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 [...]
Wisdom cannot be found without seeking knowledge, but knowledge does not grant wisdom – in fact, can prevent it. One must acquire knowledge with the understanding that only freedom from it will make it worthwhile. This is the paradox that causes us to fail from the first step. To answer it requires passing beyond failure and success. It’s about the [...]
When we start from the assumption that between “here” and “There” a great distance remains, the Divine is very hard to find because it dwells closer than our life’s vein. The body, and the needs of body, are not a standard for the spirit. Thus, interpreting “good” as pleasant, and “evil” as pain or loss, makes reading religious scripture very [...]