The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
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ordained by Him as sites of pilgrimage. (See Q and A 29, 32 and note 54.)
Shoghi Effendi explained that “the other sites wherein the throne of your Lord ... hath been established” refers to those places where the Person of the Manifestation of God has resided. Bahá’u’lláh states that “the people of the areas where these are situated may choose to preserve either each house” wherein He resided, “or one of them” (Q and A 32). Bahá’í institutions have identified, documented, and where possible, acquired and restored a number of the historical sites associated with the Twin Manifestations.
155.Take heed lest ye be prevented by aught that hath been recorded in the Book from hearkening unto this, the Living Book ¶134
The “Book” is the record of the revealed Word of the Manifestations of God. The “Living Book” is a reference to the Person of the Manifestation.
These words contain an allusion to a statement of the Báb in the Persian Bayán about the “Living Book”, which He identifies as Him Whom God will make manifest. In one of His Tablets Bahá’u’lláh Himself states: “The Book of God hath been sent down in the form of this Youth.
In this verse of the Aqdas, and again in paragraph 168 of the Aqdas, Bahá’u’lláh refers to Himself as the “Living Book”. He cautions the “followers of every other Faith” against seeking “reasons in their Holy Books” for refuting the utterances of the “Living Book”. He admonishes the people not to allow what has been recorded in the “Book” to prevent them from recognising His Station and from holding fast to what is in this new Revelation.
156.tribute to this Revelation, from the Pen of Him Who was My Herald ¶135
The “tribute” that Bahá’u’lláh quotes in this passage is from the Arabic Bayán.
157.“The Qiblih is indeed He Whom God will make
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