Bahaullah’s Writings

Cycles of Time: The World Is Not About to End

seasons-cycles of time

A further question answered by Bahá’u’lláh in the Tablet to Vafa, is about the concept of “return”. The concept changes utterly religious expectations about the future (at least in the Abrahamic traditions). The world will not be destroyed in a literal “Day of Judgment”. Know thou that the end is like unto the beginning. Even as…

Paradise

garden of ridvan - paradise

The Sura of Vafa replies to a number of questions. One question was about paradise. Like many parts of Bahá’u’lláh’s writings, these ancient religious concepts are recast in a new form by Bahá’u’lláh. Here is part of Bahá’u’lláh’s reply. It is a reality and there can be no doubt about it, and now in this…

Infinite Worlds

infinite worlds

The Sura of Vafa (Suriy-i-Vafa) is another work from the latter period of Bahá’u’lláh’s life. Like other works of this period it is written to one of Bahá’u’lláh’s followers, this time in response to specific questions. Among them is a question about the “worlds of God”. This is Bahá’u’lláh’s reply. As to thy question concerning…

The Green Island and the Angel of Trustworthiness

Green Island - Trustworthiness

In Tarazat (Ornaments) Bahá’u’lláh counsels his followers to be trustworthy. In describing trustworthiness, Bahá’u’lláh recounts a vision which he saw while on “the Green Island”. The Green Island is a small island of land created by a fork in a stream. It is near the prison city of Akka. Knowing Bahá’u’lláh’s love for nature, Abdu’l Baha leased…

Tarazat – Quenching the Fires of Hate and Animosity

mazra'ih - tarazat

Tarazat (meaning ornaments) is another work written by Bahá’u’lláh for one of his followers in the later years of his life. It is similar in form to works such as Ishraqat and Tajalliyat, in having at its core a set of enumerated teachings to which particular attention is drawn. Taraz means ornament and a previous…

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…