200th anniversary articles

The Tablet of Carmel – Ancient Promise Fulfilled

Silver sunset over the sea - site where the Tablet of Carmel was revealed

The Tablet of Carmel is a song of redemption. It answers the innumerable prayers offered generation after generation by a suffering humanity. When we look through recorded history we find so many truly appalling examples of human suffering arising from the actions of human beings. In recent times we may think of Lidia Zamenhof whose life…

Bahá’u’lláh’s Footsteps on the Mountain

mt carmel overlooking bay of haifa

Bahá’u’lláh’s venerable figure slowly ascended the slope of Mt Carmel followed by his disciples. He would have been wearing the light coloured robes and taj headdress characteristic of him; his his sky-blue eyes and face framed by a long beard. Perhaps he carried a staff to assist him in ascending the steep slope of the mountain.…

Mt Carmel: Mountain of the Lord

Mt Carmel shrine of the bab

From time immemorial Mt Carmel has stood the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Human beings have lived on its slopes for hundreds of thousands of years. Overlooking the sea – Mt Carmel is a great mountain ridge projecting out into the sea and stretching far inland to the south-east. On its northern side stretches a…

Tablet of the World – Five Positive Teachings

Five Positive Teachings - gardens Bahji ridvan 2015

In the Tablet of the World, we have already seen Bahá’u’lláh’s condemnation of four evils: The unbelievers and the faithless have set their minds on four things: first, the shedding of blood; second, the burning of books; third, the shunning of the followers of other religions; fourth, the extermination of other communities and groups. Now…

The Humility of the Earth

tilled earth humility

Rarely do we find the quality of humility valued or appreciated in our popular culture. We do not celebrate or place confidence in the humble. Yet they are precisely the kind of people needed for the healing of the world. This, perhaps, is the meaning of The meek shall inherit the Earth It is appropriate.…

The World and the Self

the world and the self

For a work about the world as a whole, the Tablet of the World is personal: intensely personal. It reflects the fact, commented on in a previous article – that the personal is universal. The world and the self are intimately interconnected. As in many passages of Bahá’u’lláh’s writings old concepts are recast — suddenly providing…

Frank Wyss – Knight of Bahá’u’lláh

Frank Wyss

Frank Wyss was a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh. He did not engage in physical warfare. That was not the kind of knight he was. A Knight of Bahá’u’lláh engages in a spiritual battle – primarily a battle against self. The title was granted to those who arose, in response to plans set by Shoghi Effendi in…