If he has already developed a personal interest in the Faith and seeks more information, you should refer him to the Offices of the Bahā’ī World Centre in Haifa. We must not insult people. “You are like a spring of water. `Abdu’l-Bahā: Why are the communities engaged in shunning people?! refer to the arguments (put forward by) reason and narrations,”. Reference: `Abd a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī (Tehran: Mu’assisiyi Millī Maṭbū`āt Amrī, 129 Badī`), vol. . “From now on nobody is to be called knowledgeable, except those who have decorated themselves with the garment of this New Affair (meaning those who have become Baha’is).”. “And does your excellency believe this?” He replied promptly, “Yes.” “And do you accept the Christ as your Saviour?” He said, “Yes.” “And do you believe that Jesus the Christ will come again and judge the world?” He said, “Yes.”, I then drew a little nearer to him and said: “My dear friend, I am more than sixty-eight years of age, and you are almost as old, and soon we shall stand together before the judgment seat of Christ. Aurobindo was a 20th century Indian holy man. Religion. So how exactly are truth seekers supposed to investigate the truth and abandon imitations? `Abdu’l-Bahā: Bahā’u’llāh’s first principle is the oneness of humanity. User Review - Flag as inappropriate. Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. Most of these Writings have been collected; however, 74 are known to have been revealed, but the texts are not available. Kindness towards the Opposition or Enmity? Today, it has become clear that this is not the case. 1435. In a moment he came in and saluted us cordially with the usual Arabic compliments, and then sat down on the end of the divan next to the wall and invited us to sit next to him. 'Ala'i, Sitarih and Colleen Dawes, ed. They are ecstatic from the smell of garbage like dung beetles and not from the scent of a flower of gardens. A major theme of these selections is that religion and the Cause of God should bring unity, not division. When it became apparent that this Bahā’ī prophecy would not be fulfilled, it was replaced with the ambiguous material which has remained in the text to the present. I then remarked that the Mohammedans object to our use of the term “Son of God” and asked him if he regarded Christ as the Son of God. “Oh you donkeys! “Shun any man in whom you perceive enmity for this Servant, though he may appear in the garb of piety of the former and later people, or may arise to the worship of the two worlds,”. Other forms of this act can be seen in deleting or changing problematic subjects in new editions of books. Reference: `Abd a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. 442–443. . The During the 1920s Egypt's religious Tribunal recognized the Baha'i Faith as a new, independent religion, totally separate from Islam, due to the nature of the 'laws, principles and beliefs' of the Baha'is. Why should a specific group of people be deprived of the right of learning and embracing the truth? One Baha’i youtuber LOVEBAHA even uploaded a video falsely claiming that she was a Jewish. Now, what can one say in brief of such a man? If people must independently investigate the truth then why are they kicked out of the Baha’i community and shunned when they do so? Reference:`Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. For example, the followers of Moses believe that their imitations are correct and the imitations of others are invalid. Bahā’u’llāh ordered his followers to blindly imitate him, the UHJ actively prevents the investigation of the truth by withholding or distorting Baha’i scripture, and Baha’i missionaries proselytize to groups that have no means of investigating the truth. `Abdu’l-Bahā prohibits his followers in the strictest sense and using threatening language from sending their children to non-Baha’i schools. These are the fundamental principles of progress, civilization, international peace and … Blind thine eyes, that is, to all save My beauty; stop thine ears to all save My word; empty thyself of all learning save the knowledge of Me; that with a clear vision, a pure heart and an attentive ear thou mayest enter the court of My holiness,”. “Know that God has forbidden his friends from meeting with the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism) and hypocrites,”. Bahā’u’llāh: Whoever does not become a Baha’i is among the most ignorant of the people, even if he has mastery over all sciences. You have asked how the policy of not teaching Israelis applies in the situation in which you have contact with an Israeli via an “interactive relay chat” (IRC) connection. By the time Shoghi died all of Bahā’u’llāh’s blood descendants who are referred to as branches (Aghsān) had become corrupt and were shunned from the Baha’i community! Is there any pride in this attitude, especially from a creed that claims all people must be given the chance to independently investigate the truth? on building works has the money for other projects, as well). I said his greatest work was the translation of the Bible into Arabic. “If today, someone grasps all of the knowledge on earth but stops at the word ‘yes’ (meaning does not become a Baha’i), the Lord will not pay attention to him (ladī l-Ḥaqq madhkūr na) and he will be considered as the most ignorant amongst the people,”, Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Iqtidārāt wa chand lauḥ dīgar, p. 111, “From now on nobody is to be called knowledgeable, except those who have decorated themselves with the garment of this New Affair (meaning those who have become Baha’is),”. He stated that the 1335 days spoken of by Daniel represented 1335 solar years from Muhammad’s flight to Medina in 622 A.D., which would equal 1957 A.D.. 2) Did the leaders of Baha’ism act upon this principle? These Thieves will be kicked out of the cities and deprived of all rights. Reference: Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb, vol. How often hath grievous error been disguised in the garb of truth, that it might sow the seeds of doubt in the hearts of men!”. If a Baha’i wants to research his or her religion, there are three sources from which he or she can seek knowledge: First, former Baha’is who have denounced their faith or been shunned and labeled as covenant breakers. From the beginning of their history they have been playing like this. The Bahá’í Faith’s central beliefs have been organized on this site into a number of thematic areas. When some one from them commits any crime they immediately bill it to some other religion, like the failed attempt on the life of King of Iran was falsely billed to the Babis, while the criminals were the followers of Baha’u’llah. “Whoever denies this apparent exalted luminous grace (meaning Baha’ism), it is worthy that he asks his state from his mother and he will soon be returned to the bottom of hell,”, Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. 13 The person who gave the Baha’i Faith its special character and shaped its spiritual and moral values is known as Baha’u’llah (1817–92). For it becomes the cause of enmity and hatred between humanity and whatever causes enmity is hated by God and whatever causes unity and fellowship is accepted and praised. civilization, international peace and the unity of mankind. Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, pp. spiritual sicknesses, imperfections and vices will surround him, The essence of the Baha’i Faith is the oneness of mankind and it is based on twelve basic principles. And then we took our leave, with the usual profuse Arabic salutations. For instance, referring to experts and specialists in a certain field and imitating them, is not problematic, but rather, it is confirmed by common sense and logic. Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (probably Tehran: n.p., n.d.), vol. * Religion as a school. `Abdu’l-Bahā: “Give traitors shelter and refuge.”. Although Baha’is preach the Investigation of Truth, their laws prevent direct interaction with those who they deem as inappropriate sources. But his followers managed to get his *complete* collected works not only published but also translated, not long after his death. Below is a snapshot from their facebook page: Apparently Baha’is condemn all sort of violence but when it comes to safeguarding / protecting their cult interests they can do all sort of dirty things, like verbal abuse, slapping people, harming physically, killing, etc. His Highness Christ was the establisher of truth. “When humans attain the rank of [religious] maturity they must investigate . . Why Have All of Bahā’u’llāh’s Descendants Been Shunned and Excommunicated? the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh hyacinth, and the twelfth amythest" This thought will result in arrogance, and arrogance causes a lack of effectiveness; instead, one must not see any merit in himself and must speak with the maximum extent of kindness, humility, and humbleness. Baha’i Faith does not consider women to be equal to men. Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. I saw that he was not disposed to answer such a point-blank question and seemed much embarrassed, and glanced towards an attendant or disciple, a young Persian, who sat in a chair facing us. “Bahā’u’llāh’s first principle is the seeking of the truth. Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. Reference: ” Bahā’u’llāh, Āthār-i Qalam-i A`lā, vol. Furthermore, Bahā’u’llāh and `Abdu’l-Bahā claim that reason serves the purpose of recognizing God: “The first grace that has been bestowed on the human body is reason and its purpose is the recognition of the Truth (meaning God) Exalted be His Glory.”. Bahā’u’llāh: Don’t wish unto others what you do not wish for yourself. Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Tehran: Mu’assisiyi Millī Maṭbū`āt Amrī, 134 B. They always make excuses and like ravens, have nested in the landfills of fall (Autumn) . “Bahā’u’llāh’s first principle is the seeking of the truth. `Abdu’l-Bahā says: “The Hands of the Cause of God must be ever watchful and so soon as they find anyone beginning to oppose and protest against the Guardian of the Cause of God, cast him out from the congregation of the people of Bahā and in no wise accept any excuse from him. Shoghi says: “Bahā’u’llāh has made it clear enough that only those things that have been revealed in the form of Tablets have a binding power over the friends. Is it possible for truth seeking Baha’is to investigate their faith from any of these three sources? Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, The Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Bahā (US Bahā’ī Publishing Trust, 1990), p. 12. attack these unjust foxes and like a high soaring eagle drive away these hateful ravens from this field,”. Baha'u'llah In Baha’ism, it is taught that every person must choose their beliefs after reaching the age of religious maturity (“A question [was asked] about the age of religious maturity; answer: maturity is in the fifteenth year and both men and women are the same regarding this matter,” `Abd a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniy-i ḥudūd wa aḥkām, 3rd ed. the first course of stones was jasper, the second sapphire, the . These pilgrims are attracted by the rumor of spiritual fruits in Haifa just under the Carmel of Elijah, but they may find to their sorrow that there is no more true nourishment in them than in Elijah’s watermelons. When his heart becomes corrupt so do all his limbs and organs. Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payām-i malakūt, p.11 (citing Bahā’u’llāh). Likewise, look at man. The essential principles of His healing The official ... 259 RESULTS BY TAG BAHA’I PRINCIPLES: Showing: 18 Results of 259. “The followers of Moses (i.e. XXXVIII, no. They look smooth and round and melon-like on the outside, but inside are nothing but crystals, which would tax the digestion of a tougher man than even the stalwart Tishbite. This resulted in the twenty-fold increase of the Baha’i population in about 30 years. Nothing is more difficult than to translate the Bible from its original tongues. Glory. They bow in worship when they meet him on the street or when they hear his voice. The estimates of the numbers of unique works can be given as follows: Most of the flood of new Bahā’īs were poorly educated, and many lived in rural and tribal areas with which effective communication was difficult to sustain.”, Reference: P. Smith, M. Momen, The Baha’i faith 1957–1988: A survey of contemporary developments, Religion 19 (1989), pp. The principal Baha’i tenets are the essential unity of all religions and the unity of humanity. He expressed his approval of the total abstinence principle and his gratification that there is a temperance reading-room in Beirut. David Langness | Oct 12, 2014. Posts. He heard us and then heard our enemies [the Azalis], and wrote down the views of all. Search for: Kissing of hands in Baha’i Faith. The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. He says: “The general criterion is what we mentioned and any soul who has success in it, meaning recognizes and realizes the Sunrise of Manifestation (meaning himself), will be mentioned in the Divine Book as someone who possesses reason or else he will be (mentioned as) ignorant even if he himself thinks that his reason equals that of the whole world.”. 228. Is this not a disguise to withhold these Tablets from the public? Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Egypt), vol.1, p. 189. Likewise, the Faith is not taught to Israelis abroad if they intend to return to Israel. SORT BY: SORT BY: All ; Articles ; Podcasts ; Videos ; Spirituality. 2. 628. Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniy-i ḥudūd wa aḥkām, chap. And they will stand by the cause and will conquer the lands using my mighty eternal name and will enter the lands and they will be feared by all the servants,”. creatures and the acquisition of the divine virtues indicated for . . will be gathered together under the tent of unity in the Kingdom of His purpose in conferring such a gift is none other except to enable His creature to know and recognize the one true God—exalted be His glory,” Bahā’u’llāh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahā’u’llāh (US Bahā’ī Publishing Trust, 1990 [pocket-size edition]), p. 194. 355 and `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganj-i shāygān, p. 78, “Whoever has the enmity of this servant (meaning Bahā’u’llāh) in his heart, certainly Satan has entered their mother’s bed,”. Posted by BUPC India On Saturday, October 16, 2010 0 comments. He visits his friends in Haifa, and is a man of great affability and courtesy— traits which characterize many of the Mohammedan and Druze Sheikhs and Effendis whom I know in Beirut, Sidon, Damascus, and Mount Lebanon. implicit faith, firmness and fidelity, loving-kindness toward all This examination and inquiry will result in their guidance . ), p. 14..), “When humans attain the rank of [religious] maturity they must investigate . `Abdu’l-Bahā: Investigating the truth is a new principle. They are bats of darkness not the searchlights of clear horizons. – discoursing on the high themes of the Trinity and redemption and divine mysteries, and now you suddenly open an entirely different subject. mankind. When Israelis ask about the Faith, their questions are answered, but this is done in a manner which provides factual information without stimulating further interest. We entered a large reception-room, at one end of which was a long divan covered, as usual in Syria, with a white cloth. Would these works not be invaluable in following the first principle of seeking the truth? Are Non-Baha’is Ignorant and without Reason? Unauthorized materials, such as translations not yet approved by the UHJ, memoirs of people who have socialized with Baha’i figures, books that have not been authorized by the UHJ, pilgrims’ notes, and similar works are considered inappropriate for investigating the truth. “If today, someone grasps all of the knowledge on earth but stops at the word ‘yes’ (meaning does not become a Baha’i), the Lord will not pay attention to him (ladī l-Ḥaqq madhkūr na) and he will be considered as the most ignorant amongst the people.”. Prove all things; Hold fast that which is good; Abstain from every form of evil. 7, p. 160. The Baha’i Faith explained that away by claiming that while Jesus was indeed a Messenger (or Manifestation) of God, His faith had become corrupted over time and thus most Christians were not truly following him, but the doctrines of men. This Revelation is summed up in 12 basic principles, each represented by a stone in the book of Revelation. Reality does not admit plurality, yet amongst mankind there have arisen differences concerning the manifestations of God. vision regarding their spiritual significance and their colors, There are twelve basic principles upon which this New Jerusalem rests, and which are most remarkably correlated to the twelve foundation stones of the New Jerusalem of St. John's vision as regards their spiritual significance and their colors, for they are spiritual symbols and are not material stones, as Abdu'l-Baha has said. Third, official Baha’i documents and sources. 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