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THE BAHA’T WORLD
pierre philosophale. Tous reconnaissent l’unite de celui qu’ils ignorent cependant! Par exemple, les sectateurs du Christ
admettent l’unite de Dieu, alors que leur adoration de Ia divinite retourne en ce monde
celui qui s’est manifeste et
qui est Dieu car ii n’y a pas d’autre Dieu que le prophete de Dieu; en sorte que leur piété reste pour eux sterile. Donne
donc ta plus scrupuleuse attention
Ia connaissance de l’unite, car c’est là le Sirdth dont tu as entendu parler, ce pont
plus fin qu’un cheveu, plus tranchant qu’un rasoir.
N’ajoute pas foi
ceux qui disent avoir compris le Livre de Dieu, car
‘ai eu beau les examiner je n’ai trouvé chez
eux que des mots on des trames doctrinales, sauf chez deux personnages. Ceux-ci ont paru jadis et ont élevé leurs
paroles au milieu de l’islam de facon
cc que leurs actes dans la Ia connaissauce de Dieu fussent d’accord avec dies.
Chez les docteurs du Baya’n on ne s’en tient pas aux mots.
Les docteurs chrétiens se sont vantés d’avoir compris les Evangiles. Or, le premier mot de ce livre a trait
de Muhammad. Ii y a 1270 ans que cc Proph&e s’est manifesté et Dieu sait combien ces docteurs out fait
d’interprétations de leur texte sacré, sans parvenir mme de loin au sens vrai qui est Muhammad: s’ils avaient compris,
ne fut-ce qu’un seul mot du Nouveau Testament, ils auraient cru au Prophéte de Dieu. Tu vois bien qu’ils n’ont pas
compris une syllabe de l’Evangile et qu’ils n’en ont cxpliqué les termes qu’inconsiderement et sans inspiration.
l’islamisme sunnite, tu verras qu’il en est de méme pour lui. Que de commentaires n’ont-ils pas écrits du
Qur’án sans comprendre que l’essence mème de Ia creation du Qur’in est Ia descendance du Prophete.
Il en est ainsi encore pour les Shiites et leurs commentaires. S’ils avaicnt compris, us n’eussent pas ignore que des le
premier point du Qur’án le Livre mere’ n’a pour but que l’attente de Ia manifestation du témoignage. Tu vois bien
qu’ils n’ont compris rien autre chose que des mots vides de sens et d’inspiration.
Eh bien, alors, comprends donc, et ne sois pas comme eux en face de cette manifestation du Baya’n. Tranche toute
amitié avec d’autres qu’avec Dieu et suffis-toi en lui en dehors d’autres que Iui. Répète souvent cc verset du Baycmn:
e Dis: Dieu suffit
toistes ehoses en toutes ehoses, rien ne pre’vaut sur Dieu; rien, ni dans les eieux, ni sur la terre, ni
dans cc qui est entre eux. Par son ordre, ii eréera cc qu’il voudra. C’est liii Ic Savant, le Tout- Puissant.))
Ne pense pas que cette parole: cDieu suffit
toutes choses x suit une imagination. Sadie que dans chaque
manifestation, ta foi dans le Maitre de cette manifestation te suffit pour et sur toutes choses de la terre, alors que rien de
cc qui est en cc bas monde n’est supérieur
ta foi. Si tu ne crois pas, Ic Men Yazhêr-hou Oullah te comptera parmi
ceux de la c negation
si tu crois, ta foi te suppléera toutes choses de la terre, même si tu ne possèdes rien. C’est là le
sens de cc verset en cc qui concerne le Prophéte, dans Ia manifestation précédente, puis pour la manifestation suivante,
enfin pour celle du Men Yazhèr-hou Oullah, et ainsi de suite jusqu’à Ia fin qui n’aura pas de fin, depuis le
commencement qui n’a pas en de commencement. Sois attentif et dis:
WORDS OF BAHA’U’LLAH
1. CITED IN THE ADVENT OF DIVINE JUSTICE
FRIENDS! Be not careless of the virtues with which ye have been endowed, neither be neglectful of your high destiny.
Ye are the stars of the heaven of understanding, the breeze that stirreth at the break of day, the soft-flowing waters upon which
must depend the very life of all men, the letters inscribed upon His sacred scroll.” “0 people of Babe. Ye are the
breezes of spring that are wafted over the world. Through you We have adorned the world of being with the ornament
of the knowledge
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of the Most Merciful. Through you the countenance of the world hath been wreathed in smiles, and the brightness of His light shone
forth. Cling ye to the Cord of steadfastness, in such wise that all vain imaginings may utterly vanish. Speed ye forth from the horizon
of power, in the name of your Lord, the Unconstrained, and announce unto His servants, with wisdom and eloquence, the tidings of
this Cause, whose splendor hath been shed upon the world of being. Beware lest anything withhold you from observing the things
prescribed unto you by the Pen of Glory, as it moved over His Tablet with sovereign majesty and might. Great is the blessedness of
him that hath hearkened to its shrill voice, as it was raised, through the power of truth, before all who are in heaven and all who are on
. . .
0 people of Bahá! The river that is Life indeed bath flowed for your sakes. Quaff ye in My name, despite them that have
disbelieved in God, the Lord of Revelation. We have made you to be the hands of Our Cause. Render ye victorious this Wronged One,
Who bath been sore-tried in the hands of the workers of iniquity. He, verily, will aid every one that aideth Him, and will remember
every one that remembereth Him. To this beareth witness this Tablet that bath shed the splendor of the loving-kindness of your Lord,
the All-Glorious, the All-Compelling.” “Blessed are the people of Bahá! God beareth Me witness! They are the solace of the eye of
creation. Through them the universes have been adorned, and the Preserved Tablet embellished. They are the ones who have sailed on
the ark of complete independence, with their faces set towards the Day-Spring of Beauty. How great is their blessedness that they have
attained unto what their Lord, the Omniscient, the All-Wise, bath willed. Through their light the heavens have been adorned, and the
faces of those that have drawn nigh unto Him made to shine.” “By the sorrows which afflict the beauty of the All-Glorious! Such is
the station ordained for the true believer that if to an extent smaller than a needle’s eye the glory of that station were to be unveiled to
mankind, every beholder would be consumed away in his longing to attain it. For this reason it bath been decreed that in this earthly
be lifted, and the full glory of the station of those who have turned wholly towards God, and in their love for Him
renounced the world, be made manifest, the entire creation would be dumbfounded.”
“Verily I say! No one bath apprehended the root of this Cause. It is incumbent upon every one, in this day, to perceive
with the eye of God, and to hearken with His ear. Whoso beholdeth Me with an eye besides Mine own will never be
able to know Me. None among the Manifestations of old, except to a prescribed degree, bath ever completely
apprehended the nature of this Revelation.” “I testify before God to the greatness, the inconceivable greatness of this
Revelation. Again and again have We, in most of Our Tablets, borne witness to this truth, that mankind may be roused
from its heedlessness.” “How great is the Cause, how staggering the weight of its Message!” “In this most mighty
Revelation all the Dispensations of the past have attained their highest, their final consummation.” “That which bath
been made manifest in this preeminent, this most exalted Revelation, stands unparalleled in the annals of the past, nor
will future ages witness its like.” “The purpose underlying all creation is the revelation of this most sublime, this most
holy Day, the Day known as the Day of God, in His Books and Scriptures—the Day which all the Prophets, and the
Chosen Ones, and the holy ones, have wished to witness.” “The highest essence and most perfect expression of
whatsoever the peoples of old have either said or written bath, through this most potent Revelation, been sent down
from the heaven of the Will of the All-Possessing, the Ever-Abiding God.” “This is the Day in which God’s most
excellent favors have been poured out upon men, the Day in which His most mighty grace bath been infused into all
created things.” “This is the Day whereon the Ocean of God’s mercy bath been manifested into men, the Day in which
the Day Star of His loving-kindness bath shed its radiance upon them, the Day in which the clouds of His bountiful
favor have overshadowed the whole of mankind.” “By the righteousness of Mine
own Self! Great, immeasurably great is this Cause! Mighty, inconceivably mighty is this Day!” “Every Prophet hath announced the
coming of this Day, and every Messenger hath groaned in His yearning for this Revelation—a revelation which, no sooner had it been
revealed than all created things cried out saying, ‘The earth is God’s, the Most Exalted, the Most Great!’
“The Day of the Promise is
come, and He Who is the Promised One loudly proclaimeth before all who are in heaven and all who are on earth, ‘Verily there is
none other God but He, the Help in Peril, the Self -Subsisting!’ I swear by God! That which had been enshrined from eternity in the
knowledge of God, the Knower of the seen and unseen, is revealed. Happy is the eye that seeth, and the face that turneth towards, the
Countenance of God, the Lord of all being.” “Great indeed is this Day! The allusions made to it in all the sacred Scriptures as the Day
of God attest its greatness. The soul of every Prophet of God, of every Divine Messenger, hath thirsted for this wondrous Day. All the
divers kindreds of the earth have, hkewise, yearned to attain it.” “This Day a door is opened wider than both heaven and earth. The
eye of the mercy of Him Who is the Desire of the worlds is turned towards all men. An act, however infinitesimal, is, when viewed in
the mirror of the knowledge of God, mightier than a mountain. Every drop proffered in His path is as the sea in that mirror. For this is
the Day which the one true God, glorified be He, hath announced in all His Books unto His Prophets and His Messengers.” “This is a
Revelation, under which, if a man shed for its sake one drop of blood, myriads of oceans will be his recompense.” “A fleeting
moment, in this Day, excelleth centuries of a bygone age.
. . .
Neither sun nor moon bath witnessed a day such as this Day.” “This is the
Day whereon the unseen world crieth out, ‘Great is thy blessedness, 0 earth, for thou has been made the footstool of thy God, and been
chosen as the seat of His mighty throne.’” “The world of being shineth, in this Day, with the resplendency of this Divine Revelation.
All created things extol its saving grace, and sing its praises. The universe is wrapt in an ecstasy of joy and glad-
ness. The Scriptures of past Dispensations celebrate the great Jubilee that must needs greet this most great Day of God. Well is it with
him that hath lived to see this Day, and hath recognized its station.” “This Day a different Sun hath arisen, and a different Heaven hath
been adorned with its stars and its planets. The world is another world, and the Cause another Cause.” “This is the Day which past
ages and centuries can never rival. Know this, and be not of the ignorant.” “This is the Day whereon human ears have been privileged
to hear what He Who conversed with God
heard upon Sinai, what He Who is the Friend of God
lifted up towards Him, what He Who is the Spirit of God
heard as He ascended unto Him, the Help in Peril, the Self-
Subsisting.” “This Day is God’s Day, and this Cause His Cause. Happy is he who hath renounced this world, and clung to Him Who is
the Day-Spring of God’s Revelation.” “This is the King of Days, the Day that bath seen the coming of the Best Beloved, He Who
through all eternity bath been acclaimed the Desire of the World.” “This is the Chief of all days and the King thereof. Great is the
blessedness of him who hath attained, through the sweet savor of these days, unto everlasting life, and who, with the most great
steadfastness, bath arisen to aid the Cause of Him Who is the King of Names. Such a man is as the eye to the body of mankind.”
“Peerless is this Day, for it is as the eye to past ages and centuries, and as a light unto the darkness of the times.” “This Day is
different from other days, and this Cause different from other causes. Entreat ye the one true God that He may deprive not the eyes of
men from beholding His signs, nor their ears from hearkening unto the shrill voice of the Pen of Glory.” “These days are God’s days,
a moment of which ages and centuries can never rival. An atom, in these days, is as the sun, a drop as the ocean. One single breath
exhaled in the love of God and for His service is written down by the Pen of Glory as a princely deed. Were the virtues of this Day to
be recounted, all would be thunderstruck, except those whom thy Lord bath exempted.” “By the righteousness of God! These are the
days in which God bath proved
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the hearts of the entire company of His Messengers and Prophets, and beyond them those that stand guard over His sacred and
inviolable Sanctuary, the inmates of the celestial Pavilion and dwellers of the Tabernacle of Glory.” “Should the greatness of this Day
be revealed in its fullness, every man would forsake a myriad lives in his longing to partake, though it be for one moment, of its great
glory—how much more this world and its corruptible treasures!” “God the true One is My Witness! This is the Day whereon it is
incumbent upon every one that seeth to behold, and every ear that hearkeneth to hear, and every heart that understandeth to perceive,
and every tongue that speaketh to proclaim unto all who are in heaven and on earth, this holy, this exalted, and all-highest Name.”
“Say, 0 men! This is a matchless Day. Matchless, must, likewise, be the tongue that celebrateth the praise of the Desire of all nations,
and matchless the deed that aspireth to be acceptable in His sight. The whole human race hath longed for this Day, that perchance it
may fulfill that which well beseemeth its station and is worthy of its destiny.”
“Through the movement of Our Pen of Glory We have, at the bidding of the Omnipotent Ordainer breathed a new life into every
human frame, and instilled into every word a fresh potency. All created things proclaim the evidences of this world-wide
regeneration.” “0 people! I swear by the one true God! This is the Ocean out of which all Seas have proceeded, and with which every
one of them will ultimately be united. From Him all the Suns have been generated, and unto Him they will all return. Through His
potency the Trees of Divine Revelation have yielded their fruits, every one of which bath been sent down in the form of a Prophet,
bearing a Message to God’s creatures in each of the worlds whose number God, alone, in His all-encompassing knowledge, can
reckon. This He bath accomplished through the agency of but one Letter of His Word, revealed by His Pen— a Pen moved by His
directing Finger—His Finger itself sustained by the power of God’s Truth.” “By the righteousness of the one true God! If one speck of
a jewel be lost and buried beneath a mountain of stones, and
lie hidden beyond the seven seas, the Hand of Omnipotence would assuredly reveal it in this Day, pure and cleansed from dross.”
“Every single letter proceeding from Our mouth is endowed with such regenerative power as to enable it to bring into existence a new
creation—a creation the magnitude of which is inscrutable to all save God. He verily bath knowledge of all things.” “It is in Our
power, should We wish it, to enable a speck of floating dust to generate, in less than the twinkling of an eye, suns of infinite, of
unimaginable splendor, to cause a dewdrop to develop into vast and numberless oceans, to infuse into every letter such a force as to
empower it to unfold all the knowledge of past and future ages.” “We are possessed of such power as, if brought to hght, will
transmute the most deadly of poisons into a panacea of unfailing efficacy.”
“The days are approaching their end, and yet the peoples of the earth are seen sunk in grievous heedlessness, and lost in manifest
error.” “Great, great is the Cause! The hour is approaching when the most great convulsion will have appeared. I swear by Him ‘Who
is the Truth! It shall cause separation to afflict every one, even those who circle around Me.” “Say; 0 concourse of the heedless! I
swear by God! The promised day is come, the day when tormenting trials will have surged above your heads, and beneath your feet,
saying: ‘Taste ye what your hands have wrought!’
“The time for the destruction of the world and its people hath arrived. He Who is
the Pre-Existent is come, that He may bestow everlasting hfe, and grant eternal preservation, and confer that which is conducive to
true living.” “The day is approaching when its (civilization’s) flame will devour the cities, when the Tongue of Grandeur will
proclaim: ‘The Kingdom is God’s, the Ahuighty, the All-Praised!’
“0 ye that are bereft of understanding! A severe trial pursueth you,
and will suddenly overtake you. Bestir yourselves, that haply it may pass and inflict no harm upon you.” “0 ye peoples of the world!
Know, verily, that an unforeseen calamity is following you, and that grievous retribution awaiteth you. Think not the deeds ye have
committed have been blotted from My sight.” “0 heedless ones! Though the wonders of My mercy
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have encompassed all created things, both visible and invisible, and though the revelations of My grace and bounty have permeated
every atom of the universe, yet the rod with which I can chastise the wicked is grievous, and the fierceness of Mine anger against them
terrible.” “Grieve thou not over those that have busied themselves with the things of this world, and have forgotten the remembrance
of God, the Most Great. By Him Who is the Eternal Truth! The day is approaching when the wrathful anger of the Almighty will have
taken hold of them. He, verily, is the Omnipotent, the All-Subduing, the Most Powerful. He shall cleanse the earth from the defilement
of their corruption, and shall give it for an heritage unto such of His servants as are nigh unto Him.” “Soon will the cry, ‘Yea, yea,
here am I, here am I’ be heard from every land. For there hath never been, nor can there ever be, any other refuge to fly to for any
one.” “And when the appointed hour is come, there shall suddenly appear that which shall cause the limbs of mankind to quake. Then,
and only then, will the Divine Standard be unfurled, and the Nightingale of Paradise warble its melody.”
“In the beginning of every Revelation adversities have prevailed, which later on have been turned into great prosperity.” “Say: 0
people of God! Beware lest the powers of the earth alarm you, or the might of the nations weaken you, or the tumult of the people of
discord deter you, or the exponents of earthly glory sadden you. Be ye as a mountain in the Cause of your Lord, the Almighty, the All-
Glorious, the Unconstrained.” “Say: Beware, 0 people of Bahá, lest the strong ones of the earth rob you of your strength, or they who
rule the world fill you with fear. Put your trust in God, and commit your affairs to His keeping. He, verily, will, through the power of
truth, render you victorious, and He, verily, is powerful to do what He willeth, and in His grasp are the reins of omnipotent might.” “I
swear by My hfe! Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones. To this testifieth the Pen of God, the Most
Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Best Beloved.” “Let not the happenings of the world sadden you. I swear by God! The sea
of joy yearneth to attain your presence, for every good thing hath been created for you, and will, according to the needs of the times,
be revealed unto you.” “0 my servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been
ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and
spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to
share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.”
“This is the day in which to speak. It is incumbent upon the people of Bahá to strive, with the utmost patience and forbearance, to
guide the peoples of the world to the Most Great Horizon. Every body calleth aloud for a sonl. Heavenly souls must needs quicken,
with the breath of the Word of God, the dead bodies with a fresh spirit. Within every word a new spirit is hidden. Happy is the man
that attaineth thereunto, and hath arisen to teach the Cause of Him Who is the King of Eternity.” “Say: 0 servants! The triumph of this
Cause hath depended, and will continue to depend, upon the appearance of holy souls, upon the showing forth of goodly deeds, and
the revelation of words of consummate wisdom.” “Center your energies in the propagation of the Faith of God. Whoso is worthy of so
high a calling, let him arise and promote it. Whoso is unable, it is his duty to appoint him who will, in his stead, proclaim this
Revelation, whose power hath caused the foundations of the mightiest structures to quake, every mountain to be crushed into dust, and
every soul to be dumbfounded.” “Let your principal concern be to rescue the fallen from the slough of impending extinction, and to
help him embrace the ancient Faith of God. Your behavior towards your neighbor should be such as to manifest clearly the signs of
the one true God, for ye are the first among men to be recreated by His Spirit, the first to adore and bow the knee before Him, the first
to circle round His throne of glory.” “0 ye beloved of God! Repose not yourselves on your couches, nay, bestir yourselves as soon as
recognize your Lord, the Creator, and hear of the things which have befallen Him, and hasten to His assistance. Unloose your tongues,
and proclaim unceasingly His Cause. This shall be better for you than all the treasures of the past and of the future, if ye be of them
that comprehend this truth.” “I swear by Him Who is the Truth! Erelong will God adorn the beginning of the Book of Existence with
the mention of His loved ones who have suffered tribulation in His path, and journeyed through the countries in His name and for His
praise. Whoso hath attained their presence will glory in their meeting, and all that dwell in every land will be illumined by their
memory.” “Vie ye with each other in the service of God and of His Cause. This is indeed what profiteth you in this world, and in that
which is to come. Your Lord, the God of Mercy, is the All- Informed, the All-Knowing. Grieve not at the things ye witness in this day.
The day shall come whereon the tongues of the nations will proclaim: ‘The earth is God’s, the Almighty, the Single, the Incomparable,
“Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge,
and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His
praise glorified.” “The movement itself from place to place, when undertaken for the sake of God, hath always exerted, and can now
exert, its influence in the world. In the Books of old the station of them that have voyaged far and near in order to guide the servants of
God hath been set forth and written down.” “I swear by God! So great are the things ordained for the steadfast that were they, so much
as the eye of a needle, to be disclosed, all who are in heaven and on earth would be dumbfounded, except such as God, the Lord of all
worlds, hath willed to exempt.” “I swear by God! That which hath been destined for him who aideth My Cause excelleth the treasures
of the earth.” “Whoso openeth his lips in this day, and maketh mention of the name of his Lord, the hosts of Divine inspiration shall
descend upon him from the heaven of My name, the All- Knowing, the All-Wise. On him shall also descend the Concourse on high,
aloft a chalice of pure light. Thus bath it been fore-ordained in the realm of God’s Revelation, by the behest of Him Who is the All-
Glorious, the Most Powerful.” “By the righteousness of Him Who, in this day, crieth within the inmost heart of all created things,
‘God, there is none other God besides Me!’ If any man were to arise to defend, in his writings, the Cause of God against its assailants,
such a man, however inconsiderable his share, shall be so honored in the world to come that the Concourse on high would envy his
glory. No pen can depict the loftiness of his station, neither can any tongue describe its splendor.” “Please God ye may all be
strengthened to carry out that which is the Will of God, and may be graciously assisted to appreciate the rank conferred upon such of
His loved ones as have arisen to serve Him and magnify His name. Upon them be the glory of God, the glory of all that is in the
heavens and all that is on earth, and the glory of the inmates of the most exalted Paradise, the heaven of heavens.” “0 people of Bahâ!
That there is none to rival you is a sign of mercy. Quaff ye of the Cup of Bounty the wine of immortality, despite them that have
repudiated God, the Lord of names and Maker of the heavens.”
“I swear by the one true God! This is the day of those who have detached themselves from all but Him, the day of those who have
recognized His unity, the day whereon God createth, with the hands of His power, divine beings and imperishable essences, every one
of whom will cast the world and all that is therein behind him, and will wax so steadfast in the Cause of God that every wise and
understanding heart will marvel.” “There lay concealed within the Holy Veil, and prepared for the service of God, a company of His
chosen ones who shall be manifested unto men, who shall aid His Cause, who shall be afraid of no one, though the entire human race
rise up and war against them. These are the ones who, before the gaze of the dwellers on earth and the denizens of heaven, shall arise
and, shouting aloud, acclaim the name of the Almighty, and summon the children of men to the path of God, the All-Glorious, the All-
Praised.” “The day is approaching when God will have, by an act of His Will,
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raised up a race of men the nature of which is inscrutable to all save God, the All-Powerful, the Self-Subsisting.” “He
will, ere long, out of the Bosom of Power, draw forth the Hands of Ascendancy and Might—Hands who will arise to
win victory for this Youth, and who will purge mankind from the defilement of the outcast and the ungodly. These
Hands will gird up their loins to champion the Faith of God, and will, in My name, the self-subsistent, the mighty,
subdue the peoples and kindreds of the earth. They will enter the cities, and will inspire with fear the hearts of all their
inhabitants. Such are the evidences of the might of God; how fearful, how vehement is His might!”
2. PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS
O God, my God! I beg of Thee by the ocean of Thy healing, and by the splendors of the Day-Star of Thy grace, and by
Thy Name through which Thou didst subdue Thy servants, and by the pervasive power of Thy most exalted Word and
the potency of Thy most august Pen, and by Thy mercy that bath preceded the creation of all who are in heaven and on
earth, to purge me with the waters of Thy bounty from every affliction and disorder, and from all weakness and
Thou seest, 0 my Lord, Thy suppliant waiting at the door of Thy bounty, and him who bath set his hopes on Thee
clinging to the cord of Thy generosity. Deny him not, I beseech Thee, the things he seeketh from the ocean of Thy
grace and the Day-Star of Thy loving-kindness.
Powerful art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. There is none other God save Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most
Praised be Thou, 0 Lord my God! I implore Thee, by Thy Most Great Name through Which Thou didst stir up Thy
servants and build up Thy cities, and by Thy most excellent titles, and Thy most august attributes, to assist Thy people
to turn in the direction of Thy manifold bounties, and set their faces towards the Tabernacle of Thy wisdom. Heal Thou
the sicknesses that have assailed the souls on every side, and have deterred them from directing their gaze towards the
Paradise that lieth in the shelter of Thy shadowing Name, which Thou didst ordain to be the King of all names unto all
who are in heaven and all who are on earth. Potent art Thou to do as pleaseth Thee. In Thy hands is the empire of all
names. There is none other God but Thee, the Mighty, the Wise.
I am but a poor creature, 0 my Lord; I have clung to the hem of Thy riches. I am sore sick; I have held fast the cord of
Thy healing. Deliver me from the ills that have encircled me, and wash me thoroughly with the waters of Thy
graciousness and mercy, and attire me with the raiment of wholesomeness, through Thy forgiveness and bounty. Fix,
then, mine eyes upon Thee, and rid me of all attachment to aught else except Thyself. Aid me to do what Thou desirest,
and to fulfill what Thou pleasest.
Thou art truly the Lord of this life and of the next. Thou art, in truth, the Ever- Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
Praised be Thou, 0 Lord my God! I am Thy servant and the son of Thy servant. I have set my face towards Thy Cause,
believing in Thy oneness, acknowledging Thy unity, recognizing Thy sovereignty and the power of Thy might, and
confessing the greatness of Thy majesty and glory. I ask Thee, by Thy name through which the heaven was cleft
asunder, and the earth was rent in twain, and the mountains were crushed, not to withhold from me the breezes of Thy
mercy which have been wafted in Thy days, nor to suffer me to be far removed from the shores of Thy nearness and
I am he who is sore athirst, 0 my Lord! Give me to drink of the living waters of Thy grace. I am but a poor creature;
reveal unto me the tokens of Thy riches. Doth it beseem Thee to cast out of the door of Thy grace and bounty such as
have set their hopes on Thee, and can it befit Thy sovereignty to hinder them that yearn after Thee from attaining the
adored sanctuary of Thy presence and from beholding Thy face? By Thy glory! Such is not my belief in Thee, for I
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am persuaded that Thou art the God of bounteousness, Whose grace hath encompassed all things.
I beseech Thee, 0 my Lord, by Thy mercy that hath surpassed the entire creation, and Thy generosity that hath
embraced all created things, to cause me to turn my face wholly towards Thee, and to seek Thy shelter, and to be
steadfast in my love for Thee. Write down, then, for me what Thou didst ordain for them who love Thee. Powerful art
Thou to do what Thou pleasest. No God is there beside Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bountiful.
Praised be God, the Lord of the worlds!
Praise be unto Thee, 0 my God! Thou art He Who by a word of His mouth hath revolutionized thc entire creation, and
by a stroke of His pen hath divided Thy servants one from another. I bear witness, 0 my God, that through a word
spoken by Thee in this Revelation all created things were made to expire, and through yet another word all such as
Thou didst wish were, by Thy grace and bounty, endued with new life.
I render Thee thanks, therefore, and extol Thee, in the name of all them that are dear to Thee, for that Thou hast caused
them to be born again, by reason of the living waters which have flowed down out of the mouth of Thy will. Since
Thou didst quicken them by Thy bounteousness, 0 my God, make them steadfastly inclined, through Thy graciousness,
towards Thy will; and since Thou didst suffer them to enter into the Tabernacle of Thy Cause, grant by Thy grace that
they may not be kept back from Thee.
Unlock, then, to their hearts, 0 my God, the portals of Thy knowledge, that they may recognize Thee as One Who is far
above the reach and ken of the understanding of Thy creatures, and immeasurably exalted above the strivings of Thy
people to hint at Thy nature, and may not follow every clamorous imposter that presumeth to speak in Thy name.
Enable them, moreover, 0 my Lord, to cleave so tenaciously to Thy Cause that they may remain unmoved by the
perplexing suggestions of them who, prompted by their desires, utter what hath been f or- bidden unto them in Thy
Tablets and Thy Scriptures.
Thou art well aware, 0 my Lord, that I hear the howling of the wolves which appear in Thy servants’ clothing. Keep
safe, therefore, Thy loved ones from their mischief, and enable them to cling steadfastly to whatsoever hath been
manifested by Thee in this Revelation, which no other Revelation within Thy knowledge hath excelled.
Do Thou destine for them, 0 my Lord, that which will profit them. Illumine, then, their eyes with the light of Thy
knowledge, that they may see Thee visibly supreme over all things, and resplendent amidst Thy creatures, and
victorious over all that are in Thy heaven and all that are on Thy earth. Powerful art Thou to do Thy pleasure. No God
is there but Thee, the All-Glorious, Whose help is implored by all men.
Praised be Thou, Who art the Lord of all creation.
Lauded be Thy name, 0 my God and the God of all things, my Glory and the Glory of all things, my Desire and the
Desire of all things, my Strength and the Strength of all things, my King and the King of all things, my Possessor and
the Possessor of all things, my Aim and the Aim of all things, my Mover and the Mover of all things! Suffer me not, I
implore Thee, to be kept back from the ocean of Thy tender mercies, nor to be far removed from the shores of nearness
Aught else except Thee, 0 my Lord, profiteth me not, and near access to any one save Thyself availeth me nothing. I
entreat Thee by the plenteousness of Thy riches, whereby Thou didst dispense with all else except Thyself, to number
me with such as have set their faces towards Thee, and arisen to serve Thee.
Forgive, then, 0 my Lord, Thy servants and Thy handmaidens. Thou, truly, art the Ever-Forgiving, the Most
My God, my Well-Beloved! No place is there for any one to flee to when once Thy laws have been sent down, and no
refuge can be found by any soul after the revelation of Thy commandments. Thou hast inspired the Pen with the
mysteries of Thine eternity, and bidden it teach man that which he knoweth not, and caused him to partake of
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the living waters of truth from the cup of Thy Revelation and Thine inspiration.
No sooner, however, had the Pen traced upon the tablet one single letter of Thy hidden wisdom, than the voice of the
lamentation of Thine ardent lovers was lifted up from all directions. Thereupon, there befell the just what hath caused
the inmates of the tabernacle of Thy glory to weep and the dwellers of the cities of Thy revelation to groan.
Thou dost consider, 0 my God, how He Who is the Manifestation of Thy names is in these days threatened by the
swords of Thine adversaries. In such a state He crieth out and summoneth all the inhabitants of Thine earth and the
denizens of Thy heaven unto Thee.
Purify, 0 my God, the hearts of Thy creatures with the power of Thy sovereignty and might, that Thy words may sink
deep into them. I know not what is in their hearts, 0 my God, nor can tell the thoughts they think of Thee. Methinks that
they imagine that Thy purpose in calling them to Thine all-highest horizon is to heighten the glory of Thy majesty and
power. For had they been satisfied that Thou summonest them to that which will recreate their hearts and immortalize
their souls, they would never have fled from thy governance, nor deserted çhe shadow of the tree of Thy oneness. Clear
away, then, the sight of Thy creatures, 0 my God, that they may recognize Him Who showeth forth the Godhead as One
Who is sanctified from all that pertaineth unto them, and Who, wholly for Thy sake, is summoning them to the horizon
of Thy unity, at a time when every moment of His life is beset with peril. Had His aim been the preservation of His
own Self, He would never have left it at the mercy of Thy foes.
I swear by Thy glory! I have accepted to be tried by manifold adversities for no purpose except to regenerate all that are
in Thy heaven and on Thy earth. Whoso hath loved Thee, can never feel attached to his own self, except for the
purpose of furthering Thy Cause; and whoso hath recognized Thee can recognize naught else except Thee, and can turn
to no one save Thee.
Enable Thy servants, 0 my God, to dis cove
the things Thou didst desire for them in Thy Kingdom. Acquaint them, moreover, with what He Who is the Origin of
Thy most excellent titles hath, in His love for Thee, been willing to bear for the sake of the regeneration of their souls,
that they may haste to attain the River that is Life indeed, and turn their faces in the direction of Thy Name, the Most
Merciful. Abandon them not to themselves, 0 my God! Draw them, by Thy bountiful favor, to the heaven of Thine
inspiration. They are but paupers, and Thou art the All-Possessing, the ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.
Magnified be Thy name, 0 my God, for that Thou hast manifested the Day which is the King of Days, the Day which
Thou didst announce unto Thy chosen Ones and Thy Prophets in Thy most excellent Tablets, the Day whereon Thou
didst shed the splendor of the glory of all Thy names upon all created things. Great is his blessedness whosoever hath
set himself towards Thee, and entered Thy presence, and caught the accents of Thy voice.
I beseech Thee, 0 my Lord, by the name of Him round whom cireleth in adoration the kingdom of Thy names, that
Thou wilt graciously assist them that are dear to Thee to glorify Thy word among Thy servants, and to shed abroad Thy
praise amidst Thy creatures, so that the ecstasies of Thy revelation may fill the souls of all the dwellers of Thine earth.
Since Thou hast guided them, 0 my Lord, unto the living waters of Thy grace, grant, by Thy bounty, that they may not
be kept back from Thee; and since Thou hast summoned them to the habitation of Thy throne, drive them not out from
Thy presence, through Thy loving-kindness. Send down upon them what shall wholly detach them from aught else
except Thee, and make them able to soar in the atmosphere of Thy nearness, in such wise that neither the ascendancy of
the oppressor nor the suggestions of them that have disbelieved in Thy most august and most mighty Self shall be
capable of keeping them back from Thee.
Glorified art Thou, 0 Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Thy Name, the Restrainer,
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to withhold from us the maleficence of Thine adversaries who have disbelieved in Thy testimony, and caviled at Thy
beauty. Overpower by Thy Name, the All-Subduing, such as have wronged Thy previous Manifestation Who hath now
appeared invested with Thy title, the All-Glorious. Lay hold, by Thy name, the Chastiser, on them that have treated Thy
Cause with scorn, have jested at Thy most mighty utterances, and were hindered from attaining this most exalted
station. Enable Thy loved ones, by Thy Name, the Victorious, to prevail against Thine enemies and the infidels among
Thy creatures. Rend asunder, by Thy Name, the Cleaver, the veil that hideth the doings of them that have besmirched
Thine honor and undermined Thy Faith among Thy people. Bind, by Thy Name, the Restorer, the broken hearts of
them that love Thee, and graciously bless them in their affairs. Teach them, by Thy Name, the All-Knowing, the
wonders of Thy wisdom, that they may cleave steadfastly to Thy Faith and walk in the ways of Thy pleasure. Keep
them safe, by Thy Name, the Withholder, from the tyranny of the oppressor and the wickedness of the evildoers and the
malice of the stirrers of mischief. Shield them, by Thy Name, the Preserver, within the stronghold of Thy might and
power, that haply they may be protected from the darts of doubt that are hurled by such as have rebelled against Thee.
Sanctify for Thy servants, by Thy Name which Thou hast blessed above all other names, which Thou hast singled out
for Thy favor, and by which Thou didst reveal Thy beauty, these days of which the Pen of Thy decree hath distinctly
written, and which, according to Thy will and wisdom, have been preordained in Thine irrevocable Tablet. Subject to
Thy rule, by Thy Name, the Conqueror, the people of Thy realm, that all may turn towards Thy face and forsake their
all for love of Thee and for the sake of Thy pleasure.
Abase Thou, 0 my Lord, Thine enemies, and lay hold on them with Thy power and might, and let them be stricken by
the blast of Thy wrath. Make them taste, 0 my God, of Thine awful majesty and vengeance, for they have repudiated
the truth of the One in Whom they had believed, Who came unto them with Thy signs and Thy clear tokens
and the evidences of Thy power and the manifold revelations of Thy might. Gather, then, together Thy loved ones
beneath the shadow of the Tree of Thy oneness, and of the Manifestation of the effulgent light of Thy unity.
Thou art, verily, the One Whose power is immense, Whose vengeance is terrible. No God is there beside Thee, the
Almighty, the Most Powerful.
Magnified be Thy name, 0 Lord my God, inasmuch as Thou hast inclined mine ear to Thy voice, and called me to
Thyself, and opened mine eyes to gaze on Thy beauty, and illumined my heart with Thy knowledge, and sanctified my
breast from the doubts of the infidels in Thy days. I am the one, 0 my God, who lay fast asleep on his couch, when lo,
the messengers of Thy manifold mercies were sent down upon me by Thee, and the gentle winds of Thy loving-
kindness blew over me, and roused me up, and caused me to set my face towards the sanctuary of Thy knowledge, and
to fix mine eyes upon the splendors of the light of Thy face.
I am but a poor creature, 0 my Lord! Behold me clinging to the hem of Thy riches. I have fled from darkness and from
waywardness unto the brightness of the light of Thy countenance. Were I—and to this Thy glory beareth me witness—
to render thanksgiving unto Thee, through the whole continuance of Thy kingdom and the duration of the heaven of
Thine omnipotence, I would still have failed to repay Thy manifold bestowals.
I implore Thee, 0 my Lord, by Thy name, the Ever-Abiding, and by Thy name which Thou didst ordain to be the most
great Instrument binding Thee to Thy servants, to grant that I may flee for shelter to Thy door, and speak forth Thy
praise. Write down, then, for me, in every world of Thine, that which will enable me to enter beneath Thy shadow and
within the borders of Thy court.
Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most Bountiful, the Most Exalted, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.
All-praise be to Thee, 0 Lord, my God! I know not how to sing Thy praise, how to describe Thy glory, how to call upon
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Name. If I call upon Thee by Thy Name, the All-Possessing, I am compelled to recognize that He Who holdeth in His
hand the immediate destinies of all created things is but a vassal dependent upon Thee, and is the creation of but a word
proceeding from Thy mouth. And if I proclaim Thee by the name of Him Who is the All-Compelling, I readily discover
that He is but a suppliant fallen upon the dust, awe-stricken by Thy dreadful might, Thy sovereignty and power. And if
I attempt to describe Thee by glorifying the oneness of Thy Being, I soon realize that such a conception is but a notion
which mine own fancy hath woven, and that Thou hast ever been immeasurably exalted above the vain imaginations
which the hearts of men have devised.
The glory of Thy might beareth me witness! Whoso claimeth to have known Thee hath, by virtue of such a claim,
testified to his own ignorance; and whoso believeth himself to have attained unto Thee, all the atoms of the earth would
attest his powerlessness and proclaim his failure. Thou hast, however, by virtue of Thy mercy that hath surpassed the
kingdoms of earth and heaven, deigned to accept from Thy servants the laud and honor they pay to Thine own exalted
Self, and hast bidden them celebrate Thy glory,
that the ensigns of Thy guidance may be unfurled in Thy cities and the tokens of Thy mercy be spread abroad among
Thy nations, and that each and all may be enabled to attain unto that which Thou hast destined for them by Thy decree,
and ordained unto them through Thine irrevocable will and purpose.
Having testified, therefore, unto mine own impotence and the impotence of Thy servants, I beseech Thee, by the
brightness of the light of Thy beauty, not to refuse Thy creatures attainment to the shores of Thy most holy ocean.
Draw them, then, 0 my God, through the Divine sweetness of Thy melodies, towards the throne of Thy glory and the
seat of Thine eternal holiness. Thou art, verily, the Most Powerful, the Supreme Ruler, the Great Giver, the Most
Exalted, the Ever-Desired.
Grant, then, 0 my God, that Thy servant who hath turned towards Thee, hath fixed his gaze upon Thee, and clung to the
cord of Thy mercifulness and favor, may be enabled to partake of the living waters of Thy mercy and grace. Cause him,
then, to ascend unto the heights to which he aspireth, and withhold him not from that which Thou dost possess. Thou
art, verily, the Ever- Forgiving, the Most Bountiful.
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The world is in travail, and its agitation waxeth day by day. Its face is turned towards waywardness and unbelief. Such shall be its
plight, that to disclose it now would not be meet and seemly. Its perversity will long continue. And when the appointed hour is come,
there shall suddenly appear that which shall cause the limbs of mankind to quake. Then, and only then, will the Divine Standard be
unfurled, and the Nightingale of Paradise warble its melody.
Recall thou to mind My sorrows, My cares and anxieties, My woes and trials, the state of My captivity, the tears that I have shed, the
bitterness of Mine anguish, and now My imprisonment in this far-off land. God, 0 Mustafã, beareth Me witness. Couldst thou be told
what hath befallen the
Ancient Beauty, thou wouldst flee into the wilderness and weep with a great weeping. In thy grief, thou wouldst smite thyself on the
head, and cry out as one stung by the sting of the adder. Be thou grateful to God, that We have refused to divulge unto thee the secrets
of those unsearchable decrees that have been sent down unto Us from the heaven of the Will of thy Lord, the Most Powerful, the
By the righteousness of God! Every morning I arose from My bed, I discovered the hosts of countless afflictions massed behind My
door; and every night when I lay down, lo! My heart was torn with agony at what it had suffered from the fiendish cruelty of its foes.
With every piece of bread the Ancient Beauty breaketh is coupled the assault of a fresh affliction, and with every
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drop He drinketh is mixed the bitterness of the most woeful of trials. He is preceded in every step He taketh by an army
of unforeseen calamities, while in His rear follow legions of agonizing sorrows.
Such is My plight, wert thou to ponder
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