INDEX

Aaron, 169
'Abdu'l-Bahá, 60n
Abraham, 12-13, 89
descendants of, 13, 213
exile of, results of, 12-13
Actions. See Deeds
Adam, 89-90
caused man's physical life, 118-20
meaning of, and Eve, 122-26
this cycle began with, 161
'Akká (Most Great Prison), 28, 31, 32, 36n
'Alí, 48, 49
explanations and commentaries of, 50
power of, like Joshua, 50
Alpha and Omega, 219, 281
Animal
cannot perceive intellectual realities, 187-88
spirit of, 143, 208
world of, 78-79, 235
Apostles. See Jesus Christ, disciples of
Arab tribes
barbarism of, 19-20
Muhammad educated, 24, 49-51
Aristotle, 15, 290
Astrology, 245-47
Sun of Reality rises from various signs of Zodiac, 76
Astronomy
curvature of horizon, 187-88
elements of universe are interconnected, 245-47
in Qur'án, 23
Atoms
similar to greatest beings of universe, 182
Attributes. See Character; Man, powers and virtues of; Spirituality
Báb, the, 25-26, 54
Bahá'u'lláh recognized, assisted, 27-28
born from Law of Muhammad, 69
descended from Abraham, 13, 213
erudition of, 25
iron rod of, 70
martyrdom of, 55
prophecies of and concerning (see Prophecies)
referred to as Hadrat-i-A'lá (His Supreme Highness), 25n
Primal Point, 69
Bábís, persecution of, 28
Bahá'ís
diversity of, 65
may become people of Sun of Reality, 222
Bahá'u'lláh, 27-35
awakened by breezes of All-Glorious, 85
Báb recognized, assisted by, 27-28
banishments of, 30-32
to 'Akká, 31, 32, 36n
assisted Cause, 31, 36
effects of, 13
declaration of, 44n
descended from Abraham, 213
educated thousands, 35
erudition of, 28-29
knowledge of Arabic, 34
miracle(s) of
are not decisive proofs, 37
attributed to, 34, 37
offers to perform, 29-30, 35
perfection of, 150
power of, 35
presence of, effect of, 34, 36
proofs of, claim of, 36-43
prophecies of and concerning (see Prophecies)
referred to as
Divine Branch, 65
Greatest Luminary, 124, 125
Greatest Name, 149-50
Incomparable Branch, 65
Jamál-i-Mubárak (the Blessed Beauty), 27n
Jamál-i-Qidam (the Preexistent, or Ancient Beauty), 27n
Light of Reality, 36
Supreme Pen, 289
station of
difference between, and other Manifestations, 150
supreme Manifestation for Adamic cycle, 161
universal Manifestation, 58
'ulamá could not reply to epistle of, 33
Writings of
Epistle of the Covenant, 60, 60n
Kitab-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book), 64, 171n, 238
Kitáb-i-Haykal, 33
Kitáb-i-Íqán, 110, 110n, 289
Súriy-i-Haykal, 32-33
Tablets to the Kings, 33
Baptism, 91-96
of Christ, 91-92
of infants, 95
Barbara, Saint, 136
Bible
prophecies of (see Prophecies)
symbolism in, 85 (see also Bible verse explanations; Prophecies; Symbolism)
clergy did not understand, 104-05
Bible verse explanations
Acts 15:20; 93
Dan. 8:13-14, 17; 41-42
Dan. 9:24, 25; 40, 41
Dan. 12:6-7, 11-12; 43
Deut. 3:26; 169
Deut. 5:8-9; 165
Exod. 20:4-5; 165
Ezek. 4:6; 46
Ezek. 30:1-3; 56
1 Cor. 15:22; 118-21
Gen. 1:26; 194
Gen. 2:16-17, 3:5, 11-15, 22; 122
Gen. 9:25; 213
Isa.; 111
Isa. 11:1-10; 62-66
Isa. 43:1; 169
Isa. 48:12; 168-69
John 1:1; 153, 156, 163, 206
John 1:12-13; 89
John 1:13; 224
John 1:19-21; 132-33
John 3:5; 223
John 3:6; 101
John 3:13; 103, 110
John 6:26, 33, 35; 97-98
John 6:38; 103
John 6:41; 121
John 6:42; 97-98, 103
John 6:50; 97, 121
John 6:51; 97, 125
John 6:58; 121
John 6:63; 98
John 12:40-41; 102
John 14:11; 153, 207
John 16:12-13; 109
John 17:5; 116-17
John 17:21; 153, 207
Luke 11:2; 156
Matt. 3:13-15; 91
Matt. 5:39; 270
Matt. 6:9; 156
Matt. 8:22; 101, 126, 279
Matt. 12:31-32; 127-28
Matt. 13:14; 102
Matt. 16:18; 135
Matt. 19:16-17; 170
Matt. 22:14; 129-31
Matt. 24:3; 42
Matt. 24:29-30; 110
Matt. 26:26; 99
Num. 20:13; 169
Rev. chap. 11; 45-61
Rev. 12:1-6; 68-72
Rev. 21:1-3; 67-68
Rev. 22:13; 219
Rom. 9:21; 249
Rom. 14:14; 94
Titus 1:15; 94
Birth, spiritual, 223-24
Blindness, spiritual, 102
Brahma, 100
Branch
Divine, 65
Incomparable, 65
Buddha, 165-66
Business practices, 273-77
moderation of income, 274
profit sharing, 274-75
strikes, 273-75
Canaan, 213
Catholic Church, Popes of, 135-37, 166
Character. See also Man
differences in, 212-16
good attributes in, 79-80
innate and acquired, 212-16
Perfect Man like reed, 45
qualities of man, 236
virtues appear through power of God, 80
Children
death of, 240
must implore forgiveness for parents, 231
Christ. See Jesus Christ
Christianity
baptism, 91-96
church of God founded on rock of belief, 135
decay of, 165-66
enmity between Islám and, 22
Eucharist, 98
Pentecost, 106
Popes, 135-37, 166
Trinity, meaning of, 113-15
Christians
greatness of, attested to by Galen, 303
Muhammad protected, 21
Civilization
depends on educators, 7
of Israel, 14
Communion. See Eucharist
Comprehension. See Knowledge
Confucius, 165-66
Copernicus, 23n
Covenant, Epistle of the, 60n
Creation, 5-6. See also Existence; Universe
annihilation of matter not possible, 203-04
attributes of God require, 281
in beginning matter was one, 181
Creator always had, 281
goodness of, 215-16, 264
man cannot create, 182
perfection of, 177-78
world of, requires appearance of human spirit, 200-01
Crime and criminals
cause of, is ignorance, 272
education necessary to prevent, 268, 271-72
murder and, 266-67
punishment of
community responsible for, 267, 268-71
purpose of, 267, 268-69
vengeance blameworthy, 267, 268-69, 271
Cycle(s), 160-61, 164-66
Adamic, 161
in material world, 73-74
new, are renewed by Holy Spirit, 145
spiritual, of the Prophets, 74-77
universal, 160-61
David, 164
Dávúdí, Siyyid, 34
Dawning-Points. See Manifestations of God
Dead
communication with spirits, 251-53
meaning of the, 59, 101-02, 126, 279
Deafness, spiritual, 102
Death. See Life, after death
Deeds
charitable, may be cause of pardon, 231
good, alone are not sufficient, 238, 300, 302-04
Disease. See Health and healing
Divinity. See God
Doctors. See Physicians
Dove, symbolism of, 85
Dreams, 227, 253
Druzes, 287
Earth
contingent world is source of imperfections, 5-6
curvature of, 187-88
evolution of, 151, 182-83, 196-97, 199
materialist's theory of formation of, 88
perfection of, is to be fertile, 78
transformation of, in this cycle, 63-66
Economics. See Business practices
Education, 7-9
Divine, 8
human, 8
influence of, 214
material, 8
role of Manifestations in man's, 8-11, 236-37
spiritual, 8-9
to prevent crime, 271-72
Educators. See Manifestations of God
Egyptians', denial of Muhammad caused destruction of, 50
Elders, four and twenty, 57-58
Elias (Elijah)
return of, 39, 288
John the Baptist was, 132-34
Eucharist, 97-98
Eve, 122-26
represents soul of Man, 123, 126
Evil
man can choose to do, 248-50
nonexistence of, 215, 263-64
satanic qualities, 235-36
tree of good and, 122-26
Zaqqúm tree, 285
Evolution, 191-92, 198-99
of earth, 151, 182-83
of man, 88, 151, 177-84, 191-94, 198-99
always a distinct species, 184, 193-94
Existence. See also Creation; Pre-existence
causes of, 280
conditions and degrees of, 129-31, 235-36, 249
are limited to servitude, prophethood, and Deity, 230
man cannot progress beyond own state of, 235-37
illusion and reality of, 278
material, is relative nonexistence, 241-42, 243, 278, 280-81
movement (progress and decline) necessary to, 233-34
nonexistence cannot become, 180, 204, 281
perfections of, unlimited, 230
repetition impossible in, 283-84
signs of, cannot appear from nonexistence, 225
worlds of, have not been without man, 196-97
Ezekiel, 164
Factories, laws for. See Business practices
Faith is life eternal, 130
Fate (predestination), 138-39, 244. See also Free will
"Father is in the Son," 207
Fire
God appeared as pillar of, 85
symbol of love of God, 92
First Mind (First Will), 203
Forgiveness, 231-32, 267
Free will, 248-50. See also Fate
Furqán, 53
Future. See also Time
dreams may reveal, 227
secrets of, revealed to Prophets, 138-39
Galen, 15, 303
Galileo, 24n
Garden of Eden, 122-26
God, 146-49, 171, 230, 281
appeared as pillar of fire, 85
bounty of, 232
Creator has always had a creation, 281
day of, 57-58
emanation from, 202-07, 294-96
future, knowledge of, does not cause its occurrence, 138-39
justice of, 232
imperfections impossible in, 148
Kingdom of, 58, 241-43
knowledge of, by man
foundation of salvation, 238
greatest glory of human world, 300
only through Manifestations, 147-48, 222
unknowable, 146-49, 220-22
Law of
divided in two parts, 47-48
ignorance of, pardonable, 267
New Jerusalem is, 68
woman as symbol of, 68, 70
love of
deprivation of, results in imperfection, 302-03
fire is symbol of, 92
is fruit of human existence, 300-01
man dependent upon, 248-50
manifestation of, 206-07
in creatures is impossible, 202-03, 295-96
Nature ruled by, 4
nearness to, is wealth of other world, 231
oneness of
and concept of the Trinity, 113-15
divine system is one, 199
Essence of Unity, 180, 221
established by Abraham, 13
perfections of, 196
manifested in the Reality of Christ, 206-07
shine forth from the reality of man, 196
preexistence of, 203
proofs of existence of, 5-6
separation from, is greatest torment, 265
Spirit of, 241
tests His creatures, 29
time nonexistent for, 116, 152-53, 156
Word of, 116-17, 124, 152
has no beginning or end, 152-53
Hagar, 13
Hasan 'Amú, Mullá, 29-30
Health and healing, 257-59. See also Physicians
cures without medicines in, 254-56
spiritual, 255-56
through diet, 257-59
diseases
are contagious, 214, 254
causes of, 257
medical treatments for, 94, 158-59
terror may cause sickness, 255
Heaven. See Kingdom of God
Hell, 223-25
Hippocrates, 15
Holy City, meaning of, 46, 48, 67, 68
Holy Ghost. See Holy Spirit
Holy of Holies, 46
has become visible, 59-60
symbolic meaning of, 48
Holy Spirit, 108-09, 114, 145, 152, 299
acceptance or rejection of, 127-28
Christ born of, 16, 87-88, 118-19
descent of, 106-08
eternal life is gift of, 242
healing power of, 256
House of Justice, 172, 172n, 173
Ibn-Nawfal, Varaqat-, 44
Ignorance, 137
symbolized by darkness, 84
Imagination, 210-11, 251-53
Imáms, symbolized by twelve stars, 68
Imperfections. See also Perfection
are torments, 265
blameworthy, 130-31
equivalent of death, 120
when reach perfection, become eternal, 152
Income, moderation of, 274
Infallibility, two kinds of, 171-74
Inherited qualities, 213
Intelligence, 3-4, 9. See also Knowledge; Mind
Intercession, 231
Invention, power of, 144, 186
Írán. See Persia
Isaac, 213
Isaiah, 164
Ishmael, 13, 213
Islám. See also Muhammad
enmity between Christianity and, 22
Imáms of, symbolized by twelve stars, 68
Mihdí and Messiah are awaited by, 39
overcome by Umayyads, 51-53, 69-70
prophecies of (see Prophecies)
rise and fall of, 48-54
spurious traditions in, 22
'ulamá could not reply to Bahá'u'lláh, 33
Israel, Jews will assemble in, 65-66
Israelites, 14, 16
Jacob, 13, 168-69
Jeremiah, 164
Jerusalem, 46-47, 52
divine, 59-60
New, 67-68
Jesus Christ, 16-17, 152-53
advent of
came from heaven, 110-11
prophecies concerning, 40-41
Word of God existed before its bodily manifestation, 116-17
baptism of, 91-92
birth of, 110-11
born of Holy Spirit, 16, 87-88, 118-19
greatness due to perfections, not birth, 89-90
bread and wine of, 97-99, 121
descendant of Abraham, 13, 213
difference between, and other Manifestations, 150
disciples of
born of God, 223-24
can never become Christ, 233-34
descent of Holy Spirit on, 106-10
dove, symbolism of, 85
"Father is in the Son," symbolism of, 85
Kingdom of, 225
martyrdom of, 104, 120-21
miracles after, 37-38
would have acted like Muhammad, 20-21
Mosaic Law abrogated by, 16, 93-94
Moses and Elias, meeting with, 253
perfection of, 121, 150
called the Word, 206-07
God's perfections manifested in, 206-07
proof of, 101
referred to as
Rúhu'lláh, 95n
Word of God, 149
rejection of, 71-72, 77, 111, 116-17
resurrection of, 103-05
return of, 39, 110-12
Trinity, meaning of the, 113-15
was not rod out of stem of Jesse, 62-63
work of
accomplished, 10, 101
causes spiritual life of man, 118-21
educated eleven men, 35
enlightened mankind 120-21
tree of life planted by, 124
united diverse peoples, 10, 301-02
Jews
Christ rejected by, 111, 117
because turned to horizon of Moses, 77
follow law, not reason, 266
Muhammad protected, 21
will assemble in Israel, 65-66
John the Baptist, 91, 93-95
was return of Elijah, 132-34, 288
Joseph, 13
Judaism. See Moses; Prophecies
Judgment, day of, 59
Justice, 232, 266
Khadíjah (wife of Muhammad), 44
Kingdom of God, 58, 241-43
Kitáb-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book), 64, 171n, 238
Kitáb-i-Haykal, 33
Kitáb-i-Íqán, 110, 110n, 289
Knowledge, 108, 137, 236
difference of condition is obstacle to, 221
four methods of acquiring, 297-99
of God (see God)
symbols of
light, 84
water, 92
two kinds of, 83-84, 157-59
Koran. See Qur'án
Lamp. See Light
Last Supper, 99
Law
divine, 59-60
of God
divided in two parts, 47-48
ignorance of, pardonable, 267
is New Jerusalem, 68
obedience to, 174
woman as symbol of, 68, 70
Manifestation gives Holy, 158-59
must change as man changes, 48, 95-96
Learning. See Knowledge
Life. See also Existence
after death, 223-25, 239-40
bird released from cage, 228
for children, 240
Kingdom of God in, 241-43
rewards of other world in, 224-25
spiritual progress continues in, 231-37, 240
spiritual progress through prayers, intercession, charity of others in, 231, 240
veiled are separated from God in, 243
wealth of, is nearness to God, 231
eternal, 121, 126
faith is, 130
Holy Spirit gives, 242
tree of life planted by Christ is, 124
everlasting, 98
Light, 150
imagery of lamp and, 155, 288, 303
symbolizes knowledge, 84
Logic, fallibility of, 297-98
Lord of Hosts, 39, 56
Lot, 12
Love of God, 300-01
Lying, 265
is most odious attribute, 215-16
Man, 5-6, 235-37
assimilation by, is honor for animal world, 79
body of, may be unable to reflect spirit, 229
character of (see Character)
condition of
cannot create, 182
changes, 94-96
dependency of, on God, 248-50
differences between, man and animals, 185-90
is end of imperfection, beginning of perfection, 235
differences between good, sinners, and wicked who are veiled, 238
educated by Manifestations, 8-11
evolution of, 88, 151, 177-84, 191-94, 198-99
always a distinct species, 184, 193-94
existence of, 195-97
Adam caused physical life of, 118-20
Christ caused spiritual life of, 118-21
created by God, 5
is emanation from God, 202-04, 206
life of body caused by spirit, 201
Perfect Manifestation always exists, 196
provides reason for existence of universe, 195-97
very ancient, 160-61
free will of, 248-50
God incomprehensible to, 146-49
intelligence of, 3-4
knowledge of, is of two kinds, 83-84
perfection of, 178-79
acquired by passage through conditions of existence, 200
powers and virtues of, 79-80, 300-05
appear through powers of God, 80
can resist Nature, 187
five inner or spiritual powers, 210-11
five outer powers, 210-11
perceives intellectual realities, 186-88, 217-18
power of invention, 186
virtues are rewards of this life, 223-24
reproached by God through His Manifestations, 167-70
spirit of (see Spirit)
Manifestation and emanation, 205-07
Manifestations of God, 85-86, 127-28, 146-50, 162-63, 218-19. See also individual Manifestations: Abraham; Báb; Bahá'u'lláh; Buddha; Jesus Christ; Muhammad
ascension of, 155
attributes and powers of
divine intellectual power, 218
divine knowledge not acquired, 157-59
divine power, 10, 11
infallibility, 171-74
inseparable from Bounty of God, 155
manifest perfections, attributes of God, 147-50, 206-07, 222
reflect Sun of Reality, 114, 147-48, 222
signs of greatness from childhood, 155
supernatural powers, 100-02
cycles of, 74-77, 160-61, 164-66
differences between, 150
two kinds of Prophets, 164-65
existence of
has no beginning, no end, 152-53
Perfect Man always exists, 196
future revealed to, 138
influence of, 9-10, 162-63
intercession by, 232
necessity for obedience to, 173-74
perfection of, 8-9, 11, 150-53, 167-70
Christ and Bahá'u'lláh possess perfections of former Manifestations and more, 150
Perfect Man, 114, 174, 196, 222
Promised One to come after Christ, 109
purpose of
to educate mankind, 8-11, 168, 236-37
as gardeners of world of humanity, 194
to mediate between God and His creatures, 145
recognition of, 127-28
rejection of, 127-28
hatred of Holy Spirit unpardonable, 127-28
reproach of, meant for people, 167-70
return of, meaning of, 132-34, 288-89
stations or conditions of, are three, 151-56, 218-19
teachings of
change with changes in man, 94-96
Law of God given by, 158-59
material laws altered in each cycle, 48
necessity of following, 300-05
two, are awaited by the world, 39
universal Manifestation, 58
visions of, 251-53
Martyrdom of Bábís, 25. See also Tests and trials
Medicine. See Health and healing
Mihdí, 39
Mind
First, 203
has no outward existence, 263
is power of human spirit, 209
Mineral world, 78, 235
Miracles, 100-02
are not decisive proofs, 37, 100-02
attributed to Bahá'u'lláh, 34, 37
Bahá'u'lláh offers to perform, 29-30, 35
inner significance of, 37-38
Moon as symbol of Ottoman Empire, 68
Moses, 14-15
descendant of Abraham, 13, 213
law of, abrogated by Christ, 16, 93-94
reproach of, actually meant for Israel, 169
Most Great Prison. See 'Akká
Most Holy Book (Kitab-i-Aqdas), 64, 171n, 238
Mount Carmel, 32
Muhammad, 18-24, 48-54
beginning of prophethood of, was kept secret, 44
Christians protected by, 21
defensive military action of, 18, 20
descendant of Abraham, 13, 213
Jews protected by, 21
Law of God descended upon, 68
laws of, 49
Pentateuch and Gospel promulgated by, 22
persecution of, 18-20
power of, 50
prophecies concerning (see Prophecies)
prophethood of, like Moses, 50
Qur'án (see Qur'án)
reproach of, meant for people, 169-70
Muhammad-'Alíy-i-Bárfurúshí, Hájí Mullá (Quddús), 54, 54n
Murder (see Crime and criminals)
Music, power of, 246
Mysteries
of being exist in man, 236
divine, 123
man probes, 186
Napoleon III [Emperor of France), 32-33
Násiri'd-Dín Sháh (Sháh of Persia), 33, 85n
Nature, 3-4. See also Earth
animal world, 78-79, 143
cycles of material world, 73-74
God rules, 4
man can resist, 189
man's body is captive of, 119
mineral world, 78
union of male and female, 87
vegetable world, 78, 143
Next world. See Life, after death
Noah, Canaan not spiritual descendant of, 213
Nonbeliever
difference between good, sinners, and wicked who are veiled, 238
may be pardoned after death, 232
Nonexistence. See Existence
Nusayris, 288
Obedience to Manifestations, 173-74
Omnipotent, divine cycle of, 56
Ottoman Empire, moon is symbol of, 68
Pantheism, 290-96
Paradise, 223-26, 228
Parents, children must implore forgiveness for, 231
Paul, 93
Peace, establishment of, 58, 62-66
Pentecost, 106-07
Perfection(s)
of all creation, 177-78
all things created perfect from the first, 199
of Christ, 121 each degree of existence requires, 129-31
imperfections and, 129-31, 151-52
limitless, 230-32, 237
of Manifestations of God, 8-9, 11, 114, 114n, 174
of man's spirit, 144
Perfect Man, 114, 114n, 174, 196, 222
Persia
Báb enlightened, 26
Bahá'u'lláh enlightened, 31-32, 304-05
decay of, 27
reconstruction of, depends on teachings of Bahá'u'lláh, 35
sun is symbol of, 68
Peter, 93, 135, 135n
Philosophers
Aristotle, 15, 290
Plato, 15
Socrates, 14
Philosophy, fallibility of reason in, 297-98
Physicians, 94, 158-59
Galen, 15, 303
lying to patient by, 215-16
Manifestations are like, 94, 158-59
patient must obey, 173-74
Planets, composition and decomposition of, 180-81. See also Earth
Plato, 15, 23, 297-98
Poor, care of, 277
Popes, 135-37, 166
Powers of man. See Man
Predestination. See Fate; Free will
Preexistence, 116-17, 148-49, 203, 280-81
Preexistent Power, 218
Preexistent Reality, 221
Promised One, 109
Prophecies, 39. See also Bible verse explanations
ark of His Testament, 60
concerning the Báb
date of advent, 41-43, 46, 54, 69-72
all correspond to one another, 71
martyrdom of, 55
perfect offspring born from Law of Muhammad, 69
second woe is appearance of, 56
concerning Bahá'u'lláh
date of advent, 43-44
Lord of Hosts manifested in Holy Land, 32
rod out of stem of Jesse, 62-63
third woe is appearance of, 56
will establish unity, 63-66
concerning Christ
date of advent, 40-41
return, 110-12
concerning Muhammad, 48-54
crown of twelve stars, 68
first woe is appearance of, 56
two olive trees, 49
two witnesses clothed in sackcloth, 48
woman clothed with sun, 68
concerning Napoleon III [Emperor of France), 32-33
dead bodies shall lie in street, 51
dragon with seven heads, 69-70
earth will be transformed, 39
elders, four and twenty, 57-58
Holy City trod under foot forty and two months, 46
Jerusalem, New, 67-68
judgment of dead, 59
lightnings, voices, and thunderings, 60-61
reward them that fear Thy name, 59
seventh angel, 56
Spirit of truth will come, 109
Spiritual and Divine Kingdom will be established, 57-58
stars will fall on earth, 111-12
temple of God opened in in heaven, 59-60
two Manifestations awaited by world, 39
woe, first, second, and third, 56
wolf shall dwell with lamb, 62-66
Prophets, 164-65. See also Manifestations of God
Ptolemy, 287
Punishment is to be veiled from God, 224-25
Pythagoras, 23
Qualities. See Character; Seeker; Spirituality
Quddús (Hájí Mullá Muhammad-'Alíy-i-Bárfurúshí), 54, 54n
Qur'án, 22-24
also called Furqán, 53n
earth's movement mentioned in, 23-24
verse explanations
Súrih 19:17; 87
Súrih 23:14; 183, 224
Súrih 36:35; 87
Súrih 37:180; 287
Súrih 48:1-2; 169-70
Súrih 59:2; 288
Reason, fallibility of, 297-98
Reed, Perfect Man like, 45
Reincarnation, 282-89
Religion, 158-59
establishment of Divine Kingdom, 57-58
Law of God divided in two parts, 47-48
science and, 137
spiritual cycles of, 74-77, 145, 160-161, 164-66
traditions of, liable to error, 298
Repentance, 91-92
Resurrection, 74, 103-05
Return, meaning of, 132-34, 288-89
Revenge, 270. See also Vengeance
Ridván, Feast of, 44n
Righteous actions, 302. See also Deeds
Rumelia, 28
Sabbath, penalty for breaking, 96
Sacrifice, 79
of Christ, 120-21
Science
discoveries of, 144
progress of, 64
religion and, 137
Seeker
must be like butterfly and nightingale, 77
must seek Sun of Reality not dawning-place, 77
qualities of, 38
Senses (powers), five inner and five outer, 210-11, 297
Serpent, 122
symbolism of, 123-24, 126
Sháh of Persia, Násiri'd-Dín Shah, 33, 85n
Sight, 210-11, 297
Simon. See Peter
Sin, 119-20
attachment to physical world is, 124, 126
difference between good, sinners, and wicked who are veiled, 238
good deeds of righteous are sins of Near Ones, 126
Sleep, symbolism of, 85-86. See also Dreams
Socrates, 15
Sodom, 51
Solomon, 164
Soul. See Spirit
Spirit
of animal, 143
communication with spirits, 251-53
five categories of, 143-45, 208-09
of God, 109
heavenly, 144-45
Holy. See Holy Spirit
human, 143-44, 150, 151, 185-90, 208-09
causes life of body, 201
after death (see Life, after death)
emanates from God, 206
has always existed, 198-99
immortality of, 223-29, 242-43
is rational soul, 208, 217-18, 239-40
mind is power of, 209
necessity for appearance of, in the body, 200-01
not affected by bodily vicissitudes, 156, 227-29, 239-40
not limited by place or time, 241-42
Manifestations have rational soul, 151-53, 154-55
mineral, 78, 235
vegetable, 143, 208
Spiritual influence upon material things, 245-47
Spirituality
bodily power is weak compared to spiritual power, 126
perfections and imperfections, 129-31
Perfect Man like reed, 45
qualities of, are contagious, 214
spiritual birth, 223
virtues of man appear through power of God, 80
Spring, 73-74, 78, 145, 242
divine, 57
spiritual, 74
Strikes, 273, 276
Súfís, 290-96
Sun
imagery of, and mirror, 106, 107, 113-14, 144, 145, 147-48, 155, 196, 201, 206-07, 222, 229
is cause of life and illumination, 162
of Reality, 57, 58, 104, 172, 207
has numerous dawning places, 76-77
reflects in Manifestations of God, 114
symbol of Persia, 68
Súriy-i-Haykal, 32-33
Symbolism, 83-86. See also Bible verse explanations; Prophecies
of Adam and Eve, 122-26
of baptism, 91-92
of bird in cage, 228
of blindness, 102
of bread and wine, 97-99, 121, 125
clergy has not understood, 104-05
of darkness is ignorance, 84
of dead, 59, 101-02, 126
of deafness, 102
of dove, 85
of fire, 92
of Holy City, 46, 48, 67, 68
of Jerusalem (see Jerusalem)
of light is knowledge, 84
of resurrection, 103-05
of serpent, 123-24, 126
of stars falling to earth, 111-12
of water is knowledge and life, 92
Syria, 52
Tablets to the Kings, 33
Tests and trials. See also Báb, martyrdom of; Martyrdom of Bábís; Jesus Christ, martyrdom of
of Bahá'ís, 35
torment, two kinds of, 265
Theosophy, 285-86, 290-96
Tihrán, 28
Time
future events, knowledge of, 138-39
may be seen in dreams, 227
past, present, and future, in world of God, 156
preexistence of, 116-17, 148-49, 203
universe has no beginning, 180
Word of God exempt from, 152-53
Torment. See Tests and trials
Transmigration, 282-83
Tree
Blessed, 58
of life (good and evil), 122-25
of Zaqqúm, 285, 285n
Trinity, meaning of, 113-15
"Father is in the Son," 207
Truth, 137
investigation of, 45-46
requirements for seeker of, 38-39
Umayyads, 51-52, 69-70
Unity
Essence of, 180, 221
establishment of, 62-66
Kingdom of, 123
love of God brings, 301, 304-05
pantheism, 290-96
Threshold of, 137
Universal House of Justice
infallibility of, 172, 172n, 173
Universe
elements of, are interconnected, 245-47
has no beginning, 180
perfection of, 177
requires numberless forms of existence, 129-30
requires existence of man, 195-97
Valí, 34n
Vegetable world, 78, 143, 208, 235
Vengeance, 267, 268-69, 271
Water is symbol of knowledge and life, 92
Wealth
moderation of, 274-75
true, 78-80
Will, 3-4
Word
Christ's perfections are called, 206-07
of God, 116-17, 124, 152-53
is cause of all life, 163
World. See Earth
Zaqqúm, tree of, 285, 285n
Zodiac, Sun of Reality rises from various signs of, 76
Zoroastrianism, 39

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