Lawh-i- Karmil (Tablet of Carmel)

By Sateh Bayat

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #38
Louhelen Baha'i School: Michigan, USA
October, 2001
(see list of papers from #38)

    In the Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, Bahá'u'lláh, after citing the prophetic references made in the Psalms and the Books of Isaiah and Amos, concerning Akka, Jerusalem, Palestine and Zion, states: " Carmel, in the Book of God, hath been designated as the Hill of God, and His Vineyard. It is here that, by the grace of the Lord of Revelation, the Tabernacle of Glory hath been raised. Happy are they that attain thereunto; happy they that set their faces towards it. " The beloved Guardian states that the Tablet of Carmel represents the 'Charter of the World Spiritual and Administrative Centers of the Faith on that mountain'

    Since ancient times Mt. Carmel has been considered as the 'Vineyard of God', the nest of the prophets and the site of the cave of Elijah, referred to in the Old and New Testaments in relation to the return of Elijah and the coming of the Messiah in the "Glory of the Father". Bahá'u'lláh Himself designates this mountain as the seat of God's Throne.

    A German Christian sect, the Templars, moved to this site before the arrival of the Prisoner of Akka to these shores, and prepared themselves in anticipation for the 'Time of the End'. How unfortunate that their ideas of the circumstances surrounding the coming of Messiah did not coincide with the situation of this Prisoner, and consequently they deprived themselves of the blessing of His recognition.

    This mighty Tablet of Bahá'u'lláh was revealed in Arabic when Bahá'u'lláh visited Haifa for a fourth time in 1891 under extraordinary circumstances on that mountain. He pitched His tent, in the vicinity of the Carmelite Monastery, Stella Maris, near the cave of Elijah and chanted the words of that Tablet with supreme majesty and power.

    In presenting this mighty Tablet the following topics will be discussed:

    The circumstances surrounding its revelation; The significance of this Day of God, the station of Bahá'u'lláh and His names and titles: Glad tidings of His Coming from the scriptures of the past; His invitation to the general masses to recognize His Revelation; His commandment to carry His Message to all the corners of the world; Glad-tidings of future institutions of the spiritual and administrative center of the Cause of God and its Universal House of Justice on this mountain; The flow of God's laws from this mountain to the world; And finally the language of this Tablet.

    On this last visit Bahá'u'lláh instructed `Abdu'l-Bahá to arrange for the interment of the Blessed remains of the Martyr-prophet, the Báb in the heart of this mountain.

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