The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
115Blessed is he who, at the hour of dawn, centring his thoughts on God, occupied with His remembrance, and supplicating His forgiveness, directeth his steps to the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár and, entering therein, seateth himself in silence to listen to the verses of God, the Sovereign, the Mighty, the All-Praised. Say: The Mashriqu’l-Adhkár is each and every building which hath been erected in cities and villages for the celebration of My praise. Such is the name by which it hath been designated before the throne of glory, were ye of those who understand.
116They who recite the verses of the All-Merciful in the most melodious of tones will perceive in them that with which the sovereignty of earth and heaven can never be compared. From them they will inhale the divine fragrance of My worlds—worlds which today none can discern save those who have been endowed with vision through this sublime, this beauteous Revelation. Say: These verses draw hearts that are pure unto those spiritual worlds that can neither be expressed in words nor intimated by allusion. Blessed be those who hearken.
117Assist ye, O My people, My chosen servants who have arisen to make mention of Me among My creatures and to exalt My Word throughout My realm. These, truly, are the stars of the heaven of My loving providence and the lamps of My guidance unto all mankind. But he whose words conflict with that which hath been sent down in My Holy Tablets is not of Me. Beware lest ye follow any impious pretender. These Tablets are embellished with the seal of Him Who
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Internal Related Cross-References
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Study Guide
Paragraph 115.
Who is blessed?
What is the Mashriqu‘l-Adhkár?
(See Note 142)
How is “the hour of dawn” determined?
Paragraph 116.
Complete this quotation:
They who recite . . . ”
What do these verses do to the hearts?
Paragraph 117.
Who “are the stars of the heaven My loving providence” and “the lamps of My guidance unto all mankind”?
Who “is not of Me”?
What are we to beware of?
What are the Tablets “embellished with”?