The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
184Say: O source of perversion! Abandon thy willful blindness, and speak forth the truth amidst the people. I swear by God that I have wept for thee to see thee following thy selfish passions and renouncing Him Who fashioned thee and brought thee into being. Call to mind the tender mercy of thy Lord, and remember how We nurtured thee by day and by night for service to the Cause. Fear God, and be thou of the truly repentant. Granted that the people were confused about thy station, is it conceivable that thou thyself art similarly confused? Tremble before thy Lord and recall the days when thou didst stand before Our throne, and didst write down the verses that We dictated unto thee—verses sent down by God, the Omnipotent Protector, the Lord of might and power. Beware lest the fire of thy presumptuousness debar thee from attaining to God’s Holy Court. Turn unto Him, and fear not because of thy deeds. He, in truth, forgiveth whomsoever He desireth as a bounty on His part; no God is there but Him, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bounteous. We admonish thee solely for the sake of God. Shouldst thou accept this counsel, thou wilt have acted to thine own behoof; and shouldst thou reject it, thy Lord, verily, can well dispense with thee, and with all those who, in manifest delusion, have followed thee. Behold! God hath laid hold on him who led thee astray. Return unto God, humble, submissive and lowly; verily, He will put away from thee thy sins, for thy Lord, of a certainty, is the Forgiving, the Mighty, the All-Merciful.
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Cross-References
Bahá’u’lláh
sufferings,   14, 17, K141, K158, n1, n190, n192
truth of words,   K70, K134, K182-K183
Muḥammad-i-Isfahání, Siyyid,   164, n190, n192
Pretender,   K117, n190
Repentance and forgiveness,   K34, K37, K49
Yaḥyá, Mírzá (Ṣubḥ-i-Azal),   17, n177, n190-n191-n192
assurance of forgiveness should he repent,   163
followers of,   n177
Study Guide
What was the “source of perversion” told to abandon?
What was he asked to call to mind?
What was he asked to remember?
Who was he asked to “return unto”?
(See Note 190)
Who is “O source of perversion” a reference to?
What was he nominated to do by the Báb?
What did he do instead?
How did he respond to Bahá’u’lláh’s declaration?
How does Shoghi Effendi describe him?
(See Note 191)
How was he treated by Bahá’u’lláh in his youth and manhood?
(See Note 192)
Who is “God hath laid hold on him who led thee astray” a reference to?
How did Shoghi Effendi describe him?
What did Bahá’u’lláh say can harm Him?