Thursday, June 14, 2018

A fraction of the total numbers of unique works have been published in the original languages or translated into Western languages.

The UHJ states in one of its letter:

For Bahá’u’lláh, nearly 20,000 unique works have been identified. Most of these Writings have been collected; however, 865 are known to have been revealed, but the texts are not available. Close to 15,000 of the collected works have been authenticated by the Archives Office to date.

For the Báb, over 2,000 unique works have been identified. Most of these Writings have been collected; however, 74 are known to have been revealed, but the texts are not available. Nearly 1,600 of the collected works have been authenticated.

For ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, over 30,000 unique works have been identified. All of these Writings have been collected and over 27,000 of them have been authenticated.

For Shoghi Effendi, over 22,000 unique works have been identified. All of these documents have been collected and the majority of them have been authenticated. It is estimated that approximately ten per cent of the documents described above are in photocopied form. A fraction of the total numbers of unique works have been published in the original languages or translated into Western languages.

http://bahai-library.com/uhj_numbers_sacred_writings

Baha'i authorities shield Western believers by not providing translations...

June 6. On this date in 2013, the Universal House of Justice sent an email to an individual believer concerning the number of texts written by the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, 'Abdu’l-Bahá, and Shoghi Effendi, noting "A fraction of the total numbers of unique works have been published in the original languages or translated into Western languages."

The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the central book of the Bahá'í Faith written by Bahá'u'lláh, was only officially translated into English in 1992, by which time other translations, such as one by the Royal Asiatic Society, were becoming increasingly available through dissemination via the internet. My personal opinion is that the material in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas is so objectionable that the Bahá'í authorities wished to shield Western believers from its contents, as they do from Bahá'u'lláh's other works by not providing translations.

https://www.reddit.com/r/OnThisDateInBahai/comments/8ozgfn/bahai_history_june_6_2013_the_uhj_wrote/

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Shaykh Ahmad’s doctrines prepared the way...

The sense of messianic anticipation within Shi‘ism was intensified by the spread of the doctrines of the Shaykhi School, named for Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa’i (1753-1826). He advanced a metaphorical interpretation of certain traditional tenets of Islam, claiming that the Hidden Imam existed not on earth but in a spiritual realm where he guided the faithful through a ‘perfect Shi‘i’ who was a ‘gate’ to the Imam. Shaykh Ahmad’s doctrines prepared the way for the widespread response within the Shi‘i community, particularly the Shaykhis, to the appearance of the Bab.

(Baha’is of Iran, Transcaspia and the Caucasus, The Volume 1: Letters of Russian Officers and Officials, Volume 1)

Friday, June 8, 2018

If the veil were lifted, and the full glory of the station of those that have turned wholly towards God...

If the veil were lifted, and the full glory of the station of those that have turned wholly towards God, and have, in their love for Him, renounced the world, were made manifest, the entire creation would be dumbfounded.

- Baha'u'llah

(Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

"We must strive unceasingly and without rest" to convert everyone to Baha'ism

We must strive unceasingly and without rest to accomplish the development of the spiritual nature in man, and endeavor with tireless energy to advance humanity toward the nobility of its true and intended station.

- Abdu’l-Bahá

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/PUP/pup-24.html

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Some lesser known facts about the Baha'i Faith

1) Women are not allowed to serve the most Supreme Administrative Body, the Universal House of Justice. So there is no Equality of Men and Women.
2) Baha'is are working to establish a Baha'i inspired New World Order, a Baha'i Super-state.
3) Baha'i shun Covenant-Breakers and execrate them.
4) Baha'is persecute the so called covenant-breakers, they have desecrated the grave of Diya'u'llah who was buried next to his father Baha'u'llah.
5) Baha'is have as many as 15 splinter groups, sects.
6) Baha'is have their religious text Copyrighted and religious symbols Trademarked.
7) Baha'is teach their 'faith' everywhere except in Israel for unknown reasons.
8) Baha'is lie regarding their population, they claim their population in India to be over 1.8 Million, while the government census reveals their figures to be 4572.
9) Baha'is selectively translate their writings for western audience and there is very heavy Baha'i censorship.
10) There is no indepenent Scholarship, all Baha'i texts needs to be approved before publication.
11) Baha'is see all other religions as corrupted and dead. There is nothing like "unity of religions".
12) Baha'is believe that Baha'u'llah is the sender of all prophets.
13) Babis have killed many Muslims in Iran. Baha'is have killed a few Azalis.
14) Baha'is believe their supreme body to be infallible, they call it as 'Seat of God'.
15) Baha'i guardian Shoghi Effendi was a closeted Homosexual, he used to spend months in Switzerland with Baha'i money and his like-minded friends / cousins.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Khadijih Khanum’s marriage with Bab as described by her to Munirih Khanum.

While I was there I said to the wife of the Bab: "We have talked enough of these other matters. I beg of you to tell us of your life, and of your meeting with the Bab, and of your marriage to Him."
She said:
I cannot recall everything, but because of your request I will relate all that I remember. The Bab's father, Aqa Sayyid Muhammad Rida, was my cousin. He was engaged in a small amount of trade. We were three sisters. One night I dreamt that Fatimih Zahra had come to our house to propose that one of us marry her son. My sister and I went forward with joy and delight to welcome her. She arose and kissed me on the forehead. In my dream, I understood that she had selected me. I awoke in the morning exhilarated and yet modesty forbade me from telling my dream to anyone. On that very day at noon, the Bab's mother came to our house. My sister and I went to greet her in the same way we had done in my dream. She arose and kissed me on the forehead and held me in her arms, then she left. My older sister told me that she had come to ask for my hand, and I said, "O, how fortunate I am!" I related the dream I had had and said, "This dream has brought joy to my heart."
After a few days, the betrothal was discussed and gifts were sent for the engagement. The Bab and his uncle set out for Bushihr at this time to engage in some commerce.
After that dream, whenever I met the mother of the Bab I showed her the greatest respect and courtesy, even though she was my own aunt.
I cannot remember now how long the Bab's trip lasted. While He was in Bushihr I dreamt that it was our wedding night and that I was sitting in His presence. He was wearing a green cloak around which there was writing. Within those writings, verses from the Qur'an were inscribed. One of the verses was the Ayatu'l-nur [the Verse of Light, and light emanated from His person. The intensity of my happiness at seeing Him in this state woke me up. After this dream, I felt assured that He was a great personage and a great love for Him filled my heart. Yet I could not confide these thoughts to anyone. He returned from Bushihr after some time, and His uncle arranged the wedding ceremony. So, the marriage took place.And still I found myself completely detached from material things and my heart attracted only by Him. I could see by His behavior, His words, His tranquility, and dignity that He was a great person. But I never imagined that He was the Promised One, the Qa'im. He spent most of His time in prayer and supplication. In the evenings, as was customary among merchants, He would ask for His bundle of papers and His account book, yet I would observe that these were not His business records. I would occasionally ask: "What are these papers?" He would smile and reply: "These are account books on the people of the world." If an unexpected guest suddenly arrived, He would cover the papers with a cloth.
To be brief, all close friends and relatives such as uncle and aunts were convinced of His greatness and showed Him great respect. So it continued, until the evening of May 22, 1844. That was the night when the Babu'l-Bab came to visit Him and acknowledged His mission.
What an extraordinary night that was! The Bab said to me: "Tonight we will entertain a dear guest." His whole being was ablaze. I was most eager to hear what He had to say, but He turned to me and told me: "It is better if you go and sleep." I did not wish to disobey Him, but I remained awake all night and could hear His blessed voice until the morning, conversing with the Bab'l-Bab, chanting verses, and presenting proofs and arguments.
Every day, from then on, the Bab entertained an unknown guest and they would converse in the same way. Should I wish to relate fully the sufferings and trials He had to bear in those days, I could not bear to say them, and you would not be able to endure hearing them. But I will relate the incident of His capture briefly.
One night we were asleep. Suddenly, the chief of police, the accursed 'Abdu'l-Hamid Khan, entered with his men through the roof of the house and seized the Bab, who was clad only in a thin robe. They took Him away without any explanation. I never saw Him again. (Misc Baha'i, Munirih - Memoirs and Letters, p. 32 )

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."

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