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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 37

References on "signs" -- the signs of prophets.

"The breezes of the Most Merciful have passed over all created things;
happy the man that hath discovered their fragrance, and set himself
towards them with a sound heart. Attire thy temple with the ornament of
My Name, and thy tongue with remembrance of Me, and thine heart with love
for Me, the Almighty, the Most High. We have desired for thee naught
except that which is better for thee than what thou dost possess and all
the treasures of the earth. Thy Lord, verily, is knowing, informed of
all. Arise, in My Name, amongst My servants, and say: `O ye peoples of
the earth! Turn yourselves towards Him Who hath turned towards you. He,
verily, is the Face of God amongst you, and His Testimony and His Guide
unto you. He hath come to you with signs which none can produce.' The
voice of the Burning Bush is raised in the midmost heart of the world,
and the Holy Spirit calleth aloud among the nations: `Lo, the Desired One
is come with manifest dominion!'
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 48

Say: The first and foremost testimony establishing His truth is His own Self.
Next to this testimony is His Revelation. For whoso faileth to recognize
either the one or the other He hath established the words He hath revealed as
proof of His reality and truth. This is, verily, an evidence of His tender
mercy unto men. He hath endowed every soul with the capacity to recognize the
signs of God. How could He, otherwise, have fulfilled His testimony unto men,
if ye be of them that ponder His Cause in their hearts. He will never deal
unjustly with any one, neither will He task a soul beyond its power. He,
verily, is the Compassionate, the All-Merciful.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 105

VII. Verily I say, this is the Day in which mankind can behold the Face, and
hear the Voice, of the Promised One. The Call of God hath been raised, and
the light of His countenance hath been lifted up upon men. It behoveth every
man to blot out the trace of every idle word from the tablet of his heart,
and to gaze, with an open and unbiased mind, on the signs of His Revelation,
the proofs of His Mission, and the tokens of His glory.

Great indeed is this Day! The allusions made to it in all the sacred
Scriptures as the Day of God attest its greatness. The soul of every Prophet
of God, of every Divine Messenger, hath thirsted for this wondrous Day. All
the divers kindreds of the earth have, likewise, yearned to attain it. No
sooner, however, had the Day Star of His Revelation manifested itself in the
heaven of God's Will, than all, except those whom the Almighty was pleased
to guide, were found dumbfounded and heedless.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 10

XVI. Say: O men! This is a matchless Day. Matchless must, likewise, be the
tongue that celebrateth the praise of the Desire of all nations, and
matchless the deed that aspireth to be acceptable in His sight. The whole
human race hath longed for this Day, that perchance it may fulfil that which
well beseemeth its station, and is worthy of its destiny. Blessed is the man
whom the affairs of the world have failed to deter from recognizing Him Who
is the Lord of all things.

So blind hath become the human heart that neither the disruption of the city,
nor the reduction of the mountain in dust, nor even the cleaving of the
earth, can shake off its torpor. The allusions made in the Scriptures have
been unfolded, and the signs recorded therein have been revealed, and the
prophetic cry is continually being raised. And yet all, except such as God
was pleased to guide, are bewildered in the drunkenness of their heedlessness!
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 39

Only when the lamp of search, of earnest striving, of longing desire, of
passionate devotion, of fervid love, of rapture, and ecstasy, is kindled
within the seeker's heart, and the breeze of His loving-kindness is wafted
upon his soul, will the darkness of error be dispelled, the mists of doubts
and misgivings be dissipated, and the lights of knowledge and certitude
envelop his being. At that hour will the Mystic Herald, bearing the joyful
tidings of the Spirit, shine forth from the City of God resplendent as the
morn, and, through the trumpet-blast of knowledge, will awaken the heart,
the soul, and the spirit from the slumber of heedlessness. Then will the
manifold favors and outpouring grace of the holy and everlasting Spirit
confer such new life upon the seeker that he will find himself endowed with
a new eye, a new ear, a new heart, and a new mind. He will contemplate the
manifest signs of the universe, and will penetrate the hidden mysteries of
the soul. Gazing with the eye of God, he will perceive within every atom a
door that leadeth him to the stations of absolute certitude. He will discover
in all things the mysteries of Divine Revelation, and the evidences of an
everlasting Manifestation.

I swear by God! Were he that treadeth the path of guidance and seeketh to
scale the heights of righteousness to attain unto this glorious and exalted
station, he would inhale, at a distance of a thousand leagues, the fragrance
of God, and would perceive the resplendent morn of a Divine guidance rising
above the Day Spring of all things. Each and every thing, however small,
would be to him a revelation, leading him to his Beloved, the Object of his
quest. So great shall be the discernment of this seeker that he will
discriminate between truth and falsehood, even as he doth distinguish the
sun from shadow. If in the uttermost corners of the East the sweet savors
of God be wafted, he will assuredly recognize and inhale their fragrance,
even though he be dwelling in the uttermost ends of the West. He will,
likewise, clearly distinguish all the signs of God--His wondrous utterances,
His great works, and mighty deeds--from the doings, the words and ways of
men, even as the jeweler who knoweth the gem from the stone, or the man who
distinguisheth the spring from autumn, and heat from cold. When the channel
of the human soul is cleansed of all worldly and impeding attachments, it
will unfailingly perceive the breath of the Beloved across immeasurable
distances, and will, led by its perfume, attain and enter the City of
Certitude.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 267

Say: Is there any doubt concerning God? Behold how He hath come down from
the heaven of His grace, girded with power and invested with sovereignty. Is
there any doubt concerning His signs? Open ye your eyes, and consider His
clear evidence. Paradise is on your right hand, and hath been brought nigh
unto you, while Hell hath been made to blaze. Witness its devouring flame.
Haste ye to enter into Paradise, as a token of Our mercy unto you, and drink
ye from the hands of the All-Merciful the Wine that is life indeed.

Drink with healthy relish, O people of Bahá. Ye are indeed they with whom it
shall be well. This is what they who have near access to God have attained.
This is the flowing water ye were promised in the Qur'án, and later in the
Bayán, as a recompense from your Lord, the God of Mercy. Blessed are they
that quaff it.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 45

XXI. O Salmán! The door of the knowledge of the Ancient Being hath ever
been, and will continue for ever to be, closed in the face of men. No man's
understanding shall ever gain access unto His holy court. As a token of His
mercy, however, and as a proof of His loving-kindness, He hath manifested
unto men the Day Stars of His divine guidance, the Symbols of His divine
unity, and hath ordained the knowledge of these sanctified Beings to be
identical with the knowledge of His own Self. Whoso recognizeth them hath
recognized God. Whoso hearkeneth to their call, hath hearkened to the Voice
of God, and whoso testifieth to the truth of their Revelation, hath
testified to the truth of God Himself. Whoso turneth away from them, hath
turned away from God, and whoso disbelieveth in them, hath disbelieved in
God. Every one of them is the Way of God that connecteth this world with
the realms above, and the Standard of His Truth unto every one in the
kingdoms of earth and heaven. They are the Manifestations of God amidst
men, the evidences of His Truth, and the signs of His glory.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 49

From the Quran

12:1 A.L.R. These are the symbols (or Verses) of the perspicuous Book.

12:2 We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'án, in order that ye may learn
wisdom.

12:3 We do relate unto thee the most beautiful of stories, in that We reveal
to thee this (portion of the) Qur'án: before this, thou too was among
those who knew it not.

12:4 Behold! Joseph said to his father: "O my father! I did see eleven stars
and the sun and the moon: I saw them prostrate themselves to me!"

12:5 Sa'íd (the father): "My (dear) little son! relate not thy vision to thy
brothers, lest they concoct a plot against thee: for Satan is to man an
avowed enemy!

12:6 "Thus will thy Lord choose thee and teach thee the interpretation of
stories (and events) and perfect His favour to thee and to the posterity
of Jacob - even as He perfected it to thy fathers Abraham and Isaac
aforetime! for God is full of knowledge and wisdom."

12:7 Verily in Joseph and his brethren are signs (or symbols) for seekers
(after Truth).
-- Qur'an: 12 - YUSUF

From the Bible

7:10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,

7:11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in
the height above.

7:12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you
to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
-- Bible: Isaiah.

In the passage below, Muhammad instructs his followers "be not divided among
yourselves", "Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into
disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty,-". There
are many references to "Clear Signs" in the Quran all of which point to the
appearance of prophets -- In the passage below it can be interpreted as a
reference to the Imams.

3:102 O ye who believe! Fear God as He should be feared, and die not except
in a state of Islám.

3:103 And hold fast, all together, by the rope which God (stretches out
for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with
gratitude God's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined
your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and
ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it.
Thus doth God make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.

3:104 Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is
good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They
are the ones to attain felicity.

3:105 Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into
disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful
penalty,-

3:106 On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some
faces will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will
be black, (will be said): "Did ye reject Faith after accepting it?
Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith."

3:107 But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,- they will be in
(the light of) God's mercy: therein to dwell (for ever).

3:108 These are the Signs of God: We rehearse them to thee in Truth: And
God means no injustice to any of His creatures.
-- The Qur'an: 3 - AL-I-IMRAN,

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