Who is Baha'u'llah?

Professor Edward Granville Browne

A noted Western scholar
described Baha'u'llah this way:

The King of Kings: “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.”


The Center of the Covenant speaks of Baha'u'llah:

The Advent: “All the Divine Books and Scriptures have predicted and announced unto men the advent of the Most Great Revelation. None can adequately recount the verses recorded in the Books of former ages which forecast this supreme Bounty, this most mighty Bestowal.”

Shoghi Effendi

The Guardian says Baha'u'llah is ...

The King of Glory: “Of Him David had sung in his Psalms, acclaiming Him as the ‘Lord of Hosts’ and the ‘King of Glory.’”

The Promised One: “To Israel He was neither more nor less than the incarnation of the ‘Everlasting Father,’ the ‘Lord of Hosts’ come down ‘with ten thousands of saints’; to Christendom Christ returned ‘in the glory of the Father,’ to Shi’ih Islam the return of the Imam Husayn; to Sunni Islam the descent of the ‘Spirit of God’; to the Zoroastrians the promised Shah-Bahram; to the Hindus the reincarnation of Krishna; to the Buddhists the fifth Buddha.”

The Glory of God: “To Him the Author of the Apocalypse had alluded as the ‘Glory of God,’ as the ‘Alpha and Omega,’ ‘the Beginning and the End,’ ‘the First and the Last,’ … he, moreover, had extolled His Law as ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ as the ‘Tabernacle of God,’ as the ‘Holy City,’ as the ‘New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.’

The Spirit of Truth: “To Him Jesus Christ referred as the ‘Prince of this world,’ as the ‘Comforter’ Who will ‘reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement,’ as the ‘Spirit of Truth,’ Who ‘will guide you into all truth,’ Who ‘shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak,’ as the ‘Lord of the Vineyard’ and as the ‘Son of Man’ Who ‘shall come in the glory of His Father’ ‘in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,’ with ‘all the holy angels’ about Him, and ‘all nations’ gathered before His throne. ... To His Day Jesus Christ Himself had referred as ‘The regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of His glory.’”

The Great Announcement: “To Him Muhammad, the Apostle of God, had alluded in His Book as the ‘Great Announcement,’ and declared His Day to be the Day whereon ‘God’ will ‘come down’ ‘overshadowed with clouds,’ the Day whereon ‘thy Lord shall come and the angels rank on rank,’ and ‘The Spirit shall arise and the angels shall be ranged in order.'"

The Everlasting Father: “To Him Isaiah, the greatest of the Jewish prophets, had alluded as ‘The Glory of the Lord,’ the ‘Everlasting Father,’ the ‘Prince of Peace,’ the ‘Wonderful,’ the Counsellor’. . .”

The Immaculate Manifestation of Krishna: “To Him the Bhagavad-Gita of the Hindus had referred as the ‘Most Great Spirit,’ the ‘Tenth Avatar,’ the ‘Immaculate Manifestation of Krishna.’”

The Buddha of Universal Fellowship: “He alone is meant by the prophecy attributed to Gautama Buddha Himself, that ‘a Buddha named Maitreye, the Buddha of universal fellowship’ should, in the fullness of time, arise and reveal ‘His boundless glory.’”


Describes Himself as ...

The Voice of God: “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.”

The Ancient Glory: “O thou who art waiting, tarry no longer, for He is come. Behold His Tabernacle and His Glory dwelling therein. It is the Ancient Glory, with a new Manifestation.”

The Ancient Beauty: “The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with chains that mankind may be released from its bondage ... He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness.”

The Temple of God: “Naught is seen in my temple but the Temple of God, and in my beauty but His Beauty, and in my being but His Being, and in myself but Himself, and in my movement but His Movement, and in my acquiescence but His Acquiescence, and in my pen but His Pen, the precious, the Extolled.”

The Face of God: “Turn thy face unto Mine and renounce all save Me, for My sovereignty endureth and My dominion perisheth not. If thou seekest another than Me, yea, if thou searchest the universe for evermore, thy quest will be in vain.”

The Power of God: “The candle of thine heart is lighted by the hand of My power, quench it not with the contrary winds of self and passion. The healer of all thine ills is remembrance of Me, forget it not. Make My love thy treasure and cherish it even as thy very sight and life.”

The Word Made Flesh: “When I contemplate, O my God, the relationship that bindeth me to Thee, I am moved to proclaim to all created things, ‘verily I am God’; and when I consider my own self, lo, I find it coarser than clay!”

The Universal House of Justice

Proclaims clearly that ...

Baha'u'llah is “. . . the most precious Being ever to draw breath on this planet.”

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