In my post yesterday, “My Solution,” I discussed one tiny piece of the puzzle of how to achieve spiritual fulfillment, and left out the most important part. The most important part is having a direct relationship with God. That, of course, is impossible, because God, by definition, is Unknowable.
So how do we have a direct relationship with God and achieve spiritual fulfillment, if God can’t be known?
Several times throughout the millennia, God has sent a Holy Messenger to Earth in the form of a human being. We must know One such messenger. Perhaps the most recent is the best, and yet any One of them will suffice.
Christ offered Himself as the way to the Father (God). Jesus Christ is a pure, holy being. By reading the words of Jesus recorded in the Bible, and meditating on Him, one can achieve oneness with God.
But Jesus lived a long time ago. The Gospels, and the words of Christ were written down over a hundred years after the events took place and the words were spoken.
Muhammad was also sent from God. Muhammad met with an Angel of God, then spoke to people who wrote down His words immediately. Later, they read the words back to Him to make sure they had them right. The Qur’an contains prayer, worship, history and exhortation, the authentic words of a Divine Messenger.
A millennium and a half almost have passed since Muhammad, and two millennia since Jesus. Surely a merciful God has sent his Word to Earth in the form of a human being sometime within the past millennium! The Baha’i Revelation had its beginning in 1844. Baha’u’llah surrendered His physical form in 1892, leaving behind a large body of literature, transcribed directly from His words. Some He penned Himself. I found Him in 1992, just one century after His ascension.
O Son of Being!
Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant. (The Hidden Words #5, from the Arabic)
O Son of Spirit!
I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting. (The Hidden Words #13, from the Arabic)
Born in Tehran, Baha’u’llah was exiled to Baghdad after becoming involved in the movement of the forerunner of the Baha’i Faith. While in Baghdad, He would walk along the Tigris River and compose verses, which were compiled into a little book, The Hidden Words. The first half of that book was written in Arabic and the second half was written in Persian.
As much as I love it, my opinion is that #13 above was translated into a needlessly ponderous form of English.
A long time ago, I had been using a Baha’i Prayerbook, and even read aloud from it at Baha’i meetings, where I had taken white-out to the archaic words and penned in what I thought were their meanings in current English usage, for some of my favorite prayers. Then I dreamed that Baha’u’llah and I were lying next to one another conversing. He showed me a prayerbook with some sloppy whiteouts and sloppy edits. The next day I threw out my altered prayerbook and have used a clean one since.
My opinion hasn’t changed, but my action has. I submit, even when I don’t agree, because Baha’u’llah has revealed to me that He is Lord.