The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
utterance or wisdom? No, by My Lord, the All-Merciful! All on the earth shall pass away; and this is the face of your Lord, the Almighty, the Well-Beloved.
102We have decreed, O people, that the highest and last end of all learning be the recognition of Him Who is the Object of all knowledge; and yet, behold how ye have allowed your learning to shut you out, as by a veil, from Him Who is the Dayspring of this Light, through Whom every hidden thing hath been revealed. Could ye but discover the source whence the splendour of this utterance is diffused, ye would cast away the peoples of the world and all that they possess, and would draw nigh unto this most blessed Seat of glory.
103Say: This, verily, is the heaven in which the Mother Book is treasured, could ye but comprehend it. He it is Who hath caused the Rock to shout, and the Burning Bush to lift up its voice, upon the Mount rising above the Holy Land, and proclaim: “The Kingdom is God’s, the sovereign Lord of all, the All-Powerful, the Loving!”
104We have not entered any school, nor read any of your dissertations. Incline your ears to the words of this unlettered One, wherewith He summoneth you unto God, the Ever-Abiding. Better is this for you than all the treasures of the earth, could ye but comprehend it.
105Whoso interpreteth what hath been sent down from the heaven of Revelation, and altereth its evident meaning, he, verily, is of them that have perverted the Sublime Word of God, and is of the lost ones in the Lucid Book.
106It hath been enjoined upon you to pare your nails,
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 102.
Paragraph 103.
Paragraph 104.
Paragraph 105.
Paragraph 106.
Study Guide
Paragraph 102.
What is the “highest and last end of all learning”?
Complete this quotation:
Could ye but . . . ”
Paragraph 103.
(See Note 129)
What is the term “Mother Book” generally used to designate?
List the ones given?
What other two concepts has the Guardian used to explain the term “Mother Book”?
Paragraph 104.
Where do we incline our ears?
Complete this quotation:
Better is this . . . ”
Paragraph 105.
Who are “the lost ones in the Lucid Book” and those who “have perverted the Sublime Word of God”?
(See Note 130)
In presenting their personal views, individuals are cautioned to do what?
Paragraph 106.
What have we been enjoined to do?
What are we to immerse ourselves in?
What water are we not permitted to use?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 103.