Following a Clear and Brilliant Light into Deeper Study: The Writings of the Báb

Donna Pickel, who lives on a farm near Stratford, Ontario, Canada, took The Writings of the Báb as her first Wilmette Institute course.  Donna and some of her fellow students are now enrolled in a course on The Secret of Divine Civilization.

gained an understanding of the main themes in the writings of the Báb and saw how these compared with some of Bahá’u’lláh’s writings—the Kitáb-i-Íqán and the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. I also gained a better appreciation for what I had heard before—that most of the writings of the Báb are preparation for “Him Whom God will make manifest.”

I gained some insight into the degree of emphasis on specific themes at different points in the mission of the Báb, when it was important to concentrate on the proof for the Divine authority behind the prophethood and revelation of the Báb, and when it was important to give messages to the followers of the Báb such as the laws of the Bayán. From reading about the conditions in Persia at the time of the Báb, I have a better appreciation as to why the revelation of the Báb was so earthshaking.

For some time, I have identified the Báb with a brilliant and clear light. Studying His writings to the extent that I have during this course has reinforced this perception. I am totally impressed with the portion of the Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’ that we studied, how the Báb revealed so many verses in elaboration of one short verse from the Súrih of Yúsuf. Knowing more about the writings of the Báb is helpful for any study of Bahá’í writings. Better understanding the terms Resurrection and Day of Judgment is helpful in discussion with Christians. Understanding the Báb’s explanation of the fruit of a Dispensation is helpful in explaining progressive revelation.

I am preparing a presentation that I will be able to use at a fireside or Holy Day in our community in 2013.