There are two fundamental ways of viewing religion: From the perspective of the Divine Unity, and the perspective of this world of distinction. Each perspective has its own truth. In the realm of Unity, the Founder of each religion is compared to the Sun: whatever season it may be on Earth, the Sun is unchanged by it. Any differences witnessed [...]
How do we, as lovers of the Ancient Beauty, come to recognize the gem-like beauty of the Qur’án, as an emanation from His Exalted Pen? Number me not with them who read Thy words and fail to find Thy hidden gift which, as decreed by Thee, is contained therein, and which quickeneth the souls of Thy creatures and the hearts [...]
Why did Noah prophesize events that did not come to pass, on multiple occasions? In the Suríy-i-Vafá (Tablet of Fidelity), Bahá’u’lláh writes: Moreover, thou shouldst not perceive the fulfilment of the Return and the Resurrection save in the Word of thy Lord, the Almighty, the All-Knowing. For instance, were He to take a handful of earth and declare it to [...]
Some thoughts on the “wine sealed by musk”, mentioned in the Kitáb-i-Íqán: The source of this reference comes from Qur’án 83:25-26: And they are given to drink of a sealed wine, whose seal is musk. For the like of this let the travailers travail! Which is also quoted by Bahá’u’lláh in the second of The Four Valleys: Wherefore, a man [...]
The rose, before it blooms, dwells in the realm of Násút. It has a particular being: this exact rose has not been seen before and never will be seen again. Bounded by a single lifetime -- alive for but a moment -- it is mortal, fleeting, and is then gone. When it blooms, it takes on perfections: beauty, fullness, fragrance [...]
In the limited realm of Násút, we see the Manifestations by Their humanity, and observe and weigh them using standards we might apply to other human beings. At best in this realm They are seen as wonderful souls and peerless hearts, Who sacrifice Themselves for the benefit of humanity. Their Divine origin is taken as an article of faith, whose [...]