A Traveler's Narrative

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[Previous Page] essence and purport of His compositions were the praises and descriptions of that Reality soon to appear which was His only object and aim, His darling, and His desire. (16) For He regarded His own appearance as that of a harbinger of good tidings, and considered His own real nature merely as a means for the manifestation of the greater perfections of that One. And indeed He ceased not from celebrating Him by night or day for a single instant, but used to signify to all His followers that they should expect His arising: in such wise that He declares in His writings, "I am a letter out of that most mighty book and a dewdrop from that limitless ocean, and, when He shall appear, My true nature, My mysteries, riddles, and intimations will become evident, and the embryo of this religion shall develop through the grades of its being and ascent, attain to the station of `the most comely of forms,' (17) and become adorned with the robe of `blessed be God, the Best of Creators.' (18) And this event will disclose itself in the year [A.H. one thousand two hundred and] sixty-nine, (19) which corresponds to the number of the year of `after a while,' and `thou shalt see the mountains which thou thinkest so solid passing away like the passing of the clouds' (20) shall be fulfilled." In short He so described Him that, in His own expression, He regarded approach to the divine bounty and attainment of the highest degrees of perfection in the worlds of humanity as dependent on love for Him, and so inflamed was He with His flame that commemoration of Him was the bright candle of His dark nights in the fortress [Next Page]

16. That is, Bahá'u'lláh.
17. Qur'án 95:4.
18. Qur'án 23:14.
19. 1852. Hin, according to the Abjad notation, equals 68. Cf. The Dawn-Breakers: Nabíl's's Narrative of the Early Days of the Bahá'í Revelation, trans. and ed. Shoghi Effendi (Wilmette, Ill.: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1932), p. 18, note 1: In 1268 Bahá'u'lláh, chained in the Black Pit of Tihrán, received the first intimations of His Divine Mission, and that same year hinted of this in His odes.
20. Qur'án 27:90.
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