Posted by Brett Zamir (22.214.171.124) on September 15, 2002 at 13:35:37:
In Reply to: Re: Bahai teaching on vampirism? posted by Brett Zamir on September 15, 2002 at 13:26:52:
However, I might add that blood is indeed an important symbol in the Faith, and our Writings are full of examples encouraging us to be ready to shed it if necessary (though not in combat, but rather in persecution).
Also, there is an anecdote of the SYMBOLIC drinking of blood by the Forerunner to Bahá'u'lláh, the Báb, in a dream:
"The circumstances in which the Vehicle of this newborn Revelation, following with such swiftness that of the Báb, received the first intimations of His sublime mission recall, and indeed surpass in poignancy the soul-shaking experience of Moses when confronted by the Burning Bush in the wilderness of Sinai; of Zoroaster when awakened to His mission by a succession of seven visions; of Jesus when coming out of the waters of the Jordan He saw the heavens opened and the Holy Ghost descend like a dove and light upon Him; of Muhammad when in the Cave of Hira, outside of the holy city of Mecca, the voice of Gabriel bade Him "cry in the name of Thy Lord"; and of the Báb when in a dream He approached the bleeding head of the Imám Husayn, and, quaffing the blood that dripped from his lacerated throat, awoke to find Himself the chosen recipient of the outpouring grace of the Almighty." (http://bahai-library.org/writings/shoghieffendi/gpb/91-95.html )
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