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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 18

Eternity (meanings of)

XIX. To every discerning and illuminated heart it is evident that God,
the unknowable Essence, the Divine Being, is immensely exalted beyond
every human attribute, such as corporeal existence, ascent and descent,
egress and regress. Far be it from His glory that human tongue should
adequately recount His praise, or that human heart comprehend His
fathomless mystery. He is, and hath ever been, veiled in the ancient
eternity of His Essence, and will remain in His Reality everlastingly
hidden from the sight of men. "No vision taketh in Him, but He taketh in
all vision; He is the Subtile, the All-Perceiving."...

The door of the knowledge of the Ancient of Days being thus closed in the
face of all beings, the Source of infinite grace, according to His
saying, "His grace hath transcended all things; My grace hath encompassed
them all," hath caused those luminous Gems of Holiness to appear out of
the realm of the spirit, in the noble form of the human temple, and be
made manifest unto all men, that they may impart unto the world the
mysteries of the unchangeable Being, and tell of the subtleties of His
imperishable Essence.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 46-47

The people of Bahá burn brightly amidst the gatherings even as a candle
and hold fast unto that which God hath purposed. This station standeth

supreme above all stations. Well is it with him who hath cast away the
things that the people of the world possess, yearning for that which
pertaineth unto God, the Sovereign Lord of eternity.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 58-59

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 through which

Thou didst call all mankind unto the horizon of Thy majesty and glory,

and didst guide Thy servants to the court of Thy grace and favors, to
number me with such as have rid themselves from everything except
Thyself, and have set themselves towards Thee, and have not been kept
back by such misfortunes as were decreed by Thee, from turning in the
direction of Thy gifts.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations, p. 47-48


Say, O followers of the Son! Have ye shut out yourselves from Me by
reason of My Name? Wherefore ponder ye not in your hearts? Day and night

ye have been calling upon your Lord, the Omnipotent, but when He came
from the heaven of eternity in His great glory, ye turned aside from Him
and remained sunk in heedlessness.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 9

Great is the blessedness of him who hath in this Day cast away the things
current amongst men and hath clung unto that which is ordained by God,

the Lord of Names and the Fashioner of all created things, He Who is come
from the heaven of eternity through the power of the Most Great Name,
invested with so invincible an authority that all the powers of the earth
are unable to withstand Him. Unto this beareth witness the Mother Book,
calling from the Most Sublime Station.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 48

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,
-- Compilation, Bahá'í Prayers, p. 221

He came down from the pavillions of beauty and stood like the Sun at the
zenith of heaven, peerless and unique in His beauty.

Rejoice! This is the Deathless Youth, come bearing great joy.

Thus He stood in the midst of heaven, shining like the noonday Sun at the
axis of beauty, His Name mighty! Thereupon a herald proclaimed: "
Rejoice! This is the Beauty of the Unseen, come with a mighty spirit."

A clamor then arose from the hearts of the maids of heaven in their
chambers, "Blessed be God, the best of Creators!" Thereupon the dove
sang out,
Rejoice! for the eyes of the privy angels have seen none like unto this
Deathless Youth."

The gates of Paradise were flung wide yet again, opened with the key of a
mighty Name.
Rejoice! This is the Deathless Youth, come with a mighty Name.

The Maid of Beauty came forth, dawning like the sun, plain upon the horizon
of the morn.
Rejoice! This is the Maid of Glory, come with a mighty beauty.

A brocade she wore, dazzling the minds of the privy angels.
Rejoice! this is the Deathless Maid, come with a mighty grace.

She descended from the chambers of eternity, then She sang such a song as to
enchant the hearts of the sincere.

Rejoice! This is the Deathless Beauty, come with a mighty secret.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablet of the Deathless Youth (provisional translation).

The sun has risen over the sacred horizon, and the concourse on high has
been illumined by its radiance. The scent of musk has diffused from the

knolls of sanctity, perfuming the temples of pre-existence. Happy is he who
adorns himself with these fragrances! The luminary of the Cause has risen in
the midst of the sky, and has taken the form of a full moon, brilliant in
its whiteness. Concourse of the near ones, seek to be illumined by its
splendor! Say: The throne has been established behind the pavilion of
majesty, and about it circle chaste maidens of beauty bearing flagons
brimming with the water of life. Blessed is the person who attains to
sprinkled droplets thereof. Say: The Maiden of Eternity has uncovered Beauty
itself with a gut-wrenching gaze. Blessed is the one who is struck by her
glance! Say: The voice of God has been heard from the sanctuary of eternity,
and the hearts of the mystic knowers have been enthralled by its melodies.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Surah of the Companions (provisional translation).

He is the Beloved One

[1] The Maid of Eternity came from the Exalted Paradise;
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, O Glad Tidings!

...

[8] This sweet Davidic voice, from the Divine Lote-Tree--with
the Messianic Spirit she came;
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, O Glad Tidings!
...

[12] With the joyful tidings of reunion this Divine Maiden
came from a branch of the Tree of Blessedness;
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, O Glad Tidings!
...

[16] This Eternal Countenance, she came with snow-white hand
from the Divine command;
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, O Glad Tidings!
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Lawh-i Halih, Halih, Halih, Ya Bisharat (prov. translation)

He is the Mighty.

This is the Garden of Paradise, wherein hath been raised the melody of God,
the Protector, the Self-Subsisting. Wherein have been established the

maidens of eternity whom none hath touched save God, the Mighty, the Holy.
Wherein the Nightingale of Eternity hath warbled upon the branches of the
Lote-tree beyond which there is no passing, with a melody that hath filled
with astonishment the minds of all men. Wherein is that which bringeth the
poor ones nigh unto the shores of the ocean of wealth and guideth mankind
unto the word of God. This, verily, is a manifest truth.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Tablet of the Bell (provisional translation)

In the name of God, the most holy, the most exalted.

Praise be to Thee, O God, My God. I make mention of Thee at this time, when
the sun of Thy Godhead hath risen from the horizon of the splendid divinity

of Thy oneness, the lights of Thy lordship have flashed forth from the
dawning of the ineffable encounter with the eternal kingdom of Thy
self-sufficiency, and the darkness of this world hath been illumined by
the radiance of the faithful realm of Thy cause--in such wise that the
garden of paradise came into being above the essence of Thy glorious
selfhood. Therein were planted the trees of Thy quintessence, which put
forth the fruits of Thine essence, and therein wafted the breezes of Thy
spirit and the breaths of Thy sanctity. Therein were foreordained the gems
of Thy bounties and the substance of Thy munificence; and therein were
uncovered the treasures of Thy knowledge and mystery. Over its terraces
flow the streams of Thy glorious life, the canals of Thy radiant eternality,
and the springs of the wine of Thine inaccessibility. When Thou didst
desire, O my God, to manifest it, Thou didst raise it up to the throne of
grandeur and greatness, embellish it with the rays of might and power,
render it effulgent by Thine essence, and didst make to shine upon it the
sun of oneness from the pre-eternal lights of Thy features. Thou didst
light for it the wick of eternity in the lamp of pre-existence. Now, Thy
most exalted decree hath come to the kingdom of command by Thy signature,
so that a visage might appear therefrom, that the brilliance of Thy beauty
might be manifest to all who dwell on earth, and that the glory of Thy
countenance might be seen by all who are in the realm of Thy cause.

There arose the houri [maiden], Who had dwelt in pre-eternity in the pavilions of
holiness, protection, and glorification and in the canopies of sinlessness,
greatness and splendor. Upon Her creamy brow the most high pen hath written
in crimson ink, "Praise be to God! This is a houri [maiden] upon Whom none have
gazed save God, the exalted, the most high. God hath purified the hem of
Her purity from the knowledge of the concourse of names in the realm of
eternity, and Her face from the view of all who are in the kingdom of
creation. When She arose with the ornament of God from Her palace, She
looked with one glance toward the sky. The people of the heavens swooned at
the rays of Her visage and at the wafting of Her perfume. Then She looked
with another glance toward the earth, and it was illumined by the lights of
Her beauty and the loveliness of Her splendor.
...
Then the firmament was illumined by the radiance of its light, contingent
beings were made resplendent by its appearance and effulgence, and by its
rays infinite numbers of suns dawned forth, as though they trekked through
heavens that were without beginning or end. I became bewildered at the pen
of God's handiwork, and at what it had inscribed upon Her temple. It was as
though She had appeared with a body of light in the forms of the spirit,
as though She moved upon the earth of essence in the substance of
manifestation. I noticed that the houris [Maidens] had poked their heads
out of their rooms [chambers] and were suspended in the air above
Her. They grew perplexed at Her appearance and Her beauty, and were
entranced by the raptures of Her song. Praise be to Her creator, fashioner,
and maker--to the one Who made Her manifest.

Then she nearly swooned within herself, and with all her being she sought
to inhale My fragrance. She opened Her lips, and the rays of light dawned
forth from Her teeth, as though the pearls of the cause had appeared from
Her treasures and Her shells.

She asked, "Who art Thou?"

I said, "A servant of God and the son of his maidservant."
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablet of the Maiden (provisional translation)


Arise thou to serve the Cause and say: I swear by the righteousness of
God! Verily this is the Primal Point, arrayed in His new attire and

manifested in His glorious Name. He at present beholdeth everything from
this Horizon. Indeed He is supreme over all things. Amongst the Concourse
on High He is known as the Most Great Announcement and in the Realms of
Eternity as the Ancient Beauty, and before the Throne by this Name which
hath caused the footsteps of them that are endued with understanding to
slip.

Say, I swear by God! In this Revelation even before a single verse was
sent down from the realm of holiness and sublimity, the supreme testimony
of God had been fulfilled for all the inmates of heaven and the dwellers
on earth; moreover, We have revealed the equivalent of whatsoever was
sent down in the Dispensation of the Bayán. Fear ye God and suffer not
your deeds to be rendered vain and be not of them that are sunk in
heedlessness. Open your eyes that ye may behold the Ancient Beauty from
this shining and luminous station.

Say, God is my witness! The Promised One Himself hath come down from
heaven, seated upon the crimson cloud with the hosts of revelation on His
right, and the angels of inspiration on His left, and the Decree hath
been fulfilled at the behest of God, the Omnipotent, the Almighty.
Thereupon the footsteps of everyone have slipped except such as God hath
protected through His tender mercy and numbered with those who have
recognized Him through His Own Self and detached themselves from all that
pertaineth to the world.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 182-183

This is a Tablet sent down by the Lord of mercy that the people of the
world may be enabled to draw nigh unto this Ocean which hath surged

through the potency of His august Name. Amongst men there are those who
have turned away from Him and gainsaid His testimony, while others have
quaffed the wine of assurance in the glory of His Name which pervadeth
all created things. A grievous loss hath indeed been suffered by those
that have inclined their ears to the croaking of the raven, and refused
to hearken unto the sweet warblings of the Bird of Heaven singing upon
the twigs of the Tree of eternity: Verily there is none other God but Me,
the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. This is the Day that hath been illumined
by the splendours of the light of Our countenance--the Day around which
all days and nights circle in adoration. Blessed is the man of insight
who hath perceived, and the sore athirst who hath quaffed from this
luminous Fountain. Blessed the man who acknowledgeth the truth, earnestly
striving to serve the Cause of his Lord, the Powerful, the Almighty.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 261

With fixed and steady gaze, born of the unerring eye of God, scan for a
while the horizon of divine knowledge, and contemplate those words of

perfection which the Eternal hath revealed, that haply the mysteries of
divine wisdom, hidden ere now beneath the veil of glory and treasured
within the tabernacle of His grace, may be made manifest unto you. The
denials and protestations of these leaders of religion have, in the main,
been due to their lack of knowledge and understanding. Those words
uttered by the Revealers of the beauty of the one true God, setting forth
the signs that should herald the advent of the Manifestation to come,
they never understood nor fathomed. Hence they raised the standard of
revolt, and stirred up mischief and sedition. It is obvious and manifest
that the true meaning of the utterances of the Birds of Eternity is
revealed to none except those that manifest the Eternal Being, and the
melodies of the Nightingale of Holiness can reach no ear save that of the
denizens of the everlasting realm. The Copt of tyranny can never partake
of the cup touched by the lips of the Sept of justice, and the Pharaoh of
unbelief can never hope to recognize the hand of the Moses of truth. Even
as He saith: "None knoweth the meaning thereof except God and them that
are well-grounded in knowledge." And yet, they have sought the
interpretation of the Book from those that are wrapt in veils, and have
refused to seek enlightenment from the fountain-head of knowledge.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 16-17

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