Jalál, 01 Jalál (Glory), 179 B.E
Ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa) in bloom
Finished the first draft of a presentation — “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing” — complete with animations. YAY! Here’s a screenshot of the second slide which references Tablets of the Divine Plan 1. The “Quoted” section explores its significance a bit more.
The next step will be to write the narrative that puts more flesh on the bones of the framework so it can be directly applicable to organizers and participants in upcoming World Conferences. I’m going to be busy!
Over the coming years, the community will, in fact, encounter a series of anniversaries, concluding with the Centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá in November 2021, which will close the first century of the Formative Age. Next year the Bahá’í world will mark one hundred years since the first of the Tablets of the Divine Plan flowed from the pen of the Master. In these fourteen Tablets, revealed during one of humanity’s darkest hours, ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá laid out a charter for the teaching work that defined its theatre of action as the entire planet. Held in abeyance until 1937, when the first in a succession of Plans launched at the instigation of the Guardian was assigned to the Bahá’ís of North America, the Divine Plan has continued to unfold over the decades since as the collective capacity of Bahá’u’lláh’s followers has grown, enabling them to take on ever-greater challenges. How wondrous the vision of the Plan’s Author! Placing before the friends the prospect of a day when the light of His Father’s Revelation would illuminate every corner of the world, He set out not only strategies for achieving this feat but guiding principles and unchanging spiritual requisites. Every effort made by the friends to systematically propagate the divine teachings traces its origins to the forces set in motion in the Divine Plan. 2
- ’Abdu’l-Bahá. Tablets of the Divine Plan. 1959. Reprint, Wilmette, Ill: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1976. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/tablets-divine-plan/1#531491243. [return]
- Universal House of Justice. “Message to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors.” 29 Dec. 2015, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20151229_001/1#135178049. [return]