"It was during His testing years in Adrianople that Bahá'u'lláh proclaimed the Revelation with which God had entrusted Him. No better description of those fruitful years could be given, than that from the pen of the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, as he writes in God Passes By:The third Tablet of Ridván (item 233) is the one under discussion in Vol. III of "The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh" that was probably revealed on the 9th day of Ridván in 1869.Tablets unnumbered were streaming from the pen of Bahá'u'lláh, in which the implications of His newly-asserted claims were fully expounded. The Súriy-i-Amr [Command], the Lawh-i-Nuqtih [Tablet of the Point], the Lawh-i-Ahmad [The Tablet of Ahmad], the Súriy-i-Asháb [The Tablet of the Companions], the Lawh-i-Sayyah, the Súriy-i-Damm [The Tablet of Blood], the Súriy-i-Hajj [The Tablet of Pilgrimage], the Lawhu'r-Rúh, [The Tablet of Spirit], the Lawhu'r-Ridván [The Tablet of Ridván]."
- Bahá'u'lláh: The King of Glory, pp. 244-245.
"But alas, because of his old age and the feebleness of his eyesight he failed to see the hand of Bahá'u'lláh waving from one of the windows of the barracks. This was a pitiful scene He broke into tears which brought tears also to the eyes of the Holy Family and a few others who were watching the sad plight of that devoted believer. Bahá'u'lláh is reported to have said on that occasion that soon through the power of God restrictions would be relaxed and circumstances would make it possible for the believers to attain His presence." -RB Vol. III, 55.
"..On the first day that the Ancient Beauty [Baha'u'llah] occupied the Most Great Throne in a garden (an orchard; bustan) which hath been designated Ridvan, the Tongue of Grandeur uttered three blessed verses.  The first of them was that in this [Baha'i] Manifestation (`dispensation', zuhúr) the [use of the] sword (sayf) [in holy war] is put aside (murtafi`).  Secondly, prior to the completion of a millennium (1,000 years) any [theophanological] claim put forward (iddi'a) by any person is baseless (batil).The year should be considered a complete ( kámil) year; both exegesis (tafsir) and eisegesis (ta`wil) are forbidden.  Thirdly, the True One, exalted be His Glory, at that time [the Ridvan declaration] manifested (tajalli) all the Divine Names upon all things.
And the following choice verse (fiqra) was subsequently revealed but has been ordained to be of the same rank (maqam) as the preceding three [declarative verses]; namely, whatever peoples (lit. `names', asami) are mentioned before the Face [of Baha'u'llah], whether living or dead have attained [the presence of God/Baha'u'llah) by virtue of being mentioned by the King of Preexistence (málik al-qidam = Baha'u'llah)."
"God hath, likewise, as a bounty from His presence, abolished the concept of "uncleanness", whereby divers things and peoples have been held to be impure. He, of a certainty, is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous. Verily, all created things were immersed in the sea of purification when, on that first day of Ridvan, We shed upon the whole of creation the splendours of Our most excellent Names and Our most exalted Attributes. This, verily, is a token of My loving providence, which hath encompassed all the worlds. Consort ye then with the followers of all religions, and proclaim ye the Cause of your Lord, the Most Compassionate; this is the very crown of deeds, if ye be of them who understand."The Ridvan theophany of the Divine Names and Attributes upon everything rendered all peoples and things pure. This rendered unity truly realizable. No persons or things are impure. Baha'is are exhorted to consort intimately with the followers of other Faiths. Distinction between persons pure and impure should not be made.
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