Tag Archive for Baha’u’llah

Bahá’u’lláh is freed from the Prison City

The circumstances in which Bahá’u’lláh was freed from the prison city of Akka provide a remarkable contrast from the circumstances in which he was condemned to perpetual exile within its walls. Secular and religious opponents had brought it about. Nine years had passed since that imprisonment and over the years he had become a revered…

Water Restored to Akka and Service to the Community

akka aqueduct restoring water

As time went on the people of Akka began to see the true character of Bahá’u’lláh and his followers. The initial contempt and hatred with which they had been greeted on entering the city changed into respect and even reliance. Bahá’u’lláh in this period largely ceased the open association he had followed with the people until…

Systems Thinking in Bahá’u’lláh’s Teachings

weather systems thinking

The technological age in which we live is founded, among other things, on an analytical way of understanding the world. At the risk of over-simplification, reality is broken into discrete parts which can be understood in isolation from each other. For certain problem types, it is a very useful way of thinking that has produced many…

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…

Manifestation of God and the Relativity of Religious Truth

manifestation of god

In this series of articles the term “messengers” or “prophet” is generally the one used when referring to figures such as Bahá’u’lláh, Buddha, Jesus or Muhammad. Yet such terms are inadequate, as the previous article, on the Word of God, illustrated. The exact nature of the prophetic figure has indeed been a point of disagreement…

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 –…

Render unto Caesar …

render unto caesar

The phrase is famous and the story well-known. When the religious scholars of his day were seeking to entrap Jesus they asked him whether it was lawful to pay tax to the Emperor. Jesus asked them to bring him a coin. They showed him a denarius and he asked them “Whose image is on the…

The Kitab-i-Aqdas: A Spiritual Life

House of Abbud - Kitab-i-Aqdas

In previous articles, we have considered what we mean by law, and we have looked at the process of law reform in the context of Bahá’u’lláh’s mission. When Bahá’u’lláh and his family and followers were initially brought to Akka they had been confined in the citadel of Akka. After two years and two months and…

Bahá’u’lláh as Law Reformer

sunrise - baha'u'llah as law reformer

Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings, like the teachings of all prophets, arise in a particular time and place in history. The language used is conditioned by the language which that time and place can hear. Jesus is believed to have spoken Aramaic (a common language of his time and place). His teachings speak to the realities of the…