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WORDS OF ABDUL-BAHA
"Great importance must be given to the development of the Star Of The West. The circle of its discussion must be widened; in its columns must be published the essential problems pertaining to the Bahai life in all its phases. Its contents must be so universal that even the strangers may subscribe to it. Articles must be published, dealing with the universal principles of the Cause, the writers proving that this Cause takes a vital interest in all the social and religious movements of the age and is conducive to the progress of the world and its inhabitants. In short, the Star Of The West must promote the aspirations and the ideals that will gather little by little around these general Tablets, bringing into the light of day all the historical, religious and racial knowledge which will be of the utmost value to the Bahai teachers all over the world." From Unveiling of the Divine Plan.
Vol. 12 CONTENTS No. 15
Star Of The West cover design (reverse etching) 241
His Holiness Abdul-baha Abbas 242
Abdul-baha walking up to his room near (he Tomb of the Bab 244
Cablegram announcing Departure of Abdul-baha •. ... 245
The night has come 245
Tablet of Visitation—Revealed by Baha 'ullah 246
PERSIAN SECTION—Written by Dr. Zia M. Bagdadi 248
Copy of Telegram to the Star of the West.
New York, N. Y.,
December 5, 1921.
Star Of The West :
Abdul-baha's Family Express Appreciation Deep Sympathy American
Friends And Request Confirmation In Hls Service.
(Signed) Roy (wilhelm).
"We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; that all nations shall become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men shall be strengthened, that diversity of religion shall cease and differences of race be annulled. So it shall be; these fruitless strifes; these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the 'Most Great Peace' shall come."—BAHA 'ULLAH.
"His Holiness Abdul-Baha ascended to Abha Kingdom."
With these words the Bahais of the whole world are stunned.
Some years ago His Holiness Abdul-Baha said: "These great days are swiftly passing and once gone can never be recalled, so while the rays of the Sun of Truth are still shining and the Center of the Covenant of God is manifest, let us go forth to work, for after awhile the night will come and the way to the Vineyard will not then be so easy to find."
In this world the night has come—
And with it—weeping.
And in the heavenly world ?
0 for the pen of a Milton, the brush of a Dore and the music of a Handel, to convey a fleeting glimpse of what is transpiring!
If it were according to Divine Wisdom that such a scene be pictured, only the vision and "Word of Him who has ascended could describe it!
But His utterance is stilled—
And our pen is broken.
In this hour we find ourselves chanting the Tablet of Visitation.
'' Ya-Ali-el-Ala!'' — The Editors.
Tablet of Visitation
REVEALED BY HIS HOLINESS BAHA 'ULLAH TO HIS HOLINESS
Chanted in the Holy Tomb of His Holiness Baha 'ullah and the Holy Tomb of His Holiness the Bab by all Pilgrims, and now chanted by the Bahais of the world in praise of His Holiness Abdul-baha who hath ascended to the Kingdom of Abha:
'TVHE praise that appeared from Thy Supreme Self and the glory that dawned from Thy most glorious beauty, be unto Thee, 0 Thou the Manifestation of Grandeur, the King of Eternity and the Ruler of whomsoever is in earth and heaven!
I testify that by Thee was revealed the Sovereignty of God and His Power, the greatness of God and His grandeur; and by Thee arose the ancient suns in the heaven of destiny; and dawned the Invisible Beauty from the horizon of creation; and by a motion of Thy pen the command of "be!—and IT IS!" hath appeared, the Hidden Mystery of God was unfolded; the contingent beings were created and the Manifestations (of God) were sent forth.
And I testify by Thy beauty the beauty of the Adored One was manifest and by Thy face, the face of the Desired One was revealed; and by a word from Thee there was a separation among the contingent beings, the sincere ascended to the highest summit and the polytheists descended to the lowest degrees.
And I testify that whosoever hath known Thee, verily be hath known God, and whosoever hath attained to Thy meeting, verily he hath attained to the meeting of God;—therefore, blessed is the one who believed in Thee and in Thy verses, and submitted to Thy sovereignty, was honored by Thy meeting, attained to Thy good-pleasure, circled around Thee and was present before Thy throne!
Then woe unto the one who hath oppressed Thee, denied Thee, blasphemed Thy verses, betrayed Thy sovereignty, warred against Thyself, became arrogant before Thy face, contested Thy proofs, fled from Thy dominion and power, and was of the polytheists recorded in the Tablets of Holiness by the Finger of Command.
0 my God and my Beloved! send unto me from the right (hand) of Thy mercy and Thy providence the holy fragrances of Thy favors, to draw me from myself and from the world to the side of Thy nearness and Thy meeting. Verily, Thou art the Powerful in whatsoever Thou wiliest, and verily Thou art the Knower of all things!
Unto Thee, 0 Thou Beauty of God, be the praise of God and His mention, and Baha Tjllah, the Glory of God, and His Light!
1 testify that the eye of creation never witnessed an oppressed one, like unto Thee. Thou wert in Thy days in the oceans of calamities! Once Thou wert under the chains and handcuffs; once Thou wert under the swords of the enemies;—notwithstanding all this, Thou didst command the people according to that which Thou wert commanded on behalf of the Knower, the Wise! May my spirit be a sacrifice to Thy afflictions, and my soul a sacrifice to Thy sufferings. I ask God, by Thee, and by those whose faces were illumined with the Lights of Thy face and followed that which they were commanded because of their love for Thee, to remove the veils which have intervened between Thee and Thy creatures, and to sustain me with the good of this world and the world to come. Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Exalted, the Precious, the Porgiver, the Compassionate!
Pray Thou—My God, 0 my God!—for the Tree and its leaves, its branches, its twigs, its roots and its limbs, by the everlastingness of Thy exalted names and supreme attributes; then protect It from the evil of the aggressors and the hosts of the oppressors. Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty!
Pray Thou—My God, 0 my God!—for Thy servants who have attained and Thy maid-servants who have attained. Verily, Thou art the Generous, the Possessor of Great Bounty; there is no God but Thee, the Porgiver, the Generous!
(Translated by Dr. Zia M. Bagdadi, Chicago, December. 1M1.)