The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
77God hath relieved you of the ordinance laid down in the Bayán concerning the destruction of books. We have permitted you to read such sciences as are profitable unto you, not such as end in idle disputation; better is this for you, if ye be of them that comprehend.
78O kings of the earth! He Who is the sovereign Lord of all is come. The Kingdom is God’s, the omnipotent Protector, the Self-Subsisting. Worship none but God, and, with radiant hearts, lift up your faces unto your Lord, the Lord of all names. This is a Revelation to which whatever ye possess can never be compared, could ye but know it.
79We see you rejoicing in that which ye have amassed for others and shutting out yourselves from the worlds which naught except My guarded Tablet can reckon. The treasures ye have laid up have drawn you far away from your ultimate objective. This ill beseemeth you, could ye but understand it. Wash from your hearts all earthly defilements, and hasten to enter the Kingdom of your Lord, the Creator of earth and heaven, Who caused the world to tremble and all its peoples to wail, except them that have renounced all things and clung to that which the Hidden Tablet hath ordained.
80This is the Day in which He Who held converse with God hath attained the light of the Ancient of Days, and quaffed the pure waters of reunion from this Cup that hath caused the seas to swell. Say: By the one true God! Sinai is circling round the Dayspring of Revelation, while from the heights of the Kingdom the Voice of the Spirit of God is heard proclaiming: “Bestir
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 77.
Paragraph 78.
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Paragraph 80.
Study Guide
Paragraph 77.
What have we been permitted to read?
What are we not to read?
(See Note 108)
What languages was the Bayán revealed in?
The Bayán should be regarded as what?
(See Note 109)
What did Bahá’u’lláh do with the Báb’s laws in the Bayán?
The Bábí Dispensation was essentially in the nature of what sort of revolutions?
What was proof of the independent character of the Bábí Dispensation?
What did this do?
(See Note 110)
What are fruitless excursions into metaphysical hair-splitting?
Paragraph 78.
Write out the address to the Kings of the earth.
He Who . . . ”
Paragraph 79.
What have treasures done?
What is to be washed from hearts?
Where are we to hasten?
Paragraph 80.
(See Note 111)
He Who held converse with God” is the title for whom?
(See Note 112)
What is Sinai?
(See Note 113)
What is “the Spirit” of God used to designate?
Which books use this designation?
(See Note 114)
What is the “Vineyard of God”
Where is Zion?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 78.
Paragraph 80.