A new volume of Baha'i sacred writings, comprising Baha'u'llah's call to world leaders, is published

HAIFA, Israel, 13 June 2002 (BWNS) - A new volume of recently translated writings of Bahá'u'lláh, comprising a series of messages written to world leaders, has been issued by Bahá'í World Centre Publications.

Entitled The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, the 272-page book contains authoritative English translations of six major works written by Bahá'u'lláh in the latter half of the 19th century. Collectively, the works clearly enunciate Bahá'u'lláh's claim to prophethood and offer a prescription for peaceful and just leadership in the modern world.

"Never since the beginning of the world," declares Bahá'u'lláh Himself in the book, "hath the message been so openly proclaimed."

In addition to such pronouncements, Bahá'u'lláh calls on kings and rulers to reduce armaments, resolve international conflicts, and limit expenditures that place unnecessary strain on their subjects, among other things.

Specifically, the book collects the Suriy-i-Haykal [Surih of the Temple], Suriy-i-Ra'is [Surih of the Chief], Lawh-i-Ra'is [Tablet of the Chief], Lawh-i-Fu'ad [Tablet to Fu'ad Pasha], Lawh-i-Sultan [Tablet to the Shah of Iran], and Suriy-i-Muluk [Surih of the Kings].

While portions of some of these works have been translated and published before, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts marks the first time full-length and fully researched translations of them have been released.

The collected volume represents only a fraction of Bahá'u'lláh's output during his 40-year ministry, during which He revealed thousands of tablets which altogether represent a volume more than 70 times the size of the Qur'an and more than 15 times the size of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.