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By employing the tools of literary criticism, this study attempts to provide the ordinary reader with various methods for analyzing and understanding the variety of works by Bahá’u’lláh. Explained simply and with ample demonstration for each technique, the book is meant to be a useful guide for those who might appreciate helpful suggestions about how to grasp the deeper meanings of Bahá’u’lláh’s works, meanings often concealed with symbols, metaphors, and other literary devices.
This collection of some of the better-known poems of Táhirih are translated from Persian and Arabic into English. Included in the volume are plentiful notes regarding terms and traditions, as well as the original text in the back of the book. This is the first initial collection of the poetry of Ṭáhirih published and translated into English.
This work is divided into three parts, all of which together attempt to expand the discussion presented in the monograph The Metaphorical Nature of Physical Reality. Beginning with a discussion of theodicy—defining a Bahá’í concept of divine justice—the work then proceeds to examine the metaphorical, symbolic, and dramatic nature of our earthly experience in terms of that justice. The work concludes with justice as it relates to our afterlife experience as alluded to in the Bahá’í writings and ostensibly confirmed by research into NDE (Near Death Experiences).
This, our final collection of poems by Ṭahirih, is also from a manuscript largely unknown by scholars. But unlike the poems in Adam’s Wish, these poems focus on how the advent of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh have ushered in the resurrection so frequently alluded to in past revelations and so often longed-for by the adherents of virtually every Abrahamic religion. More than the poems in any other collection, these works demonstrate profoundly the other-worldly knowledge that this heroic and wonderfully learned woman possessed. As such, these poems require much of us. As with the other volumes of her works, the original text is included.
Written in a relatively light-hearted and somewhat autobiographical style, this book examines the fact that we live in an age where the most important event in our lives—our own demise—is rarely if ever talked about, let alone examined in detail. By discussing the matter head-on, this narrative attempts to determine how we might best prepare for the eventuality of our own passing and what a knowledge of the Bahá’í texts can do by way of informing how we reflect on this climax to our earthly lives.