A Traveler's Narrative Written to Illustrate the Episode of the Báb
A Traveler’s Narrative is a simple, moving narrative that recounts the events in the lives of the Báb and his followers, and illustrates the character of the Bahá’í revelation by quoting passages from Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings. This is a historical account written by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá around 1886 and first published anonymously in Persian in 1890. The English translation was prepared by Professor Edward G. Browne and first published by Cambridge University Press in 1891.
This narrative also includes the message from Baha’u’llah to Násiri’d-Dín Sháh (Sháh of Persia from 1848 to 1896), and the story of its delivery to the Shah by Badí‘, a youth who was killed by the Shah shortly after.
Bahá’í Prayers is a Selection of Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Prayers featured in this book are Obligatory Prayers, Occasional Prayers and General Prayers which have prayers for children and youth, evening, families, forgiveness, and more prayers under this.
Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
The Epistle to the Son of the Wolf is the last major work of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith, written in 1891 just before his death in 1892. It is a letter written to “the son of the Wolf,” Shaykh Muhammad Taqi known as Áqá Najafi a Muslim cleric in Isfáhán, had put to death several Bahá’ís. His family was the most powerful clerical family. Bahá’u’lláh called the father, Shaykh Muhammad Báqir, the Wolf because of his responsibility for the execution of the Nahrí brothers in Isfahan in 1879. The father and son were known for their persecution of the Bahá’ís.
In this work, Bahá’u’lláh quotes extensively from his own previously revealed scriptures. This makes much of the work a summary of excerpts on critical concepts expressed in previous works in a condensed form.
Foundations of World Unity
Foundations of World Unity is a collection of talks and writings of Abdu’l-Bahá, dated prior to his death in November 1921, and first published in 1945. It includes mainly selected talks from Promulgation of Universal Peace, and a few passages from Bahá’í Scriptures, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Bahá, and Some Answered Questions.
Gems of Divine Mysteries
Gems of Divine Mysteries is a treatise written in reply to a question from Siyyid Yúsuf-i-Sidihí Isfahání. This short work, which was revealed during his exile in Baghdad, contains an exposition of the stages in the spiritual’s path wayfarer which complements that of the Seven Valleys and sets forth some doctrinal themes which would later be central to The Kitab-i-Iqan or Book of Certitude.
The publication of Gems of Divine Mysteries is one project undertaken in fulfillment of the Five-Year Plan goal, announced in April 2001, of “enriching the translations into English from the Holy Texts”. The volume will further deepen the Western reader’s appreciation of a period infused with potentiality and described by Shoghi Effendi as “the vernal years of Bahá’u’lláh’s ministry” and assist the students of His Revelation in gaining a more profound insight into its gradual unfoldment.
Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah is an extremely important compilation that sets out the Baha’i teachings on a myriad of subjects. Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith from 1921 to 1957, made the selection and performed the translation, which was first published in 1935. Among the themes that fall within its compass is the greatness of the day in which we live, the spiritual requisites of peace and world order, the nature of God and His Prophets, the fulfillment of prophecy, the soul and its immortality, the renewal of civilization, the oneness of the Manifestations of God as agents of one civilizing process, the oneness of humanity, and the purpose of life, to name only a few.
God Passes By
God Passes By, written by Shoghi Effendi, head of the Bahá’í Faith in the first half of the 20th century, is a book that provides a historical summary of the first century of the Bahá’í Faith, from 1844 to 1944. While it recounts historical episodes in some detail, “God Passes By” is notable for the significance Shoghi Effendi assigns to events in the history of the Bahá’í Faith, and the interpretation he gives to various episodes.
Prayers and Meditations
Prayers and Meditations contains 184 prayers and devotional passages carefully selected from the writings of Bahaullah, the Prophet and Founder of the Bahai Faith. It is a selection of prayers and meditations revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, compiled and translated by Shoghi Effendi, and first published in 1938. Shoghi Effendi says this “precious volume will help to deepen, more than any other publication, the spirit of devotion and faith in the friends, and thus charge them with all the spiritual power they require for the accomplishment of their tremendous duties towards the cause.”
Selections From the Writings of the Báb
Selections from the Writings of the Báb is a book of excerpts from books and Tablets revealed by the Báb, including the Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’ (Commentary on the Súrih of Joseph), the Persian Bayán, Dalá’il-i-Sab‘ih (the Seven Proofs), the Kitáb-i-Asmá’ (the Book of Names), and various other Writings, prayers, and meditations. It was first issued in 1976 in a hardcover edition by the Baha’i World Centre, Haifa, Israel. It issued a lightweight edition with an index in 1982.
Tablets of Baháʼu'lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
This compilation of sixteen of Bahá’u’lláh’s most significant and well-loved Tablets revealed after the formulation of the laws and ordinances of the Kitab-i-Aqdas (the Most Holy Book) and published as of 1978. This Most Holy Book for Baha’is includes the Tablet of Carmel, the Most Holy Tablet, Glad-Tidings, Ornaments, Effulgences, Words of Paradise, Tablets of the World, Words of Wisdom, the Book of Covenant, and others.
Tablets of the Divine Plan
The Tablets of the Divine Plan collectively refers to 14 letters (tablets) written between March 1916 and March 1917 by Abdu’l-Bahá to Bahá’ís in the United States and Canada, and described as “a final link in the chain of love and care which bound Him to the friends on this continent” Included in multiple books, the first five tablets were printed in America, and all the tablets again after World War I.
Four of the letters were addressed to the Bahá’í community of North America, and it addressed ten subsidiary ones to five specific segments of that community. Of primary significance was the role of leadership given to its recipients in establishing their cause throughout the planet by pioneering – introducing the religion into the many countries and regions and islands mentioned.
These collective letters, along with Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablet of Carmel and Abdu’l-Bahá’s Will and Testament, were described by Shoghi Effendi as three of the “Charters” of the Bahá’í Faith.
The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh
The Hidden Words is a book revealed in Baghdad around 1858 by Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, while he walked along the banks of the Tigris river during his exile there. The work comprising brief passages revealed in Persian and Arabic in 1857/58 and translated by Shoghi Effendi. Among the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words stand out as a mighty charter for the salvation of the human soul. It shines as a beacon of light to men lost in the world of darkness and materialism; it gives light to their eyes, enabling them to see the path to their Lord. It also warns them of the many pitfalls on their way and extends a helping hand at every turn.
The Kitáb-i-Aqdas (the “Most Holy Book”) was revealed by Bahá’u’lláh in response to repeated requests from his followers for laws to follow. In it, Bahá’u’lláh sets out laws in relation to such areas of life as a prayer, fasting, and pilgrimage. The work was written in Arabic under the Arabic title al-Kitabu l-Aqdas, but it commonly referred to by its Persian title, Kitáb-i-Aqdas. The word Aqdas is a superlative form derived from the interconsonantal root Q-D-Š, denoting holiness or sanctity in Semitic languages. It refers the Aqdas to as “the Mother-Book” of the Bahá’í teachings, and the “Charter of the future world civilization”. It is not, however, only a ‘book of laws’: much of the content deals with other matters, notably ethical exhortations, and addresses various individuals, groups, and places. The Aqdas also discusses the establishment of Bahá’í administrative institutions, Bahá’í religious practices, mysticism, laws of personal status, inheritance, criminal law, spiritual and ethical exhortations, social principles, miscellaneous laws and abrogations, and prophecies.
The Kitáb-i-Íqán, “The Book of Certitude,” sometimes referred to as the Book of Iqan or simply The Iqan, is one of the foremost critical scriptural works in all of religious history. In it Bahá’u’lláh gives a sweeping overview of religious truth, clarifying the underlying solidarity of the world’s religions, depicting the universality of the revelations humankind has gotten from the Prophets of God, enlightening their fundamental teachings, and elucidating allegorical passages from the New Testament and the Qur’án that have given rise to misunderstandings among religious leaders, practitioners, and the public. Written within the span of two days and two evenings, The Book of Certitude is, within the words of its translator, Shoghi Effendi, “the most important book written on the spiritual significance” of the Bahá’Í Faith.
The Proclamations of Baháʼu'lláh
These are powerful excerpts from Baha’u’llah’s Tablets to the kings and leaders of the world. THE PROCLAMATIONS of BAHA’U’LLAH, explains how the unity of mankind can be achieved and can establish world peace. Hundred years ago, Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, proclaimed in unmistakable language, to the kings and rulers of the world, to its religious leaders, and to mankind that the long-promised age of world peace and brotherhood had, at last, dawned and that He Himself was the Bearer of the new message and power from God which would transform the prevailing system of antagonism and enmity between men and create the spirit and form of the destined world order.
They contain His summons to the kings and rulers of the world, His summons to religious leaders, and His summons to humanity. The book will help readers understand the rapid changes leading to the Lesser Peace and the “spiritualization of the world” that must occur before the Most Great Peace prophesied by Baha’u’llah can be established.
The Promulgation of Universal Peace
The Promulgation of Universal Peace is a compilation of 139 talks and extemporaneous discourses given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on the fundamental principles of the revelation and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh – principles that form the basis of the universal peace Bahá’u’lláh has promised: “shall come.”
Among the subjects discussed are the coming of age of humans, the oneness and continuity of the Manifestations of God, and the oneness of religion as a social force for establishing world order and peace. They gave these talks during ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s 1912 visit to the United States and Canada.
Howard MacNutt, who also wrote an introduction, compiled the talks, and the compilation was first published in 1922.
The Secret of Divine Civilization
The Secret of Divine Civilization explains the view of the Baha’i Faith in the genuine nature of civilization. It contains an appealing and universal message inspiring world-mindedness and soliciting the highest human motives and attributes for the establishment of a spiritual society. Written by Abdu’l-Baha in 1875, as a letter to the rulers and people of Persia, it was printed in Bombay in 1882 and widely circulated in Iran. The English translation was first published in 1957. It is still profoundly relevant today as a guide to creating a peaceful and productive world; it is truly a work for all humanity and all seasons.
The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys
Two works were written in Baghdad after Bahá’u’lláh returned from Kurdistan in 1856. The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys were addressed to Sufi mystics, with whom he had been in contact in Sulaymáníyyih. These works are part of the publication Call of the Divine Beloved. It was written after Baha’u’llah spent 2 years in the wilderness praying and meditating on his mission, like many of the famous messengers from God in the past. This book together with “The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah” makes up the most mystical and among of the best-loved Baha’i Writings. In “The Seven Valleys” Baha’u’llah writes about the seven stages of the lover’s journey on his search for his Beloved: God. Each valley represents a plain of understanding such as Wonder, Love, Unity.
The Summons of the Lord of Hosts
The years following Bahá’u’lláh’s arrival in Adrianople witnessed His Revelation’s attainment, in the words of Shoghi Effendi, of “its meridian glory” through the proclamation of its Founder’s message to the kings and rulers of the world. During this relatively brief but turbulent period of Faith’s history, and in the early years of His subsequent exile in 1868 to the fortress town of ‘Akká, He summoned the monarchs of East and West collectively, and some among them individually, to recognize the Day of God and to acknowledge the promised in the scriptures of the religions professed by the recipients of His summons. “Never since the beginning of the world”, Bahá’u’lláh declares, “hath the Message been so openly proclaimed.”
The present volume brings together the first full, allowed an English translation of these major writings. Among them is the complete Súriy-i-Haykal, the Súrih of the Temple, one of Bahá’u’lláh’s most challenging works. It was originally revealed during His banishment to Adrianople and later recast after His arrival in ‘Akká. In this version, He incorporated His messages addressed to individual potentates—Pope Pius IX, Napoleon III, Czar Alexander II, Queen Victoria, and Náiri’d-Dín Sháh.