Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbás vol. 1-3
‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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This book is a reproduction of the Tablets of Abdul-Baha as contained in the archives of the House of Spirituality of Bahais of Chicago from the recipients for the purpose of safe preservation in accordance with the purpose mentioned in the following letter sent out by that Body: March 21, 1908.
Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbás vol. 1-3

“In reality thou art spiritually hungry and athirst for the Water of Life. Therefore I send thee spiritual food and bestow upon thee the Water of Life Eternal. That food is the divine advices and exhortations revealed in the Tablets and the spiritual outpourings of the breath of the Holy Spirit. I hope ere long it will reach thee and thou wilt behold what an exhilaration and beatitude it produceth and what cheerfulness and serenity and what heavenly emotions it createth!”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbás.

Introduction

This book is a reproduction of the Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as contained in the archives of the House of Spirituality of Bahá’ís of Chicago. These Tablets are letters written by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and received by individuals and assemblies throughout America, many of them being in answer to questions.

This Tablet bears the following superscription: “To the members of the House of Justice, the servants of the Covenant, the faithful worshipers of the Holy Threshold of the Beauty of Abhá.” This tablet and the following eighteen are to the House of Spirituality of Chicago.

These copies of Tablets have been gathered by the House of Spirituality of Chicago from the recipients for the purpose of safe preservation in accordance with the purpose mentioned in the following letter sent out by that Body:

March 21, 1908 To the Friends of God in the Light of Abhá, throughout America.

Greeting:— For a number of years the House of Spirituality has been gathering copies of Tablets, received by the Friends in America from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbás, for sacred preservation in its archives, in accord with permission from him to do so in a Tablet addressed to it dated April 21, 1903, as follows: “As to the compiling of the Tablets in a Book for the House of Spirituality, this depends upon the consent of the receivers of the Tablets; if the owners of the Tablets consent, copies should be kept and collected in the House of Spirituality and it will be acceptable.”

Although many Tablets, both published and unpublished, were known to be in circulation among the believers, and notwithstanding the restriction to collect only copies sent in with the consent of the recipients, yet, in the spring of 1907, through the hearty response and co-operation in this endeavor about 500 copies of different Tablets had been received, acknowledged and filed with data concerning each in a safety deposit vault equipped with all modern appliances for protection.

We believe the Friends everywhere will be further interested in knowing that at that time a draft of the Tablets was made by the Librarian of the House of Spirituality for the Bahá’í Publishing Society (who contemplated issuing same in book form), with all references to personalities eliminated, and said compilation was taken by Mr. Agnew to the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who inquired especially as to elimination of all names of persons and everything of a clearly personal nature, and as to whether the recipients of the Tablets had consented to publication of them, etc.— to all of which he gave approval and instructed the Publishing Society to proceed with the work.

The purpose of this communication is therefore twofold: First, that the endeavor be continued to preserve a copy of every Tablet obtainable; and second, that it be accomplished at the earliest possible moment in order to make the forthcoming Volumes of Tablets (now being prepared by the Publishing Society) as complete as possible, for only the Tablets in the archives of the House will be used, as therein is recorded the desire of the recipients.

In sending copies of Tablets, kindly see in so far as possible that together with each is given:(1) Full name of recipient (2) present address, mentioning street number, city or town, and state,(3) on or about date translated,(4) name of translator,(5) clearly state whether or not permission to publish all or only a portion of same is granted. Should there be any doubt as to whether or not a copy of any certain Tablet is already in the archives, you may be assured in knowing that every Tablet received has been acknowledged on a special printed form, signed by the Librarian.

Concerning this important matter the following words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá will be of interest to all: “Verily know, that the Tablets (Book) of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and his address is a hidden mystery and concealed fact; no one is informed of its greatness and importance at these times. But in the course of times and future centuries, the signs thereof will be manifested, the lights thereof will dawn, the fragrance thereof will be diffused, and the greatness, the importance thereof will be known. The truth I say unto thee, that each leaflet from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá will be a wide-spread Book; nay, rather, a glistening Gem on the Glorious Crown. Know thou Its value and hold great Its station!”

Thanking you in advance, we are your fellow-servants in the Vineyard of Abhá,
THE HOUSE OF SPIRITUALITY.

A sufficient number of Tablets having been gathered together, they have been entrusted to the Bahá’í Publishing Society for publication in this concrete form for the enlightenment of the English-speaking world.

The Tablets appear in the book in the order received and filed in the archives. i.e., the first to respond to the above letter sent out by the House of Spirituality appear first in the book, and, so far as possible. all the Tablets to any one person or to a family or to an assembly have been placed together.

Regarding publications, the following Tablet from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was received by this Society in October, 1906: