Posted by: samandal | December 12, 2010

Imám-i-Zamán, the Lord of the Age

Díyáfat-i-Masá’il, the Feast of Questions

In the paradise of the Abhá Realm into which Bahá’ís are admitted (conditional on both belief and altruism), Bahá’u’lláh becomes the manifestation of the universal word (kalimát) or logos; and it is within this unitive vision and paradisal communion that Bahá’u’lláh is perceived in his true spiritual reality, the metaphysical and mystical significance of his person is revealed, and one is enabled to view the whole world from his perspective. Bahá’u’lláh, with whom Bahá’ís share a symbiotic, mutualistic spiritual existence, is seen as a single cosmic individual, who sums up in his person the entire reality of existence; the perfect microcosm, for whom a lesser guide or a Súfí pír cannot be substituted.

The covenant with Bahá’u’lláh need not be an exclusivist attachment to a particular person, still less a monolithic centralized uniformity of belief and practice, but merely one of many paths into the Abhá Realm; Bahá’u’lláh should be presented as a gentle guide, not an exclusive tyrant. One need not be torn between allegiances; this is the path of the fundamentalist, the one who remains “the true believer.” One should be able to hold many concepts and realities within a larger inter-subjective awareness.