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bullet.gif (837 bytes) The Bahá'ís
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Unity in Diversity
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Bahá'u'lláh
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Social and Moral
Teachings
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Spiritual Beliefs of
the Bahá'í Faith
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A System for
Global Governance
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A Century of
Growth and
Expansion
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) New Approaches
to Old Problems
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Towards the New
World Order

The process of revelation

HOW THE WORDS OF BAHÁ'U'LLÁH WERE RECORDED

A unique feature of the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh is the authenticity of its revealed Word. Unlike the teachings of Christ, for example, which were written down decades after they were uttered, the words of Bahá'u'lláh were recorded and authenticated at the time they were revealed.

The process of revelation--as Bahá'ís term the act of bringing forth the Word of God--is described in several historical documents. One observer recorded the following:

"Mirza Aqa Jan (Bahá'u'lláh's personal secretary) had a large ink-pot the size of a small bowl. He also had available about ten to twelve pens and large sheets of paper in stacks. In those days all letters which arrived for Bahá'u'lláh were received by Mirza Aqa Jan. He would bring these into the presence of Bahá'u'lláh and, having obtained permission, would read them. Afterwards [Bahá'u'lláh] would direct him to take up his pen and record the Tablet which was revealed in reply...

"Such was the speed with which he used to write the revealed Word that the ink of the first word was scarcely yet dry when the whole page was finished. It seemed as if someone had dipped a lock of hair in the ink and applied it over the whole page."

After each period of Revelation, the original manuscript would be re-transcribed, with Bahá'u'lláh Himself overseeing and approving the final version.

"The Word of God is the master key for the whole world, inasmuch as through its potency the doors of the hearts of men, which in reality are the doors of heaven, are unlocked."--Bahá'u'lláh

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Photo from page 24
An example of  "Revelation Wnting," as recorded by
Mirza Aqi Jan, one of
Bahá'u'lláh's secretaries.

Photo from page 24
An example of Bahá'u'lláh's own handwriting.

 

 

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