The Hidden Words is a small collection of "gem-like utterances" described by Shoghi Effendi as the central ethical work of Bahá'u'lláh. The work was written in Baghdád around 1857 in the form of a collection of short utterances, 71 in Arabic and 82 in Persian, in which Bahá'u'lláh takes the basic essence of certain spiritual truths and recasts them with extreme beauty and brevity. The Hidden Words is written in such a way that it can be interpreted in both a mystical and ethical way. The work was first published in 1858 and has been translated into many languages. The Hidden Words is considered a part of the Bahá’í holy writings and is often printed in a small booklet and distributed to Bahá’ís for personal use.
The Bahá’í Hidden Words is a collection of brief, mystical scriptures composed by Bahá'u'lláh, revealing the essence of spiritual truths with exquisite brevity and poetic grace.
Structured into 153 passages, with 71 in Arabic and 82 in Persian, the Hidden Words' succinct form mirrors the potent, condensed wisdom it seeks to impart.
Themes span the nature of the soul, human ethics, spiritual search, detachment, and divine love, embodied within individual jewels of guiding wisdom.
Written with layers of meaning, the Hidden Words offers both mystical insights and practical ethical guidance, allowing for varied interpretations.
The term 'Hidden' reflects the unveiling of profound spiritual truths that were previously veiled by metaphor and allegory in religious texts.
Bahá’ís frequently contemplate and recite passages from the Hidden Words in daily devotions, drawing personal guidance and spiritual sustenance.
Revealed by Bahá'u'lláh in 1857 during his residence in Baghdad, the Hidden Words reflect his transformative vision during a pivotal period in Bahá’í history.
The Hidden Words distill the ethical and spiritual essence of Bahá’í teachings, complementary to the broader theological discourses in Bahá’í scripture.