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Old 10-22-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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A Glimpse Of Glory

This believer, to whom Baha'u'llah gave the title of Dhabih, or Sacrifice, was no less a person than the erudite calligrapher Siyyid Isma'il-i-Zavari'i, the nobleman who converted Nabil, the writer of The Dawn-Breakers. This was the version related by Ahmad:

Let us go to the words of Nabil and see what did Isma'il experience and how did the Kingdom of Glory look like. Isma'il was a dedicated teacher. He became a Babi when he met the Bab in Isfahan, and more than a decade later attained the presence of Baha'u'llah in Baghdad. He was instructed by the Blessed Beauty to transcribe the mighty book of the Bab, Qayyumu'l-Asma, in his beautiful handwriting. Meanwhile, Nabil, who had been on teaching assignment in Iran, had returned when Baha'u'llah advised him to help Isma'il proofread the new transcription. Nabil states, "It took us eighteen days to do it, and I knew that every night after midnight, Isma'il would sweep the approaches to Baha'u'llah's house, using his green turban and gather the dust in his cloak and release it in the Tigris river. He did not wish anything unclean to touch the holy dust where Baha'u'llah had walked." So one day Nabil asked Isma'il, "Tell me about your experience." At first Isma'il was hesitant but with the anxious look in Nabil's face, he could no longer withhold this information from his spiritual son. His eyes filled with tears as he related this story.

"One day I was in the presence of Baha'u'llah as a guest of a believer. Baha'u'llah put fruit and cookies in a plate and handed it to me when I begged Him for spiritual sustenance and He said, 'It already has been given to you.' From then on different doors of understanding were opened to me and I entered a different world. One evening when among other believers I was in His presence, as usual, I was in my own wonderment. He asked for a candle to peruse a paper and suddenly it occurred to me, 'Is it possible that the visage, the sight of which the Chosen Ones and Messengers of God have longed for, could be unveiled in a human temple?'

Baha'u'llah addressed me and said, 'Isma'il, look!' What I saw when I gazed upon His blessed face, I cannot describe. It seemed like one hundred thousand sunlit and shimmering seas billowing upon that face and I don't recall what happened next."

Then Isma'il told Nabil, "Don't every ask for this and be grateful for what He has given you. Let us pray for each other's happy ending."

Nabil writes that Isma'il continued his sweeping and then he came
to such a state of agony that he could not eat any longer. For forty days he fasted and then on that final day before dawn, he swept the approaches to Baha'u'llah's house for the last time, and to check the crushing force of his love, he walked outside the city gate, went by the river and laid down facing toward Baha'u'llah's house and cut his throat with a razor.

He saw a glimpse of Glory through seventy thousand veils of light to an
extent smaller than a needle's eye and was dazzled by it. This was that inner light which was concealed within the Holy Being of Baha'u'llah. One wonders what were those shimmering and sunlit seas. No one can fathom it. Is it possible that these shimmering lights are the glowing souls of true believers plunged in the sea of light in the world of mysteries?.


(from) A GLIMPSE OF GLORY
A transcript of audio-cassette from series
WINDOWS TO THE PAST
by Darius K. Shahrokh, M.D.

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Old 10-22-2014, 12:08 PM   #2
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Yes, there is a reason why we are veiled from seeing those things in this life. I guess the earth very quickly would be empty of people.
 
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Yes, there is a reason why we are veiled from seeing those things in this life. I guess the earth very quickly would be empty of people.
Yes, it would be like ripping premies from the womb at a month after conception. That they remain in the womb, hopefully 9 months, is to prepare them for the dazzling light of this world. How much greater a dazzling Light awaits us in the next world?
 
Old 10-22-2014, 01:40 PM   #4
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Yes, there is a reason why we are veiled from seeing those things in this life. I guess the earth very quickly would be empty of people.

Empty of people or with the few left being useless.


O Son of My Handmaid!
Didst thou behold immortal sovereignty, thou wouldst strive to pass from this fleeting world. But to conceal the one from thee and to reveal the other is a mystery which none but the pure in heart can comprehend.

Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Arabic #41
 
Old 10-22-2014, 02:18 PM   #5
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Ah dearly beloved Josh, to read this story brought me also to tears.

Oh to sacrifice my life for the beloved, what a shining example was Siyyid Isma'il-i-Zavari'i, I have no words.
 
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