Bahaullah’s Writings

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.…

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 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…

The Beatitudes of Bahá’u’lláh

shrine of Baha'u'llah beatitudes

In the Lawh-i-Aqdas – Bahá’u’lláh speaks primarily to those familiar with the teachings of Jesus Christ. He concludes this message with twenty-one beatitudes. These, obviously evoke the beatitudes of Jesus and the sermon on the mount, and there are many similarities. But there is also a different resonance. When Jesus spoke two thousand years ago…

Bahá’u’lláh’s Message to Christians

Shrine of the Bab - Reflections off water - message to christians

The Lawh-i-Aqdas – the Most Holy Tablet –  is addressed to Christians. Bahá’u’lláh announces his mission to the followers of Christ. Almost at its outset, the call is made: O followers of the Son! Have ye shut out yourselves from Me by reason of My Name?[1] These words allude to passages such as the following from…

Metaphors for Bahá’u’lláh: the Sun of Knowledge, the Ocean of Wisdom, the Royal Falcon

kashkul of Bahaullah - metaphors for bahaullah

Innumerable metaphors for Bahá’u’lláh appear in his writings. They enrich our understanding of who Bahá’u’lláh is. One of the most striking such metaphors appears in the Lawh-i-Maqsud. He that hath Me not is bereft of all things. Turn ye away from all that is on earth and seek none else but Me. I am the Sun of Wisdom and the Ocean of…