This book brings together, for easy reference,
the most important passages in Bahá'í literature concerning the
ascension of Bahá'u'lláh. It can be used as a text for Bahá'í Holy
Day celebrations, or simply as a ready guide to the history of this event.
Part One of this short volume includes selections
from the Bahá'í Scriptures, eyewitness accounts of Bahá'u'lláh's
passing, and Shoghi Effendi's history of Bahá'u'lláh's final days,
taken from GOD PASSES BY. Part Two includes the Tablet of Visitation
(traditionally read at 3:00 a.m. on the anniversary of his ascension),
the Book of the Covenant (Bahá'u'lláh's Will and Testament), and
some utterances of 'Abdu'l-Bahá concerning Bahá'u'lláh. We hope
that this book will be an assistance to the Bahá'í community for
use at its annual Holy Day observances of the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh.
"'Abdu'l-Bahá explained to the Bahá'ís that the
physical body of the Prophet of God is like a cloud which covers
the sun and which prevents its rays from reaching the earth. Because
of their physical limitations, the Prophets of God must live by
the rules of physical existence. For this reason, many people are
tested. They will say, 'What kind of Prophet is he? He sleeps and
eats and walks the streets like everyone else.' But when the cloud
is removed, the rays of the sun reach the people directly, and the
whole of creation is resuscitated by their lifegiving light." (p.