Where to start?

Aug 2017
75
USA
#1
Hello,

I've looked into the basics of Baha'i and read a few introductory websites. I really want to get more into the scriptures and Baha'i thought. Where should I begin?

Also I have a quick theological question. "Divine manifestations" I heard described as people who are "perfect mirrors" of the all-transcendent God. So they are not incarnations then? By incarnation I mean in the Christian or Hindu sense where the Godhead becomes incarnate man.
As a mystic I like the idea of mirror since it is by our faithful practice that empty and purify ourselves to better reflect divine light. Is this what the idea is getting at?

Shalom,
-MM
 
Jan 2018
8
United States
#2
Hi Mystic Monist,

I just saw this post and was surprised to see that no one has replied yet. For questions concerning "Divine Manifestations" the Kitab-i-Iqan will be your best point of reference. This is one of the most important writings of Baha'u'llah in the realm of theology and gives an explanation of the station of the prophets and the concept of progressive revelation. It is by no means a simple book and is full very heavy and difficult concepts, but since you are a lover of mysticism that should be no problem.

I see from another of your posts that you enjoyed The Seven Valleys. This is my favorite of Baha'u'llah's writings. There is also The Four Valleys which describes four stations of spiritual progression. If you haven't already encountered The Hidden Words, that is another good place to start. I sometimes hear ideas in The Hidden Words that remind my of Meister Eckhart.

One thing I have observed is that mystical thought usually occurs in the periphery of a particular religious tradition, such as Sufism to Islam or the writings of St. John of the Cross to Christianity. With the Baha'i faith it seems to me to be a point of departure.
 

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