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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 35

"Servant/servitude" as a reference to prophets.

Certain ones among you have said: "He it is Who hath laid claim to be God." By
God! This is a gross calumny. I am but a servant of God Who hath believed in Him
and in His signs, and in His Prophets and in His angels. My tongue, and My
heart, and My inner and My outer being testify that there is no God but Him,
that all others have been created by His behest, and been fashioned through the
operation of His Will. There is none other God but Him, the Creator, the Raiser
from the dead, the Quickener, the Slayer. I am He that telleth abroad the favors
with which God hath, through His bounty, favored Me. If this be My
transgression, then I am truly the first of the transgressors. I and My kindred
are at your mercy. Do ye as ye please, and be not of them that hesitate, that I
might return to God My Lord, and reach the place where I can no longer behold
your faces. This, indeed, is My dearest wish, My most ardent desire. Of My state
God is, verily, sufficiently informed, observant.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 228

At this time the breeze of God is wafted and the spirit of God hath surrounded.
The pen is withheld from motion and the tongue hath ceased utterance. Briefly:
In this station the declaration of divinity and the like have appeared from them,
while in the station of messengership they have declared prophethood. Likewise
in every station they have made a declaration expedient thereto and have attributed
all these to themselves; (declarations) concerning the world of command, the world
of creation, the worlds of divinity, and the worlds of phenomena. Therefore whatever
they may say and claim, including divinity, deity, prophethood, messengership,
successorship, imamat or servitude is true and without doubt. Consequently these
proven statements should be reflected upon, that no one may be overtaken in the
sayings of the Manifestations of the Invisible and Dawning-places of Holiness.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Bahá'í scriptures, p. 48

It hath ever been evident that all these divergencies of utterance are attributable
to differences of station. Thus, viewed from the standpoint of their oneness and
sublime detachment, the attributes of Godhead, Divinity, Supreme Singleness, and
Inmost Essence, have been, and are applicable to those Essences of Being, inasmuch
as they all abide on the throne of Divine Revelation, and are established upon the seat
of Divine Concealment. Through their appearance the Revelation of God is made
manifest, and by their countenance the Beauty of God is revealed. Thus it is that the
accents of God Himself have been heard uttered by these Manifestations of the
Divine Being.

Viewed in the light of their second station--the station of distinction, differentiation,
temporal limitations, characteristics and standards--they manifest absolute servitude,
utter destitution, and complete self-effacement. Even as He saith: "I am the servant of
God. I am but a man like you."...
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 53

Assist ye, O My people, My chosen servants who have arisen to make mention of
Me among My creatures and to exalt My Word throughout My realm. These, truly,
are the stars of the heaven of My loving providence and the lamps of My
guidance unto all mankind. But he whose words conflict with that which hath
been sent down in My Holy Tablets is not of Me. Beware lest ye follow any
impious pretender. These Tablets are embellished with the seal of Him Who
causeth the dawn to appear, Who lifteth up His voice between the heavens and
the earth. Lay hold on this Sure Handle and on the Cord of My mighty and
unassailable Cause.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 61

O servant! Warn thou the servants of God not to reject that which they do not
comprehend. Say, implore God to open to your hearts the portals of true
understanding that ye may be apprised of that of which no one is apprised.
Verily, He is the Giver, the Forgiving, the Compassionate.

Thou hast moreover asked Me concerning the ordinances of God. Know thou of a
truth that whatsoever hath been prescribed in the Book is indeed the truth, no
doubt is there about it, and it is incumbent upon everyone to observe that
which hath been sent down by Him Who is the Revealer, the All-Knowing. Were a
man to put them away despite his being aware thereof, God would truly be clear
of such a one and We too would be clear of him, inasmuch as His ordinances
constitute the fruits of the divine Tree and none other than the heedless and
the wayward will deviate therefrom.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 188-189

As to my station, it is that of the servant of Bahá; `Abdu'l-Bahá, the visible
expression of servitude to the Threshold of the Abhá Beauty.
-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 56

30. O SON OF MAN!
Deny not My servant should he ask anything from thee, for his face is My face be
then abashed before Me.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh.

The Independent Prophet (Bahá'u'lláh) is the Face of God and receives his
revelation directly from God. The dependent prophets are the Face of the
Independent Prophet and receive their revelation from the Independent
Prophet (Bahá'u'lláh) as indicated above -- they are also the Face of God.
"be then abashed before Me" -- recognise the station/sovereignity of the
prophet -- the sovereignity of God.

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