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Oct 01, 2012

If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, this would be it. It claims to be the essence of all Divinely revealed truth "clothed in the garment of brevity." Whether you believe that or not, you will find comfort, insight and guidance that rises above the level of intellect, theology and dogma to speak directly to your soul. It is the modern equivalent of the Psalms, Proverbs and the Beatitudes rolled into one.
Meditating on it will make you feel better, and help you become a better If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, this would be it. It claims to be the essence of all Divinely revealed truth "clothed in the garment of brevity." Whether you believe that or not, you will find comfort, insight and guidance that rises above the level of intellect, theology and dogma to speak directly to your soul. It is the modern equivalent of the Psalms, Proverbs and the Beatitudes rolled into one.
Meditating on it will make you feel better, and help you become a better person. What more could you want from a book with only a few thousand words? ...more
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Sep 20, 2009

Wonderful, inspiring book by the Founder of the Baha'i Faith; divine Scripture. It is above rating.
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Sep 07, 2007

This book is a handbook for life. You need no other book at all. This Holy Book is a worthwhile companion to be carried with you at all times. It teaches how us how to live a worthy life of service to mankind. Well worth a read, and meditation. These small verses have been sung, chanted, read, and quoted by many diverse people of different backgrounds.
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May 18, 2016

Very interesting. Like the Bible met philosophy 101. Still mulling this one over.
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Sep 09, 2016

Not a fan. It just doesn't have much to offer me. The vision of God here is very anthropomorphic and Abrahamic in the way he speaks about himself, demanding love and worship, issuing pompous commands etc and claiming to be distinct and apart from the universe. It doesnt have the passion and love of Sufi poetry, nor the high intellectual mysticism of the Upanishads. It reads to me like a bunch of bland Unitarian aphorisms. There are a few good lines here and there, but mostly its just highly Not a fan. It just doesn't have much to offer me. The vision of God here is very anthropomorphic and Abrahamic in the way he speaks about himself, demanding love and worship, issuing pompous commands etc and claiming to be distinct and apart from the universe. It doesnt have the passion and love of Sufi poetry, nor the high intellectual mysticism of the Upanishads. It reads to me like a bunch of bland Unitarian aphorisms. There are a few good lines here and there, but mostly its just highly dualistic and authoritarian. Not impressed, I was hoping for more from the Bahais. ...more
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Jul 08, 2009

This small book was one of the two works of actual Baha'i scripture, set down by the founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah, which showed me a brief, if profound, sample of the spirit and wisdom this Faith is founded on.
This book as well at "Gleanings From the Writings of Baha'u'llah" gave me an accurate overview of the spiritual writings. If you want to investigate truth for yourself,(a fundamental Baha'i principle), look at the scriptures of a religion to find out what the founder was This small book was one of the two works of actual Baha'i scripture, set down by the founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah, which showed me a brief, if profound, sample of the spirit and wisdom this Faith is founded on.
This book as well at "Gleanings From the Writings of Baha'u'llah" gave me an accurate overview of the spiritual writings. If you want to investigate truth for yourself,(a fundamental Baha'i principle), look at the scriptures of a religion to find out what the founder was about, not just what the followers are saying. Then ask your questions with an open, searching heart, with a clear vision. To learn about Christianity look to Christ; Islam, Muhammad; Buddhism, the Buddha; the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah.

Just a quick note that I've registered this book at BookCrossing.com, so that I can keep up on where it goes, who reads it, and what they thought of it. Please visit www.BookCrossing.com/223-7330498 to make a quick journal entry, then pass the book along to someone else who will appreciate it. We can all track this book's journey and the lives it touches forever more! ...more
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Oct 29, 2016

short book, would be better without the thy, thine, thee, thou olde english vernacular. very repetitive. god is amazing, seek god, be one with this omnipotent god and everything will be hunky dorry... not a good book. ill give his other books a chance though. i personally dont believe in a god like this, to me this just seems like self esteem training, be one with god and youll get what u want or bear tragedies because they arent tragedies at all and its actually mercy, i do kinda like that short book, would be better without the thy, thine, thee, thou olde english vernacular. very repetitive. god is amazing, seek god, be one with this omnipotent god and everything will be hunky dorry... not a good book. ill give his other books a chance though. i personally dont believe in a god like this, to me this just seems like self esteem training, be one with god and youll get what u want or bear tragedies because they arent tragedies at all and its actually mercy, i do kinda like that part, the muslims follow that, i guess it could be worse, no matter how bad it got.

the saying god helps those that help themselves is a good example that its just self esteem or whatever. id rather have someone tell me i have power i dont know about vs. accepting a god. *shrug
it could be detrimental if you dont fully, whole heartedly believe in such a god.

im willing to give this guy a fair shake, all his followers ive known personally seem to be very peaceful and at ease. they all had money though. im digging stoic philosophy more.

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Aug 19, 2012

The Hidden Words consists of short utterances written by Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. I guess this is not the place to even begin to analyze the text. I can only describe the experience by using adjectives such as sublime, majestic, resplendent, exalted and so on.
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Nov 17, 2017

A Baha'i Religious Text

I have had a long curiosity about the Baha'i Faith and its teachings of the universal nature of religion, the unity of human beings, and the imperative of tolerating and respecting beliefs different from one's own. I have always been intrigued by how these teachings of universalism and the essential unity of all religions can fit within the confines of an individual, independent religion, the Baha'i Faith, with its own teachings and texts. Thus, I was pleased to have the A Baha'i Religious Text

I have had a long curiosity about the Baha'i Faith and its teachings of the universal nature of religion, the unity of human beings, and the imperative of tolerating and respecting beliefs different from one's own. I have always been intrigued by how these teachings of universalism and the essential unity of all religions can fit within the confines of an individual, independent religion, the Baha'i Faith, with its own teachings and texts. Thus, I was pleased to have the opportunity to read this short book "The Hidden Words of Bahaullah" composed by the founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah (1817 -- 1892) while in prison. The book was written in part in Arabic and in part in Persian and was translated by Baha'u'llah's disciple, Shogi Effendi. This book was my first experience with Baha'i scripture.

"The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah" consists of about 153 short paragraphs in two parts. It is cast in the form of short revelations to Bahaullah each of which is prefaced by a short exhortation such as "To the Son of Man" characterizing the person or persons to whom the revelation is addressed. There is a brief introductory paragraph to the collection, indicating that the aim of the text is to distill, in short form, teachings that are universal to the spiritual life. This goal of the collection is reflected in some of the comments on this site. These teachings have, and were intended to have, many parallels in the teachings of the other great world religions.

The teachings speak of the need for a pure heart, of the need of detachment from everyday life, and of the importance of not envying, critcizing or condemning others. I was struck by the other-worldliness of many of the teachings, as they exhort the follower to turn away from materialism and desire and turn one's attention and heart to the divine. To me, some of the teachings seem directed to mankind, while others, if I am not mistaken, appear primarily directed towards Baha'u'llah himself. In this latter regard, there are several of the teachings which speak of the value of imprisonment, suffering and martyrdom as they advance the cause of God. These teachings seem to be directed to the founder of the faith or to those in danger of persecution on account of their beliefs. While most of the short sayings are readily intelligible to readers of many backgrounds, some sections, particularly near the end of the book, allude to figures that have some specific meaning for the Baha'i faith.

This book is known within the Baha'i community but will appeal to those who have an interest in exploring a variety of spiritual traditions. I am in this latter group. It is an inspiring text. The work here is presented without an introduction, notes, or commentary. Thus, I was unable to learn the place of this specific text within the Baha'i teachings as a whole. An introduction to the book with an overview of the Baha'i Faith and of how this book fits within it would have been invaluable. Also, notes in the way of a commentary on the organization and substance of the text would have been helpful. There is always a great deal more to understanding a short spiritual work than reading the words of the text. Context and discussion would be useful.

This is an important religious text, and it is good to have it widely accessible. It will appeal to those readers interested in the Baha'i Faith, to those interested in comparative religion, and to those interested in spiritual growth.

Robin Friedman ...more
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Sep 10, 2018

Ask not of Me that which We desire not for thee, then be content with what We have ordained for thy sake, for this is that which profiteth thee, if therewith thou dost content thyself.

This is a very short introduction into the Bahá'í faith for those who are looking for a quick peek into it. While I admire much of their theology, it really is just a branch off of the old Abraham tree. For Jews, Christians and Muslims who feel their religions are intellectually sound, but who feel they lack the Ask not of Me that which We desire not for thee, then be content with what We have ordained for thy sake, for this is that which profiteth thee, if therewith thou dost content thyself.

This is a very short introduction into the Bahá'í faith for those who are looking for a quick peek into it. While I admire much of their theology, it really is just a branch off of the old Abraham tree. For Jews, Christians and Muslims who feel their religions are intellectually sound, but who feel they lack the sort of mystical beauty of the Sufis, Hindus or Sikhs, the Bahá'í faith may be right for you.

Regarding the translation, writing in old English doesn't make dull text suddenly intellectual and deep. There is absolutely no reason to translate text like this, save for the purpose of misleading and misdirecting the reader into believing certain biases.

I'm not sure The Hidden Words have anything new to offer to the world of religions and faiths. Perhaps at the time of the writing, and in the place of the writing, it was something really worth delving into. While there are a few nice snips of wisdom here and there throughout the book, for the most part it is wisdom that is well-known and written about by others elsewhere with more precision. If you have any background in the Abrahamic faiths, it will feel like old news to you. For these reasons, I wasn't impressed.

Ye shall be hindered from loving Me and souls shall be perturbed as they make mention of Me. For minds cannot grasp Me nor hearts contain Me. What use is this book then, eh? ...more
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Oct 06, 2010

A great book to read, morning and night. I like to read one Hidden Word in the morning, contemplate it and attempt to apply it each day.

Copies can be found at Baha'i centers or Houses of Worship. They can also be purchased for a little over $5, $22 and $11, respectively at the US Baha'i Publishing Trust. (There are publishing trusts in other countries as well).

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Dec 29, 2018

This is a beautiful edition of one of the most accessible and rewarding of Baha'i writings. The illustrations by Corinne Randall are a perfect complement to the scripture, and reading this work - either straight through, or in short passages over time - is a great way to meditate on how to be a good person, and how we should direct our relationships with one another and with God. Whether or not one is an adherent to the Baha'i faith, all can find wisdom in Bahá'u'lláh's writings.
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Nov 12, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It details a vital piece of U.S. military history one it which the NAjao culture and the U.S. Government war machine cooperated and excelled. If only all Indian and US history was such a success.

As a service-member I enjoyed the book. As a New Mexican I enjoyed the book and understood his descriptions of the landscape.

If you are a fan of military history, or native culture or biographies this will be an educational and enjoyable book.
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Dec 23, 2017

Mystical Writings exploring the relationship between God and man, Baha'u'llah Himself states that it is the inner essence of what was revealed to the Prophets of old and clothed in the garment of brevity. Composed as He walked along the banks of the Tigris River in Bagdad it is a great source of inspiration for meditation on man's struggle to follow a spiritual path inthis worldly realm.
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Dec 31, 2013

I have listed Hidden Words as 'to read' even though I've read it so many times I've lost count. The simple truth is that no matter how many times we read these truths we always learn something new. The Hidden Words is an essential part of my growth as a human being and as a Baha'i.
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Aug 05, 2016

A collection of aphorisms by the Persian religious leader Baha'u'llah. Many of them are quite lovely and resonate very well with the teachings of Jesus; others are more obscure and mysterious in their import.
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Jun 07, 2017

Bite-sized distillations of the spiritual teachings of the world's religions presented in the elevated, lofty language that the Bahai'i scriptures translated into English are well known for. Perfect for daily meditations if you're into that sort of thing. Nice edition too. Love the cover art.
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Jan 24, 2012

Meet your Lord, and see what he has to say in thse revelatory words of wisdom. You cannot help but be uplifted, soothed and felt secure in its exposition.
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Aug 12, 2014

Beautiful. Everything that comes from the pen of Baha'u'llah is beautiful.
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Apr 10, 2019

The religious text of the Baha'i faith. It was ok. It wasn't great. Very typical religious moral rules: don't get fixed on material things, pray to the god, don't point out others' imperfections.

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