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"This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past,
eternal in the future."
Baha'u'llah is the Messenger of God and the Promised One of all religions for this age. His name means "The Glory of God". For the Christians he is the return of Christ and it is Baha'u'llah to whom Christ was referring when he said:
"If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter... he shall teach you all things." and "Him that overcometh... I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the... new Jerusalem... and I will write upon him my new name."
Baha'u'llah announced his station and mission in 1863, but his suffering and persecution had begun even before He had indicated who He was. Baha'u'llah suffered forty years of torture, imprisonment and exile. In Tehran in Persia He was imprisoned in the notorious and grim "Black Pit", a subterranean dungeon that was mired in filth and that served as the prison for the worst of Persia's criminals. He was exiled from Tehran, to Baghdad, and then Turkey, before being sent to the prison city of 'Akka, in the Holy Land where he passed away in the year 1892.
About His experience and His mission Baha'u'llah wrote:
"I was but a man like others, asleep upon My couch, when lo, the breezes of the All-Glorious were wafted over Me, and taught Me the knowledge of all that hath been," He later wrote, "This thing is not from Me, but the One Who is Almighty and All-Knowing. And He bade Me lift up My voice between earth and heaven..."
The distinguished orientalist, the late Professor Edward G. Browne, of the University of Cambridge, visited Bahá'u'lláh in the year 1890, and recorded his impressions as follows:
"A mild dignified voice bade me be seated, and then continued." "Praise be to God that thou has attained! ... Thou has come to see a prisoner and an exile. ... We desire but the good of the world and happiness of the nations; yet they deem us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment. ... That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled, what harm is there in this? ... Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strife's, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the 'Most Great Peace' shall come. ... Do not you in Europe need this also? Is not this that which Christ foretold? ... Yet do we see your kings and rulers lavishing their treasures more freely on means for the destruction of the human race than on that which would conduce to the happiness of mankind. ... These strife's and this bloodshed and discord must cease, and all men be as one kindred and one family. ... Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind. ..."