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TITLEAncient Poems as Means of Revelation, in an Early Tablet by Bahá'u'lláh
AUTHOR 1Julio Savi
AUTHOR 2Faezeh Mardani
TITLE_PARENTLights of Irfan
PUB_THISHaj Mehdi Arjmand Colloquium
ABSTRACTOn the importance of poetry in the history of the Faith and in its Writings, and absolute detachment as a prerequisite for attainment unto the Divine Presence. Includes translation of a Tablet by Bahá’u’lláh.
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TAGS* Bahá'u'lláh, Writings of; - Metaphors and allegories; - Symbolism; Angels; Attainment unto the Divine presence; Baghdad, Iraq; Camels; Chahar Vadi (Four Valleys); Cities; Deserts; Detachment; Egypt; Flowers (metaphor); Hafez (Hafiz); Haft Vadi (Seven Valleys); Heart; Iraq; Joseph (Prophet); Literature; Literature, Persian; Mysticism; Pearls (metaphor); Phoenix (metaphor); Poetry; Qiblih; Quotations from the Mathnavi; Quotations from the Quran; Resurrection; Roses and thorns (metaphor); Rumi (Mevlana); Sanai; Sufism; Veils (spiritual); Yemen
Abstract: This paper offers a provisional translation of a Persian Tablet revealed by Bahá’u’lláh in the Iraqi period [below]. The Tablet is rich in quotations from ancient Iranian poets. Our paper examines the importance of poetry in the history of the Faith and in its Writings. It analyzes the quoted poems and the many poetical metaphors used in the Tablet. It ends with a short commentary on the contents of the Tablet: absolute detachment is a fundamental prerequisite for attaining “unto the divine Presence.”

We have been especially impressed by this Tablet, not only because of its contents, that emphasizes absolute detachment as an indispensable prerequisite for the “attainment unto the Divine Presence” [KI 141, π149], but also because in the short space of two pages offers six quotations of verses by three different poets. And this has appeared to us as a sign of the importance that Bahá’u’lláh ascribed to poetry.

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