a Bahá'í Resource of Irfán (Gnosis)

منابع بهایی عرفانی

The Singular
Manifestation of God


1. The Manifestation of God

2. Singularity, not Duality

3. Moses, Jesus, Muhammad

4. Abraham, Moses, Prophet Joseph, John the Baptist, Jesus, Imam Husayn, the Bab, Baha’u’llah

5. Fire, Error, and Learning

1. The Manifestation of God​

The source of all learning is the knowledge of God and this cannot be attained save through the knowledge of His Divine Manifestation.

أصلُ کلّ العُلُومِ هو عرفانُ اللّه جلّ جلالُه و هذا لن يُحقَّقَ الّا بعرفان مَظهَرِ نفسه


Gnosis, Understanding


Of His Divine Manifestation

Appearance, Appearing, Manifesting, Becoming Obvious, Becoming Visible

His Self, His Soul, HimSelf

2. Singularity not Duality

Beware lest ye speak of duality in regard to My Self, for all the atoms of the earth proclaim that there is none other God but Him, the One, the Single, the Mighty, the Loving.
From the beginning that hath no beginning I have proclaimed, from the realm of eternity, that I am God, none other God is there save Me, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting; and unto the end that hath no end I shall proclaim, amidst the kingdom of names, that I am God, none other God is there beside Me, the All-Glorious, the Best-Beloved.
Say: Lordship is My Name, whereof I have created manifestations in the world of being, while We Ourself remain sanctified above them, would ye but ponder this truth. And Godhead is My Name, whereof We have created exponents whose power shall encompass the people of the earth and make them true worshippers of God, could ye but recognize it. Thus should ye regard all Our Names, if ye be endued with insight.

3. Moses, Jesus, Muhammad

At one time, Thou didst raise Him up, O my God, and didst attire Him with the ornament of the name of Him Who conversed with Thee (Moses), and didst through Him uncover all that Thy will had decreed and Thine irrevocable purpose ordained.
At another time, Thou didst adorn Him with the name of Him Who was Thy Spirit (Jesus), and didst send Him down out of the heaven of Thy will, for the edification of Thy people, infusing thereby the spirit of life into the hearts of the sincere among Thy servants and the faithful among Thy creatures.
Again, Thou didst reveal Him, decked forth by the name of Him Who was Thy Friend (Muḥammad), and caused Him to shine brightly above the horizon of Ḥijáz, as a token of Thy power and an evidence of Thy might. Through Him Thou didst send unto Thy servants what enabled them to scale the heights of Thy unity, and to yearn over the wonders of Thy manifold knowledge and wisdom.

4. Abraham, Moses, Prophet Joseph, John the Baptist, Jesus, Imam Husayn, the Bab, Baha'u'llah

At one time Thou didst deliver Me into the hands of Nimrod;
at another Thou hast allowed Pharaoh’s rod to persecute Me. Thou, alone, canst estimate, through Thine all-encompassing knowledge and the operation of Thy Will, the incalculable afflictions I have suffered at their hands.
Joseph (Yusuf)
Again Thou didst cast Me into the prison-cell of the ungodly, for no reason except that I was moved to whisper into the ears of the well-favored denizens of Thy Kingdom an intimation of the vision with which Thou hadst, through Thy knowledge, inspired Me, and revealed to Me its meaning through the potency of Thy might.
John (Yahya)
And again Thou didst decree that I be beheaded by the sword of the infidel.
Jesus Christ
Again I was crucified for having unveiled to men’s eyes the hidden gems of Thy glorious unity, for having revealed to them the wondrous signs of Thy sovereign and everlasting power.
[Imam] Husayn
How bitter the humiliations heaped upon Me, in a subsequent age, on the plain of Karbilá! How lonely did I feel amidst Thy people! To what a state of helplessness I was reduced in that land!
Unsatisfied with such indignities, My persecutors decapitated Me, and, carrying aloft My head from land to land paraded it before the gaze of the unbelieving multitude, and deposited it on the seats of the perverse and faithless.
The Báb
In a later age, I was suspended, and My breast was made a target to the darts of the malicious cruelty of My foes. My limbs were riddled with bullets, and My body was torn asunder.
Finally, behold how, in this Day, My treacherous enemies have leagued themselves against Me, and are continually plotting to instill the venom of hate and malice into the souls of Thy servants.

5. Fire, Error, and Learning

“The most burning fire is to question the signs of God”

أصلُ النّارِ هی الجحاد فی آيات اللّه

“The most burning fire (an-nár) is to question (unwilling to believe, deny) (al-jah.ád) the signs (the Verses) (áyát) of God”
“The source of error is to disbelieve in the One true God”

رأسُ الکُفرِ هو الشِّرک باللّه

“The source of error (al-kufr) is to disbelieve (join partners with Him) (ash-shirk) in the One true God”
“The source of all learning is the knowledge of God”

أصلُ کلّ العُلُومِ هو عرفانُ اللّه

“The source of all learning (al-‘ulúm) is the knowledge (gnosis, irfán) of God”

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