Baha'i News -- Bab’s Sun of Truth Leads Us to God
Bab's Sun of Truth Leads Us to God
[ MONDAY, JULY 08, 2002 10:44:01 PM ]
At noon on this day, 152 years ago, the Bab, prophet-herald of the Baha’i faith, was executed for his
revolutionary teachings which challenged traditional interpretations of the world’s faiths.
"The Revelation of God may be likened unto the sun", wrote the Bab. "No matter how innumerable its risings,
there is but one sun, and upon it depends the life of all things". Just as the physical sun’s nuclear
reactions are totally foreign to our earthly bodies, the true reality of God is forever "exalted and sanctified
from being known through His creatures, or being described by His servants". Yet, according to the Bab, the
light of God appears in each age through a divine Educator, even as the sun appears to us as a fiery orb in the
sky, giving light and energy to the whole world. The Bab called each of these Teachers a "Manifestation of
God", and "Sun of Truth", whose "verses are like its rays, and all believers, should they truly believe in Him,
are as mirrors wherein the sun is reflected".
Although the teachings of these Manifestations of God illuminate God’s bounties within us such as love,
knowledge, and will, the Bab urged us to remember that these come from God and not from ourselves. If, for
example, "a king were to make mention of his own sovereignty, this would be like unto a mirror challenging the
sun, saying: ‘The light is in me’.
It would be likewise, if a man of learning were to claim to be an exponent of knowledge, or if he who is
possessed of riches were to display his affluence. That is, every sign of glory or power is but a reflection of
the spiritual majesty of the Manifestations of God.
The great Teachers of every religion have ever been "laughed to scorn", and often martyred by their people, yet
the Teachers have always remained transcendent and "free from sorrow in the all-highest
Through this, they demonstrate that earthly power, wealth, and learning, although a
great challenge for those of us who could use them well, are like child’s play to the Manifestations of God.
Mankind depends on these Teachers for truth and joy, but they depend on no one "for He is immeasurably exalted
The Bab further taught that the inner nature of all these Manifestations, the "Primal Will of God," is
essentially one and the same. "Were the risings of the sun", he wrote, referring to the appearance of different
Teachers over time, "to continue till the end that hath no end, yet there hath not been nor ever will be more
than one sun; and were its settings to endure for evermore, still there hath not been nor ever will be more
than one sun.
It is this Primal Will which appeareth resplendent in every Prophet and speaketh forth in every revealed
Book". If one were to reject some of these Manifestations in favour of others, that would be like rejecting the
sun of today in favour of the sun of yesterday. The day is different, but the sun
is the same.
In the same way, by discarding the "human imaginings" invented by some misguided leaders of
religion, we find that the various religious systems are different parts of one Faith, "inasmuch as every
religion proceedeth from God".
In times like these, when the fires of religious prejudice burn away the harvests of justice and peace, these
teachings of the Bab need to be remembered.
It is in this spirit of harmony that members of the Baha’i Faith all around the world
commemorate the sacrifice of the Bab today. They share with many other
sincere seekers of truth the prayer that unity and tolerance may shine more brightly in the life
of mankind, growing stronger with the dawn of each new day.
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