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Gain a deeper and more complete understanding of the Bahai faith through the words of Bahaullah's writings, teachings and words.


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Epistle To The Son Of The Wolf
In the name of God, the One, the Incomparable, the All-Powerful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. Praise be to God, the E...

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O thou who treadest the path of justice and beholdest the countenance of mercy! Thine epistle was received, thy question was noted, and...

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Encompassed as I am at this time by the dogs of the earth and the beasts of every land, concealed as I remain in the hidden habitation ...

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Know then that it behoveth thine eminence to ponder from the outset these questions in thy heart: What hath prompted the divers peoples...

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O thou who hast set foot in the wilderness of knowledge and taken abode within the ark of wisdom! Not until thou hast grasped the myste...

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Strive then, O My brother, to apprehend this matter, that the veils may be lifted from the face of thy heart and that thou mayest be re...

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Now that the discourse hath reached this exalted and intractable theme and touched upon this sublime and impenetrable mystery, know tha...

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Through the power of God and His might, I shall now relate certain passages revealed in the Books of old, and mention some of the signs...

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This is the text of that which was revealed aforetime in the first Gospel, according to Matthew, regarding the signs that must needs he...

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In the second Gospel, according to Mark, the Dove of holiness speaketh in such terms: "For in those days shall be affliction, such as w...

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And in the third Gospel, according to Luke, it is recorded: "There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and up...

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And in the fourth Gospel, according to John, it is recorded: "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father...

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Such is the text of the verses revealed in the past. By Him besides Whom there is none other God, I have chosen to be brief, for were I...

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Be fair in thy judgement and reflect upon these exalted utterances. Inquire, then, of those who lay claim to knowledge without a proof ...

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Should they say: "These words are indeed from God, and have no interpretation other than their outward meaning", then what objection ca...

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And should they reply: "The Books that are in the hands of this people, which they call the Gospel and attribute to Jesus, the Son of M...

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Ponder then in thine heart: Matters being such as thou dost witness, and as We also witness, where canst thou flee, and with whom shalt...

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O thou who hast soared to the realm of guidance and ascended to the kingdom of virtue! Shouldst thou desire to apprehend these celestia...

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Whosoever entereth this city will comprehend every science before probing into its mysteries and will acquire from the leaves of its tr...

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Bereft, however, of the essence of the mysteries of His wisdom, which We have imparted unto thee beneath the veils of these blessed and...

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O thou whom We have outwardly never met, yet whom We inwardly cherish in Our heart! Be fair in thy judgement and present thyself before...

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Having imparted unto thee, beneath countless veils of concealment, certain hidden mysteries, We now return to Our elucidation of the Bo...

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It is recorded in all the Books of the Gospel that He Who is the Spirit(15) spoke in words of pure light unto His disciples, saying: "K...

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O My brother! Sanctify thy heart, illumine thy soul, and sharpen thy sight, that thou mayest perceive the sweet accents of the Birds of...

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Thou canst indeed hear the learned and the foolish amongst the people voice the same objections in this day, saying: "The sun hath not ...

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Veiled as they remain within their own selves, the generality of the people have failed to perceive the sweet accents of holiness, inha...

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Alas, alas, for that which befell Him Who was the Manifestation of the Self of God, and for that which He and His loved ones were made ...

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Hearken then unto that which the Bird of Heaven uttered, in the sweetest and most wondrous accents, and in the most perfect and exalted...

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Be not veiled by aught that hath been revealed in the Qur'an, or by what thou hast learned from the works of those Suns of immaculacy a...

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O thou who art mentioned in this outspread roll and who, amidst the gloomy darkness that now prevaileth, hast been illumined by the spl...

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O thou who art standing before My Throne and yet remain unaware thereof! Know thou that whoso seeketh to scale the summits of the divin...

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Were the peoples of every nation to observe that which hath been mentioned, the matter would be made simple unto them, and such words a...

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Know, moreover, that it is through such words that God proveth His servants and sifteth them, separating the believer from the infidel,...

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It behoveth him who is a wayfarer in the path of God and a wanderer in His way to detach himself from all who are in the heavens and on...

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Know thou that the passages that We have called "ambiguous" appear as such only in the eyes of them that have failed to soar above the ...

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Now that We have reached this most excellent theme and attained such lofty heights by virtue of that which hath flowed from this Pen th...

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Know thou of a truth that the seeker must, at the beginning of his quest for God, enter the Garden of Search. In this journey it behove...

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In this journey the seeker becometh witness to a myriad changes and transformations, confluences and divergences. He beholdeth the wond...

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When once the seeker hath ascended unto this station, he will enter the City of Love and Rapture, whereupon the winds of love will blow...

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And when this stage of the journey is completed and the wayfarer hath soared beyond this lofty station, he entereth the City of Divine ...

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In this station, were He Who is the Embodiment of the End to say: "Verily, I am the Point of the Beginning", He would indeed be speakin...

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In this station the truth of the unity of God and of the signs of His sanctity is established. Thou shalt indeed see them all rising ab...

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Hast thou not heard: "No change is there in God's creation"?(29) Hast thou not read: "No change canst thou find in God's mode of dealin...

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Great God! This sea had laid up lustrous pearls in store; The wind hath raised a wave that casteth them ashore. So put away thy...

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If thou be of the inmates of this city within the ocean of divine unity, thou wilt view all the Prophets and Messengers of God as one s...

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Wert thou to consider in this station the last of them to be the first, or conversely, thou wouldst indeed be speaking the truth, as ha...

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I shall restate here My theme, that perchance this may assist thee in recognizing thy Creator. Know thou that God--exalted and glorifie...

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It is therefore established that all names and attributes return unto these sublime and sanctified Luminaries. Indeed, all names are to...

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All that thou hast heard regarding Muhammad the son of Hasan(34)--may the souls of all that are immersed in the oceans of the spirit be...

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Know then that, inasmuch as all the Prophets are but one and the same soul, spirit, name, and attribute, thou must likewise see them al...

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But as to Him Who appeared in the year sixty, He standeth in need of neither transformation nor interpretation, for His name was Muhamm...

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It is Our wish at this juncture to digress from Our theme to recount that which befell the Point of the Qur'an,(36) and to extol His r...

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Consider and reflect upon His days, when God raised Him up to promote His Cause and to stand as the representative of His own Self. Wit...

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If these wayward souls had indeed paused to reflect upon their conduct, recognized the sweet melodies of that Mystic Dove singing upon ...

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But as they failed to recognize the accents of God and the divine mysteries and holy allusions enshrined in that which flowed from the ...

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Had these souls but clung steadfastly to the Handle of God manifested in the Person of Muhammad, had they turned wholly unto God and ca...

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Now that this evanescent One hath reached this exalted point in the exposition of the inner mysteries, the reason for the denial of the...

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Know then that when Muhammad, the Point of the Qur'an and the Light of the All-Glorious, came with perspicuous verses and luminous proo...

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Know then that the paradise that appeareth in the day of God surpasseth every other paradise and excelleth the realities of Heaven. For...

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Were I to recount all the verses that have been revealed in connection with this exalted theme, it would weary the reader and divert Us...

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Ponder then, O My friend, the words "firm faith" that have been mentioned in this verse. It saith that the heavens and the earth, the ...

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He, however, who denied God in His Truth, who turned his back upon Him and rebelled, who disbelieved and made mischief, the verdict of ...

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These were the very words and utterances used by the pagan Arabs living in the days of Muhammad to dispute with and pronounce judgement...

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At this hour, when the sweet savours of attraction have wafted over Me from the everlasting city, when transports of yearning have seiz...

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Know then that "life" hath a twofold meaning. The first pertaineth to the appearance of man in an elemental body, and is as manifest to...

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The first life, which pertaineth to the elemental body, will come to an end, as hath been revealed by God: "Every soul shall taste of d...

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O My brother! Forsake thine own desires, turn thy face unto thy Lord, and walk not in the footsteps of those who have taken their corru...

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In this connection We will relate unto thee that which was revealed of old concerning "life", that perchance it may turn thee away from...

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He saith, and He, verily, speaketh the truth: "Shall the dead whom We have quickened, and for whom We have ordained a light whereby he ...

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Would that pure and stainless hearts could be found, that I might impart unto them a sprinkling from the oceans of knowledge which My L...

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O My brother! At every juncture We have restated Our theme, that all that hath been recorded in these verses may, by the leave of God, ...

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Say: O people! The Tree of Life hath verily been planted in the heart of the heavenly paradise and bestoweth life in every direction. H...

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Wing then thy flight unto this divine Tree and partake of its fruits. Gather up that which hath fallen therefrom and guard it faithfull...

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Behold, then, the foolish ones of bygone times and those who, in this day, await the advent of such a being! Nor would they ever bear a...

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I shall now briefly explain the true meaning of this utterance, that thou mayest discover its hidden mysteries and be of them that perc...

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Know then that He who uttered these words in the realms of glory meant to describe the attributes of the One Who is to come in such vei...

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As to the words "brass-like were His feet", by this is meant His constancy upon hearing the call of God that commandeth Him: "Be thou ...

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And further He saith: "Out of his mouth goeth a two-edged sword." Know thou that since the sword is an instrument that divideth and cle...

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Wert thou to behold all things with the eye of discernment, thou wouldst indeed see that this divine sword doth cleave asunder generati...

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Yea, inasmuch as these people have failed to acquire true knowledge from its source and wellspring, and from the ocean of fresh and so...

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We render thanks unto God for that which He hath bestowed upon us of His grace. He it is Who hath caused us to be assured of the truth ...

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But hear, O My brother, My plaint against them that claim to be associated with God and with the Manifestations of His knowledge, and y...

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These people, however, have turned aside from all this and placed instead their affections upon that which accordeth with their own cor...

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Quaff then, O My brother, from the living waters that We have caused to flow in the oceans of these words. Methinks the seas of grandeu...

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Know thou, moreover, that in this most hallowed and resplendent city thou shalt find the wayfarer to be lowly before all men and humble...

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Know, however, that the seeker, at the outset of his journey, witnesseth change and transformation, as hath already been mentioned. Thi...

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In this station, all changing and varying realities are manifest before thee. Whosoever denieth this truth hath verily turned aside fro...

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O My brother! In this stage, which marketh the beginning of the journey, thou shalt behold divers stations and differing signs, even as...

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By My Lord! Notwithstanding all that We have revealed unto thee of the mysteries of utterance and the degrees of exposition, methinks I...

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Know thou, moreover, that the bird that taketh flight in the atmosphere of the realm on high will never be able to soar unto the heaven...

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Comprehend, in like manner, every station, sign, and allusion, that thou mayest perceive all things in their own place and consider all...

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Know then that all thou hast heard and witnessed that Daystar of Truth, the Primal Point, ascribe to Himself from the designations of f...

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Know, moreover, that all that We have mentioned concerning these journeys is intended for none but the elect amongst the righteous. And...

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O My brother! If thou be a champion of this arena, speed within the lands of certitude, that thy soul may be delivered in this day from...

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His fragrant breaths diffused in Eastern lands could well To sick ones in the West restore their sense of smell!(59) ...

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After this heavenly journey and mystical ascent the wayfarer will enter within the Garden of Wonderment. Were I to disclose unto thee t...

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Were I to recount unto thine eminence the dire adversities that have befallen Me, thou wouldst be so grieved as to forsake the mention ...

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As We have digressed from Our theme, let Us leave aside these allusions and return to Our discussion of this city. Verily, whoso entere...

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O thou who art mentioned in these Tablets! Know thou that he who embarketh upon this journey will marvel at the signs of the power of G...

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I knew not what amazement was Until I made Thy love my cause. O how amazing would it be If I were not amazed by Thee!(63...

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In this valley the wayfarers stray and perish ere they attain their final abode. Gracious God! So immense is this valley, so vast this ...

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And should the servant ascend to even loftier heights, quit this mortal world of dust, and seek to ascend unto the celestial abode, he ...

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Were We to recount the mysteries of this city, the dominions of the hearts of men would be laid to waste in the intensity of their long...

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How can a true lover continue to exist when once the effulgent glories of the Beloved are revealed? How can the shadow endure when once...

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Gracious God! But for fear of the Nimrod of tyranny and for the protection of the Abraham of justice, I would reveal unto thee that whi...

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From this most august and exalted station, and from this most sublime and glorious plane, the seeker entereth the City of Immortality, ...

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Having, in this journey, immersed himself in the ocean of immortality, rid his heart from attachment to aught save Him, and attained un...

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All that existeth in this city shall indeed endure and will never perish. Shouldst thou, by the leave of God, enter this sublime and ex...

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Erelong shall the faithful behold, in the day of the latter Resurrection, Him Whom God shall make manifest descending with this city f...

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Know, moreover, that should one who hath attained unto these stations and embarked upon these journeys fall prey to pride and vainglory...

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For were they to reach the ultimate object of their quest for God and their attainment unto Him, they would have but reached that abode ...

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Know, moreover, that should the cord of assistance binding this mighty Pivot to the dwellers of earth and heaven be severed, they would...

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Yea, the seeker reacheth a station wherein that which hath been ordained for him knoweth no bounds. The fire of love so blazeth in his ...

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In these days, inasmuch as We have lifted not the veils that conceal the countenance of the Cause of God, nor disclosed unto men the fr...

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From this station the wayfarer ascendeth unto a City that hath no name or description, and whereof one heareth neither sound nor mentio...

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Know, moreover, that when We undertook to reveal these words and committed some of them to writing, it was Our intention to elucidate f...

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Yet, should thine eminence reflect upon these brief statements, thou wouldst assuredly acquire every knowledge, attain unto the Object ...

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Even so, should the fire of love burn within thy soul, thou wouldst ask: "Is there yet any more?" (67) And We say: "Praise be to God, th...

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And Now Concerning Thy Question Regarding
And now, concerning thy question regarding the creation of man. Know thou that all men have been created in the nature made by God, ...

As To Thy Question Concerning The Origin
As to thy question concerning the origin of creation. Know assuredly that God's creation hath existed from eternity, and will contin...

As To Thy Question Concerning The Worlds
As to thy question concerning the worlds of God. Know thou of a truth that the worlds of God are countless in their number, and infi...

Thou Hast Asked Me Whether Man As Apart
Thou hast asked Me whether man, as apart from the Prophets of God and His chosen ones, will retain, after his physical death, the se...

And Now Concerning Thy Question Regarding
And now concerning thy question regarding the soul of man and its survival after death. Know thou of a truth that the soul, after it...

Thou Hast Asked Me Concerning The
Thou hast asked Me concerning the nature of the soul. Know, verily, that the soul is a sign of God, a heavenly gem whose reality the...

Consider The Rational Faculty With Which
Consider the rational faculty with which God hath endowed the essence of man. Examine thine own self, and behold how thy motion and ...

Regard Thou The One True God As One
Regard thou the one true God as One Who is apart from, and immeasurably exalted above, all created things. The whole universe reflec...

O My Servants! It Behoveth You To Refresh
O My servants! It behoveth you to refresh and revive your souls through the gracious favors which, in this Divine, this soul-stirrin...

And Now Concerning Thy Question
And now concerning thy question whether human souls continue to be conscious one of another after their separation from the body. Kn...

And Now Regarding Thy Question "how
And now regarding thy question, "How is it that no records are to be found concerning the Prophets that have preceded Adam, the Fath...

Know Verily That The Essence Of Justice
Know verily that the essence of justice and the source thereof are both embodied in the ordinances prescribed by Him Who is the Mani...

Know Assuredly That Just As Thou Firmly
Know assuredly that just as thou firmly believest that the Word of God, exalted be His glory, endureth for ever, thou must, likewise...

Whatever Is In The Heavens And Whatever Is On
Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth is a direct evidence of the revelation within it of the attributes and names...

Amongst The Proofs Demonstrating The Truth
Amongst the proofs demonstrating the truth of this Revelation is this, that in every age and Dispensation, whenever the invisible Es...

The Book Of God Is Wide Open And His
The Book of God is wide open, and His Word is summoning mankind unto Him. No more than a mere handful, however, hath been found will...

Know Thou That Every Created Thing Is A
Know thou that every created thing is a sign of the revelation of God. Each, according to its capacity, is, and will ever remain, a ...

And Now Concerning Thy Reference To The
And now concerning thy reference to the existence of two Gods. Beware, beware, lest thou be led to join partners with the Lord, thy ...

Know Thou That According To What Thy
Know thou that, according to what thy Lord, the Lord of all men, hath decreed in His Book, the favors vouchsafed by Him unto mankind...

The Pen Of The Most High Is Unceasingly
The Pen of the Most High is unceasingly calling; and yet, how few are those that have inclined their ear to its voice! The dwellers ...

Consider The Doubts Which They Who Have
Consider the doubts which they who have joined partners with God have instilled into the hearts of the people of this land. "Is it e...

Say: O Leaders Of Religion! Weigh Not The
Say: O leaders of religion! Weigh not the Book of God with such standards and sciences as are current amongst you, for the Book itse...

The Vitality Of Men's Belief In God Is Dying
The vitality of men's belief in God is dying out in every land; nothing short of His wholesome medicine can ever restore it. The cor...

The Voice Of The Divine Herald Proceeding
The voice of the Divine Herald, proceeding out of the throne of God, declareth: O ye My loved ones! Suffer not the hem of My sacred ...

The Purpose Underlying The Revelation Of
The purpose underlying the revelation of every heavenly Book, nay, of every divinely-revealed verse, is to endue all men with righte...

Give A Hearing Ear O People To That Which
Give a hearing ear, O people, to that which I, in truth, say unto you. The one true God, exalted be His glory, hath ever regarded, a...

God Hath Through His Tongue That Uttereth
God hath, through His tongue that uttereth the truth, testified in all His Tablets to these words: "I am He that liveth in the Abha ...

O Ye Peoples Of The World! Know Verily
O ye peoples of the world! Know, verily, that an unforeseen calamity is following you, and that grievous retribution awaiteth you. T...

O Kings Of The Earth! He Who Is The Sovereign
O kings of the earth! He Who is the sovereign Lord of all is come. The Kingdom is God's, the omnipotent Protector, the Self-Subsisti...

The All-knowing Physician Hath His Finger
The All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdo...

He Who Is Your Lord The All-merciful
He Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one bod...

We Have A Fixed Time For You O Peoples
We have a fixed time for you, O peoples. If ye fail, at the appointed hour, to turn towards God, He, verily, will lay violent hold o...

O Kamal! The Heights Which Through The
O Kamal! The heights which, through the most gracious favor of God, mortal man can attain, in this Day, are as yet unrevealed to his...

The Great Being Saith: O Ye Children Of Men!
The Great Being saith: O ye children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the...

O Contending Peoples And Kindreds Of The
O contending peoples and kindreds of the earth! Set your faces towards unity, and let the radiance of its light shine upon you. Gath...

Behold The Disturbances Which For Many A
Behold the disturbances which, for many a long year, have afflicted the earth, and the perturbation that hath seized its peoples. It...

Dost Thou Imagine O Minister Of The _sh_ah
Dost thou imagine, O Minister of the _Sh_ah in the City (Constantinople), that I hold within My grasp the ultimate destiny of the Ca...

Hearken O King (sultan 'abdu'l-'aziz)
Hearken, O King (Sultan 'Abdu'l-'Aziz), to the speech of Him that speaketh the truth, Him that doth not ask thee to recompense Him w...

The Pen Of Revelation O _dh_abih Hath In
The Pen of Revelation, O _Dh_abih, hath, in most of the divinely-revealed Tablets, recorded these words: We have admonished all the ...

O Kings Of Christendom! Heard Ye Not The
O kings of Christendom! Heard ye not the saying of Jesus, the Spirit of God, "I go away, and come again unto you"? Wherefore, then, ...

The Great Being Wishing To Reveal The
The Great Being, wishing to reveal the prerequisites of the peace and tranquillity of the world and the advancement of its peoples, ...

Lay Not Aside The Fear Of God O Kings Of
Lay not aside the fear of God, O kings of the earth, and beware that ye transgress not the bounds which the Almighty hath fixed. Obs...

O Ye Rulers Of The Earth! Wherefore Have
O ye rulers of the earth! Wherefore have ye clouded the radiance of the Sun, and caused it to cease from shining? Hearken unto the c...

O Ye The Elected Representatives Of The People
O ye the elected representatives of the people in every land! Take ye counsel together, and let your concern be only for that which ...

Say: O Ye That Envy Me And Seek My Hurt!
Say: O ye that envy Me and seek My hurt! The fury of your wrath against Me confound you! Lo, the Day Star of Glory hath risen above ...

Man Is The Supreme Talisman Lack Of A
Man is the supreme Talisman. Lack of a proper education hath, however, deprived him of that which he doth inherently possess. Throug...

The Generations That Have Gone On Before
The generations that have gone on before you--whither are they fled? And those round whom in life circled the fairest and the loveli...

How Wondrous Is The Unity Of The Living
How wondrous is the unity of the Living, the Ever-Abiding God--a unity which is exalted above all limitations, that transcendeth the...

O My Brother! When A True Seeker Determineth
O My brother! When a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading unto the knowledge of the Ancient of Day...

To Whatever Place We May Be Banished
To whatever place We may be banished, however great the tribulation We may suffer, they who are the people of God must, with fixed r...

If It Be Your Wish O People To Know
If it be your wish, O people, to know God and to discover the greatness of His might, look, then, upon Me with Mine own eyes, and no...

Say: Doth It Beseem A Man While Claiming
Say: Doth it beseem a man while claiming to be a follower of his Lord, the All-Merciful, he should yet in his heart do the very deed...

O Wayfarer In The Path Of God! Take
O wayfarer in the path of God! Take thou thy portion of the ocean of His grace, and deprive not thyself of the things that lie hidde...

Be Generous In Prosperity And Thankful In
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and fr...

The Pen Of The Ancient King Hath Never
The Pen of the Ancient King hath never ceased to remember the loved ones of God. At one time, rivers of mercy have streamed from His...

The Purpose Of The One True God Exalted
The Purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, in revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that lie hidden withi...

The Ordinances Of God Have Been Sent
The ordinances of God have been sent down from the heaven of His most august Revelation. All must diligently observe them. Man's sup...

The First And Foremost Duty Prescribed
The first and foremost duty prescribed unto men, next to the recognition of Him Who is the Eternal Truth, is the duty of steadfastne...

O Letter Of The Living! The Ear Of God
O Letter of the Living! The ear of God hath heard thy cry, and His eyes have beheld thy written supplication. He is calling thee fro...

Say: Deliver Your Souls O People From
Say: Deliver your souls, O people, from the bondage of self, and purify them from all attachment to anything besides Me. Remembrance...

Some Have Regarded It As Lawful To Infringe
Some have regarded it as lawful to infringe on the integrity of the substance of their neighbor, and have made light of the injuncti...

Thou Seest O God Of Mercy Thou
Thou seest, O God of Mercy, Thou Whose power pervadeth all created things, these servants of Thine, Thy thralls, who, according to t...

Let Thine Ear Be Attentive O Nabil-i-'azam
Let thine ear be attentive, O Nabil-i-'Azam, to the Voice of the Ancient of Days, crying to thee from the Kingdom of His all-gloriou...

O Muhammad-'ali! Great Is The Blessedness
O Muhammad-'Ali! Great is the blessedness awaiting thee, inasmuch as thou hast adorned thine heart with the ornament of the love of ...

A Book Sent Down In Truth Unto Men Of
A Book sent down in truth unto men of insight! It biddeth the people to observe justice and to work righteousness, and forbiddeth th...

I Swear By The Beauty Of The Well-beloved!
I swear by the beauty of the Well-Beloved! This is the Mercy that hath encompassed the entire creation, the Day whereon the grace of...

Blessed Art Thou O My Servant Inasmuch
Blessed art thou, O My servant, inasmuch as thou hast recognized the Truth, and withdrawn from him who repudiated the All-Merciful, ...

The Pen Of The Most High Hath Decreed
The Pen of the Most High hath decreed and imposed upon every one the obligation to teach this Cause.... God will, no doubt, inspire ...

If Ye Meet The Abased Or The Down-trodden
If ye meet the abased or the down-trodden, turn not away disdainfully from them, for the King of Glory ever watcheth over them and s...

It Is Our Wish And Desire That Every One Of
It is Our wish and desire that every one of you may become a source of all goodness unto men, and an example of uprightness to manki...

The Most Great Name Beareth Me Witness!
The Most Great Name beareth Me witness! How sad if any man were, in this Day, to rest his heart on the transitory things of this wor...

O Salman! All That The Sages And Mystics
O Salman! All that the sages and mystics have said or written have never exceeded, nor can they ever hope to exceed, the limitations...

Should Any Man In This Day Arise And
Should any man, in this Day, arise and, with absolute detachment from all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth, set h...

When The Victory Arriveth Every Man Shall
When the victory arriveth, every man shall profess himself as believer and shall hasten to the shelter of God's Faith. Happy are the...

Release Yourselves O Nightingales Of God
Release yourselves, O nightingales of God, from the thorns and brambles of wretchedness and misery, and wing your flight to the rose...

Thine Eye Is My Trust Suffer Not The Dust
Thine eye is My trust, suffer not the dust of vain desires to becloud its luster. Thine ear is a sign of My bounty, let not the tumu...

O Banished And Faithful Friend! Quench The
O banished and faithful friend! Quench the thirst of heedlessness with the sanctified waters of My grace, and chase the gloom of rem...

Warn O Salman The Beloved Of The One
Warn, O Salman, the beloved of the one true God, not to view with too critical an eye the sayings and writings of men. Let them rath...

The First Duty Prescribed By God For His
The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of Him Who is the Day Spring of His Revelation and the Fountain...

He Who Is The Eternal Truth Hath From
He Who is the Eternal Truth hath, from the Day Spring of Glory, directed His eyes towards the people of Baha, and is addressing them...

They That Have Forsaken Their Country For
They that have forsaken their country for the purpose of teaching Our Cause--these shall the Faithful Spirit strengthen through its ...

God Hath Prescribed Unto Every One The
God hath prescribed unto every one the duty of teaching His Cause. Whoever ariseth to discharge this duty, must needs, ere he procla...

Consider The Pettiness Of Men's Minds They
Consider the pettiness of men's minds. They ask for that which injureth them, and cast away the thing that profiteth them. They are,...

He Is Indeed A True Believer In The Unity Of
He is indeed a true believer in the unity of God who, in this Day, will regard Him as One immeasurably exalted above all the compari...

Gird Up The Loins Of Thine Endeavor That
Gird up the loins of thine endeavor, that haply thou mayest guide thy neighbor to the law of God, the Most Merciful. Such an act, ve...

The All-merciful Hath Conferred Upon Man
The All-Merciful hath conferred upon man the faculty of vision, and endowed him with the power of hearing. Some have described him a...

All Praise Be To God Who Hath Adorned
All praise be to God Who hath adorned the world with an ornament, and arrayed it with a vesture, of which it can be despoiled by no ...

Members Of The Human Race! Hold Ye Fast
Members of the human race! Hold ye fast by the Cord which no man can sever. This will, indeed, profit you all the days of your life,...

Know Thou That Every Hearing Ear If Kept
Know thou that every hearing ear, if kept pure and undefiled, must, at all times and from every direction, hearken to the voice that...

Whoso Layeth Claim To A Revelation Direct
Whoso layeth claim to a Revelation direct from God, ere the expiration of a full thousand years, such a man is assuredly a lying imp...

Lawh-i-karmil (tablet Of Carmel)
ALL glory be to this Day, the Day in which the fragrances of mercy have been wafted over all created things, a Day so blest that pas...

Lawh-i-aqdas (the Most Holy Tablet)(1)
This is the Most Holy Tablet sent down from the holy kingdom unto the one who hath set his face towards the Object of the adoration ...

Bisharat (glad-tidings)
This is the Call of the All-Glorious which is proclaimed from the Supreme Horizon in the Prison of Akka He is the Expounder, the ...

Tarazat (ornaments)
In My Name, which standeth supreme above all names PRAISE and glory beseem the Lord of Names and the Creator of the heavens, He, ...

Tajalliyat (effulgences)
This is the Epistle of God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting He is the One Who heareth from His Realm of Glory. GOD testi...

Kalimat-i-firdawsiyyih (words Of Paradise)
He is the One Who speaketh through the power of Truth in the Kingdom of Utterance O YE the embodiments of justice and equity and ...

Lawh-i-dunya (tablet Of The World)
In My Name, calling aloud in the Kingdom of Utterance PRAISE and thanksgiving beseem the Lord of manifest dominion Who hath adorn...

Ishraqat (splendours)
This is the Epistle of God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting He is God, exalted is He, the Lord of wisdom and utterance. ...

Lawh-i-hikmat (tablet Of Wisdom)
_This Tablet was addressed to Aqa Muhammad, a distinguished believer from the town of Qa'in, who was surnamed Nabil-i-Akbar ...

Asl-i-kullu'l-khayr (words Of Wisdom)
In the Name of God, the Exalted, the Most High THE source of all good is trust in God, submission unto His command, and contentme...

Lawh-i-maqsud (tablet Of Maqsud)
_Out of respect, the Baha'is, rather than addressing Baha'u'llah directly, would write to His amanuensis, Mirza Aqa Jan, sur...

Suriy-i-vafa(60) (tablet To Vafa)
He is the All-Knowing O VAFA! Render thanks unto thy Lord for having aided thee to embrace His Cause, enabled thee to recognize t...

Lawh-i-siyyid-i-mihdiy-i-dahaji (tablet To Siyyid Mihdiy-i-dahaji)
He is the Most Holy, the Most Great, the Most Exalted, the Most High O MY Name!(64) Yield thou praise unto God for having gracious...

Lawh-i-burhan (tablet Of The Proof)
_This Tablet was revealed after the martyrdom of the King of Martyrs and the Beloved of Martyrs (see God Passes By pages ...

Kitab-i-'ahd (book Of The Covenant)
ALTHOUGH the Realm of Glory hath none of the vanities of the world, yet within the treasury of trust and resignation We have beque...

Lawh-i-ard-i-ba (tablet Of The Land Of Ba)
PRAISE be to Him Who hath honoured the Land of Ba(86) through the presence of Him round Whom all names revolve. All the atoms of the...

Excerpts From Other Tablets
GOD testifieth that there is none other God but... GOD testifieth that there is none other God but Him and that H...

O Contending Peoples And Kindreds Of The Earth! Set
O CONTENDING peoples and kindreds of the earth! Set your faces towards unity, and let the radiance of its light shine upon you. Gath...

The Great Being, Wishing To Reveal The Prerequisites Of
THE Great Being, wishing to reveal the prerequisites of the peace and tranquillity of the world and the advancement of its peoples, ...

By Him Who Is The Great Announcement! The All-merciful
BY Him Who is the Great Announcement! The All-Merciful is come invested with undoubted sovereignty. The Balance hath been appointed,...

O Concourse Of Persian Divines! In My Name Ye Have
O CONCOURSE of Persian divines! In My name ye have seized the reins of men, and occupy the seats of honour by reason of your relatio...

O Ye Divines Of The City! We Came To You With The
O YE divines of the City! We came to you with the truth, whilst ye were heedless of it. Methinks ye are as dead, wrapt in the coveri...

Because Of You The Apostle (muhammad) Lamented,
BECAUSE of you the Apostle (Muhammad) lamented, and the Chaste One (Fatimihs) cried out, and the countries were laid waste, and dark...

Of All The Peoples Of The World, They That Have Suffered
OF all the peoples of the world, they that have suffered the greatest loss have been, and are still, the people of Persia. I swear b...

In This Day The World Is Redolent With The Fragrances Of The
IN this day the world is redolent with the fragrances of the robe of the Revelation of the Ancient King ... and yet, they (divines) ...

O Concourse Of Divines! Lay Aside That Which Ye
O CONCOURSE of divines!... Lay aside that which ye possess, and hold your peace, and give ear, then, unto that which the Tongue of G...

O High Priests! Ears Have Been Given You That They May
O HIGH priests! Ears have been given you that they may hearken unto the mystery of Him Who is the Self-Dependent, and eyes that they...

Whatsoever Hath Been Announced In The Books Hath
WHATSOEVER hath been announced in the Books hath been revealed and made clear. From every direction the signs have been manifested. ...

This Is Not The Day Whereon The High Priests Can Command
THIS is not the day whereon the high priests can command and exercise their authority. In your Book it is stated that the high pries...

O High Priests! The Hand Of Omnipotence Is Stretched
O HIGH priests! The Hand of Omnipotence is stretched forth from behind the clouds; behold ye it with new eyes. The tokens of His maj...

The Time Fore-ordained Unto The Peoples And
THE time fore-ordained unto the peoples and kindreds of the earth is now come. The promises of God, as recorded in the holy Scriptur...

Verily I Say, This Is The Day In Which Mankind Can Behold
VERILY I say, this is the Day in which mankind can behold the Face, and hear the Voice, of the Promised One. The Call of God hath be...

O Ye Children Of Men! The Fundamental Purpose Animating
O YE children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote ...

O Concourse Of Christians! We Have, On A Previous
O CONCOURSE of Christians! We have, on a previous occasion, revealed Ourself unto you, and ye recognized Me not. This is yet another...

We, Verily, Have Come For Your Sakes, And Have Borne
WE, verily, have come for your sakes, and have borne the misfortunes of the world for your salvation. Flee ye the One Who hath sacri...

O Concourse Of Patriarchs! He Whom Ye Were Promised
O CONCOURSE of patriarchs! He Whom ye were promised in the Tablets is come. Fear God, and follow not the vain imaginings of the supe...

O Concourse Of Archbishops! He Who Is The Lord Of
O CONCOURSE of archbishops! He Who is the Lord of all men hath appeared. In the plain of guidance He calleth mankind, whilst ye are ...

O Concourse Of Bishops! Trembling Hath Seized All The
O CONCOURSE of bishops! Trembling hath seized all the kindreds of the earth, and He Who is the Everlasting Father calleth aloud betw...

O Concourse Of Bishops! Ye Are The Stars Of The Heaven
O CONCOURSE of bishops! Ye are the stars of the heaven of My knowledge. My mercy desireth not that ye should fall upon the earth. My...

O Concourse Of Priests! Leave The Bells, And Come
O CONCOURSE of priests! Leave the bells, and come forth, then, from your churches. It behoveth you, in this day, to proclaim aloud t...

O Concourse Of Priests! The Day Of Reckoning Hath
O CONCOURSE of priests! The Day of Reckoning hath appeared, the Day whereon He Who was in heaven hath come. He, verily, is the One W...

O Concourse Of Monks! Seclude Not Yourselves In
O CONCOURSE of monks! Seclude not yourselves in churches and cloisters. Come forth by My leave, and occupy yourselves with that whic...

O Concourse Of Monks! If Ye Choose To Follow Me, I
O CONCOURSE of monks! If ye choose to follow Me, I will make you heirs of My Kingdom; and if ye transgress against Me, I will, in My...

Consider, Likewise, How Numerous At This Time Are The
CONSIDER, likewise, how numerous at this time are the monks who have secluded themselves in their churches, in My name, and who, whe...

Read Ye The Evangel And Yet Refuse To Acknowledge The
READ ye the Evangel and yet refuse to acknowledge the All-Glorious Lord? This indeed beseemeth you not, O concourse of learned men!....

Perused Ye Not The Qur'an? Read It, That Haply Ye May
PERUSED ye not the Qur'an? Read it, that haply ye may find the Truth, for this Book is verily the Straight Path. This is the Way of ...

O Concourse Of Divines! When My Verses Were Sent
O CONCOURSE of divines! When My verses were sent down, and My clear tokens were revealed, We found you behind the veils. This, veril...

How Long Will Ye, O Concourse Of Divines, Level The
HOW long will ye, O concourse of divines, level the spears of hatred at the face of Baha? Rein in your pens. Lo, the Most Sublime Pe...

When We Observed Carefully, We Discovered That Our
WHEN We observed carefully, We discovered that Our enemies are, for the most part, the divines... Among the people are those who sai...

O Ye The Dawning-places Of Knowledge! Beware That Ye
O YE the dawning-places of knowledge! Beware that ye suffer not yourselves to become changed, for as ye change, most men will, likew...

Those Divines Who Are Truly Adorned With The Ornament
THOSE divines ... who are truly adorned with the ornament of knowledge and of a goodly character are, verily, as a head to the body ...

The Divine Whose Conduct Is Upright, And The Sage Who
THE divine whose conduct is upright, and the sage who is just, are as the spirit unto the body of the world. Well is it with that di...

The Divine Who Hath Seized And Quaffed The Most Holy
THE divine who hath seized and quaffed the most holy Wine, in the name of the sovereign Ordainer, is as an eye unto the world. Well ...

Great Is The Blessedness Of That Divine That Hath Not
GREAT is the blessedness of that divine that hath not allowed knowledge to become a veil between him and the One Who is the Object o...

O Concourse Of Divines! Ye Shall Not Henceforth Behold
O CONCOURSE of divines! Ye shall not henceforth behold yourselves possessed of any power, inasmuch as We have seized it from you, an...

Pope Pius Ix
O POPE! Rend the veils asunder. He Who is the Lord of Lords is come overshadowed with clouds, and the decree hath been fulfilled by ...

At One Time We Address The People Of The Torah And Summon
At one time We address the people of the Torah and summon them unto Him Who is the Revealer of verses, Who hath come from Him Who la...

Call Out To Zion, O Carmel, And Announce The
CALL out to Zion, O Carmel, and announce the joyful tidings: He that was hidden from mortal eyes is come! His all-conquering soverei...

The Most Great Law Is Come, And The Ancient Beauty
THE Most Great Law is come, and the Ancient Beauty ruleth upon the throne of David. Thus hath My Pen spoken that which the histories...

The Breath Hath Been Wafted, And The Breeze Hath
THE Breath hath been wafted, and the Breeze hath blown, and from Zion hath appeared that which was hidden, and from Jerusalem is hea...

Lend An Ear Unto The Song Of David He Saith: 'who Will
LEND an ear unto the song of David. He saith: 'Who will bring me into the Strong City?' The Strong City is Akka, which hath been nam...

Nasiri'd-din Shah
O KING! I was but a man like others, asleep upon My couch, when lo, the breezes of the All-Glorious were wafted over Me, and taught ...

The Rulers Of America
HEARKEN ye, O Rulers of America and the Presidents of the Republics therein, unto that which the Dove is warbling on the Branch of E...

The Elected Representatives Of The Peoples In Every Land
O YE the elected representatives of the people in every land! Take ye counsel together, and let your concern be only for that which ...

O Leaders Of Religion! Weigh Not The Book Of
O LEADERS of religion! Weigh not the Book of God with such standards and sciences as are current amongst you, for the Book itself is...

O Kings Of The Earth! We See You Increasing Every Year
O KINGS of the earth! We see you increasing every year your expenditures, and laying the burden thereof on your subjects. This, veri...

The One True God, Exalted Be His Glory, Hath Ever Regarded,
THE one true God, exalted be His glory, hath ever regarded, and will continue to regard, the hearts of men as His own, His exclusive...

Napoleon Iii
O KING of Paris! Tell the priest to ring the bells no longer. By God, the True One! The Most Mighty Bell hath appeared in the form o...

Czar Alexander Ii
O CZAR of Russia! Incline thine ear unto the voice of God, the King, the Holy, and turn thou unto Paradise, the Spot wherein abideth...

Queen Victoria
O QUEEN in London! Incline thine ear unto the voice of thy Lord, the Lord of all mankind, calling from the Divine Lote-Tree: Verily,...

Kaiser Wilhelm I
O KING of Berlin! Give ear unto the Voice calling from this manifest Temple: Verily, there is none other God but Me, the Everlasting...

Emperor Francis Joseph
O EMPEROR of Austria! He who is the Dayspring of God's Light dwelt in the prison of Akka, at the time when thou didst set forth to v...

Sultan 'abdu'l-'aziz
HEARKEN, O King, to the speech of Him that speaketh the truth, Him that doth not ask thee to recompense Him with the things God hath...

Seven Valleys Of Baha'u'llah
_In the Name of God, the Clement, the Merciful._ Praise be to God Who hath made being to come forth from nothingness; graven upon t...

The Valley Of Search
The steed of this Valley is patience; without patience the wayfarer on this journey will reach nowhere and attain no goal. Nor shoul...

The Valley Of Love
and be dissolved in the fire of love. In this city the heaven of ecstasy is upraised and the world-illuming sun of yearning shineth,...

The Valley Of Knowledge
and come out of doubt into certitude, and turn from the darkness of illusion to the guiding light of the fear of God. His inner eyes...

The Valley Of Unity
and drinketh from the cup of the Absolute, and gazeth on the Manifestations of Oneness. In this station he pierceth the veils of pl...

O Kings Of The Earth! Give Ear Unto The Voice Of God,
O KINGS of the earth! Give ear unto the Voice of God, calling from this sublime, this fruit-laden Tree, that hath sprung out of the ...

O Kings Of The Earth! He Who Is The Sovereign
O KINGS of the earth! He Who is the sovereign Lord of all is come. The Kingdom is God's, the omnipotent Protector, the Self-Subsisti...

Introduction
_We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem Us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy o...

The First Valley
If the travelers seek after the goal of the Intended One (maqsud), this station appertaineth to the self--but that self which is The...

The Second Valley
If the wayfarer's goal be the dwelling of the Praiseworthy One (Mahmud),(99) this is the station of primal reason which is known as ...

The Third Valley
If the loving seekers wish to live within the precincts of the Attracting One (Majdhub),(107) no soul may dwell on this Kingly Thron...

The Fourth Valley
If the mystic knowers be of those who have reached to the beauty of the Beloved One (Mahbub), this station is the apex of consciousn...

The Four Valleys
_He is the Strong, the Well-Beloved!_ O light of truth, Hisam-i-Din, the bounteous, No prince hath the world begot like unto ...

The Valley Of Wonderment
and is tossed in the oceans of grandeur, and at every moment his wonder groweth. Now he seeth the shape of wealth as poverty itself,...

The Valley Of True Poverty And Absolute Nothingness
This station is the dying from self and the living in God, the being poor in self and rich in the Desired One. Poverty as here refer...

The Valley Of Contentment
In this Valley he feeleth the winds of divine contentment blowing from the plane of the spirit. He burneth away the veils of want, a...

Suriy-i-muluk
He is the Almighty! 1 This is a Tablet from this Servant, who is called Husayn in the kingdom of names...

Lawh-i-fu'ad
He is the Most Holy, the Most Glorious! 1 Kaf. Za'.(75) We call unto thee from beyond the sea of grandeur, upon ...

Lawh-i-ra'is
He is in His own Right the Supreme Ruler! 1 The Pen of the Most High proclaimeth: O thou who hast imagined thyself...

Suriy-i-ra'is
In His name, the All-Glorious! 1 Hearken, O Chief,(61) to the voice of God, the Sovereign, the Help in Peri...

Introduction
The years following Baha'u'llah's arrival in Adrianople witnessed His Revelation's attainment, in the words of Shoghi Effendi, of it...

Suriy-i-haykal
_This is the Surih of the Temple which God hath ordained to be the Mirror of His Names between the heavens and the earth, and the...

The All-knowing Physician Hath His Finger On The
THE All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdo...

O Peoples Of The Earth! God, The Eternal Truth, Is My
O PEOPLES of the earth! God, the Eternal Truth, is My witness that streams of fresh and soft-flowing waters have gushed from the roc...

The World's Equilibrium Hath Been Upset Through The
THE world's equilibrium hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this most great, this new World Order. Mankind's ordered ...

O Ye Peoples Of The World! Know Assuredly That My
O YE peoples of the world! Know assuredly that My commandments are the lamps of My loving providence among My servants, and the keys...

This Is The Day In Which God's Most Excellent Favours
THIS is the Day in which God's most excellent favours have been poured out upon men, the Day in which His most mighty grace hath bee...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! Every Man
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Every man of insight confesseth Thy sovereignty and Thy dominion, and every discerning eye percei...

Unto Thee Be Praise, O Lord My God! I Entreat
Unto Thee be praise, O Lord my God! I entreat Thee, by Thy signs that have encompassed the entire creation, and by the light of Thy ...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Beseech
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Him Who is Thy Most Great Name, Who hath been sorely afflicted by such of Thy c...

Magnified Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! Thou Art
Magnified be Thy name, O Lord my God! Thou art He Whom all things worship and Who worshipeth no one, Who is the Lord of all things a...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O My God! Thou Beholdest
Lauded be Thy name, O my God! Thou beholdest me in the clutches of my oppressors. Every time I turn to my right, I hear the voice of...

Praise Be To Thee, O Lord My God! I Swear By Thy
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! I swear by Thy might! Successive afflictions have withheld the pen of the Most High from laying ba...

Praise Be To Thee, O Lord My God! I Beseech Thee
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by this Revelation whereby darkness hath been turned into light, through which the ...

Glorified Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! Thou
Glorified be Thy name, O Lord my God! Thou beholdest my dwelling-place, and the prison into which I am cast, and the woes I suffer. ...

Magnified Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! I Know
Magnified be Thy name, O Lord my God! I know not what the water is with which Thou hast created me, or what the fire Thou hast kindl...

O Thou Whose Face Is The Object Of The Adoration
O Thou Whose face is the object of the adoration of all that yearn after Thee, Whose presence is the hope of such as are wholly devo...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! Darkness
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! Darkness hath fallen upon every land, and the forces of mischief have encompassed all the nations...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! This Is Thy
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! This is Thy servant who hath quaffed from the hands of Thy grace the wine of Thy tender mercy, and t...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O My God! Thou Beholdest
Lauded be Thy name, O my God! Thou beholdest how the tempestuous winds of tests have caused the steadfast in faith to tremble, and h...

All Praise Be To Thee, O My God! Thou Beholdest
All praise be to Thee, O my God! Thou beholdest my helplessness and poverty, and bearest witness unto my woes and trials. How long w...

O Thou Who Art The Ruler Of Earth And Heaven
O Thou Who art the Ruler of earth and heaven and the Author of all names! Thou hearest the voice of my lamentation which from the fo...

Praise Be To Thee, O Lord My God! Thou Seest My
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! Thou seest my tears and lamentations, and hearest my sighing, my cry and bitter wailing. I am the ...

Magnified Be Thy Name, O God, The Lord Of
Magnified be Thy name, O God, the Lord of heaven! Attire my head with the crown of martyrdom, even as Thou didst attire my body with...

Praised Be Thou, O My God! How Can I Thank
Praised be Thou, O my God! How can I thank Thee for having singled me out and chosen me above all Thy servants to reveal Thee, at a ...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! I Implore Thee,
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! I implore Thee, by Thy Most Great Name through Which Thou didst stir up Thy servants and build up Th...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Thou Who Beholdest All
Lauded be Thy name, O Thou Who beholdest all things and art hidden from all things! From every land Thou hearest the lamentations of...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! I Am Thy Servant
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! I am Thy servant and the son of Thy servant. I have set my face towards Thy Cause, believing in Thy ...

Exalted Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Am The One
Exalted art Thou, O Lord my God! I am the one who hath forsaken his all and set his face towards the splendors of the glory of Thy c...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Implore
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I implore Thee by the onrushing winds of Thy grace, and by them Who are the Day-Springs of Thy pu...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! I Implore Thee
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! I implore Thee by Them Who are the Tabernacles of Thy Divine holiness, Who are the Manifestations of...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Beseech
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Thy Chosen Ones, and by the Bearers of Thy Trust, and by Him Whom Thou hast ord...

Suffer Me, O My God, To Draw Nigh Unto Thee,
Suffer me, O my God, to draw nigh unto Thee, and to abide within the precincts of Thy court, for remoteness from Thee hath well-nigh...

Thou Beholdest, O My God, The Day-star Of Thy
Thou beholdest, O my God, the Day-Star of Thy Word shining above the horizon of Thy prison-city, inasmuch as within its walls He who...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! I Bear Witness
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! I bear witness that from eternity Thou wert exalted in Thy transcendent majesty and might, and wilt ...

Many A Chilled Heart, O My God, Hath Been Set
Many a chilled heart, O my God, hath been set ablaze with the fire of Thy Cause, and many a slumberer hath been wakened by the sweet...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! Thou Seest
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! Thou seest me in this day shut up in my prison, and fallen into the hands of Thine adversaries, a...

Praised Be Thou, O My God! I Beseech Thee By
Praised be Thou, O my God! I beseech Thee by them who have circled round the throne of Thy will, and soared in the atmosphere of Thy...

Thou Seest Thy Dear One, O My God, Lying At
Thou seest Thy dear One, O my God, lying at the mercy of Thine enemies, and hearest the voice of His lamentation from the midst of s...

Praise Be Unto Thee, O My God! Thou Art He
Praise be unto Thee, O my God! Thou art He Who by a word of His mouth hath revolutionized the entire creation, and by a stroke of Hi...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! I Implore Thee
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! I implore Thee by Thine Ancient Beauty and Most Great Name, Whom Thou hast sacrificed that all the d...

I Give Praise To Thee, O Lord My God! I Entreat
I give praise to Thee, O Lord my God! I entreat Thee by Thy Name through which Thou didst cause the dawn to appear, and the winds to...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O My God! I Am So Carried
Lauded be Thy name, O my God! I am so carried away by the breezes blowing from Thy presence that I have forgotten my self and all th...

Glory Be To Thee, O King Of Eternity, And The
Glory be to Thee, O King of eternity, and the Maker of nations, and the Fashioner of every moldering bone! I pray Thee, by Thy Name ...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! I Testify
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! I testify that Thou wast a hidden Treasure wrapped within Thine immemorial Being and an impenetra...

O Thou Who Dealest Equitably With All Who Are
O Thou Who dealest equitably with all who are in heaven and on earth, and rulest over the kingdom of Thy creation and of Thy Revelat...

Praise Be To Thee, O Lord My God! I Implore Thee,
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! I implore Thee, by Thy Name which none hath befittingly recognized, and whose import no soul hath ...

Thy Unity Is Inscrutable, O My God, To All Except
Thy unity is inscrutable, O my God, to all except them that have recognized Him Who is the Manifestation of Thy singleness and the ...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O My God And The God Of
Lauded be Thy name, O my God and the God of all things, my Glory and the Glory of all things, my Desire and the Desire of all things...

O God, Who Art The Author Of All Manifestations,
O God, Who art the Author of all Manifestations, the Source of all Sources, the Fountain-Head of all Revelations, and the Well-Sprin...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Thou Who Art My God
Lauded be Thy name, O Thou Who art my God and throbbest within my heart! Thou art well aware and dost witness that whatsoever shamet...

My God, My Fire And My Light! The Days Which
My God, my Fire and my Light! The days which Thou hast named the Ayyam-i-Ha (the Days of Ha, Intercalary days) in Thy Book have begu...

Praised Be Thou, O My God, That Thou Hast Ordained
Praised be Thou, O my God, that Thou hast ordained Naw-Ruz as a festival unto those who have observed the fast for love of Thee and ...

O Thou The Lord Of The Visible And The Invisible,
O Thou the Lord of the visible and the invisible, and the Enlightener of all creation! I beseech Thee, by Thy sovereignty which is h...

Unto Thee Be Praise, O Lord My God! I Beseech
Unto Thee be praise, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Thy Most Great Name Who hath been shut up in the prison-town of Akka, and Who-...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! I Entreat
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! I entreat Thee by Thy Name through which the Hour hath struck, and the Resurrection came to pass,...

Glory Be To Thee, O My God! Thou Hearest Thine
Glory be to Thee, O my God! Thou hearest Thine ardent lovers lamenting in their separation from Thee, and such as have recognized Th...

Thou Dost Witness, O My God, How He Who Is
Thou dost witness, O my God, how He Who is Thy splendor calleth Thee to remembrance, notwithstanding the manifold troubles that have...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O My God! I Entreat Thee
Lauded be Thy name, O my God! I entreat Thee by the fragrances of the Raiment of Thy grace which at Thy bidding and in conformity wi...

I Know Not, O My God, What The Fire Is Which
I know not, O my God, what the Fire is which Thou didst kindle in Thy land. Earth can never cloud its splendor, nor water quench its...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O My God! Aid Thou By
Lauded be Thy name, O my God! Aid Thou by Thy strengthening grace Thy servants and Thy handmaidens to recount Thy virtues and to be ...

O God! The Trials Thou Sendest Are A Salve To The
O God! The trials Thou sendest are a salve to the sores of all them who are devoted to Thy will; the remembrance of Thee is a healin...

Glory Be To Thee, O Lord My God! These Are The
Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! These are the days whereon Thou hast bidden all men to observe the fast, that through it they may p...

God Testifieth To The Unity Of His Godhood And To
God testifieth to the unity of His Godhood and to the singleness of His own Being. On the throne of eternity, from the inaccessible ...

Praise Be To Thee, To Whom The Tongues Of All
Praise be to Thee, to Whom the tongues of all created things have, from eternity, called, and yet failed to attain the heaven of Thi...

All Praise, O My God, Be To Thee Who Art The
All praise, O my God, be to Thee Who art the Source of all glory and majesty, of greatness and honor, of sovereignty and dominion, o...

Glorified Be Thou, O My God! Behold Thou My
Glorified be Thou, O my God! Behold Thou my head ready to fall before the sword of Thy Will, my neck prepared to bear the chains of ...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! Thou Dost
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! Thou dost witness that Thy will hath prevailed over all created things, and Thy mercy hath surpas...

Lauded And Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God!
Lauded and glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Thou art He Who from everlasting hath been clothed with majesty, with authority and po...

Thou Beholdest, O My God, Thy Servant Who
Thou beholdest, O my God, Thy servant who dwelleth in this prison-house, wholly detached from any one but Thee, his eyes turned in t...

Praise Be To Thee, O Lord My God, My Master!
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God, my Master! Thou hearest the sighing of those who, though they long to behold Thy face, are yet sep...

Glorified Art Thou, O My God! Thou Knowest That
Glorified art Thou, O my God! Thou knowest that my sole aim in revealing Thy Cause hath been to reveal Thee and not my self, and to ...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! Thou Seest
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Thou seest me dwelling in this prison-house that lieth behind the seas and the mountains, and kno...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Yield Thee
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I yield Thee thanks for having enabled me to recognize the Manifestation of Thyself, and for havi...

Praised Be Thou, O My God! Thou Seest Me Shut Up
Praised be Thou, O my God! Thou seest me shut up in this Prison, and art well aware that I have entered it solely for Thy sake and f...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! My Tongue,
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! My tongue, both the tongue of my body and the tongue of my heart, my limbs and members, every pul...

Faded Now Is All That Erstwhile Flourished In The
Faded now is all that erstwhile flourished in the Paradise of Thy transcendent oneness, O my God! Where are the rain-giving clouds o...

Magnified Be Thy Name, O My God, For That Thou
Magnified be Thy name, O my God, for that Thou hast manifested the Day which is the King of Days, the Day which Thou didst announce ...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Thou In Whose Hands Is
Lauded be Thy name, O Thou in Whose hands is the kingdom of all names, and in the grasp of Whose might are all that are in heaven an...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Beseech
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Thy Name, the Restrainer, to withhold from us the maleficence of Thine adversar...

Magnified Be Thy Name, O Lord My God, Inasmuch
Magnified be Thy name, O Lord my God, inasmuch as Thou hast inclined mine ear to Thy voice, and called me to Thyself, and opened min...

All-praise Be To Thee, O Lord, My God! I Know
All-praise be to Thee, O Lord, my God! I know not how to sing Thy praise, how to describe Thy glory, how to call upon Thy Name. If I...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! Every Time I
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! Every time I attempt to make mention of Thee, I am hindered by the sublimity of Thy station and the ...

O Thou, At Whose Dreadful Majesty All Things Have
O Thou, at Whose dreadful majesty all things have trembled, in Whose grasp are the affairs of all men, towards Whose grace and mercy...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! Every Time I
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! Every time I am reminded of Thee and muse on Thy virtues, I am seized with such ecstasies and am so ...

All Glory Be To Thee, O Lord My God! I Bear
All glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! I bear witness for Thee to that whereto Thou Thyself didst bear witness for Thine own Self, ere...

O Thou Whose Remembrance Is The Delight Of The
O Thou Whose remembrance is the delight of the souls of all them that yearn after Thee, Whose name is the exultation of the hearts o...

Unto Thee Be Praise, O Thou Who Inclinest Thine
Unto Thee be praise, O Thou Who inclinest Thine ear to the sighing of them that have rid themselves of all attachment to any one but...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! Thou Art He
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! Thou art He Who hath created all things through a word uttered by Thy behest, and fashioned the enti...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! Thou Seest My
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! Thou seest my poverty and my misery, my troubles and my needs, my utter helplessness and my extreme ...

Magnified Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Ask Thee
Magnified art Thou, O Lord my God! I ask Thee by Thy Name which Thou hast set up above all other names, through which the veil of he...

These Are, O My God, The Days Whereon Thou Didst
These are, O my God, the days whereon Thou didst enjoin Thy servants to observe the fast. With it Thou didst adorn the preamble of t...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Yield Thee
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I yield Thee thanks for that Thou hast made me the target of divers tribulations and the mark of ...

Magnified Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! Behold
Magnified be Thy name, O Lord my God! Behold Thou mine eye expectant to gaze on the wonders of Thy mercy, and mine ear longing to he...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O My God! I Testify That No
Lauded be Thy name, O my God! I testify that no thought of Thee, howsoever wondrous, can ever ascend into the heaven of Thy knowledg...

I Know Not, O My God, What The Fire Is With Which
I know not, O my God, what the Fire is with which Thou didst light the Lamp of Thy Cause, or what the Glass wherewith Thou didst pre...

Glorified Art Thou, O My God! Thou Knowest That
Glorified art Thou, O my God! Thou knowest that in my love for Thee I have not sought any rest, that in proclaiming Thy Cause I have...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! How Great
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! How great is Thy might and Thy sovereignty; how vast Thy strength and Thy dominion! Thou hast cal...

Glory To Thee, O My God! But For The Tribulations
Glory to Thee, O my God! But for the tribulations which are sustained in Thy path, how could Thy true lovers be recognized; and were...

Glory To Thee, O My God! One Of Thy Handmaidens,
Glory to Thee, O my God! One of Thy handmaidens, who hath believed in Thee and in Thy signs, hath entered beneath the shadow of the ...

The Hearts That Yearn After Thee, O My God, Are
The hearts that yearn after Thee, O my God, are burnt up with the fire of their longing for Thee, and the eyes of them that love The...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! Rain Down,
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Rain down, I beseech Thee, from the clouds of Thine overflowing grace, that which shall cleanse t...

Magnified, O Lord My God, Be Thy Name, Whereby
Magnified, O Lord my God, be Thy Name, whereby the trees of the garden of Thy Revelation have been clad with verdure, and been made ...

Praise Be To Thee, O Lord My God! I Implore Thee
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! I implore Thee by Thy Name that hath caused to surge within every drop the oceans of Thy loving-ki...

Magnified Be Thy Name, O Thou In Whose Grasp
Magnified be Thy name, O Thou in Whose grasp are the reins of the souls of all them that have recognized Thee, and in Whose right ha...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Pray Thee,
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I pray Thee, by Him Who is the Day-Spring of Thy signs and the Manifestation of Thy names, and th...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! Thou Beholdest
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! Thou beholdest my perplexity, and the depth of mine anguish, and the agony of my soul, and the affli...

Praise Be To Thee, O Lord My God! Thou Beholdest
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! Thou beholdest what the tongue of no one except Thee can utter, and bearest witness unto things wh...

Glory To Thee, O Thou Who Art The Lord Of All
Glory to Thee, O Thou Who art the Lord of all worlds, and the Beloved of all such as have recognized Thee! Thou seest me sitting und...

Glory Be To Thee, Thou In Whose Hand Are The
Glory be to Thee, Thou in Whose hand are the heaven of omnipotence and the kingdom of creation. Thou doest, by Thy sovereignty, what...

O Thou Whose Nearness Is My Wish, Whose Presence
O Thou Whose nearness is my wish, Whose presence is my hope, Whose remembrance is my desire, Whose court of glory is my goal, Whose ...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! Thou Art He
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! Thou art He the excellence of Whose glory hath exalted them who are the sources of authority and hon...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! I Give Thee
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I give Thee thanks inasmuch as Thou hast called me into being in Thy days, and infused into me Th...

I Beseech Thee, O My Lord, By That Remembrance
I beseech Thee, O my Lord, by that Remembrance of Thee through which all things have been raised to life, and through which all face...

Praised Be Thou, O My God, That Thou Hast Been
Praised be Thou, O my God, that Thou hast been true to what the Pen of Thy Revelation hath inscribed upon the Tablets sent down by T...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! Thou Beholdest
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! Thou beholdest how my gaze is fixed toward Thy tender mercies, and how mine eyes are bent upon th...

I Know Not, O My God, Whether I Should Speak
I know not, O my God, whether I should speak forth the wonders of Thy praise among Thy servants, and lay bare before them the secret...

Praised Be Thou, O My God! Thou Beholdest Both
Praised be Thou, O my God! Thou beholdest both the helplessness of Thy dear ones and the ascendancy of Thy foes, both the wretchedne...

Thou Beholdest, O My God, How Bewildered In
Thou beholdest, O my God, how bewildered in their drunkenness are Thy servants who have turned back from Thy beauty and caviled at w...

Magnified Be Thy Name, O My God! I Testify That
Magnified be Thy name, O my God! I testify that if Thy servants were to turn towards Thee with the eyes Thou didst create in them an...

Mine Eyes Are Cheered, O My God, When I Contemplate
Mine eyes are cheered, O my God, when I contemplate the tribulations that descend upon me from the heaven of Thy decree, and which h...

Thou Seest, O My God, How The Wrongs Committed
Thou seest, O my God, how the wrongs committed by such of Thy creatures as have turned their backs to Thee have come in between Him ...

My God, My Well-beloved! No Place Is There For
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...

Glory To Thee, O My God! The First Stirrings Of
Glory to Thee, O my God! The first stirrings of the spring of Thy grace have appeared and clothed Thine earth with verdure. The clou...

Thou Seest, O My God, How Thy Servants Have
Thou seest, O my God, how Thy servants have been cleaving fast to Thy names, and have been calling on them in the daytime and in the...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O My God! Thou Seest How
Lauded be Thy name, O my God! Thou seest how I have been sorely vexed among Thy servants, and beholdest the things that have befalle...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! Thou Beholdest
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Thou beholdest my low estate and the habitation wherein I dwell, and bearest witness unto my perp...

Praise Be To Thee, O Lord My God! I Am The One
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! I am the one who hath sought the good pleasure of Thy will, and directed his steps towards the sea...

Praise Be To Thee, O Lord My God! Thou Seest And
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! Thou seest and knowest that I have called upon Thy servants to turn nowhere except in the directio...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! Thou Hast,
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Thou hast, in Thine all highest Paradise, assigned unto Thy servants such stations that if any on...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! Every Time
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Every time I venture to make mention of Thee, I am held back by my mighty sins and grievous tresp...

O Thou The Dread Of Whom Hath Fallen Upon All
O Thou the dread of Whom hath fallen upon all things, before the splendors of Whose face the countenances of all men are downcast, a...

Glorified Art Thou, O Lord My God! Thou Art He
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Thou art He the fire of Whose love hath set ablaze the hearts of them who have recognized Thy uni...

All Praise Be To Thee, O Lord, My God! How Mysterious
All praise be to Thee, O Lord, my God! How mysterious the Fire which Thou hast enkindled within my heart! My very limbs testify to t...

Praise Be Unto Thee, O My God! I Am One Of Thy
Praise be unto Thee, O my God! I am one of Thy servants, who hath believed on Thee and on Thy signs. Thou seest how I have set mysel...

Praised Be Thou, O My God! Thou Seest How Thy
Praised be Thou, O my God! Thou seest how Thy righteous servants have fallen into the hands of the wicked doers, who have disbelieve...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! Thou Seest
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! Thou seest how Thy servants have everywhere been compassed with tribulations, how their adversari...

Praise Be Unto Thee, O My God! Thou Seest How
Praise be unto Thee, O my God! Thou seest how He Who is Thy Light hath been shut up in the fortress-town of Akka, and been sore oppr...

Glorified Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! I Beseech
Glorified be Thy name, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Thy power that hath encompassed all created things, and by Thy sovereignty t...

O Thou Whose Tests Are A Healing Medicine To Such
O Thou Whose tests are a healing medicine to such as are nigh unto Thee, Whose sword is the ardent desire of all them that love Thee...

I Am He, O My Lord, That Hath Set His Face Towards
I am he, O my Lord, that hath set his face towards Thee, and fixed his hope on the wonders of Thy grace and the revelations of Thy b...

Unto Thee Be Praise, O Lord My God! I Testify
Unto Thee be praise, O Lord my God! I testify that Thou art God, and that there is none other God besides Thee. Thou hast from etern...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! I Am Thy
Lauded be Thy Name, O Lord my God! I am Thy servant who hath laid hold on the cord of Thy tender mercies, and clung to the hem of Th...

Glorified Art Thou, O My God! I Yield Thee Thanks
Glorified art Thou, O my God! I yield Thee thanks that Thou hast made known unto me Him Who is the Day-Spring of Thy mercy, and the ...

O God, And The God Of All Names, And Maker Of
O God, and the God of all Names, and Maker of the heavens! I entreat Thee by Thy Name through which He Who is the Day-Spring of Thy ...

Glory Be To Thee, O Thou Who Hast, Through The
Glory be to Thee, O Thou Who hast, through the movement of Thy most august pen, subdued the concourse of Thy creation, and manifeste...

Praised Be Thou, O My God! This Servant Of Thine
Praised be Thou, O my God! This servant of Thine testifieth that naught else except Thee can ever express Thee, nor canst Thou be de...

I Give Thee Thanks, O My God, For That Thou Hast
I give Thee thanks, O my God, for that Thou hast made me to be a target for the darts of Thine adversaries in Thy path. I offer Thee...

Glory Be To Thee, O My God! My Face Hath Been
Glory be to Thee, O my God! My face hath been set towards Thy face, and my face is, verily, Thy face, and my call is Thy call, and m...

Glory Be To Thee, O My God! I Beg Of Thee By Thy
Glory be to Thee, O my God! I beg of Thee by Thy name, the Most Merciful, to protect Thy servants and Thy handmaidens when the tempe...

O My God And My Master! I Am Thy Servant And
O my God and my Master! I am Thy servant and the son of Thy servant. I have risen from my couch at this dawn-tide when the Day-Star ...

O God, My God! Be Thou Not Far From Me, For
O God, my God! Be Thou not far from me, for tribulation upon tribulation hath gathered about me. O God, my God! Leave me not to myse...

Glory Be To Thee, O Lord My God! I Beg Of Thee
Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! I beg of Thee by Thy Name through which He Who is Thy Beauty hath been stablished upon the throne o...

Thou Art He, O My God, Through Whose Names
Thou art He, O my God, through Whose names the sick are healed and the ailing are restored, and the thirsty are given drink, and the...

Glory Be To Thee, O Lord My God! I Implore Thee
Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! I implore Thee by Thy Name, through which Thou didst lift up the ensigns of Thy guidance, and didst...

Glorified Art Thou, O My God! I Give Praise To
Glorified art Thou, O my God! I give praise to Thee, that Thou hast made me able so to reveal Thine utterances, and manifest Thy pro...

I Give Praise To Thee, O My God, That The Fragrance
I give praise to Thee, O my God, that the fragrance of Thy loving-kindness hath enraptured me, and the gentle winds of Thy mercy hav...

Glorified Art Thou, O My Lord! Thou Beholdest
Glorified art Thou, O my Lord! Thou beholdest my tribulations and all that hath befallen me at the hands of such of Thy servants as ...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O My God! I Can Discover
Lauded be Thy name, O my God! I can discover no one in Thy realm who can befittingly turn unto Thee, or is able to adequately hearke...

My God, Thou Whom I Adore And Worship, Who
My God, Thou Whom I adore and worship, Who art Most Powerful! I testify that no description by any created thing can ever reveal The...

Dispel My Grief By Thy Bounty And Thy Generosity,
Dispel my grief by Thy bounty and Thy generosity, O God, my God, and banish mine anguish through Thy sovereignty and Thy might. Thou...

Create In Me A Pure Heart, O My God, And Renew
Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the spirit of power confirm Thou ...

I Give Praise To Thee, O My God, That Thou Hast
I give praise to Thee, O my God, that Thou hast awakened me out of my sleep, and brought me forth after my disappearance, and raised...

My God, Whom I Worship And Adore! I Bear Witness
My God, Whom I worship and adore! I bear witness unto Thy unity and Thy oneness, and acknowledge Thy gifts, both in the past and in ...

I Have Wakened In Thy Shelter, O My God, And It
I have wakened in Thy shelter, O my God, and it becometh him that seeketh that shelter to abide within the Sanctuary of Thy protecti...

O My God, The God Of Bounty And Mercy! Thou
O my God, the God of bounty and mercy! Thou art that King by Whose commanding word the whole creation hath been called into being; a...

My God, The Object Of My Adoration, The Goal Of
My God, the Object of my adoration, the Goal of my desire, the All-Bountiful, the Most Compassionate! All life is of Thee and all po...

Praise Be To Thee, O My God, Inasmuch As Thou
Praise be to Thee, O my God, inasmuch as Thou hast turned the faces of Thy servants towards the right-hand of the throne of Thy gift...

Lauded And Glorified Art Thou, O My God! I Entreat
Lauded and glorified art Thou, O my God! I entreat Thee by the sighing of Thy lovers and by the tears shed by them that long to beho...

Lauded Be Thy Name, O Lord My God! Thou Seest
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! Thou seest how I have turned myself toward Thee, and set my face in the direction of Thy grace an...

O God, My God! I Have Set Out From My Home,
O God, my God! I have set out from my home, holding fast unto the cord of Thy love, and I have committed myself wholly to Thy care a...

From The Sweet-scented Streams Of Thine Eternity
From the sweet-scented streams of Thine eternity give me to drink, O my God, and of the fruits of the tree of Thy being enable me to...

O Thou Whose Face Is The Object Of My Adoration,
O Thou Whose face is the object of my adoration, Whose beauty is my sanctuary, Whose habitation is my goal, Whose praise is my hope,...

O My God! This Is Thy Servant And The Son Of
O my God! This is Thy servant and the son of Thy servant who hath believed in Thee and in Thy signs, and set his face towards Thee, ...

O My Lord! Make Thy Beauty To Be My Food, And
O my Lord! Make Thy beauty to be my food, and Thy presence my drink, and Thy pleasure my hope, and praise of Thee my action, and rem...

Glory Be To Thee, O Lord My God! Abase Not Him
Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! Abase not him whom Thou hast exalted through the power of Thine everlasting sovereignty, and remove...

Thy Name Is My Healing, O My God, And Remembrance
Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my compani...

O My God, My Master, The Goal Of My Desire!
O my God, my Master, the Goal of my desire! This, Thy servant, seeketh to sleep in the shelter of Thy mercy, and to repose beneath t...

How Can I Choose To Sleep, O God, My God, When
How can I choose to sleep, O God, my God, when the eyes of them that long for Thee are wakeful because of their separation from Thee...

My God, My Adored One, My King, My Desire!
My God, my Adored One, my King, my Desire! What tongue can voice my thanks to Thee? I was heedless, Thou didst awaken me. I had turn...

O God, My God! I Beg Of Thee By The Ocean Of
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...

I Have Risen This Morning By Thy Grace, O My
I have risen this morning by Thy grace, O my God, and left my home trusting wholly in Thee, and committing myself to Thy care. Send ...

Praise Be Unto Thee, Who Art My God And The
Praise be unto Thee, Who art my God and the God of all men, and my Desire and the Desire of all them that have recognized Thee, and ...

I Beseech Thee, O My God, By Thy Mighty Sign,
I beseech Thee, O my God, by Thy mighty Sign, and by the revelation of Thy grace amongst men, to cast me not away from the gate of t...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! I Supplicate
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! I supplicate Thee by Him Whom Thou hast called into being, Whose Revelation Thou hast ordained to be...

Praised Be Thou, O Lord My God! The Tongues Of
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! The tongues of all created things testify to Thy sovereignty and Thine omnipotence, and proclaim min...

The Praise Which Hath Dawned From Thy Most
The praise which hath dawned from Thy most august Self, and the glory which hath shone forth from Thy most effulgent Beauty, rest up...

I Bear Witness, O My God, That Thou Hast Created
I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness...

Whoso Wisheth To Pray, Let Him Wash
_Whoso wisheth to pray, let him wash his hands, and while he washeth, let him say:_ Strengthen my...

Whoso Wisheth To Recite This Prayer, Let
Whoso wisheth to recite this prayer, let him stand up and turn unto God, and, as he standeth in his place, let him gaze to t...

Since Thou Hast, O My God, Established Thyself
Since Thou hast, O my God, established Thyself upon the throne of Thy transcendent unity, and ascended the mercy seat of Thy oneness...

Introduction
This year, the 149th of the Baha'i era, marks the Centenary of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah, Bearer of the universal Revelation of G...

A Description Of The Kitab-i-aqdas By Shoghi Effendi
Taken from _God Passes By_, His History of the First Baha'i Century Unique and stupendous as was this Proclamation, it proved...

The Kitab-i-aqdas
1 The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of Him Who is the Dayspring of His Revelation and the F...

Some Texts Revealed By Baha'u'llah Supplementary To The Kitab-i-aqdas
A number of Tablets revealed by Baha'u'llah after the... A number of Tablets revealed by Baha'u'llah after the Kitab-i-A...

The Tablet Of Ishraqat
The Eighth Ishraq This passage, now written by the Pen of Glory, is accounted as part of the Most Ho...

Long Obligatory Prayer
To Be Recited Once In Twenty-four Hours _Whoso wisheth to recite this prayer, let him stand up and turn ...

Short Obligatory Prayer
To Be Recited Once In Twenty-four Hours, At Noon I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee a...

Prayer For The Dead
O my God! This is Thy servant and the son of Thy servant who hath believed in Thee and in Thy signs, and set his face towards Thee, ...

Synopsis And Codification
I. THE APPOINTMENT OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA AS THE SUCCESSOR OF BAHA'U'LLAH AND INTERPRETER OF HIS TEACHINGS A. Th...

1 The Sweet-smelling Savour Of My Garment #4
This is an allusion to the story of Joseph in the Qur'an and the Old Testament, in which Joseph's garment, brought by his brothers t...

Part One
IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD, THE EXALTED, THE MOST HIGH. _No man shall attain the shores of the ocean of true understanding ...

Part Two
_Verily He Who is the Day-star of Truth and Revealer of the Supreme Being holdeth, for all time, undisputed sovereignty over...

1: O Son Of Spirit! My First Counsel Is This: Possess A Pure Kindly And
O SON OF SPIRIT! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperi...

2: O Son Of Spirit! The Best Beloved Of All Things In My Sight Is Justice;
O SON OF SPIRIT! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it ...

3: O Son Of Man! Veiled In My Immemorial Being And In The Ancient
O SON OF MAN! Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created ...

4: O Son Of Man! I Loved Thy Creation Hence I Created Theewherefore
O SON OF MAN! I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul wit...

5: O Son Of Being! Love Me That I May Love Thee If Thou Lovest Me
O SON OF BEING! Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant. ...

6: O Son Of Being! Thy Paradise Is My Love; Thy Heavenly Homereunion
O SON OF BEING! Thy Paradise is My love; thy heavenly home, reunion with Me. Enter therein and tarry not. This is that which hath be...

7: O Son Of Man! If Thou Lovest Me Turn Away From Thyself; And If
O SON OF MAN! If thou lovest Me, turn away from thyself; and if thou seekest My pleasure, regard not thine own; that thou mayest die...

8: O Son Of Spirit! There Is No Peace For Thee Save By Renouncing
O SON OF SPIRIT! There is no peace for thee save by renouncing thyself and turning unto Me; for it behooveth thee to glory in My nam...

9: O Son Of Being! My Love Is My Stronghold; He That Entereth Therein
O SON OF BEING! My love is My stronghold; he that entereth therein is safe and secure, and he that turneth away shall surely stray a...

10: O Son Of Utterance! Thou Art My Stronghold; Enter Therein That
O SON OF UTTERANCE! Thou art My stronghold; enter therein that thou mayest abide in safety. My love is in thee, know it, that thou m...

11: O Son Of Being! Thou Art My Lamp And My Light Is In Thee
O SON OF BEING! Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me. For I have crea...

12: O Son Of Being! With The Hands Of Power I Made Thee And With
O SON OF BEING! With the hands of power I made thee and with the fingers of strength I created thee; and within thee have I placed t...

13: O Son Of Spirit! I Created Thee Rich Why Dost Thou Bring Thyself
O SON OF SPIRIT! I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thys...

14: O Son Of Man! Thou Art My Dominion And My Dominion Perisheth
O SON OF MAN! Thou art My dominion and My dominion perisheth not; wherefore fearest thou thy perishing? Thou art My light and My lig...

15: O Son Of Utterance! Turn Thy Face Unto Mine And Renounce All Save
O SON OF UTTERANCE! Turn thy face unto Mine and renounce all save Me; for My sovereignty endureth and My dominion perisheth not. I...

16: O Son Of Light! Forget All Save Me And Commune With My Spirit
O SON OF LIGHT! Forget all save Me and commune with My spirit. This is of the essence of My command, therefore turn unto it. ...

17: O Son Of Man! Be Thou Content With Me And Seek No Other
O SON OF MAN! Be thou content with Me and seek no other helper. For none but Me can ever suffice thee. ...

18: O Son Of Spirit! Ask Not Of Me That Which We Desire Not For Thee
O SON OF SPIRIT! Ask not of Me that which We desire not for thee, then be content with what We have ordained for thy sake, for this ...

19: O Son Of The Wondrous Vision! I Have Breathed Within Thee A Breath Of My Own
O SON OF THE WONDROUS VISION! I have breathed within thee a breath of My own Spirit, that thou mayest be My lover. Why hast thou for...

20: O Son Of Spirit! My Claim On Thee Is Great It Cannot Be Forgotten
O SON OF SPIRIT! My claim on thee is great, it cannot be forgotten. My grace to thee is plenteous, it cannot be veiled. My love has ...

21: O Son Of Man! Upon The Tree Of Effulgent Glory I Have Hung For
O SON OF MAN! Upon the tree of effulgent glory I have hung for thee the choicest fruits, wherefore hast thou turned away and content...

22: O Son Of Spirit! Noble Have I Created Thee Yet Thou Hast Abased
O SON OF SPIRIT! Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created. ...

23: O Son Of The Supreme! To The Eternal I Call Thee Yet Thou Dost Seek That
O SON OF THE SUPREME! To the eternal I call thee, yet thou dost seek that which perisheth. What hath made thee turn away from Our de...

24: O Son Of Man! Transgress Not Thy Limits Nor Claim That Which
O SON OF MAN! Transgress not thy limits, nor claim that which beseemeth thee not. Prostrate thyself before the countenance of thy Go...

25: O Son Of Spirit! Vaunt Not Thyself Over The Poor For I Lead Him On
O SON OF SPIRIT! Vaunt not thyself over the poor, for I lead him on his way and behold thee in thy evil plight and confound thee for...

26: O Son Of Being! How Couldst Thou Forget Thine Own Faults And
O SON OF BEING! How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy thyself with the faults of others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of...

27: O Son Of Man! Breathe Not The Sins Of Others So Long As Thou Art
O SON OF MAN! Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner. Shouldst thou transgress this command, accursed w...

28: O Son Of Spirit! Know Thou Of A Truth: He That Biddeth Men Be Just
O SON OF SPIRIT! Know thou of a truth: He that biddeth men be just and himself committeth iniquity is not of Me, even though he bear...

29: O Son Of Being! Ascribe Not To Any Soul That Which Thou Wouldst
O SON OF BEING! Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. Th...

30: O Son Of Man! Deny Not My Servant Should He Ask Anything From
O SON OF MAN! Deny not My servant should he ask anything from thee, for his face is My face; be then abashed before Me. ...

31: O Son Of Being! Bring Thyself To Account Each Day Ere Thou Art
O SON OF BEING! Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning; for death, unheralded, shall come upon thee ...

32: O Son Of The Supreme! I Have Made Death A Messenger Of Joy To Thee
O SON OF THE SUPREME! I have made death a messenger of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve? I made the light to shed on thee its...

33: O Son Of Spirit! With The Joyful Tidings Of Light I Hail Thee: Rejoice!
O SON OF SPIRIT! With the joyful tidings of light I hail thee: rejoice! To the court of holiness I summon thee; abide therein that t...

34: O Son Of Spirit! The Spirit Of Holiness Beareth Unto Thee The Joyful
O SON OF SPIRIT! The spirit of holiness beareth unto thee the joyful tidings of reunion; wherefore dost thou grieve? The spirit of p...

35: O Son Of Man! Sorrow Not Save That Thou Art Far From Us Rejoice
O SON OF MAN! Sorrow not save that thou art far from Us. Rejoice not save that thou art drawing near and returning unto Us. ...

36: O Son Of Man! Rejoice In The Gladness Of Thine Heart That Thou
O SON OF MAN! Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me and to mirror forth My beauty. ...

37: O Son Of Man! Divest Not Thyself Of My Beauteous Robe And Forfeit
O SON OF MAN! Divest not thyself of My beauteous robe, and forfeit not thy portion from My wondrous fountain, lest thou shouldst thi...

38: O Son Of Being! Walk In My Statutes For Love Of Me And Deny Thyself
O SON OF BEING! Walk in My statutes for love of Me and deny thyself that which thou desirest if thou seekest My pleasure. ...

39: O Son Of Man! Neglect Not My Commandments If Thou Lovest My
O SON OF MAN! Neglect not My commandments if thou lovest My beauty, and forget not My counsels if thou wouldst attain My good pleasu...

40: O Son Of Man! Wert Thou To Speed Through The Immensity Of
O SON OF MAN! Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest sa...

41: O Son Of Man! Magnify My Cause That I May Reveal Unto Thee The
O SON OF MAN! Magnify My cause that I may reveal unto thee the mysteries of My greatness and shine upon thee with the light of etern...

42: O Son Of Man! Humble Thyself Before Me That I May Graciously
O SON OF MAN! Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee. Arise for the triumph of My cause, that while yet on earth...

43: O Son Of Being! Make Mention Of Me On My Earth That In My
O SON OF BEING! Make mention of Me on My earth, that in My heaven I may remember thee, thus shall Mine eyes and thine be solaced. ...

44: O Son Of The Throne! Thy Hearing Is My Hearing Hear Thou Therewith
O SON OF THE THRONE! Thy hearing is My hearing, hear thou therewith. Thy sight is My sight, do thou see therewith, that in thine inm...

45: O Son Of Being! Seek A Martyr's Death In My Path Content With
O SON OF BEING! Seek a martyr's death in My path, content with My pleasure and thankful for that which I ordain, that thou mayest re...

46: O Son Of Man! Ponder And Reflect Is It Thy Wish To Die Upon Thy
O SON OF MAN! Ponder and reflect. Is it thy wish to die upon thy bed, or to shed thy life-blood on the dust, a martyr in My path, an...

47: O Son Of Man! By My Beauty! To Tinge Thy Hair With Thy Blood
O SON OF MAN! By My beauty! To tinge thy hair with thy blood is greater in My sight than the creation of the universe and the light ...

48: O Son Of Man! For Everything There Is A Sign The Sign Of Love
O SON OF MAN! For everything there is a sign. The sign of love is fortitude under My decree and patience under My trials. ...

49: O Son Of Man! The True Lover Yearneth For Tribulation Even As
O SON OF MAN! The true lover yearneth for tribulation even as doth the rebel for forgiveness and the sinful for mercy. ...

50: O Son Of Man! If Adversity Befall Thee Not In My Path How
O SON OF MAN! If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of them that are content with My pleasure? If...

51: O Son Of Man! My Calamity Is My Providence Outwardly It Is
O SON OF MAN! My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto...

52: O Son Of Man! Should Prosperity Befall Thee Rejoice Not And
O SON OF MAN! Should prosperity befall thee, rejoice not, and should abasement come upon thee, grieve not, for both shall pass away ...

53: O Son Of Being! If Poverty Overtake Thee Be Not Sad; For In
O SON OF BEING! If poverty overtake thee, be not sad; for in time the Lord of wealth shall visit thee. Fear not abasement, for glory...

54: O Son Of Being! If Thine Heart Be Set Upon This Eternal
imperishable... O SON OF BEING! If thine heart be set upon this eternal, imperishable dominion, and this ancient, everlasting life,...

55: O Son Of Being! Busy Not Thyself With This World For With Fire We
O SON OF BEING! Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire We test the gold, and with gold We test Our servants. ...

56: O Son Of Man! Thou Dost Wish For Gold And I Desire Thy Freedom
O SON OF MAN! Thou dost wish for gold and I desire thy freedom from it. Thou thinkest thyself rich in its possession, and I recogniz...

57: O Son Of Man! Bestow My Wealth Upon My Poor That In Heaven
O SON OF MAN! Bestow My wealth upon My poor, that in heaven thou mayest draw from stores of unfading splendor and treasures of imper...

58: O Son Of Man! The Temple Of Being Is My Throne; Cleanse It Of
O SON OF MAN! The temple of being is My throne; cleanse it of all things, that there I may be established and there I may abide. ...

59: O Son Of Being! Thy Heart Is My Home; Sanctify It For My Descent
O SON OF BEING! Thy heart is My home; sanctify it for My descent. Thy spirit is My place of revelation; cleanse it for My manifestat...

60: O Son Of Man! Put Thy Hand Into My Bosom That I May Rise Above
O SON OF MAN! Put thy hand into My bosom, that I may rise above thee, radiant and resplendent. ...

61: O Son Of Man! Ascend Unto My Heaven That Thou Mayest Obtain
O SON OF MAN! Ascend unto My heaven, that thou mayest obtain the joy of reunion, and from the chalice of imperishable glory quaff th...

62: O Son Of Man! Many A Day Hath Passed Over Thee Whilst Thou
O SON OF MAN! Many a day hath passed over thee whilst thou hast busied thyself with thy fancies and idle imaginings. How long art th...

63: O Son Of Man! The Light Hath Shone On Thee From The Horizon Of
O SON OF MAN! The light hath shone on thee from the horizon of the sacred Mount and the spirit of enlightenment hath breathed in the...

64: O Son Of Man! My Eternity Is My Creation I Have Created It For
O SON OF MAN! My eternity is My creation, I have created it for thee. Make it the garment of thy temple. My unity is My handiwork; I...

65: O Son Of Man! My Majesty Is My Gift To Thee And My Grandeur
O SON OF MAN! My majesty is My gift to thee, and My grandeur the token of My mercy unto thee. That which beseemeth Me none shall und...

66: O Children Of The Divine And Invisible Essence!
O CHILDREN OF THE DIVINE AND INVISIBLE ESSENCE! Ye shall be hindered from loving Me and souls shall be perturbed as they make mentio...

67: O Son Of Beauty! By My Spirit And By My Favor! By My Mercy And
O SON OF BEAUTY! By My spirit and by My favor! By My mercy and by My beauty! All that I have revealed unto thee with the tongue of p...

68: O Children Of Men! Know Ye Not Why We Created You All From The
O CHILDREN OF MEN! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at...

69: O Ye Sons Of Spirit! Ye Are My Treasury For In You I Have Treasured The
O YE SONS OF SPIRIT! Ye are My treasury, for in you I have treasured the pearls of My mysteries and the gems of My knowledge. Guard ...

70: O Son Of Him That Stood By His Own Entity In The Kingdom Of His Self!
O SON OF HIM THAT STOOD BY HIS OWN ENTITY IN THE KINGDOM OF HIS SELF! Know thou, that I have wafted unto thee all the fragrances of ...

71: O Son Of Man! Write All That We Have Revealed Unto Thee With The
O SON OF MAN! Write all that We have revealed unto thee with the ink of light upon the tablet of thy spirit. Should this not be in t...

1: O Ye People That Have Minds To Know And Ears To Hear!
O YE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MINDS TO KNOW AND EARS TO HEAR! The first call of the Beloved is this: O mystic nightingale! Abide not but in ...

2: O Son Of Spirit! The Bird Seeketh Its Nest; The Nightingale The
O SON OF SPIRIT! The bird seeketh its nest; the nightingale the charm of the rose; whilst those birds, the hearts of men, content wi...

3: O Friend! In The Garden Of Thy Heart Plant Naught But The
O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not ...

4: O Son Of Justice! Whither Can A Lover Go But To The Land Of His
O SON OF JUSTICE! Whither can a lover go but to the land of his beloved? and what seeker findeth rest away from his heart's desire? ...

5: O Son Of Dust! Verily I Say Unto Thee: Of All Men The Most Negligent
O SON OF DUST! Verily I say unto thee: Of all men the most negligent is he that disputeth idly and seeketh to advance himself over h...

6: O Son Of Earth! Know Verily The Heart Wherein The Least Remnant
O SON OF EARTH! Know, verily, the heart wherein the least remnant of envy yet lingers, shall never attain My everlasting dominion, n...

7: O Son Of Love! Thou Art But One Step Away From The Glorious
O SON OF LOVE! Thou art but one step away from the glorious heights above and from the celestial tree of love. Take thou one pace an...

8: O Son Of Glory! Be Swift In The Path Of Holiness And Enter The
O SON OF GLORY! Be swift in the path of holiness, and enter the heaven of communion with Me. Cleanse thy heart with the burnish of t...

9: O Fleeting Shadow! Pass Beyond The Baser Stages Of Doubt And Rise To
O FLEETING SHADOW! Pass beyond the baser stages of doubt and rise to the exalted heights of certainty. Open the eye of truth, that t...

10: O Son Of Desire! Give Ear Unto This: Never Shall Mortal Eye Recognize
O SON OF DESIRE! Give ear unto this: Never shall mortal eye recognize the everlasting Beauty, nor the lifeless heart delight in augh...

11: O Son Of Dust! Blind Thine Eyes That Thou Mayest Behold My
O SON OF DUST! Blind thine eyes, that thou mayest behold My beauty; stop thine ears, that thou mayest hearken unto the sweet melody ...

12: O Man Of Two Visions! Close One Eye And Open The Other Close One To
O MAN OF TWO VISIONS! Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world and all that is therein, and open the other to the ha...

13: O My Children! I Fear Lest Bereft Of The Melody Of The Dove Of
O MY CHILDREN! I fear lest, bereft of the melody of the dove of heaven, ye will sink back to the shades of utter loss, and, never ha...

14: O Friends! Abandon Not The Everlasting Beauty For A Beauty
O FRIENDS! Abandon not the everlasting beauty for a beauty that must die, and set not your affections on this mortal world of dust. ...

15: O Son Of Spirit! The Time Cometh When The Nightingale Of Holiness
O SON OF SPIRIT! The time cometh, when the nightingale of holiness will no longer unfold the inner mysteries and ye will all be bere...

16: O Essence Of Negligence! Myriads Of Mystic Tongues Find Utterance In One
O ESSENCE OF NEGLIGENCE! Myriads of mystic tongues find utterance in one speech, and myriads of hidden mysteries are revealed in a s...

17: O Comrades! The Gates That Open On The Placeless Stand Wide
O COMRADES! The gates that open on the Placeless stand wide and the habitation of the loved one is adorned with the lovers' blood, y...

18: O Ye Dwellers In The Highest Paradise!
O YE DWELLERS IN THE HIGHEST PARADISE! Proclaim unto the children of assurance that within the realms of holiness, nigh unto the cel...

19: O My Friends! Have Ye Forgotten That True And Radiant Morn
O MY FRIENDS! Have ye forgotten that true and radiant morn, when in those hallowed and blessed surroundings ye were all gathered in ...

20: O Ye That Are Lying As Dead On The Couch Of Heedlessness!
In the eighth of the most holy lines, in the fifth Tablet of Paradise, He saith: O YE THAT ARE LYING AS DEAD ON THE COUCH OF HEEDLES...

21: O Moving Form Of Dust! I Desire Communion With Thee But Thou Wouldst
O MOVING FORM OF DUST! I desire communion with thee, but thou wouldst put no trust in Me. The sword of thy rebellion hath felled the...

22: O Son Of Desire! The Learned And The Wise Have For Long Years
O SON OF DESIRE! The learned and the wise have for long years striven and failed to attain the presence of the All-Glorious; they ha...

23: O Dwellers In The City Of Love! Mortal Blasts Have Beset The Everlasting Candle
O DWELLERS IN THE CITY OF LOVE! Mortal blasts have beset the everlasting candle, and the beauty of the celestial Youth is veiled in ...

24: O Ye That Are Foolish Yet Have A Name To Be Wise!
O YE THAT ARE FOOLISH, YET HAVE A NAME TO BE WISE! Wherefore do ye wear the guise of shepherds, when inwardly ye have become wolves,...

25: O Ye Seeming Fair Yet Inwardly Foul! Ye Are Like Clear But Bitter Water Which To Outward
O YE SEEMING FAIR YET INWARDLY FOUL! Ye are like clear but bitter water, which to outward seeming is crystal pure but of which, when...

26: O My Friend In Word! Ponder Awhile Hast Thou Ever Heard That Friend
O MY FRIEND IN WORD! Ponder awhile. Hast thou ever heard that friend and foe should abide in one heart? Cast out then the stranger, ...

27: O Son Of Dust! All That Is In Heaven And Earth I Have Ordained
O SON OF DUST! All that is in heaven and earth I have ordained for thee, except the human heart, which I have made the habitation of...

28: O Essence Of Desire! At Many A Dawn Have I Turned From The Realms Of
O ESSENCE OF DESIRE! At many a dawn have I turned from the realms of the Placeless unto thine abode, and found thee on the bed of ea...

29: O Son Of Bounty! Out Of The Wastes Of Nothingness With The Clay
O SON OF BOUNTY! Out of the wastes of nothingness, with the clay of My command I made thee to appear, and have ordained for thy trai...

30: O Bond Slave Of The World! Many A Dawn Hath The Breeze Of My Loving-kindness
O BOND SLAVE OF THE WORLD! Many a dawn hath the breeze of My loving-kindness wafted over thee and found thee upon the bed of heedle...

31: O Son Of Earth! Wouldst Thou Have Me Seek None Other Than
O SON OF EARTH! Wouldst thou have Me, seek none other than Me; and wouldst thou gaze upon My beauty, close thine eyes to the world a...

32: O Befriended Stranger! The Candle Of Thine Heart Is Lighted By The Hand
O BEFRIENDED STRANGER! The candle of thine heart is lighted by the hand of My power, quench it not with the contrary winds of self a...

33: O My Brother! Hearken To The Delightsome Words Of My Honeyed
O MY BROTHER! Hearken to the delightsome words of My honeyed tongue, and quaff the stream of mystic holiness from My sugar-shedding ...

34: O Dwellers Of My Paradise! With The Hands Of Loving-kindness I Have
O DWELLERS OF MY PARADISE! With the hands of loving-kindness I have planted in the holy garden of paradise the young tree of your lo...

35: O My Friends! Quench Ye The Lamp Of Error And Kindle Within
O MY FRIENDS! Quench ye the lamp of error, and kindle within your hearts the everlasting torch of divine guidance. For ere long the ...

36: O Son Of Dust! The Wise Are They That Speak Not Unless They
O SON OF DUST! The wise are they that speak not unless they obtain a hearing, even as the cup-bearer, who proffereth not his cup til...

37: O My Servant! Abandon Not For That Which Perisheth An Everlasting
In the first line of the Tablet it is recorded and written, and within the sanctuary of the tabernacle of God is hidden: O MY SERVAN...

38: O Son Of Spirit! Burst Thy Cage Asunder And Even As The Phoenix
O SON OF SPIRIT! Burst thy cage asunder, and even as the phoenix of love soar into the firmament of holiness. Renounce thyself and, ...

39: O Offspring Of Dust! Be Not Content With The Ease Of A Passing Day
O OFFSPRING OF DUST! Be not content with the ease of a passing day, and deprive not thyself of everlasting rest. Barter not the gard...

40: O My Servant! Free Thyself From The Fetters Of This World And
O MY SERVANT! Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will...

41: O Son Of My Handmaid! Didst Thou Behold Immortal Sovereigntythou
O SON OF MY HANDMAID! Didst thou behold immortal sovereignty, thou wouldst strive to pass from this fleeting world. But to conceal t...

42: O My Servant! Purge Thy Heart From Malice And Innocent Of
O MY SERVANT! Purge thy heart from malice and, innocent of envy, enter the divine court of holiness. ...

43: O My Friends! Walk Ye In The Ways Of The Good Pleasure Of
O MY FRIENDS! Walk ye in the ways of the good pleasure of the Friend, and know that His pleasure is in the pleasure of His creatures...

44: O Companion Of My Throne! Hear No Evil And See No Evil Abase Not Thyself
O COMPANION OF MY THRONE! Hear no evil, and see no evil, abase not thyself, neither sigh and weep. Speak no evil, that thou mayest n...

45: Alas! Alas! O Lovers Of Worldly Desire!
ALAS! ALAS! O LOVERS OF WORLDLY DESIRE! Even as the swiftness of lightning ye have passed by the Beloved One, and have set your hear...

46: O Brethren In The Path! Wherefore Have Ye Neglected The Mention Of The
O BRETHREN IN THE PATH! Wherefore have ye neglected the mention of the Loved One, and kept remote from His holy presence? The essenc...

47: O Children Of Desire! Put Away The Garment Of Vainglory And Divest
O CHILDREN OF DESIRE! Put away the garment of vainglory, and divest yourselves of the attire of haughtiness. ...

48: O Brethren! Be Forbearing One With Another And Set Not Your
In the third of the most holy lines writ and recorded in the Ruby Tablet by the pen of the unseen this is revealed: O BRETHREN! Be f...

49: O Children Of Dust! Tell The Rich Of The Midnight Sighing Of The Poor
O CHILDREN OF DUST! Tell the rich of the midnight sighing of the poor, lest heedlessness lead them into the path of destruction, and...

50: O Quintessence Of Passion! Put Away All Covetousness And Seekcontentment;
O QUINTESSENCE OF PASSION! Put away all covetousness and seek contentment; for the covetous hath ever been deprived, and the content...

51: O Son Of My Handmaid! Be Not Troubled In Poverty Nor Confident In
O SON OF MY HANDMAID! Be not troubled in poverty nor confident in riches, for poverty is followed by riches, and riches are followed...

52: O Children Of Negligence And Passion!
O CHILDREN OF NEGLIGENCE AND PASSION! Ye have suffered My enemy to enter My house and have cast out My friend, for ye have enshrined...

53: O Ye That Pride Yourselves On Mortal Riches!
O YE THAT PRIDE YOURSELVES ON MORTAL RICHES! Know ye in truth that wealth is a mighty barrier between the seeker and his desire, the...

54: O Ye Rich Ones On Earth! The Poor In Your Midst Are My Trust; Guard Ye
O YE RICH ONES ON EARTH! The poor in your midst are My trust; guard ye My trust, and be not intent only on your own ease. ...

55: O Son Of Passion! Cleanse Thyself From The Defilement Of Riches
O SON OF PASSION! Cleanse thyself from the defilement of riches and in perfect peace advance into the realm of poverty; that from th...

56: O My Son! The Company Of The Ungodly Increaseth Sorrow
O MY SON! The company of the ungodly increaseth sorrow, whilst fellowship with the righteous cleanseth the rust from off the heart. ...

57: O Son Of Dust! Beware! Walk Not With The Ungodly And Seek
O SON OF DUST! Beware! Walk not with the ungodly and seek not fellowship with him, for such companionship turneth the radiance of th...

58: O Son Of My Handmaid! Wouldst Thou Seek The Grace Of The Holy Spirit
O SON OF MY HANDMAID! Wouldst thou seek the grace of the Holy Spirit, enter into fellowship with the righteous, for he hath drunk th...

59: O Heedless Ones! Think Not The Secrets Of Hearts Are Hidden Nay
O HEEDLESS ONES! Think not the secrets of hearts are hidden, nay, know ye of a certainty that in clear characters they are engraved ...

60: O Friends! Verily I Say Whatsoever Ye Have Concealed Within
O FRIENDS! Verily I say, whatsoever ye have concealed within your hearts is to Us open and manifest as the day; but that it is hidde...

61: O Son Of Man! A Dewdrop Out Of The Fathomless Ocean Of My
O SON OF MAN! A dewdrop out of the fathomless ocean of My mercy I have shed upon the peoples of the world, yet found none turn there...

62: O Son Of Dust! Turn Not Away Thine Eyes From The Matchless Wine
O SON OF DUST! Turn not away thine eyes from the matchless wine of the immortal Beloved, and open them not to foul and mortal dregs....

63: O Ye Peoples Of The World! Know Verily That An Unforeseen Calamity Followeth
O YE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD! Know, verily, that an unforeseen calamity followeth you, and grievous retribution awaiteth you. Think not...

64: O Oppressors On Earth! Withdraw Your Hands From Tyranny For I Have
O OPPRESSORS ON EARTH! Withdraw your hands from tyranny, for I have pledged Myself not to forgive any man's injustice. This is My co...

65: O Rebellious Ones! My Forbearance Hath Emboldened You And My
O REBELLIOUS ONES! My forbearance hath emboldened you and My long-suffering hath made you negligent, in such wise that ye have spurr...

66: O Emigrants! The Tongue I Have Designed For The Mention Of
O EMIGRANTS! The tongue I have designed for the mention of Me, defile it not with detraction. If the fire of self overcome you, reme...

67: O Children Of Fancy! Know Verily That While The Radiant Dawn Breaketh
O CHILDREN OF FANCY! Know, verily, that while the radiant dawn breaketh above the horizon of eternal holiness, the satanic secrets a...

68: O Weed That Springeth Out Of Dust! Wherefore Have Not These Soiled Hands Of Thine
O WEED THAT SPRINGETH OUT OF DUST! Wherefore have not these soiled hands of thine touched first thine own garment, and why with thin...

69: O Children Of Adam! Holy Words And Pure And Goodly Deeds Ascend
O CHILDREN OF ADAM! Holy words and pure and goodly deeds ascend unto the heaven of celestial glory. Strive that your deeds may be cl...

70: O Son Of Worldliness! Pleasant Is The Realm Of Being Wert Thou To Attain
O SON OF WORLDLINESS! Pleasant is the realm of being, wert thou to attain thereto; glorious is the domain of eternity, shouldst thou...

71: O My Friends! Call Ye To Mind That Covenant Ye Have Entered Into
O MY FRIENDS! Call ye to mind that covenant ye have entered into with Me upon Mount Paran, situate within the hallowed precincts of ...

72: O My Servant! Thou Art Even As A Finely Tempered Sword Concealed
O MY SERVANT! Thou art even as a finely tempered sword concealed in the darkness of its sheath and its value hidden from the artific...

73: O My Friend! Thou Art The Daystar Of The Heavens Of My Holiness
O MY FRIEND! Thou art the daystar of the heavens of My holiness, let not the defilement of the world eclipse thy splendor. Rend asun...

74: O Children Of Vainglory! For A Fleeting Sovereignty Ye Have Abandoned My
O CHILDREN OF VAINGLORY! For a fleeting sovereignty ye have abandoned My imperishable dominion, and have adorned yourselves with the...

75: O Children Of Negligence! Set Not Your Affections On Mortal Sovereignty
O CHILDREN OF NEGLIGENCE! Set not your affections on mortal sovereignty and rejoice not therein. Ye are even as the unwary bird that...

76: O Son Of My Handmaid! Guidance Hath Ever Been Given By Words And Now
O SON OF MY HANDMAID! Guidance hath ever been given by words, and now it is given by deeds. Every one must show forth deeds that are...

77: O Son Of Justice! In The Night-season The Beauty Of The Immortal
O SON OF JUSTICE! In the night-season the beauty of the immortal Being hath repaired from the emerald height of fidelity unto the S...

78: O Son Of My Handmaid! Quaff From The Tongue Of The Merciful The Stream
O SON OF MY HANDMAID! Quaff from the tongue of the merciful the stream of divine mystery, and behold from the dayspring of divine ut...

79: O Son Of Desire! How Long Wilt Thou Soar In The Realms Of Desire?
O SON OF DESIRE! How long wilt thou soar in the realms of desire? Wings have I bestowed upon thee, that thou mayest fly to the realm...

80: O My Servants! Ye Are The Trees Of My Garden; Ye Must Give Forth
O MY SERVANTS! Ye are the trees of My garden; ye must give forth goodly and wondrous fruits, that ye yourselves and others may profi...

81: O My Servant! The Basest Of Men Are They That Yield No Fruit
O MY SERVANT! The basest of men are they that yield no fruit on earth. Such men are verily counted as among the dead, nay better are...

82: O My Servant! The Best Of Men Are They That Earn A Livelihood
O MY SERVANT! The best of men are they that earn a livelihood by their calling and spend upon themselves and upon their kindred for ...

2 We Have Unsealed The Choice Wine With The Fingers Of Might And Power #5
The consumption of wine and other intoxicants is prohibited in the Kitab-i-Aqdas (see notes 144 and 170). Reference to the use of...

3 We Have Enjoined Obligatory Prayer Upon You #6
In Arabic, there are several words for prayer. The word salat, which appears here in the original, refers to a particular category o...

4 Nine Rak'ahs #6
A rak'ah is the recitation of specifically revealed verses accompanied by a prescribed set of genuflections and other movements...

5 At Noon And In The Morning And The Evening #6
Regarding the definition of the words morning, noon and evening, at which times the currently binding medium Obligatory Prayer is to...

6 We Have Relieved You Of A Greater Number #6
The requirements for obligatory prayer called for in the Babi and Islamic Dispensations were more demanding than those for the perfo...

7 When Ye Desire To Perform This Prayer
turn ye towards the Court of My Most Holy Presence, this Hallowed Spot that God hath ... decreed to be the Point of Adoration for the...

8 And When The Sun Of Truth And Utterance Shall Set
turn your faces towards the Spot that We have ordained for you 6 Baha'u'llah ordains His resting-place as the Qiblih after His ...

9 We Have Set Forth The Details Of Obligatory Prayer In Another Tablet#8
The original Obligatory Prayer had for reasons of wisdom been revealed by Baha'u'llah in a separate Tablet (Q and A 63). It was not ...

10 The Prayer For The Dead #8
The Prayer for the Dead (see Some Texts Supplementary to the Kitab-i-Aqdas) is the only Baha'i obligatory prayer which is to be...

11 Six Specific Passages Have Been Sent Down By God The Revealer Of Verses #8
The passages that form part of the Prayer for the Dead comprise the repetition of the greeting Allah-u-Abha (God is the All-Glorious...

12 Hair Doth Not Invalidate Your Prayer
nor aught from which the spirit hath departed, such as bones and the like. Ye are free to wear the fur of the sable as ye would that ...

13 We Have Commanded You To Pray And Fast From The Beginning Of Maturity #10
Baha'u'llah defines the age of maturity with respect to religious duties as fifteen for both men and women (Q and A 20). For details...

14 He Hath Exempted From This Those Who Are Weak From Illness Or Age #10
The exemption of those who are weak due to illness or advanced age from offering the Obligatory Prayers and from fasting is explaine...

15 God Hath Granted You Leave To Prostrate Yourselves On Any Surface That Is Clean
for We have removed in this regard the limitation that had been laid down in the Book 10 The requirements of prayer in previous ...

16 Let Him That Findeth No Water For Ablution
repeat five times the words In the Name of God, the Most Pure, the Most Pure, and then proceed to his devotions. 10 Ablutions ar...

17 In Regions Where The Days And Nights Grow Long
let times of prayer be gauged by clocks and other instruments that mark the passage of the hours. 10 This refers to territories ...

18 We Have Absolved You From The Requirement Of Performing The Prayer Of The Signs #11
The Prayer of the Signs is a special form of Muslim obligatory prayer that was ordained to be said in times of natural events, like ...

19 Save In The Prayer For The Dead The Practice Of Congregational Prayer Hath Been Annulled #12
Congregational prayer, in the sense of formal obligatory prayer which is to be recited in accordance with a prescribed ritual as, fo...

20 God Hath Exempted Women Who Are In Their Courses From Obligatory Prayer And Fasting #13
Exemption from obligatory prayer and fasting is granted to women who are menstruating; they should, instead, perform their ablutions...

21 When Travelling If Ye Should Stop And Rest In Some Safe Spot Perform Ye
men and women alike a single prostration in place of each unsaid Obligatory Prayer 14 Exemption from obligatory prayer is grante...

22 Upon Completing Your Prostrations Seat Yourselves Cross-legged #14
The Arabic expression haykalu't-tawhid, translated here as cross-legged, means the posture of unity. It has traditionally signified...

23 Say: God Hath Made My Hidden Love The Key To The Treasure #15
There is a well-known Islamic tradition concerning God and His creation: I was a Hidden Treasure. I wished to be made known,...

24 O Pen Of The Most High! #16
Pen of the Most High, the Supreme Pen and the Most Exalted Pen are references to Baha'u'llah, illustrating His function as Reve...

25 We Have Enjoined Upon You Fasting During A Brief Period #16
Fasting and obligatory prayer constitute the two pillars that sustain the revealed Law of God. Baha'u'llah in one of His Tablets aff...

26 And At Its Close Have Designated For You Naw-ruz As A Feast #16
The Bab introduced a new calendar, known now as the Badi or Baha'i calendar (see notes 27 and 147). According to this calendar, a da...

27 Let The Days In Excess Of The Months Be Placed Before The Month Of Fasting #16
The Badi calendar is based on the solar year of 365 days, 5 hours, and 50 odd minutes. The year consists of 19 months of 19 days eac...

28 We Have Ordained That These Shall Be The Manifestations Of The Letter Ha #16
Known as the Ayyam-i-Ha (the Days of Ha), the Intercalary Days have the distinction of being associated with the letter Ha. The abja...

29 These Days Of Giving That Precede The Season Of Restraint #16
Baha'u'llah enjoined upon His followers to devote these days to feasting, rejoicing and charity. In a letter written on Shoghi Effen...

30 The Traveller Not Bound By The Fast #16
The minimum duration of a journey which exempts the believer from fasting is defined by Baha'u'llah (Q and A 22 and 75). The details...

31 The Traveller The Ailing Those Who Are With Child Or Giving Suck Are Not Bound By The Fast
they have been exempted by God as a token of His grace. 16 Exemption from fasting is granted to those who are ill or of advanced ...

32 Abstain From Food And Drink From Sunrise To Sundown #17
This relates to the period of fasting. In one of His Tablets, 'Abdu'l-Baha, after stating that fasting consists of abstinence from f...

33 It Hath Been Ordained That Every Believer In God
... shall, each day ... repeat Allah-u-Abha ninety-five times. 18 Allah-u-Abha is an Arabic phrase meaning God the All-Glorious. ...

34 Perform Ye Ablutions For The Obligatory Prayer #18
Ablutions are specifically associated with certain prayers. They must precede the offering of the three Obligatory Prayers, the dail...

35 Ye Have Been Forbidden To Commit Murder #19
The prohibition against taking another's life is repeated by Baha'u'llah in paragraph 73 of the Kitab-i-Aqdas. Penalties are prescri...

36 Or Adultery #19
The Arabic word zina, here translated as adultery, signifies both fornication and adultery. It applies not only to sexual relat...

37 Backbiting Or Calumny #19
Backbiting, slander and dwelling on the faults of others have been repeatedly condemned by Baha'u'llah. In the Hidden Words, He...

38 We Have Divided Inheritance Into Seven Categories #20
The Baha'i laws of inheritance apply only in case of intestacy, that is, when the individual dies without leaving a will. In the Kit...

39 To The Brothers Five Parts To The Sisters Four Parts #20
Questions and Answers amplifies the provisions of the law as it relates to the shares of the inheritance allocated to the brothers a...

40 The Teachers #20
In a Tablet, 'Abdu'l-Baha compares teachers who are involved with the spiritual education of the child to the spiritual father ...

41 When We Heard The Clamour Of The Children As Yet Unborn We Doubled
their share and decreased those of the rest. 20 In the Bab's laws of inheritance the children of the deceased were allotted nine pa...

42 The House Of Justice #21
In referring to the House of Justice in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Baha'u'llah does not always explicitly distinguish between the Unive...

43 Should The Deceased Leave Offspring But None Of The Other Categories Of Heirs #22
Baha'u'llah clarifies that This ruling hath both general and specific application, which is to say that whenever any category of thi...

44 We Have Assigned The Residence And Personal Clothing Of The Deceased
to the male, not female, offspring, nor to the other heirs. 25 In a Tablet, 'Abdu'l-Baha indicates that the residence and personal ...

45 Should The Son Of The Deceased Have Passed Away In The Days Of His
father and have left children they will inherit their father's share 26 This aspect of the law applies only in the case of the so...

46 If The Deceased Should Leave Children Who Are Under Age
their share of the inheritance must be entrusted to a reliable individual 27 The word amin, translated in this paragraph as relia...

47 Division Of The Estate Should Take Place Only After The Huququ'llah Hath Been Paid
any debts have been settled, the expenses of the funeral and burial defrayed 28 Baha'u'llah specifies that the order of precedenc...

48 This Is That Hidden Knowledge Which Shall Never Change Since Its Beginning Is With Nine #29
In the Arabic Bayan the Bab described His inheritance law as being in accordance with a hidden knowledge in the Book of God--a knowl...

49 The Lord Hath Ordained That In Every City A House Of Justice Be Established #30
The institution of the House of Justice consists of elected councils which operate at the local, national and international levels o...

50 The Number Of Baha #30
The abjad numerical equivalent of Baha is nine. The Universal House of Justice and the National and Local Spiritual Assemblies ...

51 It Behoveth Them To Be The Trusted Ones Of The Merciful Among Men #30
The general powers and duties of the Universal House of Justice, the National Spiritual Assemblies and the Local Spiritual Assemblie...

52 Take Counsel Together #30
Baha'u'llah has established consultation as one of the fundamental principles of His Faith and has exhorted the believers to ta...

53 Build Ye Houses Of Worship Throughout The Lands #31
The Baha'i House of Worship is dedicated to the praise of God. The House of Worship forms the central edifice of the Mashriqu'l-Adhk...

54 The Lord Hath Ordained That Those Of You Who Are Able Shall Make Pilgrimage To The Sacred House #32
Two sacred Houses are covered by this ordinance, the House of the Bab in Shiraz and the House of Baha'u'llah in Baghdad. Baha'u'llah...

55 And From This He Hath Exempted Women As A Mercy On His Part #32
In the Bayan, the Bab enjoined the ordinance of pilgrimage once in a lifetime upon those of His followers who were financially able ...

56 To Engage In Some Occupation #33
It is obligatory for men and women to engage in a trade or profession. Baha'u'llah exalts engagement in such work to the rank of wor...

57 The Kissing Of Hands Hath Been Forbidden In The Book #34
In a number of earlier religious Dispensations and in certain cultures the kissing of the hand of a religious figure or of a promine...

58 To None Is It Permitted To Seek Absolution From Another Soul #34
Baha'u'llah prohibits confession to, and seeking absolution of one's sins from, a human being. Instead one should beg forgiveness fr...

59 Amongst The People Is He Who Seateth Himself Amid The Sandals
by the door whilst coveting in his heart the seat of honour. 36 Traditionally in the East it has been the practice to remove sanda...

60 And Among The People Is He Who Layeth Claim To Inner Knowledge #36
This is a reference to people who claim access to esoteric knowledge and whose attachment to such knowledge veils them from the Reve...

61 How Many A Man Hath Secluded Himself In The Climes Of India
denied himself the things that God hath decreed as lawful, imposed upon himself austerities and mortifications 36 These verses c...

62 Whoso Layeth Claim To A Revelation Direct From God
ere the expiration of a full thousand years 37 The Dispensation of Baha'u'llah will last until the coming of the next Manifestat...

63 This Is That Of Which We Gave You Forewarning When
We were dwelling in 'Iraq, then later while in the Land of Mystery, and now from this Resplendent Spot. 37 The Land of Mystery r...

64 Amongst The People Is He Whose Learning Hath Made Him Proud
who, when he heareth the tread of sandals following behind him, waxeth greater in his own esteem 41 In the East, the practice ha...

65 Nimrod #41
The Nimrod referred to in this verse is, in both Jewish and Islamic traditions, a King who persecuted Abraham and whose name be...

66 Aghsan #42
Aghsan (plural of Ghusn) is the Arabic word for Branches. This term is used by Baha'u'llah to designate His male descendants. I...

67 Revert To The People Of Baha #42
Baha'u'llah provides for the possibility that the line of Aghsan would terminate prior to the establishment of the Universal House o...

68 Shave Not Your Heads #44
In some religious traditions it is considered desirable to shave one's head. The shaving of the head is forbidden by Baha'u'lla...

69 It Is Not Seemly To Let The Hair Pass Beyond The Limit Of The Ears #44
Shoghi Effendi has made clear that, unlike the prohibition on shaving the head, this law forbidding the growing of the hair beyond t...

70 Exile And Imprisonment Are Decreed For The Thief #45
Baha'u'llah states that the determination of the degree of penalty, in accordance with the seriousness of the offence, rests with th...

71 On The Third Offence
place ye a mark upon his brow so that, thus identified, he may not be accepted in the cities of God and His countries 45 The mar...

72 Whoso Wisheth To Make Use Of Vessels Of Silver And Gold Is At Liberty To Do So #46
In the Bayan the Bab allowed the use of gold and silver utensils, thus abrogating the Islamic condemnation of their use which stems ...

73 Take Heed Lest When Partaking Of Food Ye Plunge Your Hands Into The Contents Of Bowls And Platters #46
This prohibition was defined by Shoghi Effendi as plunging one's hand in food. In many parts of the world it has been customary to e...

74 Adopt Ye Such Usages As Are Most In Keeping With Refinement #46
This is the first of several passages referring to the importance of refinement and cleanliness. The original Arabic word latafah, r...

75 He Who Is The Dawning-place Of God's Cause Hath No Partner In The Most Great Infallibility #47
In the Tablet of Ishraqat, Baha'u'llah affirms that the Most Great Infallibility is confined to the Manifestations of God. Chapte...

76 Unto Every Father Hath Been Enjoined The Instruction Of His Son And Daughter In The Art Of Reading And Writing #48
'Abdu'l-Baha, in His Tablets, not only calls attention to the responsibility of parents to educate all their children, but He also ...

77 God Hath Imposed A Fine On Every Adulterer And Adulteress To Be Paid To The House Of Justice #49
Although the term translated here as adultery refers, in its broadest sense, to unlawful sexual intercourse between either married o...

78 Nine Mithqals Of Gold To Be Doubled If They Should Repeat The Offence #49
A mithqal is a unit of weight. The weight of the traditional mithqal used in the Middle East is equivalent to 24 nakhuds. However, t...

79 We Have Made It Lawful For You To Listen To Music And Singing #51
'Abdu'l-Baha has written that Among certain nations of the East, music was considered reprehensible. Though the Qur'an contains no s...

80 O Ye Men Of Justice! #52
It has been elucidated in the writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi that, while the membership of the Universal House of ...

81 The Penalties For Wounding Or Striking A Person Depend Upon The
severity of the injury; for each degree the Lord of Judgement hath prescribed a certain indemnity. 56 While Baha'u'llah specified ...

82 Verily It Is Enjoined Upon You To Offer A Feast Once In Every Month #57
This injunction has become the basis for the holding of monthly Baha'i festivities and as such constitutes the ordination of the Nin...

83 If Ye Should Hunt With Beasts Or Birds Of Prey
invoke ye the Name of God when ye send them to pursue their quarry; for then whatever they catch shall be lawful unto you, even shoul...

84 Hunt Not To Excess #60
While hunting is not forbidden by Baha'u'llah, He warns against excessive hunting. The Universal House of Justice will, in due ...

85 He Hath Granted Them No Right To The Property Of Others #61
The injunction to show kindness to Baha'u'llah's kindred does not give them a share in the property of others. This is in contrast t...

86 Should Anyone Intentionally Destroy A House By Fire
him also shall ye burn; should anyone deliberately take another's life, him also shall ye put to death. 62 The law of Baha'u'lla...

87 Should Ye Condemn The Arsonist And The Murderer To Life Imprisonment
it would be permissible according to the provisions of the Book. 62 Shoghi Effendi, in response to a question about this verse of ...

88 God Hath Prescribed Matrimony Unto You #63
Baha'u'llah, in one of His Tablets, states that God, in establishing this law, has made marriage a fortress for well-being and salva...

89 Beware That Ye Take Not Unto Yourselves More Wives Than Two
Whoso contenteth himself with a single partner from among the maidservants of God, both he and she shall live in tranquillity. 63 ...

90 He Who Would Take Into His Service A Maid May Do So With Propriety #63
Baha'u'llah states that a man may employ a maiden for domestic service. This was not permissible under Shi'ih Muslim practice unless...

91 This Is My Bidding Unto You; Hold Fast To It As An Assistance To Yourselves #63
While marriage is enjoined in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Baha'u'llah clarifies that it is not obligatory (Q and A 46). Shoghi Effendi, in a ...

92 We Have Conditioned It Upon The Permission Of Their Parents #65
In a letter written on his behalf, Shoghi Effendi has commented on this provision of the law: Baha'u'llah has clearly state...

93 No Marriage May Be Contracted Without Payment Of A Dowry #66
The Synopsis and Codification, section IV.C.1.j.i.-v., summarizes the main provisions concerning the dowry. These provisions have th...

94 For City-dwellers At Nineteen Mithqals Of Pure Gold And For
village-dwellers at the same amount in silver 66 Baha'u'llah specifies that the criterion for determining the dowry payment is th...

95 Whoso Wisheth To Increase This Sum
it is forbidden him to exceed the limit of ninety-five mithqals... If he content himself, however, with a payment of the lowest level...

96 Should Any One Of His Servants Intend To Travel He Must Fix For His Wife A Time When He Will Return Home #67
If the husband leaves without informing his wife of the date of his return, and no news of him reaches her and all trace of him is l...

97 It Behoveth Her To Wait For A Period Of Nine Months After Which There Is No Impediment To Her Taking Another Husband #67
In the event of the husband's failure, either to return at the end of the specified period of time or to notify his wife of a delay,...

98 She Should Choose The Course That Is Praiseworthy #67
Baha'u'llah defines the course that is praiseworthy as the exercise of patience (Q and A 4). ...

99 Two Just Witnesses #67
Baha'u'llah sets out the criterion of justness in relation to witnesses as a good reputation among the people. He states that i...

100 Should Resentment Or Antipathy Arise Between Husband And Wife
he is not to divorce her but to bide in patience throughout the course of one whole year 68 Divorce is strongly condemned in the...

101 The Lord Hath Prohibited
the practice to which ye formerly had recourse when thrice ye had divorced a woman. 68 This relates to a law of Islam set out in ...

102 He Who Hath Divorced His Wife May Choose Upon The Passing Of Each Month
to remarry her when there is mutual affection and consent, so long as she hath not taken another husband ... unless, clearly, her cir...

103 Semen Is Not Unclean # 74
In a number of religious traditions and in Shi'ih Muslim practice semen has been declared ritually unclean. Baha'u'llah has her...

104 Cleave Ye Unto The Cord Of Refinement #74
'Abdu'l-Baha refers to the effect of purity and holiness, cleanliness and refinement on the exaltation of the human condition and th...

105 Wash Ye Every Soiled Thing With Water That Hath Undergone No Alteration In Any One Of The Three Respects #74
The three respects referred to in this verse are changes in the colour, taste or smell of the water. Baha'u'llah provides additional...

106 God Hath Abolished The Concept Of Uncleanness Whereby Divers Things And Peoples Have Been Held To Be Impure #75
The concept of ritual uncleanness, as understood and practised in some tribal societies and in the religious communities of certain ...

107 First Day Of Ridvan #75
This is a reference to the arrival of Baha'u'llah and His companions in the Najibiyyih Garden outside the city of Baghdad, subs...

108 The Bayan #77
The Bayan, the Mother Book of the Babi Dispensation, is the title given by the Bab to His Book of Laws, and it is also applied ...

109 The Destruction Of Books #77
In the Tablet of Ishraqat Baha'u'llah, referring to the fact that the Bab had made the laws of the Bayan subject to His sanctio...

110 We Have Permitted You To Read Such Sciences As Are Profitable Unto You Not Such As End In Idle Disputation #77
The Baha'i Writings enjoin the acquisition of knowledge and the study of the arts and sciences. Baha'is are admonished to respect pe...

111 He Who Held Converse With God #80
This is a traditional Jewish and Islamic title of Moses. Baha'u'llah states that with the coming of His Revelation human ears have b...

112 Sinai #80
The mountain where the Law was revealed by God to Moses. ...

113 The Spirit Of God #80
This is one of the titles used in the Islamic and Baha'i Writings to designate Jesus Christ. ...

114 Carmel Zion #80
Carmel, the Vineyard of God, is the mountain in the Holy Land where the Shrine of the Bab and the seat of the world administrat...

115 The Crimson Ark #84
The Crimson Ark refers to the Cause of Baha'u'llah. His followers are designated as the companions of the Crimson Ark, lauded b...

116 O Emperor Of Austria!
He Who is the Dayspring of God's Light dwelt in the prison of Akka at the time when thou didst set forth to visit the Aqsa Mosque. 85...

117 O King Of Berlin! #86
Kaiser William I (Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig, 1797-1888), the seventh king of Prussia, was acclaimed first Emperor of Germany in ...

118 The One Whose Power Transcended Thy Power And Whose Station Excelled Thy Station #86
This is a reference to Napoleon III (1808-1873), the Emperor of the French, who was regarded by many historians as the most outstand...

119 O People Of Constantinople! #89
The word here translated as Constantinople is, in the original, Ar-Rum or Rome. This term has generally been used in the Middle East...

120 O Spot That Art Situate On The Shores Of The Two Seas! #89
This is a reference to Constantinople, now called Istanbul. Located on the Bosphorus, a strait about 31 kilometres long which links ...

121 O Banks Of The Rhine! #90
In one of His Tablets written before the First World War (1914-1918), 'Abdu'l-Baha explained that Baha'u'llah's reference to ha...

122 O Land Of Ta #91
Ta is the initial letter of Tihran, the capital of Iran. Baha'u'llah has often chosen to represent certain place names by refer...

124 O Land Of Kha! #94
A reference to the Iranian province of Khurasan and neighbouring areas, which include the city of Ishqabad (Ashkhabad). ...

125 Should Anyone Acquire One Hundred Mithqals Of Gold Nineteen Mithqals Thereof Are God's And To Be Rendered Unto Him #97
This verse establishes Huququ'llah, the Right of God, the offering of a fixed portion of the value of the believer's possessions. Th...

126 Various Petitions Have Come Before Our Throne From The Believers
concerning laws from God... We have, in consequence, revealed this Holy Tablet and arrayed it with the mantle of His Law that haply the ...

127 Crimson Spot #100
This is a reference to the prison-city of Akka. In the Baha'i Writings the word crimson is used in several allegorical and symb...

128 The Sadratu'l-muntaha #100
Literally the furthermost Lote-Tree, translated by Shoghi Effendi as the Tree beyond which there is no passing. This is used as...

129 The Mother Book #103
The term Mother Book is generally used to designate the central Book of a religious Dispensation. In the Qur'an and Islamic Had...

130 Whoso Interpreteth What Hath Been Sent Down From The Heaven Of
Revelation, and altereth its evident meaning 105 In several of His Tablets, Baha'u'llah affirms the distinction between allegorical...

131 Approach Not The Public Pools Of Persian Baths #106
Baha'u'llah prohibits the use of the pools found in the traditional public bath-houses of Persia. In these baths it was the custom f...

133 It Is Forbidden You To Wed Your Fathers' Wives #107
Marriage with one's stepmother is here explicitly prohibited. This prohibition also applies to marrying one's stepfather. Where Baha...

134 The Subject Of Boys #107
The word translated here as boys has, in this context, in the Arabic original, the implication of paederasty. Shoghi Effendi ha...

135 To None Is It Permitted To Mutter Sacred Verses Before The Public Gaze As He Walketh In The Street Or Marketplace #108
This is an allusion to the practice of certain clerics and religious leaders of earlier Dispensations who, out of hypocrisy and affe...

136 Unto Everyone Hath Been Enjoined The Writing Of A Will #109
According to the Teachings of Baha'u'llah, the individual has a duty to write a will and testament, and is free to dispose of his es...

137 The Most Great Name #109
As explained in note 33, the Greatest Name of God can take various forms, all based on the word Baha. The Baha'is in the East h...

138 All Feasts Have Attained Their Consummation In The Two Most Great
Festivals and in the two other Festivals that fall on the twin days 110 This passage establishes four great festivals of the Baha...

139 The First Day Of The Month Of Baha #111
In the Baha'i calendar the first month of the year and the first day of each month are given the name Baha. The day of Baha of the m...

140 The Most Great Festival Is Indeed The King Of Festivals #112
A reference to the Ridvan Festival (see notes 107 and 138). 141. God had formerly laid upon each one of the believers the du...

142 The Hour Of Dawn #115
With reference to attending dawn prayers in the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, the Baha'i House of Worship, Baha'u'llah has explained that,...

143 These Tablets Are Embellished With The Seal Of Him
Who causeth the dawn to appear, Who lifteth up His voice between the heavens and the earth. 117 Baha'u'llah repeatedly affirms t...

144 It Is Inadmissible That Man Who Hath Been Endowed With Reason Should Consume That Which Stealeth It Away #119
There are many references in the Baha'i Writings which prohibit the use of wine and other intoxicating drinks and which describe the...

145 Turn Your Faces Toward Him Whom God Hath Purposed Who Hath Branched From This Ancient Root #121
Baha'u'llah here alludes to 'Abdu'l-Baha as His Successor and calls upon the believers to turn towards Him. In the Book of the Coven...

146 In The Bayan It Had Been Forbidden You To Ask Us Questions #126
The Bab forbade His followers to ask questions of Him Whom God will make manifest (Baha'u'llah), unless their questions were submitt...

147 The Number Of Months In A Year Appointed In The Book Of God Is Nineteen #127
The Baha'i year, in accordance with the Badi calendar, consists of nineteen months of nineteen days each, with the addition of certa...

148 The First Hath Been Adorned With This Name Which Overshadoweth The Whole Of Creation #127
In the Persian Bayan, the Bab bestowed the name Baha on the first month of the year (see note 139). ...

149 The Lord Hath Decreed That The Dead Should Be Interred In Coffins #128
In the Bayan, the Bab prescribed that the deceased should be interred in a coffin made of crystal or polished stone. Shoghi Effendi,...

150 The Point Of The Bayan #129
The Point of the Bayan is one of the titles by which the Bab referred to Himself. ...

151 The Deceased Should Be Enfolded In Five Sheets Of Silk Or Cotton #130
In the Bayan, the Bab specified that the body of the deceased should be wrapped in five sheets of silk or cotton. Baha'u'llah confir...

152 It Is Forbidden You To Transport The Body Of The Deceased A Greater Distance Than One Hour's Journey From The City #130
The intention of this command is to limit the duration of the journey to one hour's time, irrespective of the means of transport tha...

153 God Hath Removed The Restrictions On Travel That Had Been Imposed In
the Bayan. 131 The Bab decreed certain restrictions on travel which were to remain in force until the advent of the Promised One of...

154 Raise Up And Exalt The Two Houses In The Twin Hallowed Spots
and the other sites wherein the throne of your Lord ... hath been established. 133 Baha'u'llah identifies the two Houses as His ...

155 Take Heed Lest Ye Be Prevented By Aught That Hath Been Recorded In The Book From Hearkening Unto This The Living Book #134
The Book is the record of the revealed Word of the Manifestations of God. The Living Book is a reference to the Person of the Manife...

156 Tribute To This Revelation From The Pen Of Him Who Was My Herald #135
The tribute that Baha'u'llah quotes in this passage is from the Arabic Bayan. ...

157 The Qiblih Is Indeed He Whom God Will Make Manifest; Whenever He Moveth It Moveth Until He Shall Come To Rest #137
For a discussion of this verse see notes 7 and 8. 158. It is unlawful to enter into marriage save with a believer in the Bay...

159 The Point Of The Bayan #140
One of the titles of the Bab. ...

160 Verily There Is None Other God Besides Me #143
The Baha'i Writings contain many passages that elucidate the nature of the Manifestation and His relationship to God. Baha'u'llah un...

161 Payment Of Zakat #146
Zakat is referred to in the Qur'an as a regular charity binding upon Muslims. In due course the concept evolved into a form of ...

162 It Is Unlawful To Beg And It Is Forbidden To Give To Him Who Beggeth #147
In a Tablet 'Abdu'l-Baha expounds the meaning of this verse. He states that mendicancy is forbidden and that giving charity to peopl...

163 A Fine Had Formerly Been Prescribed For Anyone Who Was The Cause Of Sadness To Another #148
Baha'u'llah abrogates the law of the Persian Bayan concerning the payment of a fine in reparation for causing sadness to one's neigh...

164 The Sacred Lote-tree # 148
The sacred Lote-Tree is a reference to the Sadratu'l-Muntaha, the Tree beyond which there is no passing (see note 128). It is u...

165 Recite Ye The Verses Of God Every Morn And Eventide #149
Baha'u'llah states that the essential requisite for reciting the verses of God is the eagerness and love of the believers to read th...

166 Ye Have Been Enjoined To Renew The Furnishings Of Your Homes After The Passing Of Each Nineteen Years #151
Baha'u'llah confirms the injunction in the Arabic Bayan regarding the renewal, every nineteen years, of the furnishings of one's hom...

167 Wash Your Feet #152
The believers are exhorted in the Kitab-i-Aqdas to bathe regularly, to wear clean clothes and generally to be the essence of cl...

168 Ye Have Been Prohibited From Making Use Of Pulpits
Whoso wisheth to recite unto you the verses of his Lord, let him sit on a chair placed upon a dais 154 These provisions have the...

169 Gambling #155
The activities that are included in this prohibition have not been outlined in the Writings of Baha'u'llah. As both 'Abdu'l-Bah...

170 The Use Of Opium Any Substance That Induceth Sluggishness And Torpor #155
This prohibition of the use of opium is reiterated by Baha'u'llah in the final paragraph of the Kitab-i-Aqdas. In this connection, S...

171 The Mystery Of The Great Reversal In The Sign Of The Sovereign #157
Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i (1753-1831), who was the founder of the Shaykhi School and the first of the twin luminaries that heralded the ...

172 The Six Raised Up By Virtue Of This Upright Alif #157
In his writings, Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i placed great emphasis on the Arabic letter Vav. In The Dawn-Breakers, Nabil states that this ...

173 It Hath Been Forbidden You To Carry Arms Unless Essential #159
Baha'u'llah confirms an injunction contained in the Bayan which makes it unlawful to carry arms, unless it is necessary to do so. Wi...

174 And Permitted You To Attire Yourselves In Silk #159
According to Islamic practice, the wearing of silk by men was generally forbidden, except in times of holy war. This prohibition, wh...

176 O Land Of Kaf And Ra! #164
Kaf and Ra are the first two consonants of Kirman, the name of a city and province of Iran. ...

177 We Perceive That Which Secretly And Stealthily Diffuseth From Thee #164
This passage is a reference to the intrigues of a group of Azalis, followers of Mirza Yahya (see note 190), associated with the city...

178 Call Ye To Mind The Shaykh Whose Name Was Muhammad-hasan #166
Shaykh Muhammad-Hasan, one of the leading exponents of Shi'ih Islam, rejected the Bab. The author of voluminous writings on Shi'ih ...

179 A Sifter Of Wheat And Barley # 166
This is an allusion to Mulla Muhammad Ja'far Gandum-Pak-Kun, the first person in Isfahan to accept the Faith of the Bab. He is menti...

180 Take Heed Lest The Word Prophet Withhold You From This Most Great
Announcement 167 Baha'u'llah cautions people of insight not to allow their interpretations of the Holy Scriptures to prevent them f...

181 Any Reference To Vicegerency Debar You From The Sovereignty Of Him Who Is The Vicegerent Of God #167
The word here translated Vicegerency is, in the original Arabic, vilayat, which has a range of meanings including vicegerency, guar...

182 Call Ye To Mind Karim #170
Haji Mirza Muhammad Karim Khan-i-Kirmani (1810- circa 1873) was the self-appointed leader of the Shaykhi community after the de...

183 O Ye The Learned Ones In Baha #173
Baha'u'llah eulogizes the learned among His followers. In the Book of His Covenant, He wrote: Blessed are the rulers and learned amo...

184 Refer Ye Whatsoever Ye Understand Not In The Book To Him Who Hath Branched From This Mighty Stock #174
Baha'u'llah invests 'Abdu'l-Baha with the right of interpreting His holy Writ (see also note 145). ...

185 The School Of Transcendent Oneness #175
In this verse and the ones which immediately follow it, Baha'u'llah confronts one of the reasons some of the Babis rejected His clai...

186 We Accepted The Verses Of God Which He Presented Unto Us #175
In His Tablet addressed to Him Who will be made manifest, the Bab characterizes the Bayan as an offering from Him to Baha'u'llah. Se...

187 O People Of The Bayan! #176
Reference to the followers of the Bab. ...

188 The Letters B And E Were Joined And Knit Together #177
Shoghi Effendi, in letters written on his behalf, has explained the significance of the letters B and E. They constitute the word Be...

189 This New World Order #181
In the Persian Bayan, the Bab stated: Well is it with him who fixeth his gaze upon the Order of Baha'u'llah, and rendereth than...

190 O Source Of Perversion! #184
This is a reference to Mirza Yahya, known as Subh-i-Azal (Morning of Eternity), a younger half-brother of Baha'u'llah, who aros...

191 Remember How We Nurtured Thee By Day And By Night For Service To The Cause #184
In _God Passes By_, Shoghi Effendi refers to the fact that Baha'u'llah, Who was thirteen years older than Mirza Yahya, had counselle...

192 God Hath Laid Hold On Him Who Led Thee Astray #184
A reference to Siyyid Muhammad-i-Isfahani, who is described by Shoghi Effendi as the Antichrist of the Baha'i Revelation. He was a m...

193 Select Ye A Single Language Adopt Ye A Common Script #189
Baha'u'llah enjoins the adoption of a universal language and script. His Writings envisage two stages in this process. The first sta...

194 We Have Appointed Two Signs For The Coming Of Age Of The Human Race #189
The first sign of the coming of age of humanity referred to in the Writings of Baha'u'llah is the emergence of a science which is de...

The City Temple: Introduction
On September 10th, the first Sunday after 'Abdu'l-Baha's arrival in England, he spoke from the City Temple pulpit to the evening con...

Address Given By 'abdu'l-baha At The City Temple
Sunday, September 10th, 1911 O noble friends; seekers after God! Praise be to God! Today the light of Tr...

St John's Westminster: Introduction
On September 17th, 'Abdu'l-Baha at the request of the venerable Archdeacon of Westminster addressed the congregation of Saint John t...

Discourse Of 'abdu'l-baha At St John's Westminster
September 17th, 1911. O Noble Friends! O Seekers for the Kingdom of God! Man all over the world is se...

Theosophical Society: Introduction
On September 30th, 'Abdu'l-Baha met the Theosophical society at their new Headquarters at the express request of their president Mrs...

Discourse Of 'abdu'l-baha Given At The Theosophical Head Quarters
September 30th, 1911. O Respected Assembly! O friends of Truth! The inherent nature of fire is to bur...

Farewell Reception: Introduction
On the evening of St. Michael's day, a large farewell reception was given to 'Abdu'l-Baha in the hall of the Passmore Edwards' Settl...

Meeting Of Farewell To 'abdu'l-baha
September 29th, 1911. Reprinted by kind permission, from the Christian Commonwealth of Oct. 4...

Speech Of Professor Michael Sadler
We have met together to bid farewell to 'Abdu'l-Baha, and to thank God for his example and teaching, and for the power of his prayer...

Farewell Words Of 'abdu'l-baha
O Noble friends and seekers for the Kingdom of God! About sixty years ago in the time when the fire of war was blazing among the nat...

10 Cheniston Gardens London W
The subjoined notes are taken from The Quarterly Record of 'Higher Thought' Work, November 1911. One of the most intere...

A Message From 'abdu'l-baha
Written for The Christian Commonwealth and published September 29th, 1911. God sends Prophets for the education of the people an...

Discourse Given At Miss E J Rosenberg's Unity Meeting
September 8th, 1911. Praise be to God, that such a meeting of purity and steadfastness is being held...

Discourse At Mrs Thornburgh-cropper's
September 13th, 1911. 'Abdu'l-Baha said:--Thanks be to God, this is a good meeting. It is very enligh...

Discourse By 'abdu'l-baha Given At The Unity Meeting Of Misses Jack And Herrick
September 22nd, 1911. It is a cold and miserable day but as I was anxious to see you I came here. For...

Notes Of Conversations
The Arrival in London The evening of his arrival in London, Monday, September 4th, 1911, 'Abdu'l-Baha...

London
The magnet of your love brought me to this country. My hope is that the Divine Light may shine here, and that the Heavenly Star of B...

Differences
God has created the world as one--the boundaries are marked out by man. God has not divided the lands, but each man has his house an...

Religion
To most men who have not heard the message of this teaching, religion seems an outward form, a pretence, merely a seal of respectabi...

Discourse To An Assembly Of Theosophists London
September, 1911. These are wonderful days! We see an Eastern guest received with love and courtesy...

Prejudices
The Universal Races Congress was good, for it was intended for the furtherance and progress of unity among all nations and a better ...

What Of The Peace Congress?
It resembles many drunkards gathered together to protest against the drinking of alcohol. They say drink is horrible and they straig...

Theosophy
When 'Abdu'l-Baha was asked if he recognized the good which the Theosophical Society has done. He replied: I know it; I think a g...

Peace
During the last six thousand years nations have hated one another, it is now time to stop. War must cease. Let us be united and love...

Divine Manifestations
Question.--What is 'Abdu'l-Baha's teaching concerning the different Divine manifestations? Answer.--The Reality of all is One. Tr...

Buddhism
Some referred to the teaching of Buddha. 'Abdu'l-Baha said: The real teaching of Buddha is the same as the teaching of Jesus Christ....

Faith
How can one increase in faith? You must strive. A child does not know, in learning he obtains knowledge. search for Truth. The...

Healing
'Abdu'l-Baha said: Disease is of two kinds: material and spiritual. Take for instance, a cut hand; if you pray for the cut to be h...

Philanthropic Societies
Someone asked if the Humanitarian Society was good.--Yes all societies, all organizations, working for the betterment of the human r...

Divine Manifestations
Is the Divine Manifestation, God? Yes, and yet not in Essence. A Divine Manifestation is as a mirror reflecting the light of the ...

Notes Of A Conversation With 'abdu'l-baha
A Coloured man from South Africa who was visiting 'Abdu'l-Baha, said that even now no white people really cared very much for the bl...

Ideals Of East And West
One of the organizers of the Races Congress present spoke of the Western ideals of Baha'u'llah as differing from those of former pro...

Science And Faith
The gentleman then put a question which he said he considered of very great importance in connection with a religious movement, clai...

Converse With Departed Persons
The question was asked if it were possible to establish communication with the dead, and whether it was wise or advisable to attend ...

Are Superstitions Useful
A lady enquired whether some superstitions might not be good for ignorant people, who, if they were without them might perhaps be wi...

The Life After Death
Mrs. S. asked some questions with reference to the conditions of existence in the next world, and the life after death; she said tha...

Spiritual Relationship
In the evening of September 28th, 'Abdu'l-Baha was with a number of assembled guests. He said all of you here are sisters. Bodily...

A Baha'i Wedding
Quite an oriental note was struck toward the end of 'Abdu'l-Baha's London visit, by the marriage of a young Persian couple who had s...

The Visit To Bristol
'Abdu'l-Baha spent the week end of September 23rd to 25th, at the Clifton Guest House at Clifton, Bristol. On the first afternoon...

At Byfleet
On the afternoon of September 9th, a number of working women of the Passmore Edwards' Settlement, who were spending their holidays w...

The Captivity Of Man
'Abdu'l-Baha said:--Luxuries cut off the freedom of communication. One who is imprisoned by desires is always unhappy; the children ...

The Power Of God
A friend asked 'Abdu'l-Baha how far the individual could attain to that Christ consciousness in himself of which St. Paul speaks as ...

Inspired Messengers
When asked if it would be always necessary for prophets to come from time to time--would not the world in the course of events throu...

Education
'Abdu'l-Baha laid great stress on Education. He said The girl's education is of more importance today than the boy's, for she is the...

The Change Of Heart
To one who spoke of the people's desire to possess the land, and of the strong under-current of rebellion on the part of the labouri...

Christ And Baha'u'llah
A friend asked how the teachings of Baha'u'llah contrasted with the teachings of Jesus Christ. The teachings are the same. declared ...

Art
A painter asked: Is art a worthy vocation? 'Abdu'l-Baha turning to her impressively, said: Art is worship. An actor mentioned the...

Symbols
Someone wished to know if it were a good custom to wear a symbol, as, for instance, a cross. He said: You wear the cross for remembr...

Esperanto
A friend enquired concerning Baha'u'llah's prophecy in the Words of Paradise, that a universal language would be formed, and desired...

Tolstoy
The same questioner said: I have read much of Tolstoy and I see a parallel between his teachings and yours. In one of his books he s...

Healing
A friend interested in healing quoted the words of Baha'u'llah: If one is sick, let him go to the greatest physician. 'Abdu'l-Bah...

Death
A friend asked: How should one look forward to death? 'Abdu'l-Baha answered: How does one look forward to the goal of any journey...

A True Baha'i
A student of the modern methods of the higher criticism asked 'Abdu'l-Baha if he would do well to continue in the church with which ...

Spreading The Teaching
When asked by an American friend: Which is the best way to spread the teaching? he said: By deeds. This way is open to all, and deed...

At Brooklands
The morning of the second day, a neighbour sent over her car asking if 'Abdu'l-Baha would not like to take his guests to the Brookla...

Days In London
During 'Abdu'l-Baha's stay in Cadogan Gardens people arrived all day and every day, from early morning to nightfall, hoping for the ...

Woman's Work
'Abdu'l-Baha's interest in women's work and progress is well known, and among the notable leaders who came to see him, may be mentio...

Zenobia
'Abdu'l-Baha asked the company if they remembered the story of Zenobia and of the fall of Palmyra. He then continued as follows, usi...

The True Baha'i
I have never heard of Baha'u'llah, said a young man. I have only recently read about this movement, but I recognize the mission of ...

The Coming Of Peace
By what process continued the questioner, will this peace on earth be established? Will it come at once after a universal declaratio...

The Pure Heart
When asked for a definition of a pure heart, 'Abdu'l-Baha said, The pure heart is one that is entirely cut away from self. To be sel...

True Spirituality
Another morning 'Abdu'l-Baha began at once to speak as he joined the group of seekers. He said: Praise be to God, this century is a ...

Knowledge Must Result In Action
A representative from a well known society made reference to its meetings for the purpose of a search into the reality of truth, and...

Visit To The Lord Mayor
At the express wish of the Lord Mayor, 'Abdu'l-Baha paid him a visit early one morning at the Mansion House. The talk turned chiefly...

Some Personal Characteristics
There is a note in 'Abdu'l-Baha's character that has not been emphasized, and with which no idea of him is complete. The impressive ...

The Farewell
On the last morning of 'Abdu'l-Baha's stay in London many friends gathered both at Cadogan Gardens and at the station to bid him far...

Some Of The Experiences Of His Forty Years Imprisonment
In an apartment in Cadogan Gardens sits a spiritually illumined Oriental, whose recent advent in London marks the latest junction of...

The First Summer
We had no communication whatever with the out-side world. Each loaf of bread was cut open by the guard to see that it contained no m...

Better Conditions
After two years of the strictest confinement permission was granted me to find a house so that we could live outside the prison wall...

'abdu'l-hamid's Committee
One year before 'Abdu'l-Hamid was dethroned, he sent an extremely overbearing, treacherous and insulting committee of investigation....

The Release
With the advent of the Young Turks' supremacy, realized through the Society of Union and Progress, all the political prisoners of th...

A Loving Farewell Greeting
After leaving London and during his two months stay in Paris, 'Abdu'l-Baha frequently sent back messages to his English friends, som...

Greetings By 'abdu'l-baha From Paris To London
October 1911. Spoken to Mrs. Enthoven for conveyance to all the friends, and now written from mem...

Message To The London Baha'is For The Day Of 'abdu'l-baha Specially Given To Mrs Enthoven
November 26th, 1911. GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! The doors of the Kingdom of God are open! GOOD NEWS!...

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