"Study the Tablet of the Holy Mariner that ye may know the truth, and consider that the Blessed Beauty hath fully foretold future events. Let them who perceive, take warning!" - `Abdu'l-Bahá
Abstract:The Tablet of the Holy Mariner was revealed in 1863 on the fifth day of Naw-Ruz a few weeks before Bahá'u'lláh declared his prophethood and mission on the first day of Ridvan. The first part of the tablet speaks of the forthcoming declaration of Bahá'u'lláh. A number of symbolic terms used relating to the revelation of Bahá'u'lláh include: "the Holy Mariner", "the ark of eternity", "the Maid of Heaven", "the deathless tree", "the Hand of God" and "the snow-white spot". The latter part of the tablet is about one maiden of the Maid of Heaven's handmaidens.
The text of the tablet is in bold italic, references are in regular font, and comments are in purple. The amount of commentary is limited, in many cases relying on references from which the reader can infer the meaning of particular portions of the tablet, some related portions of the text of the tablet and the references being highlighted in red. The references are taken primarily from the writings of Bahá'u'lláh, also including some references from the writings of Abdu'l-Bahá, the Bible, the Quran and the writings of the Holy Imams.