Friday, January 25, 2008

On the Manifestations of God: Like Perfect Mirrors

Wednesday in our study circle we studied the section in Ruhi Book 1 on polishing off the dross on the mirror. Then again, Thursday night during our home visit to Rashid's we talked about the metaphor of the mirror. It reminded me of this section from Anna's Presentation for teaching the Baha'i Faith. -gw

So although God’s existence is far beyond our understanding, His love touches our lives and our beings ceaselessly.

•The way this love flows to us is through His Eternal Covenant. According to this Eternal Covenant, God never leaves us alone and without guidance. Whenever humanity moves away from Him and forgets His Teachings, a Manifestation of God appears and makes His Will and Purpose known to us.

•The word “manifest” means to reveal, to bring forth something that was not known before.

•The Manifestations of God are those special Beings Who reveal to humanity the Word and the Will of God; thus when we listen to Them, we are responding to the Call of God.

•There is an example from the physical world that helps us to understand the concept of “Manifestation” as taught by Bahá’u’lláh. In this world, the sun is the source of all warmth and light, without which life would not exist on the planet. Yet the sun itself does not descend to earth, and if we tried to approach it, we would be totally consumed.

•But suppose we take a well-polished mirror and point it towards the sun. In it we will see the image of the sun, and the more perfectly polished the mirror, the more perfect the image will be.

•The Manifestations of God are like perfect Mirrors that reflect the Light of God in all its Splendor. And all these Mirrors reflect the same Light.

•While God is beyond our reach, these perfect Beings come to us from time to time, live among us, give us guidance, and fill us with the energy we need to progress, materially and spiritually.

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