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Old 10-16-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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The Baha'i view of mankind..

Adam is believed to have existed and been a Manifestaion of God but we do not have anything that has survived the span of millenia to say these are the authentic teachings of Adam.. so what we have is mostly allegorical and symbolic in say Genesis and the Qur'an.



.but there are some interesting references to Adam in the Writings and I attach some of those I found:



Prophets before Adam:



And now regarding thy question,



"How is it that no records are to be found concerning the Prophets that have preceded Adam, the Father of Mankind, or of the kings that lived in the days of those Prophets?"



Know thou that the absence of any reference to them is no proof that they did not actually exist. That no records concerning them are now available, should be attributed to their extreme remoteness, as well as to the vast changes which the earth hath undergone since their time.



~ Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 172



Generations before Adam:



Moreover such forms and modes of writing as are now current amongst men were unknown to the generations that were before Adam.


~ Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 172



A thousand Adams..



This one always blows my mind:



Likewise, strive thou to comprehend the meaning of the melody of that eternal beauty, Husayn, son of Ali, who, addressing Salman, spoke words such as these:



"I was with a thousand Adams, the interval between each and the next Adam was fifty thousand years, and to each one of these I declared the Successorship conferred upon my father."



~ Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 167-168



What man would be like in his outward form will be different from what say man is like today on this earth..



Let us return to our subject that man, in the beginning of his existence and in the womb of the earth, like the embryo in the womb of the mother, gradually grew and developed, and passed from one form to another, from one shape to another, until he appeared with this beauty and perfection, this force and this power. It is certain that in the beginning he had not this loveliness and grace and elegance, and that he only by degrees attained this shape, this form, this beauty and this grace.



~ Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 183



And don't forget Duane Troxel's neat excerpts from Some Answered Questions:



"...[T]he reality of Divinity is without a beginning, creation is also without a beginning." (SFTW A-B 61) "[T]he coming of the Manifestations of God are not circumscribed by time." (FWU 53) "...[A]s God is creator, eternal and ancient, there were always creatures and subjects existing and provided for." (FWU 101) "...[T]he human soul has existed on the earth for prolonged times and ages, yet it is phenomenal." (SAQ 151) "...[T]he earth has not always existed,...". (SAQ 152) "...[T]he universe is not limited to this terrestrial globe." (SAQ 152) "...[i]t cannot be said there was a time when man was not." (SAQ 196) "...[i]t cannot be imagined that the worlds of existence, whether the stars or this earth...were without man!" (SAQ 197)



Considering all this it appears the Baha'i definition of man is not what is normally thought of even in current parlance...
 
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