- The Baha’i Faith
- Australian Baha’i Community
- What Baha’is Do
- Building vibrant communities
- Engaging in social action
- Participating in public discourse
- Spiritual life
Who is Baha’u’llah
Throughout history God’s teachings have been revealed by Divine Messengers to humanity in accordance with the needs of the time and place, and the capacity of the listeners. These great religious figures – such as Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, and the Bab, the Herald of the Baha’i Faith – reflect the qualities of God like a well-polished mirror reflects the light of the sun. The teachings of these figures, all recognised by Baha’is as Manifestations of God, have been the impetus for many advances in human civilisation.
Baha’u’llah, meaning the “Glory of God”, was born in 1817 and is the most recent of these Divine Messengers. He endured 40 years of imprisonment and exile for bringing a new Revelation to humanity. His Teachings are in harmony with those of the Divine Messengers throughout history. He wrote many passages and books about the spiritual and social principles needed to construct a peaceful and just global civilisation, appropriate to the dawning of humanity’s age of maturity. His Writings form the scriptures of the Baha’i Faith.
In April 1890, Professor Edward Granville Browne of Cambridge University visited Baha’u’llah. He wrote of their meeting:
“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… 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.”