Amongst the people is he whose learning hath
made him proud, and who hath been debarred thereby
from recognizing My Name, the Self-Subsisting; who,
when he heareth the tread of sandals following behind
him, waxeth greater in his own esteem than Nimrod.
Say: O rejected one! Where now is his abode? By God,
it is the nethermost fire. Say: O concourse of divines!
Hear ye not the shrill voice of My Most Exalted Pen?
See ye not this Sun that shineth in refulgent splendour
above the All-Glorious Horizon? For how long will ye
worship the idols of your evil passions? Forsake your
vain imaginings, and turn yourselves unto God, your
Endowments dedicated to charity revert to God,
the Revealer of Signs. None hath the right to dispose of
them without leave from Him Who is the Dawning-place
of Revelation. After Him, this authority shall
pass to the &Aghsan, and after them to the House of
Justice--should it be established in the world by
then--that they may use these endowments for the
benefit of the Places which have been exalted in this
Cause, and for whatsoever hath been enjoined upon
them by Him Who is the God of might and power.
Otherwise, the endowments shall revert to the people
of &Baha who speak not except by His leave and judge
not save in accordance with what God hath decreed in
this Tablet--lo, they are the champions of victory
betwixt heaven and earth--that they may use them in
the manner that hath been laid down in the Book by
God, the Mighty, the Bountiful.
Lament not in your hours of trial, neither rejoice
therein; seek ye the Middle Way which is the
remembrance of Me in your afflictions and reflection
over that which may befall you in future. Thus
informeth you He Who is the Omniscient, He Who is
Shave not your heads; God hath adorned them
with hair, and in this there are signs from the Lord of
creation to those who reflect upon the requirements of
nature. He, verily, is the God of strength and wisdom.
Notwithstanding, it is not seemly to let the hair pass
beyond the limit of the ears. Thus hath it been decreed
by Him Who is the Lord of all worlds.
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