Mirza Husayn Ali Nur, better known as Bahaullah, founder of the Bahai religion, is one of the more extraordinary people who has lived.
He was born in Tehran,Iran. His family were from the province of Nur (province of light). He was exiled to the penal colony of Akka by the Ottoman government, also the ancient land of Israel.
Beyond some cursory tutorship in childhood, he was not schooled.
He wrote over 20,000 letters (tablets) to his followers, and approximately 100 books.
Only about 15% of his work has been translated from the original Arabic & Farsi into English.
Most of his letters are, from my knowledge, prayers to the almighty.
A lot are moral injunctions, and many are instructions on how to live and organise life to his followers.
A few are prophecies about the future
Bahai quotes are like jewels. You do not have to be a Bahai to benefit from this wisdom. These are some of my favourite quotes
The essence of love is for man to turn his heart to the Beloved One, and sever himself from all else but Him, and desire naught save that which is the desire of his Lord
Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 155
Bahaullah and Abdulbaha both wrote a lot about the love of God also
Know thou that every fixed star hath its own planets, and every planet its own creatures, whose number no man can compute
(Geanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 163)
Amongst his writings is this extraordinary statement, written in the 19th century in Akka, then Ottoman province of Syria
Verily I say, the creation of God embraceth worlds besides this world, and creatures apart from these creatures. In each of these worlds He hath ordained things which none can search except Himself, the All-Searching, the All-Wise.
Amongst his writings is this extraordinary statement, written in the 19th century in Akka, then Ottoman province of Syria
That which hath been in existence had existed before, but not in the form thou seest today. The world of existence came into being through the heat generated from the interaction between the active force and that which is its recipient. These two are the same, yet they are different
(Lawhi Hikmat)
Bahaullah describing in 19th century terms how the world began.
Scientific discoveries have increased material civilization. There is in existence a stupendous force, as yet, happily undiscovered by man. Let us supplicate God, the Beloved, that this force be not discovered by science until spiritual civilization shall dominate the human mind. In the hands of men of lower nature, this power would be able to destroy the whole earth
Abdulbaha, the son of Bahaullah, spoke to the Japanese Ambassador 25 years before the dropping of the Hiroshima bomb
The Great Being, wishing to reveal the prerequisites of the peace and tranquillity of the world and the advancement of its peoples, hath written: The time must come when the imperative necessity for the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men will be universally realized. The rulers and kings of the earth must needs attend it, and, participating in its deliberations, must consider such ways and means as will lay the foundations of the world’s Great Peace amongst men.
Such a peace demandeth that the Great Powers should resolve, for the sake of the tranquillity of the peoples of the earth, to be fully reconciled among themselves.
Should any king take up arms against another, all should unitedly arise and prevent him. If this be done, the nations of the world will no longer require any armaments, except for the purpose of preserving the security of their realms and of maintaining internal order within their territories.
Bahaullahs writings are mostly prayers and supplications to God. Yet amongst his writings -- he wrote over 100 books and letters to followers -- He has written a lot about how the political structure of human society should be organised.
In the garden of they heart plant nought but the rose of love
(The hidden words of Bahaullah)
Bahaullah and Abdulbaha both spoke about love also
Question: Is peace a greater word than love? Answer: No! Love is greater than peace, for peace is founded upon love. Love is the objective point of peace, and peace is an outcome of love. Until love is attained, peace cannot be; but there is a so-called peace without love. The love which is from God is the fundamental. This love is the object of all human attainment, the radiance of heaven, the light of man.
This is a quote Abdulbaha gave in a talk on 2 June 1912 at the Church of the Ascension Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street, New York
O Lord my God! Assist Thy loved ones to be firm in Thy Faith, to walk in Thy ways, to be steadfast in Thy Cause. Give them Thy grace to withstand the onslaught of self and passion, to follow the light of spanine guidance. Thou art the Powerful, the Gracious, the Self-Subsisting, the Bestower, the Compassionate, the Almighty, the All-Bountiful
I really like this prayer by Abdulbaha, so Im including it in this page
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 honoured 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. This is He Whose Presence is the ardent desire of the denizens of the Realm of eternity, and of them that dwell within the Tabernacle of glory, and yet from His Beauty do ye turn aside
Baha’u’llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, pp. 5-6.
Bahaullah was cast into the dungeons of the Shah for 4 months in the year 1852, chained at the neck. During his imprisonment, he had a vision of the maid of heaven
One night, in a dream, these exalted words were heard on every side: “Verily, We shall render Thee victorious by Thyself and by Thy Pen. Grieve Thou not for that which hath befallen Thee, neither be Thou afraid, for Thou art in safety. Erelong will God raise up the treasures of the earth – men who will aid Thee through Thyself and through Thy Name, wherewith God hath revived the hearts of such as have recognized Him
Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
Bahaullah was cast into the dungeons of the Shah for 4 months in the year 1852, chained at the neck. During his imprisonment, he had a dream
O wayward generation!” were the last words of the Báb to the gazing multitude, as the regiment prepared to fire its volley, “Had you believed in Me every one of you would have followed the example of this youth, who stood in rank above most of you, and would have willingly sacrificed himself in My path. The day will come when you will have recognized Me; that day I shall have ceased to be with you
This was the speech the Bab gave before he was executed, and to his examinors. His claims are big.
Whom do you claim to be,” he asked the Báb, “and what is the message which you have brought?” “I am,” thrice exclaimed the Báb, “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
The Bab, the forerunner to Bahaullah, was questioned before he was executed
O God, my God, my Beloved, my heart's Desire
found on page 1 of most Bahai prayer books
An invocation by the Bab
I bear witness, O my God, that Thou has created me to know Thee and to worship Thee
The short obligatory prayer
Bahais say this prayer once a day
Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.
In most Bahai prayer books
A poem revealed by Bahaullah
Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the “Most Great Peace” shall come
Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 39.
Professor Edward Granville Brown recording of a meeting he had with Bahaullah. Edward Granville Brown was one of few europeans who met Bahaullah
The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 39.
Professor Edward Granville Brown recording of a meeting he had with Bahaullah. Edward Granville Brown was one of few europeans who met Bahaullah
Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”64
These are some of the more famous quotes of Bahaullah
Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion
found in most Bahai prayer books
Most of Bahaullahs writings, from my understanding, are invocations and prayers towards the almighty
The face of him on whom I gazed I can never forget, though I cannot describe it. Those piercing eyes seemed to read one’s very soul; power and authority sat on that ample brow; while the deep lines on the forehead and face implied an age which the jet-black hair and beard flowing down in indistinguishable luxuriance almost to the waist seemed to belie. No need to ask in whose presence I stood, as I bowed myself before one who is the object of a devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain!
Professor Edward Granville Browne was one of few Europeans who met Bahaullah. This is his extraordinary recording of his meeting