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Tablet of the Holy Mariner (Lawh-i-Malláhu'l-Quds):
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by Aziz Mboya

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Chapter 16

Descent (from heaven) of pre-existent prophets to earth.

"Call out to Zion, O Carmel, and announce the joyful tidings: He that was
hidden from mortal eyes is come! His all-conquering sovereignty is manifest;
His all-encompassing splendor is revealed. Beware lest thou hesitate or halt.
Hasten forth and circumambulate the City of God that hath descended from
heaven, the celestial Kaaba round which have circled in adoration the favored
of God, the pure in heart, and the company of the most exalted angels. Oh, how
I long to announce unto every spot on the surface of the earth, and to carry to
each one of its cities, the glad-tidings of this Revelation--a Revelation to which
the heart of Sinai hath been attracted, and in whose name the Burning Bush is
calling: `Unto God, the Lord of Lords, belong the kingdoms of earth and heaven.'
Verily this is the Day in which both land and sea rejoice at this announcement,
the Day for which have been laid up those things which God, through a bounty
beyond the ken of mortal mind or heart, hath destined for revelation. Ere long
will God sail His Ark upon thee, and will manifest the people of Bahá who have
been mentioned in the Book of Names."
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 16

17. O ye who are the chosen ones of the Abhá Kingdom! Praise ye the Lord
of Hosts for He, riding upon the clouds, hath come down to this world out of the
heaven of the invisible realm, so that East and West were lit by the glory of the
Sun of Truth, and the call of the Kingdom was raised, and the heralds of the realm
above, with melodies of the Concourse on high, sang out the glad tidings of the
Coming. Then the whole world of being did quiver for joy, and still the people,
even as the Messiah saith, slept on: for the day of the Manifestation, when the
Lord of Hosts descended, found them wrapped in the slumber of unknowing. As
He saith in the Gospel, My coming is even as when the thief is in the house, and
the goodman of the house watcheth not.
-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 17

Likewise the address of the angels to the people of Galilee, "That this Christ will
return in the same way and that He will descend from heaven," is a spiritual
address. For when Christ appeared, He came from heaven, although He was
outwardly born from the womb of Mary. For He said: "No man hath ascended up
to heaven, but he that came down from heaven."

He said: "I came down from heaven and likewise will go to heaven." By "heaven"
is not meant this infinite phenomenal space, but "heaven" signifies the world of
the divine kingdom which is the supreme station and seat of the Sun of Truth.
-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 192

127. Joy unto him who, in this Day, casts away that which is possessed by
the people, and holds fast to that which is commanded on the part of God,
the King of names and the Creator of things -- The One who hath come from
the heaven of Pre-existence with the Greatest Name, and with a power that
the hosts of the earth fail to withstand: whereunto testifies the
Mother-Book in the highest station.

128. The first splendor which hath shone forth from the Sun of Truth is
the knowledge of God -- exalted is His glory! -- and the knowledge of the
King of Pre-existence cannot be attained except by knowing the Greatest
Name. He is the Speaker of the Mount who is established and seated upon
the throne of Manifestation, and He is the hidden, invisible One, the
concealed Mystery.
-- Excerpt from the writings of Bahá'u'lláh

The Word which the Son concealed is made manifest. It hath been sent down
in the form of the human temple in this day. Blessed be the Lord Who is the
Father! He, verily, is come unto the nations in His most great majesty. Turn
your faces towards Him, O concourse of the righteous... This is the day
whereon the Rock (Peter) crieth out and shouteth, and celebrateth the praise
of its Lord, the All-Possessing, the Most High, saying: `Lo! The Father is
come, and that which ye were promised in the Kingdom is fulfilled!...' My
body longeth for the cross, and Mine head waiteth the thrust of the spear,
in the path of the All-Merciful, that the world may be purged from its
transgressions....
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 84

Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! Thereupon she summoned
unto herself one maiden from her handmaidens,

Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! And commanded her: "Descend
into space from the mansions of eternity,
....
Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! Thereupon the countenance of
the favored damsel beamed above the celestial chambers even as the
light that shineth from the face of the Youth above His mortal temple;

Glorified be my Lord, the All-Glorious! She then descended with such
an adorning as to illumine the heavens and all that is therein.
-- Compilation, Bahá'í Prayers, Tablet of the Holy Mariner.

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.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 66

And now, with reference to His words: "And then shall all the tribes of the
earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of
heaven with power and great glory." These words signify that in those days
men will lament the loss of the Sun of the divine beauty, of the Moon of
knowledge, and of the Stars of divine wisdom. Thereupon, they will behold
the countenance of the promised One, the adored Beauty, descending from
heaven and riding upon the clouds. By this is meant that the divine Beauty will
be made manifest from the heaven of the will of God, and will appear in the
form of the human temple. The term "heaven" denoteth loftiness and exaltation,
inasmuch as it is the seat of the revelation of those Manifestations of Holiness,
the Day-springs of ancient glory. These ancient Beings, though delivered from
the womb of their mother, have in reality descended from the heaven of the
will of God. Though they be dwelling on this earth, yet their true habitations are
the retreats of glory in the realms above. Whilst walking amongst mortals, they
soar in the heaven of the divine presence. Without feet they tread the path of
the spirit, and without wings they rise unto the exalted heights of divine unity.
With every fleeting breath they cover the immensity of space, and at every
moment traverse the kingdoms of the visible and the invisible. Upon their
thrones is written: "Nothing whatsoever keepeth Him from being occupied with
any other thing;" and on their seats is inscribed: "Verily, His ways differ every
day." They are sent forth through the transcendent power of the Ancient of
Days, and are raised up by the exalted will of God, the most mighty King. This is
what is meant by the words: "coming in the clouds of heaven."
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 66

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