Personal Favorite messenger?

Jul 2017
260
Kettering, Ohio USA
#61
My favorite Messenger is Baha'u'llah. He is the Glory of God, majestic and awe-inspiring. I think it is because I know Him best.
 
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Apr 2017
196
Mexico
#62
My favourite Messenger is the one to come about 900 years from now.

She will face challenges and opportunities that are unthinkable today: e.g. life spans of hundreds of years, the emergence of artificial intelligence with attributes of our rational soul, the contact with extraterrestrial beings with their own revealed religions, ethical debate on how to behave when within virtual realities, the merge of science and revelation, and much more.
 
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Jul 2017
65
Germany
#63
As I was raised a Lutheran Christian I still feel a close relationship to Jesus which has never been that strong in times I was at odds with Church dogma. It was through Jesus and His teachings that I accepted Bahá'u'lláh as His successor and it was through 'Abdu'l-Bahá that I at last found answers to my questions about Church dogma. So my Christian and Bahá'í beliefs strengthened each other mutually.

As to the question whether Bahá'u'lláh was higher in station than all the other Manifestations of God, I quote a letter on behalf of the Guardian which elucidates on this matter using the example of Moses:

Shoghi Effendi said:
Bahá'u'lláh is not the Intermediary between other Manifestations and God. Each has His own relation to the Primal Source. But in the sense that Bahá'u'lláh is the greatest Manifestation to yet appear, the One Who consummates the Revelation of Moses; He was the One Moses conversed with in the Burning Bush. In other words Bahá'u'lláh identifies the glory of the Godhead on that occasion with Himself. No distinction can be made amongst the Prophets in the sense that They all proceed from One Source, and are of One Essence. But Their stations and functions in this world are different. (LoG 1552)
And another one concerning identification of Bahá'u'lláh and God Himself:

Shoghi Effendi said:
As regards your question: Bahá'u'lláh is, of course, not God and not the Creator; but through Him we can know God, and because of this position of Divine Intermediary, in a sense, He (or the other Prophets) is all we can ever know of that Infinite Essence which is God. Therefore, we address ourselves in prayer and thought to Him, or through Him to that Infinite Essence behind and beyond Him. (LoG 1553)
 
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Jul 2015
75
Berlin, Germany
#64
On my path to the Baha'i Faith and ever since then, I read a lot about the different Manifestations and their teachings, and while I don't want to make a difference between them, I can answer whose teachings were more accessible for me and helped me more on my path than others, subjectively:

Next to Baha'u'llah's writings, of course, it were perhaps the teachings of Jesus and Buddha that left the strongest impression on me and helped me understand some of Baha'u'llah's teachings better.

Perhaps my connection to Jesus is due to my cultural background -- although I never was an active Christian, I live in a predominantly Christian country and a couple of my friends are practizing Christians. Of course I knew celebrations like Christmas and Easter ever since I was a kid, and I went to religious class at school. So I think there has been a kind of old "childhood connection" to Jesus all the time in my life.

It was only lately that I started reading more about Buddha and His teachings, and I felt He made me understand much better what Baha'u'llah meant by "detachment" and "meditation". In fact, I started mindfulness meditation ca. 2 months ago and do it daily ever since, and it had a very strong effect on me. I was even surprised to see it having such a quick and remarkable effect! Because Buddha does not teach about God, He also helped me to understand better what it means that we cannot know God at all, except through the Manifestations: It's still fascinating, though, that you can come closer to God without even adoring Him... but only logical, because any kind adoration implies making an image of God after all.


While I am very curious about the other Manifestations, and reading about them inspires me too, to some extent, they are still somewhat "alien" to me, for the lack of a better word:

The stories about Abraham and Moses in the Old Testament are very much rooted in their time (and the needs of people in the past), I guess, so it's a bit hard for me to feel a connection to reports of a very personified and vengeful God. It was the best medicine for the people at that time, I know ... but my modern ear is easily alienated by many of these stories, so I have a hard time connecting to them.

It's similar about Quran revealed by Muhammed. The first problem is that I don't speak Arabic, so I have to rely on translations, and I assume much of the poetic side of Quran is lost this way. Yet I found a couple of very beautiful and inspiring thoughts in Quran. But on the bottom line, I feel similar to Quran as about the Old Testament: It addresses people in a world that is alien to me. So it is hard to find a connection.

Literature about Zarathustra in German is sparse. I tried to find some, but it wasn't much. So I hardly know anything about Zarathustra's teachings.

As for Krishna, I read the Bhagavad Gita, but also found it a bit hard to access. There are so many references to a culture that are alien to me. And I also learnt that the tradition and creation of this text is very unclear, so I'm not sure how much of the "real" Krishna still is in this text.
 
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Jul 2014
832
colorado/summer-Oklahoma/winter
#65
Through Christ, I found Baha'u'llah....whom I had been seeking. Through my love of Baha'u'llah, I found all God's other manifestations. Learning about Zoroaster has been special, his teachings go straight to my heart and life. Because of Baha'u'llah, I am able to connect with all the Manifestations. Baha'u'llah has expanded my capacity to love all faiths and all peoples. He is the Word.
 
Nov 2015
144
Canada
#66
I am going to be a bit broader here and just speak on the religious figures that strike a chord with me the most.

The one who drew me to the faith, whose story is engraved with such care in my mind, is the Bab - His story is very powerful, and, admittedly, I can be soft hearted, it often makes me teary eyed when remembering it.

I also have become very fond of Kapila, son of Kardama, who was a prajapati (The best way to describe this is as a variant of a Manifestation of God, which is very similar yet with a different purpose) and Devahuti, daughter of Swayambhuva Manu. I have been studying Hinduism for a while now and have found myself innately drawn to the vast swathe of topics Hinduism covers. My reading of the Srimad-Bhagavatam and the words of Kapila have taught me a lot.

Thirdly, though he is not a Manifestation, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. I learned much about God because of his writings, and in being a Sikh prior to my discovery of Baha'i, I was truly set on my path of searching for the truth. His life and character I find fascinating.

I think if this included just religious figures, I'd put the Bab, Abdu'l-Baha, and Guru Nanak, as Abdu'l-Baha's words have been like fuel to the flame of spiritual passion inside of me.
 

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