DID YOU MISS IT?
So did the kings and rulers of the mid-1800s. Even the Pope.
And Bahá’u’lláh wrote to them directly. You have another chance to Investigate His life. They don’t.
Bahá’u’lláh sent letters to Napolean III of France, Czar Alexander II of Russia, Queen Victoria of England, Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany, Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, Sultan ‘Abdu’l-‘Azíz of Turkey, and Násiri’d-Din Sháh of Persia, as well as addressing tablets collectively to the kings and rulers of the world, the rulers of America, and the elected representatives of the people. He also sent a letter specifically to Pope Pius IX, as well as addressing the clergy and people of varioius faiths collectively. In these letters Bahá’u’lláh clearly announced His Revelation and admonished the kings and rulers to act justly towards their subjects. He also predicted their downfalls if they neglected His counsels.
Read excerpts from Bahá’u’lláh’s SUMMONS TO THE KINGS AND RULERS OF THE WORLD.
For the first time in history, humanity has available a detailed and verifiable record of the birth of an independent world religion and the life of its Founder. See for yourself!
How do we know that Bahá’u’lláh’s claim to be the Manifestation of God for today is true? Jesus said “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). Bahá’u’lláh explained that the claims of the Founders of all religions, including His own, can be validated by the following proofs:
1. The character and life of the Manifestation.
The Manifestation of God has an exemplary character, He lives what He teaches, and He has innate knowledge. He bears hardship and suffering inflicted by those who dispute His claim, and, though He has no worldly power, His cause triumphs over its opponents.
2. His revelation of the Word of God.
Although lacking formal education, the Manifestation has innate knowledge from God and addresses lofty social and spiritual themes. The Words of the Manifestation of God release a creative energy that brings about the progress of humanity.
3. His teachings.
The teachings of the Manifestation transform the lives of His followers and transform society. His teachings restate the fundamental spiritual and moral principles found in every religion; for example, the golden rule. His teachings also provide guidance according to the specific needs of the age in which He lives.
Prophecies in the Holy Books that refer to the coming of the next Manifestation are interpreted in different ways, so are not an adequate proof in themselves. In fact, misinterpretation of prophecies has often led people to reject the Manifestation when He comes. The Manifestation of God, however, is able to explain the true meaning of the prophecies.
- Read what Bahá’u’lláh’s son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said about proofs.
- View a photographic narrative, The Life of Bahá’u’lláh.
WANT TO KNOW?
Is Bahá’u’lláh Who He said He was?
Examine His life – born into a noble family but chose a path of selfless service to humanity; never attended school but knew more than the learned; proclaimed the Cause of God but was imprisoned, tortured, and exiled for it. For us.
One of the proofs that Bahá’u’lláh is the Manifestation of God for this Day is His character and life. Bahá’u’lláh described the purpose of His suffering as follows:
“The Ancient Beauty [Bahá’u’lláh] hath consented to be bound with chains that mankind may be released from its bondage, and hath accepted to be made a prisoner within this most mighty Stronghold [‘Akká] that the whole world may attain unto true liberty. He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness. This is of the mercy of your Lord, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful. We have accepted to be abased, O believers in the Unity of God, that ye may be exalted, and have suffered manifold afflictions, that ye might prosper and flourish…”
Read about the character and life of Bahá’u’lláh as told by His son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Is Bahá’u’lláh Who He said He was?
Investigate His revelation of the Word of God – Writings of exceptional eloquence that fill the equivalent of 100 volumes and expand immeasurably upon the revelations of the Manifestations gone before. For mankind’s coming of age.
In 1941, Bahá’u’lláh’s great-grandson, Shoghi Effendi, wrote the following about Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation:
“…Well nigh a hundred years have elapsed since the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh dawned upon the world—a Revelation, the nature of which, as affirmed by Himself, “none among the Manifestations of old, except to a prescribed degree, hath ever completely apprehended.” For a whole century God has respited mankind, that it might acknowledge the Founder of such a Revelation, espouse His Cause, proclaim His greatness, and establish His Order. In a hundred volumes, the repositories of priceless precepts, mighty laws, unique principles, impassioned exhortations, reiterated warnings, amazing prophecies, sublime invocations, and weighty commentaries, the Bearer of such a Message has proclaimed, as no Prophet before Him has done, the Mission with which God had entrusted Him. To emperors, kings, princes and potentates, to rulers, governments, clergy and peoples, whether of the East or of the West, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Zoroastrian, He addressed, for well-nigh fifty years, and in the most tragic circumstances, these priceless pearls of knowledge and wisdom that lay hid within the ocean of His matchless utterance…”
- Learn about the Bahá’í perspective concerning Manifestations of God as bearers of divine revelation.
- Read what Shoghi Effendi said about the coming of age of humanity.
WANT TO KNOW EVEN MORE?
Is Bahá’u’lláh Who He said He was?
Reflect on His teachings – guidance about material, social, and spiritual matters, and solutions to today’s perplexing problems. For the transformation of individuals and society.
When Bahá’u’lláh’s son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá travelled to North America in 1912, He gave many talks about the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. At a church in Montreal He spoke of these teachings relative to the teachings of past Dispensations, as follows:
“From time immemorial the divine teachings have been successively revealed, and the bounties of the Holy Spirit have ever been emanating. All the teachings are one reality, for reality is single and does not admit multiplicity. Therefore, the divine Prophets are one, inasmuch as They reveal the one reality, the Word of God. Abraham announced teachings founded upon reality, Moses proclaimed reality, Christ established reality and Bahá’u’lláh was the Messenger and Herald of reality. But humanity, having forsaken the one essential and fundamental reality which underlies the religion of God, and holding blindly to imitations of ancestral forms and interpretations of belief, is separated and divided in the strife, contention and bigotry of various sects and religious factions. If all should be true to the original reality of the Prophet and His teaching, the peoples and nations of the world would become unified, and these differences which cause separation would be lost sight of. To accomplish this great and needful unity in reality, Bahá’u’lláh appeared in the Orient and renewed the foundations of the divine teachings. His revelation of the Word embodies completely the teachings of all the Prophets, expressed in principles and precepts applicable to the needs and conditions of the modern world, amplified and adapted to present-day questions and critical human problems.”
(The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 313-314)
Read what ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had to say about the teachings proclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh, compared to teachings revealed by divine Prophets gone before.