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Talk by Robin Christopherson about the Bab

SAIF members were most grateful to Robin Christopherson for stepping in at short notice to speak on July 9th about the 200th anniversary of the Bab, the precursor of Baha'ullah, founder of the Baha'i faith.

Here are a selection of readings and prayers quoted by Robin.

A selection of readings and prayers

I am the Primal Point from which have been generated all created things. I am the Countenance of God Whose splendor can never be obscured, the Light of God Whose radiance can never fade.
Epistle to Muhammad Shah, Selections from the Writings of the Báb

 

It is better to guide one soul than to possess all that is on earth, for as long as that guided soul is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity, he and the one who hath guided him will both be recipients of God’s tender mercy, whereas possession of earthly things will cease at the time of death. The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God’s method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future!
Persian BayánSelections from the Writings of the Báb

Know thou assuredly that the essence of all the Prophets of God is one and the same.
God, the Creator, saith:

There is no distinction whatsoever among the Bearers of My Message.
They all have but one purpose; their secret is the same secret.
Every true Prophet hath regarded His Message as fundamentally the same as the Revelation of every other Prophet gone before Him.                

Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p.78

Moses, Jesus, Zoroaster, Krishna, Buddha, or Muhammad – were the cause of the illumination of the world of humanity.      …..these holy souls were all sent of God.    All of them have sacrificed life, endured ordeals and tribulations in order that They might educate us. 

How can such love be forgotten?
The light of Christ is evident.   The candle of Buddha is shining.  The star of Moses is sparkling.  The flame ignited by Zoroaster is still burning……the light of Muhammad dawned.

Abdul-Baha: The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.346

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether travelling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.

Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me.

Thine is the absolute authority to command.

Selections from the Writings of the Báb

All nations will become one; all religions will be unified; all individual men will become of one family and of one kindred.    All the regions of the earth will become one; the superstitions caused by races, countries, individuals, languages and politics will disappear; and all men will attain to life eternal, under the shadow of the Lord of Hosts.”          

Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 39

And a closing prayer:

O Thou compassionate Lord, Thou Who art generous and able!   We are servants of Thine sheltered beneath Thy providence.    Cast Thy glance of favour upon us. 
Give light to our eyes, hearing to our ears, and understanding and love to our hearts.    Render our souls joyous and happy through Thy glad tidings.  
O Lord! Point out to us the pathway of Thy kingdom and resuscitate all of us through the breaths of the Holy Spirit. 
Bestow upon us life everlasting and confer upon us never-ending honour.  
Unify mankind and illumine the world of humanity.  
May we all follow Thy pathway, long for Thy good pleasure and seek the mysteries of Thy kingdom.  
O God! Unite us and connect our hearts with Thy indissoluble bond.   Verily, Thou art the Giver, Thou art the Kind One and Thou art the Almighty.

 'Abdu'l-Bahá   (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 99)

 

Robin suggests going to this web page for more information https://www.bahai.org/the-bab and also looking at the rest of the Baha'i website

This video, played at the meeting, is a useful summary:

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