Student Comments on “Bahá’u’lláh’s Early Mystic Writings”

Judy Hardacre an American pioneer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, offered the following about Bahá’u’lláh’s Early Mystic Writings:

“I must admit I have been totally daunted by the pounding (in my head) question: What have I learned? So much and so little. I didn’t know where to begin, there have been so many flashes of understanding and insight, so many new ways to look at things, so many useful, and unexpectedly marvelous background readings. And, at the same time, I have learned so little. By my standards, learning is doing. The vast spiritual panorama projected to us by Four and Seven Valleys and the Hidden Words helps me to perceive what a little ant I am. . . .

“. . . I was most impressed by a new understanding of the Tablet of the Holy Mariner. I always loved to recite it for its musical quality, but had never tried to meditate on its recycling prophetic vision. Nor did I know so much about the image of holy maidens.

“I was initially flattened by the first tablet—Rashh-i-Amá—and I did a presentation on this poem at my study circle. The most amazing thing to me was to perceive how each word can have many meanings, all of which bring more meaning to the whole. Now I better understand why some Writings may be untranslatable.”

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