Baha'u'llah



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Blessed Beauty, Ancient Beauty, Baha
Function: 
Prophet
Traditions: 
Baha'i Faith
Main Countries of Activity: 
Iran, India, United States
Date of Birth: 
12/11/1817
Place of Birth: 
Teheran, Persia (Iran)
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
29/05/1892
Ancestor Gurus: 
Other Related Gurus: 
The Bab, Abdu'l-Baha

Biography

Bahá'u'lláh declared that he was the "Promised One" of all religions, fulfilling the messianic prophecies found in world religions. He stated that his claims to being several messiahs converging in one person were the symbolic, rather than literal, fulfilment of the messianic and eschatological prophecies found in the literature of the major religions. Bahá'u'lláh's eschatological claims constitute six distinctive messianic identifications: from Judaism, the incarnation of the "Everlasting Father" from the Yuletide prophecy of Isaiah 9:6, the "Lord of Hosts"; from Christianity, the "Spirit of Truth" or Comforter predicted by Jesus in his farewell discourse of John 14-17 and the return of Christ "in the glory of the Father"; from Zoroastrianism, the return of Shah Bahram Varjavand, a Zoroastrian messiah predicted in various late Pahlavi texts; from Shi'a Islam the return of the Third Imam, Imam Husayn; from Sunni Islam, the return of Jesus (Isa); and from Bábism, He whom God shall make manifest.

While Bahá'u'lláh did not claim himself to be either the Hindu or Buddhist messiah, he did so in principle through his writings. Later, `Abdu'l-Bahá stated that Bahá'u'lláh was the Kalki avatar, who in the classical Hindu Vaishnavas tradition is the tenth and final avatar (great incarnation) of Vishnu who will come to end The Age of Darkness and Destruction. Bahá'ís also believe that Bahá'u'lláh is the fulfilment of the prophecy of appearance of the Maitreya Buddha, who is a future Buddha who will eventually appear on earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure Dharma. Bahá'ís believe that the prophecy that Maitreya will usher in a new society of tolerance and love has been fulfilled by Bahá'u'lláh's teachings on world peace. Bahá'u'lláh is believed to be a descendant of a long line of kings in Persia through Yazdgerd III, the last monarch of the Sasanian Dynasty; he also asserted to be a descendant of Abraham through his third wife Keturah.

Teachings

"The nature of the soul after death can never be described, nor is it meet and permissible to reveal its whole character to the eyes of men.... The world beyond is as different from this world as this world is different from that of the child while still in the womb of its mother."

Baháʾuʾlláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Baháʾuʾlláh. Pages 156-157.

"One of the created phenomena is the dream. Behold how many secrets are deposited therein, how many wisdoms treasured up, how many worlds concealed....

"Now there are many wisdoms to ponder in the dream ....
God, the Exalted, hath placed these signs in men, to the end that philosophers may not deny the mysteries of the life beyond nor belittle that which hath been promised them."

Baháʾuʾlláh, The Seven Valleys And the Four Valleys. Pages 32-33.

Locations

The Baha'i World Centre
Type: 
Center
Details: 

The Bahá’í World Centre, the spiritual and administrative heart of the Bahá’í community, is located in the twin cities of ‘Akká and Haifa in northern Israel. It comprises the Shrines of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, other holy sites of the Bahá'í Faith in the area, and the buildings on the slope of Mt. Carmel. These structures include the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, the International Teaching Centre’s building, the Centre for the Study of the Texts, and the International Bahá’í Archives, all of which are set in extensive gardens.

Address: 
Baha'i World Centre
Haifa, Israel ,

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Baha'u'llah and the New Era: An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith

by J.E. Esslemont

(Paperback)

In this compact work, Esslemont comprehensively yet succinctly sets forth the teachings of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet and Founder of the Baha'i Faith. He outlines the religion's early history; explains the religion's theology; incorporates extracts from Baha'i scripture; and provides information on Baha'i spiritual practices. This is essential reading for students of comparative religion

Recommended Audio: 
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Baha'i Prayers

(Audio CD)

"Bahai Prayers At The Sacred Threshold"

Prayers from The Bahai sacred writings offer inspirational and spiritual insights for seekers from every religious background, helping us draw nearer to God and gain a deeper awareness of our own spiritual reality. The listener will discover the unique qualities within the interweaving of spiritual readings by Lisa Janti and original music composition by Bob Alcivar, together creating a new and beautiful art form.