|1.Comets in the sky|
|2.Maid of heaven|
|3.Martyrdom of the Bab|
|5.Fate of the 750 soldiers|
|6.Earthquake in Shiraz|
|7.Edict of Toleration 1844|
|8.Akka, land of biblical prophecy|
|9.The province of light|
|10.H Abdulbaha. Prophetic powers|
|11.H Abdulbaha. Prophetic powers|
|12.The Village of Bahapur|
|16.The Verdant Isle|
|17.H AbdulBaha throwing the papers|
|18.My soul wanders|
|19.Amir Amin Arsalan|
|21.May Maxwell Dream|
|22.Bill Sears Dream|
|23.Bab ESP Powers|
|25.German Knight Templers|
|29.H AbdulBaha NY Zoo|
|31.H AbdulBaha and the esp letter|
|32.The Psychic and the Pregnant mother|
|35.White buffolo woman|
|36.Raising the dead|
|37.Praying all night|
|40.HAbdulBaha the physicist|
|41.The end of the world|
|42.The Atomic bomb|
|43.The Wife of the Bab's dream|
|44.Two stories from 'Once to every man and nation'|
|45.H Bab in Chihriq|
|46.H AbdulBaha and the blank piece of paper|
|47.H Bahaullah and the dead man who came back to life|
This is a collection of stories I know.
If you know of any stories please contact me
(In England, with a population of 5000 Bahais, there are approximately 5000 Baha'i web sites. Baha'i growth in Britain has been in internet space)
Growing up it was my pleasure to read stories about the Baha'i revelation. It is to my surprise that there are few mentions of the numerous miracles and extraordinary events that accompanied the life of the prophets.
Whilst accepting that it is the moral teachings and prayers that are important, in my opinion it is the stories that make us remember the truth.
I found that from the age of 18 I had very little time in reading new stories. Must work to earn a living. I read 95% of these stories as a teenager, and as an unemployed refugee.
A condensed version of the story is often of value to working age adults, who have little time to read.
What I have found is that Bahais are very modest and don't tell each other, or other ppl -- the converted or the non-converted, about these stories. There are literally hundreds of stories about miraculous events, or prophecies fulfilled out there. I only know a few of them.
In order to understand the Baha'i revelation, it is important to, in my opinion, be familiar with the words of the prophets, and with the accounts of people who knew the prophets. These are our gospels.
An independent investigator will come to a conclusion that the 3 men central to the Baha'i revelation -- H Baha'ullah - the prophet founder of the Baha'i faith, and also H Bab and additionally H AbdulBaha the first son of H Baha'ullah, were men, physical men, who were morally, and physically different to the rest of us.
Scientific explanation can be given to some extent, and cant be given after a certain point.
The brain of Albert Einstein was kept after his death. one of the cortex lobes was found to be slightly thicker. The presence of people who have psychic abilities is without doubt, and the experience of nuns who spend 4 hours every day in a state of prayer another. Never the less a scientific explanation for the presence of H Baha'ullah Bab and AbdulBaha is limiting. I personally come to the conclusion -- a man who was a moral teacher, and also psychic, and also the Messiah, patriarch of the planet.
These collection of stories are stories I read as an adolescent and as an adult. They form one of the cements in my membership of the Baha'i movement. About half of these stories can be independently corroborated.
These stories are UNBELIEVABLE, UNBELIEVABLE, UNBELIEVABLE. There are literally hundreds of these stories.
The human condition is a strange one. Man the moral animal, different from the rest of the animal kingdom.
As a Baha'i I identify Baha'ullah as the patriarch of the human tribe.
Baha'ullah, and also the Bab, and AbdulBaha, were men. They were physical men who felt pain, who slept and ate food. But they were more -- they were morally, and also physically, different from the rest of us.
They were seers -- they had psychic abilities, but they were more than seers.
"I am," He exclaimed, "I am, I am the Promised One! I am the One Whose name you have for a thousand years invoked, at Whose mention you have risen, Whose advent you have longed to witness, and the hour of Whose Revelation you have prayed God to hasten. Verily, I say, it is incumbent upon the peoples of both the East and the West to obey My word, and to pledge allegiance to My person."
Such, so far as I can recall them, were the words which, besides many others, I heard from Behá.
H Baha'ullah was born 1917. H Bab 1919.
In this period of time there were sightings of comets. People thought the world was going to end. The millennial movements in the Christian countries of NAmerica Europe started around then.
My source is Bill Sears thief in the night. I'm curious what his source was.
In His Súratu'l-Haykal (the Súrah of the Temple) He thus describes those breathless moments when the Maiden, symbolizing the "Most Great Spirit" proclaimed His mission to the entire creation: "While engulfed in tribulations I heard a most wondrous, a most sweet voice, calling above My head. Turning My face, I beheld a Maiden-- the embodiment of the remembrance of the name of My Lord--suspended
in the air before Me. So rejoiced was she in her very soul that her countenance shone with the ornament of the good-pleasure of God, and her cheeks glowed with the brightness of the All-Merciful. Betwixt earth and heaven she was raising a call which captivated the hearts and minds of men. She was imparting to both My inward and outer being tidings which rejoiced My soul, and the souls of God's honored servants. Pointing with her finger unto My head, she addressed all who are in heaven and all who are on earth, saying: `By God! This is the Best-Beloved of the worlds, and yet ye comprehend not. This is the Beauty of God amongst you, and the power of His sovereignty within you, could ye but understand. This is the Mystery of God and His Treasure, the Cause of God and His glory unto all who are in the kingdoms of Revelation and of creation, if ye be of them that perceive.'"
In His Epistle to Násiri'd-Dín Sháh, His royal adversary, revealed at the height of the proclamation of His Message, occur these passages which shed further light on the Divine origin of His mission: "O King! I was but a man like others, asleep upon My couch, when lo, the breezes of the All-Glorious were wafted over Me, and taught Me the knowledge of all that hath been. This thing is not from Me, but from One Who is Almighty and All-Knowing. And he bade Me lift up My voice between earth and heaven, and for this there befell Me what hath caused the tears of every man of understanding to flow.... This is but a leaf which the winds of the will of Thy Lord, the Almighty, the All-Praised, have stirred.... His all-compelling summons hath reached Me, and caused Me to speak His praise amidst all people. I was indeed as one dead when His behest was uttered. The hand of the will of Thy Lord, the Compassionate, the Merciful, transformed Me." "By My Life!" He asserts in another Tablet, "Not of Mine own volition have I revealed Myself, but God, of His own choosing, hath manifested Me." And again: "Whenever I chose to hold My peace and be still, lo, the Voice of the Holy Spirit, standing on My right hand, aroused Me, and the Most Great Spirit appeared before My face, and Gabriel overshadowed Me, and the Spirit of Glory stirred within My bosom, bidding Me arise and break My silence."
Each row of soldiers fired in turn. The smoke from so many rifles clouded the scene. When it lifted the Báb was not there. Only His disciple could be seen, standing under the nail in the wall, smiling and unconcerned.
Sam Khan approached the Bab: 'I profess the Christian Faith and entertain no ill will against you. If your Cause be the Cause of truth, enable me to free myself from the obligation to shed your blood.' To this the Báb replied: 'Follow your instructions, and if your intention be sincere, the Almighty is surely able to relieve you from your perplexity.'
The Báb and His disciple were suspended by ropes from a nail in the wall, the head of Mirza Muhammad-'Ali resting on the breast of the Báb. Seven hundred and fifty soldiers were positioned in three files. Roofs of the buildings around teemed with spectators.
Each row of soldiers fired in turn. The smoke from so many rifles clouded the scene. When it lifted the Báb was not there. Only His disciple could be seen, standing under the nail in the wall, smiling and unconcerned. Bullets had only severed the ropes with which they were suspended. Cries rang out from the onlookers: 'The Siyyid-i-Báb has gone from our sight!'
A frantic search followed. The Báb was found, sitting in the same room where He had been lodged the night before, in conversation with His amanuensis. That conversation had been interrupted earlier in the day. Now it was finished and He told the farrash-bashi to carry out his duty. But the farrash-bashi was terror-stricken and ran away, nor did he ever return to his post. Sam Khan, for his part, told his superiors that he had carried out the task given to him; he would not attempt it a second time. So Aqa Jan Khan-i-Khamsih and his Nasiri regiment replaced the Armenians, and the Báb and His disciple were suspended once again at the same spot. The Nasiri regiment fired. The bodies of the Báb and His disciple were shattered, and their flesh was united.
I don't have the source for this story
H Bab apparently wrote so speedily that the ink on his paper was not dry by the time he had finished the page. The words came out in a torrent.
The Fate of the 750 soldiers who martyred H Bab
They all died within 5 years. Every single one. Half of them died after they mutinied. Half of them died because of plague. Every single one.
I cannot find a source on the Internet. The above is stated in God passes by by Shoghi Effendi.
Miraculous Event On the day of the Martyrdom there was a large earthquake in Shiraz, the city he was born in. Spiritual reverberations.
My source is H AbdulBaha God Passes by. I cant find a source on the internet. Id be curious if independent scholars have checked out these allegations. Half of them can be independently corroborated.
Edict of Toleration - May 23 1844
The Baha'i faith started on the evening of May 23 1844. Day Zero.
On the evening of May 23 1844 3 things happened.
H Bab chose his first disciple -- apostle Mulla Husayn BabulBab (the gate to the gate).
H AbdulBaha was born.
The governor of the ottoman province of Syria signed an order allowing Hebrew people to live in the Syrian desert.
From AD 88 Hebrew revolt when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Roman army and Hebrew people driven into exile (to Cypress, from Cypress to Italy and from Italy to the rest of the world) there were no Hebrew people living in the Palestinian desert. It is standard Hebrew theology that when the Hebrew messiah returns they will return to the land of Israel. Bahaullah being the messiah of the Hebrew people, this prophecy was fulfilled the day the Bahai religion started.
so ultra orthodox jews will not go to the land of israel because they say they can only go there when their messiah returns. We say this took place May 23 1844.
(This was of course a separate event from the fascist invasions of 1948.)
Exile to Historic Palestine, Land of Biblical prophecy
H Baha'ullah, the messiah was EXILED to historic Palestine, to the penal colony of Akka, in the year 1860. The town of Akka 1860, in the Syrian desert, also happened to be in the same place as ancient land of Israel. By exiling their prisoner to the Mediterranean coast, the Ottoman rulers fulfilled Christian and Hebrew prophecies. The Christian and Hebrew messiah arrived in his destination.
Akka was one of the poorest towns of the Ottoman empire, and H Baha'ullah was sent here so as a political prisoner to distance him from the Persian border.
"Forget not my distress and banishment in this remote prison"
H Baha'ullah was born in Tehran, Iran, but his family were from the province of Nur in Mazandaran, Iran.
Nur means light. The fastest entity in the universe is light. Faster than the speed of Light. God is Great, God is speedy.
Born on earth, from the district of light.
H AbdulBaha in addition to being the patriarch of the Baha'i movement and a moralist, had esp powers.
Thomas Breakwell (1872–1902) was the first Englishman to become a Baha'i and the first to make the pilgrimage to Akka. He died 1902 age 30 from tuberculosis.
H AbdulBaha knew about the death of Thomas Breakwell before the news formally arrived in Akka from Paris (in a letter).
I cant remember where I read this. If anyone knows the source and can inform me I will be grateful.
H AbdulBaha in addition to being the patriarch of the Baha'i movement and a moral teacher, had esp powers.
Major Tudor Pole was an early British Baha'i. On meeting H AbdulBaha they communicated via an interpreter Shoghi Effendi as neither spoke the others language. On leaving them for 5 minutes he found they were still communicating despite not speaking each others languages.
source -- "Ethel Jenner Rosenberg. Britains outstanding Baha'i pioneer" by Robert Weinberg.
I read about this many years ago. I cant find the source. If anyone has the source and can email it to me Id be grateful.
The grounds for the Lotus temple was bought by an Ardashir Rustampur, an Iranian-Indian man from Hyderabad, India.
AFTERWARDS it was found that the temple lay on grounds of what used to be the village of Baha-pur
Interesting and unbelievable
This is from "Fire on the mountaintop" by Gloria Faizi.
The human condition is an interesting one.
The Baha'i travelers were stranded in a village in Mazandaran, Iran. This would have been about 100 years ago. They were unable to communicate as the villagers spoke a local lingo. It turned out the entire village was a Baha'i village and the old woman concierge in whos house they slept had dreamt of the travelers the night before.
I dont have a copy of the book. If anyone has a copy and can send me the details I will be grateful. The traveler was called Naim as I remember.
Bahais of a village in Mazandaran, Iran were driven out by fanatics about 10 years ago. It could have been the same village mentioned in the book fire on the mountain top.
Interesting and unbelievable
The Navajo Indians of North America have prophecies from their medicine men.
They have a prophecy of a holy Mountain, a 9 pointed star to guide the way and a great chief with a 12 feathered headdress.
Interesting and unbelievable
This story is from "once to every man and nation". Is this book still in print?
2% of the population of Panama are Bahais - one of the highest in the world, most of them members of the Guyami tribe who live there.
They have a prophecy that their people will fall into a time of difficulty and a blind man will lead them out of it. The first Baha'i man there was a blind man.
Interesting and unbelievable
The Verdant Isle / H Tahirih unveiling herself at Badasht
I heard this story over a dinner table. If anyone has links to sources Id be interested.
The moslems have a prophecy that their messiah will come from a 'Verdant isle'. Mazandaran, where H Baha'ullah family was from, to a desert dweller, is a green verdant island.
They have a second prophecy that their saint Fatima will unveil herself at the end of times. This happened when H Tahirih unveiled herself in the conference at Badasht. Her birth name was Fatima.
H AbdulBaha throwing the papers
I cant find the source for this. read it on the internet when I was a refugee.
Shortly before H Bahaullah passed onto the next world, he threw his papers on the floor -- at extreme tiredness. H AbdulBaha shortly before he died threw his papers on the floor. Does anyone have the source of this story?
Can anyone get the quote for this? I cant find it on the internet.
H AbdulBaha had what in today's world they call esp powers.
"When I sleep my soul wanders"
interesting and nice
Amir Amin Arsalan was the Ottoman consul general in Argentina.
He met H Bahaullah briefly.
His appearance struck my imagination in such a way that I cannot better represent it than by evoking the image of God the Father, commanding, in his majesty, the elements of nature in the middle of clouds.
“I have had the honor of catching a glimpse of him who is the incarnation of ‘the Word of God’ in the eyes of the Persians. It was in 1891, during a journey that I made to St Jean d’Acre (‘Akká). As soon as I arrived I was eager to pay a visit to ‘Abbás Effendi, the eldest son of ‘the Word’ who was in charge of the external relations of the community. I had known him at Beirut, in Syria, and there had quickly been established between us the bonds of a true friendship.
‘Abbás Effendi received me in the sumptuous palace where he lives with his father, ‘the Word’…Naturally, I solicited from him the honor of an audience with his holy father. He explained to me, in a very kindly manner, that it was not the custom of him who represented the Divinity to admit to his presence unbelieving mortals. Since I insisted, he promised to make every possible effort to bring about the realization of my wish.
Eventually, after three days, I received word that this signal favor had been accorded to me…I thought then that I was going to be able to converse with him who was the reflection on earth of the rays of Divinity, but my illusions were quickly dispersed. I had to content myself with catching a glimpse of the illustrious Bahá’u’lláh at the moment when he came out to take his daily walk in the immense park surrounding his residence. In fact, ‘the Word’ never left the inside of his house except to take a walk in the park in the evening, a time when he could better elude the praying attention of outsiders.
But ‘Abbás Effendi had carefully positioned me behind a part of the wall, along his path, in such a manner that I could easily contemplate him for a short while. I even believe that ‘the Word of God’ had realized the presence of a stranger and had understood that it was a question of granting a favour to a friend. His appearance struck my imagination in such a way that I cannot better represent it than by evoking the image of God the Father, commanding, in his majesty, the elements of nature in the middle of clouds.”
This is from "From Copper to Gold" a biography of Dorothy Baker. I dont have the page number -- at the start.
Her grandmother, a disciple of H AbdulBaha, had a near death experience and dreamt of him, before she met him.
May Bolles Maxwell was the mother of Ruhiyeh Khanum, widow of the Guardian, and was a disciple of H AbdulBaha.
This is what happened in the late 19th century:
The first foreshadowing reached her when, at eleven years of age, she experienced in her sleep a sunlight so brilliant that for one day her eyes were blinded. Again she dreamed that angels carried her through space. Seeing light, she found it was the earth, and the earth was marked with seals, and one word was on the earth. Of this she could read only the B and the H, but she knew then that these letters would transform her life. The Master Himself came to her in vision, a majestic figure in Eastern garb, beckoning her from across the Mediterranean with characteristic gesture. She thought He was Jesus but two years later when Lua heard, "This is 'Abdul-Bahá," she said.
Bill Sears as a small child dreamt of H AbdulBaha the day he passed through his state. Source God loves laughter.
Does anyone have a source for this? I read this many years ago.
H Bab had esp powers also.
In Chihriq or Maku, the soldiers went into a trance whilst he left the prison.
an Iranian Baha'i wrote this in a facebook group
there is an islamic prophecy that the islamic messiah will come from the plains of akka. and there is another islamic prophecy that a dweller of akka is the most blessed of the most blessed.
makes sense, as the messiah of the planet is buried there.
I dont have the sources for this story.
German Knight templars of Haifa
The German colonies arrived in Haifa bay 1870 or so. They expected the Christian messiah to come down from the clouds and so arrived there to be in wait for him.
(he arrived as an oriental prisoner).
Because they sided with the Germans during second world war they were deported.
In a discussion thread I read -- a Russian Baha'i had written there are prophecies about the Bahai religion in the Ashkabad area. I cannot find the thread.
If anyone has any information on this please email me.
The Buddhist Messiah is called Amitabha, the fifth Buddha.
In Arabic / Persian Abha is another way of saying Baha.