Prayer revealed specifically for Queen Victoria?

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BritishBahai
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Prayer revealed specifically for Queen Victoria?

Postby BritishBahai » Sun May 16, 2010 10:49 am

A prayer is embedded within one of the tablets which was sent to Queen Victoria.
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We have also heard that thou hast entrusted the reins of counsel into the hands of the representatives of the people. Thou, indeed, hast done well, for thereby the foundations of the edifice of thine affairs will be strengthened, and the hearts of all that are beneath thy shadow, whether high or low, will be tranquillized. It behoveth them, however, to be trustworthy among His servants, and to regard themselves as the representatives of all that dwell on earth. This is what counselleth them, in this Tablet, He Who is the Ruler, the All-Wise. And if any one of them directeth himself towards the Assembly, let him turn his eyes unto the Supreme Horizon, and say: "O my God! I ask Thee, by Thy most glorious Name, to aid me in that which will cause the affairs of Thy servants to prosper, and Thy cities to flourish. Thou, indeed, hast power over all things!" Blessed is he that entereth the Assembly for the sake of God, and judgeth between men with pure justice. He, indeed, is of the blissful.
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Reference: http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/SLH/slh-8.html#pg90

Does anyone know if this is the first time the prayer has been mentioned by Bahaullah?
i.e. was it specifically revealed for Queen Victoria?


The reason why i'm curious is because i've often seen this in prayer books, so I was wondering about its history. Sometimes it's nice to appreciate what you're actually reading...
"I have desired only what Thou didst desire, and love only what Thou dost love"

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Re: Prayer revealed specifically for Queen Victoria?

Postby brettz9 » Sun May 16, 2010 7:42 pm

Although in this case it did not, as far as I can see, turn up any other earlier versions of this prayer (if there are any), one tool you can use to find further information on a particular verse is http://bahai9.com/wiki/Writings . Going to "Baha'u'llah" and then "Summons of the Lord of Hosts", you can find there is a cross-reference which you can use to find other places in the Writings with this passage (including possibly different translations which a Google search might not turn up). This indicates that Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 61 http://www.bahai-library.com/writings/b ... sw/61.html includes this passage. There is also mention of a cross-reference to the Leiden List which in turn points to http://bahai-library.com/resources/leid ... t.html#153 which has even more cross-references, like Promised Day is Come, etc.


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