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.. In 1843 a native of Shiraz, thei .twenty-four years old, T announcer' • himself as the Messenger of : God HEe assumed the title of Bab, o and ho was the. John the Bap ■bist of Behaism. He was shot in prit on at Tabriz in 1850, arid before hi: le.ith he declared that he would bj followed in nineteen j'ears by "Hin' ivhom God would manifest." Man; >f. his followers, the Babists, were pu ' to death - or. thrown into prison, ant 1 lunong them a rich Persian nobl' known as Beha-Ullah. . . Precisely If Years after the death of the Bab thi: T|eharUllah, having gone throiigh sev eral terms of imprisonment in Bag dad and Constantinople, annouHcec] to his family and followers that "he'war :ooriiing Great One to whpm the Bal had referred. At first exiled, he subsequently enjoyed comparative liberty 'ft rid died only sixteen years/ ago', having first commanded his disciples to turn their faces towards his eldest Abbas Effendi. It is this son, lftiown as the Master, who is the present head of Behaism, the religion named after his father. :Beha-Ullah's own account of his mission was. that h.e'was sent to unite all the faiths and teachings of the world into onfe. • Behaism on the whole to be an adaption of the Christian religion to .vhat Beha-Ullah conceived to be the needs of the day. It all makes for unity. There is to be one language for all the world, and of course one faith. Women are. to be put in all respects on an equality with , men. Everyone is to support himself by his •own efforts. There are no priests and rid dogmas.- Each congregation ;of believers elects a Council of Justice, and each nation has a high Council of its own. An International Council is bo' be a kind of Universal .Supreme Court of Justice. Behaism has made great progress in Persia, and there are believers in; most Asiatic countries. ..• - ■„ ■ ''._' .

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AN EASTERN RELIGION., Colonist, Volume LI, Issue 12478, 3 March 1909

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AN EASTERN RELIGION. Colonist, Volume LI, Issue 12478, 3 March 1909