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TITLETablet of the Holy Mariner (Lawh-i-Malláhu'l-Quds): Tablet study outline
AUTHOR 1Jonah Winters
NOTES Outline prepared as part of Wilmette Institute notes and commentary on the Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh.

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TAGSLawh-i-Mallahul-Quds (Tablet of the Holy Mariner); Maid of Heaven
CONTENT Name of Tablet in Arabic or Persian:
Lawh-i-Malláhu'l-Quds (Persian title)

Translation into English:
Yes, the Arabic half has been translated, but not the Persian (a provisional translation of the Persian exists, but hasn't been published). An early version of the authorized Arabic was first published in Star of the West (vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 75-77) and more accessibly in Bahá'í Prayers.

Significance of Name:
Holy Mariner refers to Bahá'u'lláh

Tablet was revealed in:
One half was revealed in Persian, the other in Arabic. The frontispiece of The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh vol. 1 is a photographic reproduction of part of the Tablet.

Name of Recipient:
Primary recipients were those companions of Bahá'u'lláh gathered together before His departure from Baghdad.

Reason for Revelation of the Tablet:
Seemingly, it was mostly to foretell of coming events and to teach of the dangers of departing from the Covenant

Date of Revelation:
The fifth of Naw-Ruz in 1863, just before Bahá'u'lláh left Baghdad.

Place of Revelation:
A place named "Mazra'iy-i-Vashshash," in the outskirts of Baghdad.

Role of Amaneuensis or Secretary: Wrote it as revealed and then recited it to the believers as commanded by Bahá'u'lláh.

Other Tablets revealed at about the same time:
See appendix to Hatcher's book The Ocean of His Words, p. 380. Includes Hur-i-Ujab, Az-Bagh-i-Ilahi, Subhána-Rabbiya'l-A'la, Lawh-i-Ghulamu'l- Khuld, Lawh-i-Ayyub, Shikkar-Shikan.

Style, subject, and genre of the Tablet: [?]
      Tone: I think it has somewhat both tones (of command/authority
            and servitude/supplication), depending on who is speaking
            at each place in the tablet.
      Subject: Mystical Writings; Tablets dealing with subjects of learning and knowledge, divine philosophy, mysteries of creation, medicine, alchemy, etc.
      Genre: Poem

Voice of Tablet: [?]
Bahá'u'lláh, the Maid of Heaven, and God speaking through Bahá'u'lláh.

Outline Contents of Tablet:

Contents include (the following taken from Taherzadeh, Balyuzi, and Shoghi Effendi, and others):
      1) To teach of the dangers of departing from the Covenant
      2) To foretell of coming events
      3) To show ways to protect oneself in the Covenant
      4) More direct allusion to Bahá'u'lláh's station.
      5) Allusion to the unfaithfulness of some of Bahá'u'lláh's followers, especially Mírzá Yahyá and Sayyed Muhammad-i-Isfahani.
      6) Rejection of the Faith by the public at large
      7) Coming times of difficulties, and the importance keeping faith
      8) Sorrow in exile
      9) Many other mystical meanings...

Principal themes of the Tablet:
"The theme of this Tablet is the story of the Covenant and man's unfaithfulness to it." (Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, vol.1, page 230)
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