The Tablets of the Divine Plan is a series of 13 letters written by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh, to the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada in 1916 and 1917. The letters were written in response to the growing community of Bahá’ís in the West and were intended to provide guidance on the spiritual and administrative development of the Bahá’í community. The letters were published in 1919 and are considered the core mission of the Baha'i community, a Charter of Teaching challenging the American Baha'is to take the Faith to every corner of the world. Based on this important mission, the North American Baha'is have been repeatedly referred to as the "spiritual descendants of the Dawn-Breakers", inasmuch as the Dawn-Breakers were the first to arise and spread the Faith of the Bab in the earliest days of the Dispensation.
The Tablets were written as a response to the dynamism of the early 20th-century Bahá’í communities in North America, providing them with direction for their spiritual expansion and global teaching endeavors.
The Tablets serve as a charter, urging Bahá’ís to take their faith to all parts of the world, and delineating strategies and principles crucial for spreading Bahá'í teachings.
They marked a turning point by setting in motion a systematic approach to the international spread of the Bahá'í Faith, making it a global religion.
Yes, the Tablets are authoritative texts within the Bahá'í canon, holding a directive force for the expansion and administration of the Bahá'í community.
There are 13 tablets in total, each addressing specific themes and addressed to the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada.
The Tablets lay out goals associated with spiritual conquest - not through force, but through service, teaching, and deepening one’s own faith.
The Dawn-Breakers' heroic early history serves as an inspirational template for the ambition and dedication called for in the Tablets of the Divine Plan.
Written during World War I, the Tablets juxtapose the chaos of war with a vision for a peaceful, united, and spiritually awakened world.