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1862 Baha’u’llah revealed the Kitab-i-Iqan ‘a comprehensive exposition of the nature and purpose of religion’ (Cameron :65; BKG 159; GPB 138-9; RBI 158; BBIC 10; BBRSM 64-5; RB 1:58)

1863-03-26 Baha’u’llah revealed the Tablet of the Holy Mariner on the Fifth day of Naw-Ruz. (Cameron :67; BKG 154; GPB 147; RB:1 228; SA 163)

1873 Baha’u’llah revealed the Kitab-i-Aqdas, twenty years after He had received the intimation of His Revelation in the Siyah-Chal of Tihran. In one of His Tablets He indicated that even after its revelation the Aqdas was withheld by Him for sometime before it was sent to the friends in Iran (UHJ. 1992. The Kitab-i-Aqdas. p. 8-11.

“Revealed soon after Bahá’u’lláh had been transferred to the house of Údí Khammár (circa 1873), at a time when He was still encompassed by the tribulations that had afflicted Him, through the acts committed by His enemies and the professed adherents of His Faith, this Book, this treasury enshrining the priceless gems of His Revelation, stands out, by virtue of the principles it inculcates, the administrative institutions it ordains and the function with which it invests the appointed Successor of its Author, unique and incomparable among the world’s sacred Scriptures. For, unlike the Old Testament and the Holy Books which preceded it, in which the actual precepts uttered by the Prophet Himself are non-existent; unlike the Gospels, in which the few sayings attributed to Jesus Christ afford no clear guidance regarding the future administration of the affairs of His Faith; unlike even the Qur’án which, though explicit in the laws and ordinances formulated by the Apostle of God, is silent on the all-important subject of the succession, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, revealed from first to last by the Author of the Dispensation Himself, not only preserves for posterity the basic laws and ordinances on which the fabric of His future World Order must rest, but ordains, in addition to the function of interpretation which it confers upon His Successor, the necessary institutions through which the integrity and unity of His Faith can alone be safeguarded (Shoghi Effendi GPB:213-4).”

Tablet of Tajallíyát Epistle to the Son of the Wolf US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1988 pocket-size edition

The public domain wiki digital image of one sheet of ‘Revelation Writing’ by Mírzá áqá Ján (original size 35×22 cm) which has been identified as the third Tajalí of the Tablet of Tajallíyát. See Taherzadeh, A. 1976. The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh: Baghdad 1853-63. I:110. There are similar images available at http://www.flickr.com/oceanflynn

This is the detail ‘Revelation writing-calligraphy’ by Mírzá áqá Ján (original size 35×22 cm) selected by Adib Taherzadeh (1976:110) sheet of ‘revelation writing’ by Mírzá áqá Ján (original size 35×22 cm) of the third Tajalí of the Tablet of Tajallíyát. This is one of the Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. It has been published in the Tablets of Baha’u’llah. pp. 51–52) [2].

The third Tajalli is concerning arts, crafts and sciences. Knowledge is as wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone. The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth, and not those which begin with words and end with words. Great indeed is the claim of scientists and craftsmen on the peoples of the world. Unto this beareth witness the Mother Book on the day of His return. Happy are those possessed of a hearing ear. In truth, knowledge is a veritable treasure for man, and a source of glory, of bounty, of joy, of exaltation, of cheer and gladness unto him. Thus hath the Tongue of Grandeur spoken in this Most Great Prison.” (This image is 40% transparent 1440 x 900 ready for a PowerPoint background image.)

Late 1880s – early 1990s Baha’u’llah continued to reveal precepts and principles which lie at the core of His Faith recorded in unnumbered Tablets, which He continued to reveal until the last days of His earthly life.

“[A]mong these unnumbered Tablets] are the “Ishráqát” (Splendors), the “Bishárát” (Glad Tidings), the “Tarazát” (Ornaments), the “Tajallíyát” (Effulgences), the “Kalímát-i-Firdawsíyyih” (Words of Paradise), the “Lawh-i-Aqdas” (Most Holy Tablet), the “Lawh-i-Dunyá” (Tablet of the World), the “Lawh-i-Maqsúd” (Tablet of Maqsúd), are the most noteworthy. These Tablets—mighty and final effusions of His indefatigable pen—must rank among the choicest fruits which His mind has yielded, and mark the consummation of His forty-year-long ministry.””The formulation by Bahá’u’lláh, in His Kitáb-i-Aqdas, of the fundamental laws of His Dispensation was followed, as His Mission drew to a close, by the enunciation of certain precepts and principles which lie at the very core of His Faith, by the reaffirmation of truths He had previously proclaimed, by the elaboration and elucidation of some of the laws He had already laid down, by the revelation of further prophecies and warnings, and by the establishment of subsidiary ordinances designed to supplement the provisions of His Most Holy Book. These were recorded in unnumbered Tablets, which He continued to reveal until the last days of His earthly life, among which the “Ishráqát” (Splendors), the “Bishárát” (Glad Tidings), the “Tarazát” (Ornaments), the “Tajallíyát” (Effulgences), the “Kalímát-i-Firdawsíyyih” (Words of Paradise), the “Lawh-i-Aqdas” (Most Holy Tablet), the “Lawh-i-Dunyá” (Tablet of the World), the “Lawh-i-Maqsúd” (Tablet of Maqsúd), are the most noteworthy. These Tablets—mighty and final effusions of His indefatigable pen—must rank among the choicest fruits which His mind has yielded, and mark the consummation of His forty-year-long ministry (Shoghi Effendi GPB:216-7).”

Late 1880s – early 1990s Baha’u’llah continued to reveal precepts and principles which lie at the core of His Faith recorded in unnumbered Tablets, which He continued to reveal until the last days of His earthly life.

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