Friday, May 18, 2018

The Turkish Government exacted a promise from Baha’u’llah that no teaching should be given to the dwellers in that country.

“The Turkish Government, entirely misunderstanding the matter, gave ear to the false statements of prejudiced and bigoted religionists, and fearing any innovation, exacted a promise from Baha’u’llah that no teaching should be given to the dwellers in that country, where the Holy Ones were held as prisoners and exiles. ‘Abdu’l-Baha also continued to respect this promise, so that for the people of that country the Life of the Holy Ones, as lived amongst them, was the Teaching for them. Some souls, by intuition, divined the secret of the stupendous event which was taking place, but for the most part they did not become aware.”

(Lady Blomfield, The Chosen Highway, page 136)

Mashriqu'l-Adhkar must be raised up near Baghdad

Mirza Muhammad-'Ali, the Afnan

...The other revered Afnan and the friends in India felt it advisable to send his blessed remains to Iraq, ostensibly to Najaf, to be buried near the Holy City; for the Muslims had refused to let him lie in their graveyard, and his body had been lodged in a temporary repository for safekeeping. ... in the end it proved impossible to bring the remains to Najaf, and Siyyid Asadu'llah had to carry them on to Baghdad. Here, too, there was no burial place where the Afnan's body would be safe from molestation at enemy hands. Finally the Siyyid decided to carry it to the shrine of Persia's Salman the Pure, about five farsakhs out of Baghdad, and bury it in Ctesiphon, close to the grave of Salman, beside the palace of the Sasaniyan kings. The body was taken there and that trust of God was, with all reverence, laid down in a safe resting-place by the palace of Nawshiravan.

I loved the Afnan very much. Because of him, I rejoiced. I wrote a long Visitation Tablet for him and sent it with other papers to Persia. His burial site is one of the holy places where a magnificent Mashriqu'l-Adhkar must be raised up. If possible, the actual arch of the royal palace should be restored and become the House of Worship. The auxiliary buildings of the House of Worship should likewise be erected there: the hospital, the schools and university, the elementary school, the refuge for the poor and indigent; also the haven for orphans and the helpless, and the travelers' hospice.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Memorials of the Faithful, p. 16-20)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ruhiyyih Khanum was a "shield in warding off the darts of Covenant breakers"

In a cable to the National Spiritual Assembly of Canada, Shoghi Effendi designated her as "my helpmate, my shield in warding off the darts of Covenant breakers and my tireless collaborator in the arduous tasks I shoulder."

https://bahai-library.com/khanum_guardian_bahai_faith

Friday, April 27, 2018

Men of ill will

There are several statements in the Sacred Scriptures of our Faith which are related to this general subject, and one in particular is found in "The Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh", ("The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh", p. 117) as follows: "My fears are for Him Who will be sent down unto you after Me Him Who will be invested with great sovereignty and mighty dominion". When a National Assembly wrote to the Guardian, asking about this reference, the following reply was sent on his behalf.

"...this refers to the Manifestation Who is to come after a thousand or more years, Who like all previous Messengers of God will be subjected to persecutions, but will eventually triumph over them. For men of ill will have been and will always continue to be in this world, unless mankind reaches a state of complete and absolute perfection a condition which is not only improbable but actually impossible to attain."

As you see, the persecutions to which the next Manifestation will be subjected will be carried out, according to the above statement, by "men of ill will" who, alas, "will continue to be in this world". There is nothing in the Writings to support the view that the opposition or persecution will be instigated or inflicted by the Universal House of Justice.

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_recognition_next_prophet

The Ultimate Baha'i Delusion

There are certain things that immediately come to mind.

1) There are numerous delusions stemming from gross ignorance among most believers of basic, fundamental facts about Babi and Baha'i history (not trivial details and minutia). I am thinking here specifically about the Babi uprisings and the reasons for Bahaullah's arrest, exile, and later house arrest.

2) The failed prophecies, like the ones stating that the Great Peace would come by the turn of the last millennium, when it did not.

3) The use of Pilgrims Notes when it suits the needs of the present narrative, but their facile dismissal if they do not fit the current narrative.

4) The references by Shoghi Effendi to pending apocalyptic wars, societal demise, and decay. These processes are later referred to by the Universal House of Justice as "disintegration" and other euphemisms.

5) The process of entry by troops.

6) The chapter titled Administrative Order in World Order of Bahá'u'lláh.

7) Basic historical inaccuracies, like 'Abdu’l-Bahá's statement in 1912 that "the first proclamation of liberty, of freedom from slavery, was accomplished in this continent" which is factually incorrect. In the same speech he says "This effort on the part of the white people in America should never be lost sight of, and therefore you must be grateful to the whites, for they were liberators of your people not only in this country, in the continent of America, but elsewhere, in Africa." Or the numerous historical inaccuracies mentioned by Shoghi Effendi, like the ones he mentioned in The Unfolding of World Civilization

Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/8ejifq/the_ultimate_bahai_delusion/

Ziyaratnamih specifically written for Subh-i-Azal by the Bab

Among several visitation tablets (i.e. the genre of prayer known as Ziyarah) specifically written for Subh-i-Azal, the Bab ends these prayers with the following refrain:

"...And God hath cursed the people who have sought to destroy Thee! And God hath cursed the people who have oppressed Thee! And God hath cursed the people who have conspired to shed Thy blood! And God hath cursed the people who have consented to murder Thee! And God hath cursed the people who have not recognized Thy rank! And God hath cursed the people who have not made efforts to avenge Thee from Thy enemies, for God hath indeed cursed the people in whose hearts was not found love for Thee!...And those who have oppressed Thee shall learn with what an overturning they shall be overthrown..."

https://www.academia.edu/3475020/Two_visitation_prayers_by_the_Bab_for_Subh-i-Azal


Monday, April 23, 2018

Baha'u'llah is the Lord of Hosts, the Heavenly Father, (and this is) the day when men will come face to face with the Godhead.

One night, it is related, Prince Kamran Mirza called Mulla Muhammad-Rida to his own private apartments to have dinner with him. Dinner over, he suddenly turned to the prisoner with this abrupt question: 'Akhund! Tell me: whom do you consider Baha'u'llah to be--an Imam or a Prophet?' Not at a loss for an answer, Mulla Muhammad-Rida replied: 'Your Royal Highness! We recognize in Him the Ancient Beauty, the Manifestation of God, the Dawning-Place of the Sun of Divinity, the Horizon whereupon has appeared the Light of the Unseen Who is beyond all comprehension. Should we do otherwise we would have denied all the Prophets Who came in past ages, and the Glad Tidings imparted by Them would have been made senseless, since They have foretold the Advent of the Lord of Hosts, the Heavenly Father, the day when men will come face to face with the Godhead. We refer to Him by these names, which are not of our own invention. Moreover, it is not names that we look up to, because Baha'u'llah is sanctified beyond all names, designations, appellation and description. He is both the Lord of Names and independent of names.' Then Mulla Muhammad-Rida went on to present the Prince with proofs and pointers.

The next day the prisoners were, as usual, brought to the assemblage where the great and mighty of the land had gathered, although that whole pretence of investigation was a mockery of justice, as is seen elsewhere in this volume. 'Well,' said Prince Kamran Mirza, turning to Haji Mulla 'Ali-Akbar-i-Shahmirzadi, known as Haji Akhund, 'what is your view of Mulla Muhammad-Rida; do you consider him to be a truthful person, is he an honest man?' To which query Haji Akhund replied: 'Indeed and indeed, he is a truthful person; he never lies.' Now Kamran Mirza found his chance to score a decisive point. 'If that is so,' he said, 'then the rest of you are all liars and deceivers. You have been telling me all along that in Baha'u'llah you witness the Return of Husayn [Rij'at-i-Husayni], whereas Mulla Muhammad-Rida tells me that the Light of the Invisible Godhead is shining in the Person of Baha'u'llah.' Haji Mulla 'Ali-Akbar was amazed and said mildly, 'Your Royal Highness! Mulla Muhammad-Rida is the Sufi of the Babis, waxing extravagant.' Then, Mulla Muhammad-Rida himself intervened: 'Your Royal Highness! You listen to me. What I have said is the truth. These are the samovar-centred Baha'is: when the samovar is boiling and they are seated somewhere safe and secure, they all say the same as I have told you. That is the belief of all; but now, at the time of testing, they draw a veil over it all and follow the dictates of circumspection.' After that there was only silence.

Ref. : Eminent Baha'is in the Time of Baha'u'llah with Some Historical Background, Page 105, 106

whatever I say is what will be!

In his memoires (p 394) Afroukhteh writes :

Abdul Baha claims:

"I don't claim sinlessness. I am the first of sinners but the Ancient Beauty has bestowed upon me a station, and therefore whatever I say is what will be."

Sunday, April 22, 2018

God will verily inspire them with whatsoever He willeth

It is incumbent upon the Trustees of the House of Justice to take counsel together regarding those things which have not outwardly been revealed in the Book, and to enforce that which is agreeable to them. God will verily inspire them with whatsoever He willeth, and He, verily, is the Provider, the Omniscient.

(Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh)

http://www.bahai.org/the-universal-house-of-justice/articles-resources/from-writings-bahaullah

House of Justice would legislate on details related to the obligatory prayers - Shoghi Effendi

First, with regard to your questions concerning the obligatory prayers, the "Aqdas" does not give detailed instructions about them. The Universal House of Justice, however, will have to define the exact time for their recital, and lay down, if required, other detailed instructions concerning their use. One of the three obligatory prayers should be recited. This is an obligation. But individual believers are absolutely free to choose any one of them. There is no particular time of day fixed for the reading of the long prayer.

http://bahai-library.com/uhj_legislating_prayers

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I am the Sender of the Messengers and the Revealer of the Books.

"In Isfahan there was a believer, a prominent man who accepted Baha'u'llah with his brain as the right prophet for today. He was a new believer and tried hard to overcome his shortcomings, like all of us, but had no success with his drinking habit, and friends could smell alcohol on his breath. In defense, he would state that his addiction was too difficult, and besides that, he was harming no one, and he was too lowly a servant for Baha'u'llah to be concerned about his private life. Then he had the bounty of attaining the presence of Baha'u'llah.

One day when he was among other believers and Baha'u'llah was pacing back and forth, a thought occurred to him that it is true that Baha'u'llah is a great Messenger of God, but he wondered what Baha'u'llah meant when He stated, "I am the Sender of the Messengers and the Revealer of the Books.'' He had not finished his thought when suddenly Baha'u'llah walked to him, put His blessed hand on his shoulder, and said, ''It is true, We are the Sender of the Messengers and the Revealer of the heavenly Books."

(Stories of Baha'u'llah, by Hand of the Cause A. A. Furutan, p. 74-5)

Baha'u'llah reveals himself only once every 500,000 years

“Erelong you will hear the call of the clamorous impostor, don’t pay attention to him, but leave him to himself. Set your faces toward Him Who is the Object (the Qiblih) of the adoration of all mankind, who has fulfilled the proof with this Proof that is revealed through the power of truth (God, al-Haqq). The Lights have attained their consummation in this source (horizon) whence the splendor of (the) Might and (the) Grandeur is diffused. Blessed is the soul that hath been brought up as the servant with respect to God in that which has been sent down in the Scrolls and the Tablets. Say: If in each day another one is manifested, the cause of God will not find rest in the cities and the lands. This is the Revelation (Manifestation) that manifests itself (His own Self) every 500,000 years time only once. Moreover, we unveiled the cover and we lifted the veil. Blessed is the man that recognized (‘arif) the purpose of God. In his recognition (‘irafah) has rejoiced in his heart and been made firm in the cause such that he cannot be made to stumble by the entire creation. Verily We unveiled in this Tablet a secret wrapt in secrets. This Revelation We have concealed that which is the Hidden lest the tumult of the wicked rise.”

http://www.hajir.org/?p=37

Friday, April 13, 2018

when I need to know something, it is pictured before Me.

"Yet at Schenectady, as 'Abdu'l-Bahá was shown around the General Electric Works by Steinmetz, this 'wizard of electricity' was observed to be eagerly absorbing 'Abdu'l Bahá's elucidation of electricity. The Rev. Moore, Unitarian clergyman who was present at the time, testified to me: 'Steinmetz's jaw seemed to drop open as he drank in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's talk.'

"'Abdu'l-Bahá, do You know everything?" Saffa Kinney is said to have asked.

"’No, I do not know everything. But when I need to know something, it is pictured before Me.’

"And so 'Abdu'l-Bahá, on the occasion of His tour of the General electric Works, knew more about electricity than Steinmetz."

(Stanwood Cobb, "Memories of 'Abdu'l-Bahá," pp. 20–21.)

To make it short and sweet:

The story is an electrician goes to the Master with a technical question and the Master answers his question and solves his problem. The electrician is then amazed at Master's level of knowledge and ask him how could he answer the question given he never had any formal training and the Master replies there is a field exists that I access to to get my answer!

Why I left the Baha'i Faith?

I was a Baha'i for about thirty years prior to the year 2000. We were led to believe that "entry by troops" and the "lesser peace" would happen by the year 2000, meaning that there would be a political peace in the world, and many, many thousands of people would be lining up to join the Baha'i religion.... and in fact, we were encouraged to donate to the building of the Baha'i World Center buildings in Haifa, Israel, because the buildings would be needed to handle the "entry by troops" that was about to happen.

Well, the year 2000 rolled around without any sign of mass conversions, and I finally realized that the people of the world weren't likely to ever convert to Baha'i 'en masse' because it is a repressive, guilt-tripping religion with many laws most people are not interested in signing up to follow. I weaned myself off the Baha'i belief system. It took over ten years to recover from the brainwashing I'd been through.

The Baha'i religion is very paranoid and fearful about their reputation because they want people to join the religion. Unfortunately for them, the internet was invented and knowledge of their imperfection has spread. They even have a "protection" arm of the religion with people appointed to go to communities to warn them about outsiders (mainly former Baha'is) who are dangerous to the religion. Baha'is were encouraged to avoid reading anything they wrote and instructed to entirely shun them. This is only one of many aspects of "information control" - a well-known sign of cult mind control, per many websites and books that expose cult methodology.

The list of principles of the Baha'i religion is a carefully crafted marketing plan to make the religion appeal to people in western countries such as the USA and Europe. Not everything they say is realistic, good, or in line even with the statements of their founders. For example, they have the principle of the equality of men and women but have different inheritance laws for each and don't allow women on the House of Justice (governing body) ... and they say they have a principle of the unity of religions but that doesn't mean that they respect people of all religions so much as it means that people of all religions can join Baha'i, give up their own religion, and then be united as a Baha'i community.

Baha'is want to say they are "the most wide-spread religion" so they force members in the USA (not sure about other countries) to have a "community" in each and every locality even if it is only two people... for example, say there are 11 people living in a city and 9 people living just outside the city limits. The 9 people living outside the city limits have to form their own "community" and must hold their "19 Day Feast" meetings separately from the 11 people living within the city limits. This is utterly ridiculous, but this way the national Baha'i center can count that as 2 communities or localities where Baha'is reside, rather than just one.

I could go on all day... writing about stupid things about the Baha'i religion. I'm so glad I made that mental break from the religion 18 years ago!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Actual definition of a Baha'i in good standing.

"The purpose of having this system where it is so easy to turn insiders into outsiders is to maintain very strict control over the community by its leaders. The idea is that everyone still on the inside will fear being made a non-person or being ostracized or being shunned, and so will keep quiet and let the leadership do as it pleases with them. Silent suffering of tyranny and injustice from one's leaders is the actual definition of a Baha'i in good standing. Of course, this requirement is cult-like...."

Professor Juan Cole, 12/5/2002

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