200th anniversary articles

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,…

An Outline of Bahá’u’lláh’s Life

Teheran where Baha'u'llah was born in 1817

The bare facts of anyone’s life, doesn’t do justice. Yet it helps us put the many complex pieces of the puzzle together and fosters understanding.  In this series we have dived straight in: exploring concepts, events and writings. Here we will step back and think about the outlines of Bahá’u’lláh’s life. There are two tools that I…

Bahá’u’lláh’s Love

Rarely does the historical record show us the fullness of Bahá’u’lláh’s human experience. An exception is a moment of love between Bahá’u’lláh and his son, captured in the recollections of Baha’iyyih Khanum (Baha’u’llah’s daughter). More of that story below. Love is a recurrent theme in Bahá’u’lláh’s writings. Love of the divine, of creation, of humanity.…

Troubled Times

It won’t have escaped your attention that we live in troubled times. The sense of uncertainty and unease is palpable even for those of us lucky enough to live at a distance from the world’s conflict zones.  The world is suffering and we all know it. Every few days a new shock, a new event…

We are One – Bahá’u’lláh’s thought on the oneness of humanity

Oneness of humanity in action (c) Baha'i International Community http://media.bahai.org/detail/0969294

Shoghi Effendi, the great grandson of Bahá’u’lláh, described the oneness of humanity as the “pivot” of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. When Bahá’u’lláh’s son Abdu’l Baha travelled the West in the early twentieth century he would often begin his talks with the principle of the oneness of humanity as the first of Bahá’u’lláh’s principles. When the English scholar Edward…