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Tablets of the Divine Plan
1: TABLET TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE NORTHEASTERN STATES
Revealed on March 26, 1916,
in `Abdu'l-Bahá's room at the house
in Bahjí, addressed to the Bahá'ís of nine
Northeastern States of the United States:
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey
and New York.
O ye heavenly heralds:
THESE are the days of Naw-Rúz. I am always thinking of those kind friends! I beg for each and all of
you confirmations and assistance from the threshold of
oneness, so that those gatherings may become ignited
like unto candles, in the republics of America, enkindling
the light of the love of God in the hearts; thus the
rays of the heavenly teachings may begem and brighten
the states of America like the infinitude of immensity
with the stars of the Most Great Guidance.
The Northeastern States on the shores of the Atlantic--Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
and New York--in some of these states believers are
found, but in some of the cities of these states up to this
date people are not yet illumined with the lights of the
Kingdom and are not aware of the heavenly teachings;
therefore, whenever it is possible for each one of you,
hasten ye to those cities and shine forth like unto the
stars with the light of the Most Great Guidance. God
says in the glorious Qur'án: "The soil was black and
dried. Then we caused the rain to descend upon it and
immediately it became green, verdant, and every kind
of plant sprouted up luxuriantly."
In other words, He
says the earth is black, but when the spring showers descend
upon it that black soil is quickened, and variegated
flowers are pushed forth. This means the souls of humanity
belonging to the world of nature are black like
unto the soil. But when the heavenly outpourings descend
and the radiant effulgences appear, the hearts are
resuscitated, are liberated from the darkness of nature
and the flowers of divine mysteries grow and become
luxuriant. Consequently man must become the cause of
the illumination of the world of humanity and propagate
the holy teachings revealed in the sacred books
through the divine inspiration. It is stated in the blessed
Gospel: Travel ye toward the East and toward the West
and enlighten the people with the light of the Most
Great Guidance, so that they may take a portion and
share of eternal life.
Praise be to God, that the Northeastern
States are in the utmost capacity. Because the
ground is rich, the rain of the divine outpouring is descending.
Now you must become heavenly farmers and
scatter pure seeds in the prepared soil. The harvest of
every other seed is limited, but the bounty and the blessing
of the seed of the divine teachings is unlimited.
Throughout the coming centuries and cycles many harvests
will be gathered. Consider the work of former generations.
During the lifetime of Jesus Christ the believing,
firm souls were few and numbered, but the heavenly
blessings descended so plentifully that in a number
of years countless souls entered beneath the shadow
of the Gospel. God has said in the Qur'án: "One grain
will bring forth seven sheaves, and every sheaf shall contain
one hundred grains."
In other words, one grain will
become seven hundred; and if God so wills He will double
these also. It has often happened that one blessed soul
has become the cause of the guidance of a nation. Now
we must not consider our ability and capacity, nay,
rather, we must fix our gaze upon the favors and bounties
of God, in these days, Who has made of the drop a
sea, and of the atom a sun.
Upon you be greeting and praise!
1. [Qur'án 22:5]
2. [Cf. Mark 16:15]
3. [Cf. Qur'án 2:261]