Abdu'l-Bahá's Tablet of Two Calls

By Farah Dustdar

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #54
Institute of Commonwealth Studies: London, England
July 2–4, 2004
(see list of papers from #54)

    This Tablet introduces new ideas on subjects such as concept of progress, duties of governmental and religious institutions, concept of happiness, state of nature, human nature, and the attitude of the people towards government. These subjects can be discussed from the points of view of various philosophical and scientific disciplines. Some of these subjects have a long tradition that goes back to the Greek philosophy and some of them are important for the Social and political structure of the modem societies. This paper presents a brief analysis of the philosophical discourse on these subjects in comparison with the positions explained by 'Abdu'l-Bahá, attempting to show how His recommendations improve upon them. 'Abdu'l-Bahá, at the end of this Tablet, mentions a few points as His last wish and His admonitions. The paper tries to explain why 'Abdu'l-Bahá has emphasized the importance of those points.

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