Sacred Texts
A Pocketful of Meaning
Letter H
· Hand
symbol, loving-kindness
Thine hand is a symbol of My loving-kindness, hinder it not from holding fast unto My guarded and hidden Tablets
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 322)
· Hearing
deaf receive See Deaf ~ receive hearing
· Heart(s)
city of See City ~ of the heart
is God’s treasury
Thine heart is My treasury, allow not the treacherous hand of self to rob thee of the pearls which I have treasured therein.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 322)
soil of
... the soil of human hearts ...
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, page 294)
· Heaven
and appearance of Manifestation
invisible, appearance of star
See also below physical, appearance of star
In like manner, in the invisible heaven a star shall be made manifest who, unto the peoples of the earth, shall act as a harbinger of the break of that true and exalted Morn. These twofold signs, in the visible and the invisible heaven, have announced the Revelation of each of the Prophets of God, as is commonly believed.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán, page 58)
physical, appearance of star
See also above invisible, appearance of star
By “heaven” is meant the visible heaven, inasmuch as when the hour draweth nigh on which the Day-star of the heaven of justice shall be made manifest, and the Ark of divine guidance shall sail upon the sea of glory, a star will appear in the heaven, heralding unto its people the advent of that most great light.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán, page 58)
by, is meant
See also Earth ~ by, is meant
..., and by “heavens” the heavens of divine Revelation.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán, page 45)
The term “heaven” denoteth loftiness and exaltation, inasmuch as it is the seat of the revelation of those Manifestations of Holiness, the Day-springs of ancient glory.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán, page 62)
applied to many things
In the utterances of the divine Luminaries the term “heaven” hath been applied to many and divers things; such as the “heaven of Command,” the “heaven of Will,” the “heaven of the divine Purpose,” the “heaven of divine Knowledge,” the “heaven of Certitude,” the “heaven of Utterance,” the “heaven of Revelation,” the “heaven of Concealment,” and the like.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán, page 63)
..., after He came from the heaven of power with the kingdom of His signs.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, page 120)
... from the heaven of My Will ...
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, page 121)
Christ from See Christ ~ from heaven
cleaving of See Cleaving ~ of the heaven
clouds of See Cloud(s) ~ of heaven
· Hell
See also Paradise
They say: ‘Where is Paradise, and where is Hell?’ Say: ‘The one is reunion with Me; the other thine own self, ...
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, page 132)
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, page 118)
· Human
body, as cloud See Clouds ~ human body
soil of hearts See Heart(s) ~ soil of
understanding, acme of See Man ~ understanding
· Holy
See also below of Holies;   See also Jerusalem;   New Jerusalem
... and the Holy City means the material Law which may be abrogated; ...
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 48)
We have before explained that what is most frequently meant by the Holy City, the Jerusalem of God, which is mentioned in the Holy Book, is the Law of God. It is compared sometimes to a bride, and sometimes to Jerusalem, and again to the new heaven and earth.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 67)
The Law of God is also described as the Holy City, the New Jerusalem.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 68)
of Holies
See also above City
..., which is the essence of the Law of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Christ, Muḥammad, the Báb, and Bahá’u’lláh, and which lasts and is established in all the prophetic cycles. It will never be abrogated, for it is spiritual and not material truth; it is faith, knowledge, certitude, justice, piety, righteousness, trustworthiness, love of God, benevolence, purity, detachment, humility, meekness, patience and constancy. It shows mercy to the poor, defends the oppressed, gives to the wretched and uplifts the fallen.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 47)
Briefly, what is meant by the term Holy of Holies is that spiritual Law which will never be modified, altered or abrogated; ...
The Holy of Holies, according to the terminology of the people of wisdom, is the essence of the Divine Law, and the heavenly and true teachings of the Lord, which have not been changed in the cycle of any Prophet, ...
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 59)
For the Holy Spirit is the divine bounties and lordly perfections, and these divine perfections are as the rays and heat of the sun. The brilliant rays of the sun constitute its being, and without them it would not be the sun.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 127)
This Holy Spirit is the mediator between God and His creatures. It is like a mirror facing the sun. As the pure mirror receives light from the sun and transmits this bounty to others, so the Holy Spirit is the mediator of the Holy Light from the Sun of Reality, which it gives to the sanctified realities. It is adorned with all the divine perfections.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, page 145)
· Hyacinth
represents knowledge
Be as resigned and submissive as the earth, that from the soil of your being there may blossom the fragrant, the holy and multicolored hyacinths of My knowledge.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 322)