Exploring the Baha’i literature to “obtain a more adequate understanding of the significance of Baha’u’llah’s stupendous Revelation”… (Shoghi Effendi)

August 17, 2017

Session 5: Baha’u’llah’s Supporting Role in the Service of the Cause of the Báb

  • Reflecting on the station of the Manifestation of God
  • Fall 1845: Bahá’u’lláh received Quddus into His presence in Tihran
  • 1847: While the Báb was in the hamlet of Kulayn, 10 miles south of Tihran, He received “a sealed letter together with certain gifts” from Bahá’u’lláh
  • circa 1848: Mulla Husayn was ushered into the presence of Bahá’u’lláh in Tihran
  • circa 1847: The Báb “summoned those twin great lights” [Quddús and Táhirih] to “seek His [Bahá’u’lláh’s] advice, to reinforce His efforts, and to prepare the way for His coming Revelation.”
  • circa 1848: Bahá’u’lláh’s first imprisonment
  • circa 1848: Bahá’u’lláh receives Táhirih in Tihran and arranges for her departure to Khurásán (north-east of Tihran)
  • Baha’u’llah recalls receiving news of Tahirih’s captivity, His involvement in her rescue operation, and arrival at Badasht
  • 1848: Bahá’u’lláh, Quddus and Tahirih reach the hamlet of Badasht
  • The Conference of Badasht – an epoch-making event, unique and unparalleled in the religious annals of humanity
    • Baha’u’llah bestowed a new name to every believer attending the conference of Badasht
    • Breaking from the man-made fetters of the past
    • Baha’u’llah describes the consternation that seized the Babís when Tahirih suddenly appeared unveiled at the conference of Badasht
    • The Guardian describes Bahá'u'lláh’s role in the historic conference of Badasht – “steadily, unerringly, yet unsuspectedly, steered the course of that memorable episode, and… brought the meeting to its final and dramatic climax.”

August 3, 2017

Session 4: Baha’u’llah arose to promote the Cause of the Báb

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  • Reflecting on the station of the Manifestation of God
  • Bahá'u'lláh Championed the New Cause
  • Photo: Northern Persia - A Summer Interlude Place for Bahá'u'lláh's Family
  • Bahá’u’lláh acknowledges that the Báb is “the Primal Point, through Whom the point of creation hath been made to revolve in both the visible and invisible worlds…”
  • Bahá’u’lláh’s first journey for the Báb
  • Map: Some of the places associated with the early years of Bahá’u’lláh's life
  • Bahá’u’lláh’s amazing success in the district of Nur alarmed His uncle
  • Photo: Mirza Músá – Bahá’u’lláh’s faithful brother
  • The chief divine of Nur sent two trusted envoys to challenge Bahá’u’lláh
  • Photo: Village of Afchih
  • Bahá’u’lláh paid a visit to the chief divine of Núr “to enlighten… [him] regarding a new and wondrous Message, divinely inspired…”
  • A young dervish recognizes Bahá’u’lláh’s station in 1844
  • The province of Mázindarán and the district of Núr in particular become the first to eagerly embrace the Divine Message of the Báb
  • Bahá’u’lláh comments on His days in Núr and the receptivity of its people to the New Message…
  • The news of Bahá’u’lláh’s immediate response to the Divine Message and His subsequent teaching activities cheered and gladdened the Báb

July 23, 2017

Session 3: Baha'u'llah's Life - Marriage, Family, & New Religion

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  • Bahá’u’lláh’s marriage with Asíyih Khánum
    • Families of Bahá'u'lláh and Ásiyih Khanum possessed great wealth – their daughter recalls
    • Bahiyyih Khanum recalls many years later about her mother, Ásiyih Khanum
    • Became known as "The Father of the Poor" and "The Mother of Consolation"
    • Children
    •  ‘Abdu’l-Baha confirms His mother's name
    • Asíyih Khánum's station: The ‘Most Exalted Leaf
    • Asíyih Khánum's station: 54th chapter of Isaiah
  • Marriage Certificate of Baha’u’llah
  • Bahá'u'lláh’s father experienced extreme difficulties towards the concluding years of his life
  • 1839: Bahá'u'lláh’s father passed away when He was twenty-two years old
  • Bahá’u’lláh recounts the life of His father
  • Bahá'u'lláh took responsibility over His father’s large family
  • Baha’u’llah sought neither government position nor prominence and gave abundantly to the poor
  • The Prime Minister of Persia schemed ways to possess a village that belonged to the family of Baha’u’llah
  • 1844: A New Manifestation of God in Persia
  • The First Letter of the Living is given the assignment to bring the Message of the Báb to Bahá'u'lláh
  • The Báb’s messenger finds Bahá'u'lláh in Tihran and delivers the Message
  • Bahá'u'lláh instantly accepts the Báb’s spiritual authority
    • Bahá'u'lláh acknowledges that the Báb “hath been sent down by the Will of the one true God”
    • Impact on the family in Tehran
    • Prayer by Bahá'u'lláh about the Báb

June 29, 2017

Session 2: Baha'u'llah's Life - Childhood & Youth Years

  • Bahá'u'lláh’s father had an amazing dream about his Son
  • Bahá'u'lláh’s mother was so fascinated by Him
  • As a child, Baha’u’llah was a little short in stature
  • Bahá'u'lláh’s dream at a young age
  • Bahá'u'lláh's intelligence and perception as a child surpassed mature men
  • Bahá'u'lláh didn’t attend any schools
  • Seeing a puppet show at a young age and its marked effect on Bahá'u'lláh
  • Bahá'u'lláh became renowned for His learning when He was about thirteen years old
  • Bahá'u'lláh’s remarkable knowledge and sagacity during His youthful years was acknowledged in all gatherings of doctors and scholars
  • As a youth Bahá'u'lláh became well known for His unparalleled powers of exposition, yet He was courteous and non-argumentative
  • Bahá'u'lláh was keenly affected by and opposed to all manifestations of injustice
  • An example of Bahá'u'lláh’s great sagacity and insight as a youth
  • A mujtahid’s dream about Bahá'u'lláh during His youthful years – recalled by ‘Abdu’l-Baha
  • An example of how Bahá'u'lláh during His younger years chastised a famous religous leader for showing disrespect towards Christ

June 12, 2017

Session 1: Baha’u’llah’s Life -- Birth, His Noble Family and Ancestors

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The Station of the Manifestation of God
  • The Primal Will of God
  • The Soul of the Manifestation of God
  • Reason for the Appearance of a Manifestation of God in a Given Place
  • The “School of God” – attended by Manifestations of God
  • The incredibly exalted station of the Manifestation of God
    • Divine Unity
    • Divine Presence
    • Examples of The lofty Station of the Manifestation of God
    • Examples of Attributes of God Revealed to humanity through His Manifestations
Baha’u’llah - the latest Manifestation of God
  • Bahá'u’lláh was born into an ancient and noble family
  • Views of the House in Tihran where Baha’u’llah was born
  • Bahá’u’lláh’s Ancestors
  • Province of Mazandaran – Home of Bahá'u'lláh’s family
  • Some of the places associated with the early years of Bahá’u’lláh's life
    • Bahá'u'lláh's ancestral home in the village of Takur
    • Village of Afchih
  • Bahá'u'lláh’s Father - Mirza Buzur
  • Bahá'u'lláh’s Mother - Khadijih Khanum
  • Bahá'u'lláh and His siblings
  • Condition of Persia (Iran) at the time of Bahá'u'lláh’s birth
  • 1889 Persia: Qajar Kings maintained the threefold functions of government, legislative, executive, and judicial – observations by Lord George Curzon during his six-month travels in Persia