A Review and Content Analysis of Aflakiyyih, `Abdu'l-Bahá's Tablet of the Universe

By Habib Riazati

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #130
Bosch Bahá'í­ School: Santa Cruz, California
May 22–25, 2015
(see list of papers from #130)

Next presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #132
Center for Bahá'í­ Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 2–5, 2015
(see list of papers from #132)

Next presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #135
Louhelen Bahá'í­ School: Davison, Michigan
October 8–11, 2015
(see list of papers from #135)


    Abdu'l-Bahá in the "Lawh-i-Aflákiyyih" translated as "Tablet of the Universe" describes different aspects of what he refers to as "the holy realities" and the reality as "established in both the hidden and manifest worlds", The realities that "capable neither of being defined by limits nor contained within the compass of signs and allusions"; He moreover, describes how through "the power of attraction and propagation," the existence has become manifested and been "set in order" and each and every being has "became the recipients and the manifestations of "the Divine conditions and Eternal signs. Emerging from behind the veils". He furthermore explains how natural "evolution" takes place within the realm of "creation". Lastly Abdu'l-Bahá touches on the various descriptions of the Universe as explained by Ptolemy and Al-Farabi.
    [The original Tablet in Arabic is published in Makátib-i 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Vol. 1, pages 13-32. There is also a provisional translation of this Tablet that can be found at bahai-library.com/abdulbaha_lawh_aflakiyyih.]

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