The Ascension of Baha’u’llah: A Compilation
This book brings together, for easy reference, the most important passages in Bahá’í literature concerning the ascension of Bahá’u’lláh. It can be used as a text for Bahá’í Holy Day celebrations, or simply as a ready guide to the history of this event.
Part One of this short volume includes selections from the Bahá’í Scriptures, eyewitness accounts of Bahá’u’lláh’s passing, and Shoghi Effendi’s history of Bahá’u’lláh’s final days, taken from GOD PASSES BY. Part Two includes the Tablet of Visitation (traditionally read at 3:00 a.m. on the anniversary of his ascension), the Book of the Covenant (Bahá’u’lláh’s Will and Testament), and some utterances of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá concerning Bahá’u’lláh. We hope that this book will be an assistance to the Bahá’í community for use at its annual Holy Day observances of the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh.
“‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained to the Bahá’ís that the physical body of the Prophet of God is like a cloud which covers the sun and which prevents its rays from reaching the earth. Because of their physical limitations, the Prophets of God must live by the rules of physical existence. For this reason, many people are tested. They will say, ‘What kind of Prophet is he? He sleeps and eats and walks the streets like everyone else.’ But when the cloud is removed, the rays of the sun reach the people directly, and the whole of creation is resuscitated by their lifegiving light.” (p. 37)