Saturday, November 13, 2010

It is only natural then to ask "How did Baha'u'llah live His life?"

Entrance to the Shrine of Baha'u'llah adjacent to the Mansion of Bahji in Acre, Israel
Reprinted with permission of the Baha'i international community: Baha'i Media

Baha’is around the globe celebrated the Birth of Baha’u’llah on November 12. What better time than now to peruse The Life of Baha’u’llah: A Photographic Narrative? A beautiful glimpse into a compelling life, this website showcases historical photos that include Baha'u'llah's birthplace (Tehran), the cities of His exile, the cell in which He was confined for two years, and more, including current photos of the Baha'i World Center.

Then I invite you to visit this beautifully-designed photo site for a contemporary look at how Baha'i communities world-wide are "promoting at the grassroots the well-being of the entire human race" -- how "these citizens of the world are rallying with their friends and neighbors, their families and co-workers to participate in the transformation of society."

For more striking photography with the most current scenes of the Baha'i World Center, along with text about the significance of it all,  check out the beautiful new book Hasten Forth -- and the interesting story behind the book about the young couple who made it happen.

Of course it is also a good time to read The Story of Baha’u’llah: Promised One of All Religions. Why did I choose to tell this story? I answer that question in this excerpt from my essay  Journey to a Sacred City:

“Truthfully, there are more reasons than I have room here to write. But equally true is that I wrote The Story of Baha’u’llah to answer questions, the questions that must arise in response to so great a claim as that advanced by Baha’u’llah – that He is God’s Messenger to humankind for this day. What constitutes the proof of a Prophet of God? In the words of Christ, “You will know them by their fruits.” (Matt.7:16)

“It is only natural then to ask: How did Baha’u’llah live His life? How did His actions correspond to His words? What were the choices by which His days were measured? How did He treat those who loved Him or respond to those who betrayed Him? How were others – whether friend or enemy, believer or nonbeliever – affected by His presence? What effect did He exert on the larger world?

“These are the questions by which we evaluate any life. My hope in relating not only the public events of Baha’u’llah’s life, but the more intimate facts as well, is to enable the reader to gain insight into a life that is compelling by any standard – and which continues to inspire countless souls. . . .”

To learn more about Baha'i community and beliefs visit the U.S.Baha'i and Baha’i Internatonal sites.
Related Posts:
Asking Questions, Seeking Answers & Celebrating Baha’u’llah
A Handful of Holy Day Gifts (with video)

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