Days of Remembrance:
Notes on Two Tablets
Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #146
Centre for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 5–9, 2017
(see list of papers from #146)
The purpose of this article is to present a study of two tablets revealed by Bahá'u'lláh and collected, along with forty-three others, in Days of Remembrance, a beautiful book published by the Universal House of Justice to commemorate the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh.
In the introduction we read:
The observance of holy days occupies a central place in every religion. Through their commemoration, the calendar year becomes the stage on which the signal events associated with the life and ministry of the divine Manifestations of God are annually remembered and honoured. This remembrance has both a personal dimension, providing a time for reflection on the significance of these events, and a social dimension, helping to deepen the identity and foster the cohesion of the community ["¦] The present volume offers forty-five selections from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh revealed specifically for, or otherwise relating to, these nine Holy Days. The selections represent different revelatory modes, each reflecting facets of the greatness, the preciousness, and the peerless nature of this Day in which all the promises and prophecies of the past have been fulfilled "¦.
The two tablets are the Lawh-i-NáqÃºs (Tablet of the Bell) and the Lawh-i-Ghulámu'l-Khuld (Tablet of the Deathless Youth). Both were revealed on the occasion of the birth of the Báb and are rich in important elements such as metaphors, images and also repetitions of portions of other tabletswhich make them very inspiring for the reader, especially at this historic moment, and offer new perspectives to our study of the Revelation.
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