The Summons of the Lord of Hosts eBook

Bahá'u'lláh
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275 And finally We beseech God, exalted be His glory, to enable thee to aid His Faith and turn towards His justice, that thou mayest judge between the people even as thou wouldst judge between thine own kindred, and mayest choose for them that which thou choosest for thine own self.  He, verily, is the All-Powerful, the Most Exalted, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

276 Thus have We built the Temple with the hands of power and might, could ye but know it.  This is the Temple promised unto you in the Book.  Draw ye nigh unto it.  This is that which profiteth you, could ye but comprehend it.  Be fair, O peoples of the earth!  Which is preferable, this, or a temple which is built of clay?  Set your faces towards it.  Thus have ye been commanded by God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.  Follow ye His bidding, and praise ye God, your Lord, for that which He hath bestowed upon you.  He, verily, is the Truth.  No God is there but He.  He revealeth what He pleaseth, through His words “Be and it is”.

SURIY-I-RA’IS

In His name, the All-Glorious!

1 Hearken, O Chief,(61) to the voice of God, the Sovereign, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.  He, verily, calleth aloud between heaven and earth, summoning all mankind unto the scene of transcendent glory.  Neither thy grunting, nor the barking of those around thee, nor the opposition of the hosts of the world can withhold the Almighty from achieving His purpose.  The whole world hath been set ablaze by the Word of thy Lord, the All-Glorious, a Word softer than the morning breeze.  It hath been manifested in the form of the human temple, and through it God hath quickened the souls of the sincere among His servants.  In its inner essence, this Word is the living water by which God hath purified the hearts of such as have turned unto Him and forgotten every other mention, and through which He draweth them nigh unto the seat of His mighty Name.  We have sprinkled it upon the people of the graves, and lo, they have risen up, with their gaze fixed upon the shining and resplendent Beauty of their Lord.

2 Thou hast, O Chief, committed that which hath caused Muhammad, the Apostle of God, to lament in the most sublime Paradise.  The world hath made thee proud, so much so that thou hast turned away from the Face through whose brightness the Concourse on high hath been illumined.  Soon thou shalt find thyself in manifest loss!  Thou didst conspire with the Persian Ambassador to harm Me, though I had come unto you from the source of majesty and grandeur with a Revelation that hath solaced the eyes of the favoured ones of God.

3 By God!  This is the Day wherein the undying Fire crieth out from within all created things:  “The Best-Beloved of the worlds is come!” And before all things there standeth a Moses, hearkening to the Word of thy Lord, the Almighty, the All-Knowing.  Were We to divest Ourself of the mortal raiment which We have worn in consideration of your weakness, all that are in heaven and on earth would offer up their souls for My sake.  To this thy Lord Himself doth testify.  None, however, can perceive it save those who have detached themselves from all things for love of their Lord, the Almighty, the Most Powerful.

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