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لوح کَرمِل LAWH-I-KARMIL (Tablet of Carmel)
حَبَّذا هذَا الْيَوْمُ الَّذی فيه تَضَوَّعَت نَفحاتُ اْلرّحمن فی الإمکانِ ALL glory be to this Day, the Day in which the fragrances of mercy have been wafted over all created things,
حَبَّذا هذَا الْيَوْمُ الْمُبارَکُ الّذی لا تُعادلُه القرون

وَ الأَعصار

a Day so blest that past ages and centuries can never hope to rival it,
حَبَّذا هذَا الْيَوْمُ اذ تَوَجَّهَ وَجْهُ الْقِدَمِ اِلی مَقامه a Day in which the countenance of the Ancient of Days hath turned towards His holy seat.
اِذاً نادَتِ الأَشيآء وَ عَن وَرائها المَلأ الأعلی  Thereupon the voices of all created things, and beyond them those of the Concourse on High, were heard calling aloud:
يا کَرمِل انزلی بما اقبَل اليْکِ وَجْهُ اللهِ مالکِ مَلکُوتِ الاسْمآء وَ فاطِر السَّمآء  ‘Haste thee, O Carmel, for lo, the light of the countenance of God, the Ruler of the Kingdom of Names and Fashioner of the heavens, hath been lifted upon thee.’
اِذاً اخذها اهْتِزاز السُّرُور وَ نادَت باعْلی النِّداء نفسْی

 

Seized with transports of joy, and raising high her voice, she thus exclaimed:
لإقبالِکَ الفِداء وَ لعنايتکَ الفِداء وَ لِتَوجُّهِکَ الفِداء قَدْ اَهْلکنی يا مَطْلَع الحَيوة فراقکَ وَ

احْرقنی هجرک

 

‘May my life be a sacrifice to Thee, inasmuch as Thou hast fixed Thy gaze upon me, hast bestowed upon me Thy bounty, and hast directed towards me Thy steps. Separation from Thee, O Thou Source of everlasting life, hath well nigh consumed me, and my remoteness from Thy presence hath burned away my soul.
لکَ الحَمد بما اَسمَعتَنی ندائکَ وَ شرّفتَنی بِقُدُومکَ وَ احيَيتنی مِنْ نفحات اَيّامکَ وَ صَرير قلمکَ الَّذی جَعَلْتَه صوراً بينَ عبادِک

 

All praise be to Thee for having enabled me to hearken to Thy call, for having honoured me with Thy footsteps, and for having quickened my soul through the vitalizing fragrance of Thy Day and the shrilling voice of Thy Pen, a voice Thou didst ordain as Thy trumpet-call amidst Thy people.
فَلمّا جاء امرک المُبرم نَفَخْتَ فيه اِذاً قامتِ القيمة الکُبری وَ ظَهَرت الاسْرار المکنُونة فی خزائن مالِک الأَشيآء And when the hour at which Thy resistless Faith was to be made manifest did strike, Thou didst breathe a breath of Thy spirit into Thy Pen, and lo, the entire creation shook to its very foundations, unveiling to mankind such mysteries as lay hidden within the treasuries of Him Who is the Possessor of all created things.’
فَلمّا بَلغَ ندائها اِلی ذاکَ المَقامِ الأَعلی  قُلنا يا کَرمِلُ احْمدی رَبَّکِ قَد کنتِ محترقة بِنارِ الفِراق اذاً ماج بَحرُ الوصال امامَ وَجْهِک بذلکَ قرّت عينک وَ عَيْن الوُجود وَ ابتَسَم ثغر الغَيْب وَ الشُّهُود

 

No sooner had her voice reached that most exalted Spot than We made reply: ‘Render thanks unto thy Lord, O Carmel. The fire of thy separation from Me was fast consuming thee, when the ocean of My presence surged before thy face, cheering thine eyes and those of all creation, and filling with delight all things visible and invisible.
طُوبی لَک بِما جَعَلکِ اللّه فی هذا اليَوم مَقَرّ

عَرشه وَ مَطْلع آياتِه وَ مَشرِق بيّناته

 

Rejoice, for God hath in this Day established upon thee His throne, hath made thee the dawning-place of His signs and the dayspring of the evidences of His Revelation.
طُوبی لعَبْد طاف حَولکِ وَ ذَکَرَ ظهورک وَ بُرُوْزَکَ وَ ما فزتِ بهِ مِن فَضلِ اللّه رَبّک خُذی

کأسَ البَقاء باسْمِ رَبّک الأبهی  ثمَّ اشْکريه بما بَدَّلَ حُزنکِ بالسُّرُور

Well is it with him that circleth around thee, that proclaimeth the revelation of thy glory, and recounteth that which the bounty of the Lord thy God hath showered upon thee. Seize thou the Chalice of Immortality in the name of thy Lord, the All-Glorious, and give thanks unto Him, inasmuch as He, in token of His mercy unto thee, hath turned thy sorrow into gladness, and transmuted thy grief into blissful joy.
وَ هَمّکِ بالفَرَح الأکبَر رَحْمةً  مِنْ عندِه انّهُ يُحبُّ المَقام الّذِی اسْتَقَرَّ فيه عَرشه وَ تَشرَّفَ بقُدُومه وَ فازَ بِلقآئه وَ فيهِ ارْتفع ندائُه وَ صَعَدت زَفَراتُه He, verily, loveth the spot which hath been made the seat of His throne, which His footsteps have trodden, which hath been honoured by His presence, from which He raised His call, and upon which He shed His tears.
يا کَرمِل بَشّريْ صَهْيُون قُولی اَتَی المَکنْونُ بسُلطان غَلَبَ العالمَ وَ بنُور ساطِعٍ به اشرقت الأَرض وَ مَنْ عَليها اِيّاک اَنْ تکُونی مُتَوَقِّفَةً فی مَقامِک

 

‘Call out to Zion, O Carmel, and announce the joyful tidings: He that was hidden from mortal eyes is come! His all-conquering sovereignty is manifest; His all-encompassing splendour is revealed. Beware lest thou hesitate or halt.
اَسْرعی ثمّ طُوفی مَدينَة اللّهِ الَّتی نُزِّلَت مِنَ السَّمآء وَ کَعبَة اللّهِ الّتی کانَتْ مَطاف المقرّبين

وَ المخلِصِين وَ المَلائکةِ العاليْن

Hasten forth and circumambulate the City of God that hath descended from heaven, the celestial Kaaba round which have circled in adoration the favoured of God, the pure in heart, and the company of the most exalted angels.
وَ احبُّ اَنْ اُبَشّرَ کلّ بُقعةٍ مِنْ بقاع الأَرض وَ کلّ مَدينَةٍ مِنْ مَدائنها بِهذا الظُّهُور الَّذی بِه انجذبَ فؤادُ الطّور وَ نادَتِ السِّدْرَة المُلک وَ

الملکُوت للّه رَبّ الأرباب

 

Oh, how I long to announce unto every spot on the surface of the earth, and to carry to each one of its cities, the glad-tidings of this Revelation—a Revelation to which the heart of Sinai hath been attracted, and in whose name the Burning Bush is calling: “Unto God, the Lord of Lords, belong the kingdoms of earth and heaven.”
هذا يَوْمٌ فيه بُشّر البَحر وَ البَرّ و أُخْبِرَ بما يَظهَر مِن بَعد مِنْ عنايات اللّه المَکنونةِ المَستُورة عَن

العُقول و الأَبصار سَوف تجری سَفينة اللّه عَليک و يظهرُ اَهلُ البَهآء الّذِين ذَکَرَهُمْ فی کتاب الأسمآء

Verily this is the Day in which both land and sea rejoice at this announcement, the Day for which have been laid up those things which God, through a bounty beyond the ken of mortal mind or heart, hath destined for revelation. Ere long will God sail His Ark upon thee, and will manifest the people of Bahá who have been mentioned in the Book of Names.’
تَبارکَ مَولی الوَری الّذی بذکره انجذبت الذّرّات وَ نَطَقَ لسان العَظَمَة بما کان مکنوناً

فی علمه وَ مخزوناً فی کَنزِ قُدرته

Sanctified be the Lord of all mankind, at the mention of Whose name all the atoms of the earth have been made to vibrate, and the Tongue of Grandeur hath been moved to disclose that which had been wrapt in His knowledge and lay concealed within the treasury of His might.
انّهُ هوَ المهَيمنُ عَلی من فی الأَرض وَ السّماء بِاسْمِهِ المقتدر العَزيزِ المَنيع . He, verily, through the potency of His name, the Mighty, the All-Powerful, the Most High, is the ruler of all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth.

 

ALL glory be to this Day  الْيَوْمُ, the Day in which the fragrances of نَفحاتُ mercy اْلرّحمن have been wafted over all created things الإمکانِ, a Day so blest الْيَوْمُ الْمُبارَکُ that past ages and centuries القرون وَ الأَعصار can never hope to rival it, a Day in whichthe countenance of وَجْهُ the Ancient of Days الْقِدَمِ hath turned towards His holy seat مَقامه. Thereupon the voices of نادَتِ all created things الأَشيآء, and beyond them those of the Concourse on High المَلأ الأعلی, were heard calling aloud: ‘Haste thee, O Carmel, for lo, the light of the countenance وَجْهُ of God اللهِ, the Ruler of مالکِ the Kingdom of مَلکُوتِ Names الاسْمآء andFashioner of فاطِر the heavens السَّمآء, hath been lifted upon thee.’

Seized with transports of joy السُّرُور, and raising high her voice, she thus exclaimed: ‘May my life نفسْی be a sacrifice الفِداء to Thee, inasmuch as Thou hast fixed Thy gaze إقبالِکَ upon me, hast bestowed upon me Thy bounty عنايتکَ, and hast directed towards me Thy steps تَوجُّهِکَ. Separation from Thee, O Thou Source of يا مَطْلَع everlasting life الحَيوة, hath well nigh consumed me, and my remoteness from Thy presence hath burned away my soul. All praise be to Thee for having enabledme to hearken اَسمَعتَنی  to Thy call ندائکَ, for having honoured me شرّفتَنی with Thy footsteps قُدُومکَ, and for having quickened my soul through the vitalizing fragrance of Thy Day نفحات اَيّامکَ and the shrilling voice صَرير of Thy Pen قلمکَ, a voice Thou didst ordain as Thy trumpet-call amidst Thy people. And when the hour at which Thy resistless Faith was to be made manifest did strike, Thou didst breathe a breath of Thy spirit into Thy Pen, and lo, the entire creation shook to its very foundations, unveiling to mankind such mysteries as lay hidden within the treasuries خزائن of Him Who is the Possessor of مالِک all created things الأَشيآء.’

No sooner had her voice ندائها reached that most exalted Spot المَقامِ الأَعلی than We made reply قُلنا: ‘Render thanks unto thy Lord, O Carmel. The fire of thy separation بِنارِ الفِراق from Me was fast consuming thee, when the ocean of My presence بَحرُ الوصال surged before thy face وَجْهِک, cheering thine eyes and those of all creation, and filling with delight all things visible and invisible. Rejoice, for God اللّه hath in this Day فی هذا اليَوم established جَعَلکِ upon thee His throne مَقَرّ عَرشه, hath made thee the dawning-place of His signs مَطْلع آياتِه and the dayspring of the evidences of His Revelation مَشرِق بيّناته. Well is it with him that circleth around thee, that proclaimeth the revelation of thy glory, and recounteth that which the bounty of the Lord thy God hath showered upon thee. Seize thou the Chalice of Immortality in the name of thy Lord, the All-Glorious, and give thanks unto Him, inasmuch as He, in token of His mercy unto thee, hath turned thy sorrow into gladness, and transmuted thy grief into blissful joy. He, verily, loveth the spot which hath been made the seat of His throne, which His footsteps have trodden, which hath been honoured by His presence, from which He raised His call, and upon which He shed His tears.

To be continued

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