Bahaullah’s Writings

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, like Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, is collection of the writings of Baha’u’llah translated into English in 1978. It improved the translation of some writings that had been originally translated early in the twentieth century, and made available others for the first time in English. The Tablets of Baha’u’llah come from…

A Mystic Journey – The Seven Valleys

Written for a judge and Sufi Shaykh, the Seven Valleys is described by Shoghi Effendi as Bahá’u’lláh’s greatest mystical work. The Seven Valleys is not easy to write about and defies superficial description. Only in travelling the journey can its meaning unfold. As Bahá’u’lláh writes in another of his mystical works, the Four Valleys: The…

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah

When Shoghi Effendi was a young man at Oxford University, he didn’t imagine that he would become the leader of the faith which his great grandfather – Bahá’u’lláh – had founded. What Shoghi Effendi wanted to do was translate the Baha’i writings into English. Accordingly, he was focussed on acquiring a mastery of English sufficient to adequately…

Taking Things Too Literally vs. Interpreting Texts for the Oneness of Humanity

literal interpretation - religious texts

Taking things too literally – particularly religious texts – can be a problem – as we tragically see in our world. In some cases it contributes to murderous results. In other cases it creates irresolvable conflicts between communities and points of view. This article discusses how Bahá’u’lláh interprets religious texts to lay the foundations of unity. As noted…

George Townshend – from Cathedral to Coherence

This article needs to begin with some of George Townshend’s words – as he was above all a writer. The “Hidden Words” is a love-song. It has for its background the romance of all the ages—the Love of God and Man, of the Creator and His creature. … Strange, … that this devotional volume, so beautiful in…

Baha’u’llah’s Will and Testament – the Kitab-i-Ahd

sea gate into akka kitab-i-ahd

Bahá’u’lláh did something unique in the recorded history of the founders of world religions. He left a will and testament. His will and testament is from any viewpoint, a most remarkable document. It is a central constitutional document of the Baha’i Faith – yet at the same time it is a meditation on the human condition.…

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…

Human Nature: Hidden Gems and Tempered Steel

hidden gems human nature

Bahá’u’lláh often calls us to rise to the positive potential we have within us. The words he uses evoke a rich imagery of human nature. Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.[1] Or here: Thou art…

Looking Good – The Ornaments

man dressed up - looking good baha'u'llah's ornaments

Dressing up – and decoration of various kinds – is a universal human practice. Clothing isn’t just functional — it serves complex social functions – used to communicate mood, occasion, status, function and gender. It is sometimes religiously mandated – marking the boundaries of “appropriate” or “modest” clothing. Sometimes such constraints have been the vehicle…