Bahaullah’s Writings

Looking Good – The Ornaments

man dressed up - looking good baha'u'llah's ornaments

Dressing up – and decorating in various ways – is a universal human practice. Clothing isn’t just functional. It serves complex social functions; it is used to communicate mood, occasion, status, function and gender. It is sometimes religiously mandated, marking the boundaries of “appropriate” or “modest” clothing. Sometimes such constraints have been the vehicle of…

Solving Problems Beyond Solution – The Book of Certitude

Centre for the Study of the Sacred Texts - Book of Certitude

The goal of Bahá’u’lláh’s entire life’s work, as he describes, is to foster unity among human beings. Of his writings, the Book of Certitude plays a particular role in this purpose. Accordingly, it has been said of the Book of Certitude that by sweeping away the age-long barriers that have so insurmountably separated the great religions…

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 wrote in…

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, it…