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Old 08-14-2013, 02:36 AM   #1
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How did Baha'u'llah receive His Name?

How did Baha'u'llah receive His "new name" is a good question...

I believe it was around the Conference of Badasht in 1848 that His new name Baha'u'llah the Glory of God first appeared in the form of Jinab-i-Baha and that the Bab (the Gate) who was His Forerunner had first mentioned it in His revealed book the Persian Bayan...

THE Conference of Badasht was unique and unparalleled in the religious annals of mankind. Never before, in the lifetime of a Manifestation of God, had His followers gathered to take counsel together, as one body, regarding the nature of their Faith and their future course of action. The moving Genius and the Convener of that unprecedented conference was no less a person than Mirza Husayn-'Aliy-i-Nuri, Who subsequently became known in the Bábí community as Jinab-i-Baha.[1] As the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith has particularly remarked: 'The primary purpose of that gathering was to implement the revelation of the Bayan by a sudden, a complete and dramatic break with the past - with its order, its ecclesiasticism, its traditions, and ceremonials. The subsidiary purpose of the conference was to consider the means of emancipating the Báb from His cruel confinement in Chihriq. The first was eminently successful; the second was destined from the outset to fail.'1

[1 It ought to be noted that the name 'Bahá'u'lláh was first mentioned by the Báb in His Book, the Persian Bayan; and that it was as 'Jinab-i-Baha' that Mirza Husayn-'Aliy-i-Nuri became known in the Bábí community, after the Conference of Badasht.]

~ H.M. Balyuzi, Baha'u'llah - The King of Glory, p. 43

The Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, Mirza Husayn `Ali Nuri assumed the title Jinab-i-Baha (= "His Holiness Baha"; subsequently Bahá'u'lláh [= Baha'+ Allah]) at the Babi conference of Badasht in 1848 -- the application of this title to him was ratified by the Bab (GPB:32). He subsequently identified the Arabic word Baha as the "Greatest Name" [=GN] and claimed to be its personification.

Greatest Name, The (al-Ism al-A`zam)

Bestowing names on people was a common occurrence among the early Baha'is and Babis

The name of the follower of the Bab who was martyred with Him was Mirza Muhammad-' Ali and He is known as Anis or Companion of the Bab.

A young follower of Baha'u'llah was Khurasani Aqa Buzurg (c. 1852-1869), and he was given the title Badi` ( wondrous, new) by Bahá'u'lláh, was the bearer of Bahá'u'lláh's tablet to Nasiru'd- Din and for that Badi martyred.

Quddus was among the first nineteen disciples of the Bab known as a Letter of the Living. His actual name was Moḥammad-ʿAli Bārforuši. Quddus means the "most Holy"....
 
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:38 PM   #2
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Noticing that only white faces had gathered around the elegant dining room table -- each seated by rank and social position, as was in keeping with Washington protocol -- 'Abdu’l-Baha suddenly stood and asked for Mr. Gregory.
 
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