Prayers and Meditations eBook

Bahá'u'lláh
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Unseal the lips of Thy will, O my Lord, and let a word proceed therefrom that shall subject unto itself the world and all that is therein.  How long shalt Thou behold these things and tarry, O my God?  Darkness hath enveloped the whole earth, and Thy tokens are ready to be blotted out throughout Thy realm.

Forgive me, O my God, for what I have spoken, for Thou art the One that knoweth all things, and in Thee are wrapped up the secrets that are hid from all else except Thyself.  When Thy promise shall come to pass, Thou wilt manifest what Thou wilt, and subdue as Thou pleasest.  We should wish only what Thou hast wished for us.  In Thee is the knowledge of all things, and with Thee is the issue of all things.  Thou art, verily, the Truth, the Knower of things unseen.

Forgive me, then, my sins and the sins of them that love me, and supply them with the good of this world and of the next.

Thou art, verily, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.

CXI:  “Praised be Thou, O my God!  Thou beholdest both...”

Praised be Thou, O my God!  Thou beholdest both the helplessness of Thy dear ones and the ascendancy of Thy foes, both the wretchedness of Thy chosen ones and the glory of them who gainsaid Thy Cause and repudiated Thy signs.  The latter deny Thy tokens, and fail to repay Thee for the temporal benefits Thou didst bestow upon them, while the former yield Thee thanks for what hath befallen them in their eagerness to partake of the everlasting gifts Thou dost possess.

How sweet is the thought of Thee in times of adversity and trial, and how delightful to glorify Thee when compassed about with the fierce winds of Thy decree!  Thou knowest full well, O my God, that I endure patiently whatsoever toucheth me in Thy path.  Nay, I perceive that all the members and limbs of my body long for tribulation, that I may manifest Thy Cause, O Thou Who art the Lord of all names!  The waters of Thy love have preserved me in the kingdom of Thy creation, and the fire of my remembrance of Thee hath set me ablaze before all that are in heaven and on earth.  Great is my blessedness, and great the blessedness of this fire whose flame crieth out:  “No God is there save Thee, Who art the Object of my heart’s adoration, and the Source and Center of my soul!”

Thy glory beareth me witness!  Were all that are in the heavens and all that are on earth to unite and seek to hinder me from remembering Thee and from celebrating Thy praise, they would assuredly have no power over me, and would fail in their purpose.  And were the infidels to slay me, my blood would, at Thy command, lift up its voice and proclaim:  “There is no God but Thee, O Thou Who art all my heart’s Desire!” And were my flesh to be boiled in the cauldron of hate, the smell which it would send forth would rise towards Thee and cry out:  “Where art Thou, O Lord of the worlds, Thou One Desire of them that have known Thee!” And were I to be cast into fire, my ashes would—­I swear by Thy glory—­declare:  “The Youth hath, verily, attained that for which he had besought his Lord, the All-Glorious, the Omniscient.”

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