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160 Verily There Is None Other God Besides Me #143






The Baha'i Writings contain many passages that elucidate the nature of the
Manifestation and His relationship to God. Baha'u'llah underlines the
unique and transcendent nature of the Godhead. He explains that since
there can be no tie of direct intercourse to bind the one true God with
His creation God ordains that in every age and dispensation a pure and
stainless Soul be made manifest in the kingdoms of earth and heaven. This
mysterious and ethereal Being, the Manifestation of God, has a human
nature which pertains to the world of matter and a spiritual nature
born of the substance of God Himself. He is also endowed with a double
station:


The first station, which is related to His innermost reality,
representeth Him as One Whose voice is the voice of God Himself...
The second station is the human station, exemplified by the
following verses: I am but a man like you. Say, praise be to my
Lord! Am I more than a man, an apostle?


Baha'u'llah also affirms that, in the spiritual realm, there is an
essential unity between all the Manifestations of God. They all reveal
the Beauty of God, manifest His names and attributes, and give utterance
to His Revelation. In this regard, He states:


Were any of the all-embracing Manifestations of God to declare: I
am God, He, verily, speaketh the truth, and no doubt attacheth
thereto. For it hath been repeatedly demonstrated that through
their Revelation, their attributes and names, the Revelation of
God, His names and His attributes, are made manifest in the
world...


While the Manifestations reveal the names and attributes of God and are
the means by which humanity has access to the knowledge of God and His
Revelation, Shoghi Effendi states that the Manifestations should never
... be identified with that invisible Reality, the Essence of Divinity
itself. In relation to Baha'u'llah, the Guardian wrote that the human
temple that has been the vehicle of so overpowering a Revelation is not
to be identified with the Reality of God.

Concerning the uniqueness of Baha'u'llah's station and the greatness of
His Revelation, Shoghi Effendi affirms that the prophetic statements
concerning the Day of God, found in the Sacred Scriptures of past
Dispensations, are fulfilled by the advent of Baha'u'llah:


To Israel He was neither more nor less than the incarnation of the
Everlasting Father, the Lord of Hosts come down with ten
thousands of saints; to Christendom Christ returned in the glory
of the Father; to Shi'ah Islam the return of the Imam Husayn;
to Sunni Islam the descent of the Spirit of God (Jesus Christ);
to the Zoroastrians the promised Shah-Bahram; to the Hindus the
reincarnation of Krishna; to the Buddhists the fifth Buddha.


Baha'u'llah describes the station of Divinity which He shares with all
the Manifestations of God as


...the station in which one dieth to himself and liveth in God.
Divinity, whenever I mention it, indicateth My complete and
absolute self-effacement. This is the station in which I have no
control over mine own weal or woe nor over my life nor over my
resurrection.


And, regarding His own relationship to God, He testifies:


When I contemplate, O my God, the relationship that bindeth me to
Thee, I am moved to proclaim to all created things verily I am
God; and when I consider my own self, lo, I find it coarser than
clay!





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