Birth of Universal Guidance – Writings of Tahirih

 

BIRTH OF UNIVERSAL GUIDANCE

WRITINGS OF TAHIRIH QURRATU’L-AYN

STARR* SAFFA PRODUCTION

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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*


 

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

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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. http://tinyurl.com/yuyd4d


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

Sincerely, Betty Butler


* the Cardenas Review: http://tinyurl.com/2pbzct

2 Comments

2 Comments

fubar (aka ep Eric Pierce) said,

July 3, 2009 at 4:23 pm · Edit

Starr*,

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*

Some Tahirih Thealogy Advices by Starr* Saffa

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                                 Sacred Symbol of Tahirih

Tahirih Advices For Humanity    
   

Tahirih’s life (Iran, 1844) was devoted to upraising all who dwell on earth. Her essence is living within us today and therefore it behoo0btn-starr.jpgves us to create our own Thealogy around Her example and teachings through our own experiential gnosis. As an example I share some of the works that I and others are beginning to develop. May Tahirih Thealogy encourage and empower others to do likewise. 

Starr* Saffa, Modern Day Tahirih, 2007

 

Some Advices to Consider 

Advices for a more harmonious civilization

First of all know that the Angels, Divas, Masters, Guides, and Helpers that reside in the unseen world are waiting to rush forth to aid you at all times in your endeavours in living in a Civilization that mirrors Heaven on earth.

 

 

*The first Advice is to know and love Yourself, for as you know and love Yourself you will know and love God/ess.  

*Honour that each person has their own gnosis and knowing of God, for you are all part of the Whole and what is Truth for one may not be Truth for another.  

 

*If thou choosest to bring another into the world of Being it is incumbent upon you to want that being and be prepared to love that being from the innermost parts of your heart, to ensure the education, and financial care for that child. When this intent and ability are in place it is required that two or more of you spend three weeks meditating and calling a Spirit that is needed in the civilization before bringing the physical elements of being together. In this way the talents that come to the world will be needed and wanted. The population quota must not be overstepped for each community.

 

*No longer will it be meet and seemly to farm animals or eat sentient flesh of any description. Rather each person should be supplied with enough land to grow their own raw vegetables, fruits, and herbs and fragrant flowers.

*If a dispute arises among yourselves, whether it be in the family, city, nation, or globally, the problem is to be fed into the Problem Solver (RicHter Post Computer Machine, Tahirih Thealogy page 245) , upon which facts are agreed upon, as all knowledge is everywhere at the same time and therefore can produce the best solution and all involved must strive to abide by that solution.

 

*Use the power of magnetic attraction for powering your needs, rather than technologies of force that rape and pollute the Mother Earth.

 

*Strive to use the power of living love in all thoughts, words, deeds, and relationships, for as you love, so shall your powers be.

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

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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). http://www.iranchamber.com/podium/culture/020915_fatima_fatima.php

FATIMA (THE DAUGHTER OF THE PROPHET):

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. http://www.ezsoftech.com/akram/women.asp

*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.