By Shua Ullah Behai, Eric Stetson

A background of the relatives of Mirza Husayn Ali Baha'u'llah (d. 1892) instructed from their very own viewpoint. those are these Baha'i relatives of Baha'u'llah whom Abbas Effendi 'Abdu'l-Baha made Covenant Breakers and ostracized from the higher Baha'i sect. This booklet is the 1st of its type and an enormous old rfile.

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The 12 century Iranian Sufi philosopher Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi provided the basis for this alternative possibility with his teachings about the “emerald cities” of “Jabalqa and Jabarsa”—spiritual places that are only accessible through special gnosis in an altered state of consciousness. Jabulqa and Jabulsa is a variation of the same, and this concept was adopted by Shi'ites of the theological school that ultimately gave rise to the Baha’i faith. 36 Chapter 2. The Cultural and Religious Precursors ofBaha’ism th 15 th conditions which existed in Iran from the 17 to the 19 centuries, especially during the Qajar rule.

Thy alchemist Contentment be, Equal is stone or ore to thee. 20 As the legend goes, Prince Jamshid became a great king who reigned for hundreds of years and commanded the powers of light and darkness. He became prideful and fell from grace, and roamed the earth as an outcast for a hundred years, but gained wisdom and regained his kingdom after marrying King Gur- eng’s daughter. 21 The Parsees (also spelled Parsis) are Persians who continued to follow the Zoroastrian religion, the original faith of Persia, after the arrival of the Islamic empire.

Some Shi'ites taught that the Mahdi ascended to a mystical realm between heaven and earth, instead of remaining in th hiding as a supernaturally long-lived man in the physical world. The 12 century Iranian Sufi philosopher Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi provided the basis for this alternative possibility with his teachings about the “emerald cities” of “Jabalqa and Jabarsa”—spiritual places that are only accessible through special gnosis in an altered state of consciousness. Jabulqa and Jabulsa is a variation of the same, and this concept was adopted by Shi'ites of the theological school that ultimately gave rise to the Baha’i faith.

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