What a beautiful sunrise! The top of the Flower Mound was buzzing this morning October 21, 2017. Planes overhead provided a recurring soft roar while the natural undisturbed beauty of the Mound provided a spectacular setting for a spiritual dawn. The occasion was the celebration of the birth of the Báb on the weekend of the Bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith. Here is a portion of a Tablet revealed by Baha'u'llah on the significance of that wondrous night:
O concourse of the lovers of God! By the righteousness of the Almighty! This, verily, is a night the like of which hath never been manifested in the world of creation. Truly, this bounty is from God, the All-Powerful, the Beneficent. On this night, the Spirit spoke with a voice that threw into commotion the realities of men: "Rejoice, O Concourse on high in the inmost essence of Paradise!" Thereupon, God cried out from behind the Holy Veil of divine bestowals: "This, truly, is a night during which the Reality of the All-Merciful hath been born and the meaning of every eternal decree hath been divulged by the Pen of the All-Glorious." Therefore, rejoice and exult, O people of the Bayán! During this night, the Nightingale lifted up Its voice upon the boughs and branches, proclaiming: "Rejoice, O denizens of Paradise!"
Say: This night the veils of glory concealing the light of certitude were rent in twain and the Dove of Heaven chanted and sang in the midmost heart of Paradise. Therefore, rejoice O Temples of Holiness dwelling in the city of time! On this night, God revealed His light through every exalted Name. Moreover, He hath been established upon every pure and radiant heart. So rejoice, O ye people of the Bayán! During this night, the oceans of forgiveness have surged and the breezes of divine bestowals were wafted. Therefore, rejoice with exceeding gladness, O companions of the All-Merciful! On this night, all the sins of mankind have been forgiven. This is a joyous message unto all created things!
Say: This, verily, is a night during which a pre-ordained measure of bounty and grace hath been decreed in the Scrolls of celestial glory and certitude, so that sorrow may be dispelled from all created things forever more. Therefore, rejoice in thy hearts, O ye who hath entered the realms of being and creation! At this, the Herald of the Spirit crieth out in the midmost heart of eternity — the center of transcendent glory and sublimity. This is by the grace of God, the Omnipotent, the Beneficent! By God! The Hand of Power, endowed with ascendant sovereignty, hath opened the musk-scented seal. Verily, this bounty is from God, the Exalted, the Beneficent! Through the Beauty of the All-Glorious, the hand of the Divine Joseph hath borne round the cup of pomegranate wine. Verily, this bounty is from God, the Exalted, the Beneficent! Therefore, O peoples of the world, hasten and partake of this Salsabil of everlasting life. Verily, this bounty is from God, the Exalted, the Beneficent!