Posted by: samandal | June 21, 2009

Á’ín-i-Bahá’í

“Religion is not a thing, but a happening, and it is people who make things happen.” (David Waines: An Introduction to Islam, page 1)

The Bahá’í Faith is centered upon the life and person of the prophet Bahá’u’lláh and the revelation he received from God through the Holy Maiden, the divine feminine personification of the Holy Spirit with whom he communed. In the words of a recent convert to the Bahá’í Faith, “If such a reality as a Manifestation of God exists, then Bahá’u’lláh would be that Manifestation.” The Faith founded by Bahá’u’lláh promotes the unity of God, the unity of religion, and the unity of humankind, and reflects a post-modern spiritual paradigm of inclusion and pluralism, tolerance and respect. These core values and principles are fundamental to the revelation of Bahá’u’lláh.

This site is entirely a personal spiritual initiative and is neither comprehensive nor authoritative. One of our purposes is to promote a pluralistic, inclusive approach to the Bahá’í Faith. Intrinsic to this perspective is the belief that authentic spirituality needs to be sustained and developed through reflection and education that inspires personal behavior and leads to social action. An authentic spirituality will advert to tradition, but it will not be constrained by it; it will be receptive to the revision and enhancement of the personal, the communal, the environmental, the transcendent. Such are some of the ideas to be explored and expanded upon through this site.

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”                                           (Jalálu’d-Dín Rúmí)

The initial posts on this site will provide historical and biographical information on the central figures of the Bahá’í Faith: the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghí Effendí, and the Bábí heroine Táhirih, who clearly envisaged some degree of revelatory status for herself. Material about the Shaykhí and Súfí spiritual traditions and their points of convergence in the Bahá’í Faith will be posted here in the near future. Bahá’u’lláh, like his messianic predecessors, can be viewed as a prophetic messenger who manifested universal justice and compassion, whose life was the pattern of the Holy Spirit, the ever-present agent of divine love. This is the approach we prefer.

“Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee.”                                              (Bahá’u’lláh: Arabic Hidden Word, number 11)

“Justice and equity are twin Guardians that watch over men.”                    (Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, page 12)

“The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.”                (Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, page 67)

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