Thursday, August 16, 2018

They that have forsaken their country in the path of God...

"They that have forsaken their country in the path of God and subsequently ascended unto His presence, such souls shall be blessed by the Concourse on High and their names recorded by the pen of Glory among such as have laid down their lives as martyrs in the path of God, the Help in peril, the Self - Subsistence."

-Baha'u'llah

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_messages_1968_1973

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Holy Spirit Itself hath been generated through the agency of a single letter revealed by Baha'u'llah

In the Súratu’l-Haykal, one of the most challenging works of Bahá’u’lláh, the following verses, each of which testifies to the resistless power infused into the Revelation proclaimed by its Author, have been recorded: “Naught is seen in My temple but the Temple of God, and in My beauty but His Beauty, and in My being but His Being, and in My self but His Self, and in My movement but His Movement, and in My acquiescence but His Acquiescence, and in My pen but His Pen, the Mighty, the All-Praised. There hath not been in My soul but the Truth, and in Myself naught could be seen but God.” “The Holy Spirit Itself hath been generated through the agency of a single letter revealed by this Most Great Spirit, if ye be of them that comprehend.”

-Shoghi Effendi

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/WOB/wob-37.html

I am God, I have created manifestations in the world of being...

Beware lest ye speak of duality in regard to My Self, for all the atoms of the earth proclaim that there is none other God but Him, the One, the Single, the Mighty, the Loving. From the beginning that hath no beginning I have proclaimed, from the realm of eternity, that I am God, none other God is there save Me, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting; and unto the end that hath no end I shall proclaim, amidst the kingdom of names, that I am God, none other God is there beside Me, the All-Glorious, the Best-Beloved. Say: Lordship is My Name, whereof I have created manifestations in the world of being, while We Ourself remain sanctified above them, would ye but ponder this truth.

-Baha'u'llah,

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/SLH/slh-4.html

Baha'is take help of Mohammad Reza Shah's dream to prove that he was a Shi'i ruler who persecuted Baha'is for their beliefs!

The Shah’s degree of belief in Shi’ism can also be seen clearly in this speech:

I was stricken with typhoid fever, and at the height of the illness, I dreamed of Imam Ali one night … He gave me a cup containing a liquid to drink, and I did that, and my health improved… In the summer, when we were going to visit the Shrine of Emamzadeh Davood, I fell off the horse. During the fall, I saw the image of Abbas ibn Ali, who took my hand and protected me… I also saw a picture of the 12th imam in the summer palace.

http://iranpresswatch.org/post/16394/a-paradise-for-murderers/

According to Abdul Baha, Tahirih recognized the Bab through a dream


“One night when it was getting along toward dawn she laid her head on her pillow, lost all awareness of this earthly life, and dreamed a dream; in her vision a youth, a Siyyid, wearing a black cloak and a green turban, appeared to her in the heavens; he was standing in the air, reciting verses and praying with his hands upraised. At once, she memorized one of these verses, and wrote it down in her notebook when she awoke. After the Bab had declared his mission, and His first book, 'The Best of Stories,' was circulated, Tahirih was reading a section of the text one day, and she came upon that same verse, which she had noted down from the dream. Instantly offering thanks, she fell upon her knees and bowed her forehead to the ground, convinced that the Bab’s message was truth.”

‘Abdu’l-Baha, Memorials of the Faithful (Wilmette, Ill: Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1971) p. 193.

Why sleep?

If a man sleep, it should not be for pleasure, but to rest the body in order to do better, to speak better, to explain more beautifully, to serve the servants of God and to prove the truths. When he remains awake he should seek to be attentive, serve the Cause of God and sacrifice his own stations for those of God. When he attains to this station, the confirmations of the Holy Spirit will surely reach him, and man with this power can withstand all who inhabit the earth.

-Abdu'l-Baha

https://bahai.works/Pattern_of_Bah%C3%A1%E2%80%99%C3%AD_Life/Text

Friday, August 3, 2018

Nothing but ignorance became apparent of Baha'u'llah.

According to the testimony of Mulla Muhammad Ja'far Naraqi:

Very often topics of (religious) science were discussed between me and the claimant (Baha'u'llah). Nothing but ignorance became apparent of him. So often, I would ask him a question and it would come to pass with (his) silence."

http://www.bayanic.com/lib/fwd/tazkereh/Tazkereh-FWD.html

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How Tahirih was convinced that the Bab’s message was truth?

One night when it was getting along toward dawn she laid her head on her pillow, lost all awareness of this earthly life, and dreamed a dream; in her vision a youth, a Siyyid, wearing a black cloak and a green turban, appeared to her in the heavens; he was standing in the air, reciting verses and praying with his hands upraised. At once, she memorized one of those verses, and wrote it down in her notebook when she awoke. After the Bab had declared His mission, and His first book, “The Best of Stories,”6 was circulated, Tahirih was reading a section of the text one day, and she came upon that same verse, which she had noted down from the dream. Instantly offering thanks, she fell to her knees and bowed her forehead to the ground, convinced that the Bab’s message was truth.

- Táhirih in History: Perspectives on Qurratu'l-'Ayn from East and West, By Jan T. Jasion



It is not true that Qurrat al-‘Ayn laid aside the veil!

For if we look at other accounts of Qurrat al-‘Ayn, there is reason to believe that matters are not as straightforward as they seem. The British Orientalist Edward Browne’s collections of various historical materials suggest that in one of his conversation with a well-known Babi it was remarked that Qurrat al-‘Ayn never intentionally took off the veil.33 Browne comments that if he can remember the conversation correctly, this Babi responded to the question of Qurrat al-‘Ayn’s discarding of the veil in the following words:

It is not true that she laid aside the veil. Sometimes when carried away by her eloquence, she allowed it to slip down off her face, but she would always replace it after a few moments.34

- Táhirih in History: Perspectives on Qurratu'l-'Ayn from East and West, By Jan T. Jasion

The highest levels of spiritual comprehension (Erfan)!

One Baha'i Scholar on "Baha'i Studies" Facebook Group wrote this:
The Most Great Spirit is a poetic term Bahaullah used to refer to himself for people who were unaware (as an introduction). Elsewhere Bahaullah clarifies that he [the most great spirit] created the holy spirit, and that he is the one who spoke TO moses from the Burning Bush. And in arabic he refers to himself as al-Mursil / al-Munzil which is a specific term used by the Quran to refer to the process of sending the Prophet Muhammad and revealing the Quran to Muhammad... meaning that he is the one who sent Muhammad and gave Muhammad the Book. And in Kitabi Aqdas 175/176, Bahaullah says that he observed the Bayan prior to it being revealed to the Bab, and accepted it after the Bab then again presented it to him [In His Tablet addressed to “Him Who will be made manifest”, the Báb characterizes the Bayán as an offering from Him to Bahá’u’lláh]. In this same Tablet the Bab wrote to Bahaullah: "This is an epistle from the letter ‘Thá’ (the Bab) unto Him (Bahaullah) Who will be made manifest through the power of Truth —He Who is the All-Glorious, the Best Beloved—to affirm that all created things as well as myself bear witness for all time that there is none other God but Thee, the Omnipotent, the Self-Subsisting; that Thou art God, there is no God besides Thee and that all men shall be raised up to life through Thee.From all eternity I have indeed recognized Thee and unto all eternity will ever do so through Thine Own Self and not through any one else besides Thee... Every Manifestation is but a revelation of Thine Own Self... I have testified to Thy oneness through Thine Own Self... I have attained the recognition of Thee through Thine Own Self... I have glorified Thy Name through Thine Own Self ... bearing witness that, verily, Thou and Thou alone art the Lord of might, the Eternal One, the Ancient of Days."

Monday, July 23, 2018

Incest!?

...the text of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas forbids a man to marry his father’s wife (i.e. his stepmother), and the Guardian has indicated that likewise a woman is forbidden to marry her stepfather.

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/KA/ka-2.html

Ninety-five times Allahu Abha

It hath been ordained that every believer in God, the Lord of Judgement, shall, each day, having washed his hands and then his face, seat himself and, turning unto God, repeat “Alláh-u-Abhá” ninety-five times.

Baha'u'llah, Kitab-i-Aqdas

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/KA/ka-4.html

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Petition of Baha'is of Shushtar, Iran, March, 1867, to U.S. Government

"An extraordinary document reached Beirut April 3rd, addressed to the United States consul, from fifty-three Persians in Bagdad [actually from Shushtar, Iran, via Baghdad], petitioning the United States Congress for the release of their leader, Beha Allah, the Babite Persian reformer, who appeared in 1843,* and was followed by thousands, 30,000 of whom were killed by the Shah of Persia. He was arrested in Bagdad by the Turkish government, and is now (1867) in prison in Adrianople, European Turkey. His particular doctrine is 'the universal brotherhood of man.' The petitioners claim that they number 40,000. A German traveller writes from Bagdad enclosing the petition and speaks admiringly of the reformer, and asks for his release on the grounds of religious liberty which is now granted by the Sultan to all his subjects. One of the documents appended to the petition is signed with a Free Masonic Seal.**"

--Rev. Henry Harris Jessup, Fifty-three Years in Syria. New York and Chicago: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1910, Volume I, p. 329.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160403060044/http://www.h-net.org/~bahai/arabic/vol1/ardhal.htm

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

What happened when Avarih's 'evil whisperings' reached the ears of the loyal and vigilant followers of Baha'u'llah?

No sooner had his evil whisperings reached the ears of the loyal and vigilant followers of Baha'u'llah, than they arose with overwhelming force and unhesitating determination to denounce him as a dangerous enemy seeking to undermine the faith and sap the loyalty of the adherents of the Cause of God. Shunned by the entire body of the believers, abandoned by his life-long and most intimate friends, deserted by his wife, separated from his only child, refused admittance into even his own home, denied of the profit he hoped to derive from the sale and circulation of his book, he found to his utter amazement and remorse his best hopes irretrievably shattered.

- Shoghi Effendi (1927)

Baha'i News Letter (US & Canada), No. 21, January 1928

Sunday, July 15, 2018

In 1864, Baha'u'llah and his entourage had rented a mansion, It had thirty inner, private rooms on three storeys.

By August, 1864, Baha'u'llah and his entourage had rented a mansion, called the house of Amru'llah, near the Sultan Selim mosque at the center of the city. It had thirty inner, private rooms on three storeys. The public portion of the house had four or five reception salons, as well as many bedrooms. Baha'u'llah and his family lived on the upper floor of the private half of the house.

- Juan Cole

https://web.archive.org/web/20160517145913/http://www.h-net.org/~bahai/trans/vol6/surall.htm

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