The Life of Baha\'u\'llah


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The Life of Baha\'u\'llah

  1. 1. <ul><li>“… this is the Day in </li></ul><ul><li>which mankind can </li></ul><ul><li>behold the Face, and </li></ul><ul><li>hear the Voice, of the </li></ul><ul><li>Promised One.” </li></ul>
  2. 2. Bahá'u'lláh The Glory of God
  3. 3. Bahá'u'lláh was born on November 12 th , 1817 in Tihran, the capital of Iran. From His childhood, He showed signs of greatness. He received some instruction at home, but did not need to attend school, for He was endowed by God with innate knowledge.   The house of Bahá’u’lláh in Takur, Mázindarán, destroyed by the government in 1981.
  4. 4. One night, His father had a dream in wich he saw Bahá'u'lláh swimming in an ocean. Detail of the knocker on the door to the Mansion of Bahjí.
  5. 5. . The light radiating from His body illuminated the waters. His long black hair floated in all directions, and a multitude of fish followed Him, each holding on to the end of one hair. He moved freely and unhindered.
  6. 6. This dream was one of the many indications of the great destiny that awaited Bahá'u'lláh. Entrance to the Ridván Garden.
  7. 7. Later when Bahá'u'lláh was a young man, He was offered a high position in the court of the King, but He refused it.
  8. 8. He wished to dedicate His time to helping the oppressed, the sick and the poor, and to champion the cause of justice. Bahá’u’lláh's room in His house in Takur, Mázindarán, kept in its original condition.
  9. 9. <ul><li>In commenting upon His abundant generosity, His friends said…&quot;Why is he not thinking of his own affairs?&quot; they inquired of each other; but some who were wise declared, &quot;This personage is connected with another world; he has something sublime within him that is not evident now; the day is coming when it will be manifested.&quot; </li></ul>
  10. 10. During His lifetime He was intensely active. His energy was unlimited. Scarcely one night was passed in restful sleep.
  11. 11. <ul><li>He bore these ordeals, suffered these calamities and difficulties in order that a manifestation of selflessness and service might become apparent in the world of humanity; </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>that the Most Great Peace should become a reality; </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>that human souls might appear as the angels of heaven; </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>that human faith should be strengthened and perfected; </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>that the precious, priceless bestowal of God - the human mind - might be developed to its fullest capacity in the temple of the body; </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>And that man might become the reflection and likeness of God, even as it hath been revealed in the Bible, &quot;Let us make man in our image.&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. Trust all to God. The lights of God are resplendent. The blessed Epistles are spreading. The blessed teachings are promulgated throughout the East and West. Soon you will see that the heavenly Words have established the oneness of the world of humanity. The banner of the Most Great Peace has been unfurled, and the great community is appearing.
  18. 18. Commentary from Ruhi book 4 and from the writings of `Abdu'l-Baha: “Promulgation of Universal Peace” Pictures of the Holly land in Haifa, Israel by Marco Abrar-
  19. 19. Holy Relics and Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh
  20. 20. A taj of Bahá’u’lláh displayed in His room at Bahjí.
  21. 21. Three of the robes worn by Bahá’u’lláh displayed in the Bahá'í International Archives.
  22. 23. Leaf from the Epistle to the Son of the Wolf (Lawh-i-Ibn-i-Dhi'b), in the &quot;Revelation&quot; handwriting of Mirza Aqa Jan, the secretary of Bahá’u’lláh. (Bahá'í World Centre archives)
  23. 24. <ul><li>Two verses of the Hidden Words (Arabic 68 and 69) written in Bahá’u’lláh’s handwriting. </li></ul><ul><li>They were illuminated some time later. </li></ul><ul><li>(Bahá'í World Centre archives) </li></ul>
  24. 25. One of the tablets of Bahá’u’lláh regarding His own relationship to God, He testifies: When I contemplate, O my God, the relationship that bindeth me to Thee, I am moved to proclaim to all created things verily I am God; and when I consider my own self, lo, I find it coarser than clay! ”
  25. 26. A tablet revealed and written in Bahá’u’lláh’s handwriting Letter written in Bahá’u’lláh's own hand and sent to His daughter, Bahíyyih Khánum, the Greatest Holy Leaf.
  26. 27. The Most Holy Book <ul><li>An illuminated copy of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, commissioned by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1902. </li></ul>
  27. 28. Original tablets written in Bahá’u’lláh's own hand exhibited in the International Archives Building in Haifa, Israel
  28. 29. For more pictures and commentary on the life of Bahá’u’lláh please visit the new website launched by the Baha'i International Community : <ul><li>Holy Day committee </li></ul><ul><li>November 2007 </li></ul>