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Be watchful lest the concerns and preoccupations
of this world prevent you from observing that which
hath been enjoined upon you by Him Who is the
Mighty, the Faithful. Be ye the embodiments of such
steadfastness amidst mankind that ye will not be kept
back from God by the doubts of those who disbelieved
in Him when He manifested Himself, invested with a
mighty sovereignty. Take heed lest ye be prevented by
aught that hath been recorded in the Book from
hearkening unto this, the Living Book, Who proclaimeth
the truth: "Verily, there is no God but Me,
the Most Excellent, the All-Praised." Look ye with the
eye of equity upon Him Who hath descended from the
heaven of Divine will and power, and be not of those
who act unjustly.
Call then to mind these words which have
streamed forth, in tribute to this Revelation, from the
Pen of Him Who was My Herald, and consider what
the hands of the oppressors have wrought throughout
My days. Truly they are numbered with the lost. He
said: "Should ye attain the presence of Him Whom We
shall make manifest, beseech ye God, in His bounty, to
grant that He might deign to seat Himself upon your
couches, for that act in itself would confer upon you
matchless and surpassing honour. Should He drink a
cup of water in your homes, this would be of greater
consequence for you than your proffering unto every
soul, nay unto every created thing, the water of its very
life. Know this, O ye My servants!"
Such are the words with which My Forerunner
hath extolled My Being, could ye but understand.
Whoso reflecteth upon these verses, and realizeth what
hidden pearls have been enshrined within them, will,
by the righteousness of God, perceive the fragrance of
the All-Merciful wafting from the direction of this
Prison and will, with his whole heart, hasten unto Him
with such ardent longing that the hosts of earth and
heaven would be powerless to deter him. Say: This is a
Revelation around which every proof and testimony
doth circle. Thus hath it been sent down by your Lord,
the God of Mercy, if ye be of them that judge aright.
Say: This is the very soul of all Scriptures which hath
been breathed into the Pen of the Most High, causing
all created beings to be dumbfounded, save only those
who have been enraptured by the gentle breezes of My
loving-kindness and the sweet savours of My bounties
which have pervaded the whole of creation.
O people of the &Bayan! Fear ye the Most Merciful
and consider what He hath revealed in another passage.
He said: "The Qiblih is indeed He Whom God will
make manifest; whenever He moveth, it moveth, until
He shall come to rest." Thus was it set down by the
Supreme Ordainer when He desired to make mention
of this Most Great Beauty. Meditate on this, O people,
and be not of them that wander distraught in the
wilderness of error. If ye reject Him at the bidding of
your idle fancies, where then is the Qiblih to which ye
will turn, O assemblage of the heedless? Ponder ye this
verse, and judge equitably before God, that haply ye
may glean the pearls of mysteries from the ocean that
surgeth in My Name, the All-Glorious, the Most
Let none, in this Day, hold fast to aught save that
which hath been manifested in this Revelation. Such is
the decree of God, aforetime and hereafter--a decree
wherewith the Scriptures of the Messengers of old have
been adorned. Such is the admonition of the Lord,
aforetime and hereafter--an admonition wherewith the
preamble to the Book of Life hath been embellished,
did ye but perceive it. Such is the commandment of the
Lord, aforetime and hereafter; beware lest ye choose
instead the part of ignominy and abasement. Naught
shall avail you in this Day but God, nor is there any
refuge to flee to save Him, the Omniscient, the All-Wise.
Whoso hath known Me hath known the Goal of
all desire, and whoso hath turned unto Me hath turned
unto the Object of all adoration. Thus hath it been set
forth in the Book, and thus hath it been decreed by
God, the Lord of all worlds. To read but one of the
verses of My Revelation is better than to peruse the
Scriptures of both the former and latter generations.
This is the Utterance of the All-Merciful, would that ye
had ears to hear! Say: This is the essence of knowledge,
did ye but understand.
And now consider what hath been revealed in yet
another passage, that perchance ye may forsake your
own concepts and set your faces towards God, the Lord
of being. He (The &Bab) hath said: "It is unlawful to enter into
marriage save with a believer in the &Bayan. Should only
one party to a marriage embrace this Cause, his or her
possessions will become unlawful to the other, until
such time as the latter hath converted. This law,
however, will only take effect after the exaltation of the
Cause of Him Whom We shall manifest in truth, or of
that which hath already been made manifest in justice.
Ere this, ye are at liberty to enter into wedlock as ye
wish, that haply by this means ye may exalt the Cause
of God." Thus hath the Nightingale sung with sweet
melody upon the celestial bough, in praise of its Lord,
the All-Merciful. Well is it with them that hearken.
O people of the &Bayan, I adjure you by your Lord,
the God of mercy, to look with the eye of fairness upon
this utterance which hath been sent down through the
power of truth, and not to be of those who see the
testimony of God yet reject and deny it. They, in
truth, are of those who will assuredly perish. The Point
of the &Bayan hath explicitly made mention in this verse
of the exaltation of My Cause before His own Cause;
unto this will testify every just and understanding
mind. As ye can readily witness in this day, its
exaltation is such as none can deny save those whose
eyes are drunken in this mortal life and whom a
humiliating chastisement awaiteth in the life to come.
Say: By the righteousness of God! I, verily, am
His (The &Bab's) Best-Beloved; and at this moment He listeneth to
these verses descending from the Heaven of Revelation
and bewaileth the wrongs ye have committed in these
days. Fear God, and join not with the aggressor. Say: O
people, should ye choose to disbelieve in Him, (&Baha'u'llah) refrain
at least from rising up against Him. By God! Sufficient
are the hosts of tyranny that are leagued against Him!
Verily, He (The &Bab) revealed certain laws so that, in this
Dispensation, the Pen of the Most High might have no
need to move in aught but the glorification of His own
transcendent Station and His most effulgent Beauty.
Since, however, We have wished to evidence Our
bounty unto you, We have, through the power of
truth, set forth these laws with clarity and mitigated
what We desire you to observe. He, verily, is the
Munificent, the Generous.
He (The &Bab) hath previously made known unto you that
which would be uttered by this Dayspring of Divine
wisdom. He said, and He speaketh the truth: "He (&Baha'u'llah) is
the One Who will under all conditions proclaim:
`Verily, there is none other God besides Me, the
One, the Incomparable, the Omniscient, the All-Informed.'"
This is a station which God hath assigned
exclusively to this sublime, this unique and wondrous
Revelation. This is a token of His bounteous favour, if
ye be of them who comprehend, and a sign of His
irresistible decree. This is His Most Great Name, His
Most Exalted Word, and the Dayspring of His Most
Excellent Titles, if ye could understand. Nay more,
through Him every Fountainhead, every Dawning-place
of Divine guidance is made manifest. Reflect, O
people, on that which hath been sent down in truth;
ponder thereon, and be not of the transgressors.
Consort with all religions with amity and concord,
that they may inhale from you the sweet fragrance of
God. Beware lest amidst men the flame of foolish
ignorance overpower you. All things proceed from God
and unto Him they return. He is the source of all
things and in Him all things are ended.
Take heed that ye enter no house in the absence
of its owner, except with his permission. Comport
yourselves with propriety under all conditions, and be
not numbered with the wayward.
It hath been enjoined upon you to purify your
means of sustenance and other such things through
payment of &Zakat. Thus hath it been prescribed in this
exalted Tablet by Him Who is the Revealer of verses.
We shall, if it be God's will and purpose, set forth
erelong the measure of its assessment. He, verily,
expoundeth whatsoever He desireth by virtue of His
own knowledge, and He, of a truth, is Omniscient and
It is unlawful to beg, and it is forbidden to give to
him who beggeth. All have been enjoined to earn a
living, and as for those who are incapable of doing so, it
is incumbent on the Deputies of God and on the
wealthy to make adequate provision for them. Keep ye
the statutes and commandments of God; nay, guard
them as ye would your very eyes, and be not of those
who suffer grievous loss.
Ye have been forbidden in the Book of God to
engage in contention and conflict, to strike another, or
to commit similar acts whereby hearts and souls may be
saddened. A fine of nineteen &mithqals of gold had
formerly been prescribed by Him Who is the Lord of all
mankind for anyone who was the cause of sadness to
another; in this Dispensation, however, He hath
absolved you thereof and exhorteth you to show forth
righteousness and piety. Such is the commandment
which He hath enjoined upon you in this resplendent
Tablet. Wish not for others what ye wish not for
yourselves; fear God, and be not of the prideful. Ye are
all created out of water, and unto dust shall ye return.
Reflect upon the end that awaiteth you, and walk not
in the ways of the oppressor. Give ear unto the verses of
God which He Who is the sacred Lote-Tree reciteth
unto you. They are assuredly the infallible balance,
established by God, the Lord of this world and the
next. Through them the soul of man is caused to wing
its flight towards the Dayspring of Revelation, and the
heart of every true believer is suffused with light. Such
are the laws which God hath enjoined upon you, such
His commandments prescribed unto you in His Holy
Tablet; obey them with joy and gladness, for this is
best for you, did ye but know.
Recite ye the verses of God every morn and
eventide. Whoso faileth to recite them hath not been
faithful to the Covenant of God and His Testament,
and whoso turneth away from these holy verses in this
Day is of those who throughout eternity have turned
away from God. Fear ye God, O My servants, one and
all. Pride not yourselves on much reading of the verses
or on a multitude of pious acts by night and day; for
were a man to read a single verse with joy and radiance
it would be better for him than to read with lassitude
all the Holy Books of God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
Read ye the sacred verses in such measure
that ye be not overcome by languor and despondency.
Lay not upon your souls that which will weary them
and weigh them down, but rather what will lighten
and uplift them, so that they may soar on the wings of
the Divine verses towards the Dawning-place of His
manifest signs; this will draw you nearer to God, did ye
Teach your children the verses revealed from the
heaven of majesty and power, so that, in most
melodious tones, they may recite the Tablets of the All-Merciful
in the alcoves within the &Mashriqu'l-Adhkars.
Whoever hath been transported by the rapture born of
adoration for My Name, the Most Compassionate, will
recite the verses of God in such wise as to captivate the
hearts of those yet wrapped in slumber. Well is it with
him who hath quaffed the Mystic Wine of everlasting
life from the utterance of his merciful Lord in My
Name--a Name through which every lofty and
majestic mountain hath been reduced to dust.
Ye have been enjoined to renew the furnishings of
your homes after the passing of each nineteen years;
thus hath it been ordained by One Who is Omniscient
and All-Perceiving. He, verily, is desirous of refinement,
both for you yourselves and for all that ye
possess; lay not aside the fear of God and be not of the
negligent. Whoso findeth that his means are insufficient
to this purpose hath been excused by God, the
Ever-Forgiving, the Most Bounteous.
Wash your feet once every day in summer, and
once every three days during winter.
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