Bahá’u’lláh’s megalomania and narcissistic self-pity



Here’s a single sentence that captures Bahá’u’lláh’s megalomania and narcissistic self-pity to an extent that perhaps no other statement of his does:
Verily, no God is there but Me, the Wronged One, the Exile.
Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh …
The term “Wronged One” is a title that he appears to have adopted early in his career, and taken a great liking to later in life.

Here’s a tally of instances of “this Wronged One” or “the Wronged One” in selected volumes of Bahá’u’lláh’s writings:
  • Epistle to the Son of the Wolf: 102
  • Tablets … after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas: 55
  • The Summons of the Lord of Hosts: 5
  • Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh: 4
  • The Book of Certitude: 2
  • The Most Holy Book: 0
Bahá’u’lláh’s son`Abdu’l-Bahá also referred to himself as the Wronged One, it turns out. In his Will and Testament, he refers to himself as “this Wronged One” ten times.

Source : http://idolchatter.kaweah.com/2010/01/30/the-wronged-ones/

Flattering American Baha'is...

“O friends! ... your high destiny….
Ye are the stars of the heaven of understanding,
the breeze that stirreth at the break of day,
the soft-flowing waters upon which must depend the very life of all men,
the letters inscribed upon His sacred scroll.
Ye are the breezes of spring that are wafted over the world.
etc
All very flattering, for people who like being flattered. A great boost to the ego. Narcissists like to flatter people too... it is one of their tools to convince people to do their will. Like a spider spinning a web.
Beware lest anything withhold you from observing the things prescribed unto you ...
If flattery doesn't work, maybe threats will. He's appealing to their fear.
We have made you to be the hands of Our Cause. Render ye victorious this Wronged One ...
This is how he got people to work for him. Flatter, threaten, then demand.
He, verily, will aid everyone that aideth Him ...
Bribery!
Such is the station ordained for the true believer that if to an extent smaller than a needle’s eye the glory of that station were to be unveiled to mankind, every beholder would be consumed away in his longing to attain it.
More bribery.

The hope for eternal glory - that's very appealing to the ego.
If Baha'is really think Satan is the EGO they should look within to figure out what really attracts them to this religion and keeps them mired in it.

Video : Peter Khan following the footsteps of Shoghi Effendi

 

The Covenant of the Baha’i Faith is dead, may it be buried forever!


Shoghi Effendi is known to Baha’is around the world as the Guardian of their Faith. But with a Guardian like him, the Baha’i Faith never needed enemies to destroy it!

Consider that in 1957, he:

•  Died at age 60,
•  Died suddenly of Asiatic Flu,
•  Died in London, not the Baha’i World Center,
•  Died in the middle of the Ten Year World Crusade (1953-1963),
•  Left no will and testament,
•  Had appointed no successor, and
•  Had expelled from the Baha’i Community, often for trivial reasons, EVERY ONE OF HIS BROTHERS, SISTERS, AND MALE AND FEMALE COUSINS! None of them were spared his holy wrath.

And every single issue cited above was either a discrediting or disobedience of some Baha’i scripture or is something that was totally unnecessary and made the obedience to Baha’i scripture impossible.

Also, if Abdu’l-Baha really believed in the equality of men and women, he would not have appointed his 21 year old grandSON his immediate successor, but would have instead appointed his eldest DAUGHTER. But she, even as the mother of Shoghi Effendi, is merely a footnote in Baha’i history. So Abdu’l-Baha was himself a hypocrite! Did you know that in the early years of his Guardianship, Shoghi Effendi tended to take long vacations in the Swiss Alps to get away from his duties and his relatives had to beg him to return? As long as the Greatest Holy Leaf, Abdu’l-Baha’s sister, was still alive, she could keep him in check, but after she died, he became a tyrant to his relatives, treating them like mere servants and punishing them whenever they dared to question his orders and demands. This is what happens when you give a man so much power that he thinks he is like God! Shoghi Effendi was a megalomanic that official Baha’i propaganda has tried to whitewash with false narratives decades after the fact, but the truth speaks for itself and cannot be excused.

This is a direct quote from the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha:

The sacred and youthful branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, as well as the Universal House of Justice, to be universally elected and established, are both under the care and protection of the Abhá Beauty, under the shelter and unerring guidance of the Exalted One (may my life be offered up for them both).

Read again the above the circumstances of the Guardian’s death. I guess the issue of “care and protection” for him was indeed a lie!

The Covenant of the Baha’i Faith is dead, may it be buried forever!

Source : https://dalehusband.com/2017/06/28/facts-worth-repeating-about-shoghi-effendi/

The Baha'i Faith and Scientology: Aspects of Destructive Cults




By qurrat361


The subject of whether the Baha'i Faith is a cult has been hotly debated here on reddit, and it is often said that the Faith is in fact a cult. The Baha'i community has been forced on numerous occasions to defend themselves from these accusations.

In this post, I'm going to use the example of Scientology, a movement I'm sure we all can agree is a cult, and compare it with the Baha'i Faith to demonstrate that the "Faith" meets all criteria for being considered a destructive cult.

I will define a cult as being "a secretive, deceptive, and controlling, religious movement" and a destructive cult as being "such a group which has caused or is liable to cause physical/psychological harm or loss of life among its membership or the general public."

Secrecy

A cult draws members in through its secrecy. If a cult was fully open about their horrible practices and illogical beliefs, no one would join them. Scientology, for example, does not tell its new members about Xenu. Most Scientologists have no idea that this story is part of their religion, so when critics try to tell them about it, they are genuinely confused. It is not until a Scientologist has dedicated an immense amount of time and money to the religion that they hear about the Xenu story.

When trying to gain new members, cults present themselves as a friendly movement that only desires good and peace for the world. They engage in love-bombing (something which Scientology and the Baha'i Faith are especially known for), and they make you feel welcome before you've even joined. A Baha'i will smile at you, call you "friend," and tell you all about the supposed Baha'i belief in the unity of mankind, carefully leaving out the command to shun Covenant-Breakers in their scriptures.

When Baha'is "teach" (the Baha'i term for proselytization; I will go into this later), they are not open about everything. They do not tell prospective converts that women are not allowed to serve on the UHJ, of the violence committed by Baha'is and sanctioned by Baha'i leaders throughout history, or of the more problematic teachings within Baha'i scriptures.

It is usually only once a person has joined the Faith and studied the scriptures that they find out about these things. Most people on the outside, were they to find out about the sexism, for instance, in the Baha'i Faith, would completely drop all thoughts of converting; but once a person has joined, they will think differently. The new convert and his or her fellow Baha'is will have to justify this conversion, so they will come up with some ridiculous excuse for why the Baha'i Faith doesn't allow women in what is currently its highest governing body, such as "the reason will be made as clear as the sun at midday."

Deception

A lot of people think that they are too smart to join a cult like Scientology or the Baha'i Faith, but the fact is: there is no such thing as being too smart to fall for bullshit. A person who thinks that they can't be fooled is in fact a lot more likely to be fooled than a humbler person who realizes that they have been tricked in the past and that it could happen in the future.

Both Scientology and the Baha'i Faith engage in deception. Both of these cults have been caught lying about their membership numbers. The Church of Scientology have made the absurd claims that they are the fastest growing religion in the world, and that they gain 4.4 million new converts each year. Of course, this is demonstrably false. All you need to do to see this is to go into a Scientology org; they're all empty. Sometimes, you might see a few curious people in there, but it's generally just going to be a few staff. In fact, so few people come into Scientology churches, they don't even bother turning their air conditioning on.

However, due to these lies, as well as the grand buildings that both of these cults spend their money on, their followers are tricked into believing that they are a part of this massive, worldwide movement that actually has the power to change the world. Rather, both religions are experiencing serious decline currently, and rather than an entry by troops, the Baha'i Faith is experiencing an exit by troops

This is only one example of the many ways in which the Baha'i Administration deceives its members. Over the years, the Baha'i administration, when translating the works of the Central Figures have engaged in deceptive translation, and they have outright declined to translate anything more than selections from the writings of the Bab. Because of this, Baha'is are completely unaware of the fact that the Bab actually viewed Him Whom God shall make manifest as a figure who would not come until the distant future, or of the fact that the Bab forbade his followers from taking medicine, in addition to many ridiculous teachings.

Because, Baha'i translations are of course aimed at people who do not speak the original languages of the scriptures, they are able to take advantage of people's ignorance and make changes to the writings as they wish. Shoghi Effendi, despite how much he praised the Kitab-i-Iqan, was caught making changes to it in order to undermine Subh-i-Azal. Likewise, David Miscavige, the current leader of Scientology, has been caught making extensive changes to the writings of the religion's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

Control

Both the Baha'i Faith and Scientology are characterized by the excessive amount of administration. L. Ron Hubbard, like Shoghi Effendi, wrote hundreds and hundreds of pages on how the religion of Scientology should be run and organized. Once a person joins the Baha'i Faith, they are now going to be subject to this extensive control. For example, should a Baha'i wish to publish a book on his or her faith, they first need to get it reviewed by a committee; this is blatant censorship, and many scholars (Denis MacEoin, Juan Cole, etc.) have left the Baha'i Faith for this reason

Another method of control that destructive cults use is jargon. Cult leaders often create a complex system of jargon which can seem, to the outsider, to be like a completely new language. Scientology is especially known for this. The farther you move up in the cult, and the more you become controlled by it, the more jargon there is. It is impossible to understand some of the more advanced books and lectures by L. Ron Hubbard without a good grasp of Scientology terminology.

Here is a dictionary covering quite a bit of Baha'i terminology. The fact that this needs to exist proves my point. Much like Scientology, the Baha'i Faith has quite a lot of jargon: institute process, NSA, ATC, ITC, afnan, aghsan, auxiliary boards, B.E., teaching, etc. The layman would not be familiar with the Baha'i definition of any of these terms. The Baha'i Central Figures and Administration, just like L. Ron Hubbard, created many new words and re-defined many already existing terms. "Teaching" is an excellent example of this. "The Baha'is don't proselytize; they teach."

L. Ron Hubbard and the Baha'i leaders didn't invent all of this jargon for fun. It all serves a very particular purpose. It isolates the believer from the rest of the society. Try talking with a Scientologist who has allowed all the jargon to become a natural part of their lexicon; it's practically impossible, not just because the words are difficult to understand, but because they probably wouldn't even speak to you in the first place because they have become so entrenched in their cult! This has the potential to happen to a Baha'i as well. Of course, the Baha'i Faith doesn't have as much jargon as Scientology, but a very similar thing has happened among its members. Often in discussions, instead of forming any of their own arguments, a Baha'i will just quote from the writings ad nauseum, as if that is their only language.

Another method of isolation the Baha'i Administration uses is shunning. Baha'is have the concept of the "Covenant-Breaker," which is very similar to Scientology's concept of the "suppressive person," both of which are to be shunned by the followers of these cults. This Scientology apologist, on their blog, literally quotes Abdu'l-Baha to justify Scientology's practice of "disconnection" from "suppressive persons."

These kinds of practices have torn apart families and allow the Baha'i administration to exercise tight control over its members. Anyone who publicly criticizes these religions are at risk of being declared a "Covenant-Breaker" or a "suppressive person." This is exactly what happened to Avarih who was the subject of a recent post here, and his wife left him because of his apostasy and his criticisms of the Baha'i Faith.

Violence

Lastly, we'll deal with the subject of violence. Abdu'l-Baha physically attacked many differnet people despite condemning violence in his writings, but we have a plethora of more severe examples of violence than that. Baha'u'llah himself attempted to poison his rival (and his own half-brother) Subh-i-Azal. We have an account of this event from multiple sources:

"It was in fact the Mírzá [i.e. Baha’u’llah] who had sought to poison His Holiness [Azal]. [On the day in question] Sultán Khánúm (entitled the Greatest Holy Leaf), who at the time was still a believer in her most august uncle [i.e. Azal], with blinks and glances, [when the food was brought out by the servants] indicated that that he [Azal] should not partake of the meal placed before him. When the Mírzá [i.e. Bahá’u’llah] insisted that His Holiness should eat, His Holiness refused, thereupon the aforementioned saw that His Holiness had become appraised of their evil intentions [i.e. to kill him], and therefore, in order to deflect attention [from the deed], he proceeded to eat a few portions from that plate of food himself. Immediately his [i.e. Baha’u’llah’s] state was overturned [i.e. he became violently ill]. He then threw the plate of food in the courtyard outside. In that yard there was a dog who immediately began to eat [the discarded food] and thereupon fell dead shortly thereafter. When the Mírzá beheld this scene, he was immediately embarrassed, and so sought out a physician. After regaining his health, he proceeded to spread rumours that His Holiness [Azal] had attempted to poison him" (The True Acccount of Takur of Nur, p. 43-44).

"The first juggle and trick of sorcery which he [i.e. Baha] outlined was this, that he brought to Hazrat-i Azal [i.e. Subh-i Azal] a dish of plain food, with one side of which he had mixed with some poison, intending to poison His Holiness. For hitherto the apportioned breakfast and supper of His Holiness the Fruit [Hazrat-i Thamara, one of the titles conferred on Subh-i Azal by the Point] had been from the house of Mirza Husayn Ali [i.e. Baha]. When that poisoned dish was placed before His Holiness, Mirza Husayn Ali pressed him to partake of it. By a fortunate chance the smell of onions was perceptible in the food, and His Holiness, being averse to taste it. Mirza Husayn Ali continued to press him urgently to eat. He replied, “it smells of onions, I will not eat it; if it is so good, eat it yourself. From this answer Mirza Husayn Ali supposed that His Holiness had divined his evil design, and, simply put the view of disguising the truth and putting a better appearance on the matter, ate a little from the other side [i.e. the unpoisoned side] of the dish, in order that the suspicion of His Holiness might perhaps be dispelled and he might eat the poisoned side. But His Holiness, because of the smell of onion would not eat" (Hasht Bihisht, p. 304-305).

Baha'u'llah also had Dayyan (one of the claimants of the station of He Whom God shall make manifest) murdered:

"Mírzá Huseyn 'Alí [Bahá'u'lláh], after a protracted discussion with him [Dayyan], instructed his servant Mírzá Muhammad of Mázandarán to slay him, which was accordingly done" (Hasht Bihisht, p. 302-303).

Of course, Baha'is accuse Subh-i-Azal of doing all of these things with very little evidence. They point to Baha'u'llah's shaky hand, evident in his writings, as "proof" that he was poisoned. In reality, Baha'u'llah poisoned himself, his shaky hand being caused by ataxia/dystaxia.

It seems very unlikely that Subh-i-Azal would have done any of this since he was reluctant to even verbally denounce him (doing so is frowned upon in the Bayan). Azal states in an 1890 letter to Edgard Blochet, keeper of the Oriental Manuscripts section of the Bibliotheque National in Paris:

"I simply wanted him [Baha'u'llah] to keep his silence and not compel me to denounce him. In the end he could not contain himself, and by taking an overdose of opium, he threw down the gauntlet, lured thereunto by the temptations of the bald soap-seller [i.e. Mírzá Aqá Ján of Káshán], and by his brother [Mírzá Músá Kalím]."

Conclusion

As we can see here, the Baha'i Faith exhibits all aspects of a destructive cult. It is secretive, deceptive, and controlling, and it has a history of violence.

As a former Baha'i and a person who was nearly duped into joining Scientology, I encourage Baha'is to critically examine and evaluate the kind of group they are in before any harm similar to what the ex-Baha'is here have experienced befalls them.

Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/7q9b32/the_bahai_faith_and_scientology_aspects_of/

How do you say that Baha'ism was a plot of the Britain?

Two British rite Masons are behind the Masonic support for the creation of Bahaism from the mid Baghdad period: Manekji Limji Hataria and Mirza Malkom Khan.


They made contact with Baha'u'llah in Baghdad during the mid-1850s and met with him personally. Only a few short years afterwards Baha'u'llah openly made his claim and relegated Subh-i-Azal to the margins and had all the prominent dissenters murdered. Subh-i-Azal was not willing to play any games with Masons and British agents such as Manekji and Malkom Khan, so the British rite Masons split up Babism and supported Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri Baha'u'llah to make up his own religion which they have supported ever since. The association of Manekji and Malkom Khan with Baha'u'llah is openly admitted by Baha'i sources.

See : The Tabernacle of Unity

And check : Babis, Baha'is and the British Deep State

Source : https://www.quora.com/profile/Prithvi-Singh-125/answers/Bah%C3%A1%C3%AD-Faith


and see this video :

Baha'i Faith and Slavery

By A35821361



Both the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh owned slaves of African descent, and Bahá'u'lláh continued to do so until slavery was outlawed by the Ottoman civil authorities.
In September 2016, I created a Wikipedia article titled "Bahá'í Faith and slavery". The page quickly became contentious, and a target of true-believer editors.

For example, one of the editors repeatedly deleted the "Partial list of slaves" section. The original initial introductory statement, "Both the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh owned slaves of African descent" eventually became "Bahá’u’lláh formally abolished the practice of slavery among Baha’is in the Kitab-i-Aqdas (ca. 1873)." In point of fact, the Aqdas clearly states, "It is forbidden you to trade in slaves" making no mention whatsoever of their ownership.

The article, as it stands now, is pure apologia, essentially giving excuses as to why the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh owned slaves and never freed them.

As an aside, there is also a mention in there of Bahá’u’lláh's letter to Queen Victoria, written to her between 1868 and 1872 in which he states, "We have been informed that thou hast forbidden the trading in slaves, both men and women. This, verily, is what God hath enjoined in this wondrous Revelation. God hath, truly, destined a reward for thee, because of this." In fact, the slave trade in the British Empire was abolished by William Wilberforce's Slave Trade Act 1807 while Queen Victoria did not ascend to the throne until 1838. Furthermore, the abolition of the slave trade was an Act of Parliament, to which the reigning monarch King George III (Queen Victoria's grandfather) was constitutionally obligated to give royal assent.

See Revision History page here :
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%AD_Faith_and_slavery&action=history

Also check this : https://bahai-library.com/pdf/l/lee_enslaved_african_women.pdf

You should look into that...

Now read this :

Baha'is should shun their fellow-Baha’is if.....


"There is no excuse for believers continuing to associate with … and those who, knowing everything, still insist on doing so, should be shunned by their fellow-Bahá’ís. The same applies to people who have left the Cause and associate with …. The point is that if the believers know and meet with people who are acquainted with Covenant-breakers there is no harm in this, for such individuals are not Bahá’ís and have nothing to do with the issues concerned. But those who have left the Cause, knowing all about such matters, and deliberately associate with Covenant-breakers, are well aware of what they do, and we must not associate with them at all. It is for the Local Assembly, guided by the N.S.A., to enforce such decisions and protect the Cause in its area of jurisdiction."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, January 23, 1945)

Baha'i 'Spiritual Assembly' asks for money from its 'Members'.



Dearly loved Friends,

The National Spiritual Assembly (of Canada) wishes to extend its sincere gratitude for your joyful and sacrificial gifts to the sacred Funds of the Faith, an "act imbued with profound meaning" and "a way in which commitment to the betterment of the world is translated into practice."

We wish to share with you that as of December 15, $17.2 million has been contributed towards the $36 million goal needed this year for the steady progress of the Cause. Dear Friends, this means that we are in need of nearly $19 million by Ridvan. And to ensure that year-end contributions can be made with ease, the Online Contribution System can be accessed by visiting www.bahai.us/fund and clicking Contribute. If you access the contribution site using a smart device, you will automatically be sent to the mobile giving version of the Online Contribution System.

The Universal House of Justice assures us that The universal participation of the believers in every aspect of the Faith-in contributing to the Fund, in teaching, deepening, living the Baha'i life, administering the affairs of the community, and, above all, in the life of prayer and devotion to God-will endow the Baha'i community with such strength that it can overcome the forces of spiritual disintegration which are engulfing the non-Baha’i world, and can become an ocean of oneness that will cover the face of the planet."

We know your gifts are made with great love for this Cause, a desire to see it grow, and with reverence for the Blessed Beauty. As always, your ardent prayers are requested on behalf of the Fund.

Our warmest Baha’i greetings,

Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/7ljr6b/22_december_2017/

What's up with the Baha'i communities?




I don't normally ask for help from anyone but I could use some advice.

I don't really have any connection to my community. I Declared I guess it was now 4 or 5 years ago. The community has always been friendly at an arms-length sort of way, but I never seemed to find my foot in the door. I never got invited to a feast and honestly I don't really know how they work after all this time or what is involved. They wanted me to take the Ruhi course. I had already studied many of the texts and I did not really care for how the first few weeks of it was done so I dropped out of that.

Later on when I changed my email address it somehow did not get updated with their mailing list. I tried to have it updated but that did not happen. My Baha'i community life consists of monthly requests for donation letters from the national committee. I used to be a Buddhist. I was part of a small but active community. We meditated together, we went palces, socialized, went out for dinner, even went to movies. I don't have any of that. I sometimes feel like I've given up a great deal and I have no idea what on earth I got in return. I can't go back. I do believe in Baha'u'llah and the teachings. It would be far easier if I did not.

I thought that the Baha'i community would be involved in acts to start to improve the world on some level. Obviously that doesn't happen, at least on any organized level ive ever seen, but even the community is just not there.

Maybe it's because I'm not old enough to know the folks who joined in the 1960's and I'm not Iranian-American. Is there anyone in a situation like this? How do you manage or do you? I can't be the only one.

Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/bahai/comments/7ldtfh/i_love_you_but_im_lost/

See also this video which I think can be related to the above post.

Elderly Baha'i left to die, appeals for help from Baha'is.

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