Posted by Steve Day on December 11, 1999 at 16:01:36:
In Reply to: Photograph of Baha'u'llah??/Reply from BWC posted by Anthony on September 14, 1999 at 00:02:28:
I think the thing to be born in mind here is that an image of a Manifestation of God is a sacred object and should only be viewed under sacred conditions i.e. the Holy Bahai pilgrimage. This is a great bounty to be received under the proper conditions. If we take it upon ourselves to freely display this image, however reverently we do it, (and I would suggest that a computer screen, which by its very nature, may be the vehicle of some pretty irreverent material, is not a suitable place to portray a Messenger of God) well then we take away the majesty and sacredness of the portrait, and lose for ourselves the great bounty and privilege of viewing this image under the proper conditions, i.e. on pilgrimage.
I think it is for these reasons that the Universal House of Justice has asked us to refrain from attracting the friends attention to the site that you mention, which contains material attacking the verities of our Faith.
Let us content ourselves with the fathomless ocean of Baha'u'llah's Wisdom, which after all is the genuine source of an irresistible and wondrous knowledge.
With love in His service
: Dear people
: I have received a reply from the Bahai world centre in Israel recently regarding this picture.
: They say it seems to be a poor reproduction of a photo available to view at the archives site in Israel.
: In other words as far as they know, this is real.
: If anyone would like a copy of the reply I received you may write to me and request it.
: Also if anyone knows of any other sites pro or anti Bahai, that have apparent photos of Baha'u'llah I would be interested in knowing where they are.
: Thank you
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