Michael Curtotti

Before the Dawn: The Bab – Prophet Herald

room in the house of the bab where he declared his mission to mulla husayn 22 may 1844 before dawn

Several times we’ve encountered mention of the Bab – the prophet-herald of Baha’u’llah. Here, is a little of the story of the time that preceded Baha’u’llah, as told in Nabil’s Narrative. The time before the dawn. Mulla Husayn, a young seminarian, was undertaking a search. He was carrying out the last wishes of his spiritual teacher…

Work is Worship

Among Bahá’u’lláh’s Glad Tidings is one directed to what we spend most of our waking time doing: working. Often, in the past “sacred” has been taken to imply set apart. A special caste was concerned with the administration of the sacred. The ordinary day to day activities of life were not sacred. Bahá’u’lláh overturns this separation. Work is worship. It…

Adam and the Rainbow Serpent

sidewalk rainbow serpent

In ancient biblical lore Adam is the first human and the creation story of Adam and Eve is well-known. Adam and Eve are cast as responsible for the “fall of man” through their disobedience in eating from tree of good and evil. This story is regarded as a metaphorical rather than literal in the Baha’i teachings.[1]…

Lidia Zamenhof and a World Language

Lidia Zamenhof’s famous father was the creator of the Esperanto – perhaps the most successful effort to create an international language. Lidia herself devoted herself to promoting the language and also to teaching the Baha’i Faith of which she had become a member. Undoubtedly Bahá’u’lláh’s call for adoption of a world language would have resonated…

Into the Prison City: Suffering of the Prophets

prison in akka suffering of the prophets

Yesterday we read Bahá’u’lláh’s good news. Yet Bahá’u’lláh’s own life was full of suffering. “O the misery of men! No Messenger cometh unto them but they laugh Him to scorn.” …“Each nation hath plotted darkly against their Messenger to lay violent hold on Him, and disputed with vain words to invalidate the truth.”[1] Bahá’u’lláh was exiled from…

Good news – Bahá’u’lláh’s Glad Tidings

Good news – glad tidings – or “gospel” to use an old English word. In Arabic “bisharat”. Bahá’u’lláh’s Glad Tidings are a short collection of teachings concerned with reform of the world.  They are addressed to all human beings. Bahá’u’lláh notes the abolition of the following as key consequences of his Glad Tidings. The abolition of: holy…

Harmony of Science and Religion – Dispelling Superstition

Harmony of Science and Religion

“Among … principles of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings was the harmony of science and religion“, with words such as these Abdu’l Baha introduces us to another core principle he identifies in Baha’u’llah’s teachings and thought. But what does this principle mean and how does it relate to the quite fractious debates that emerge from time to time…