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Old 03-04-2016, 11:57 AM   #1
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The Bab is the Gate

The Gate is at the centre of every Manifestation.

The Alpha is at the centre of the Gate.

Bęta - Alpha - Bęta.


The Bętas stand as two pillars. It is the Gate.
The Alpha represents God and the divine world. It is what lies beyond the Gate.



Ɛ ا B

The name of Baha seems to have the same shape :



Random thought.

EDIT : Interestingly enough, the bęta is the letter following the alpha. The bęta (world of matter) is the epiphenomenon of the alpha, and it returns to the Alpha.
Baha'u'llah says that the Bęta is to be transmutated into an Alpha (the arabic bęta, a horizontal stroke, into the arabic alpha, a vertical stroke.)

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That the "waters" of this letter H (unknowable divinity) run into the Most Great Ocean would appear to refer to the process whereby the Universal Intellect is emanated from the primal One. The Universal Intellect is coded here as the Most Ancient name, or Baha, an Arabic word meaning "glory" that is made up of the letter H (referring to huwiyyah or the unknowable divinity), the letter B, and the letter alif. Alif, a straight line, is often used by Muslim mystical thinkers to symbolize the Universal Intellect. The Arabic letter B in turn is made up of a horizontal line curved up at each end (and therefore replicating the alif), with a point underneath it. The letter B is therefore a symbol of the further emanation of the world from the Universal Intellect, since it is made up of a basic shape that is lent meaning only by being differentiated. Unlike the divine, which is essentially One, the world, like the Arabic letter B, is essentially dual in character. By analogy, the "Primal Point" is the manifestation of God in this world that gives differentiation to human society. The word Baha therefore encodes the entire Neoplatonic process of emanation, containing the H of the primal huwiyyah or divine identity, the alif of the Universal Intellect, the B of the emanated cosmos, and the Primal Point or manifestation in the world of the Universal Intellect, which gives it meaning or rationality (Arabic `aql, Gr. nous). For hahut in the Tablet of All Food, see "Lawh Kull at-Ta'am" in lshraq-Khavari, Ma'idih-'i Asmani, IV, pp. 260-70 and Stephen Lambden, "A Tablet of Mirza Husayn `Ali Bahá'u'lláh of the Early Iraq Period: The Tablet of All Food, " Bahá'í Studies Bulletin

"By the night when it enshroudeth it!" By the night is meant the veil of oneness behind which was hidden the Point of Reality. After this Point descended from its highest station, it settled into the realm of oneness, the plane of unity. From it the soft form of the letter alif became manifest, and beneath the veil of oneness there appeared the alif in motion, which is its upright form. It covereth the veil itself, and concealeth the Point of Reality that constituted the actuality of the sun of prophethood. Tasfir of Baha'u'llah of the Surah as-Shams

Commentary by Juan Cole :

Again, this passage refers to the letter mysticism of Muslim Neoplatonism. The upright alif, equivalent to the English long A when not associated with the hamzah glottal stop, often symbolizes the Universal Intellect. Alif also has a "soft" or "broken" form, with the shape of the Arabic ya' or Y but without any pointing. This "soft" form of the alif was often seen by mystics to symbolize an intermediate stage of emanation, in the transformation from alif to ba' (the Arabic B consists of a horizontal, slightly curved line, with one point beneath it). The sequence upright alif- broken alif-B thus symbolizes the emanation of Universal Spirit and Universal Nature from Universal Intellect.

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Old 03-04-2016, 12:05 PM   #2
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Wow. Now I'm going to see a gate every time I look at that symbol, and not just a "ladder." Thanks for sharing!
 
Old 03-04-2016, 12:06 PM   #3
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Wow. Now I'm going to see a gate every time I look at that symbol, and not just a "ladder." Thanks for sharing!
Wow, I did not even think of that !
 
Old 03-04-2016, 01:09 PM   #4
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Now that I think of it :

Ba - Alif - Ba

ب ا ب

The Cross. An Alif between two Ba.

Ba - Alif - Ba



"I am the Gate; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture." John 10:9

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it" Matthew 7:13

The Ba is Large. The Alif at the centre of the Gate is narrow.

EDIT : I call to your attention the messianc islamo-christian convergence of the year 1844.

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Old 03-04-2016, 04:23 PM   #5
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There are 2 Ba (letter expressing duality) because it represents the world of the multiple, while there is online 1 Alif, because it stands for the Oneness of God.
The divinity is oriented towards the interiority of beings, that is why Alif is in the middle. Every beings have that dimension inside of them.

Christ has taken the shape of the Cross. His body is an Alif, and his two arms are two Ba. He sacrifices himself to become the Son of God (not of Allah).
The Bab has taken the shape of the Cross through his name. He sacrifices himself to open the way to the return of the Christic Entity. That is why it is him who appears in the year 1844, and not Baha'u'llah. He is the return of the Cross.
 
Old 03-04-2016, 08:24 PM   #6
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The Báb's story has many parallels to Christ's, if you read the Dawnbreaker's as the Gospel of His dispensation.
 
Old 03-05-2016, 06:59 AM   #7
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such an intereeeeeestiiiinnnggggg thought; WOW!
 
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