The Tablet of Carmel – Separation from Thee

cypress trees on mt carmel

The Tablet of Carmel is in the form of a dialogue between Mt Carmel and Bahá’u’lláh. And like many of Bahá’u’lláh’s works, the words simultaneously speak at many levels. One of the most moving passages of the Tablet of Carmel is that in which the mountain laments her separation from Bahá’u’lláh. Separation from Thee, O Thou Source of everlasting life,…

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 was cruelly stolen in the…

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. His footsteps traced a path…

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 blue and crystal bay. To…

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 however, through the strengthening grace…

Tablet of the World – the Prerequisites of Peace, Understanding and Unity

gardens at bahji

Bahá’u’lláh observes that each era has its own needs. Attitudes, standards and practices of the past are not applicable to the needs of the present or the future. As to thy question concerning the heavenly Scriptures: The All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy. Every…

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. For the word humility is connected…

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 new insight – new inspiration.…

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 1953, to take the Baha’i…

The Tablet of the World and Bahá’u’lláh’s Homeland

Tablet of the World and Baha'u'llah's Homeland - shrines haifa

The Tablet of the World was written in 1891 in Haifa. It was written at a time when two of Bahá’u’lláh’s followers lay imprisoned because of their faith. These two, Ali-Akbar, and Haji Abu’l Hassan-i-Amin, had been designated Hands of the Cause and the Tablet of the World starts by honouring them. The words used to do so are resonant:…

Bahá’u’lláh’s counsel to do no harm

crushed terracotta path bahji - do no harm

In the Tablet of the World, Bahá’u’lláh counsels us that we should do no harm. Incline your hearts to the counsels given by the Most Exalted Pen and beware lest your hands or tongues cause harm unto anyone among mankind.[1] The principle to “do no harm” has ancient provenance and appears in both East and West. It is attributed to…

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 he prepares his followers —…