Tag Archive for 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah

Newspapers – Mirror of the World

Chicago Artwork Bean newspapers - mirror of the world

Newspapers and their more recent digital descendants are the lens through which we see the world. Recently the role of the media has been a subject of intense public scrutiny. Baha’u’llah commented on newspapers in the 19th century. In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The…

Before the Dawn: The Bab – Prophet Herald

room in the house of the bab where he declared his mission to mulla husayn 22 may 1844 before dawn

Several times we’ve encountered mention of the Bab – the prophet-herald of Baha’u’llah. Here, is a little of the story of the time that preceded Baha’u’llah, as told in Nabil’s Narrative. The time before the dawn. Mulla Husayn, a young seminarian, was undertaking a search. He was carrying out the last wishes of his spiritual teacher…

Work is Worship

Among Bahá’u’lláh’s Glad Tidings is one directed to what we spend most of our waking time doing: working. Often, in the past “sacred” has been taken to imply set apart. A special caste was concerned with the administration of the sacred. The ordinary day to day activities of life were not sacred. Bahá’u’lláh overturns this separation. Work is worship. It…

Bahá’u’lláh on Good Government

good government - detail from new york court house

We live in a time of increasing distrust between citizens and institutions of government. Ordinary people seek solutions for what they experience as failures of government – yet institutions of governance struggle to genuinely connect with affected populations. What light does Bahá’u’lláh’s thought cast on what constitutes good government? Bahá’u’lláh lived under absolute monarchies. His own experience…

We are One – Overcoming Racism Part 2

As introduced in yesterday’s article, racism is entirely incompatible with Bahá’u’lláh’s thought. “Close your eyes to racial differences, and welcome all with the light of oneness.”[1] As westerners began to join the Baha’i Faith early in the 1900’s, it was clear that racism would need to be addressed, and Abdu’l Baha, Bahá’u’lláh’s son, set out to do so.…

The Oneness of Religion

central ornamentation of house of worship in wilmette illinois

The oneness of religion is a core principle of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. The following is an incomplete introduction. The principle is perhaps also one of the most widely misunderstood of Bahá’u’lláh’s principles.  In one form, the misunderstanding is that this principles involves in some sense ‘combining’ different religions or taking elements from different religions to create a new religion.…

Bahá’u’lláh in Kurdistan: The Holy Man on the Mountain

Baha'u'llah in wilderness of Kurdistan - calligrapher on the mountain

For two years, Bahá’u’lláh’s whereabouts were unknown to his friends and family. After their arrival in Baghdad, the dispirited remnants of the followers of the Bab began to gravitate towards Bahá’u’lláh as he worked to restore their spirits. His rising prestige and influence began to excite envy and disunity. Bahá’u’lláh’s response to this situation was to…

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…