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This exquisitely produced special edition is the perfect gift for those seeking comfort, encouragement or inspiration.
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 12th 2004 by One World (UK) (first published 1858)
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Dec 03, 2013 Justice rated it it was amazing
If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, this would be it. It claims to be the essence of all Divinely revealed truth "clothed in the garment of brevity." Whether you believe that or not, you will find comfort, insight and guidance that rises above the level of intellect, theology and dogma to speak directly to your soul. It is the modern equivalent of the Psalms, Proverbs and the Beatitudes rolled into one.
Meditating on it will make you feel better, and help you become a better p
Tricia Hague-Blackford
Sep 07, 2007 Tricia Hague-Blackford added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book is a handbook for life. You need no other book at all. This Holy Book is a worthwhile companion to be carried with you at all times. It teaches how us how to live a worthy life of service to mankind. Well worth a read, and meditation. These small verses have been sung, chanted, read, and quoted by many diverse people of different backgrounds.
Kobina Fynn
Dec 03, 2013 Kobina Fynn rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful, inspiring book by the Founder of the Baha'i Faith; divine Scripture. It is above rating.
This small book was one of the two works of actual Baha'i scripture, set down by the founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah, which showed me a brief, if profound, sample of the spirit and wisdom this Faith is founded on.
This book as well at "Gleanings From the Writings of Baha'u'llah" gave me an accurate overview of the spiritual writings. If you want to investigate truth for yourself,(a fundamental Baha'i principle), look at the scriptures of a religion to find out what the founder was abou
Jonathan Widell
Aug 26, 2012 Jonathan Widell rated it it was amazing
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The Hidden Words consists of short utterances written by Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. I guess this is not the place to even begin to analyze the text. I can only describe the experience by using adjectives such as sublime, majestic, resplendent, exalted and so on.
Jun 06, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. Like the Bible met philosophy 101. Still mulling this one over.
Carlos Arboleda
Aug 02, 2007 Carlos Arboleda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All wayferers on the Spiritual Journey
The Essence of the Divine Decrees Since the beginning.
Oct 29, 2016 Stosch rated it liked it
short book, would be better without the thy, thine, thee, thou olde english vernacular. very repetitive. god is amazing, seek god, be one with this omnipotent god and everything will be hunky dorry... not a good book. ill give his other books a chance though. i personally dont believe in a god like this, to me this just seems like self esteem training, be one with god and youll get what u want or bear tragedies because they arent tragedies at all and its actually mercy, i do kinda like that ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Nick rated it did not like it
Not a fan. It just doesn't have much to offer me. The vision of God here is very anthropomorphic and Abrahamic in the way he speaks about himself, demanding love and worship, issuing pompous commands etc and claiming to be distinct and apart from the universe. It doesnt have the passion and love of Sufi poetry, nor the high intellectual mysticism of the Upanishads. It reads to me like a bunch of bland Unitarian aphorisms. There are a few good lines here and there, but mostly its just highly ...more
Oct 07, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A great book to read, morning and night. I like to read one Hidden Word in the morning, contemplate it and attempt to apply it each day.

Copies can be found at Baha'i centers or Houses of Worship. They can also be purchased for a little over $5, $22 and $11, respectively at the US Baha'i Publishing Trust. (There are publishing trusts in other countries as well).
Jun 05, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It details a vital piece of U.S. military history one it which the NAjao culture and the U.S. Government war machine cooperated and excelled. If only all Indian and US history was such a success.

As a service-member I enjoyed the book. As a New Mexican I enjoyed the book and understood his descriptions of the landscape.

If you are a fan of military history, or native culture or biographies this will be an educational and enjoyable book.
Diana Bliss
Mar 28, 2014 Diana Bliss rated it it was amazing
I have listed Hidden Words as 'to read' even though I've read it so many times I've lost count. The simple truth is that no matter how many times we read these truths we always learn something new. The Hidden Words is an essential part of my growth as a human being and as a Baha'i.
Aug 05, 2016 Ian rated it really liked it
A collection of aphorisms by the Persian religious leader Baha'u'llah. Many of them are quite lovely and resonate very well with the teachings of Jesus; others are more obscure and mysterious in their import.
Omid Mankoo
Jan 24, 2012 Omid Mankoo rated it it was amazing
Meet your Lord, and see what he has to say in thse revelatory words of wisdom. You cannot help but be uplifted, soothed and felt secure in its exposition.
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Born in 1817, Bahá'u'lláh was a member of one of the great patrician families of Persia. The family could trace its lineage to the ruling dynasties of Persia's imperial past, and was endowed with wealth and vast estates. Turning His back on the position at court which these advantages offered Him, Bahá'u'lláh became known for His generosity and kindliness which made Him deeply loved among His ...more
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