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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…

Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings – An Introduction

Prison cells in Akka in which Baha'u'llah and his companions were held

At one time We spoke in the language of the lawgiver; at another in that of the truth-seeker and the mystic,… [1] This phrase was written by Bahá’u’lláh almost at the end of his life, in his own summation of his life’s work. If you are new to Bahá’u’lláh’s writings – it might not be obvious where to begin. Indeed,…

When English Kings Studied the Learning of the Arabs

Once upon a time, Norman kings of England studied the learning of the Arabs. A strange story, largely forgotten. At that time the “English” were subjects of their Normans rulers. And Norman cousins also ruled in another island to the south. Before they arrived it had been called the Emirate of Sicily. The hero of our…