Bahaullah’s Writings

Ishraqat – What is Religion For?

Gardens of the Mansion of Mazra'ih - Ishraqat

In Ishraqat we also find an explicit discussion of the purpose of religion. The fact that Bahá’u’lláh has set this out in such explicit terms is another of the unique aspects of his life’s work as a prophet. The purpose of religion … is to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world;…

Ishraqat – Religion, Peace and Wisdom

Garden of Ridvan - Ishraqat

Ishraqat, like Tajalliyat, is a letter written by Bahá’u’lláh to one of his followers. Today, Bahá’u’lláh’s works are collected together and translated into many languages. It was not so when these works were created by Bahá’u’lláh. The Baha’i Faith was suppressed and it was dangerous to even possess such writings. They had to be carried…

Tajalliyat – Radiant Lights and the Spirit of Truth

tajalliyat

Tajalliyat is a work written by Bahá’u’lláh to one of his followers. It starts with a preamble in Arabic and then switches to Persian so that the Persian people may “become aware of the utterances of the Merciful Lord” and “discover the truth”. We have seen that the question of language is one which arises…

Tablet of Wisdom: dimensions of a life of wisdom

In the Tablet of Wisdom we have already seen an exploration of the harmony of science and religion. This article seeks to explore some of the ways we might understand “wisdom” from the discourse that Bahá’u’lláh unfolds in this work. Initially we may observe that part of wisdom is to appreciate that there is more…

The Prophet and the Philosophers

prophet and philosophers

Bahá’u’lláh does an unusual (perhaps unique) thing for a prophet – he writes about philosophers and philosophy. There may be a precedent somewhere in human history, but if so, I haven’t yet been able to discover it. In fairness though, this has not prevented the flourishing of philosophy and science in the past. For example,…

The Universal House of Justice and an ever changing world

Seat of the Universal House of Justice

The writings of Bahá’u’lláh are a very considerable religious corpus. Yet within those writings Bahá’u’lláh provides for the guidance and unfoldment of the Baha’i community over the centuries that would follow his passing. Thus in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, his book of laws, he writes: Let not your hearts be perturbed, O people, when the glory of My Presence is…

The Word of God

the Word of God

Words are in some sense like seeds. They germinate as thoughts in the minds of readers or hearers. The exact form that the thought takes in the world of individual imagination differs depending on the soil of that heart and mind. As we have seen words also have power – to heal or harm –…

The Kitab-i-Aqdas: A New Paradigm

galileo - new paradigm

The term “paradigm” is used in a way now familiar in everyday speech – such as in the phrase “a new paradigm” or “paradigm shift”. But this kind of usage has a particular and recent origin. It comes from a philosopher of science whose name was Thomas Kuhn. In the late 20th century, this philosopher…