Windflower Translations

 

English translations of works of Baha'u'llah 

This website contains provisional English translations of works of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith, who wrote in Persian and Arabic. The scholars who have done these translations have acted in a personal capacity - that is, independently of the Baha'i World Centre, which oversees the official translation of Baha'u'llah's writings. Translations not carried out under the auspices of the Baha'i World Centre are commonly referred to as 'provisional' to distinguish them from 'official' translations.

The main menu, above, has two primary links. The first "Translations here" takes you to a list of the translations found on this site and to their introductions. The second link "Translations elsewhere" takes you to a set of tables listing, in alphabetical order, all the tablets in English available on the Internet, with links to them.

Now available!

Tablet on the Right of the People

The context for this tablet is a question put to Baha’u’llah by a correspondent who wanted to know how a person's rights breached in the physical world are redressed in the spiritual worlds, particularly if no restitution takes place in the physical world. For example, a person wrongs another by taking a portion of their land and then the land in question is taken over by the government to build a highway, so that it can never be returned to the original owner. How might this wrong be compensated for in the next world, where there is no such thing as physical land, property rights, highways or governments? Read the translation and find out.

Tablets translated so far

Tablet to Ashraf (Lawḥ-i Ashraf)

The second tablet translated through the Windflower Translations Project is Tablet to Ashraf. Tablet to Ashraf is akin to a dispatch that Baha’u’llah wrote for Siyyid Ashraf-i Zanjani at the end of Ashraf's second visit with Baha’u’llah in Edirne (Adrianople). The context for the communication was that Ashraf was about to leave and travel back to Iran. The tablet contains instructions for Ashraf on what to do when he gets there and what news to share with the believers about Baha’u’llah. The tablet also has pastoral guidance for Ashraf and many interesting statements about the nature of Baha’u’llah’s revelation. Tablet to Ashraf also addresses two other people and is, in effect, a call to action aimed particularly at three men who subsequently became martyrs.

 

Tablet on Understanding the Cause of Opposition to the Manifestations of God (Lawḥ-i ʿirfān-i ʿillat-i iʿrāḍ)

The first tablet to be translated through the Windflower Translations Project is Tablet on Understanding the Cause of Opposition to the Manifestations of God. In this tablet, Baha'u'llah covers, in one fast-paced, hard-hitting argument, key themes he discusses in detail in the Kitab-i Iqan. The tablet ends with a long prayer, in which Baha'u'llah uses beautiful language to encourage his reader to appreciate what he is missing out on by not seeing with his own eyes.

 

 

What is the Windflower Translations Project?

The Windflower Translations Project is dedicated to the translation of, primarily, the writings of Baha'u'llah. Many works of Baha'u'llah have been published in Persian and Arabic, but are not translated into English. The aim of the project is to bring these works to the English-speaking world. The project also sponsors translations of Baha'i-related works, such as those of `Abdu'l-Baha and Shaykh Ahmad.

The Windflower Translations Project is managed by Alison Marshall and is not affiliated to any Baha'i institution.

New "Philosophy" link in main menu

There is a new "Philosophy" link found at the end of the main menu at the top. This link takes you to a single page that holds a list of weblinks to works related to Baha'i philosophy. The three headings on the page are: Shaykhism, Science (including alchemy) and General. I add to this page whenever I come across new works that should be listed there. I am satisfied that the list is reasonably comprehensive.

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