the body, not the body itself.

Since this physical body is the throne whereon the inner

temple is established, God hath ordained that the body be

preserved to the extent possible, so that nothing that causeth

repugnance may be experienced.  The inner temple beholdeth

its physical frame, which is its throne.  Thus, if the

latter is accorded respect, it is as if the former is the recipient.

The converse is likewise true.

Therefore, it hath been ordained that the dead body

should be treated with the utmost honour and respect.  V, 12.

 

 

AT the time of the appearance of Him Whom God shall

make manifest, wert thou to perform thy deeds for the sake

of the Point of the &Bayan, they would be regarded as performed

for one other than God, inasmuch as on that Day

the Point of the &Bayan is none other than Him Whom God

shall make manifest…

It is for this reason that at the beginning of every Dispensation

a vast multitude, who fondly imagine that their

deeds are for God, become drowned and ungodly, and

perceive this not, except such as He guideth at His behest.

It is better for a man to guide a soul than to possess all

that lies between East and West.  Likewise better is guidance

for him who is guided than all the things that exist on

earth, for by reason of this guidance he will, after his death,

gain admittance into Paradise, whereas by reason of the

things of the world below, he will, after his death, receive

 

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his deserts.  Hence God desireth that all men should be

guided aright through the potency of the Words of Him

Whom God shall make manifest.  However, such as are

conceited will not suffer themselves to be guided.  They will

be debarred from the Truth, some by reason of their learning,

others on account of their glory and power, and still

others due to reasons of their own, none of which shall be

of any avail at the hour of death.

Take thou good heed that ye may all, under the leadership

of Him Who is the Source of Divine Guidance, be enabled

to direct thy steps aright upon the Bridge, which is sharper

than the sword and finer than a hair, so that perchance the

things which from the beginning of thy life till the end

thou hast performed for the love of God, may not, all at

once and unrealized by thyself, be turned to acts not acceptable

in the sight of God.  Verily God guideth whom He will

into the path of absolute certitude.  VII, 2.

 

 

EVERYONE is eagerly awaiting His appearance, yet since

their inner eyes are not directed towards Him sorrow must

needs befall Him.  In the case of the Apostle of God–may

the blessings of God rest upon Him–before the revelation

of the &Qur’an everyone bore witness to His piety and noble

virtues.  Behold Him then after the revelation of the

&Qur’an.  What outrageous insults were levelled against

Him, as indeed the pen is ashamed to recount.  Likewise

behold the Point of the &Bayan.  His behaviour prior to the

declaration of His mission is clearly evident unto those who

knew Him.  Now, following His manifestation, although

He hath, up to the present, revealed no less than five

 

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hundred thousand verses on different subjects, behold what

calumnies are uttered, so unseemly that the pen is stricken

with shame at the mention of them.  But if all men were to

observe the ordinances of God no sadness would befall that

heavenly Tree.  VI, 11.

 

 

THE acts of Him Whom God shall make manifest are like

unto the sun, while the works of men, provided they conform

to the good-pleasure of God, resemble the stars or the

moon…  Thus, should the followers of the &Bayan observe

the precepts of Him Whom God shall make manifest at

the time of His appearance, and regard themselves and

their own works as stars exposed to the light of the sun,

then they will have gathered the fruits of their existence;

otherwise the title of `starship’ will not apply to them.  Rather

it will apply to such as truly believe in Him, to those who

pale into insignificance in the day-time and gleam forth with

light in the night season.

Such indeed is the fruit of this precept, should anyone

observe it on the Day of Resurrection.  This is the essence

of all learning and of all righteous deeds, should anyone but

attain unto it.  Had the peoples of the world fixed their gaze

upon this principle, no Exponent of divine Revelation

would ever have, at the inception of any Dispensation,

regarded them as things of naught.  However, the fact is

that during the night season everyone perceiveth the light

which he himself, according to his own capacity, giveth

out, oblivious that at the break of day this light shall fade

away and be reduced to utter nothingness before the

dazzling splendour of the sun.

 

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The light of the people of the world is their knowledge

and utterance; while the splendours shed from the glorious

acts of Him Whom God shall make manifest are His

Words, through whose potency He rolleth up the whole

world of existence, sets it under His Own authority by

relating it unto Himself, then as the Mouthpiece of God,

the Source of His divine light–exalted and glorified be He

–proclaimeth:  `Verily, verily, I am God, no God is there

but Me; in truth all others except Me are My creatures.

Say, O My creatures!  Me alone, therefore, should ye fear’.

VIII, 1.

 

 

KNOW thou that in the &Bayan purification is regarded as

the most acceptable means for attaining nearness unto God

and as the most meritorious of all deeds.  Thus purge thou

thine ear that thou mayest hear no mention besides God,

and purge thine eye that it behold naught except God, and

thy conscience that it perceive naught other than God, and

thy tongue that it proclaim nothing but God, and thy hand

to write naught but the words of God, and thy knowledge

that it comprehend naught except God, and thy heart that

it entertain no wish save God, and in like manner purge all

thine acts and thy pursuits that thou mayest be nurtured in

the paradise of pure love, and perchance mayest attain the

presence of Him Whom God shall make manifest, adorned

with a purity which He highly cherisheth, and be sanctified

from whosoever hath turned away from Him and doth

not support Him.  Thus shalt thou manifest a purity that

shall profit thee.

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Words with true faith shall be immune from the fire.  Thus

the believer, through his recognition of Him will appreciate

the transcendent character of His heavenly Words, will

whole-heartedly choose Him over others, and will refuse to

incline his affections towards those who disbelieve in Him.

Whatever one gaineth in the life to come is but the fruit of

this faith.  Indeed any man whose eye gazeth upon His

Words with true faith well deserveth Paradise; and one

whose conscience beareth witness unto His Words with

true faith shall abide in Paradise and attain the presence of

God; and one whose tongue giveth utterance to His Words

with true faith shall have his abode in Paradise, wherein he

will be seized with ecstasy in praise and glorification of

God, the Ever-Abiding, Whose revelations of glory never

end and the reviving breaths of Whose holiness never fail.

Every hand which setteth down His Words with true faith

shall be filled by God, both in this world and in the next,

with things that are highly prized; and every breast which

committeth His Words to memory, God shall cause, if it

were that of a believer, to be filled with His love; and every

heart which cherisheth the love of His Words and manifesteth

in itself the signs of true faith when His Name is

mentioned, and exemplifieth the words, `their hearts are

thrilled with awe at the mention of God’,+F1 that heart will

become the object of the glances of divine favour and on

the Day of Resurrection will be highly praised by God.

IX, 10.

 

+F1 &Qur’an 8:2

 

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IF at the time of the appearance of Him Whom God will

make manifest all the dwellers of the earth were to bear

witness unto a thing whereunto He beareth witness differently,

His testimony would be like unto the sun, while

theirs would be even as a false image produced in a mirror

which is not facing the sun.  For had it been otherwise their

testimony would have proved a faithful reflection of His

testimony.

I swear by the most sacred Essence of God that but one

line of the Words uttered by Him is more sublime than the

words uttered by all that dwell on earth.  Nay, I beg forgiveness

for making this comparison.  How could the reflections

of the sun in the mirror compare with the wondrous rays

of the sun in the visible heaven?  The station of one is that of

nothingness, while the station of the other, by the righteousness

of God–hallowed and magnified be His Name–is

that of the Reality of things….

If in the Day of His manifestation a king were to make

mention of his own sovereignty, this would be like unto a

mirror challenging the sun, saying:  `The light is in me’.  It

would be likewise, if a man of learning in His Day were to

claim to be an exponent of knowledge, or if he who is

possessed of riches were to display his affluence, or if a

man wielding power were to assert his own authority, or

if one invested with grandeur were to show forth his glory.

Nay, such men would become the object of the derision of

their peers, and how would they be judged by Him Who

is the Sun of Truth!  III, 12.

 

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IT is not permissible to ask questions from Him Whom

God will make manifest, except that which well beseemeth

Him.  For His station is that of the Essence of divine Revelation…

Whatever evidence of bounty is witnessed in the

world, is but an image of His bounty; and every thing owes

its existence to His Being…  The &Bayan is, from beginning

to end, the repository of all of His attributes, and the

treasury of both His fire and His light.  Should anyone desire

to ask questions, he is allowed to do so only in writing, that

he may derive ample understanding from His written reply

and that it may serve as a sign from his Beloved.  However,

let no one ask aught that may prove unworthy of His lofty

station.  For instance, were a person to inquire the price of

straw from a merchant of rubies, how ignorant would he

be and how unacceptable.  Similarly unacceptable would

be the questions of the highest-ranking people of the world

in His presence, except such words as He Himself would

utter about Himself in the Day of His manifestation.

Methinks I visualize those who would, prompted by

their own deluded conceptions, write to Him and ask Him

questions about that which hath been revealed in the &Bayan,

and He would answer them with words not of His Own,

but divinely inspired, saying:  `Verily, verily, I am God; no

God is there but Me.  I have called into being all the created

things, I have raised up divine Messengers in the past and

have sent down Books unto Them.  Take heed not to worship

anyone but God, He Who is My Lord and your Lord.

This indeed is the undoubted truth.  However, alike shall it

be to Me; if ye believe in Me, ye will provide good for

your own souls, and if ye believe not in Me, nor in that

which God hath revealed unto Me, ye will suffer yourselves

to be shut out as by a veil.  For verily I have been independent

of you heretofore, and shall remain independent hereafter.

 

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Therefore it behooveth you, O creatures of God, to

help your own selves and to believe in the Verses revealed

by Me…’  III, 13.

 

 

THE &Bayan shall constitute God’s unerring balance till the

Day of Resurrection which is the Day of Him Whom God

will make manifest.  Whoso acteth in conformity with that

which is revealed therein will abide in Paradise, under the

shadow of His affirmation and reckoned among the most

sublime Letters in the presence of God; while whoso

deviateth, were it even so much as the tip of a grain of

barley, will be consigned to the fire and will be assembled

neath the shadow of negation.  This truth hath likewise been

laid bare in the &Qur’an where in numerous instances God

hath set down that whoever should pass judgement contrary

to the bounds fixed by Him, would be deemed an

infidel…

In these days how few are those who abide by the

standard laid down in the &Qur’an.  Nay, nowhere are they

to be found, except such as God hath willed.  Should

there be, however, such a person, his righteous deeds would

prove of no avail unto him, if he hath failed to follow the

standard revealed in the &Bayan; even as the pious deeds of

the Christian monks profited them not, inasmuch as at the

time of the manifestation of the Apostle of God–may the

blessings of God rest upon Him–they contented themselves

with the standard set forth in the Gospel.

Had the divine standard laid down in the &Qur’an been

truly observed, adverse judgements would not have been

pronounced against Him Who is the Tree of divine Truth.

 

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As it hath been revealed:  `Almost might the heavens be

rent and the earth be cleft asunder and the mountains fall

down in fragments.’+F1  And yet how much harder than these

mountains their hearts must be to have remained unmoved!

Indeed no paradise is more glorious in the sight of

God than attainment unto His good-pleasure.  II, 6.

 

 

THE One true God may be compared unto the sun and

the believer unto a mirror.  No sooner is the mirror placed

before the sun than it reflects its light.  The unbeliever may

be likened unto a stone.  No matter how long it is exposed

to the sunshine, it cannot reflect the sun.  Thus the former

layeth down his life as a sacrifice, while the latter doeth

against God what he committeth.  Indeed, if God willeth,

He is potent to turn the stone into a mirror, but the person

himself remaineth reconciled to his state.  Had he wished to

become a crystal, God would have made him to assume

crystal form.  For on that Day whatever cause prompteth

the believer to believe in Him, the same will also be available

to the unbeliever.  But when the latter suffereth himself

to be wrapt in veils, the same cause shutteth him out as by a

veil.  Thus, as is clearly evident today, those who have set

their faces toward God, the True One, have believed in Him

because of the &Bayan, while such as are veiled have

been deprived because of it.  VI, 4.

 

+F1 &Qur’an 19:92

 

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I SWEAR by the most holy Essence of God–exalted and

glorified be He–that in the Day of the appearance of Him

Whom God shall make manifest a thousand perusals of the

&Bayan cannot equal the perusal of a single verse to be

revealed by Him Whom God shall make manifest.

Ponder a while and observe that everything in &Islam hath

its ultimate and eventual beginning in the Book of God.

Consider likewise the Day of the Revelation of Him Whom

God shall make manifest, He in Whose grasp lieth the

source of proofs, and let not erroneous considerations shut

thee out from Him, for He is immeasurably exalted above

them, inasmuch as every proof proceedeth from the Book

of God which is itself the supreme testimony, as all men are

powerless to produce its like.  Should myriads of men of

learning, versed in logic, in the science of grammar, in law,

in jurisprudence and the like, turn away from the Book of

God, they would still be pronounced unbelievers.  Thus the

fruit is within the supreme testimony itself, not in the things

derived therefrom.  And know thou of a certainty that

every letter revealed in the &Bayan is solely intended to

evoke submission unto Him Whom God shall make manifest,

for it is He Who hath revealed the &Bayan prior to His

Own manifestation.  V, 8.

 

 

IN this Revelation the Lord of the universe hath deigned

to bestow His mighty utterances and resplendent signs

upon the Point of the &Bayan, and hath ordained them as

His matchless testimony for all created things.  Were all the

people that dwell on earth to assemble together, they would

be unable to produce a single verse like unto the ones which

 

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God hath caused to stream forth from the tongue of the

Point of the &Bayan.  Indeed, if any living creature were to

pause to meditate he would undoubtedly realize that these

verses are not the work of man, but are solely to be ascribed

unto God, the One, the Peerless, Who causeth them to

flow forth from the tongue of whomsoever He willeth,

and hath not revealed nor will He reveal them save through

the Focal Point of God’s Primal Will.  He it is, through

Whose dispensations divine Messengers are raised up and

heavenly Books are sent down.  Had human beings been

able to accomplish this deed surely someone would have

brought forth at least one verse during the period of twelve

hundred and seventy years which hath elapsed since the

revelation of the &Qur’an until that of the &Bayan.  However,

all men have proved themselves impotent and have utterly

failed to do so, although they endeavoured, with their

vehement might, to quench the flame of the Word of God.

II, 1.

 

 

THOU beholdest how vast is the number of people who

go to Mecca each year on pilgrimage and engage in circumambulation,

while He, through the potency of Whose

Word the &Ka’bah [the sanctuary in Mecca] hath become

the object of adoration, is forsaken in this mountain.  He is

none other but the Apostle of God Himself, inasmuch as

the Revelation of God may be likened to the sun.  No matter

how innumerable its risings, there is but one sun, and upon

it depends the life of all things.  It is clear and evident that

the object of all preceding Dispensations hath been to pave

the way for the advent of &Muhammad, the Apostle of God.

 

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These, including the &Muhammadan Dispensation, have

had, in their turn, as their objective the Revelation proclaimed

by the &Qa’im.  The purpose underlying this

Revelation, as well as those that preceded it, has, in like

manner, been to announce the advent of the Faith of Him

Whom God will make manifest.  And this Faith–the Faith

of Him Whom God will make manifest–in its turn, together

with all the Revelations gone before it, have as their

object the Manifestation destined to succeed it.  And the

latter, no less than all the Revelations preceding it, prepare

the way for the Revelation which is yet to follow.  The

process of the rise and setting of the Sun of Truth will thus

indefinitely continue–a process that hath had no beginning

and will have no end.

Well is it with him who in every Dispensation recognizeth

the Purpose of God for that Dispensation, and is not

deprived therefrom by turning his gaze towards the things

of the past.  IV, 12.

 

 

THE substance of this chapter is this, that what is intended

by the Day of Resurrection is the Day of the appearance of

the Tree of divine Reality, but it is not seen that any one of

the followers of &Shi’ih &Islam hath understood the meaning

of the Day of Resurrection; rather have they fancifully

imagined a thing which with God hath no reality.  In the

estimation of God and according to the usage of such as

are initiated into divine mysteries, what is meant by the

Day of Resurrection is this, that from the time of the

appearance of Him Who is the Tree of divine Reality, at

whatever period and under whatever name, until the

 

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moment of His disappearance, is the Day of Resurrection.

For example, from the inception of the mission of Jesus

–may peace be upon Him–till the day of His ascension

was the Resurrection of Moses.  For during that period the

Revelation of God shone forth through the appearance of

that divine Reality, Who rewarded by His Word everyone

who believed in Moses, and punished by His Word everyone

who did not believe; inasmuch as God’s Testimony for

that Day was that which He had solemnly affirmed in the

Gospel.  And from the inception of the Revelation of the

Apostle of God–may the blessings of God be upon Him–

till the day of His ascension was the Resurrection of Jesus–

peace be upon Him–wherein the Tree of divine Reality

appeared in the person of &Muhammad, rewarding by His

Word everyone who was a believer in Jesus, and punishing

by His Word everyone who was not a believer in Him.

And from the moment when the Tree of the &Bayan

appeared until it disappeareth is the Resurrection of the

Apostle of God, as is divinely foretold in the &Qur’an; the

beginning of which was when two hours and eleven

minutes had passed on the eve of the fifth of &Jamadiyu’l-Avval,

1260 A.H.,+F1 which is the year 1270 of the Declaration

of the Mission of &Muhammad.  This was the beginning

of the Day of Resurrection of the &Qur’an, and until the

disappearance of the Tree of divine Reality is the Resurrection

of the &Qur’an.  The stage of perfection of everything is

reached when its resurrection occurreth.  The perfection of

the religion of &Islam was consummated at the beginning

of this Revelation; and from the rise of this Revelation until

its setting, the fruits of the Tree of &Islam, whatever they

are, will become apparent.  The Resurrection of the &Bayan

will occur at the time of the appearance of Him Whom

 

+F1 22 May 1844

 

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God shall make manifest.  For today the &Bayan is in the

stage of seed; at the beginning of the manifestation of Him

Whom God shall make manifest its ultimate perfection

will become apparent.  He is made manifest in order to

gather the fruits of the trees He hath planted; even as the

Revelation of the &Qa’im [He Who ariseth], a descendant of

&Muhammad–may the blessings of God rest upon Him–

is exactly like unto the Revelation of the Apostle of God

Himself [&Muhammad].  He appeareth not, save for the

purpose of gathering the fruits of &Islam from the &Qur’anic

verses which He [&Muhammad] hath sown in the hearts of

men.  The fruits of &Islam cannot be gathered except through

allegiance unto Him [the &Qa’im] and by believing in Him.

At the present time, however, only adverse effects have

resulted; for although He hath appeared in the midmost

heart of &Islam, and all people profess it by reason of their

relationship to Him [the &Qa’im], yet unjustly have they

consigned Him to the Mountain of &Maku, and this notwithstanding

that in the &Qur’an the advent of the Day of

Resurrection hath been promised unto all by God.  For on

that Day all men will be brought before God and will attain

His Presence; which meaneth appearance before Him Who

is the Tree of divine Reality and attainment unto His

presence; inasmuch as it is not possible to appear before the

Most Holy Essence of God, nor is it conceivable to seek reunion

with Him.  That which is feasible in the matter of

appearance before Him and of meeting Him is attainment

unto the Primal Tree.  II, 7.

 

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THE evidence set forth by God can never be compared

with the evidences produced by any one of the peoples and

kindreds of the earth; and beyond a shadow of doubt no

evidence is set forth by God save through the One Who is

appointed as His supreme Testimony.  Moreover, the proof

of revealed verses doth, alone and of itself, conclusively

demonstrate the utter impotence of all created things on

earth, for this is a proof which hath proceeded from God

and shall endure until the Day of Resurrection.

And if anyone should reflect on the appearance of this

Tree, he will undoubtedly testify to the loftiness of the

Cause of God.  For if one from whose life only twenty-four

years have passed, and who is devoid of those sciences

wherein all are learned, now reciteth verses after such

fashion without thought or hesitation, writes a thousand

verses of prayer in the course of five hours without pause

of the pen, and produceth commentaries and learned

treatises on such lofty themes as the true understanding of

God and of the oneness of His Being, in a manner which

doctors and philosophers confess surpasseth their power of

understanding, then there is no doubt that all that hath

been manifested is divinely inspired.  Notwithstanding their

life-long diligent study, what pains do these divines take

when writing a single line in Arabic!  Yet after such efforts

the result is but words which are unworthy of mention.

All these things are for a proof unto the people; otherwise

the religion of God is too mighty and glorious for anyone

to comprehend through aught but itself; rather by it all else

is understood.  II, 1.

 

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PRAISE be to God that He hath enabled us to become

cognizant of Him Whom God shall make manifest in the

Day of Resurrection, so that we may derive benefit from

the fruit of our existence and be not deprived of attaining

the presence of God.  For indeed this is the object of our

creation and the sole purpose underlying every virtuous

deed we may perform.  Such is the bounty which God hath

conferred upon us; verily He is the All-Bountiful, the

Gracious.  Know thou, that thou wilt succeed in doing so if

thou believest with undoubting faith.  However, since thou

canst not attain the state of undoubting faith, due to the

intervening veils of thy selfish desires, therefore thou wilt

tarry in the fire, though realizing it not.  On the Day of His

manifestation, unless thou truly believest in Him, naught

can save thee from the fire, even if thou dost perform every

righteous deed.  If thou embracest the Truth, everything

good and seemly shall be set down for thee in the Book of

God, and by virtue of this thou wilt rejoice in the all-highest

Paradise until the following Resurrection.

Consider with due attention, for the path is very strait,

even while it is more spacious than the heavens and the

earth and what is between them.  For instance, if all those

who were expecting the fulfilment of the promise of Jesus

had been assured of the manifestation of &Muhammad, the

Apostle of God, not one would have turned aside from the

sayings of Jesus.  So likewise in the Revelation of the Point

of the &Bayan, if all should be assured that this is that same

Promised &Mihdi [One Who is guided] whom the Apostle

of God foretold, not one of the believers in the &Qur’an

would turn aside from the sayings of the Apostle of God.  So

likewise in the Revelation of Him Whom God shall make

manifest, behold the same thing; for should all be assured

that He is that same `He Whom God shall make manifest’

 

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whom the Point of the &Bayan hath foretold, not one would

turn aside.  IX, 3.

 

 

IN the Name of God, the Most Exalted, the Most Holy.

All praise and glory befitteth the sacred and glorious court

of the sovereign Lord, Who from everlasting hath dwelt,

and unto everlasting will continue to dwell within the

mystery of His Own divine Essence, Who from time immemorial

hath abided and will forever continue to abide

within His transcendent eternity, exalted above the reach

and ken of all created beings.  The sign of His matchless

Revelation as created by Him and imprinted upon the realities

of all beings, is none other but their powerlessness to

know Him.  The light He hath shed upon all things is none

but the splendour of His Own Self.  He Himself hath at all

times been immeasurably exalted above any association

with His creatures.  He hath fashioned the entire creation in

such wise that all beings may, by virtue of their innate

powers, bear witness before God on the Day of Resurrection

that He hath no peer or equal and is sanctified from

any likeness, similitude or comparison.  He hath been and

will ever be one and incomparable in the transcendent

glory of His divine being and He hath ever been indescribably

mighty in the sublimity of His sovereign Lordship.

No one hath ever been able befittingly to recognize Him

nor will any man succeed at any time in comprehending

Him as is truly meet and seemly, for any reality to which

the term `being’ is applicable hath been created by the

sovereign Will of the Almighty, Who hath shed upon it the

radiance of His Own Self, shining forth from His most

 

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august station.  He hath moreover deposited within the

realities of all created things the emblem of His recognition,

that everyone may know of a certainty that He is the

Beginning and the End, the Manifest and the Hidden, the

Maker and the Sustainer, the Omnipotent and the All-Knowing,

the One Who heareth and perceiveth all things,

He Who is invincible in His power and standeth supreme

in His Own identity, He Who quickeneth and causeth to

die, the All-Powerful, the Inaccessible, the Most Exalted,

the Most High.  Every revelation of His divine Essence betokens

the sublimity of His glory, the loftiness of His

sanctity, the inaccessible height of His oneness and the

exaltation of His majesty and power.  His beginning hath

had no beginning other than His Own firstness and His end

knoweth no end save His Own lastness.  I, 1.

 

 

THE revelation of the Divine Reality hath everlastingly

been identical with its concealment and its concealment

identical with its revelation.  That which is intended by

`Revelation of God’ is the Tree of divine Truth that betokeneth

none but Him, and it is this divine Tree that hath

raised and will raise up Messengers, and hath revealed and

will ever reveal Scriptures.  From eternity unto eternity this

Tree of divine Truth hath served and will ever serve as the

throne of the revelation and concealment of God among

His creatures, and in every age is made manifest through

whomsoever He pleaseth.  At the time of the revelation of

the &Qur’an He asserted His transcendent power through

the advent of &Muhammad, and on the occasion of the

revelation of the &Bayan He demonstrated His sovereign

 

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might through the appearance of the Point of the &Bayan,

and when He Whom God shall make manifest will shine

forth, it will be through Him that He will vindicate the

truth of His Faith, as He pleaseth, with whatsoever He

pleaseth and for whatsoever He pleaseth.  He is with all

things, yet nothing is with Him.  He is not within a thing

nor above it nor beside it.  Any reference to His being

established upon the throne implieth that the Exponent of

His Revelation is established upon the seat of transcendent

authority…

 

He hath everlastingly existed and will everlastingly

continue to exist.  He hath been and will ever remain

inscrutable unto all men, inasmuch as all else besides Him

have been and shall ever be created through the potency of

His command.  He is exalted above every mention or praise

and is sanctified beyond every word of commendation or

every comparison.  No created thing comprehendeth Him,

while He in truth comprehendeth all things.  Even when it

is said `no created thing comprehendeth Him’, this refers

to the Mirror of His Revelation, that is Him Whom God

shall make manifest.  Indeed too high and exalted is He

for anyone to allude unto Him.  II, 8.

 

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4

EXCERPTS FROM

&DALA’IL-I-SAB’IH

(The Seven Proofs)

 

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THOU hast asked concerning the fundamentals

of religion and its ordinances:  Know thou that

first and foremost in religion is the knowledge

of God.  This attaineth its consummation in the

recognition of His divine unity, which in turn reacheth its

fulfilment in acclaiming that His hallowed and exalted

Sanctuary, the Seat of His transcendent majesty, is sanctified

from all attributes.  And know thou that in this world

of being the knowledge of God can never be attained save

through the knowledge of Him Who is the Dayspring of

divine Reality.

 

 

GRACIOUS God!  Within the domains of &Islam there are

at present seven powerful sovereigns ruling the world.

None of them hath been informed of His [the &Bab’s]

Manifestation, and if informed, none hath believed in Him.

Who knoweth, they may leave this world below full of

desire, and without having realized that the thing for which

they were waiting had come to pass.  This is what happened

to the monarchs that held fast unto the Gospel.  They awaited

the coming of the Prophet of God [&Muhammad], and

when He did appear, they failed to recognize Him.  Behold

how great are the sums which these sovereigns expend

without even the slightest thought of appointing an official

charged with the task of acquainting them in their own

realms with the Manifestation of God!  They would thereby

have fulfilled the purpose for which they have been created.

All their desires have been and are still fixed upon leaving

behind them traces of their names.

 

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PONDER likewise the Dispensation of the Apostle of God

which lasted twelve hundred and seventy years+F1 till the

dawn of the manifestation of the &Bayan.  He directed everyone

to await the advent of the Promised &Qa’im.  All deeds

which in the Islamic Dispensation began with &Muhammad

should find their consummation through the appearance

of the &Qa’im.  God hath made Him manifest invested with

the proof wherewith the Apostle of God was invested, so

that none of the believers in the &Qur’an might entertain

doubts about the validity of His Cause, for it is set down in

the &Qur’an that none but God is capable of revealing verses.

During the period of 1270 years no one among the followers

of the &Qur’an ever witnessed a person appearing with

conclusive proofs.  Now the Ever-Living Lord hath made

manifest and invested with supreme testimony this long-awaited

Promised One from a place no one could imagine

and from a person whose knowledge was deemed of no

account.  His age is no more than twenty-five years, yet

His glory is such as none of the learned among the people

of &Islam can rival; inasmuch as man’s glory lieth in his

knowledge.  Behold the learned who are honoured by

virtue of their ability to understand the Holy Writings,

and God hath exalted them to such a degree that in referring

to them He saith:  `None knoweth the meaning thereof

except God and them that are well-grounded in knowledge.’+F2

How strange then that this twenty-five-year-old

untutored one should be singled out to reveal His verses

in so astounding a manner.  If the Muslim divines have

cause for pride in understanding the meaning of the Holy

 

+F1 From the Declaration of &Muhammad; this occurred ten years

+F1 before the Hijrah which marks the starting point of the Muslim

+F1 calendar.

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Writings, His glory is in revealing the Writings, that none

of them may hesitate to believe in His Words.  So great is the

celestial might and power which God hath revealed in Him

that if it were His will and no break should intervene He

could, within the space of five days and nights, reveal the

equivalent of the &Qur’an which was sent down in twenty-three

years.  Ponder thou and reflect.  Hath anyone like unto

Him ever appeared in former times, or is this characteristic

strictly confined unto Him?

 

 

CONSIDER the manifold favours vouchsafed by the

Promised One, and the effusions of His bounty which have

pervaded the concourse of the followers of &Islam to enable

them to attain unto salvation.  Indeed observe how He Who

representeth the origin of creation, He Who is the Exponent

of the verse, `I, in very truth, am God’, identified

Himself as the Gate [&Bab] for the advent of the promised

&Qa’im, a descendant of &Muhammad, and in His first Book

enjoined the observance of the laws of the &Qur’an, so that

the people might not be seized with perturbation by reason

of a new Book and a new Revelation and might regard

His Faith as similar to their own, perchance they would

not turn away from the Truth and ignore the thing for

which they had been called into being.

 

 

LET Me set forth some rational arguments for thee.  If

someone desireth to embrace the Faith of &Islam today,

would the testimony of God prove conclusive for him?  If

 

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thou dost contend that it would not, then how is it that

God will chastise him after death, and that, while he lives,

the verdict of `non-believer’ is passed upon him?  If thou

affirmest that the testimony is conclusive, how wouldst

thou prove this?  If thy assertion is based on hearsay, then

mere words are unacceptable as a binding testimony; but

if thou deemest the &Qur’an as the testimony, this would be a

weighty and evident proof.

Now consider the Revelation of the &Bayan.  If the

followers of the &Qur’an had applied to themselves proofs

similar to those which they advance for the non-believers

in &Islam, not a single soul would have remained deprived of

the Truth, and on the Day of Resurrection everyone would

have attained salvation.

Should a Christian contend, `How can I deem the &Qur’an

a testimony while I am unable to understand it?’ such a

contention would not be acceptable.  Likewise the people

of the &Qur’an disdainfully observe, `We are unable to comprehend

the eloquence of the verses in the &Bayan, how can

we regard it as a testimony?’  Whoever uttereth such words,

say unto him, `O thou untutored one!  By what proof hast

thou embraced the Religion of &Islam?  Is it the Prophet on

whom thou hast never set eyes?  Is it the miracles which

thou hast never witnessed?  If thou hast accepted &Islam unwittingly,

wherefore hast thou done so?  But if thou hast

embraced the Faith by recognizing the &Qur’an as the testimony,

because thou hast heard the learned and the faithful

express their powerlessness before it, or if thou hast, upon

hearing the divine verses and by virtue of thy spontaneous

love for the True Word of God, responded in a spirit of

utter humility and lowliness–a spirit which is one of the

mightiest signs of true love and understanding–then such

proofs have been and will ever be regarded as sound.’

 

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THE recognition of Him Who is the Bearer of divine

Truth is none other than the recognition of God, and

loving Him is none other than loving God.  However, I

swear by the sublime Essence of God–exalted and glorified

be He–that I did not wish my identity to be known by

men, and gave instructions that My name should be concealed,

because I was fully aware of the incapacity of this

people, who are none other than those who have, in

reference to no less a person than the Apostle of God–

incomparable as He hath ever been–remarked, `He is

certainly a lunatic’.+F1  If they now claim to be other than

those people, their deeds bear witness to the falsity of their

assertions.  That which God testifieth is none other than

what His supreme Testimony testifieth.  Were all the

peoples of the world to testify unto a thing and were He to

testify unto another, His testimony will be regarded as

God’s testimony, while aught else but Him hath been and

will ever be as naught; for it is through His might that a

thing assumeth existence.

Consider the extent of the adherence of these people to

matters of faith.  When dealing with their own affairs

they are well content with the testimony of two just

witnesses, and yet despite the testimony of so many

righteous men they hesitate to believe in Him Who is the

Bearer of the divine Truth.

 

 

THE evidences which the people demanded from the

Apostle of God through their idle fancy have mostly been

rejected in the &Qur’an, even as in the &Surih of the Children

 

+F1 &Qur’an 68:51

 

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of Israel [&Surih XVII] it hath been revealed:  `And they say,

by no means will we believe on thee till thou cause a fountain

to gush forth for us from the earth; or till thou have a

garden of palm trees and vines, and thou cause rivers to

spring forth from the midst thereof in abundance; or thou

cause the heaven to fall down upon us, as thou hast given

out, in pieces; or thou bring God and the angels to vouch

for thee; or thou have a house of gold; or thou ascend to

heaven nor will we believe in thine ascension, till thou send

down to us a book which we may read.  Say, Praise be to my

Lord!  Am I more than a man, an apostle?’

Now be fair!  The Arabs uttered such words, and now,

prompted by thy desire, thou dost demand yet other things?

What is the difference between thee and them?  If thou dost

ponder a while, it will be evident that it is incumbent upon

a lowly servant to acquiesce to whatever proof God hath

appointed, and not to follow his own idle fancy.  If the

wishes of the people were to be gratified not a single disbeliever

would remain on earth.  For once the Apostle of

God had fulfilled the wishes of the people they would unhesitatingly

have embraced His Faith.  May God save thee,

shouldst thou seek any evidence according to thy selfish

desire; rather it behooveth thee to uphold the unfailing

proof which God hath appointed.  The object of thy belief

in God is but to secure His good-pleasure.  How then dost

thou seek as a proof of thy faith a thing which hath been

and is contrary to His good-pleasure?

 

 

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RID thou thyself of all attachments to aught except God,

enrich thyself in God by dispensing with all else besides

Him, and recite this prayer:

 

Say:  God sufficeth all things above all things, and

nothing in the heavens or in the earth or in whatever

lieth between them but God, thy Lord, sufficeth.

Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer,

the Omnipotent.

 

Regard not the all-sufficing power of God as an idle

fancy.  It is that genuine faith which thou cherishest for the

Manifestation of God in every Dispensation.  It is such faith

which sufficeth above all the things that exist on the

earth, whereas no created thing on earth besides faith would

suffice thee.  If thou art not a believer, the Tree of divine

Truth would condemn thee to extinction.  If thou art a

believer, thy faith shall be sufficient for thee above all

things that exist on earth, even though thou possess

nothing.

 

 

IT is recorded in a tradition that of the entire concourse of

the Christians no more than seventy people embraced the

Faith of the Apostle of God.  The blame falleth upon their

doctors, for if these had believed, they would have been

followed by the mass of their countrymen.  Behold, then,

that which hath come to pass!  The learned men of Christendom

are held to be learned by virtue of their safeguarding

the teaching of Christ, and yet consider how

they themselves have been the cause of men’s failure to

accept the Faith and attain unto salvation!  Is it still thy

wish to follow in their footsteps?  The followers of Jesus

 

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submitted to their clerics to be saved on the Day of Resurrection,

and as a result of this obedience they eventually entered

into the fire, and on the Day when the Apostle of God

appeared they shut themselves out from the recognition

of His exalted Person.  Dost thou desire to follow such

divines?

Nay, by God, be thou neither a divine without discernment

nor a follower without discernment, for both of

these shall perish on the Day of Resurrection.  Rather it

behooveth thee to be a discerning divine, or to walk with

insight in the way of God by obeying a true leader of

religion.

In every nation thou beholdest unnumbered spiritual

leaders who are bereft of true discernment, and among

every people thou dost encounter myriads of adherents

who are devoid of the same characteristic.  Ponder for a

while in thy heart, have pity on thyself and turn not aside

thine attention from proofs and evidences.  However, seek

not proofs and evidences after thine idle fancy; but rather

base thy proofs upon what God hath appointed.  Moreover,

know thou that neither being a man of learning nor

being a follower is in itself a source of glory.  If thou art a

man of learning, thy knowledge becometh an honour, and

if thou art a follower, thine adherence unto leadership

becometh an honour, only when these conform to the

good-pleasure of God.  And beware lest thou regard as an

idle fancy the good-pleasure of God; it is the same as the

good-pleasure of His Messenger.  Consider the followers

of Jesus.  They were eagerly seeking the good-pleasure of

God, yet none of them attained the good-pleasure of His

Apostle which is identical with God’s good-pleasure, except

such as embraced His Faith.

 

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THY letter hath been perused.  Were the truth of this

Revelation to be fully demonstrated with elaborate proofs,

all the scrolls that exist in the heaven and on the earth

would be insufficient to contain them.

However, the substance and essence of the subject is this,

that there can be no doubt that from everlasting God hath

been invested with the independent sovereignty of His

exalted Being, and unto everlasting He will remain inaccessible

in the transcendent majesty of His holy Essence.

No creature hath ever recognized Him as befitteth His

recognition, nor hath any created being ever praised Him

as is worthy of His praise.  He is exalted above every name,

and is sanctified from every comparison.  Through Him all

things are made known, while too lofty is His reality to be

known through anyone but Him.  The process of His creation

hath had no beginning and can have no end, otherwise it

would necessitate the cessation of His celestial grace.  God

hath raised up Prophets and revealed Books as numerous as

the creatures of the world, and will continue to do so to

everlasting.

If thou art sailing upon the sea of God’s Names, which

are reflected in all things, know thou that He is exalted and

sanctified from being known through His creatures, or

being described by His servants.  Everything thou beholdest

hath been called into being through the operation of

His Will.  How can such a created thing, therefore, be indicative

of His essential oneness?  God’s existence in itself

testifieth to His Own oneness, while every created thing,

by its very nature, beareth evidence that it hath been

fashioned by God.  Such is the proof of consummate wisdom

in the estimation of those who sail the ocean of divine

Truth.

If, however, thou art sailing upon the sea of creation,

 

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know thou that the First Remembrance, which is the Primal

Will of God, may be likened unto the sun.  God hath created

Him through the potency of His might, and He hath,

from the beginning that hath no beginning, caused Him to

be manifested in every Dispensation through the compelling

power of His behest, and God will, to the end that

knoweth no end, continue to manifest Him according to

the good-pleasure of His invincible Purpose.

And know thou that He indeed resembleth the sun.

Were the risings of the sun to continue till the end that

hath no end, yet there hath not been nor ever will be more

than one sun; and were its settings to endure for evermore,

still there hath not been nor ever will be more than one

sun.  It is this Primal Will which appeareth resplendent in

every Prophet and speaketh forth in every revealed Book.

It knoweth no beginning, inasmuch as the First deriveth its

firstness from It; and knoweth no end, for the Last oweth its

lastness unto It.

In the time of the First Manifestation the Primal Will

appeared in Adam; in the day of Noah It became known

in Noah; in the day of Abraham in Him; and so in the day

of Moses; the day of Jesus; the day of &Muhammad, the

Apostle of God; the day of the `Point of the &Bayan’; the

day of Him Whom God shall make manifest; and the day

of the One Who will appear after Him Whom God shall

make manifest.  Hence the inner meaning of the words

uttered by the Apostle of God, `I am all the Prophets’,

inasmuch as what shineth resplendent in each one of Them

hath been and will ever remain the one and the same sun.

 

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5

EXCERPTS FROM THE

&KITAB-I-ASMA’

(The Book of Names)

 

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O ye that are invested with the &Bayan!  Denounce

ye not one another, ere the Day-Star of ancient

eternity shineth forth above the horizon of His

sublimity.  We have created you from one tree

and have caused you to be as the leaves and fruit of the same

tree, that haply ye may become a source of comfort to one

another.  Regard ye not others save as ye regard your own

selves, that no feeling of aversion may prevail amongst you

so as to shut you out from Him Whom God shall make

manifest on the Day of Resurrection.  It behooveth you all

to be one indivisible people; thus should ye return unto

Him Whom God shall make manifest.

Those who have deprived themselves of this Resurrection

by reason of their mutual hatreds or by regarding

themselves to be in the right and others in the wrong, were

chastised on the Day of Resurrection by reason of such

hatreds evinced during their night.+F1  Thus they deprived

themselves of beholding the countenance of God, and this

for no other reason than mutual denunciations.

O ye that are invested with the &Bayan!  Ye should perform

such deeds as would please God, your Lord, earning

thereby the good-pleasure of Him Whom God shall make

manifest.  Turn not your religion into a means of material

 

+F1 By `night’ is meant the period between two divine Revelations

+F1 when the Sun of Truth is not manifest among men.  In the Persian

+F1 &Bayan, II, 7, the &Bab says, `O people of the &Bayan!  Act not as

+F1 the people of the &Qur’an have acted, for if you do so the fruits

+F1 of your night will come to naught’.

 

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gain, spending your life on vanities, and inheriting thereby

on the Day of Resurrection that which would displease

Him Whom God shall make manifest, while ye deem that

what ye do is right.  If, however, ye observe piety in your

Faith, God will surely nourish you from the treasuries of

His heavenly grace.

Be ye sincere in your allegiance to Him Whom God

shall make manifest, for the sake of God, your Lord, that

perchance ye may, through devotion to His Faith, be

redeemed on the Day of Resurrection.  Beware lest ye

suffer one another to be wrapt in veils by reason of the

disputes which may, during your night, arise among you

as a result of the problems ye encounter or in consideration

of such matters as your loftiness or lowliness, your nearness

or remoteness.

Thus have We firmly exhorted you–a befitting exhortation

indeed–that haply ye may cleave tenaciously unto it

and attain thereby salvation on the Day of Resurrection.

The time is approaching when ye will be at peace with

yourselves in your homes, and lo, Him Whom God shall

make manifest will have appeared, and God wisheth you

to return unto Him, even as God called you into being

through the Primal Point.  However, all of you will seek

guidance while pursuing the promptings of your own

desires.  Some of you are filled with pride by reason of your

religion, others because of your learning.  Ye will, one and

all, cling unto some part of the &Bayan as a means of self-glorification.

XVI, 19.+F1

 

+F1 The &Kitab-i-Asma’ is divided into &vahids and chapters, to which

+F1 these numbers refer.

 

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GOD is sanctified from His servants and no direct relationship

ever existeth between Him and any created thing,

while ye have all arisen at His bidding.  Verily He is your

Lord and your God, your Master and your King.  He

ordaineth your movements at His behest throughout the

day-time and in the night season.

Say, He Whom God shall make manifest is indeed the

Primal Veil of God.  Above this Veil ye can find nothing

other than God, while beneath it ye can discern all things

emanating from God.  He is the Unseen, the Inaccessible,

the Most Exalted, the Best Beloved.

If ye seek God, it behooveth you to seek Him Whom

God shall make manifest, and if ye cherish the desire to

dwell in the Ark of Names, ye will be distinguished as the

guides to Him Whom God shall make manifest, did ye but

believe in Him.  Verily then make your hearts the daysprings

of His exalted Names as recorded in the Book, and

ye shall, even as mirrors placed before the sun, be able to

receive enlightenment.  XVI, 17.

 

 

SHOULD a person lay claim to a cause and produce his

proofs, then those who seek to repudiate him are required

to produce proofs like unto his.  If they succeed in doing so,

his words will prove vain and they will prevail; otherwise

neither his words will cease nor the proofs he hath set forth

will become void.  I admonish you, O ye who are invested

with the &Bayan, if ye would fain assert your ascendancy,

confront not any soul unless ye give proofs similar to that

which he hath adduced; for Truth shall be firmly established,

while aught else besides it is sure to perish.

 

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How numerous the people who engaged in contests

with &Muhammad, the Apostle of God, and were eventually

reduced to naught, inasmuch as they were powerless to

bring forth proofs similar to that which God had sent

down unto Him.  Had they been abashed and modest, and

had they realized the nature of the proofs wherewith He

was invested, they would never have challenged Him.  But

they regarded themselves as champions of their own

religion.  Therefore God laid hold on them according to

their deserts and vindicated the Truth through the power

of Truth.  This is what ye clearly perceive today in the

&Muhammadan Revelation.

Who is the man amongst you who can challenge the

exalted Thrones of Reality in every Dispensation, while all

existence is wholly dependent upon Them?  Indeed, God

hath wiped out all those who have opposed Them from the

beginning that hath no beginning until the present day and

hath conclusively demonstrated the Truth through the

power of Truth.  Verily, He is the Almighty, the Omnipotent,

the All-Powerful.  XVII, 11.

 

 

O YE who are invested with the &Bayan!  Be ye watchful

on the Day of Resurrection, for on that Day ye will

firmly believe in the &Vahid of the &Bayan, though this,

even as your past religion which proved of no avail, can

in no wise benefit you, unless ye embrace the Cause of

Him Whom God shall make manifest and believe in that

which He ordaineth.  Therefore take ye good heed lest ye

shut yourselves out from Him Who is the Fountain-head

of all Messengers and Scriptures, while ye hold fast to parts

 

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of the teachings which have emanated from these sources.

XVII, 15.

 

 

CONSIDER how at the time of the appearance of every

Revelation, those who open their hearts to the Author of

that Revelation recognize the Truth, while the hearts of

those who fail to apprehend the Truth are straitened by

reason of their shutting themselves out from Him.  However,

openness of heart is bestowed by God upon both

parties alike.  God desireth not to straiten the heart of

anyone, be it even an ant, how much less the heart of a

superior creature, except when he suffereth himself to be

wrapt in veils, for God is the Creator of all things.

Wert thou to open the heart of a single soul by helping

him to embrace the Cause of Him Whom God shall make

manifest, thine inmost being would be filled with the inspirations

of that august Name.  It devolveth upon you,

therefore, to perform this task in the Days of Resurrection,

inasmuch as most people are helpless, and wert thou to

open their hearts and dispel their doubts, they would gain

admittance into the Faith of God.  Therefore, manifest thou

this attribute to the utmost of thine ability in the days of

Him Whom God shall make manifest.  For indeed if thou

dost open the heart of a person for His sake, better will it

be for thee than every virtuous deed; since deeds are

secondary to faith in Him and certitude in His Reality.

XVII, 15.

 

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TAKE heed to carefully consider the words of every soul,

then hold fast to the proofs which attest the truth.  If ye fail

to discover truth in a person’s words, make them not the

object of contention, inasmuch as ye have been forbidden in

the &Bayan to enter into idle disputation and controversy,

that perchance on the Day of Resurrection ye may not

engage in argumentation, and dispute with Him Whom

God shall make manifest.  XVII, 16.

 

 

ON the Day of Resurrection when He Whom God will

make manifest cometh unto you, invested with conclusive

proofs, ye shall hold His Cause as being devoid of truth,

whereas God hath apprised you in the &Bayan that no

similarity existeth between the Cause of Him Whom God

will make manifest and the cause of others.  How can anyone

besides God reveal a verse such as to overwhelm all

mankind?  Say, great is God!  Who else but Him Whom

God will make manifest can spontaneously recite verses

which proceed from His Lord–a feat that no mortal man

can ever hope to accomplish?

Truth can in no wise be confounded with aught else

except itself; would that ye might ponder His proof.  Nor

can error be confused with Truth, if ye do but reflect upon

the testimony of God, the True One.

How great hath been the number of those who have

falsely laid claim to a cause within &Islam, and ye followed

in their footsteps without having witnessed a single proof.

What evidence can ye then produce in the presence of

your Lord, if ye do but meditate a while?

Take ye good heed in your night+F1 lest ye be a cause of

 

+F1 See footnote on page 129

 

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sadness to any soul, whether ye be able to discover proofs

in him or not, that haply on the Day of Resurrection ye

may not grieve Him within Whose grasp lieth every proof.

And when ye do not discern God’s testimony in a person,

he will verily fail in manifesting the power of Truth; and

God is sufficient to deal with him.  Indeed on no account

should ye sadden any person; surely God will put him to

the proof and bring him to account.  It behooveth you to

cling to the testimony of your own Faith and to observe

the ordinances laid down in the &Bayan.

You are like unto the man who layeth out an orchard

and planteth all kinds of fruit trees therein.  When the time

is at hand for him, the lord, to come, ye will have taken

possession of the orchard in his name, and when he doth

come in person, ye will shut him out from it.

Verily We planted the Tree of the &Qur’an and provided

its Orchard with all kinds of fruit, whereof ye all have been

partaking.  Then when We came to take over that which

We had planted, ye pretended not to know Him Who is

the Lord thereof.

Be ye not a cause of grief unto Us, nor withhold Us

from this Orchard which belongeth unto Us, though independent

are We of all that ye possess.  Moreover, unto

none of you shall We make this property lawful, were it

even to the extent of a mustard seed.  Verily, the Reckoner

are We.

We have planted the Garden of the &Bayan in the name

of Him Whom God will make manifest, and have granted

you permission to live therein until the time of His

manifestation; then from the moment the Cause of Him

Whom God will make manifest is inaugurated, We forbid

you all the things ye hold as your own, unless ye may, by

the leave of your Lord, be able to regain possession thereof.

XVIII, 3.

 

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O YE unto whom the &Bayan is given!  Be ye vigilant lest

in the days of Him Whom God shall make manifest, while

ye consider yourselves as seeking God’s pleasure, in reality

ye persist in that which would only displease Him, even as

did those who lived in the days of the Primal Point, to

whom it never occurred that they were seeking things

which ran counter to that which God had purposed.  They

shut themselves out as by a veil from God and failed to

observe that which He had desired for them to perform as

true believers.  They pondered not upon such people as

lived in the days of &Muhammad, who believed likewise

that they were seeking the good-pleasure of God, while

they had actually cut themselves off therefrom, once they

had failed to secure the good-pleasure of &Muhammad.

Nevertheless they comprehended not.

O ye who are invested with the &Bayan!  Regard not

yourselves as being like unto the people to whom the

&Qur’an or the Gospel or other Scriptures of old were given,

since at the time of His manifestation ye shall stray farther

from God than did they.  If ye happen to shut yourselves

out it would never cross your minds that ye were shut out

from Him.  It behooveth you to consider how the people

unto whom the &Qur’an was given were debarred from the

Truth, for indeed ye will act in a like manner, thinking

that ye are doers of good.  If ye perceive the degree of your

deprivation of God, ye will wish to have perished from the

face of the earth and to have sunk into oblivion.  The day

will come when ye will earnestly desire to know that which

would meet with the good-pleasure of God but, alas, ye

shall find no path unto Him.  Ye, even as camels that wander

aimlessly, will not find a pasture wherein ye may gather

and unite upon a Cause in which ye can assuredly believe.

At that time God shall cause the Sun of Truth to shine

 

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forth and the oceans of His bounty and grace to surge,

while ye will have chosen droplets of water as the object of

your desire, and will have deprived yourselves of the

plenteous waters in His oceans.

If ye entertain any doubts in this matter consider the

people unto whom the Gospel was given.  Having no access

to the apostles of Jesus, they sought the pleasure of the Lord

in their churches, hoping to learn that which would be

acceptable unto God, but they found therein no path unto

Him.  Then when God manifested &Muhammad as His Messenger

and as the Repository of His good-pleasure, they

neglected to quicken their souls from the Fountain of living

waters which streamed forth from the presence of their

Lord and continued to rove distraught upon the earth seeking

a mere droplet of water and believing that they were

doing righteous deeds.  They behaved as the people unto

whom the &Qur’an was given are now behaving.

O ye who are invested with the &Bayan!  Ye can act

similarly.  Take ye heed, therefore, lest ye deprive yourselves

of attaining the presence of Him Who is the Manifestation

of God, notwithstanding that ye have been day

and night praying to behold His countenance; and be ye

careful lest ye be deterred from attaining unto the ocean

of His good-pleasure, when perplexed and to no avail ye

roam the earth in search of a drop of water.

Say, the testimony of God hath been fulfilled in the

&Bayan, and through its revelation the grace of God hath

attained its highest consummation for all mankind.  Let no

one among you say that God hath withheld the outpouring

of His bounty unto you, for assuredly God’s mercy unto

those to whom the &Bayan is given hath been fulfilled and

completed until the Day of Resurrection.  Would that ye

might believe in the signs of God.  XVI, 13.

 

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VERILY God hath caused the people of the &Bayan to be

called into being through the power of Him unto Whom

the &Bayan was revealed, in preparation for the Day when

they will return to their Lord.

Indeed those who will bear allegiance unto Him Whom

God shall make manifest are the ones who have grasped the

meaning of that which hath been revealed in the &Bayan;

they are indeed the sincere ones, while those who turn away

from Him at the time of His appearance will have utterly

failed to comprehend a single letter of the &Bayan, even

though they profess belief and assurance in whatever is

revealed in it or observe its precepts.

Say, every favourable and praiseworthy designation in

the &Bayan is but an allusion to those who recognize Him

Whom God shall make manifest, and who believe with

certainty in God and in His holy Writings, while every

unfavourable designation therein is meant to refer to such

as repudiate Him Whom God shall make manifest, though

they may act uprightly within the bounds laid down in the

&Bayan.  Say, if ye embrace the truth on the Day of

Resurrection, God will assuredly pardon you for your

night+F1 and will grant you forgiveness.

As to those who have faithfully observed the ordinances

in the &Bayan from the inception of its revelation until the

Day when Him Whom God shall make manifest will

appear, these are indeed the companions of the paradise of

His good-pleasure who will be glorified in the presence of

God and will dwell in the pavilions of His celestial Garden.

Yet, within less than a tiny fraction of an instant from the

moment God will have revealed Him Who is the Manifestation

of His Own Self, the entire company of the

followers of the &Bayan shall be put to proof.  XVII, 1.

 

+F1 See footnote on page 129

 

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SINCE thou hast faithfully obeyed the true religion of God

in the past, it behooveth thee to follow His true religion

hereafter, inasmuch as every religion proceedeth from God,

the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

He Who hath revealed the &Qur’an unto &Muhammad,

the Apostle of God, ordaining in the Faith of &Islam that

which was pleasing unto Him, hath likewise revealed the

&Bayan, in the manner ye have been promised, unto Him

Who is your &Qa’im,+F1 your Guide, your &Mihdi,+F2 your

Lord, Him Whom ye acclaim as the manifestation of God’s

most excellent titles.  Verily the equivalent of that which

God revealed unto &Muhammad during twenty-three years,

hath been revealed unto Me within the space of two days

and two nights.  However, as ordained by God, no distinction

is to be drawn between the two.  He, in truth, hath

power over all things.

I swear by the life of Him Whom God shall make manifest!

My Revelation is indeed far more bewildering than

that of &Muhammad, the Apostle of God, if thou dost but

pause to reflect upon the days of God.  Behold, how strange

that a person brought up amongst the people of Persia

should be empowered by God to proclaim such irrefutable

utterances as to silence every man of learning, and be enabled

to spontaneously reveal verses far more rapidly than

anyone could possibly set down in writing.  Verily, no God

is there but Him, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

XVI, 18.

 

+F1 He Who ariseth (God Passes By, p. 57)

+F2 One Who is guided (God Passes By, p. 58)

 

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AS to those who have debarred themselves from the

Revelation of God, they have indeed failed to understand

the significance of a single letter of the &Qur’an, nor have

they obtained the slightest notion of the Faith of &Islam,

otherwise they would not have turned away from God,

Who hath brought them into being, Who hath nurtured

them, hath caused them to die and hath proffered life unto

them, by clinging to parts of their religion, thinking that

they are doing righteous work for the sake of God.

How numerous the verses which have been revealed

concerning the grievous tests ye shall experience on the Day

of Judgement, yet it appeareth that ye have never perused

them; and how vast the number of revealed traditions

regarding the trials which will overtake you on the Day of

Our Return, and yet ye seem never to have set your eyes

upon them.

Ye spend all your days contriving forms and rules for

the principles of your Faith, while that which profiteth

you in all this is to comprehend the good-pleasure of your

Lord and unitedly to become well-acquainted with His

supreme Purpose.

God hath made His Own Self known unto you, but ye

have failed to recognize Him; and the thing which will, on

the Day of Judgement, turn you aside from God is the

specious character of your deeds.  Throughout your lives

ye follow your religion in order to attract the good-pleasure

of God, yet on the Last Day ye shut yourselves out

from God and turn away from Him Who is your Promised

One.  XVII, 2.

 

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O YE who are invested with the &Bayan!  Ye shall be put

to proof, even as those unto whom the &Qur’an was given.

Have pity on yourselves, for ye shall witness the Day when

God will have revealed Him Who is the Manifestation of

His Own Self, invested with clear and irrefutable proofs,

while ye will cling tenaciously to the words the Witnesses

of the &Bayan have uttered.  On that Day ye will continue

to rove distraught, even as camels, seeking a drop of the

water of life.  God will cause oceans of living water to

stream forth from the presence of Him Whom God shall

make manifest, while ye will refuse to quench your thirst

therefrom, notwithstanding that ye regard yourselves as

the God-fearing witnesses of your Faith.  Nay, and yet

again, nay!  Ye will go astray far beyond the peoples unto

whom the Gospel, or the &Qur’an or any other Scripture

was given.  Take good heed to yourselves, inasmuch as the

Cause of God will come upon you at a time when you

will all be entreating and tearfully imploring God for the

advent of the Day of His Manifestation; yet when He

cometh ye will tarry and will fail to be of those who are

well-assured in His Faith.

Beware lest ye grieve Him Who is the Supreme

Manifestation of your Lord; verily, He can well afford to

dispense with your allegiance unto Him.  Be ye careful and

bring not despondency upon any soul, for surely ye shall be

put to proof.  XVII, 2.

 

 

SAY, He Whom God shall make manifest will surely

redeem the rights of those who truly believe in God and in

His signs, for they are the ones who merit reward from His

 

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presence.  Say, it is far from the glory of Him Whom God

shall make manifest that anyone should in this wise make

mention of His name, if ye ponder the Cause of God in

your hearts.  Say, He shall vindicate the Cause through the

potency of His command and shall bring to naught all

perversion of truth by virtue of His behest.  Verily God is

potent over all things.

If ye wish to distinguish truth from error, consider those

who believe in Him Whom God shall make manifest and

those who disbelieve Him at the time of His appearance.

The former represent the essence of truth, as attested in the

Book of God, while the latter the essence of error, as

attested in that same Book.  Fear ye God that ye may not

identify yourselves with aught but the truth, inasmuch as

ye have been exalted in the &Bayan for being recognized as

the bearers of the name of Him Who is the eternal Truth.

Say, were He Whom God shall make manifest to pronounce

a pious and truthful follower of the &Bayan as false,

it is incumbent upon you to submit to His decree, as this

hath been affirmed by God in the &Bayan; verily God is able

to convert light into fire whenever He pleaseth; surely He

is potent over all things.  And were He to declare a person

whom ye regard alien to the truth as being akin thereto,

err not by questioning His decision in your fancies, for He

Who is the Sovereign Truth createth things through the

power of His behest.  Verily God transmuteth fire into

light as He willeth, and indeed potent is He over all things.

Consider ye how the truth shone forth as truth in the First

Day and how error became manifest as error; so likewise

shall ye distinguish them from each other on the Day of

Resurrection.  XVII, 4.

 

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PONDER upon the people unto whom the Gospel was

given.  Their religious leaders were considered as the true

Guides of the Gospel, yet when they shut themselves out

from &Muhammad, the Apostle of God, they turned into

guides of error, notwithstanding that all their lives they

had faithfully observed the precepts of their religion in

order to attain unto Paradise; then when God made

Paradise known unto them, they would not enter therein.

Those unto whom the &Qur’an is given have wrought likewise.

They performed their acts of devotion for the sake of

God, hoping that He might enable them to join the

righteous in Paradise.  However, when the gates of Paradise

were flung open to their faces, they declined to enter.  They

suffered themselves to enter into the fire, though they had

been seeking refuge therefrom in God.

Say, verily, the criterion by which truth is distinguished

from error shall not appear until the Day of Resurrection.

This ye will know, if ye be of them that love the Truth.

And ere the advent of the Day of Resurrection ye shall

distinguish truth from aught else besides it according to that

which hath been revealed in the &Bayan.

How vast the number of people who will, on the Day of

Resurrection, regard themselves to be in the right, while

they shall be accounted as false through the dispensation of

Providence, inasmuch as they will shut themselves out as

by a veil from Him Whom God shall make manifest and

refuse to bow down in adoration before Him Who, as

divinely ordained in the Book, is the Object of their

creation.  XVII, 4.

 

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SAY, ye will be unable to recognize the One True God or

to discern clearly the words of divine guidance, inasmuch

as ye seek and tread a path other than His.  Whenever ye

learn that a new Cause hath appeared, ye must seek the

presence of its author and must delve into his writings that

haply ye may not be debarred from attaining unto Him

Whom God shall make manifest at the hour of His

manifestation.  Wert thou to walk in the way of truth as

handed down by them that are endowed with the knowledge

of the inmost reality, God, thy Lord, will surely

redeem thee on the Day of Resurrection.  Verily He is

potent over all things.

In the &Bayan God hath forbidden everyone to pronounce

judgement against any soul, lest he may pass sentence upon

God, his Lord, while regarding himself to be of the

righteous, inasmuch as no one knoweth how the Cause of

God will begin or end.

O ye who are invested with the &Bayan!  Should ye be

apprised of a person laying claim to a Cause and revealing

verses which to outward seeming are unlikely to have been

revealed by anyone else save God, the Help in Peril, the

Self-Subsisting, do not pass sentence against him, lest ye

may inadvertently pass sentence against Him Whom God

shall make manifest.  Say, He Whom God shall make manifest

is but one of you; He will make Himself known unto

you on the Day of Resurrection.  Ye shall know God when

the Manifestation of His Own Self is made known unto

you, that perchance ye may not stray far from His Path.

Verily God will raise up Him Whom God shall make

manifest, and after Him Whomsoever He willeth, even as

He hath raised up prophets before the Point of the &Bayan.

He in truth hath power over all things.  XVII, 4.

 

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VERILY, on the First Day We flung open the gates of

Paradise unto all the peoples of the world, and exclaimed:

`O all ye created things!  Strive to gain admittance into

Paradise, since ye have, during all your lives, held fast unto

virtuous deeds in order to attain unto it.’  Surely all men

yearn to enter therein, but alas, they are unable to do so by

reason of that which their hands have wrought.  Shouldst

thou, however, gain a true understanding of God in thine

heart of hearts, ere He hath manifested Himself, thou

wouldst be able to recognize Him, visible and resplendent,

when He unveileth Himself before the eyes of all men.

XVII, 11.

 

 

SAY, by reason of your remembering Him Whom God

shall make manifest and by extolling His name, God will

cause your hearts to be dilated with joy, and do ye not wish

your hearts to be in such a blissful state?  Indeed the hearts

of them that truly believe in Him Whom God shall make

manifest are vaster than the expanse of heaven and earth

and whatever is between them.  God hath left no hindrance

in their hearts, were it but the size of a mustard seed.  He

will cheer their hearts, their spirits, their souls and their

bodies and their days of prosperity or adversity, through

the exaltation of the name of Him Who is the supreme

Testimony of God and the promotion of the Word of Him

Who is the Dayspring of the glory of their Creator.

Verily, these are souls who take delight in the remembrance

of God, Who dilates their hearts through the

effulgence of the light of knowledge and wisdom.  They

seek naught but God and are oft engaged in giving praise

 

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unto Him.  They desire naught except whatever He desireth

and stand ready to do His bidding.  Their hearts are mirrors

reflecting whatsoever He Whom God shall make manifest

willeth.  Thus God will cheer the hearts of those who truly

believe in Him and in His signs and who are well assured

of the life to come.  Say, the life to come is none other than

the days associated with the coming of Him Whom God

will make manifest.

Reduce not the ordinances of God to fanciful imaginations

of your own; rather observe all the things which God

hath created at His behest with the eye of the spirit, even as

ye see things with the eyes of your bodies.  XVII, 15.

 

 

THE divine Revelation associated with the advent of Him

Who is your promised &Mihdi hath proved far more

wondrous than the Revelation wherewith &Muhammad, the

Apostle of God, was invested.  Would that ye might ponder.

Verily, God raised up &Muhammad, the Apostle of God,

from among the people of Arabia after he had reached

forty years of age–a fact which every one of you affirmeth

and upholdeth–while your Redeemer was raised up by

God at the age of twenty-four amidst people none of

whom can speak or understand a single word of Arabic.

Thus God layeth bare the glory of His Cause and demonstrateth

the Truth through the potency of His revealed

Word.  He is indeed the Powerful, the Omnipotent, the

Help in Peril, the Best Beloved.  XVII, 4.

 

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SAY, verily God hath caused all created things to enter

beneath the shade of the tree of affirmation, except those

who are endowed with the faculty of understanding.  Theirs

is the choice either to believe in God their Lord, and put

their whole trust in Him, or to shut themselves out from

Him and refuse to believe with certitude in His signs.

These two groups sail upon two seas:  the sea of affirmation

and the sea of negation.

They that truly believe in God and in His signs, and

who in every Dispensation faithfully obey that which hath

been revealed in the Book–such are indeed the ones whom

God hath created from the fruits of the Paradise of His

good-pleasure, and who are of the blissful.  But they who

turn away from God and His signs in each Dispensation,

those are the ones who sail upon the sea of negation.

God hath, through the potency of His behest, ordained

for Himself the task of ensuring the ascendancy of the sea

of affirmation and of bringing to naught the sea of negation

through the power of His might.  He is in truth potent over

all things.

Verily it is incumbent upon you to recognize your Lord

at the time of His manifestation, that haply ye may not

enter into negation, and that, ere a prophet is raised by

God, ye may find yourselves securely established upon the

sea of affirmation.  For if a prophet cometh to you from

God and ye fail to walk in His Way, God will, thereupon,

transform your light into fire.  Take heed then that perchance

ye may, through the grace of God and His signs, be

enabled to redeem your souls.  XVIII, 13.

 

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SAY, God shall of a truth cause your hearts to be given to

perversity if ye fail to recognize Him Whom God shall

make manifest; but if ye do recognize Him God shall

banish perversity from your hearts…

That day whereon ye were, by God’s Will, initiated into

the &Bayan, did any of you know who were the Letters of

the Living or the Witnesses or the Testimonies or what the

names of the believers?  Likewise doth God wish you to

recognize Him Whom God shall make manifest on the

Day of Resurrection.  Beware lest ye shut yourselves out as

by a veil from Him Who hath created you, by reason of

your regard for those who were called into being at the

bidding of the Point of the &Bayan for the exaltation of His

Word.  Did ye possess, ere the Point of the &Bayan had called

you into existence, any trace of identity, how much less a

writ or authority?  Disregard then your beginnings, perchance

ye may be saved on the day of your return.  Indeed

had it not been for the exaltation of the name of the Primal

Point, God would not have ordained for you the Letters of

the Living, nor those who are the Testimonies of His

Truth, nor the Witnesses of His Justice; could ye but heed

a little.  All this is to glorify the Cause of Him Whom God

shall make manifest at the time of His manifestation;

would that ye might ponder a while.

Therefore it behooveth you to return unto God even as

ye were brought forth into existence, and to utter not such

words as why or nay, if ye wish your creation to yield

fruit at the time of your return.  For none of you who have

been born in the &Bayan shall gain the fruit of your beginning

unless ye return unto Him Whom God shall make

manifest.  He it is Who caused your beginning to proceed

from God, and your return to be unto Him, did ye but

know.  XVI, 15.

 

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HOW great the number of people who deck themselves

with robes of silk all their lives, while clad in the garb of

fire, inasmuch as they have divested themselves of the

raiment of divine guidance and righteousness; and how

numerous are those who wear clothes made of cotton or

coarse wool throughout their lives, and yet by reason of

their being endowed with the vesture of divine guidance

and righteousness, are truly attired with the raiment of

Paradise and take delight in the good-pleasure of God.

Indeed it would be better in the sight of God were ye to

combine the two, adorning yourselves with the raiment of

divine guidance and righteousness and wearing exquisite

silk, if ye can afford to do so.  If not, at least act ye not unrighteously,

but rather observe piety and virtue…

But for the sole reason of His being present amongst this

people, We would have neither prescribed any law nor laid

down any prohibition.  It is only for the glorification of His

Name and the exaltation of His Cause that We have enunciated

certain laws at Our behest, or forbidden the acts to

which We are averse, so that at the hour of His manifestation

ye may attain through Him the good-pleasure of God and

abstain from the things that are abhorrent unto Him.

Say, verily, the good-pleasure of Him Whom God shall

make manifest is the good-pleasure of God, while the displeasure

of Him Whom God shall make manifest is none

other than the displeasure of God.  Avoid ye His displeasure,

and flee for refuge unto His good-pleasure.  Say, the living

guides to His good-pleasure are such as truly believe in

Him and are well-assured in their faith, while the living

testimonies of His displeasure are those who, when they

hear the verses of God sent forth from His presence, or

read the divine words revealed by Him, do not instantly

embrace the Faith and attain unto certitude.  XVI, 14.

 

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6

EXCERPTS FROM

VARIOUS WRITINGS

 

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SAY, God is the Lord and all are worshippers unto

Him.

Say, God is the True One and all pay homage

unto Him.

This is God, your Lord, and unto Him shall ye return.

Is there any doubt concerning God?  He hath created you

and all things.  The Lord of all worlds is He.

 

 

SAY, verily any one follower of this Faith can, by the leave

of God, prevail over all who dwell in heaven and earth

and in whatever lieth between them; for indeed this is,

beyond the shadow of a doubt, the one true Faith.  Therefore

fear ye not, neither be ye grieved.

Say, God hath, according to that which is revealed in the

Book, taken upon Himself the task of ensuring the ascendancy

of any one of the followers of the Truth, over and

above one hundred other souls, and the supremacy of one

hundred believers over one thousand non-believers and the

domination of one thousand of the faithful over all the

peoples and kindreds of the earth; inasmuch as God calleth

into being whatsoever He willeth by virtue of His behest.

Verily He is potent over all things.

Say, the power of God is in the hearts of those who

believe in the unity of God and bear witness that no God

is there but Him, while the hearts of them that associate

partners with God are impotent, devoid of life on this

earth, for assuredly they are dead.

The Day is approaching when God will render the hosts

 

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of Truth victorious, and He will purge the whole earth in

such wise that within the compass of His knowledge not a

single soul shall remain unless he truly believeth in God,

worshippeth none other God but Him, boweth down by

day and by night in His adoration, and is reckoned among

such as are well assured.

Say, God indeed is the Sovereign Truth, Who is manifestly

Supreme over His servants; He is the Help in Peril,

the Self-Subsisting.

 

 

GOD testifieth that there is none other God but Him.  His

are the kingdoms in the heavens and on the earth and all

that is between them.  He is exalted above the comprehension

of all things, and is inscrutable to the mind of every

created being; none shall be able to fathom the oneness of

His Being or to unravel the nature of His Existence.  No

peer or likeness, no similitude or equal can ever be joined

with Him.  Yield ye praise then unto Him and glorify Him

and bear ye witness to the sanctity and oneness of His Being

and magnify His might and majesty with wondrous

glorification.  This will enable you to gain admittance into

the all-highest Paradise.  Would that ye had firm faith in

the revelation of the signs of God.

This is the divinely-inscribed Book.  This is the outspread

Tablet.  Say, this indeed is the Frequented Fane, the sweet-scented

Leaf, the Tree of divine Revelation, the surging

Ocean, the Utterance which lay concealed, the Light above

every light…  Indeed every light is generated by God

through the power of His behest.  He of a truth is the Light

in the kingdom of heaven and earth and whatever is between

 

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them.  Through the radiance of His light God imparteth

illumination to your hearts and maketh firm your

steps, that perchance ye may yield praise unto Him.

Say, this of a certainty is the Garden of Repose, the

loftiest Point of adoration, the Tree beyond which there is

no passing, the blessed Lote-Tree, the Most Mighty Sign,

the most beauteous Countenance and the most comely Face.

 

 

FROM the beginning that hath no beginning all men have

bowed in adoration before Him Whom God shall make

manifest and will continue to do so until the end that hath

no end.  How strange then that at the time of His appearance

ye should pay homage by day and night unto that

which the Point of the &Bayan hath enjoined upon you and

yet fail to worship Him Whom God shall make manifest.

 

 

CONSECRATE Thou, O my God, the whole of this Tree

unto Him, that from it may be revealed all the fruits

created by God within it for Him through Whom God

hath willed to reveal all that He pleaseth.  By Thy glory!

I have not wished that this Tree should ever bear any

branch, leaf, or fruit that would fail to bow down before

Him, on the day of His Revelation, or refuse to laud Thee

through Him, as beseemeth the glory of His all-glorious

Revelation, and the sublimity of His most sublime Concealment.

And shouldst Thou behold, O my God, any branch,

leaf, or fruit upon Me that hath failed to bow down before

 

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Him, on the day of His Revelation, cut it off, O My God,

from that Tree, for it is not of Me, nor shall it return unto

Me.

 

 

HE–glorified be His mention–resembleth the sun.

Were unnumbered mirrors to be placed before it, each

would, according to its capacity, reflect the splendour of

that sun, and were none to be placed before it, it would still

continue to rise and set, and the mirrors alone would be

veiled from its light.  I, verily, have not fallen short of My

duty to admonish that people, and to devise means

whereby they may turn towards God, their Lord, and

believe in God, their Creator.  If, on the day of His Revelation,

all that are on earth bear Him allegiance, Mine inmost

being will rejoice, inasmuch as all will have attained

the summit of their existence, and will have been brought

face to face with their Beloved, and will have recognized,

to the fullest extent attainable in the world of being, the

splendour of Him Who is the Desire of their hearts.  If not,

My soul will indeed be saddened.  I truly have nurtured all

things for this purpose.  How, then, can anyone be veiled

from Him?  For this have I called upon God, and will continue

to call upon Him.  He, verily, is nigh, ready to answer.

 

 

THE glory of Him Whom God shall make manifest is

immeasurably above every other glory, and His majesty is

far above every other majesty.  His beauty excelleth every

 

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other embodiment of beauty, and His grandeur immensely

exceedeth every other manifestation of grandeur.  Every

light paleth before the radiance of His light, and every other

exponent of mercy falleth short before the tokens of His

mercy.  Every other perfection is as naught in face of His

consummate perfection, and every other display of might is

as nothing before His absolute might.  His names are

superior to all other names.  His good-pleasure taketh

precedence over any other expression of good-pleasure.

His pre-eminent exaltation is far above the reach of every

other symbol of exaltation.  The splendour of His appearance

far surpasseth that of any other appearance.  His divine

concealment is far more profound than any other concealment.

His loftiness is immeasurably above every other

loftiness.  His gracious favour is unequalled by any other

evidence of favour.  His power transcendeth every power.

His sovereignty is invincible in the face of every other

sovereignty.  His celestial dominion is exalted far above

every other dominion.  His knowledge pervadeth all created

things, and His consummate power extendeth over all

beings.

 

 

ALL men have proceeded from God and unto Him shall

all return.  All shall appear before Him for judgement.  He

is the Lord of the Day of Resurrection, of Regeneration and

of Reckoning, and His revealed Word is the Balance.

 

True death is realized when a person dieth to himself at

the time of His Revelation in such wise that he seeketh

naught except Him.

 

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True resurrection from the sepulchres means to be

quickened in conformity with His Will, through the power

of His utterance.

 

Paradise is attainment of His good-pleasure and everlasting

hell-fire His judgement through justice.

 

The Day He revealeth Himself is Resurrection Day

which shall last as long as He ordaineth.

 

Everything belongeth unto Him and is fashioned by

Him.  All besides Him are His creatures.

 

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In the Name of God, the Most Exalted, the Most High.

 

VERILY I am God, no God is there but Me, and aught

except Me is but My creation.  Say, worship Me then, O ye,

My creatures.

I have called Thee into being, have nurtured Thee, protected

Thee, loved Thee, raised Thee up and have graciously

chosen Thee to be the manifestation of Mine Own Self,

that Thou mayest recite My verses as ordained by Me, and

may summon whomsoever I have created unto My

Religion which is none other than this glorious and exalted

Path.

I have fashioned all created things for Thy sake, and I

have, by virtue of My Will, set Thee sovereign Ruler over

all mankind.  Moreover, I have decreed that whoso embraceth

My religion shall believe in My unity, and I have

linked this belief with remembrance of Thee, and after

 

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Thee the remembrance of such as Thou hast, by My leave,

caused to be the `Letters of the Living’, and of whatever

hath been revealed from My religion in the &Bayan.  This,

indeed, is what will enable the sincere among My servants

to gain admittance into the celestial Paradise.

Verily, the sun is but a token from My presence so that

the true believers among My servants may discern in its

rising the dawning of every Dispensation.

In truth I have created Thee through Thyself, then at

My Own behest I have fashioned all things through the

creative power of Thy Word.  We are All-Powerful.  I have

appointed Thee to be the Beginning and the End, the Seen

and the Hidden.  Verily We are the All-Knowing.

No one hath been or will ever be invested with prophethood

other than Thee, nor hath any sacred Book been or

will be revealed unto any one except Thee.  Such is the

decree ordained by Him Who is the All-Encompassing, the

Best Beloved.

The &Bayan is in truth Our conclusive proof for all

created things, and all the peoples of the world are powerless

before the revelation of its verses.  It enshrineth the sum

total of all the Scriptures, whether of the past or of the

future, even as Thou art the Repository of all Our proofs

in this Day.  We cause whomsover We desire to be

admitted into the gardens of our most holy, most sublime

Paradise.  Thus is divine revelation inaugurated in each

Dispensation at Our behest.  We are truly the supreme

Ruler.  Indeed no religion shall We ever inaugurate unless

it be renewed in the days to come.  This is a promise We

solemnly have made.  Verily We are supreme over all

things…

 

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He is God, the Sovereign Lord, the All-Glorious.

 

SAY:  Praise be to God Who graciously enableth whomsoever

He willeth to adore Him.  Verily no God is there but

Him.  His are the most excellent titles; it is He Who

causeth His Word to be fulfilled as He pleaseth and it is He

Who leadeth those who have received illumination and

seek the way of righteousness.

Fear thou God, thy Lord, and make mention of His

Name in the day-time and at eventide.  Follow not the

promptings of the faithless, lest thou be reckoned among

the exponents of idle fancies.  Faithfully obey the Primal

Point Who is the Lord Himself, and be of the righteous.

Let nothing cause thee to be sore shaken, neither let the

things which have been destined to take place in this Cause

disturb thee.  Strive earnestly for the sake of God and walk

in the path of righteousness.  Shouldst thou encounter the

unbelievers, place thy whole trust in God, thy Lord, saying,

Sufficient is God unto me in the kingdoms of both this

world and the next.

The Day is approaching when God shall bring the faithful

together.  In truth no God is there other than Him.

May the peace of God be with those who have been

guided aright through the power of divine guidance.

 

 

 

He is God, the Supreme Ruler, the Sovereign Truth,

He Whose help is implored by all.

 

GLORIFIED is He to Whom pertaineth the dominion of

the heavens and of the earth, in Whose hand lieth the

 

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kingdom of all created things and unto Whom shall all

return.  It is He Who setteth the measure assigned to each

and every thing and revealeth His goodly gifts and blessings

in His sacred Book for the benefit of those who offer

gratitude for His Cause.

Say, this earthly life shall come to an end, and everyone

shall expire and return unto my Lord God Who will

reward with the choicest gifts the deeds of those who

endure with patience.  Verily thy God assigneth the measure

of all created things as He willeth, by virtue of His behest;

and those who conform to the good-pleasure of your Lord,

they are indeed among the blissful.

Thy Lord hath never raised up a prophet in the past who

failed to summon the people to His Lord, and today is truly

similar to the times of old, were ye to ponder over the

verses revealed by God.

When God sent forth His Prophet &Muhammad, on that

day the termination of the prophetic cycle was foreordained

in the knowledge of God.  Yea, that promise hath

indeed come true and the decree of God hath been accomplished

as He hath ordained.  Assuredly we are today living

in the Days of God.  These are the glorious days on the like

of which the sun hath never risen in the past.  These are the

days which the people in bygone times eagerly expected.

What hath then befallen you that ye are fast asleep?  These

are the days wherein God hath caused the Day-Star of

Truth to shine resplendent.  What hath then caused you to

keep your silence?  These are the appointed days which ye

have been yearningly awaiting in the past–the days of the

advent of divine justice.  Render ye thanks unto God, O ye

concourse of believers.

Let not the deeds of those who reject the Truth shut you

out as by a veil.  Such people have warrant over your

 

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bodies only, and God hath not reposed in them power over

your spirits, your souls and your hearts.  Fear ye God that

haply it may be well with you.  All things have been created

for your sakes, and for the sake of naught else hath your

creation been ordained.  Fear ye God and take heed lest

forms and apparels debar you from recognizing Him.  Render

ye thanksgiving unto God that perchance He may deal

mercifully with you.

This mortal life is sure to perish; its pleasures are bound to

fade away and ere long ye shall return unto God, distressed

with pangs of remorse, for presently ye shall be roused

from your slumber, and ye shall soon find yourselves in the

presence of God and will be asked of your doings.

Say, how dare ye flagrantly deny the verses sent down

from the heaven of justice, yet ye read the Books of God

revealed in the past?  How do ye repudiate the meeting with

your Lord which was appointed with you aforetime, and

fail in this Day to heed His warning?  Indeed, by adhering

to forms and by following the promptings of your selfish

desires, ye have deprived yourselves of the good-pleasure

of your Lord, except those whom their Lord hath endowed

with knowledge and who in this Day render thanks unto

Him for the bounty of being identified with the true Faith

of God.  Therefore announce ye the Message unto those

who manifest virtue and teach them the ways of the One

True God, that haply they may comprehend.

Withhold thy tongue from uttering that which might

grieve thee and beseech God for mercy.  Verily He is fully

cognizant of the righteous, for He is with such of His

servants as truly believe in Him, and He is not unaware of

the actions of the mischief-makers, inasmuch as nothing

whatever in the heavens or on the earth can escape His

knowledge.

 

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These verses, clear and conclusive, are a token of the

mercy of thy Lord and a source of guidance for all mankind.

They are a light unto those who believe in them and

a fire of afflictive torment for those who turn away and

reject them.

 

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O THOU who art the chosen one among women!

He is God; glorified is the splendour of His light.

The verses in this Tablet are revealed for the one who

hath believed in the signs of her Lord and is reckoned

among such as are wholly devoted unto Him.  Bear thou

witness that verily no God is there but Him, Who is both

my Lord and thine, and that no other God besides Him

existeth.  He is the Bountiful, the Almighty.

Yield thee thanks unto God, for He hath graciously

aided thee in this Day, revealed for thee the clear verses of

this Tablet, and hath numbered thee among such women as

have believed in the signs of God, have taken Him as their

guardian and are of the grateful.  Verily God shall soon

reward thee and those who have believed in His signs with

an excellent reward from His presence.  Assuredly no God

is there other than Him, the All-Possessing, the Most

Generous.  The revelations of His bounty pervade all

created things; He is the Merciful, the Compassionate.

 

 

GOD testifieth that there is none other God but Him, the

Almighty, the Best Beloved.

 

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Fix your gaze upon Him Whom God shall make manifest

in the Day of Resurrection, then firmly believe in that

which is sent down by Him.

Say, God hath undisputed triumph over every victorious

one.  There is no one in heaven or earth or in whatever

lieth between them who can frustrate the transcendent

supremacy of His triumph.  He calleth into being whatsoever

He willeth through the potency of His behest.  Verily

God is the mightiest Sustainer, the Helper and the Defender.

 

 

WHEN the Day-Star of &Baha will shine resplendent above

the horizon of eternity it is incumbent upon you to present

yourselves before His Throne.  Beware lest ye be seated in

His presence or ask questions without His leave.  Fear ye

God, O concourse of the Mirrors.

Beg ye of Him the wondrous tokens of His favour that

He may graciously reveal for you whatever He willeth

and desireth, inasmuch as on that Day all the revelations of

divine bounty shall circle around the Seat of His glory and

emanate from His presence, could ye but understand it.

It behooveth you to remain silent before His Throne, for

indeed of all the things which have been created between

heaven and earth nothing on that Day will be deemed

more fitting than the observance of silence.  Moreover, take

ye good heed not to be reckoned among those of the past

who were invested with knowledge, yet by reason of their

learning waxed proud before God, the Transcendent, the

Self-Subsisting, inasmuch as on that Day it is He Who is

the All-Knowing, the Omniscient, the Source of all knowledge,

far above such as are endued with learning; and it is

 

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He Who is the Potent, the All-Compelling, the Lord of

power, in the face of those who wield power; and it is He

Who is the Mighty, the Most August, the Most Glorious

before such as display glory; and on that Day it is He Who

is the Lofty, the All-Highest, the Source of exaltation, far

above those who are elevated in rank; and it is He Who

is the Almighty, the Source of glory and grandeur, far

above the pomp of the mighty; and it is He Who is the

Omnipotent, the Supreme Ruler, the Lord of judgement,

transcending all such as are invested with authority; and it

is He Who is the Generous, the Most Benevolent, the

Essence of bounty, Who standeth supreme in the face of

such as show benevolence; and it is He Who is the Ordainer

and the Supreme Wielder of authority and power, inconceivably

high above those who hold earthly dominion;

and it is He Who is the Most Excellent, the Unsurpassed, the

Pre-eminent in the face of every man of accomplishment.

Ye have, one and all, been called into being to seek His

presence and to attain that exalted and glorious station.

Indeed, He will send down from the heaven of His mercy

that which will benefit you, and whatever is graciously

vouchsafed by Him shall enable you to dispense with all

mankind.  Verily on that Day the learning of the learned

shall prove of no avail, neither the accomplishments of the

exponents of knowledge, nor the pomp of the highly

honoured, nor the power of the mighty, nor the remembrance

of the devout, nor the deeds of the righteous, nor

the genuflexion of the kneeling worshipper, nor his prostration

or turning towards the Qiblih, nor the honour of

the honoured, nor the kinship of the highly born, nor the

nobility of those of noble descent, nor the discourse of the

eloquent, nor the titles of the prominent–none of these

shall be of any avail unto them–inasmuch as all these and

 

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whatever else ye have known or comprehended were

created by His word of command `Be’ and it is.  Indeed if

it be His Will He can assuredly bring about the resurrection

of all created things through a word from Himself.  He is,

in truth, over and above all this, the All-Powerful, the

Almighty, the Omnipotent.

Beware, O concourse of Mirrors, lest on that Day titles

make you vainglorious.  Know ye of a certainty that ye,

together with all those who stand above you or below you,

have been created for that Day.  Fear ye God and commit

not that which would grieve His heart, nor be of them that

have gone astray.  Perchance He will appear invested with

the power of Truth while ye are fast asleep on your couches,

or His messengers will bring glorious and resplendent

Tablets from Him while ye turn away disdainfully from

Him, pronounce sentence against Him–such sentence as ye

would never pass on yourselves–and say, `This is not

from God, the All-Subduing, the Self-Existent’.

Glory be unto Thee, O my God, Thou art well aware

that I have proclaimed Thy Word and have not failed in

the mission Thou didst enjoin upon me.  I entreat Thee to

guard the people of the &Bayan on that Day in order that

they may not pronounce censure against Thee nor contend

with Thy signs.  Protect them then, O my God, through the

power of Thy might which pervadeth all mankind.

 

 

 

He is the Almighty.

 

GLORY be unto Him Who is the Lord of all that are in

the heavens and on the earth; He is the All-Wise, the All-Informed.

 

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It is He Who calleth into being whatsoever He

willeth at His behest; He is indeed the Clement, the

Fashioner.  Say, verily He is equal to His purpose; whomsoever

He willeth, He maketh victorious through the power

of His hosts; there is none other God but Him, the Mighty,

the Wise.  His is the kingdom of earth and heaven and He is

the Lord of power and glory.  Such as have believed in God

and in His signs are indeed the followers of truth and shall

abide in the gardens of delight, while those who have disbelieved

in God and have rejected that which He hath

revealed, these shall be the inmates of the fire wherein they

shall remain forever.  Say, most people have openly repudiated

God and have followed the rebellious wicked

doers.  Such people resemble those who have gone before

them, upholding every hostile oppressor.  Verily no God

is there but God; His is the kingdom of heaven and earth

and He is the Clement, the All-Knowing.  God testifieth

that there is no God but Him, and He Who speaketh at the

bidding of His Lord is but the First to worship Him.  He is

the peerless Creator Who hath created the heavens and the

earth and whatsoever lieth between them, and all do His

bidding.  He is the One Whose grace hath encompassed all

that are in the heavens, on earth or elsewhere, and everyone

abideth by His behest.

 

 

IT behooveth you to await the Day of the appearance of

Him Whom God shall manifest.  Indeed My aim in planting

the Tree of the &Bayan hath been none other than to enable

you to recognize Me.  In truth I Myself am the first to bow

down before God and to believe in Him.  Therefore let

 

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not your recognition become fruitless, inasmuch as the

&Bayan, notwithstanding the sublimity of its station, beareth

fealty to Him Whom God shall make manifest, and it is

He Who beseemeth most to be acclaimed as the Seat of

divine Reality, though indeed He is I and I am He.  However,

when the Tree of the &Bayan attaineth its highest

development, We shall bend it low as a token of adoration

towards its Lord Who will appear in the person of Him

Whom God shall make manifest.  Perchance ye may be

privileged to glorify God as it befitteth His august Self.

Indeed ye have been called into being through the power

of the Point of the &Bayan while the Point Himself is resigned

to the Will of Him Whom God shall make manifest,

is exalted through His transcendent sublimity, is sustained

by the evidences of His might, is glorified by the majesty

of His oneness, is adorned by the beauty of His singleness, is

empowered by His eternal dominion and is invested with

authority through His everlasting sovereignty.  How then

could they, who are but the creation of the Point, be justified

in saying `why or wherefore’?

O congregation of the &Bayan, and all who are therein!

Recognize ye the limits imposed upon you, for such a One

as the Point of the &Bayan Himself hath believed in Him

Whom God shall make manifest, before all things were

created.  Therein, verily, do I glory before all who are in the

kingdom of heaven and earth.  Suffer not yourselves to be

shut out as by a veil from God after He hath revealed

Himself.  For all that hath been exalted in the &Bayan is but

as a ring upon My hand, and I Myself am, verily, but a ring

upon the hand of Him Whom God shall make manifest–

glorified be His mention!  He turneth it as He pleaseth, for

whatsoever He pleaseth, and through whatsoever He

pleaseth.  He, verily, is the Help in Peril, the Most High.

 

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7

PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS

 

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In the Name of God, the Lord of overpowering majesty,

the All-Compelling.

 

HALLOWED be the Lord in Whose hand is the

source of dominion.  He createth whatsoever He

willeth by His Word of command `Be’, and it

is.  His hath been the power of authority heretofore

and it shall remain His hereafter.  He maketh victorious

whomsoever He pleaseth, through the potency of His

behest.  He is in truth the Powerful, the Almighty.  Unto

Him pertaineth all glory and majesty in the kingdoms of

Revelation and Creation and whatever lieth between them.

Verily He is the Potent, the All-Glorious.  From everlasting

He hath been the Source of indomitable strength

and shall remain so unto everlasting.  He is indeed the Lord

of might and power.  All the kingdoms of heaven and earth

and whatever is between them are God’s, and His power

is supreme over all things.  All the treasures of earth and

heaven and everything between them are His, and His

protection extendeth over all things.  He is the Creator of

the heavens and the earth and whatever lieth between them

and He truly is a witness over all things.  He is the Lord of

Reckoning for all that dwell in the heavens and on earth

and whatever lieth between them, and truly God is swift

to reckon.  He setteth the measure assigned to all who are in

the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them.

Verily He is the Supreme Protector.  He holdeth in His

grasp the keys of heaven and earth and of everything between

them.  At His Own pleasure doth He bestow gifts,

through the power of His command.  Indeed His grace

encompasseth all and He is the All-Knowing.

 

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Say:  God sufficeth unto me; He is the One Who holdeth

in His grasp the kingdom of all things.  Through the power

of His hosts of heaven and earth and whatever lieth between

them, He protecteth whomsoever among His servants He

willeth.  God, in truth, keepeth watch over all things.

Immeasurably exalted art Thou, O Lord!  Protect us

from what lieth in front of us and behind us, above our

heads, on our right, on our left, below our feet and every

other side to which we are exposed.  Verily Thy protection

over all things is unfailing.+F1

 

 

SEND down Thy blessings, O my God, upon the Tree of

the &Bayan, upon its root and its branch, its boughs, its

leaves, its fruits and upon whatsoever it beareth or sheltereth.

Cause this Tree then to be made into a magnificent

Scroll to be offered to the presence of Him Whom Thou

wilt make manifest on the Day of Judgement, that He may

graciously allow the entire company of the followers of the

&Bayan to be restored to life and that He may, through His

bounty, inaugurate a new creation.

Indeed all are but paupers in the face of Thy tender

mercy, and lowly servants before the tokens of Thy loving-kindness.

I beg of Thee, by Thy bounty, O my God, and

by the outpourings of Thy mercy and bestowals, O my

Lord, and by the evidences of Thy heavenly favours and

grace, O my Best Beloved, to watch over Him Whom

God shall make manifest that no trace of despondency may

ever touch Him.

 

+F1 The original of this prayer for protection is written in the &Bab’s

+F1 own hand, in the form of a pentacle.

 

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IMMEASURABLY glorified and exalted art Thou.  How

can I make mention of Thee, O Thou the Beloved of the

entire creation; and how can I acknowledge Thy claim, O

Thou, before Whom every created thing standeth in awe.

The loftiest station to which human perception can soar

and the utmost height which the minds and souls of men

can scale are but signs created through the potency of Thy

command and tokens manifested through the power of

Thy Revelation.  Far be it from Thy glory that anyone other

than Thee should make mention of Thee or should

attempt to voice Thy praise.  The very essence of every

reality beareth witness to its debarment from the precincts

of the court of Thy nearness, and the quintessence of every

being testifieth to its failure to attain Thy holy Presence.

Immeasurably glorified and exalted art Thou!  That which

alone beseemeth Thee is the befitting mention made by

Thine Own Self, and that only which is worthy of Thee

is the anthem of praise voiced by Thine Own Essence…

Through the revelation of Thy grace, O Lord, Thou

didst call Me into being on a night such as this,+F1 and lo, I

am now lonely and forsaken in a mountain.  Praise and

thanksgiving be unto Thee for whatever conformeth to

Thy pleasure within the empire of heaven and earth.  And

all sovereignty is Thine, extending beyond the uttermost

range of the kingdoms of Revelation and Creation.

Thou didst create Me, O Lord, through Thy gracious

favour and didst protect Me through Thy bounty in the

darkness of the womb and didst nourish Me, through Thy

loving-kindness, with life-giving blood.  After having

fashioned Me in a most comely form, through Thy tender

providence, and having perfected My creation through

 

+F1 Refers to the &Bab’s birthday on the first day of the month of

+F1 &Muharram, 1235 A.H. (October 20, 1819).

 

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Thine excellent handiwork and breathed Thy Spirit into

My body through Thine infinite mercy and by the revelation

of Thy transcendent unity, Thou didst cause Me to

issue forth from the world of concealment into the visible

world, naked, ignorant of all things, and powerless to

achieve aught.  Thou didst then nourish Me with refreshing

milk and didst rear Me in the arms of My parents with

manifest compassion, until Thou didst graciously acquaint

Me with the realities of Thy Revelation and apprised Me

of the straight path of Thy Faith as set forth in Thy Book.

And when I attained full maturity Thou didst cause Me to

bear allegiance unto Thine inaccessible Remembrance, and

enabled Me to advance towards the designated station,

where Thou didst educate Me through the subtle operations

of Thy handiwork and didst nurture Me in that land with

Thy most gracious gifts.  When that which had been preordained

in Thy Book came to pass Thou didst cause Me,

through Thy kindness, to reach Thy holy precincts and

didst suffer Me, through Thy tender mercy, to dwell

within the court of fellowship, until I discerned therein

that which I witnessed of the clear tokens of Thy mercifulness,

the compelling evidences of Thy oneness, the

effulgent splendours of Thy majesty, the source of Thy

supreme singleness, the heights of Thy transcendent

sovereignty, the signs of Thy peerlessness, the manifestations

of Thine exalted glory, the retreats of Thy sanctity,

and whatsoever is inscrutable to all but Thee.

 

 

VERILY I am Thy servant, O my God, and Thy poor

one and Thy suppliant and Thy wretched creature.  I

 

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have arrived at Thy gate, seeking Thy shelter.  I have found

no contentment save in Thy love, no exultation except in

Thy remembrance, no eagerness but in obedience to Thee,

no joy save in Thy nearness, and no tranquillity except in

reunion with Thee, notwithstanding that I am conscious

that all created things are debarred from Thy sublime

Essence and the entire creation is denied access to Thine

inmost Being.  Whenever I attempt to approach Thee, I

perceive nothing in myself but the tokens of Thy grace and

behold naught in my being but the revelations of Thy

loving-kindness.  How can one who is but Thy creature seek

reunion with Thee and attain unto Thy presence, whereas

no created thing can ever be associated with Thee, nor can

aught comprehend Thee?  How is it possible for a lowly

servant to recognize Thee and to extol Thy praise, notwithstanding

that Thou hast destined for him the revelations

of Thy dominion and the wondrous testimonies of

Thy sovereignty?  Thus every created thing beareth witness

that it is debarred from the sanctuary of Thy presence by

reason of the limitations imposed upon its inner reality.

It is undisputed, however, that the influence of Thine

attraction hath everlastingly been inherent in the realities

of Thy handiwork, although that which beseemeth the

hallowed court of Thy providence is exalted beyond the

attainment of the entire creation.  This indicateth, O my

God, my utter powerlessness to praise Thee and revealeth

my utmost impotence in yielding thanks unto Thee; and

how much more to attain the recognition of Thy divine

unity or to succeed in reaching the clear tokens of Thy

praise, Thy sanctity and Thy glory.  Nay, by Thy might, I

yearn for naught but Thine Own Self and seek no one

other than Thee.

 

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MAGNIFIED be Thy Name, O God.  Thine in truth are the

Kingdoms of Creation and Revelation, and verily in our

Lord have we placed our whole trust.  All praise be unto

Thee, O God; Thou art the Maker of the heavens and the

earth and that which is between them, and Thou in truth

art the supreme Ruler, the Fashioner, the All-Wise.

Glorified art Thou, O Lord!  Thou wilt surely gather mankind

for the Day of whose coming there is no doubt–the

Day whereon everyone shall appear before Thee and find

life in Thee.  This is the Day of the One true God–the

Day Thou shalt bring about as Thou pleasest through the

power of Thy behest.

Thou art the Sovereign, the wondrous Creator, the

Mighty, the Best Beloved.

 

 

LAUDED be Thy Name, O God.  Thou art in truth our

Lord; Thou art aware of whatsoever is in the heavens and

on the earth.  Send down then upon us a token of Thy

mercy.  Verily Thou art unsurpassed among them that

show mercy.  All praise be unto Thee, O Lord.  Ordain for

us from Thy presence that which will comfort the hearts

of the sincere among Thy servants.  Glorified art Thou, O

God, Thou art the Creator of the heavens and the earth and

that which lieth between them.  Thou art the sovereign

Lord, the Most Holy, the Almighty, the All-Wise.  Magnified

be Thy Name, O God, send down upon them who

have believed in God and in His signs a mighty succour

from Thy presence such as to enable them to prevail over

the generality of mankind.

 

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GLORY be unto Thee, O God.  How can I make mention

of Thee while Thou art sanctified from the praise of all

mankind.  Magnified be Thy Name, O God, Thou art the

King, the Eternal Truth; Thou knowest what is in the

heavens and on the earth, and unto Thee must all return.

Thou hast sent down Thy divinely-ordained Revelation

according to a clear measure.  Praised art Thou, O Lord!

At Thy behest Thou dost render victorious whomsoever

Thou willest, through the hosts of heaven and earth and

whatsoever existeth between them.  Thou art the Sovereign,

the Eternal Truth, the Lord of invincible might.

Glorified art Thou, O Lord, Thou forgivest at all times

the sins of such among Thy servants as implore Thy pardon.

Wash away my sins and the sins of those who seek Thy

forgiveness at dawn, who pray to Thee in the day-time and

in the night season, who yearn after naught save God, who

offer up whatsoever God hath graciously bestowed upon

them, who celebrate Thy praise at morn and eventide, and

who are not remiss in their duties.

 

 

PRAISE be unto Thee, O Lord.  Forgive us our sins, have

mercy upon us and enable us to return unto Thee.  Suffer

us not to rely on aught else besides Thee, and vouchsafe

unto us, through Thy bounty, that which Thou lovest

and desirest and well beseemeth Thee.  Exalt the station of

them that have truly believed and forgive them with Thy

gracious forgiveness.  Verily Thou art the Help in Peril, the

Self-Subsisting.

 

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O GOD our Lord!  Protect us through Thy grace from

whatsoever may be repugnant unto Thee and vouchsafe

unto us that which well beseemeth Thee.  Give us more out

of Thy bounty and bless us.  Pardon us for the things we

have done and wash away our sins and forgive us with Thy

gracious forgiveness.  Verily Thou art the Most Exalted, the

Self-Subsisting.

Thy loving providence hath encompassed all created

things in the heavens and on the earth, and Thy forgiveness

hath surpassed the whole creation.  Thine is sovereignty; in

Thy hand are the Kingdoms of Creation and Revelation;

in Thy right hand Thou holdest all created things and

within Thy grasp are the assigned measures of forgiveness.

Thou forgivest whomsoever among Thy servants Thou

pleasest.  Verily Thou art the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Loving.

Nothing whatsoever escapeth Thy knowledge, and

naught is there which is hidden from Thee.

O God our Lord!  Protect us through the potency of Thy

might, enable us to enter Thy wondrous surging ocean,

and grant us that which well befitteth Thee.

Thou art the Sovereign Ruler, the Mighty Doer, the

Exalted, the All-loving.

 

 

GLORY be unto Thee, O Lord my God!  Nothing whatsoever

escapeth Thy knowledge, nor is there anything

that could slip from Thy grasp, or anything that could

thwart Thy Purpose, whether in the heavens or on the

earth, of the past or of the future.

Thou seest Paradise and the inmates thereof; Thou

beholdest the realm below and the dwellers thereof.  All

are but Thy servants and are held within Thy grasp.

 

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O Lord!  Render victorious Thy forbearing servants in

Thy days by granting them a befitting victory, inasmuch

as they have sought martyrdom in Thy path.  Send down

upon them that which will bring comfort to their minds,

will rejoice their inner beings, will impart assurance to their

hearts and tranquillity to their bodies and will enable their

souls to ascend to the presence of God, the Most Exalted,

and to attain the supreme Paradise and such retreats of

glory as Thou hast destined for men of true knowledge and

virtue.  Verily Thou knowest all things, while we are but

Thy servants, Thy thralls, Thy bondsmen and Thy poor

ones.  No Lord but Thee do we invoke, O God our Lord,

nor do we implore blessings or grace from anyone but

Thee, O Thou Who art the God of mercy unto this world

and the next.  We are but the embodiments of poverty, of

nothingness, of helplessness and of perdition, while Thy

whole Being betokeneth wealth, independence, glory,

majesty and boundless grace.

Turn our recompense, O Lord, into that which well

beseemeth Thee of the good of this world and of the next,

and of the manifold bounties which extend from on high

down to the earth below.

Verily Thou art our Lord and the Lord of all things.

Into Thy hands do we surrender ourselves, yearning for the

things that pertain unto Thee.

 

 

GLORIFIED be Thy Name, O Lord!  In whom shall I

take refuge while Thou art in truth my God and my

Beloved; unto whom shall I turn for shelter while Thou

art my Lord and my Possessor; and towards whom shall I

 

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flee while Thou art in truth my Master and my Sanctuary;

and whom shall I implore while Thou art in truth my

Treasure and the Goal of my desire; and through whom

shall I plead before Thee, while Thou art in truth my

highest aspiration and supreme desire?  Every hope hath

been frustrated save the yearning for Thy heavenly grace,

and every door is barred except the portal leading to the

well-spring of Thy blessings.

I beseech Thee, O my Lord, by Thy most effulgent

splendour, before whose brightness every soul humbly

boweth down and prostrateth itself in adoration for Thy

sake–a splendour before whose radiance fire is turned into

light, the dead are brought to life and every difficulty is

changed into ease.  I entreat Thee by this great, this wondrous

splendour and by the glory of Thine exalted

sovereignty, O Thou Who art the Lord of indomitable

power, to transform us through Thy bounty into that which

Thou Thyself dost possess and enable us to become fountains

of Thy light, and graciously vouchsafe unto us that

which beseemeth the majesty of Thy transcendent dominion.

For unto Thee have I raised my hands, O Lord, and

in Thee have I found sheltering support, O Lord, and unto

Thee have I resigned myself, O Lord, and upon Thee have

I placed my whole reliance, O Lord, and by Thee am I

strengthened, O Lord.

Verily there is no power nor strength except in Thee.

 

 

THOU art aware, O My God, that since the day Thou

didst call Me into being out of the water of Thy love till I

reached fifteen years of age I lived in the land which

 

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witnessed My birth [&Shiraz].  Then Thou didst enable Me

to go to the seaport [&Bushihr] where for five years I was

engaged in trading with the goodly gifts of Thy realm and

was occupied in that with which Thou hast favoured Me

through the wondrous essence of Thy loving-kindness.

I proceeded therefrom to the Holy Land [&Karbila] where

I sojourned for one year.  Then I returned to the place of

My birth.  There I experienced the revelation of Thy sublime

bestowals and the evidences of Thy boundless grace.

I yield Thee praise for all Thy goodly gifts and I render

Thee thanksgiving for all Thy bounties.  Then at the age of

twenty-five I proceeded to thy sacred House [Mecca], and

by the time I returned to the place where I was born, a

year had elapsed.  There I tarried patiently in the path of Thy

love and beheld the evidences of Thy manifold bounties

and of Thy loving-kindness until Thou didst ordain for Me

to set out in Thy direction and to migrate to Thy presence.

Thus I departed therefrom by Thy leave, spending six

months in the land of &Sad [&Isfahan] and seven months in

the First Mountain [&Maku], where Thou didst rain down

upon Me that which beseemeth the glory of Thy heavenly

blessings and befitteth the sublimity of Thy gracious gifts

and favours.  Now, in My thirtieth year, Thou beholdest

Me, O My God, in this Grievous Mountain [&Chihriq]

where I have dwelt for one whole year.

Praise be unto Thee, O My Lord, for all times, heretofore

and hereafter; and thanks be unto Thee, O My God,

under all conditions, whether of the past or the future.

The gifts Thou hast bestowed upon Me have reached their

fullest measure and the blessings Thou hast vouchsafed

unto Me have attained their consummation.  Naught do I

now witness but the manifold evidences of Thy grace and

loving-kindness, Thy bounty and gracious favours, Thy

 

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generosity and loftiness, Thy sovereignty and might,

Thy splendour and Thy glory, and that which befitteth

the holy court of Thy transcendent dominion and majesty

and beseemeth the glorious precincts of Thine eternity

and exaltation.

 

 

I AM aware, O Lord, that my trespasses have covered my

face with shame in Thy presence, and have burdened my

back before Thee, have intervened between me and

Thy beauteous countenance, have compassed me from

every direction and have hindered me on all sides from

gaining access unto the revelations of Thy celestial power.

O Lord!  If Thou forgivest me not, who is there then to

grant pardon, and if Thou hast no mercy upon me who is

capable of showing compassion?  Glory be unto Thee, Thou

didst create me when I was non-existent and Thou didst

nourish me while I was devoid of any understanding.

Praise be unto Thee, every evidence of bounty proceedeth

from Thee and every token of grace emanateth from the

treasuries of Thy decree.

 

 

I BEG Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention

but the mention of Thee, and for every praise but the

praise of Thee, and for every delight but delight in Thy

nearness, and for every pleasure but the pleasure of communion

with Thee, and for every joy but the joy of Thy

love and of Thy good-pleasure, and for all things pertaining

 

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unto me which bear no relationship unto Thee, O Thou

Who art the Lord of lords, He Who provideth the means

and unlocketh the doors.

 

 

HOW can I praise Thee, O Lord, for the evidences of Thy

mighty splendour and for Thy wondrous sweet savours

which Thou hast imparted to Me in this fortress, in such

measure that nothing in the heavens or on the earth can

compare with them?  Thou hast watched over Me in the

heart of this mountain where I am compassed by mountains

on all sides.  One hangeth above Me, others stand on My

right and My left and yet another riseth in front of Me.

Glory be unto Thee, no God is there but Thee.  How often

have I seen rocks from the mountain hurtling down upon

Me, and Thou didst protect Me therefrom and preserved

Me within the stronghold of Thy divine Unity.

Glorified and exalted art Thou, and praise be unto Thee

for whatsoever Thou lovest and desirest, and thanks be

unto Thee for that which Thou hast decreed and preordained.

From time immemorial Thy tender mercy hath

been sent down and the process of Thy creation hath been

and ever is ceaseless.  Thy handiwork is unlike the work of

anyone besides Thee, and Thy goodly gifts are unparalleled

by the gifts of anyone other than Thyself.

Praise be unto Thee, O My Beloved, and magnified be

Thy Name.  Ever since the hour I set foot upon this fortress

till the moment I shall have departed therefrom, I

behold Thee established upon Thy seat of glory and

majesty, sending down upon Me the manifold tokens of

Thy bountiful favour and grace.  Thou beholdest that My

 

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dwelling place is but the heart of the mountains, and Thou

discernest naught in My Person except the evidences of

abasement and loneliness.

Lauded be Thy Name; I render Thee thanks for every

instance of Thine inscrutable Decree and offer My praise

for every token of Thy tribulations.  Having suffered Me

to be cast into the prison, Thou didst turn it into a garden

of Paradise for Me and caused it to become a chamber of

the court of everlasting fellowship.

How numerous the verses Thou didst send down unto

Me, and the prayers Thou didst hear Me offer unto Thee.

How diverse the revelations which Thou didst call into

being through Me and the experiences Thou didst witness

in Me.

Magnified be Thy Name.  Manifold trials have been

powerless to deter Me from yielding thanks unto Thee and

My shortcomings have failed to keep Me back from extolling

Thy virtues.  The infidels had purposed to turn My

abode into one of disgrace and humiliation.  But Thou hast

glorified Me through My remembrance of Thee, hast

exalted Me through My praise of Thee, hast graciously

aided Me through the revelations of Thy oneness, and

hast conferred upon Me a great honour through the effulgent

splendours of Thine ancient eternity.  To the fire Thou

dost command, `Be thou a soothing balm unto My

Servant’, and to the prison, `Be thou a seat of tender compassion

to My Servant, as a token from My presence’.  Yea,

I swear by Thy glory; to Me the prison hath proved to be

naught but the most delightful garden of Paradise and hath

served as the noblest spot in the realm above.

Praised and glorified art Thou.  How often did adversities

descend upon Me and Thou didst temper them and

avert them through Thy gracious favour; and how many

 

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times were commotions stirred up against Me at the hand

of the people, while Thou didst cause them to subside

through Thy tender mercy.  How numerous the occasions

when the Nimrods kindled fires wherewith to burn Me,

but Thou didst make them balm for Me; and how manifold

the instances when the infidels decreed My humiliation

and Thou didst turn them into marks of honour for

Me…

Verily Thou art the highest aspiration of every earnest

seeker and the Goal of the desire of them that yearn after

Thee.  Thou art He Who is ready to answer the call of such

as recognize Thy divine unity, and He before Whom the

faint-hearted stand in awe.  Thou art the Helper of the

needy, the Deliverer of the captives, the Abaser of the

oppressors, the Destroyer of the wrong-doers, the God of

all men, the Lord of all created things.  Thine are the kingdoms

of Creation and Revelation, O Thou Who art the

Lord of all the worlds.

O All-Sufficient One!  Thou dost suffice Me in every

hardship that may descend upon Me and in every affliction

that may wax great before Me.  Thou art My sole Companion

in My loneliness, the Delight of My heart in My

solitude and My Best Beloved in My prison and in My

Abode.  No God is there but Thee!

Whomsoever Thou dost suffice shall not be put to grief;

whomsoever Thou dost protect shall never perish; whomsoever

Thou dost help shall never be abased; and he unto

whom Thou turnest Thy gaze shall never be far removed

from Thee.

Write down for us then whatsoever is of Thee, and forgive

us for what we are.  Verily Thou art the Lord of power

and glory, the Lord of all the worlds.  `Far be the glory of

Thy Lord, the Lord of all greatness, from what they impute

 

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to Him, and peace be upon His Apostles, and praise be

unto God, the Lord of all the worlds.’+F1

 

 

GLORY be to Thee, O God!  Thou art the God Who hath

existed before all things, Who will exist after all things and

will last beyond all things.  Thou art the God Who knoweth

all things, and is supreme over all things.  Thou art the God

Who dealeth mercifully with all things, Who judgeth

between all things and Whose vision embraceth all things.

Thou art God my Lord, Thou art aware of my position,

Thou dost witness my inner and outer being.

Grant Thy forgiveness unto me and unto the believers

who responded to Thy Call.  Be Thou my sufficing helper

against the mischief of whosoever may desire to inflict

sorrow upon me or wish me ill.  Verily Thou art the Lord

of all created things.  Thou dost suffice everyone, while no

one can be self-sufficient without Thee.

 

 

I IMPLORE Thee by the splendour of the light of Thy

glorious face, the majesty of Thine ancient grandeur and

the power of Thy transcendent sovereignty to ordain for

us at this moment every measure of that which is good and

seemly and to destine for us every portion of the outpourings

of Thy grace.  For granting of gifts doth not cause Thee

loss, nor doth the bestowing of favours diminish Thy

wealth.

 

+F1 &Qur’an 37:180-182

 

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Glorified art Thou, O Lord!  Verily I am poor while in

truth Thou art rich; verily I am lowly while in truth Thou

art mighty; verily I am impotent while in truth Thou art

powerful; verily I am abased while in truth Thou art the

most exalted; verily I am distressed while in truth Thou

art the Lord of might.

 

 

DO Thou ordain for me, O Lord, every good thing Thou

hast created or wilt create, and shield me from whatever

evil Thou abhorrest from among the things Thou hast

caused or wilt cause to exist.  In truth Thy knowledge embraceth

all things.  Praised be Thou, verily no God is there

but Thee, and nothing whatsoever in the heavens or on

the earth and all that is between them can ever thwart Thy

Purpose.  Indeed potent art Thou over all things.

Far be it from the sublimity of Thy Being, O my God,

that anyone seek Thy loving-kindness or favour.  Far be it

from Thy transcendent glory that anyone entreat Thee for

the evidences of Thy bestowals and tender mercy.  Too high

art Thou for any soul to beseech the revelation of Thy

gracious providence and loving care, and too sanctified is

Thy glory for anyone to beg of Thee the outpourings of

Thy blessings and of Thy heavenly bounty and grace.

Throughout Thy kingdom of heaven and earth, which is

endowed with manifold bounties, Thou art immeasurably

glorified above aught whereunto any identity could be

ascribed.

All that I beg of Thee, O my God, is to enable me, ere

my soul departeth from my body, to attain Thy good-pleasure,

even were it granted to me for a moment tinier

 

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than the infinitesimal fraction of a mustard seed.  For if it

departeth while Thou art pleased with me, then I shall be

free from every concern or anxiety; but if it abandoneth

me while Thou art displeased with me, then, even had I

wrought every good deed, none would be of any avail,

and had I earned every honour and glory, none would serve

to exalt me.

I earnestly beseech Thee then, O my God, to graciously

bestow Thy good-pleasure upon me when Thou dost cause

me to ascend unto Thee and make me appear before Thy

holy presence, inasmuch as Thou hast, from everlasting,

been the God of immense bounty unto the people of Thy

realm, and the Lord of most excellent gifts to all that dwell

in the exalted heaven of Thine omnipotence.

 

 

HOW numerous the souls raised to life who were exposed

to dire humiliation in Thy Path for exalting Thy Word and

for glorifying Thy divine Unity!  How profuse the blood

that hath been shed for the sake of Thy Faith to vindicate

the authenticity of Thy divine Mission and to celebrate

Thy praise!  How vast the possessions that were wrongfully

seized in the Path of Thy love in order to affirm the loftiness

of Thy sanctity and to extol Thy glorious Name!  How

many the feet that have trodden upon the dust in order to

magnify Thy holy Word and to extol Thy glory!  How

innumerable the voices that were raised in lamentation, the

hearts that were struck with terror, the grievous woes that

none other than Thee can reckon, and the adversities and

afflictions that remain inscrutable to anyone except Thyself;

all this to establish, O my God, the loftiness of Thy sanctity

 

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and to demonstrate the transcendent character of Thy glory.

These decrees were ordained by Thee so that all created

things might bear witness that they have been brought into

being for the sake of naught else but Thee.  Thou hast withheld

from them the things that bring tranquillity to their

hearts, that they might know of a certainty that whatever

is associated with Thy holy Being is far superior to and

exalted above aught else that would satisfy them; inasmuch

as Thine indomitable power pervadeth all things, and

nothing can ever frustrate it.

Indeed Thou hast caused these momentous happenings

to come to pass that those who are endued with perception

may readily recognize that they were ordained by Thee to

demonstrate the loftiness of Thy divine Unity and to affirm

the exaltation of Thy sanctity.

 

 

GLORY be unto Thee, O Lord!  Although Thou mayest

cause a person to be destitute of all earthly possessions, and

from the beginning of his life until his ascension unto Thee

he may be reduced to poverty through the operation of Thy

decree, yet wert Thou to have brought him forth from the

Tree of Thy love, such a bounty would indeed be far

better for him than all the things Thou hast created in

heaven and earth and whatsoever lieth between them; inasmuch

as he will inherit the heavenly home, through the

revelation of Thy favours, and will partake of the goodly

gifts Thou hast provided therein; for the things which are

with Thee are inexhaustible.  This indeed is Thy blessing

which according to the good-pleasure of Thy Will Thou

dost bestow on those who tread the path of Thy love.

 

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How numerous the souls who in former times were put

to death for Thy sake, and in whose names all men now

pride themselves; and how vast the number of those whom

Thou didst enable to acquire earthly fortunes, and who

amassed them while they were deprived of Thy Truth, and

who in this day have passed into oblivion.  Theirs is a

grievous chastisement and a dire punishment.

O Lord!  Provide for the speedy growth of the Tree of

Thy divine Unity; water it then, O Lord, with the flowing

waters of Thy good-pleasure, and cause it, before the

revelations of Thy divine assurance, to yield such fruits as

Thou desirest for Thy glorification and exaltation, Thy

praise and thanksgiving, and to magnify Thy Name, to

laud the oneness of Thine Essence and to offer adoration

unto Thee, inasmuch as all this lieth within Thy grasp and

in that of none other.

Great is the blessedness of those whose blood Thou hast

chosen wherewith to water the Tree of Thine affirmation,

and thus to exalt Thy holy and immutable Word.

Ordain for me, O my Lord, and for those who believe

in Thee that which is deemed best for us in Thine estimation,

as set forth in the Mother Book, for within the grasp

of Thy hand Thou holdest the determined measures of all

things.

Thy goodly gifts are unceasingly showered upon such as

cherish Thy love and the wondrous tokens of Thy heavenly

bounties are amply bestowed on those who recognize Thy

divine Unity.  We commit unto Thy care whatsoever Thou

hast destined for us, and implore Thee to grant us all the

good that Thy knowledge embraceth.

Protect me, O my Lord, from every evil that Thine

omniscience perceiveth, inasmuch as there is no power nor

strength but in Thee, no triumph is forthcoming save from

 

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Thy presence, and it is Thine alone to command.  Whatever

God hath willed hath been, and that which He hath

not willed shall not be.

There is no power nor strength except in God, the Most

Exalted, the Most Mighty.

 

 

O LORD!  Enable all the peoples of the earth to gain

admittance into the Paradise of Thy Faith, so that no

created being may remain beyond the bounds of Thy good-pleasure.

From time immemorial Thou hast been potent to do

what pleaseth Thee and transcendent above whatsoever

Thou desirest.

 

 

VOUCHSAFE unto me, O my God, the full measure of

Thy love and Thy good-pleasure, and through the attractions

of Thy resplendent light enrapture our hearts, O Thou

Who art the Supreme Evidence and the All-Glorified.

Send down upon me, as a token of Thy grace, Thy vitalizing

breezes, throughout the day-time and in the night season,

O Lord of bounty.

No deed have I done, O my God, to merit beholding

Thy face, and I know of a certainty that were I to live as

long as the world lasts I would fail to accomplish any deed

such as to deserve this favour, inasmuch as the station of a

servant shall ever fall short of access to Thy holy precincts,

unless Thy bounty should reach me and Thy tender mercy

pervade me and Thy loving-kindness encompass me.

 

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All praise be unto Thee, O Thou besides Whom there is

none other God.  Graciously enable me to ascend unto Thee,

to be granted the honour of dwelling in Thy nearness and

to have communion with Thee alone.  No God is there but

Thee.

Indeed shouldst Thou desire to confer blessing upon a

servant Thou wouldst blot out from the realm of his heart

every mention or disposition except Thine Own mention;

and shouldst Thou ordain evil for a servant by reason of

that which his hands have unjustly wrought before Thy

face, Thou wouldst test him with the benefits of this world

and of the next that he might become preoccupied therewith

and forget Thy remembrance.

 

 

GLORY be unto Thee, O Lord, Thou Who hast brought

into being all created things, through the power of Thy

behest.

O Lord!  Assist those who have renounced all else but

Thee, and grant them a mighty victory.  Send down upon

them, O Lord, the concourse of the angels in heaven and

earth and all that is between, to aid Thy servants, to

succour and strengthen them, to enable them to achieve

success, to sustain them, to invest them with glory, to

confer upon them honour and exaltation, to enrich them

and to make them triumphant with a wondrous triumph.

Thou art their Lord, the Lord of the heavens and the

earth, the Lord of all the worlds.  Strengthen this Faith, O

Lord, through the power of these servants and cause them

to prevail over all the peoples of the world; for they, of a

truth, are Thy servants who have detached themselves from

 

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aught else but Thee, and Thou verily art the protector of

true believers.

Grant Thou, O Lord, that their hearts may, through

allegiance to this, Thine inviolable Faith, grow stronger

than anything else in the heavens and on earth and in whatsoever

is between them; and strengthen, O Lord, their

hands with the tokens of Thy wondrous power that they

may manifest Thy power before the gaze of all mankind.

 

 

O LORD!  Unto Thee I repair for refuge and toward all

Thy signs I set my heart.

O Lord!  Whether travelling or at home, and in my

occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.

Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me

independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in

Thy mercy!

Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest,

and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast

ordained for me.

Thine is the absolute authority to command.

 

 

O LORD!  Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the

Dispeller of every affliction.  Thou art He Who banisheth

every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of

every soul.  O Lord!  Grant deliverance through Thy mercy

and reckon me among such servants of Thine as have gained

salvation.

 

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THROUGHOUT eternity Thou hast been, O my Lord,

and wilt ever remain the One true God, while all else save

Thee are needy and poor.  Having clung tenaciously to Thy

Cord, O my God, I have detached myself from all mankind,

and having set my face towards the habitation of Thy

tender mercy, I have turned away from all created things.

Graciously inspire me, O my God, through Thy grace and

bounty, Thy glory and majesty, and Thy dominion and

grandeur, for no one mighty and all-knowing can I find

beside Thee.  Protect me, O my God, through the potency

of Thy transcendent and all-sufficing glory and by the hosts

of the heavens and the earth, inasmuch as in no one can I

wholly place my trust but in Thee and no refuge is there

but Thee.

Thou art God, my Lord, Thou knowest my needs, Thou

seest my state and art well aware of what hath befallen me

by reason of Thy decree, and of the earthly sufferings I have

endured by Thy leave and as a token of Thy bounty and

favour.

 

 

THE glory of glories and the most resplendent light rest

upon Thee, O my God.  Thy majesty is so transcendent that

no human imagination can reach it and Thy consummate

power is so sublime that the birds of men’s hearts and minds

can never attain its heights.  All beings acknowledge their

powerlessness to praise Thee as beseemeth Thy station.

Immeasurably exalted art Thou.  No one can glorify Thy

Being, or fathom the evidences of Thy bounty as it exists

in Thine inmost Essence, since Thou alone knowest Thyself

as Thou art in Thyself.

 

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I yield praise unto Thee, O Lord our God, for the bounty

of having called into being the realm of creation and invention

–a praise which shineth resplendent through the

potency of Thine inspiration which none other but Thee

can befittingly appraise.  I glorify Thee moreover and render

Thee thanks as beseemeth Thine awe-inspiring presence

and the glory of Thine overpowering majesty, for this

sublime blessing, this wondrous sign which is manifest in

Thy kingdoms of Revelation and Creation.

All glory be unto Thee.  Immeasurably exalted is that

which beseemeth Thee.  Verily no one hath ever adequately

grasped the loftiness of Thy station, nor hath any one

except Thee recognized Thee as beseemeth Thee.  Thou

art manifest through the outpourings of Thy bounty, while

no one besides Thee can fathom the sublimity of Thy

Revelation.

Magnified be Thy name.  Hath aught else save Thee any

independent existence so as to be capable of hinting at Thy

nature, and doth anyone but Thee possess any trace of

identity wherewith I could recognize Thee?  All that is

known owes its renown to the splendour of Thy Name,

the Most Manifest, and every object is deeply stirred by the

vibrating influence emanating from Thine invincible Will.

Thou art nearer unto all things than all things.

Lauded and glorified art Thou.  Too exalted is Thy loftiness

for the hands of such as are endued with understanding

to reach unto Thee, and too profound is Thy fathomless

depth for the rivers of men’s minds and perceptions to flow

out therefrom.

 

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

 

ALL praise be unto God Who was Ever-Existent ere

created things were called into being, when there was no

one else besides Him.  He is the One Who hath been Ever-Abiding

while no element of His creation did yet exist.

Indeed the souls of them that are endued with understanding

fail to comprehend the least manifestation of His

attributes, and the minds of those who have acknowledged

His unity are unable to perceive the most insignificant

token of His omnipotence.

Sanctified art Thou, O Lord my God.  The tongues of

men fall short in extolling Thy glorious handiwork, how

much more then would they falter in lauding the majesty

of Thy transcendent power; and since human understanding

is sore perplexed to fathom the mystery of a single

object of Thy creation, how can anyone ever attain the

recognition of Thine Own Being?

I have known Thee by Thy making known unto me

that Thou art unknowable to anyone save Thyself.  I have

become apprised by the creation Thou hast fashioned out of

sheer non-existence that the way to attain the comprehension

of Thine Essence is barred to everyone.  Thou art God,

besides Whom there is none other God.  No one except

Thine Own Self can comprehend Thy nature.  Thou art

without peer or partner.  From everlasting Thou hast been

alone with no one else besides Thee and unto everlasting

Thou wilt continue to be the same, while no created thing

shall ever approach Thine exalted position.

All men, O my God, confess their powerlessness to know

Thee as Thou knowest Thine Own Being; the generative

impulse Thou hast released is manifest throughout the

entire creation, and all created things which Thou hast

 

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fashioned are but expressions of Thy wondrous signs.

Magnified be Thy name; Thou art immeasurably exalted

above the strivings of anyone among Thy creatures to

attain Thy recognition as is befitting and worthy of Thee.

Praise be unto Thee!  The way in which Thou hast

called into being Thy creation out of non-existence preventeth

all created things from recognizing Thee, and the

manner in which Thou hast fashioned the creatures, with

the limitations imposed upon them, proclaimeth their utter

nothingness before the revelations of Thine attributes.

Exalted art Thou, O my God!  All mankind are powerless

to celebrate Thy glory and the minds of men fall short

of yielding praise unto Thee.  I bear witness in Thy presence,

O my God, that Thou art made known by Thy wondrous

tokens and art recognized through the revelations of Thy

signs.  The fact that Thou hast brought us forth into existence

prompteth me to acknowledge before Thee that Thou

art immeasurably exalted above our praise, and by virtue

of the qualities wherewith Thou hast endowed our beings

I testify unto Thee that Thou art transcendent beyond our

comprehension.

Grant that I may soar to the noblest heights in approaching

Thee, and enable me to draw nigh unto Thee through

the fragrance of Thy holiness.  Thus may all impediments

be dissolved by the light of ecstasy, and all remoteness from

Thee be dissipated by my attainment unto the seats of

reunion, and the subtle veils which have hindered me

from entering Thy mansion of glory become so

rarified that I may gain admittance into Thy presence, take

up my abode near Thee, and voice the expressions of praise

wherewith Thou hast described Thine Own Self unto

me, bearing witness that Thou art God, that there is no

God but Thee, the One, the Incomparable, the Ever-Abiding,

 

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that Thou dost not beget, neither art Thou begotten,

that Thou hast no offspring, no partner, nor is

there any protector against humiliation but Thee, and

Thou art the Lord of all worlds.  I bear witness also that

all besides Thee are but Thy creatures, and are held within

Thy grasp.  No one is favoured with means or liveth in

want except by Thy Will.  Thou art the King of everlasting

days and the supreme Ruler.  Thy might is potent

over all things and all created things exist by Thy Will.

All mankind recognize their lowly servitude and confess

their shortcomings and naught is there which doth not

celebrate Thy praise.

I beseech Thee, O my God, by the glory of Thy merciful

Countenance and by the majesty of Thine ancient Name

not to deprive me of the vitalizing fragrance of the evidences

of Thy Days–such Days as Thou Thyself hast inaugurated

and brought forth.

 

 

 

Thou art God, no God is there but Thee.

 

LAUDED and glorified art Thou, O Lord my God!  Thou

art supreme over the realm of being and Thy power pervadeth

all created things.  Thou holdest the kingdom of

creation within Thy grasp and dost call into being in conformity

with Thy pleasure.

All praise be unto Thee, O Lord my God!  I beseech

Thee by such souls as are eagerly waiting at Thy gate and

by those holy beings who have attained the court of Thy

presence, to cast upon us the glances of Thy tender compassion

and to regard us with the eye of Thy loving providence.

 

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Cause our souls to be enkindled with the fire of Thy

tender affection and give us to drink of the living waters of

Thy bounty.  Keep us steadfast in the path of Thine ardent

love and enable us to abide within the precincts of Thy

holiness.  Verily Thou art the Giver, the Most Generous,

the All-Knowing, the All-Informed.

Glorified art Thou, O my God!  I invoke Thee by Thy

Most Great Name through which the hidden secrets of

God, the Most Exalted, were divulged and the kindreds of

all nations converged toward the focal centre of faith and

certitude, through which Thy luminous Words streamed

forth for the quickening of mankind and the essence of all

knowledge was revealed from that Embodiment of bounty.

May my life, my inmost being, my soul and my body be

offered up as a sacrifice for the dust ennobled by His footsteps.

I earnestly beg Thee, O Lord my God, by Thy most

glorious Name whereby Thy sovereignty hath been established

and the tokens of Thy might have been manifested,

and whereby the oceans of life and of holy ecstasy have

surged for the reviving of the mouldering bones of all Thy

creatures and for the stirring of the limbs of such as have

embraced Thy Cause–I earnestly beg Thee to graciously

ordain for us the good of this world and of the next, to enable

us to gain admission into the court of Thy mercy and

loving-kindness and to kindle in our hearts the fire of joy

and ecstasy in such wise that the hearts of all men may

thereby be attracted.

Verily Thou art the All-Powerful, the Protector, the

Almighty, the Self-Subsisting.

 

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GLORY be unto Thee, O Lord my God!  I beg Thee to

forgive me and those who support Thy Faith.  Verily Thou

art the sovereign Lord, the Forgiver, the Most Generous.

O my God!  Enable such servants of Thine as are deprived

of knowledge to be admitted into Thy Cause; for once they

learn of Thee, they bear witness to the truth of the Day of

Judgement and do not dispute the revelations of Thy

bounty.  Send down upon them the tokens of Thy grace

and grant them, wherever they reside, a liberal share of that

which Thou hast ordained for the pious among Thy

servants.  Thou art in truth the Supreme Ruler, the All-Bounteous,

the Most Benevolent.

O my God!  Let the outpourings of Thy bounty and

blessings descend upon homes whose inmates have embraced

Thy Faith, as a token of Thy grace and as a mark of

loving-kindness from Thy presence.  Verily unsurpassed art

Thou in granting forgiveness.  Should Thy bounty be withheld

from anyone, how could he be reckoned among the

followers of the Faith in Thy Day?

Bless me, O my God, and those who will believe in Thy

signs on the appointed Day, and such as cherish my love

in their hearts–a love which Thou dost instil into them.

Verily Thou art the Lord of righteousness, the Most

Exalted.

 

 

IMMEASURABLY exalted art Thou, O my God, above the

endeavours of all beings and created things to praise Thee

and recognize Thee.  No creature can ever comprehend

Thee as beseemeth the reality of Thy holy Being and no

servant can ever worship Thee as is worthy of Thine unknowable

 

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Essence.  Praise be unto Thee; too high is Thine

exalted Self for any allusions proceeding from Thy creatures

ever to gain access unto Thy presence.

Whenever, O my God, I soared into Thy holy atmosphere

and attained the inmost spirit of prayerfulness unto

Thee, I was led to recognize that Thou art inaccessible and

that no mention of Thee can ever reach Thy transcendent

court.  Therefore I turn towards Thy Loved Ones–They

upon Whom Thou hast graciously conferred Thine Own

station that They might manifest Thy love and Thy true

knowledge.  Bless Them then, O my God, with every

distinction and goodly gift which Thy knowledge may

reckon within the domain of Thy power.

O my God, my Lord and my Master!  I swear by Thy

might and glory that Thou alone and no one else besides

Thee art the ultimate Desire of all men, and that Thou

alone and none other save Thee art the Object of adoration.

O my God!  The paths of Thine inaccessible glory have

prompted me to voice these words and the ways of Thine

unattainable heights have guided me to make these allusions.

Exalted art Thou, O my God!  The evidences of Thy

revelation are too manifest for me to need to refer to aught

else save Thyself, and the love I cherish for Thee is far

sweeter to my taste than the knowledge of all things and

freeth me from the need to seek anyone’s knowledge other

than Thine.

All praise be unto Thee, O my Lord.  I verily believe in Thee,

as Thou art in Thyself; and of Thee, as Thou art in Thyself,

I beg forgiveness for myself and on behalf of all mankind.

O my God!  Wholly have I fled unto Thy face and have

cast myself before Thee and no power have I over aught in

Thy holy presence.  Shouldst Thou chastise me with Thy

might, Thou wouldst assuredly be just in Thy decree; and

 

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wert Thou to bestow every goodly gift on me, Thou

wouldst indeed be most generous and bountiful.  Verily

Thou art independent of all the peoples of the world.

I have sought reunion with Thee, O my Master, yet

have I failed to attain thereto save through the knowledge of

detachment from aught save Thee.  I have yearned for Thy

love, but failed to find it except in renouncing everything

other than Thyself.  I have been eager to worship Thee, yet

have I failed to achieve Thy adoration, except by loving

those who cherish Thy love.  No one do I recognize, O my

God, except Thee.  Thou art incomparable and hast no

partner.  Thou alone knowest our shortcomings and none

other hath this knowledge.  I beg Thy forgiveness for whatever

doth displease Thee.

I call upon Thee at all times with the tongue of Thine

inspiration, saying:  `Thou art in truth the All-Possessing,

the Peerless.  No God is there but Thee.  Immeasurably far

and exalted art Thou above the descriptions of those who

arrogantly assign peers unto Thee.’

 

 

ALL majesty and glory, O my God, and all dominion and

light and grandeur and splendour be unto Thee.  Thou

bestowest sovereignty on whom Thou willest and dost

withhold it from whom Thou desirest.  No God is there but

Thee, the All-Possessing, the Most Exalted.  Thou art He

Who createth from naught the universe and all that dwell

therein.  There is nothing worthy of Thee except Thyself,

while all else but Thee are as outcasts in Thy holy presence

and are as nothing when compared to the glory of Thine

Own Being.

 

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Far be it from me to extol Thy virtues save by what

Thou hast extolled Thyself in Thy weighty Book where

Thou sayest, `No vision taketh in Him but He taketh in all

vision.  He is the Subtile, the All-Perceiving.’+F1  Glory be

unto Thee, O my God, indeed no mind or vision, however

keen or discriminating, can ever grasp the nature of

the most insignificant of Thy signs.  Verily Thou art God,

no God is there besides Thee.  I bear witness that Thou

Thyself alone art the sole expression of Thine attributes,

that the praise of no one besides Thee can ever attain to

Thy holy court nor can Thine attributes ever be fathomed

by anyone other than Thyself.

Glory be unto Thee, Thou art exalted above the

description of anyone save Thyself, since it is beyond

human conception to befittingly magnify Thy virtues or to

comprehend the inmost reality of Thine Essence.  Far be it

from Thy glory that Thy creatures should describe Thee

or that any one besides Thyself should ever know Thee.  I

have known Thee, O my God, by reason of Thy making

Thyself known unto me, for hadst Thou not revealed Thyself

unto me, I would not have known Thee.  I worship

Thee by virtue of Thy summoning me unto Thee, for had

it not been for Thy summons I would not have worshipped

Thee.  Lauded art Thou, O my God, my trespasses have

waxed mighty and my sins have assumed grievous proportions.

How disgraceful my plight will prove to be in

Thy holy presence.  I have failed to know Thee to the

extent Thou didst reveal Thyself unto me; I have failed to

worship Thee with a devotion worthy of Thy summons;

I have failed to obey Thee through not treading the path of

Thy love in the manner Thou didst inspire me.

Thy might beareth me witness, O my God, what

 

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befitteth Thee is far greater and more exalted than any

being could attempt to accomplish.  Indeed nothing can

ever comprehend Thee as is worthy of Thee nor can any

servile creature worship Thee as beseemeth Thine adoration.

So perfect and comprehensive is Thy proof, O my

God, that its inner essence transcendeth the description of

any soul and so abundant are the outpourings of Thy gifts

that no faculty can appraise their infinite range.

O my God!  O my Master!  I beseech Thee by Thy manifold

bounties and by the pillars which sustain Thy throne

of glory, to have pity on these lowly people who are

powerless to bear the unpleasant things of this fleeting life,

how much less then can they bear Thy chastisement in the

life to come–a chastisement which is ordained by Thy

justice, called forth by Thy wrath and will continue to

exist for ever.

I beg Thee by Thyself, O my God, my Lord and my

Master, to intercede in my behalf.  I have fled from Thy

justice unto Thy mercy.  For my refuge I am seeking Thee

and such as turn not away from Thy path, even for a

twinkling of an eye–they for whose sake Thou didst

create the creation as a token of Thy grace and bounty.

 

 

O MY God!  There is no one but Thee to allay the anguish

of my soul, and Thou art my highest aspiration, O my

God.  My heart is wedded to none save Thee and such as

Thou dost love.  I solemnly declare that my life and death

are both for Thee.  Verily Thou art incomparable and hast

no partner.

O my Lord!  I beg Thee to forgive me for shutting myself

 

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out from Thee.  By Thy glory and majesty, I have

failed to befittingly recognize Thee and to worship Thee,

while Thou dost make Thyself known unto me and callest

me to remembrance as beseemeth Thy station.  Grievous

woe would betide me, O my Lord, wert Thou to take hold

of me by reason of my misdeeds and trespasses.  No helper

do I know of other than Thee.  No refuge do I have to flee

to save Thee.  None among Thy creatures can dare to

intercede with Thyself without Thy leave.  I hold fast to

Thy love before Thy court, and, according to Thy bidding,

I earnestly pray unto Thee as befitteth Thy glory.  I beg

Thee to heed my call as Thou hast promised me.  Verily

Thou art God; no God is there but Thee.  Alone and unaided,

Thou art independent of all created things.  Neither

can the devotion of Thy lovers profit Thee, nor the evil

doings of the faithless harm Thee.  Verily Thou art my

God, He Who will never fail in His promise.

O my God!  I beseech Thee by the evidences of Thy

favour, to let me draw nigh to the sublime heights of Thy

holy presence, and protect me from inclining myself toward

the subtle allusions of aught else but Thee.  Guide my

steps, O my God, unto that which is acceptable and pleasing

to Thee.  Shield me, through Thy might, from the fury

of Thy wrath and chastisement, and hold me back from

entering habitations not desired by Thee.

 

 

O MY God!  I have failed to know Thee as is worthy of

Thy glory, and I have failed to fear Thee as befitteth my

station.  How can I make mention of Thee when I am in

this condition, and how can I set my face towards Thee

 

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when I have fallen short of my duty in worshipping Thee?

Thou didst not call me into being to demonstrate the

potency of Thy might which is unmistakably manifest and

evident; for Thou art God Who everlastingly existed when

there was naught.  Rather Thou didst create us through Thy

transcendent power that a bare mention may be graciously

made of us before the resplendent manifestation of Thy

Remembrance.

I have no knowledge of Thee, O my God, but that

which Thou hast taught me whereby I might recognize

Thy Self–a knowledge which reflecteth only my failure

and sinfulness.  Here am I then, O my God, wholly consecrated

unto Thee, willing to do what Thou desirest.

Humbly I cast myself before the revelations of Thy mercy,

confessing that Thou art God, no God is there but Thee, and

that Thou art incomparable, hast no partner and naught is

there like Thee.  Unto this Thou Thyself bearest witness, as

well becometh Thy glory.

 

 

 

He is God, the Sovereign Ruler, the Ever-Living,

He Whose help all men implore.

 

LAUDED and glorified art Thou, O Lord!  Both the world

of existence and the souls of men bear witness that Thou

art transcendent above the revelations of Thy handiwork,

and the bearers of Thy names and attributes proclaim that

Thou art immeasurably exalted above such praise as the

dwellers of the dominions of creation and invention may

render unto Thee.  All appearances and realities indicate the

oneness of Thine Essence, and all evidences and signs reflect

 

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the truth that Thou art God and there is no peer or partner

for Thee throughout the kingdoms of heaven and earth.

Immensely high and sanctified art Thou, O Lord!  Thy

divine Being testifieth that Thou art inscrutable to all that

dwell in Thy realm of existence, and Thine inmost Essence

proclaimeth that Thou art far above the description of those

who reveal Thy glory.

The signs which the sanctified essences reveal and the

words which the exalted realities express and the allusions

manifested by the ethereal entities all proclaim that Thou

art immeasurably exalted above the reach of the embodiments

of the realm of being, and all solemnly affirm that

Thou art immensely high above the description of such as

are wrapt in the veils of fancy.

Praise be unto Thee, O Lord!  Thy divine Being is a sure

testimony of the oneness of Thine inmost Essence and Thy

supreme divinity beareth witness to the unity of Thy Self,

and the realities of all created things testify that no tie of

intercourse bindeth Thee to anything in the kingdom of

creation which Thou hast fashioned.

Every man of perception who hath scaled the noble

heights of detachment, and every man of eloquence who

hath attained the most sublime station, beareth witness that

Thou art God, the Incomparable, and that Thou hast assigned

no associate unto Thyself in the kingdom of creation,

nor is there anyone to compare with Thee in the realm of

invention.  Men of wisdom, who had but a notion of the

revelation of Thy glory, conceived a likeness of Thee according

to their own understanding, and men of erudition,

who had gained but a glimpse of the manifold evidences of

Thy loving-kindness and glory, have contrived peers for

Thee in conformity with their own imaginations.

Glorified, immeasurably glorified art Thou, O Lord!

 

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Every man of insight is far astray in his attempt to recognize

Thee, and every man of consummate learning is sore

perplexed in his search after Thee.  Every evidence falleth

short of Thine unknowable Essence and every light retreateth

and sinketh below the horizon when confronted

with but a glimmer of the dazzling splendour of Thy might.

Bestow on me, O my Lord, Thy gracious bounty and

benevolent gifts and grant me that which beseemeth the

sublimity of Thy glory.  Aid me, O my Lord, to achieve a

singular victory.  Open Thou the door of unfailing success

before me and grant that the things Thou hast promised

may be close at hand.  Thou art in truth potent over all

things.  Refresh my heart, O my God, with the living

waters of Thy love and give me a draught, O my Master,

from the chalice of Thy tender mercy.  Let me abide, O my

Lord, within the habitation of Thy glory, and suffer me,

O my God, to emerge from the darkness in which Thy

divine obscurity is shrouded.  Enable me to partake of every

good Thou hast vouchsafed unto Him Who is the Point

and unto such as are the exponents of His Cause, and ordain

for me that which beseemeth Thee and well becometh Thy

station.  Do Thou graciously forgive me for the things that

I have wrought in Thy holy presence, and look not upon

me with the glance of justice, but rather deliver me through

Thy grace, treat me with Thy mercy and deal with me

according to Thy bountiful favours, as is worthy of Thy

glory.

Thou art the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Glorious, the

Bestower of favours and gifts, the Lord of grace abounding.

Verily no God is there but Thee.  Thou art the All-Possessing,

the Most High.

Sanctified art Thou, O Lord, Thou unto Whom all

render thanksgiving.  Whatever I may affirm of Thee

 

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would be but a wanton crime before Thee, and whatever

mention I may choose to make of Thee would be the

essence of transgression, and whatever the praise whereby

I may glorify Thee, it would amount to sheer blasphemy.

No one else besides Thee hath been or will ever be able to

fathom Thy mystery, neither hath any one succeeded nor

will anyone succeed at any time in discovering Thine

Essence.

Magnified art Thou!  No God is there but Thee.  Thou

art in truth the Supreme Ruler, the Help in Peril, the Most

High, the Incomparable, the Omnipotent, the All-Powerful.

Verily Thou art mighty in Thy prowess, the

Lord of transcendent glory and majesty.

Protect Thou, O God, whosoever learneth this prayer

by heart and reciteth it in the day-time and in the night

season.  Verily Thou art God, the Lord of creation, the All-Sufficing.

Thou art faithful to Thy promise and doest whatsoever

Thou pleasest.  Thou art the One Who holdeth in

His hands the dominions of earth and heaven.  Verily Thou

art the Almighty, the Inaccessible, the Help in Peril, the

All-Compelling.

 

 

O MY God, my Lord and my Master!  I have detached

myself from my kindred and have sought through Thee to

become independent of all that dwell on earth and ever

ready to receive that which is praiseworthy in Thy sight.

Bestow on me such good as will make me independent of

aught else but Thee, and grant me an ampler share of Thy

boundless favours.  Verily Thou art the Lord of grace

abounding.

 

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I ADJURE Thee by Thy might, O my God!  Let no harm

beset me in times of tests, and in moments of heedlessness

guide my steps aright through Thine inspiration.  Thou art

God, potent art Thou to do what Thou desirest.  No one

can withstand Thy Will or thwart Thy Purpose.

 

 

I BEG Thy forgiveness, O my God, and implore pardon

after the manner Thou wishest Thy servants to direct themselves

to Thee.  I beg of Thee to wash away our sins as

befitteth Thy Lordship, and to forgive me, my parents, and

those who in Thy estimation have entered the abode of

Thy love in a manner which is worthy of Thy transcendent

sovereignty and well beseemeth the glory of Thy celestial

power.

O my God!  Thou hast inspired my soul to offer its

supplication to Thee, and but for Thee, I would not call

upon Thee.  Lauded and glorified art Thou; I yield Thee

praise inasmuch as Thou didst reveal Thyself unto me, and

I beg Thee to forgive me, since I have fallen short in my

duty to know Thee and have failed to walk in the path of

Thy love.

 

 

LAUDED be Thy Name, O Lord our God!  Thou art in

truth the Knower of things unseen.  Ordain for us such

good as Thine all-embracing knowledge can measure.

Thou art the sovereign Lord, the Almighty, the Best

Beloved.

 

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All praise be unto Thee, O Lord!  We shall seek Thy

grace on the appointed Day and shall put our whole

reliance in Thee, Who art our Lord.  Glorified art Thou, O

God!  Grant us that which is good and seemly that we may

be able to dispense with everything but Thee.  Verily Thou

art the Lord of all worlds.

O God!  Recompense those who endure patiently in Thy

days and strengthen their hearts to walk undeviatingly in

the path of Truth.  Grant then, O Lord, such goodly gifts as

would enable them to gain admittance into Thy blissful

Paradise.  Exalted art Thou, O Lord God.  Let Thy heavenly

blessings descend upon homes whose inmates have believed

in Thee.  Verily, unsurpassed art Thou in sending down

divine blessings.  Send forth, O God, such hosts as would

render Thy faithful servants victorious.  Thou dost fashion

the created things through the power of Thy decree as

Thou pleasest.  Thou art in truth the Sovereign, the

Creator, the All-Wise.

Say:  God is indeed the Maker of all things.  He giveth

sustenance in plenty to whomsoever He willeth.  He is the

Creator, the Source of all beings, the Fashioner, the Almighty,

the Maker, the All-Wise.  He is the Bearer of the

most excellent titles throughout the heavens and the earth

and whatever lieth between them.  All do His bidding, and

all the dwellers of earth and heaven celebrate His praise,

and unto Him shall all return.

 

 

THROUGH Thy revelation, O my God, Thou hast enabled

me to know Thee, and through the radiance of Thine

effulgent splendour Thou hast inspired me with Thy

 

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remembrance.  Thou art the One nearest to me with naught

else between Thee and me, and Thou art the One Whose

power nothing whatsoever can frustrate.  Far be it then

from Thine Essence that the mightiest birds of the souls of

men or of human imaginings should ever scale its heights,

and too exalted is Thy holy Being for the loftiest sentiments

of men of understanding to attain unto Thee.  From

everlasting no one hath comprehended Thine Own Self,

and unto everlasting Thou shalt remain what Thou hast

been since time immemorial with no one else besides Thee.

Magnified be Thy Name, Thou art the Best Beloved

Who hast enabled me to know Thee and Thou art that All-Renowned

One Who hast graciously favoured me with

Thy love.  Thou art the Ancient of Days Whom none can

ever describe through the evidences of Thy glory and

majesty, and Thou art the mighty One Whom none can

ever comprehend through the revelations of Thy greatness

and beauty, inasmuch as the expressions of majesty and

grandeur and the attributes of dominion and beauty are

but the tokens of Thy divine Will and the effulgent reflections

of Thy sovereignty which, by reason of their very

essence and nature, proclaim that the way is barred and bear

witness that the pathway is inaccessibly beyond the reach

of men.

 

 

 

In the Name of Thy Lord, the Creator, the Sovereign, the

All-Sufficing, the Most Exalted, He Whose help is implored

by all men.

 

SAY:  O my God!  O Thou Who art the Maker of the

 

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heavens and of the earth, O Lord of the Kingdom!  Thou

well knowest the secrets of my heart, while Thy Being is

inscrutable to all save Thyself.  Thou seest whatsoever is of

me, while no one else can do this save Thee.  Vouchsafe

unto me, through Thy grace, what will enable me to

dispense with all except Thee, and destine for me that which

will make me independent of everyone else besides Thee.

Grant that I may reap the benefit of my life in this world

and in the next.  Open to my face the portals of Thy grace

and graciously confer upon me Thy tender mercy and

bestowals.

O Thou Who art the Lord of grace abounding!  Let Thy

celestial aid surround those who love Thee and bestow

upon us the gifts and the bounties Thou dost possess.  Be

Thou sufficient unto us of all things, forgive our sins and

have mercy upon us.  Thou art Our Lord and the Lord of

all created things.  No one else do we invoke but Thee and

naught do we beseech but Thy favours.  Thou art the Lord

of bounty and grace, invincible in Thy power and the most

skilful in Thy designs.  No God is there but Thee, the All-Possessing,

the Most Exalted.

Confer Thy blessings, O my Lord, upon the Messengers,

the holy ones and the righteous.  Verily Thou art God, the

Peerless, the All-Compelling.

 

 

GLORIFIED art Thou, O Lord my God!  Thou art in truth

the King of kings.  Thou dost confer sovereignty upon

whomsoever Thou willest and dost seize it from whomsoever

Thou willest.  Thou dost exalt whomsoever Thou

willest and dost abase whomsoever Thou willest.  Thou dost

 

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render victorious whomsoever Thou willest and dost bring

humiliation upon whomsoever Thou willest.  Thou dost bestow

wealth upon whomsoever Thou willest and dost reduce

to poverty whomsoever Thou willest.  Thou dost cause

whomsoever Thou willest to prevail over whomsoever

Thou willest.  Within Thy grasp Thou dost hold the empire

of all created things and through the potency of Thy

sovereign behest Thou dost call into being whomsoever

Thou willest.  Verily Thou art the Omniscient, the Omnipotent,

the Lord of power.

 

 

PRAISED and glorified art Thou, O God!  Grant that the

day of attaining Thy holy presence may be fast approaching.

Cheer our hearts through the potency of Thy love and

good-pleasure and bestow upon us steadfastness that we

may willingly submit to Thy Will and Thy Decree.  Verily

Thy knowledge embraceth all the things Thou hast created

or wilt create and Thy celestial might transcendeth whatsoever

Thou hast called or wilt call into being.  There is none

to be worshipped but Thee, there is none to be desired

except Thee, there is none to be adored besides Thee and

there is naught to be loved save Thy good-pleasure.

Verily Thou art the supreme Ruler, the Sovereign Truth,

the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

 

 

THOU knowest full well, O my God, that tribulations

have showered upon me from all directions and that no one

 

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can dispel or transmute them except Thee.  I know of a

certainty, by virtue of my love for Thee, that Thou wilt

never cause tribulations to befall any soul unless Thou

desirest to exalt his station in Thy celestial Paradise and to

buttress his heart in this earthly life with the bulwark of

Thine all-compelling power, that it may not become

inclined toward the vanities of this world.  Indeed Thou art

well aware that under all conditions I would cherish the

remembrance of Thee far more than the ownership of all

that is in the heavens and on the earth.

Strengthen my heart, O my God, in Thine obedience

and in Thy love and grant that I may be clear of the entire

company of Thine adversaries.  Verily I swear by Thy glory

that I yearn for naught besides Thyself, nor do I desire anything

except Thy mercy, nor am I apprehensive of aught

save Thy justice.  I beg Thee to forgive me as well as those

whom Thou lovest, howsoever Thou pleasest.  Verily Thou

art the Almighty, the Bountiful.

Immensely exalted art Thou, O Lord of the heavens and

earth, above the praise of all men, and may peace be upon

Thy faithful servants and glory be unto God, the Lord of all

the worlds.

 

 

PRAISE be to Thee, O Lord, my Best Beloved!  Make me

steadfast in Thy Cause and grant that I may be reckoned

among those who have not violated Thy Covenant nor

followed the gods of their own idle fancy.  Enable me, then,

to obtain a seat of truth in Thy presence, bestow upon me a

token of Thy mercy and let me join with such of Thy

servants as shall have no fear nor shall they be put to grief.

 

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Abandon me not to myself, O my Lord, nor deprive me of

recognizing Him Who is the Manifestation of Thine Own

Self, nor account me with such as have turned away from

Thy holy presence.  Number me, O my God, with those

who are privileged to fix their gaze upon Thy Beauty and

who take such delight therein that they would not exchange

a single moment thereof with the sovereignty of

the kingdom of heavens and earth or with the entire realm

of creation.  Have mercy on me, O Lord, in these days

when the peoples of Thine earth have erred grievously;

supply me then, O my God, with that which is good and

seemly in Thine estimation.  Thou art verily the All-Powerful,

the Gracious, the Bountiful, the Ever-Forgiving.

Grant, O my God, that I may not be reckoned among

those whose ears are deaf, whose eyes are blind, whose

tongues are speechless and whose hearts have failed to

comprehend.  Deliver me, O Lord, from the fire of ignorance

and of selfish desire, suffer me to be admitted into the

precincts of Thy transcendent mercy and send down upon

me that which Thou hast ordained for Thy chosen ones.

Potent art Thou to do what Thou willest.  Verily Thou art

the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

 

 

O MY God, O my Lord, O my Master!  I beg Thee to

forgive me for seeking any pleasure save Thy love, or any

comfort except Thy nearness, or any delight besides Thy

good-pleasure, or any existence other than communion

with Thee.

 

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THOU seest, O my Lord, my dwelling-place in the heart

of this mountain and Thou dost witness my forbearance.

Verily I have desired naught else but Thy love and the love

of those who love Thee.  How can I extol the effulgent

beauty of Thy Lordship, conscious as I am of my nothingness

before the habitation of Thy glory?  Yet the sorrow of

solitude and loneliness prompteth me to invoke Thee

through this prayer, perchance Thy trusted servants may

become aware of my lamentations, may supplicate unto

Thee on my behalf, and Thou wouldst graciously answer

their prayers as a token of Thy grace and Thy favour.  I

bear witness that there is no God but Thee, inasmuch as

Thou art invested with sovereignty, grandeur, glory and

power which no one among Thy servants can visualize or

comprehend.  Indeed Thou shalt, by virtue of that which is

inherent in Thine Essence, ever remain inscrutable unto all

except Thyself.

IS there any Remover of difficulties save God?  Say:  Praised

be God!  He is God!  All are His servants and all abide by

His bidding!

 

 

 

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