Birth of Universal Guidance – Writings of Tahirih






Trailer for Starr* Saffa’s film “Tahirih Divine Voice”


This is a teaser for the short film “Tahirih Divine Voice” which is about the life and achievements of Tahirih Qurratu’l-Ayn who was a radical religious leader that disrupted the status quo of Persia mid nineteenth century. She was at the forefront of women’s emancipation in the East and impacted the West as well.

                         The Miracle of Tahirih


Tahirih- Portal to new Universal Cycle & Source, presented by Starr* Saffa

Selection from Tahirih’s Poems


Birth of Universal Guidance

The Breeze of Guidance commanded the breath of life to begin

The Universe has been illuminated, every horizon, every Being

No more sits the sheikh in the seat of hypocrisy

No more is the mosque a business selling holiness

The epiglottis is cut from the throat

Silencing the pretentious sheikhs and their deception

The world is set free from superstitions and vain imaginings

Humankind set free from confusion and misconceptions

With the Power of Equality injustice becomes evaporated

And with intuition and knowledge ignorance destroyed

The carpet of justice is spread everywhere

The seeds of love and friendship scattered throughout

The false verdicts eradicated from all horizons

And concepts of opposition and separation changed to that of unity.

Poem of Tahereh Qurratu’l-Ayn  1840

from the Book of Poems of Fatemeh Zarin Taj – Tahirih Qurratu’l-Ayn

Edited by Dr. Sam Vaseghi and Dr. Soheila Vaseghi

Published by the Iranian Burnt Books Foundation

World Archives of Iranian Exile Literature

Translated from Farsi to English June 2009


Video: Birth of Universal Guidance


Hi Andrew

You do bring interesting truth to the discussion table.I love your comparison of Francisco Goya being seen as the last of the Old Masters and the First of the Modern and as you write:

“I see the Writings of the Bab as the last scriptures of the Abrahamic cycle and the scriptures of Tahira (reason and intuition) as the first scriptures of the new cycle:”

Then you go on to say:

“…the Tahira scriptures of reason and intuition are written in the heart (not in books) so the controversy of the Azali-Baha’i religions is redundant. Neither of these men submitted themselves to the guidance of Tahira (otherwise they would not have attempted to continue the old religion under the guise of Babism or Baha’ism).”

Starr*: Exactly!, Tahirih’s teachings and Her thousands of treaties permeated the world because they are the WORD from God for this Age where Universal Prophethood is the new paradigm. It is therefore, as you say, beating in the hearts.

I was reading on line that Tahira wrote thousands of treaties, many of which were locked away in Baha’i headquarters in Iran; yet believers knew nothing of them till recently. In spite of the attempt to marginalize Her Brilliant Spirit, Her Voice rings out again today.

Here’s to Tahira’s Dream for humanity, entitled “Birth of Universal Guidance” further unfolding into the New Cycle.

Living Love, Starr*


DIVINE COUNTER –PARTS: Tahirih & The Bab; Kosmic Balance Album by Starr* Saffa

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 The Bab and Tahirih    (Twin Manifestations)      Jesus and Mary  


In today’s thinking we are finding that ideas of duality are giving way to concepts of wholeness, especially as we are in the ending echoes of the patriarchal cycle and birthing the new one of Balance. Of course to bring about Balance the female aspect of wholeness needs to be supported and emphasised as an equal component of that Oneness. 

Perhaps this is why the truth of Mary Magdalene being an equal Counterpart of Jesus has surfaced. Indeed, it is the reason that the truth of Tahirih being a twin Messiah to that of the Bab is now being brought to light also. They were the dawn breakers of the new Paradigm of Balance who made their claims as the returned Christ Spirit in the 1844 period so as to prepare humanity for the Shift we are now experiencing.

  Here is a link to an album which has two songs which support this transformation. 

Kosmic Balance Album:×92nt

Betty Butler Responds to Badi Cardenas Review of Tahirih Thealogy by Starr* Saffa


Greetings Readers

I have posted Betty Butler’s Review of  Badi Villar Cardenas Review of “Tahirih Thealogy” written by myself (Starr* Saffa) because she brings out a very important point about the New Age beginning with Tahirih as the Word of God on Earth.  She is pictured above. Starr*

My name is Betty Butler. I am familiar with Saffa’s “Tahirih Thealogy” as well as with the Babi-Baha’i text which gives me an informed position for commenting on Badi Villar Cardenas’s review. He has a lot of courage to review a book which does not meet with current Baha’i standard statements. I applaud his kind manner and insights.

Cardenas’s review put a lot of emphasis on questioning Saffa’s claim of Tahirih’s Pointhood. Therefore, his review of Tahirih Thealogy is somewhat disappointing in that it does a disservice to the “Proofs and Evidences” chapter of Tahirih’s messianic status that Saffa brilliantly developed and outlined with compelling evidences and reasoning. Sure more and more proofs can eventually be compiled. However, Cardenas basically slides past this chapter as if it was almost non-existent except for a brief mention of Tahirih being the return of Fatima that Saffa points out. Even in this instance he fails to mention that Saffa cited several instances in Baha’i writings and literature where it is confirmed that Tahirih was referred to as the return of Fatima. This should be no surprise to a reviewer as it is well known that Abdu’l-baha likens Tahirih to the Virgin Mary and Fatima who both hold religious status and are associated with such titles as ‘Mother of God’, ‘Mother of the World’ and the like.

I was also disappointed with Cardenas’s indifference to the metaphysical aspects of Revelatory Disclosure which made it convenient for his review to omit Tahirih’s proclamation that she is the “Word that the Promised One utters” that she made at the Conference of Badasht. Anyone familiar with the phrase “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word is God” will easily begin to understand the implications of this prophetic utterance.  The Bab ratified all that Tahirih inaugurated and told all the members of the Babi community to submit to her as all were unable to comprehend her station.

As Saffa explains elsewhere Tahirih, the Point of Divine Knowledge, knew and had written down the Words of the Surih of Joseph long before Siyyid Ali Muhammad penned them for Mulla Husayn. When the Bayan, which was proclaimed by the Bab (Qa’im) is taken into account then it becomes clearer that Tahirih is the foundation Word that the entire Baha’i Faith is built upon (Mother Book).

Cardenas brings some interesting historical research to the review which in some ways support Saffa’s revealing of Tahirih’s equal and interactive station with the Bab; but by omission of information, influence of the present day Bahai lens, and confusion of timing the support ends up withdrawn and perhaps accomplishing the opposite. I hope Saffa will address these points some in her response to Cardenas which is located at.

I made a short podcast review which addresses other points of Tahirih Thealogy which can be listened to at: .

Sincerely, Betty Butler

* the Cardenas Review:



fubar (aka ep Eric Pierce) said,

July 3, 2009 at 4:23 pm · Edit


Thanks for upholding the idea that spirituality should be about transcedence and liberation, including liberation from the oppressive, patriarchal aspects of the esoteric traditions. Tahirih’s subversion of oppression is an inspiration.

I find Buddhist ideas about the universality of spirit appealing because they are not burdened by hierarchy definitions and arguments about “who is a prophet” (and what kind of prophet, etc.).

In Buddhism, enlightenment is enlightenment. No artificial, false boundries exist that divide people into “prophets” and “non-prophets”.

Like all other areas of life, some people excel at transcendence, have great mystical talent, and are spiritual geniuses. Some appear at historical moments where great possibilities for social, economic and political paradigm shifts are possible. amd they crystalize the possibilities.

In the past, these people were called “prophets”, etc. Eventually an elaborate system was developed that ranked them. From what I can tell, at the beginning of the babi-bahai system, the belief structure was very open, dynamic, and supportive of creativity. Tahirih of course best exemplifies the creative, spiritual genius of that time. As institutionalization set in, the belief structure became rigid and orthodox. The “middle man scam” set in, and the religious leadership “meme” misappropriated the images and archetypes of spiritual liberation. All the dreary old categories were reimposed, albeit under “reformed” definitions.

Thanks for bringing back the creativity and dynamism, and rescuing Tahirih from being put into a conventional, deprecated category which misrepresents her spiritual, artistic, intellectual and political genius.

tahirihstarr said,

July 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm · Edit

Fubar writes:

“Thanks for bringing back the creativity and dynamism, and rescuing Tahirih from being put into a conventional, deprecated category which misrepresents her spiritual, artistic, intellectual and political genius”

Starr*: Your important comment arrived just as Tahirih’s Words of prophecy unfold in Iran (the clergy losing power) where She proclaims that:

The little tongue (epiglottis) of breath and voice will be cut out at the root of the pretentious shayk’s so their deception will be eradicated from the earth (Farsi translation of the Morn of Guidance, 3rd stanza, not shown in English translations). Also, in that poem She writes that “with the power of equality injustice will evaporate, and with the power of heart-thinking and knowledge ignorance will be destroyed.

Regarding your statements re Buddhism, I would agree that it is a blessing to be living where enlightenment is simply enlightenment. However, Buddhism has suffered the patriarchal male domination causing little awareness of Tara, the female Buddha counterpart, which has limited the flow of Spirit, leaving the religion out of balance. This is why Tahirih closed the gate on all past religions and opened the gate to a universal cycle where the female and male are balanced and the people receive Divine Inspiration within through their connection with Source in the Oneness of creation.

People at the Tahirih Meeting were very appreciative of your comments, as am I. Thank you. Starr*

“Tahirih – Uniting East and West ” by Starr* Saffa


Unite East and West through Tahirih’s Life and Teachings, by Starr* Saffa

In Persia Tahirih is renowned for her mystical poetry, for championing women’s emancipation by unveiling in a misogynistic climate, and of course the Baha’i Faith claims it’s beginning in Babism which Tahirih on one level breathed into being, although they have for all practical purposes downplayed Her true status. My book “Tahirih Thealogy” reveals her messianic status which has been obscured and concealed by patriarchy and those who appropriated Her figure. Tahirih is unique in history and people may want to know why and what her unique station means to the people of today.This amazing modern Goddess/Messianic Player, whose Figure operates on many levels, appeared on earth to open the portal for humanity’s reconnection with the Infinite Consciousness, to inaugurate a new Universal Cycle, and establish the full emancipation of women.

The Sun has risen in the East and reached the Hearts of many in the West, which has the potential to go full circle back to the lands from which She came. Humanity’s progress during the past 160 years has unfolded since she breathed this Spirit into the world.

Tahirih appeared at the very time that religions throughout the world were expecting the Promised One, the 12th Imam, The Saoshyant, the Mahidi, return of Christ, etc who had been foretold in their Holy Books.

She announced at the Conference of Badasht (a three month Conference) in Iran in 1848, that the door on the past religious dispensations was now closed, and that the Gate for the new day had now dawned. At the same time She said that the Shari’a Law would no longer be applicable in that people must now practice the “Secret Key”.

The Secret Key, as was known by the Shaykhi Mystical Esoteric School is that ‘Intuitive Knowledge’ is the highest Truth. Along with the teaching of the Secret Key, Tahirih advocated the use of rational proofs as a balance. Thus it is evident that in this day of humanity’s maturity people are virtually their own prophets – and religion beyond religion will allow what has been to modernize in a way that gives power to the people. Footnote number #1

Because of these teachings and the abrogation of past dispensations Tahirih was persecuted and, like Mary Magdalene, denounced by the clerics as unchaste when of course such rumors were contrived and held no validity. As such the Bab, who Tahirih animated, who was also known as the 12th Imam that had been in occultation gave the title of “Tahirih” or “Pure One” to Her. Before this time the title of “Qurratu’l-Ayn” was bestowed upon her by Kazim-i-Rashti, head of the mystical Shaykhi school of thought. She was known as the Point of Divine Knowledge (Primal Point) and thus Her followers were called Qurratiya. (see footnote # 2)

In actual fact Tahirih was born with the name of Fatimih Zarrin Taj (Crown of Gold) Baraghani and she was known in Iran and Iraq as the return of Fatima (Mother Creating Principle). Fatima has been called the mother of her father (Prophet Muhammad) because of this station. See other discussions below in footnote number #3.

There were over twenty-thousand martyrs who gave their lives for upholding Tahirih and the Bab’s teachings, and eventually Tahirih was martyred Herself. As I mentioned before Her voice is with us again today to assist in the transition to a balanced civilization.

Tahirih is unique for many reasons. Imagine a woman in a climate where women were kept uneducated and had no political voice arising unveiled as a main religious Leader to proclaim the end of one cycle and the beginning of another attracting men and women followers from Iran, Iraq and the surrounds. Imagine a woman proclaiming the full emancipation of women in such a climate.

Footnote Number 1
“The assembly of Badasht was the culmination of Qurrat al-‘Ayn’s Bábí career. Convinced of her own mission and free from family ties, she was more than ever determined to press home to the Bábí audience of her vision of religious independence and political revolt… she removed her veil in the middle of her speech to the Badasht gathering… One Isfahani zealot cut his own throat. Unrepenting, Qurrat al-‘Ayn proclaimed to the gathering: “…Today all religious obligations are abrogated… ” (Resurrection and Renewal, by Abbas Amanat, Cornell University Press, U.S.A., 1989, pages 324 – 326, ISBN: 0-8014-2098-9)

Footnote Number 2
“Holding regular gatherings… she spoke to large audiences from behind a curtain. In the inner quarters she also held classes for women. Her personality, theological knowledge, and mastery of Arabic impressed Arabs and Persians alike… The Qurratiya, as her followers came to be known in Iraq, were successful in transmitting her message to the Shi’ite public beyond Karbala, thus causing excitement… and anxiety for the Shaykhi and Usuli leaders alike… (Her) debate was based on Shaykhi ideas, but with a distinct messianic overtone… The fact that she had her own views contradictory to the Islamic law and legal injunctions, combined with the fact that she adopted certain ascetic practices like devotional prayers, and eschewing meat and cooked food, underscores her independent religious stance. Clearly, her commitment to the Báb provided her with a framework… The surviving examples of Qurrat al-Ayn’s works from this period testify to her skill in making use of the Qur’an and hadith for arguing the theme of progressive revelations… ” (Resurrection and Renewal, by Abbas Amanat, Cornell University Press, U.S.A., 1989, pages 300 – 303, ISBN: 0-8014-2098-9)

—- Footnote number 3 (various discussions re station of Fatima) Cont. of Badi’s review: Todd Laswson’s article: “The Most Learned of the Shi’a: The Authority of the Feminine and Fatima” (Oxford university Press – 2001) says that in a Babi context Fatima has a high cosmogonic status. Starr uses Lawson’s findings as substantial evidence to suggest that Tahirih, who was known as the return of Fatima, should then, also, be known to have messianic status.

Starr*: Basically Fatima was often referred to as the mother of Muhammad even though she was his daughter (because of her being part of the creating principle [esoteric understanding]).

Muhammad explained to the people that Fatima represents part of him (the female principle of Prophethood). There is always the male and female aspects of the Word being made flesh through the various levels of existence. Distinguished women, past and present: Fatima is Fatima This is a part of a lecture at the University of Toronto for CIRA 2001, April 2001 By: Massoume Price

“Allah revealed to Prophet Muhammad that he created the universe for him and because of him. He later told him that Muhammad himself was created because of Ali and at the end proclaimed that both and all was created because of Fatima.(Hadith Ghodsi).


Jab Kabhi Ghairat-e-Insaan Ka Sawaal Aata Hai
Bint-e-Zehra Terey Pardey Ka Khayaal Aata Hai
Fatima bint Muhammad is one of the four noblest women in Islamic teachings. This is not just because she is the daughter of the Prophet of Islam or the wife of Imam Ali or the mother of Hasan and Hussain. These relationships are significant in themselves, but Fatima is important to the Muslims in her own right. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is seen as the perfect model of the values and teachings that were revealed in the holy Qur’an. He was the Last Prophet and the Qur’an was the Final Revelation: no prophet or scripture is to be sent after him. However, the Prophet was a man and so he could not be a complete role model for half of the humanity; therefore, there was a need for a perfect female model of Qur’anic values and teachings. And that role model for women was Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet. This is how Fatima is part of the Prophet; she completes the female dimension of the Prophet’s function as a complete role model for humanity.

That is why the Prophet of Islam described Fatima as follows: “The leader of all the ladies of Paradise.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 4, p.819.)

“Fatima is a part of me, and he who makes her angry, makes me angry.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 5, p. 61.)

According to the holy Qur’an (33:33) she is among the infallibles ones in Islam. This status of infallibility comes with being a part of the Prophetic mission: he is the perfect role model for the men whereas she is the perfect role model for women.

*Today Tahirih is both (representing balance of the individual) – Her figure operates on many levels including revelatory Maid of Heaven and the creating principle.

She ended the past paradigm, opened the Portal to Source for humankind, and began a Cycle of harmony where the indivuidual is a co-creator. No longer must the individual have to go through the Manifestation to reach Source.

Tahirih and the Surah of Joseph by Starr* Saffa

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Ya Tahirih-Qurratu’l-Ayn !

Tahirih and the Surah of Joseph

Recently someone on line had a dream about Tahirih and a man with a torn shirt of many colours. The dream reminded me of Tahirih and the Story of Joseph so I thought I’d write up something that indicates the relationship of Tahirih and the Story of Joseph , especially in that She is the One who knew the WORDS that the Bab would pen in relation to the Story of Joseph years before any one else did. The very Words that would prove he was the one that was being sought after as the return of the twelfth Imam. This is why she says “I am the Word the Promised  One utters”.

Basically in the story of Joseph, the half brothers of Joseph were jealous of him because he had prophetic dreams and his father loved him so and had even given him a coat of many colours. In one of his prophetic dreams he told of a time when the brothers would bow down and worship him. In their jealousy they threw him into a shallow pit or well. The half brothers took him out of the pit and sold Joseph into slavery. They bloodied Joseph’s coat and told the father Joseph was killed, which caused the father to be grief stricken.

Through his life Joseph continued to have dreams which ended up giving him position with the King as the Kings dream-interpreter. Thus the King named him as Governor. Joseph’s interpretation of the King’s dreams saved the region as they were able to store enough corn to see the region through a seven year season of famine. In the end the brothers bowed down to Joseph, not knowing who he was, and showed that they had changed into people of integrity, therefore, Joseph saved their lives and reunited the family.

How does this story relate to Tahirih? She was the one who had the prophetic dreams and was recognized by the Bab as the “Mirror of the Word of God on Earth”. This caused great jealousy among two brothers of the Babi community or family, namely Subh-i Azal, and Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri (later known as Bahá’u’lláh) who started sects of the Babi religion. Both completely ignored Tahirih and personally did not name her in any of their own works. This left their movements without the Spirit. In fact Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri even penned tablets where the Maiden of Heaven or Spirit cried in anguish because She could find no sincerity among them.

We are now at a period of time where Tahirih’s Divine and Prophetic Voice is rising again to usher people into the Shift of the Ages, giving people a chance to regain their integrity before there is a complete draught of the Spirit. Surely, like Joseph of a coat of many colours, Tahirih will embrace the progeny of those who went astray and bring the various hues of humanity into a united family under Her Banner once they show their hearts have been purified. Thus the bloodied torn coat of humanity will have been mended and melded together producing a beautiful multicoloured fabric.

*There’s another mystery regarding the dream the person on line had about Tahirih yet to be revealed.

Birth of Universal Guidance

The Breeze of Guidance commanded the breath of life to begin

The Universe has been illuminated, every horizon, every Being

No more sits the sheikh in the seat of hypocrisy

No more is the mosque a business selling holiness

The epiglottis is cut from the throat

Silencing the pretentious sheikhs and their deception

The world is set free from superstitions and vain imaginings

Humankind set free from confusion and misconceptions

With the Power of Equality injustice becomes evaporated

And with intuition and knowledge ignorance destroyed

The carpet of justice is spread everywhere

The seeds of love and friendship scattered throughout

The false verdicts eradicated from all horizons

And concepts of opposition and separation changed to that of unity.

Poem of Tahereh Qurratu’l-Ayn  1838 – 1840

from the Book of Poems of Fatemeh Zarin Taj – Tahirih Qurratu’l-Ayn

Edited by Dr. Sam Vaseghi and Dr. Soheila Vaseghi

Published by the Iranian Burnt Books Foundation

World Archives of Iranian Exile Literature

Translated from Farsi to English 2009

Tahirih, Cosmic Spirit of the Age

Tahirih, Cosmic Spirit of the Age

Selection from the poems of Tahirih

Tahirih and the Stories the Heavens Have Told, by Starr* Saffa

Sacred Symbol of Tahirih

    Sacred Symbol of Tahirih

Stories the heavens have told 

Scripture and histories say that at the time of the birth or announcement of every Messenger of God, a star or a sign appears in the heavens. 

Baha’is might wonder what is Starr* Saffa, Betty Butler, and the those on the Tahirih Path going on about Tahirih being the Maid of Heaven made flesh who imparts the Word the Promised One utters, after-all we only know Tahirih as the 17th Letter of the Living and the Bab is the Primal Point, not Tahirih. After-all God can only be known through male Manifestations, even if the Bab and Bahá’u’lláh see God in the Feminine. And who really cares since Babism died out and Bahá’u’lláh is the one whom god made manifest as the universal manifestation is all that is relevant now. Imagine these women claiming that the whole Baha’i Faith is standing on Tahirih, as the Most Great Spirit. “On what basis is it we should consider these claims?” Baha’is might ask.  

Ok, the Baha’is might say, that we know that both the Bab and Bahá’u’lláh have penned down Revelation saying: “I am the Maid of Heaven begotten by Baha”, but what has that got to do with Tahirih? Why do we need to determine if Tahirih’s figure operates on many levels, as do manifestations, one may wonder, how is that relevant? What is this Maiden Theology/TheAlogy all about?   

Some Baha’is wonder why do some scholars say that the time that the One Whom God Would Make Manifest (OWGWMM) that the Bab prophesised has not yet come and that the Baha’i Faith is therefore an intermediary phase which is known as the  Lesser Plan? Is there validity to this reasoning? Why it is that Saffa claims the Twin Manifestations who appeared in 1844 were the Bab and Tahirih and how do the stars in the heavens indicate this?  

Starr* provides some scripture and reasoning to begin to answer this line of questioning. 

First of all let the readers keep in mind that it was in 1844 that the bright star Sirius was found to be a double star (Sirius A and Sirius B) and the double comet Biela became visible in 1843, 1846, 1852 as these dates relate to the events. Also, consult endnotes along the way for further clarification. 

When Tahirih said “I am the Word the Promised One utters”[i] what does that mean? First of all the Word originates with the Godhead and is the first impulse of creation from the Primal Will Essence.[ii] The Word is transmitted to the soul of the Manifestation through the Holy Spirit[iii] (Sacred Fire, Burning Bush, Dove, Angel Gabriel, Maid of Heaven, etc). Thus, the Manifestation becomes the Living Word,[iv] and when that Word is penned down it becomes the recorded Word of God, the Book.  

Consider that Tahirih, in her poems, explains that she was created when nothing else existed.[v] In that sense she would then be the ancient first Word at the level of Primal Point of Knowledge, whereby Knowledge is equated with “Divine Essence” which mirrored Itself forth. (Tahirih was known as the Point of Divine Knowledge early in Her ministry).[vi]  

Next, the fact that the Promised One becomes the Living Word (through Tahirih being the Word) shows that Tahirih represents the Most Great Spirit or Maid of Heaven that transmits the Word. Thus she represents the Holy Spirit in the flesh and she starts her own Messianic movement before aligning with the Bab. Of course, this is all mirrored forth from the matrix Dot (Primal Point). 

Suddenly the interactive mirror images of the Bab and Tahirih as the returned cosmic Christ Spirit in the 1844 period becomes clearer and one can see why the Bab says he is the Primal Point in the flesh and writes what has been transmitted “I am the Maid of Heaven begotten by Baha.[vii]  He pens the Surih of Joseph which was first known by Tahirih. Tahirih is the Word and thus The Bab pens the Bayan which becomes the Mother Book on which Baha’i is based.  The Bab tells all the Babis that they must submit to Tahirih’s Teachings (Word).[viii] Because this is a divine love story She writes poems saying the Bab is Her lover, although they never met in the phenomenal world. Together they demonstrate the Inca belief of parity and what Holy Books explain where everything is born in pairs (interactive mirror images).[ix]  

Tahirih becoming a Letter of the Living as part of the Primal Point demonstrates this interactive mirroring and love story. This is especially visible when we consider that the Bab says it is He and the Letters that compose the Primal Point. Tahirih being the 17th Letter adds up to the number 8 which is the infinity sign and the number of the Queen of Heaven also known as the Word. However, Tahirih being a Letter of the Living does not negate that she had Her own following as a Messianic Leader of the Day (Quratiya and Ayanis). One noted religious man of the time linked the two Revelations together as “Quratyia-Babism”. At this time not only is Sirius found to be a double star but the comet Biela splits in half during their ministry. So it was that Tahirih and the Bab were the prophesised Twin Manifestations. 

The Bab is martyred and Tahirih as the Maid of Heaven writes another love poem to the vicegerent appointed by the Bab to carry the faith forward but he fails to pen the Word. Thus, as the transmitter of the Word, Tahirih (Most Great Spirit) can take on many lovers or Manifestations to complete Revelation whether in the flesh or not. Especially since Manifestations are all One. Many are called, few are chosen. “My raining Cause made deities divine; all Lords have by My ample order thrived. No. 110, Ode of the Dove, penned by Bahá’u’lláh and translated by Juan Cole can be found at:  

Tahirih was reported to have encouraged Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri (who took the title of Baha’u’llah) to make a stand for the Babis at one point as she could see that the movement was being cut short due to persecutions and the Word that needed transmission for humanity’s progress was not yet finished.   

Then in 1852 the Spirit made flesh (Tahirih) left this realm. This is the very same year[x] that Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri beheld the Divine Maiden in the Siyah-Chal  and became informed of his mission by the Heavenly Maiden (Oct. 1852).[xi] Next Bahá’u’lláh pens his communication of the Word which says “I am the Maid of Heaven, the offspring begotten by the Spirit of Baha.[xii] It is also the same year (1852) that the comet Biela was sighted and then disappeared never to be sighted again.  

*It should be noted that Baha’i scripture says there will be no fresh revelation for a thousand years from Bahá’u’lláh’s ministry. However, this is contrary to the Teaching of Tahirih who says ‘Revelation is in a continuous flow’.  

The ministry of Baha’i, founded on the Mother Book (Bayan), previous religious writings and the continuance of revelation from the Maid of Heaven, has brought the Word forward to the time of the Shift of the Ages as the Greater Plan takes hold and Prophet worship is no longer a preferred model in the new paradigm. Baha’i has also, through power struggles, on many occasions, caused dissimulation on many important teachings brought to advance and free humankind. So it has been a double-edged sword. In the Ode of the Dove, She (Dove being the Holy Spirit or Maid of Heaven) finds the carrier of the Word insincere due to his own desires. This is perhaps the reason why the prophecy of the “meek shall inherit the earth” is fast becoming a reality while religion as a whole is losing its grip on the peoples.   

The Manifestations or Lovers of the Maid of Heaven (divine connection) brought the Word forward for the sake of humanity’s progress and the stars in the heavens indicated their ministry.  

William Sears discovered the significance of the double star Sirius to point to the expected second coming, but missed recognizing that Tahirih was the Christ Spirit and on one level the Twin of the Bab. The second star discovered, Sirius B was a white dwarf of high intensity that had at one time been a bright star itself from ancient days. It is of interest that many believe the white dwarf transferred minerals or gems to Sirius A (which in metaphysical terms is the revelation of the Babi Dispensation). It is a physical metaphor for the Most Great Spirit transmitting Gems of Knowledge, the Word, to the Manifestation.  

The comet Biela made its first appearance in 1843 announcing the twin prophets, and made its last appearance in 1852 signifying the most Great Spirit or Maid of Heaven communicating to Bahá’u’lláh from the sacred chambers in order to finish the mission’s purpose as a preparatory step in furthering The Greater Plan. But let us remember comets are not stars. 

The Holy Maiden, during the time of the Lesser Plan, could find none who were sincere and infused the dust with her Spirit so that all who dwell on earth would be able to connect to the God/ess within – indicated in the Tablet of the Holy Mariner. Also, the meteor showers falling to earth may be an indication of the same infusion.


“Turn, thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest, find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful, and self-subsisting”   No. 13 Arabic Hidden Words 

"In this greatest of dispensations, all must appear with branches of knowledge and sayings of wisdom. For in these unparalleled days, celestial gales have rendered all human beings—indeed, all things—bearers of the divine emanations to the extent of their capacity…” Tablet of the Son. 


The stars in the heavens show Tahirih to be one of the Twin Manifestations of the 1844 Revelation as does her name which is also spelled “Tahira”. The RA in her name links her to the Egyptian Sun God RA. Thus, as the Most Great Spirit she has ties to ancient times, and even before that as the first emanation from Primal Will.[xiii] 

Discovering that Tahirih represents the Divine Essence mirrored forth as the Primal Word or creating impulse, that she, as the Maid of Heaven animates Manifestations, that she Herself was the returned Spirit in 1844 and operated as one of the Twin Manifestations foretold, and that she was part of laying out a new universal Path with Divine Authority, Baha’is can become empowered in gaining a fresh perspective for the day in which they are living, as well as envisioning the new Cycle of Balance which incorporates the male and female principles of creation.  

We know she called for the end of Islam[xiv] and past dispensations, we know she called for the full emancipation of women and showed by example that they were meant to be equal Leaders in all human affairs, we know she said there is a continuous flow of revelation, and that the Secret Key is for every individual to follow their own intuition balanced with rational proofs. Accepting any less is to deviate from the Spiritual Path. When Baha’is know these teachings, and that they come with Divine Authority, they are armed with a measuring stick to know when their religion is deviating from the Divine intent. For instance how could it be, once understanding Tahirih’s role in revelation, that they would accept women being in secondary positions and not having voice on their highest governing body? Surely this one point alone, should alert them to the injustice they are perpetrating by following what appears to be a hijacked administration.  

Concealing Tahirih’s true role in revelation has been a travesty beyond measure, but to keep perpetrating it is a blasphemy to the Most Great Spirit and is not pardonable.[xv] Without truthfulness there is no progress in any of the worlds of the Godhead. Be empowered through the Knowledge which is imparted to your heart and mind through the Maid of Heaven, Know that this was the primary mission of Tahirih Qurratu’l-Ayn, to free the people to honour the promptings of their own hearts which emanate from the highest Source. 

With the eternal Living Love mirrored forth from the Primal Essence, Starr* Saffa   

*Sirius’s discovery as a double star in 1844 also connects Tahirih to Isis  – to be revealed.

Footnotes in Endnote form: 

[i] She declared: `I am the Word which the Qa’im is to utter, the Word which shall put to flight the chiefs and nobles of the earth! (The Dawn-Breakers, translated from the original Persian and edited by Shoghi Effendi (1932), Baha’i Publishing Trust, Wilmette, Illinois, 1970, pp 296-297)  

Also in reference to Tahirih we read: “It is said in one form of tradition, that Qurratu’l-Ayn herself attended the conference with a veil on. If so, she lost no time in discarding it, and broke out (we are told) into the fervid exclamation, `I am the blast of the trumpet, I am the call of the bugle,’ i.e. `Like Gabriel, I would awaken sleeping souls.’   

[ii] According to bahai scripture the Primal Point can be understood as the first emanation, first universal intellect from the Absolute (God/ess, Source, Primal Oneness, etc), and is manifested in the `Word” from which all forms of all things are generated. 

Primal Point (Nuqtiy-i-Ula) (from which have been generated all things) The Bab. (Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 4)  

In Persian mysticism, all writings is said to originate from a ‘nuqtih’, a point or dot. A Basic Baha’i Dictionary, p. 185 

The “Book is the record of the revealed Word of the Manifestations of God”. . No. 300, Kitab-i-aqdas, by Bahaullah, p.231 

[iii]  Holy Spirit as the Intermediary between God and Man: “Unless the Holy Spirit become intermediary, one cannot attain directly to the bounties of God. Do not overlook the obvious truths, for it is a self-evident fact that a child cannot be instructed without a teacher, and knowledge is a bounty from the bounties of God. The soil is not covered with grass and green without the rain of the cloud; therefore the cloud is the intermediary between the divine bounties and the soil. A body doth not develop and grow without the soul; therefore the soul is the medium of the spiritual life”. ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith, page 370 

[iv] How does the Word become Flesh? 

  1. Manifestations are of three stations, human, and divine.
  2. Above the divine part of the Manifestation in the levels of existence is the Holy Spirit, also know as Mary, Eve, Tahirih, the Dove, Angel Gabriel,
  3. When the Holy Spirit communicates the Word of God to the divine part of the manifestation this is called ‘Revelation’.
  4. When the Manifestation receives the Revelation the Manifestation is being animated by the Holy Spirit.  In this sense it can be said the Manifestation (Word) was with God and is God (the Living Word).
  5. The part of the Manifestation that reflects the Revelation received then becomes the vehicle for reflecting the Word in the Flesh.
  6. Thus it is the Holy Spirit born at Primal Point level which animates the Manifestation with the creative Word.

 “The Maiden thereafter appears as the personification of the spirit of God. ….Shoghi Effendi identifies her with “the Most Great Spirit,” symbolized . . . by the Sacred Fire, the Burning Bush, the Dove, …”(GPB: 101). 

It was on that occasion that the “Most Great Spirit,” as designated by Bahá’u’lláh Himself, revealed itself to Him, in the form of a “Maiden,” and bade Him “lift up” His “voice between earth and heaven” –that same Spirit which, in the Zoroastrian, the Mosaic, the Christian, and Mohammedan Dispensations, had been respectively symbolized by the “Sacred Fire,” the “Burning Bush,” the “Dove ,” and the “Angel Gabriel.” God Passes By, by Shoghi Effendi, pp. 100-101:  

[v] I am melted, my God, by that mercy whereby Thou dist create me at a time when nothing existed save it. I was formed whirling, after a pattern that no one besides Thee had fashioned, so that Thou mightest set me in motion. Thus might I be brought out of the world of the veils of glory by the attraction exercised by Thy preexistent essence, and thus might I transcend the station of allusions by means of love for Thy shining countenance.” Translated by Juan Cole. Taken from Qurratu’l-Ayn Bi-yad-I saumin sal-I shahadat (Tehran, 1949, pp. 36-37), “Translations of Shaykhi, Babi and Baha’I Texts” (East Lansing, no. 6, 1997) 

[vi] Divine Essence is the pre-existent Primal Will Essence: In reference to Tahirih:  In “Resurrection and Renewal” by Abbas Amanet, page 300 we read: “…sources report that she assumed the title of “the Point of Divine Knowledge”. Then we find the terms ‘Divine Knowledge’ and ‘Divine Essence’ are identical –  “the Divine Knowledge which is identical to the Divine Essence”. (No. 23 in Abdu’l-baha’s “I Was a Hidden Treasure” (Baha’i Studies).

No. 24 “And so this is the stage and station of the Hidden Treasure which is mentioned. And when that Hidden Essence revealed Its Essence to Its Essence and showed forth Its Self to Its Self, the Maiden of Love, which was veiled within the canopy of the Essence of Unity, arose and came forth.”  (I Was a Hidden Treasure”  Commentary by `Abdu’l-baha, No. 24) Baha’i Studies” 

[vii]  The Bab pens the Word (Tahirih). “”O People of the earth! By the righteousness of the One true God, I am the Maid of Heaven begotten by the Spirit of Baha…”, SWB p.54.


[viii] “Concerning what you have inquired about that Mirror which has purified its soul in order to reflect the Word

by which all matters are solved; She is a righteous, learned, active, and pure woman; and do not dispute al-Tahira in her command for she is aware of the circumstances of the cause and there is nothing for you but submission to her since it is not destined for you to realize the truth of her status” (Amanat, Abbas, “Resurrection and Renewal”, p. 307). Amanat’s footnote 78 says: For an even stronger endorsement of Qurratu’l-Ayn status by the Bab see passages cited in ZH (Tarikh Zuhur al Haqq, History of the Manifestation of Truth, vol. III, by Fazil Mazandarani, pgs 331-34), where she is praised as “the proof for all” (hujja ala al-kull) whose instructions are binding  for all believers”. 




[ix] This pairing of things is even shown forth in the Qur’án: “Glory be to Him Who has created all the pairs: of such things as the earth produceth, and of themselves; and of things which they know not” [2] –that is to say, men, animals and plants are all in pairs–“and of everything have We created two kinds”–that is to say, We have created all the beings through pairing. Some Answered Questions, pp 86-88 

[x]The same month that year that saw the imprisonment of Baha’u’llah also saw the martyrdom of Tahirih (Qurratu’l-Ayn)  “at the heightof her beauty and power”  (William Sears, Release the Sun, p. 120) 

[xi] I BEHELD A MAIDEN – Life of the Spirit
The first words of the Baha’i Revelation were spoken to Baha’u’llah by a woman. This Maiden rejoiced his soul and informed him of his Mission. Terry Culhane goes in search of the Divine Feminine in the Writings of Baha’u’llah. He finds that the whole body of Writings can be read as a conversation between a Lover (Baha’u’llah) and his Beloved (the Maiden). This love and mystery must stand at the heart of Baha’i identity and Baha’i community life.
 – I Beheld A Maiden, by Terry Culhane.Now available from  Retail price: $19.95 paperback only

[xii]  “I am the Maid of Heaven, the offspring begotten by the Spirit of Baha…” —Gleanings, Writings of Bahá’u’lláh (Wilmette, Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1983, p.284

 “The Maid of Heaven, the Image of Sophia, and the Logos Personification

of the Spirit of God in Scripture and Sacred Literature,”

in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, 4.1 (Mar.-June 1991); 

[xiii]   Tahira – name meaning and origin

The girl’s name Tahira \tahira, tahi-ra\ is of Arabic origin, and its meaning is “virginal, pure“.  No study of Islam is complete without aquainting oneself with the woman who played the most important role in the life of the Prophet. This amazing woman was Khadija, the wife of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Khadija was known during her time as ‘Al-Tahira’, the pure one, and ‘Ameerat Quraysh’, Princess of Quraysh. Khadija is known to be one of the four most perfect women of all time. The Prophet said: “The best women in all the world are four: the Virgin Mary, Aasiyaa the wife of Pharoah, Khadijah Mother of the Believers, and Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad.”  

[xiv] “And last but not least it was owing to her initiative, while participating in the Conference of Badasht, that the most challenging implications of a revolutionary and as yet but dimly grasped Dispensation were laid bare before her fellow-disciples and the new Order permanently divorced from the laws and institutions of Islám.” Shoghi Effendi, GPB, pp 74-75 

[xv] 31“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32“And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come,” (All Scripture quotes are from the NASB).Jesus mentions a sin that is unforgivable in Matt. 12:31-32