Life of the Spirit

What does it mean to be a Baha’i?

to be a Baha'i

There is no single model of course – every Baha’i has their own story – which implies a multiplicity of ways of responding to Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. The vision of what it means to be a Baha’i comes from Bahá’u’lláh’s writings. It is nothing like the stereotypes that might jump to mind. In one sense, Baha’is…

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…

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…

Each Morrow Richer Than its Yesterday

each day better - dawn - healthy attitude to mistakes

We all make mistakes. How we deal with our own mistakes and of those around us has important implications. Too often we stand in judgement of our fellow human beings. It’s an attitude that is corrosive to our own connection with the sacred, and in its worst manifestations creates a judgemental and oppressive community. Despite the prevalence of…

Mystic Gems – the Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh

The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah

Among the most well known works of Bahá’u’lláh are the Hidden Words. They are written in brief “gem-like utterances”,[1] 71 in Arabic and 82 in Persian. They are at once of crystalline clarity and yet impenetrable in their allusion to a spiritual reality beyond our day to day experience. The Hidden Words are among the works which…