Friday, December 12, 2014

“Increase My wonder and amazement at Thee, O God!”

"O thou who art mentioned in these Tablets! Know thou that he who embarketh upon this journey will marvel at the signs of the power of God and the wondrous evidences of His handiwork. Bewilderment will seize him from every side, even as hath been attested by that Essence of immortality from the Concourse on high: “Increase My wonder and amazement at Thee, O God!” 8 Well hath it been said:

I knew not what amazement was Until I made Thy love my cause.
O how amazing would it be If I were not amazed by Thee!

In this valley the wayfarers stray and perish ere they attain their final abode. Gracious God! So immense is this valley, so vast this city in the kingdom of creation, that it seemeth to have neither beginning nor end. How great the blessedness of him who completeth his journey therein and who traverseth, through the assistance of God, the hallowed soil of this heavenly city, a city in which the favoured ones of God and the pure in heart are overcome with wonder and awe. And We say: “Praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds.”"

-Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries (Javáhiru’l-Asrár) . p. 69

 8. From a Hadíth. 
 9. From the Díván of Ibn-i-Fárid.

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