From the Star of the West, Vol.
13, No. 1, Baha 1, 78 (3/21/22) pages 19-25
"The Tree of Life is just beginning to grow. . .
This Tree of Life
is the Book of the Covenant "
The Last Tablet Revealed by `Abdu'l-Bahá
for the Bahá'í
s in America!
To all the friends of God in America
- The Glory of God rest upon them!
He Is God!
O ye friends of God!
`Abdu'l-Bahá is day and night thinking
of you and mentioning you, for the friends of God are dear to him. Every
morning at dawn I supplicate the Kingdom of God and ask that you may be
filled with the breath of the Holy Spirit, so that you may become brilliant
candles, shine with the light of guidance and dispel the darkness of error.
Rest assured that the confirmations of the Abha Kingdom will continuously
Through the power of the Divine springtime,
the downpour of the celestial clouds and the heat of the Sun of Reality,
the Tree of Life is just beginning to grow. Before long it will produce
buds, bring forth leaves and fruits and cast its shade over the East and
the West. This Tree of Life is the Book of the Covenant.
In America, in these days, severe winds have
surrounded the lamp of the Covenant, hoping that this brilliant light may
be extinguished and this Tree of Life may be uprooted. Certain weak, capricious,
malicious and ignorant souls have been shaken by the earthquake of hatred,
of animosity, have striven to efface the divine Covenant and Testament,
and render the clear water muddy so that in it they might fish(1).
They have arisen against the Center of the Covenant
like the people of the Bayan [The Book of the Báb] who attacked
the Blessed Beauty (Bahá'u'lláh) and every moment uttered
a calumny. Every day they seek a pretext and secretly arouse doubts, so
that the Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh may be completely annihilated
O friends of God! Be awake, be awake, be vigilant,
be vigilant! His Holiness the Báb made a Covenant for Bahá'u'lláh
with all the people of the Bayan, so that on the day of the appearance
of "Him-whom-God-shall-manifest"; and of the radiation of the
light of Bahá'u'lláh, they might believe and be assured,
arise in service and promulgate the Word of God. Later the people of the
Bayan, like Mirza Yahya and many others, arose against the Blessed
Beauty, invented every sort of calumny, aroused doubt in the minds of the
people, and from the books of His Holiness the Báb, that were full
of references to "Him-whom-God-shall-manifest," tried to prove
Bahá'u'lláh false. Every day they wrote and spread a pamphlet
opposing Bahá'u'lláh, caused trouble and perplexity among
the people; they inflicted the greatest injury and cruelty, yet counted
themselves firm in the Covenant of His Holiness the Báb. However,
when the light of the Covenant of His Holiness the Báb lighted the
universe, then all the faithful and sincere souls were freed from the darkness
of the violation of the people of the Bayan and shone like brilliant
Bahá'u'lláh in all the Tablets
and Epistles forbade the true and firm friends from associating with and
meeting the violators of the Covenant of His Holiness the Báb, saying
that no one should go near them because their breasts is like the poison
of the snake that kills instantly.
In the Hidden Words He says: "Esteem
the friendship of the just, but withhold both mind and hand from the company
of the wicked."
Addressing one of the friends He says: "It
is clear to your honor that before long satan, in the garb of man, will
reach that land and will try to mislead the friends of the Divine Beauty
through temptations which arouse the desires of self, and will cause them
to follow the footsteps of satan away form the King of Oneness. This is
a hidden information of which we have informed the chosen ones lest they
may be deprived of their praiseworthy station by associating with the embodiments
of hatred. Therefore , it is incumbent upon all the friends of God to shun
any person in whom they perceive the emanation of hatred for the glorious
Beauty of Abhá , though he may quote all the heavenly utterances
and cling to all the Books." He continues, glorious be His Name: "Protect
yourselves with utmost vigilance, lest you be entrapped in the snare of
deception and fraud." This is the advice of the Pen of Destiny.
In another address He says: "Therefore,
to avoid these people will be the nearest path by which to attain the Divine
good-pleasure; because their breath is infectious, like unto poison."
In another Tablet He says: "O Kazim, close thine eye to the people
of the world; drink the water of knowledge from the heavenly Cup Bearers
and listen not to the nonsensical utterances of the manifestations of satan,
because the manifestations of satan are occupying today the observation
posts in the glorious path of God and preventing the people by every means
of deception and ruse (from following the path). Before long you will witness
the turning away of the people of Bayan from the manifestation of
In another Tablet He says: "Endeavor to
your utmost to protect yourselves, because satan appears in different robes
and appeals to everyone according to each person's own way, until he becomes
like unto him (satan), then he will leave him alone.: In another Tablet
He says: "Shun any man in whom you perceive enmity for this Servant,
though he may appear in the garb of piety, of the former and later people,
or may arise to the worship of the two worlds." In another Tablet
He says: "O Mahdi! Be informed by these utterances and shun the manifestations
of the people of hell, the rising -place of Nimrods (King who cast Abraham
into the fire), the rising-place of Pharaohs, the fountain of Tagut (satan,
or any object worshiped except God), and the soothsayers."
Again He says: "Say, O my friend and my
pure ones! Listen to the voice of this beloved prisoner in this Great Prison.
If you detect in any many the least perceptible breath of violation, shun
him and keep away from him." Then He says: "Verily, they are
manifestations of satan." In another Tablet He says: "And turn
your faces to the Great Countenance for before long the foul ordors of
the wicked persons will pass over those regions. God willing you may remain
protected during those days."
In the 18th chapter of the Gospel
of Matthew, 6th to 9th verses, his Holiness Christ
says: "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe
in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck
and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because
of the offenses! For it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that
man by whom the offense cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend
thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee; it is better for thee to enter
into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to
be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out
and cast it from thee."
And in the 21st chapter and 38th
verse of the Gospel of Matthew He says: "But when the husbandmen saw
the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill
him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast
him out of the vineyard, and slew him." Also in the 22nd
chapter and the 14th verse of the Gospel of Matthew He says:
"For many are called, but few are chosen."
In the holy writings of His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh,
in a thousand places at least, the violators of the Covenant are execrated
and condemned. Some of the heavenly passages will be mentioned.
In short, all the friends in America know that
the founders of this sedition, namely, violators of the Covenant, are people
whose aims are known to all the friends. Yet, O glorious God, they are
deceived by them!
Praise be to God, you know with perfect clearness
that His Holiness Christ was extremely kind and loving, yet there were
people like Judas Iscariot who, by their own deeds, separated themselves
from Christ. Therefore, what fault of Christ's could that be? Now the Nakazene
(violators) say that `Abdu'l-Bahá is despotic, drives some people
out and excommunicates like the Pope. This is not so at all! Any person
who has left (the Cause) did so because of his own actions, intrigues and
evil plots. If this objection be raised against `Abdu'l-Bahá, they
must also object to the Blessed Beauty who, with distinct and conclusive
command, forbids the friends from companionship and familiarity with the
violators of the people of Bayan.
O Lord of the Covenant! O luminous Star of the world! The persecuted `Abdu'l-Bahá has fallen into the hands of persons who appear as sheep and in reality are ferocious wolves; they exercise every sort of oppression, endeavor to destroy the foundation of the Covenant, and claim to be Bahá'ís. They strike at the root of the Tree of the Covenant, and count themselves persecuted, just as did the people of Bayan who broke the Covenant of His Holiness the Báb, and from six directions shot arrows of reproach and calumny at Thy blessed body. Notwithstanding this great oppression they call themselves oppressed. Now this servant of Thy threshold has also fallen into the hands of oppressors. Every hour they contrive new intrigues and fraud, and bring forth new calumny.
O thou Bahá'u'lláh! Protect the stronghold of Thy Cause from these thieves and safeguard the lamps of the Kingdom from these malevolent winds!
O thou Bahá'u'lláh! `Abdu'l-Bahá did not rest a moment until he had raised Thy Cause and the Standard of the Kingdom of Abhá waved over the world. Now some people have arisen with intrigues and evil aspirations to trample this flag in America, but my hope is in Thy confirmations. Leave me not single, alone and oppressed! As Thou didst promise, verbally and in writing, that Thou wouldst protect this gazelle of the pasture of Thy love from the attacks of the hounds of hatred and animosity, and that Thou wouldst safeguard this persecuted sheep from the claws and teeth of the ferocious wolves, now do I await the appearance of Thy bounties and the realization of Thy definite promise. Thou art the true Protector, and Thou art the Lord of the Covenant! Therefore, protect this Lamp which Thou hast lighted, from the severe winds.
O thou Bahá'u'lláh! I have forsaken the world and its people, am heartbroken because of the unfaithful -- and am weary. In the cage of this world I flutter like a frightened bird and long for the flight to Thy Kingdom.
O thou Bahá'u'lláh! Make me to
drink the cup of sacrifice, and free me! Relieve me from these difficulties,
hardships, afflictions and troubles! Thou art the Assister, the Helper,
Protector and the Supporter!
Now, some of the writings, prayers and verses of the Blessed Beauty will be mentioned in which association with the violators is forbidden: --
In the Persian Commune He says: "protect
this Servant from the doubts of the persons who have turned away from Thee
and are deprived of the sea of Thy knowledge. O God, O God! Protect this
Servant through Thy bounty and generosity from the evil of Thine enemies
who have broken Thy Covenant and Testament."
In another place He says: "O my God, and the aim of my life! Protect this weak one with Thy mighty hand from the voice of the Na'ik(2)."
Also He says: "Ye have taken one whom
I hate to be your beloved, and my enemy to be your friend."
Also He says: "The company of the wicked
ones increaseth sorrow, and the association with the pious ones removes
rust from the heart. The one who desires to associate with God, let him
associate with His friends; the one who wishes to hear the words of God,
let him hear the words of His chosen ones."
Also He says: "Do not associate with the
wicked, because the company of the wicked changeth the light of life into
the fire of remorse. If thou asketh for the bounties of the Holy Spirit,
associate with the pure ones, because they have quaffed the eternal chalice
from the hands of the Cupbearer of eternity."
Also He says: "The greatest of degradation is to leave the shadow of God and enter under the shadow of satan."
Also He says: "O ye servants! There is
nothing in this heart save the effulgences of the splendor of the morn
of meeting (with God), and it does not speak but the absolute truth from
your Lord. Therefore, do not follow self; break not God's Covenant and
violate not His Testament. Proceed with perfect steadfastness and with
heart, soul and tongue, turn unto Him, and be not of the thoughtless."
And still He says: "You have forgotten
God's Covenant and violated His Testament."
And again He says: "If anyone comes to
you with the book of the wicked, put him behind you."
Again: "Among the people are those who
have broken the Covenant, and among them are those who have followed what
was ordained by the All-knower, the All-wise. My affliction is not from
my imprisonment and persecution, or from what comes to me from my rebellious
servants, but from the actions of those who attribute themselves to this
persecuted One and commit among the people that which is degrading to the
honor of God. Verily, they are of the seditious!"
Likewise speaking for the violators He says:
"Thou hast made the pulpits for Thy mention, the proclamation of Thy
Word and the manifestation of Thy Cause, and we (the violators) have ascended
them to proclaim the breaking of Thy Covenant and Testament."
Likewise He says: "Take what has been
ordained for you and follow not those who have broken God's Covenant and
Testament, for lo! They are the people of error."
Again He says: "Those who have broken
the Covenant of God, notwithstanding His commands, and have turned away,
they are the people of error before the Most Opulent, the Exalted."
And He says: "Those who have been faithful
to God's Covenant are the highest ones in the sight of the exalted Lord.
Those who have become negligent are of the people of fire in the sight
of Thy Lord, the Beloved, the Independent."
Likewise He says: "Blessed is the servant
or maid-servant who believes, and woe to the polytheists who have violated
the Covenant of God and His Testament, and deviated from My right path."
Likewise He says: "I implore of Thee not
to deprive me of what Thou possessest or what Thou hast ordained for Thy
chosen ones who have not broken Thy Covenant and Testament. Say! Die with
you hatred! Verily, He is come by whom the pillars of the world have been
shaken, and because of whom the feet have stumbled, save those who have
not broken the Covenant, but have followed what God revealed in His Book."
Likewise He says: "Take hold of what has
been revealed unto you. With a power superior to that of the hands of the
unbelievers who have violated the Covenant of God and His Testament, and
have turned from the Face."
Also He says: "O Yahya! Verily, the Book
has come! Take it with a power from us and do not follow those who have
broken the Covenant of God and His Testament, and have denied what has
been revealed from the Powerful, the All-knower."
Likewise He says: "I awoke this morning,
O my God, under the shadow of Thy great bounty and have taken, with Thy
power, the pen to mention Thee with such mention a shall be a light unto
the pure and fire unto the wicked who have violated Thy Covenant, denied
Thy verses and put aside the Kawther of Life which appeared by Thy command
and was revealed by the finger of Thy will.
In a Tablet to `Abdu'l-Bahá He says
also: "O God! This is a Branch which has sprung forth from the Tree
of Oneness, the Sadrat of Thy unity. O God, Thou seest him (the Branch)
looking to Thee and clinging to the rope of Thy bounties. Protect him in
the shelter of Thy mercy! Thou knowest, O my God, that I do not desire
him save for what Thou dost desire him, and I do not choose him save for
what Thou dost choose him. Assist him with the hosts of Thy earth and Thy
heaven. Assist, O God, those who assist him and choose those who choose
him. Confirm those who draw nigh unto him and debase those who deny him
and do not want him. O God, Thou seest that at this moment of revelation
my pen shakes and my being trembles. I ask Thee, by my impatience in Thy
love and my willingness to proclaim Thy Cause, to ordain for him and his
friends what Thou has ordained for Thy Messengers and the faithful ones
of Thy revelation. Verily, Thou art the Powerful ad the Omnipotent! By
God, O people, my eye weeps, and the eye of Ali (the Fourth Caliph) weeps
in the Supreme Concourse; my heart throbs, and the heart of Mohammed throbs
in the Courts of Abhá; my heart and the hearts of the prophets lament
with the people of knowledge, if you are of those who are possessed with
sight. My sorrow is not for myself, but for the one who comes after me
in the shadow of the Cause with a clear, undeniable reign; because these
will not acknowledge his manifestation and will deny his evidences and
verses, will dispute his power, will antagonize him and will be traitors
to his Cause, as they did to his person in those days and ye were witnesses."
Again in a Tablet to `Abdu'l-Bahá He
says: "O Greatest Branch! Verily, thy illness caused me sorrow, but
God will cure thee, an He is the most generous and best helper. Glory be
upon thee and upon those who serve thee and encircle thee! Woe befriends
thee, and hell be for him who opposes thee."
Likewise He says: "Is it possible that
after the dawning of the Sun of Thy Testament from the horizon of Thy greatest
Tablet, that any foot shall slip away from the right path? We said, O my
supreme pen, it behooves thee to do as thou hast been bidden by God, the
Exalted and the Great. Do not ask about that which melts thy heart and
those of the denizens of paradise who encompass Thy wonderful Cause. Thou
shouldest not know what We have hidden from thee. Thy Lord is the Veiler
and the Knower. Turn thy most luminous face to the greatest aspect and
say: O my merciful God! Decorate the heaven of Bayan with the stars
of steadfastness, trust and truth. Verily, Thou art the powerful over what
Thou willest. There is no God save Thee, the Wise and the Generous!"
In short, from these holy utterances and those
of His Holiness Christ it becomes clear, evident and proved, that man should
associate with people who are firm in the Covenant and Testament, and befriend
the pure ones; because bad associates bring about infection of bad qualities.
It is like leprosy; it is impossible for a man to associate and befriend
a leper and not be infected. This command is for the sake of protection
and to safeguard.
Consider this text of the New Testament: the
brothers of His Holiness Christ came to Him and it was said, "These
are your brothers." He answered that his brothers were those who believed
in God, and refused to associate with his own brothers.
Likewise, Kurat-ul-Ain, who is celebrated in
all the world, when she believed in God and was attracted to the divine
breaths, forsook her two eldest sons; although they were her two eldest
children, because they did not become believers, she thereafter did not
meet them. She said, "All the friends of God are my children, but
these two are not. I will have nothing to do with them."
Consider! The Divine Gardener cuts off the
dry or weak branch from the good tree and grafts to it (the tree) a branch
from another tree. He both separates and unites. This is that which His
Holiness Christ says: that from all the world they come and enter the Kingdom,
and the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out. (Matt. 8: 11, 12). Noah's
grandson, Canaan, was detested in the sight of Noah, and others were accepted.
The brothers of the Blessed Beauty detached themselves from Him, and the
Blessed Beauty never met them. He said: "This is an eternal separation
between you and me." All this was not because the Blessed Beauty was
despotic, but because these persons, through their own actions and words,
deprived themselves from the bounties and bestowals of the Blessed Beauty.
His Holiness Christ did not exercise despotism in the case of Judas Iscariot
and His own brothers, but they separated themselves.
In short the point is this: `Abdu'l-Bahá
is extremely kind, but when the disease is leprosy, what am I to do? Just
as in bodily diseases we must prevent intermingling and infection and put
into effect sanitary laws, because the infectious physical diseases uproot
the foundation of humanity; likewise one must protect and safeguard the
blessed souls from the breaths and fatal spiritual diseases, otherwise
violation, like the plague, will become a contagion and all will perish.
In the early days, after the ascension of the Blessed Beauty, the center
of violation was alone; little by little the infection spread, and this
was due to companionship and association.
(Translated by Mrs. Hoagg, Ali Mohammed Bakir and Roui after the ascension.)
1. This is a saying in Persian meaning: "One creates trouble in order to profit by it." (Back to text)
2. Na'ik -- Croaker. Also refers to the calf worshiped by some of the Israelites. (Back to text)
`Abdu'l-Bahá's real son statement
Shoghi Effendi statement regarding divine guidance.
Louise Vorndam's statement on bloodlines
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