Passage from Shoghi Effendi on significance of the martyrdom of the Báb

Posted: 2014/07/08
The Shrine of the Báb.  Photo: Galen Humber.

The Shrine of the Báb.
Photo: Galen Humber.

The Báb was martyred on 9 July, 1850.

“Thus ended a life which posterity will recognize as standing at the confluence of two universal prophetic cycles, the Adamic Cycle stretching back as far as the first dawnings of the world’s recorded religious history and the Bahá’í Cycle destined to propel itself across the unborn reaches of time for a period of no less than five thousand centuries. The apotheosis in which such a life attained its consummation marks, as already observed, the culmination of the most heroic phase of the Heroic Age of the Bahá’í Dispensation. It can, moreover, be regarded in no other light except as the most dramatic, the most tragic event transpiring within the entire range of the first Bahá’í century. Indeed it can be rightly acclaimed as unparalleled in the annals of the lives of all the Founders of the world’s existing religious systems.”

–Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 54-55