The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
85O Emperor of Austria! He Who is the Dayspring of God’s Light dwelt in the prison of ‘Akká at the time when thou didst set forth to visit the Aqṣá Mosque. Thou passed Him by, and enquired not about Him by Whom every house is exalted and every lofty gate unlocked. We, verily, made it a place whereunto the world should turn, that they might remember Me, and yet thou hast rejected Him Who is the Object of this remembrance, when He appeared with the Kingdom of God, thy Lord and the Lord of the worlds. We have been with thee at all times, and found thee clinging unto the Branch and heedless of the Root. Thy Lord, verily, is a witness unto what I say. We grieved to see thee circle round Our Name, whilst unaware of Us, though We were before thy face. Open thine eyes, that thou mayest behold this glorious Vision, and recognise Him Whom thou invokest in the daytime and in the night season, and gaze on the Light that shineth above this luminous Horizon.
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Cross-References
‘Akká,   K132, K136, n116
Bahá’u’lláh, advent,   K82, K88, K165, K177
Recognition, to kings,   K82, K86
Francis Joseph, Emperor of Austria,   16, 162, n116
Kings (Crowned heads),   14-15, 16-17, K86, K91, n118
Recognition of Manifestation of God,   K55, K80, K100, K157, K182-K183, n1, n48, n155
Study Guide
Complete this quotation:
Open thine eyes, . . . ”
(See Note 116)
Who was the Emperor of Austria?
What opportunity did he fail to take?