The Missing Piece of the Jigsaw
In the preface to my book, I mentioned that at the age of twenty six I was introduced to the Baha’i faith, and it was like finding the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle. However, I deliberately did not want to fill my book with references to Baha’i teachings, as the purpose of the book was to (a) try and simplify the subject of ‘religion’, which many people find very confusing, (b) introduce the concept of ‘progressive revelation’, and (c) as a result of introducing the reader to this concept, try to and engender a love for all the prophets and also love, respect and tolerance for the whole of mankind.
If, as far as you are concerned, the book has achieved any of the above objectives, or even made you sufficiently curious to further your search, and wish to learn more about the latest of God’s Manifestations as outlined in the book, I can thoroughly recommend a book that I have just finished reading, ‘The Baha’i Faith in Words and Images’ by John Danesh and Seena Fazel, with photographs by Paul Slaughter.
The Holy Writings of the Faith consist of the writings of the Bab, Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the Bab being the forerunner to Baha’u’llah as well as being an independent prophet, and ‘Abdu’l-Baha is the eldest son of Baha’u’llah, whom Baha’u’llah appointed as his successor, and whom Baha’is regard of the perfect exemplar of his father’s teachings, although he was not a prophet.
The ultimate proof as to the validity of the claims made by a manifestation or prophet of God is their teachings, and in the cases of the teachings of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, we are fortunate to have their teachings in writing, much of it recorded in their own handwriting. There are many books available containing these writings, as well as the writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, who provided many interpretations of Baha’u’llah’s teachings. The reading and study of these texts is an on-going exercise or ‘spiritual journey’, but an early introduction to some of their writings is recommended in order to provide some surety in your own mind and heart that these writings are indeed divinely inspired.
The Baha’i Holy Writings cover all aspects of life and society, and I would not like to recommend one book over another. It all depends on the reader’s particular interests. Every book is a gem. If you contact your local Baha’i community, they will point you in the right direction as far as the literature of the Faith is concerned. There is also a wealth of information and Holy Writings available on the official website of the Baha’i World Centre.
Cyndy wrote: "I personally saw part of the ever-growing wonderful panoramic picture that will emerge when all the pieces of the puzzle eventually link together. I was at the Baha'i World Congress in New York back in 1992. There were 27,000 pieces of the giant multi-coloured puzzle from 200 countries all gathered together right in front of me. I will never forget how glorious that wondrous gathering of the human family looked like - even to a real hard-nosed cynic like me. These diverse peoples from all over the globe had nothing in common except being Baha'is, believing in the bigger picture and the dire need for a better collective future for humanity. It will, hopefully, be our lasting legacy to all our children..."