It is our great pleasure to offer you, as a supplement to the publication of the Tablet of Visitation for Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb on the eve of the commemoration of the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, a graphic explaining the fascinating circumstances surrounding the compilation of this Tablet of Visitation.
The Tablet of Visitation for Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb was not a single revealed work by Bahá’u’lláh, rather it was compiled from four separate Tablets Bahá’u’lláh revealed, all untranslated into English, and done by the illustrious Nabíl-i-‘Azám, author of the Dawnbreakers, at the request of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá shortly after the ascension of Bahá’u’lláh.
Utterly brokenhearted, Nabíl could no longer live in a world where Bahá’u’lláh was not, and he rejoined him, shortly after leaving his extraordinary compilation for posterity by throwing himself into the sea.
We hope you find this graphic as fascinating and moving as we did while we were preparing it.
We want to acknowledge Steven Phelps for his priceless efforts in compiling the Partial Inventory, without which this graphic would never have been possible.
The Partial Inventory is in their own words:
“an unofficial catalog of over 650 works attributed to the Báb, 11,600 works attributed to Bahá’u’lláh, and 11,800 works attributed to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá which are accessible to the public, either in published form, in manuscripts held in national or institutional archives, or in digital images, texts and translations found on the Internet. The holdings of the Bahá’í World Centre Archives in Haifa, Israel, which are not open to the public, are not included.”
We encourage you all to download the latest PDF, fully indexed and fully text-searchable version of the Partial Inventory by visiting this page:
The clickable links referred to in the graphic below for the source of the original four Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh are listed below: