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Old 05-20-2017, 02:33 AM   #1
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any writings regarding lataif's and chakras in Bahai writing

Is there any mention of lataifs and chakars in bahai writings?

The Lataif or subtleties are the psychic organs of supersensory perception that can only be activated by a Sufi Master as part of the Great Work, the goal of Alchemy. Each of the Six Lataif have to be purified in order for you to become Complete.
The Lataif are:

Latifa-e-Nafsi – below the navel; breath of life, Noah
Latifa-e-Qalbi – left side of chest, yellow; mind, Adam
Latifa-e-Ruhi – right side of chest, red; Spirit David
Latifa-e-Sirri – solar plexus, white; consciousness, Moses
Latifa-e-Khafi – third eye, black; intuition,
Latifa-e-Akhfa – centre of brain, centre of chest, green; perception of Creation

and chakras

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Old 05-27-2017, 03:05 AM   #2
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Greetings Kami2k,

You have asked if this servant might answer this question for you. Before I begin, do appreciate that the Bahá'í Faith does not ask people to surrender their core beliefs, only to refer to themselves as Bahá'ís. So all around the world you will find Bahá'ís with very different spiritual heritages, wisdoms and beliefs. My ancestral background is not with Sufis, even though I very much enjoy their company. So do understand that a Bahá'í with an ancestral heritage with Sufism would be able to address your questions with greater clarity for you. Always be assured that whatever belief you choose for yourself it will always be right for you. It will always be right for you because your soul and mind are designed to be at one with each other. Exactly the same is true with everyone else.

As you will know the primary focus in life is to obtain enlightenment. From a simple western Bahá'í perspective this can translate into recognising Bahá'u'lláh as being the Manifestation of God for our age. However, phrasing it like this can be culturally offensive to some people because it suggests that an intellectual connection is superior to a spiritual connection. In reality enlightenment is a process that employs both the mind and the spirit. This is why some western Bahá'í concepts can appear completely alien to enlighten souls. 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the Son of Bahá'u'lláh, inferred that the true way to be a Bahá'í is through the practice or deeds rather than words. If this claim is to be believed then enlightenment must also brings about humility. Perhaps this is why 'Abdu'l-Bahá also inferred that one can become a Bahá'í without even learning about Bahá'u'lláh. This outlook is still quite challenging for some Bahá'ís, but I simply see it as being little more that affording people their own spiritual dignity on the road towards enlightenment.

Interestingly for two years between 1854-1856, before His formal Declaration, Bahá'u'lláh chose to exile Himself away to live among the Sufis of Kurdistan. He lived a simple life by keeping goats and surviving on milk and rice. The Bahá'í Community still has a great deal to learn about the time Bahá'u'lláh spent alone in the wilderness with the Sufis. However we do know that Bahá'u'lláh was welcomed by many Sufis. Unfortunately the political situation within Kurdistan will need to change before historians and scholars may be permitted to study Bahá'u'lláh's association with the Sufi Community of Kurdistan in academic detail. This will happen in time. When it does it will hopefully offer all of us a much rich explanation of the unique spiritual insights that are shared by both Sufis and Bahá'ís alike.

There are two core texts by Bahá'u'lláh that were directed to two prominent Sufis within Kurdistan. These are better known as The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys. You can read these here The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys | Bahá

If you are seeking a contemporary western intellectual comparison, then you might find it helpful to read two papers by Michael McCarron. These can be located here

I hope this might assist you in some manner.

Old 05-27-2017, 07:33 AM   #3
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That appears to be the system of the 17th. century Naqshbandi Sufi Sirhindi from India.

According to the Sufi Hujwiri, man is divided into three: the ruh (spirit), the nafs (soul), and the jasad (body).

In the Bayan the Bab assigns the following colors to them: ruh is yellow, nafs is green, and the jasad is red.
Most Sufis assign white to the Sirr latifa, and the Bab assigns white to the heart, though He calls it the 'Fu'ad', not the more common 'qalb'.

The earliest mention of lataifs goes back to Najmuddin Kubra and the Chishti order of Sufis. In their system, ruh is green, nafs is yellow, and qalb is red.

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