Lost writings of the Bab

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  1. Ahanu

    Ahanu Well-Known Member

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    "One day, when the Báb had dismounted close to a well in order to offer His morning prayer, a roving Bedouin suddenly appeared on the horizon, drew near to Him, and, snatching the saddlebag that had been lying on the ground beside Him, and which contained His writings and papers, vanished into the unknown desert. His Ethiopian servant set out to pursue him, but was prevented by his Master, who, as He was praying, motioned to him with His hand to give up his pursuit. “Had I allowed you,” the Báb later on affectionately assured him, “you would surely have overtaken and punished him. But this was not to be. The papers and writings which that bag contained are destined to reach, through the instrumentality of this Arab, such places as we could never have succeeded in attaining. Grieve not, therefore, at his action, for this was decreed by God, the Ordainer, the Almighty.”

    Bahá'í Reference Library - The Dawn-Breakers: Nabíl’s Narrative of the Early Days of the Bahá’í Revelation, Pages 129-142

    So I assume these writings by the Bab are ghost!
     
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    Popeyesays New Member

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    Perhaps those writings affected souls and it was not important that they were lost after that?

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  3. Ahanu

    Ahanu Well-Known Member

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    Maybe. We will never know. To be continued on unsolved mysteries.

    Since we are talking about the Bab's writings, what are the essentials I should know about His commentary on the Surah of Joseph? I know that it is based on the Surah 12:93. It is also called the chapter of the Bees.

    I read the writing is highly symbolical. Anybody like to share any info?
     
  4. Opal

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    That wasnt the whole paragraph, though.
    Here it is again, in full:
    One day, when the Báb had dismounted close to a well in order to offer His morning prayer, a roving Bedouin suddenly appeared on the horizon, drew near to Him, and, snatching the saddlebag that had been lying on the ground beside Him, and which contained His writings and papers, vanished into the unknown desert. His Ethiopian servant set out to pursue him, but was prevented by his Master, who, as He was praying, motioned to him with His hand to give up his pursuit. “Had I allowed you,” the Báb later on affectionately assured him, “you would surely have overtaken and punished him. But this was not to be. The papers and writings which that bag contained are destined to reach, through the instrumentality of this Arab, such places as we could never have succeeded in attaining. Grieve not, therefore, at his action, for this was decreed by God, the Ordainer, the Almighty.”Many a time afterwards did the Báb on similar occasions seek to comfort His friends by such reflections. By words such as these He turned the bitterness of regret and of resentment into radiant acquiescence in the Divine purpose and into joyous submission to God’s will.

    This is simply highlighting the will of God.
     
  5. Opal

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    In this instance it shows us that there is a reason for everything, even though we may not realize it at the time.

    God always knows best.
     
  6. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    Parts of the Commentary on the Surih of Joseph have been translated in the Selections from the Writings of the Bab and you can read them here:

    Excerpts From The Qayyúmu'l-Asmá

    Someday there may well be a more complete authenticated edition.

    - Art:)
     
  7. Ahanu

    Ahanu Well-Known Member

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    So the Qayyúmu'l-Asmá' on the bahai reference library and the link you posted has 83 chapters. However wiki says the entire book has 111 chapters. This is why I was reading chapter 93 of the Bab's writings on another link.

    Translation of and Commentary on the Qayyum al-Asma'

    I do not know if it is reliable, but I was previously thinking that those 42 verses were the commentary on the Surah of Joseph. No wonder I was confused.
     
  8. Ahanu

    Ahanu Well-Known Member

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    LOL! I am so slow! Surah 12 of the Koran has 111 versus. Thus the Bab has 111 surahs for His commentary :)rolleyes:).
     
  9. Opal

    Opal New Member

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    Dont rely on wikpedia.
    Your best bet is to ask someone knowledgable
     

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