Bahá’u’lláh’s Teachings on Spiritual RealityFebruary 26, 2017
“Just as science is the source of understanding the laws of physical reality, true religion, based on scientific methods stripped of empty tradition and superstition, is a source of understanding of the laws of spiritual reality.”
Shoghi Effendi: Author of Teaching PlansFebruary 25, 2017
This book, another extraordinary work by Mr. Nakhjávání presents the second course given by him in Acuto Italy (February 2005). This book “attempts to review the events associated with the life of Shoghi Effendi and, more particularly, the developments that transpired under his watchful eye and were a result of his initiatives during his thirty-six years of Guardianship.”
Shoghi Effendi: The Range and Power of His PenJanuary 30, 2017
Shoghi Effendi: The Range and Power of His Pen by Mr. ‘Alí Nakhjávání
This book, the result of a course given by Mr. Nakhjavani in Acuto Italy in February 2006 considers “the wide range of the works of Shoghi Effendi, both in English and in Persian/ Arabic, and cast a panoramic and cursory glance over the contents of each of his major writings. The beloved Guardian, in the course of his blessed ministry, provided the friends and the general public with a reliable survey of the significant and historical Bahá’í events of the Heroic Age, an overview of the stages enabling the current Administrative Order of the Faith to become the nucleus and pattern of the future institutions of world society, and a unique and authentic translation into English of the fundamental Writings of the Founder of the Faith. Through the power of his inspired pen Shoghi Effendi also succeeded in carrying the Community of the Most Great Name from its modest and rudimentary beginnings to a stage of development enabling it to be a potent instrument, well-equipped to realize and put into effect the exalted ideals which distinguish the divine message of Bahá’u’lláh.”
Shoghi Effendi: The Range and Power of His Pen
Days of RemembranceJanuary 21, 2017
Selections from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh for Bahá’í Holy Days
Excerpt from the Preface of this new book:
“The present volume offers forty-five selections from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh revealed specifically for, or otherwise relating to, these nine Holy Days. The selections represent different revelatory modes, each reflecting facets of the greatness, the preciousness, and the peerless nature of this Day in which all the promises and prophecies of the past have been fulfilled—this sacred Day “whereon God hath made His own Self known and revealed it unto all who are in the heavens and on earth”. Some of the Tablets and excerpts presented in the volume are addressed to the body of Bahá’u’lláh’s followers and are expressed in a celebratory and uplifting tone, occasionally with repeated refrains, while others were revealed to individual believers, sometimes with a mention of the specific circumstances of their revelation or the names of the recipients. Many are among His best-known works and have long been familiar to readers of His Writings in the original languages….
It is hoped that this volume will uplift the hearts and souls of the followers of the Blessed Beauty throughout the world and will enrich the gatherings they hold in commemoration of those days that stand apart from all other days through their association with Him and His Herald.”
Days of Remembrance
Ḥuqúqu’lláh—The Right of GodJanuary 7, 2017
This Compilation has been updated to present the latest version.
Selected Messages of the Universal House of Justice 1963 – 1988April 23, 2016
The messages of the Universal House of Justice—and those written on its behalf—provide analysis, vision and direction, and ensure unity of thought and action as the Bahá’í community learns to translate Bahá’u’lláh’s vision for humanity into reality. This volume of selected messages from 1963 – 1988 is the first of three volumes that will be made available over the course of the next couple of months.
The Riḍván Messages 1950 – 2016
Updated to include the 2016 Riḍván Message.
The Riḍván Messages 1950 – 2016
Tablets of the Divine PlanDecember 6, 2009
Bahá’u’lláh and the New EraFebruary 28, 2016
Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era was originally published in 1923 by Dr. John E. Esslemont—an early British Bahá’í. It has been translated into sixty-seven languages and remains one of the most enduring and widely used introductory books on the Bahá’í Faith. This revised edition was made available in 2006.
The Divine Art of LivingFebruary 27, 2016
Yesterday, we brought you John Huddleston’s The Earth is But One Country. Today, we added The Divine Art of Living, a “collection of jewels from the Bahá’í Sacred Writings [which offer] guidance that can help us learn to become less harried, less caught up in the fruitless, self-destructive pursuits that pull us away from our spiritual path… [and] help us find the way to peace and harmony … [so that we] begin to experience and enjoy the truly divine art of living.
Happy Ayyam-i-HaFebruary 26, 2016
To start the celebrations for the first day of Ayyam-i-Ha, we bring you John Huddleston’s The Earth is But One Country. In John’s own words, this book shows “how the Bahá’í Faith meets the needs of humanity today, and how it is building up what is believed will be a new world-wide civilization in which all peoples can live together in justice, harmony, and peace. The emphasis is on the practical means to this end as well as on the dream.”
For many of us, this was our first introduction to the Bahá’í Faith and it remains as relevant now as when it was first written. This is the third revised edition from 1996.
We also bring you completely reformatted versions of Bahá’u’lláh’s The Seven Valleys, the Four Valleys, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and Epistle to the Son of the Wolf.
Added Two New eBooksJune 13, 2015
This Decisive Hour is a collection of letters and cablegrams written by Shoghi Effendi to the North American Bahá’í community from 1932 to 1946, originally published under the title Messages to America. This eBook has a number of additional letters that were not included in the previous compilation.
The Desire of the World first written by Rúhíyyíh Khánum in the 1930s, revised in 1982 with a second edition published in 2005, offers the readers examples of how to contemplate and gain insights from the Sacred Writings. Khanum asks us, if Bahá’u’lláh “expressed one truth in many ways, why should we not contemplate it in a similar way?”
Prescription for LivingMay 12, 2015
Prescription for Living, written by Amatu’l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum was first published in 1950. It was subsequently revised in 1978. The subject of this book is man’s present unhappiness, confusion and uncertainty with the book’s aim, as the title states, to provide the reader with a prescription for living. As Rúḥíyyih Khánum states in the Foreword to her book:
“When a person is ill he takes medicine. We individuals are the members of a very sick species–man; living in a very unhealthy environment–society. There are laws of what we might call “inner hygiene” which, if obeyed, will assist us to regain our moral and spiritual health personally, and, through changing us as the components of society, enable our joint lives to be happier and better in every respect. Those laws are dealt with briefly in this book…”
We thank the copyright holder, the Bahá’í World Centre for giving us permission to make this book available in electronic form.
A Tribute to Amatu’l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum,May 11, 2015
“On January 19th in the year 2000, a lady passed away from this world. She was unique, and with her passing a chapter ended, a page of history turned. And when Amatu’l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum’s earthly remains were buried a few days later, the Universal House of Justice laid her to rest in a place that is also unique.”
So begins Violette Nakhjavani’s A Tribute to Amatu’l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum,written in three parts, a multi-faceted story of Rúḥíyyih Khánum’s extraordinary life complete with images. This eBook is made available with the kind permission of the copyright holder, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada.
The Ridván Messages 1950-2015May 9, 2015
We have added the 2015 Ridván Message to our compilation of Ridván Messages
Some Answered Questions
A collection of transcriptions of table talks given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in ‘Akká between 1904 and 1906 in response to questions posed by Laura Dreyfus-Barney, an American Bahá’í resident in Paris, and first published in 1908.
The new edition, extensively retranslated, was published in 2014.
The Seven Valleys and The Four ValleysDecember 6, 2009
The book follows the path of the soul on a spiritual journey passing through different stages, from this world to other realms which are closer to God, as first described by the 12th Century Sufi poet Farid al-Din Attar in his Conference of the Birds. Bahá’u’lláh in the work explains the meanings and the significance of the seven stages. In the introduction, Bahá’u’lláh says “Some have called these Seven Valleys, and others, Seven Cities.” The stages are accomplished in order, and the goal of the journey is to follow “the Right Path”, “abandon the drop of life and come to the sea of the Life-Bestower”, and “gaze on the Beloved”. In the conclusion of the book, he mentions:
“These journeys have no visible ending in the world of time, but the severed wayfarer—if invisible confirmation descend upon him and the Guardian of the Cause assist him—may cross these seven stages in seven steps, nay rather in seven breaths, nay rather in a single breath, if God will and desire it.”