Japan Will Turn Ablaze!
The second Tablet herein published
(Cable received May 10, 1976)
5: Tablets to Japan
Miss Alexander wrote in her account of the early days of the Faith in Japan, "After 'Abdu'l-Baha's ascension every word He had written became a sacred treasure. When I began collecting the Tablets He had revealed to Japanese living in Japan, and one to Koreans, I found there were nineteen in all." These Tablets were published in 1928, thus preserved for all time. In the foreword to the book Miss Alexander wrote: "The following are the Tablets which were revealed by 'Abdu'l-Baha to friends residing in Japan and Korea. There are nineteen Tablets revealed between the years 1916 and His passing in 1921. Eighteen of these Tablets were addressed to Japanese and one to Korean friends. Seven of those to Japanese were to school girls in Tokyo, the others, with two exceptions, were to young men, and five of these were addressed to blind young men, three having found the true Light of this Day.
"The first supplication by a Japanese in Japan to 'Abdu'l-Baha, was sent July, 1915 from a young student(12) in Tokyo who wrote his supplication in Japanese on a scroll. The following is the translation: 'O my Master 'Abdu'l-Baha!... Although I am a base and poor youth in this world, I have been awakened and bathed in the ocean of Thy mercy and am so happy
"In February 1917 a reply to this supplication was received in Japan from 'Abdu'l-Baha. It had come in the contents of a letter from 'Abdu'l-Baha's secretary and had been passed by the censor. This was the first Tablet received addressed to a Japanese resident in Japan and is the first herein published.
"The second supplication to 'Abdu'l-Baha was sent September, 1916 by a blind young Japanese(13) who wrote in Esperanto. After receiving a reply from 'Abdu'l-Baha, the second Tablet herein published, he wrote again supplicating in English. The following words are a portion of his supplication: 'O my 'Abdu'l-Baha whose image so calm and peaceful I dreamed of and it cannot be effaced from my heart; whose Name makes my withered heart fresh and strong and who makes the fountain of love and light spring up in the bottom of my heart whenever I think of Thee. Make my heart to be always thirsty for the Fountain of Life. Make me strong enough to be able steadily to hold Thy torch of love firm and high. I confess to Thee that my heart sometimes withers like a flower in the day of summer, and loses its whole strength, nevertheless, my beloved Lord, give to me power that I can throw away every kind of prejudice and ignorance from my heart. Make my heart as pure and fresh as green grass of the spring pastures and let my soul grow more and more by Thy shower of Mercy!' In answer to this blind young man's supplication, 'Abdu'l-Baha revealed a Tablet which is the third published herein."
Most of the original Tablets were translated in Haifa and sent to the recipients in care of Miss Alexander. One, to a group of students, was sent in care of Mr. Torii. A search in later years located only those Tablets addressed to Mr. Torii himself.
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