With the numerous tests and uncertainties of motherhood, the Tablet of Ahmad is a wonderful gift to mothers. Shoghi Effendi wrote: “The Tablet of Ahmad was revealed by Bahá’u’lláh to be read when one feels himself in exceptionally difficult circumstances. There is nothing obligatory about its use, and every person has to decide for himself whether he desires to learn it by heart or not…”
In another letter he wrote:
Here are 9 ideas for using the Tablet of Ahmad in your daily life.
1. Listen to the Tablet put to beautiful music
Create your own version or seek out one by someone else. You can purchase a lovely recording by Red Grammer here.
2. Record your own voice
Listen to your recording in the car, while taking a walk, after morning prayers, or at another meditative time during the day.
3. Choose a paragraph for each day or week
Focus on studying and reflecting on one paragraph each day or every week. (There are 16 paragraphs.)
4. Read Learn Well This Tablet
Learn Well This Tablet by H. Richard Gurinsky is a book which explores the meaning and history of all the phrases of the Tablet of Ahmad. (Find the details for the book here and check with your local Baha’i Distribution Service to get a copy of the book.)
5. Draw pictures
Illustrate some of the imagery in the prayer and what it means to you, how it makes you feel, or what images come to your mind when you read the words. You may like to create a book of these pictures with your children.
6. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
For 10 days make an effort to say the Tablet every day at the same time, out loud.
7. Chant the prayer
Recite the Tablet in a sing-song voice, not to any specific melody but as your heart dictates.
8. Write it out
Write a sentence of the prayer on a piece of paper after your morning devotions, and add a sentence each morning until you have written the whole prayer.
9. Memorize it
Make a goal for yourself to memorize it. After using the above ideas, you may find you have memorized much of the prayer already. Here are some more tips for how to memorize it:
-Katurah Richmond (of Lucky Beans)
- Juliet Martinez
-Pamela Douglas (of Gems of Oneness)
- Gisou Ravanbaksh
What experiences have you had with the Tablet of Ahmad? Do you have any special ways you like to incorporate it into your life?