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A tablet of Baha’u’llah to Abdu’l-Baha

Posted by Sen on November 28, 2010

In The World Order of Baha’u’llah (p. 135) , Shoghi Effendi quotes some words of Baha’u’llah:

“O Thou Who art the apple of Mine eye!” Baha’u’llah, in His own handwriting, thus addresses ‘Abdu’l-Baha, “My glory, the ocean of My loving-kindness, the sun of My bounty, the heaven of My mercy rest upon Thee. We pray God to illumine the world through Thy knowledge and wisdom, to ordain for Thee that which will gladden Thine heart and impart consolation to Thine eyes.”

The context is an exposition, by Shoghi Effendi, of the Bahai teachings regarding the unique station of Abdu’l-Baha. Shoghi Effendi also translated this tablet in full. His translation was published in Star of the West in August 1923 (Vol. 14, p. 150), and I reproduce it here to make it available to search engines.


O Most Mighty Branch!

On Wednesday two written leaflets have been received from thee and every letter thereof testified unto the Unity of the Divine Essence and the Sanctity of God, the True One, above all resemblance and likeness. Blessed be thy pen, thine ink and the scroll that beareth thy remembrance.

I pray God that by thee He may graciously enable His servants to sound the inmost depths of the Ocean of Divine Unity, that through thy remembrance He may aid them to drink deep from the stream of Everlasting Life, that through thine utterance He may cause them to quaff the mystic wine of the knowledge of God, that He may assist thee to triumph by the Hosts of understanding and wisdom in such wise that by thee He may gloriously conquer the citadels of worlds and of hearts! There is none other God but He, the Gracious, the Beloved!

O thou that art the apple of mine eye! My Glory rest upon thee. Mine ocean of lovingkindness, the Day-Star of my Grace, the heavens of my mercy be with thee. We pray unto God that He may illumine all mankind with the light of thy knowledge and wisdom; that He may ordain for thee that which may gladden thy heart and solace thine eyes!

Mighty and Powerful is He over all things!

Glory, mercy and praise rest upon thee, and upon whomsoever circleth around Thee!

The mainly Arabic text is published in Hayat-e Hazrat-e Abdu’l-Baha page 51. It reads (with my possible typing errors):

هو الله         
دو ورقه در چهار شنبه رسيد هر حرفي از ان شهادت داد بر توحيد ذات و تقديس نفس حق از شبه و مثل طوبي لقلمكم و مدادكم و لورق فاز بذكركم نسئل الله ان يدخل بكم عباده في لجة بحر احديته و يسقيهم بذكرك كوثرالحيوان و ببيانك رحيق العرفان و يمدك بجنود العلم و الحكمة بحيث يفتحبك مدائن الافاق و القلوب لا اله الا هو العزيز المحبوب يا بصري عليك بهائي و بحر عنايتي و شمس فضلي و سما رحمتي نسئل الله ان ينور العالم بعلنك و حكمتك و يقدر لک ما یفرح به قلبک و یقر عینک امه علی کل شیی قدیر و البهاء و الرحمه و الثناء علیکم و علی من یطوف حولکم .

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