A Bahá'í Glossary
Advanced
__________
 A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z 
 About     Appellations     Bibliographies     Calendars   Chronology     Contact   
 Diacritic Guide      Houses of Worship      Numbers      Pronunciation Guide      Site Map 
__________
Manifestation of God
___________________
The great Prophets of God. His chosen Messengers, who appear in each age: 'He . . . hath caused those luminous Gems of Holiness to appear out of the realm of the spirit, in the noble form of the human temple, and be made manifest unto all men, that they may impart unto the world the mysteries of the unchangeable Being and tell of the subtleties of His imperishable Essence . . . All the Prophets of God, His well-favored, His holy and chosen Messengers are, without exception, the bearers of His names and the embodiments of His attributes . . .'3
The Manifestations of God are not God descended to earth, but are rather perfect reflections of His attributes, just as a mirror reflects the sun but is not the sun itself: 'These Tabernacles of Holiness, these primal Mirrors which reflect the Light of the unfading glory, are but expressions of Him Who is the Invisible of Invisibles.'4 'These sanctified mirrors . . . are one and all the exponents on earth of Him Who in the central Orb of the universe, its essence and ultimate purpose. From Him proceed their knowledge and power; from Him is derived their sovereignty. The beauty of their countenance is but a reflection of His image, and their revelation a sign of His deathless glory.'5
All the Manifestations have the same spirit, although their outward forms are different and they manifest different attributes of God relevant to the needs and circumstances of the age in which they appear: 'Inasmuch as these Birds of the celestial Throne are all sent down from the heaven of the Will of God, and as they all arise to proclaim His irresistible Faith, they therefore are regarded as one soul and the same person . . . They all abide in the same tabernacle, soar in the same heaven, are seated on the same throne, utter the same speech, and proclaim the same faith . . . They only differ in the intensity of their revelation and the comparative potency of their light . . . That a certain attribute of God hath not been outwardly manifested by these Essences of Detachment doth in no wise imply that they Who are the Day-Springs of God's attributes and the Treasuries of His holy names did not actually posses it.'6
The Bahá'í Writings identify several Manifestations, among them Abraham, Noah, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ, Moses, Muḥammad, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. The Hindu figure Krishna is also considered a Manifestation, although not much is known about Him. In the Kitáb-i-Iqan Bahá'u'lláh mentions other Prophets such as Húd and Sálih. Bahá'ís believe that there have been other Manifestations but that there is no record of their names.7
Bahá'u'lláh has stated that another Manifestation will not arise before the lapse of a thousand years.
[BD 143-144]
___________________
One who is the "express image" of the perfections and attributes of God.
[GWB 349]
 
__________
 A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z 
 About     Appellations     Bibliographies     Calendars   Chronology     Contact   
 Diacritic Guide      Houses of Worship      Numbers      Pronunciation Guide      Site Map 
__________

Last Update:  
 
© 156 - 178 B.E. (A.D. 1999 - 2022)
Sponsored by
A Bahá'í Glossary Oelwein Bahá'í Group
__________
Hosting
provided by
Visitor Stats
provided by
Security
provided by
Search engine
provided by
Dream Host statcounter
Positive SSL freefind
__________