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Old 02-23-2017, 07:53 AM   #1
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The Many Faces of the Holy Spirit

So something interesting I've noticed.

I think there's enough evidence throughout the Faith and the History of the Prophets to conclude that a specific type of entity exists.

This entity is a spiritual being who brings a state of prophetic awakening to a Prophet. Such a type of being is REPEATEDLY seen at the moment that a Prophet becomes a Prophet.

For example, when Moses attained Prophethood, his revelations were first brought to him by a Burning Bush.

Zoroaster received his first revelation on the banks of a river by a shining being named Vohu Manah.

Jesus was gifted with wisdom and miraculous powers from a young age, but the moment he becomes a Prophet is when he is baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit in the bodily form of a Dove descended from the heavens onto Jesus.

Buddha, perhaps, had the Bodhi Tree, the tree under which Buddha was meditating when he attained enlightenment. I don't see any evidence that the Bodhi Tree served as any sort of spiritual guide, other than the fact the Buddha sought it out specifically to attain enlightenment under it, but a Tree associated with Prophethood is nothing new to the Baha'i Faith (see: the Lote Tree Beyond Which There Is No Passing).

Muhammad was given his initial Revelation in a cave by the angel Gabriel/Jibrayil. Jibrayil is often said to also be the Holy Spirit.

The Bab was awakened to Prophethood when he had a dream of the severed head of Imam Husayn ibn Ali, the Prince of Martyrs.

And Baha'u'llah was awakened to Prophethood in the depths of prison, by visions of a Maiden.

So, the Burning Bush, Vohu Manah, the Dove, the Bodhi Tree, Jibrayil, Husayn, and the Maiden. All spiritual beings that are used to awaken a person to Prophethood. It seems so frequent that Revelation is explicitly stated to have begun in such a way that it may very be a rule of how Revelation itself functions.

I do not pretend to know the significance of this, if there is any significance to be had. But it seems likely that these are not multiple entities, but rather they are one entity in many forms. The Dove and Jibrayil both are said to be the same as the Holy Spirit.

And if all these beings are facets of the Holy Spirit, then the Quran seems to support the theory that this being is what brings Revelation from God to a Prophet, as Quran 16:102 reads: "Say: the Holy Spirit has brought the Revelation from thy Lord in Truth, in order to strengthen those who believe, and as guidance and glad tidings to those who submit to God."

And it matches what 'Abdu'l-Baha says about the Holy Spirit as well: "So we can say there must be a Mediator between God and Man, and this is none other than the Holy Spirit, which brings the created earth into relation with the ‘Unthinkable One’, the Divine Reality. The Divine Reality may be likened to the sun and the Holy Spirit to the rays of the sun. As the rays of the sun bring the light and warmth of the sun to the earth, giving life to all created beings, so do the ‘Manifestations’ bring the power of the Holy Spirit from the Divine Sun of Reality to give light and life to the souls of men."

So the Holy Spirit brings Revelation to the Prophets and seems to take many different forms. It's very interesting to ponder why these forms are taken. Why a shining figure for Zoroaster, a dove for Jesus, a martyr's head for the Bab??

Just speculating, maybe it has to do with the "theme" of that revelation??

Baha'u'llah had a theme of great renewal, and saw a youthful incarnation of the Holy Spirit.
The Bab and his followers experienced much martyrdom, and the Bab saw the Holy Spirit as the Prince of Martyrs.
Muhammad brought forth a worldwide revelation, and received the Holy Spirit as the Angel most associated with prophetic revelation.
Jesus was a peacemaker, and saw the Holy Spirit in the form of a Dove.
Zoroaster had a message that focused on purity and truth, and encountered a shining individual whose name means "Righteous Thought".
Moses and his followers suffered trial and tribulations, but ultimately pulled through and were triumphant, sort of like a bush that, though engulfed in flames, doesn't seem to burn up.

That's speculation of course, but seems to me a fascinating subject to examine.
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:07 AM   #2
Tony Bristow-Stagg
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Abdul'baha says Jesus was aware of His Mission from a young age and the Dove is simply a Metaphor.

"… The story about the dove is simply a metaphor. No dove came down".

From my understanding it was Baha'u'llah conversing with Moses in the Metaphor of the Burning Bush.

Have you read the Tablet of the Universe by Abdul'baha, that may spark a thought to which may help with your current ideas?

It is very interesting why there are these Metaphors, yes it would have great spiritual meaning to which would have been a good question to ask

Maybe someone did!

Regards Tony

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