Bahaullah’s Writings

Looking Good – The Ornaments

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

Dressing up – and decoration of various kinds – is a universal human practice. Clothing isn’t just functional — it serves complex social functions – 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…

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 that the Book of Certitude: by sweeping away the age-long barriers that have so insurmountably separated the great religions of…

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’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,…