Once someone embraces the faith, he must stop using his reason. His Highness Abraham was the harbinger of truth. carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, as it is in Heaven). They always make excuses and like ravens, have nested in the landfills of fall (Autumn) . He expressed his approval of the total abstinence principle and his gratification that there is a temperance reading-room in Beirut. Baha’is actively engage in proselytizing missions that are utterly against the investigation of truth. . Misunderstandings will pass away. However, citing exact numbers would be misleading since much of the unpublished and untranslated material consists of day-to-day correspondence and personal guidance and encouragement, which is less likely to be of general interest. To investigate the truth about anything, we must first obtain knowledge about it then use our reason to reach a verdict and conclusion. The essential principles of His healing remedies are the knowledge and love of God, severance from all else save God, turning our faces in sincerity toward the Kingdom of God, implicit faith, firmness and fidelity, loving-kindness toward all creatures and the acquisition of the divine virtues indicated for the human world. All are based upon reality. `Abdu’l-Bahā: We must be kind to the enemies and love the deniers. It does not accept plurality or division . Should We Investigate or Accept without Any Questions? Search This Blog Showing posts from 2016 View all. That only about 5% of Bahā’u’llāh’s works have been translated is not an unfortunate side effect of lack of resources in the Bahā’īs community. I am not trying to say that she was motivated by her religious beliefs to commit this heinous crime. 2) Did the leaders of Baha’ism act upon this principle? Twelve Principles of the Baha’i Faith The following 12 principles are frequently listed as a quick summary of the Baha’i teachings. We claim and believe that He is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity.”, “Yes,” said he, “I know that you believe that. so you Oh true friend and spiritual helper . That is your doctrine; but that is a very profound subject and very important.”. Bahā’u’llāh: We have nullified anything that as a cause for shunning. “Contradiction has and will not ever have a way in the sanctified realm of the Divine Manifestations.”. His Highness Muḥammad was the propagator of truth. This is not the first time Baha’is are doing this. The lady herself mentioned her religion as Baha’i Faith on her Social profiles. 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 World Centre is actively pursuing a publication programme for the as yet unpublished major works of the Central Figures of the Faith and Shoghi Effendi. In ancient times it was called the bloodstone. This Revelation is summed up in 12 basic principles, each 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.. Any form of indirect investigation is also discouraged. What other explanation could there be for someone to hide the illuminating, enlightening, and guiding words of a claimant to Prophethood, but only distributing a few selected Tablets? Now I want to ask you a very plain question, I have seen in an American paper [the “Literary Digest”] a statement that an American woman, evidently of sincere character, had stated that she came to Haifa and visited you, and that when she entered your room she felt that she was in the very presence of the Son of God, the Christ, and that she held out her arms, crying, ‘My Lord, my Lord’ and rushed to you, kneeling at your blessed feet, sobbing like a child. “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. If Investigating the Truth Means You Have to Question the Official Baha’is Stance on a Subject You Will Be Shunned. 1433. Bahā’u’llāh: Accept my words without any questions or comparison with someone else’s words. If religion causes killing and savagery it is not religion and having no religion is better than that. In these campaigns— that continue with great force today—illiterate masses in third world countries that have no means of investigating the truth whatsoever, are converted to Baha’ism under the disguise of education and humanitarian relief. Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniy-i ḥudūd wa aḥkām, chap. A major theme of these selections is that religion and the Cause of God should bring unity, not division. “His first teaching is the Oneness of the World of Humanity,”. The Babi and Baha'i Religions: An Annotated Bibliography Principles. One American woman who passed through Beirut recently, en route for the Abbas Effendi shrine, stated that she was at first an agnostic and found that a failure; then she tried Theosophy, and found that too thin; then she tried Christian Science and obtained a diploma authorizing her to heal the sick and raise the dead, and found that a sham, and now was on her way to see what Abbas Effendi had to offer! 4, pp. 2. 2, pp. of the city wall was ornate with precious stones of every sort: The foundation of the divine religions is one. Reference: Avesta, Translated by L. H. Mills, vol. Reference: http://bahai-library.com/uhj_lawh_huriyyih_cole. The official Baha’i translation reads: “First and foremost among these favors, which the Almighty hath conferred upon man, is the gift of understanding. Nearly 1,600 of the collected works have been authenticated. Bahā’u’llāh and `Abdu’l-Bahā: Reason was created for the purpose of recognizing God. be carefully studied, one by one, until they are realized and understood It is one truth, it is one spirit, it is one light, and it does not have a multitude. Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 454. That which is propagated in Baha’i teachings as seeking the truth—which the Baha’i’s pride themselves in having discovered—is in reality an innate principle that has come in the books of different religions and can clearly be seen in the works of different philosophers. 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. Even in the well-established Bahā’ī communities of North America, recent infusions of minority group members (Blacks and Amerindians) has led to a significant change in the social base of the membership . For truth is only one. Bahā’u’llāh: Research and listen with your own ears and see with your own eyes. The missionary must not consider himself wise and others as ignorant. If these sources are used to prove a point that is not in favor of the Baha’is, they are quickly labeled as unreliable and dismissed. Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Bahā’ī World Faith—Selected Writings of Bahā’u’llāh and `Abdu’l-Bahā (`Abdu’l-Bahā’s Section Only), pp. Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Egypt), vol.1, p. 189. 90, “If you seek the recognition of God (`irfān ilāhī) . ), vol. The imitations have caused war and conflict, and as long as these imitations remain, the unity of the human world is not possible. 119 -120. “One thing remains to be said: it is that the communities are day and night occupied in making penal laws, and in preparing and organizing instruments and means of punishment. The Baha’i writings say that all of the peoples of the world worship the same God, an infinite and unknowable Supreme Being: These are most remarkably correlated to the . 3,p. (`Abdu'l-Baha: Promulgation of Universal Peace*, Pages: 204-205). Reference: Quran (Sahih International), 39:17-18. There are examples in books of previous dispensations that show this concept. 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: Bahā’u’llāh’s first principle is investigating the truth. Apparently, Baha’i children must be prevented from learning anything non-Baha’i while they are still in an age in which they cannot decide for themselves about what is right and wrong. He prays with the Muslims, “There is no God but God,” and expounds the Gospels as an incarnation of the Son of God. The Bahá’í Faith’s central beliefs have been organized on this site into a number of thematic areas. recognize the one true God—exalted be His glory,”, Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahā’u’llāh, p. 194. “God will soon take out from the sleeves of power the hands of strength and dominance and will make the Servant (Bahā’u’llāh) victorious and will cleanse the earth from the filth of every rejected polytheist (denier of Baha’ism). The video went viral and received 32k views in just 24 hours: Many Baha’is over here falsely claimed that Nasim was a Muslim, please check the comment section. All of these documents have been collected and the majority of them have been authenticated. For instance, the Tablet of the Maiden (lauḥ Ḥūriyyah) which described Bahā’u’llāh sexually fondling the Holy Spirit was removed from the fourth volume of Āthār-i Qalam-i A`lā in later editions. His dislike of Professor Browne comes from the fact that Professor Browne visited Subh i Azal in Cyprus and obtained from him documents which reflect seriously upon Baha’u’llah, and charge him with assassination and other crimes. 8, p. 39. spiritual sicknesses, imperfections and vices will surround him, 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. 3, p. 160. “Politeness is one of mankind’s traits that distinguishes him from other [creatures]. It is the best translation from the original made into any Eastern language. . This Revelation is summed up in 12 basic principles, each represented by a stone in the book of Revelation. Twelve Principles of the Baha’i Faith Search. Bahā’u’llāh: Do not utter profanities at any one and do not make anyone upset. Those Who Deny Bahā’u’llāh Are Bastards Who Will Go to Hell, `Abdu’l-Bahā: “As soon as we see ourselves superior to others, we will have gotten distant from the path of salvation and prosperity.”. They are derived from transcripts of speeches given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá during his tour of Europe and North America in 1912. Devotional Life. 7, p. 160. The first foundation stone is the Jasper; it is clear red, like the hue of the heart. 280. I saw from his manner that he was getting weary of talking, and told him who my companion was — the Rev. Prove all things; Hold fast that which is good; Abstain from every form of evil. Reference: Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Asrār al-āthār khuṣūṣī, vol. Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Ad`iyyih-i ḥaḍrat-i maḥbūb (Egypt: Published by Faraj-Allāh Dhakī al-Kurdī, 1339 AH), pp. Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 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,”. ), p. 14..), “When humans attain the rank of [religious] maturity they must investigate . . Why have these works not been published and why are researchers not granted access to them? is truth, and the truth is one. civilization, international peace and the unity of mankind. Bahā’u’llāh: When I speak become death, blind, and ignorant and blindly accept my words. Thus, until imitations are not put aside, the truth will not become manifest,”. Therefore, he must put aside the imitations and seek the truth and [think that] perhaps others might be right. (Anyone who can spend $250 million [He is referring to the cost of building the Baha’i World Center.] Reference: This is a section of a pamphlet inserted in `Andalīb magazine, 12:48 (Fall 1993). The only authoritative sources for investigating the truth in Baha’ism are books or translations published and distributed by the UHJ or institutions they have authorized. Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Iqtidārāt wa chand lauḥ dīgar, (n.p. They are bats of darkness not the searchlights of clear horizons. Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. It is one truth, it is one spirit, it is one light, and it does not have a multitude. Baha’is are followers of the teachings of Baha’u’llah, who brought an entirely new, worldwide Faith … Reference: The Old Testament, The Book of Jeremiah, chap. “Bahā’u’llāh’s first principle is the seeking of the truth. If the UHJ had the slightest intention of distributing these writings, they could have easily placed the database on an internet server, or distributed it as a DVD. . We entered a large reception-room, at one end of which was a long divan covered, as usual in Syria, with a white cloth. This will be the paradise which is to come on earth, when all mankind `Abdu’l-Bahā: A person who is fair, will investigate and do research to seek the truth. He heard us and then heard our enemies [the Azalis], and wrote down the views of all. Their leaders have usurped the inheritance of their brothers and sisters. [Those] Who listen to speech and follow the best of it. The book investigates the twelve Baha'i principles and teachings. The integration of service and worship in Bahá’í community life. '” In editions published after his death, Esslemont’s words have been changed to say that Abdu’l-Bahā “reckoned the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy from the date of the beginning of the Muhammadan era” and one of Abdu’l-Bahá’s Tablets is quoted on the same subject in which he writes, “‘For according to this calculation a century will have elapsed from the dawn of the Sun of Truth . I remarked that it was a great comfort that the Bible was so well translated into Arabic, and had been so widely distributed, and that since 1865, when Dr. Van Dyke completed the translation of the whole Bible, our Press had issued more than six hundred thousand copies, and this year would issue from thirty thousand to fifty thousand copies. The US NSA admitted lately that she was a registered Baha’i. Baha’i Faith does not consider women to be equal to men. Among the foundations of the divine religion is seeking the truth [so] that the whole of humanity seeks the truth,”. The estimates of the numbers of unique works can be given as follows: Universal Peace upheld by a Spiritual World Government, 10. And then we took our leave, with the usual profuse Arabic salutations. On a recent visit to Haifa I (Henry Harris Jessup) called on Abbas Effendi and had a half-hour’s conversation with him. They all established and spread the truth,”, Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. Did the Founders of Baha’ism Act Upon These Principles? But books by well-meaning yet unenlightened enemies of the Cause can be read so as to refute their charges,”. 427–428. Today, there are a number of prominent Baha’i academics who have either been kicked out of the Baha’i community or have left it themselves after they protested the actions of the UHJ or their investigations showed facts contrary to what the UHJ was propagating. Moojan Momen, the prominent Baha’i author, explains this by writing: “Missionary endeavour on the part of Middle Eastern and Western Bahā’īs had led to the establishment of Bahā’ī communities in several parts of the non-Muslim ‘Third World’, initially among the Western-oriented urban minority. 49, p. 326. `Abdu’l-Bahā: Bahā’u’llāh’s first principle is the oneness of humanity. Therefore, we must accept and partake of this healing 63–91: http://bahai-library.com/momen_smith_developments_1957-1988 (retrieved 28/2/2014). Investigating the Truth a Crime for Israeli Citizens. “No one has denied or will deny what has been revealed by the Ancient Pen (meaning himself) in this Most Great Manifestation regarding society, unity, manners, rites, and being occupied with what has benefits for the people, except that he completely lacks reason,”. I can go on and on…. How Baha’is Investigate the Truth From Childhood. Religion Must be the Source of Unity and Fellowship in the World, Contradictions Part II-Religion Must Be in Conformity with Science and Reason, Contradictions – Religion Must Be in Conformity with Science and Reason, The source of the Bāb and Bahā’u’llāh’s Knowledge, Shoghi’s Sayings That Contradict Science or Reason, `Abdu’l-Bahā’s Statements That Are Against Science and Reason, Bahā’u’llāh’s Statements That Are Against Science and Reason, Some Miscellaneous Laws That Contradict Science & Reason, Bāb’s Religious Orders That Contradict Reason and Common-Sense. Likewise, the Faith is not taught to Israelis abroad if they intend to return to Israel. Now, I could not believe this, and thought it a newspaper invention. His declarations of belief in the Trinity and redemption through the Christ must be interpreted in the light of Sufist pantheism and of his belief in a succession of incarnations, of which his followers regard him as the last and greatest. Surely that woman has found out what it is to feed on ashes. 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.”. A fraction of the total numbers of unique works have been published in the original languages or translated into Western languages. Reference:`Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganj-i shāygān, p. 79. Third, official Baha’i documents and sources. Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, The Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Bahā, p. 12. Well, I just published a book of my results which I titled “An Independent Investigation of the Bahá'í Faith” and in case it might be of interest, it can be found here: I hope this doesn’t get to be too long, but I was a Bahai for more than 40 years before I withdrew from the Baha’i faith in March 2019. Shoghi, and subsequently the UHJ, have shunned many people because they deemed their words or actions inappropriate, even when they were based on the truth. "The foundation of the city wall was ornate with precious stones of every sort: the first course of stones … “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. . Courtesy: Twelve Principles – A Comprehensive Investigation on the Bahai Teachings. But the Trinity is a doctrine above human comprehension, and yet it can be understood.”, He then asked me: “Did Christ understand the Trine personality of the Deity, i.e., the Trinity?.”, “Then,” said he, “it is understandable, yet we cannot understand it.”, I replied, “There are many things in nature which we believe and yet cannot understand.” I told him the story of the old man who overheard a young man exclaim to a crowd of his companions, “I will never believe what I cannot understand.” The old man said to him, “Do you see those animals in the field—the cattle eating grassl and it turns into hair on their backs; sheep eating the same grass, and it turns into wool; and swine eating it, and it becomes bristles on their backs; do you believe this?” The youth said, “Yes.” “Do you understand it?” “No.” “Then,” said the old man, “never say you will not believe what you do not understand.”, The Effendi remarked: “Yes, that is like a similar remark made once by a Persian to the famous Zamakhshari, ‘I cannot understand this doctrine of God’s Unity and Eternity, and I will not believe it.’ Zamakhshari replied, ‘Do you understand the watery secretions of your own body?’ ‘No.’ ‘But you believe they exist? Bahā’u’llāh: Even if someone criticizes Baha’ism with proof, do not listen. Holy City, the New Jerusalem, rests (the Kingdom of God on Earth His Highness Christ was the establisher of truth. 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,”. 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! 430–431. Bahā’u’llāh: “Die with anger, Oh he who denies this grace.”, “Die with anger O you denying polytheist.”. It is evident that this principle is not novel. Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Egypt), vol. 12 Baha’i Principles . “No pleasure has been created in the world greater than listening to the verses [brought by Bahā’u’llāh] and understanding their meanings and not objecting to or questioning any of the words and comparing them with the words of others,”, Investigating the Truth: Only for Non-Baha’is. Man must seek the truth and set aside imitations.”. On Mount Carmel are certain round stones, geodes of flint, hollow and lined with crystals of quartz. Perhaps, what is right is with them. Bahā’u’llāh: 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. The earth will be cleansed from the filth of the deniers of Baha’ism and Bahā’u’llāh’s followers will be feared by the people. . We met her at the hotel and had a four hours’ conversation with her. 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