Sunday, March 31, 2013

The New Beatitudes of Baha'u'llah

House where Baha'u'llah was incarcerated at the time of the revelation
of the Lawh-i-Aqdas.
Photo © Baha’i International Community


From LAWH-I-AQDAS, (The Most Holy Tablet)
[Sometimes referred to as Tablet to the Christians.]

Blessed the slumberer
who is awakened by My Breeze.

Blessed the lifeless one
who is quickened through My reviving breaths.

Blessed the eye
that is solaced by gazing at My beauty.

Blessed the wayfarer
who directeth his steps towards the Tabernacle
of My glory and majesty.

Blessed the distressed one
who seeketh refuge beneath the shadow of My

Blessed the sore athirst
who hasteneth to the soft-flowing waters of My

Blessed the insatiate soul
who casteth away his selfish desires for love of Me
and taketh his place at the banquet table
which I have sent down from the heaven
of divine bounty for My chosen ones.

Blessed the abased one
who layeth fast hold on the cord of My glory;
and the needy one who entereth beneath
the shadow of the Tabernacle of My wealth.

Blessed the ignorant one
who seeketh the fountain of My knowledge;
and the heedless one who cleaveth
to the cord of My remembrance.

Blessed the soul
that hath been raised to life through My
quickening breath and hath gained
admittance into My heavenly Kingdom.

Blessed the man
Whom the sweet savours of reunion with Me
have stirred and caused to draw nigh
unto the Dayspring of My Revelation.

Blessed the ear
that hath heard and the tongue that hath
borne witness and the eye that hath seen
and recognized the Lord Himself, in His
great glory and majesty, invested with
grandeur and dominion.

Blessed are they
that have attained His presence.

Blessed the man
who hath sought enlightenment from
the Day-Star of My Word.

Blessed he
who hath attired his head with
the diadem of My love.

Blessed is he
who hath heard of My grief
and hath arisen to aid Me among My people.

Blessed is he
who hath laid down his life in My path
and hath borne manifold hardships
for the sake of My Name.

Blessed the man
who assured of My Word, hath arisen from
among the dead to celebrate My praise.

Blessed is he
that hath been enraptured by My wondrous
melodies and hath rent the veils asunder
through the potency of My might.

Blessed is he
who hath remained faithful to My Covenant,
and whom the things of the world have not
kept back from attaining My Court of holiness.

Blessed is the man
who hath detached himself from all else but
Me, hath soared in the atmosphere of My love,
hath gained admittance into My Kingdom,
gazed upon My realms of glory, quaffed
the living waters of My bounty, hath drunk his fill
from the heavenly river of My loving providence,
acquainted himself with My Cause,
apprehended that which I concealed within
the treasury of My Words, and hath
shone forth from the horizon of divine knowledge
engaged in My praise and glorification.

Verily, he is of Me. Upon him rest My mercy,
My loving-kindness, My bounty and My glory.

(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, revealed after
the Kitab-i-Aqdas
, pp. 16-17)
[Formatting/ emphasis in the text above has been added for this blog.]