Thank you for that link! I was under the impression that there was a whole other section to the tablet which remained untranslated, but I may have been mistaken, and perhaps it was simply the Persian tablet which remained unknown to me. The Persian writing is indeed largely different in language, but carries the same theme that unsettled me when I was reading the writing the other night.
I was unsettled by the theme in the handmaiden of the maid of heaven, which was not fully explained in the bahai-library site (that's why I said uninterpreted). This comes after the theme earlier where those who once soared to heights of paradise, became overly ambitious and sought the station of closeness to God for which they had not been ordained, and thus they were cast out.
The handmaiden portion comes almost as a prediction, according to the bahai-library, that there will be a prophet, referred to as the Youth. The Youth can be a reference to the Bab, Baha'u'llah, Abdul Baha, or someone yet to be revealed. What really shook me was this portion of the Tablet.
Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! And sought to inhale their
fragrance at a time that knoweth neither beginning nor end.
Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! She found not in them that which
she did desire, and this, verily, is but one of His wondrous tales. -Tablet of the Holy Mariner
This shook me largely because it is referencing eternity. This is something that is unchangeable in a time that has no beginning or end, it is constant. The handmaiden seeks to find faithfulness to the Youth, whose fragrance is needed to gain admittance into the highest realms of heaven, but it is not there. She finds not in men, what she expected to find.
Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! She then cried aloud, wailed
and repaired to her own station within her most lofty mansion,
Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! And then gave utterance to
one mystic word, whispered privily by her honeyed tongue,
Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! And raised the call amidst
the Celestial Concourse and the immortal maids of heaven:
Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! "By the Lord! I found not
from these idle claimants the breeze of Faithfulness!
Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! "By the Lord! The Youth hath
remained lone and forlorn in the land of exile in the hands of the
ungodly." -Tablet of the Holy Mariner
She then retreats and falls into great sorrow, saying that in Eternity she finds that men are not faithful to what hath been revealed. The youth remains alone.
This could be a reference to Baha'u'llah, the Bab, or Abdul Baha, but it shakes me that the handmaiden is saying through ALL eternity, the hearts of men are not faithful to what hath been revealed by God. I almost get the sentiment that it's saying ultimately, mankind will fail in it's quest to know and love God, although I do not know if that conflicts with other writings.
I'm not an expert in interpretation, and I see that the handmaiden reaches this conclusion because she finds not what she DESIRES, which can mean that she expected faithfulness to be demonstrated in a different manner. Regardless, I have these questions and did not know where else to turn.
The Persian Tablet of the Holy Mariner hits on this theme in it's provisional translation as well...
"In the end, however, you prefer the cloak of carnal longing and desire to the
robe of divine benediction, and you exchange the song of the nightingale of
immortality for the disagreeable croaking of death that issues from the throats
of the hateful and rebellious. How miserable a trade you make!We are from God
and to him do we return. God willing, we maintain the hope that the immortal
temples of glory shall, through the adornment of holiness and the divine
attributes, appear illumined, gentle, pure and undefiled like the eternal sun.
This is not difficult for God."- The Persian Tablet of the Holy Mariner (provisional translation)