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Pearls of Wisdom: Unveiling the Bahá’í Hidden Words

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.

What Are the Bahá’í Hidden Words?

How Is the Structure of Hidden Words Significant?

What Themes Do the Hidden Words Address?

Can the Hidden Words Be Interpreted in Multiple Ways?

Why Are the Hidden Words Described as 'Hidden'?

How Do Bahá’ís Utilize the Hidden Words in Daily Life?

What Is the Historical Context of the Hidden Words?

How Do the Hidden Words Complement Bahá’í Scriptures?