Pointing with her finger unto My head, she addressed all who are in heaven and all who
are on earth, saying: By God! This is the Best-Beloved of the worlds, and yet ye comprehend
not. This is the Beauty of God amongst you, and the power of His sovereignty within you, could
ye but understand. This is the Mystery of God and His Treasure, the Cause of God and His glory
unto all who are in the kingdoms of Revelation and of creation, if ye be of them that perceive.
This is He Whose Presence is the ardent desire of the denizens of the Realm of eternity, and of
them that dwell within the Tabernacle of glory, and yet from His Beauty do ye turn aside...
I swear by Him Who hath fashioned Me from the light of His own Beauty! None have I ever
seen that surpasseth you in heedlessness or exceedeth you in ignorance. Ye seek to prove your
faith in God through such holy Tablets as ye possess, yet when the verses of God were revealed
and His Lamp was lighted, ye disbelieved in Him Whose very Pen hath fixed the destinies of all
things in the Preserved Tablet. Ye recite the sacred verses and yet repudiate Him Who is their
Source and Revealer. Thus hath God blinded your eyes in requital for your deeds, would ye but
understand. Day and night ye transcribe the verses of God, and yet ye remain shut out, as by a
veil, from Him Who hath revealed them.
In this Day the Concourse on high beholdeth you in your evil doings and shunneth your
company, and yet ye perceive it not. They ask of one another: "What words do these fools
utter, and in what valley are they wont to graze? Do they deny that whereunto their very souls
testify, and shut their eyes to that which they plainly behold?" I swear by God, O people!
They that inhabit the Cities of the Names of God are bewildered at your actions, while ye roam,
aimless and unconscious, in a parched and barren land...
Baha'u'llah, from the Suriy-i-Haykal
|The Seven Valleys|
|The Book of Certitude|
|Tablet to the Christians|
|The Hidden Words|