Here below you can read the article published in the Journal of Cell Science, 16:3, page 552 Cambridge University Press, 1974-12; it was written by T. Cavalier-Smith and called Nine-Pointed star in microscopic images of the algae Chlamydomonas. We found it here. Enjoy!
These images are cross-section views of the flagella of the algae chlamydomonas. These are magnified by an electron microscope 120,000 times. They have a remarkable similarity to the 9-pointed star symbolic of the Bahá’í Faith, and further the tip of each star appears like the Arabic letter há, familiar to Bahá’ís from the ringstone symbol.
Legend, from page 552:
- Transverse section through the distal part of the transitional region. That part of the annular connexion lying between the outer doublets and the membrane is not homogeneous but contains densities placed in pairs (arrows) opposite each doublet outer projection. x120,000
- Transverse section through the proximal part of the transitional region’s basal cylindar. Doublet outer projections and paired densities are present, and B-tubules knobs can be seen clearly in places (arrows). The flagellar surface coat is very well preserved. x120,000
This article and evidence makes me think of this part of a Bahá’í prayer written by Bahá’u’lláh:
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! My tongue, both the tongue of my body and the tongue of my heart, my limbs and members, every pulsating vein within me, every hair of my head, all proclaim that Thou art God, and that there is none other God beside Thee.
Ok, let’s try to explain this concept I recently learnt.
Let’s first think about a man in the jungle…without anyone to teach him anything. Considering his surroundings and what he can see, this man would indeed adopt the ways of the animals he sees. If a man on the other hand were educated, he could bring about all the qualities and capacities that are inherent in him. Without an Educator there is no civilization.
Education is of three kinds:
1. Physical – that which tells us about our body and health
2. Material – includes the arts and sciences that we learn about in school and academies
3. Spiritual – this is the most important of the three since it is the one that helps us develop our true nature as human beings by acquiring divine perfections.
In order to progress we need an Educator that can bring about these three kinds of education. This task is far too great for any human being thus, we need a perfect Educator, sent by God. These Educators or Manifestations of God are the ones to bring to us those Teachings that help us organize our matters pertaining our body, technology and sciences and arts, as well as the most important: how to enhance our spiritual nature. Now, this last one is in accordance to our capacity of understanding at the time of the Manifestation’s appearance in the world. This means that no Messenger has come and denied the truth of the previous one but instead has given further instructions.
This is why we need an Educator. If a person was to say we do not need the guidance of the Manifestations of God would be as if a child was to say that he does not need to go to school because by himself would attain perfection using his reason and intelligence.
Here is a beautiful Quotation from the Baha’i Writings:
“God’s purpose in sending His Prophets unto men is twofold. The first is to liberate the children of men from the darkness of ignorance, and guide them to the light of true understanding. The second is to ensure the peace and tranquility of mankind, and provide all the means by which they can be established.”
This questions went through my mind as I was discussing some spiritual matters with a group of friends. The Baha’i Faith is not a sect of any of the major religions of the world but it is an independent religion with its new Messenger or Prophet of God. This was the reason to ask the question of why do we need a new Messenger? Haven’t we had enough already?
So…after talking for several minutes, I realized that ever since the beginning of humanity, we have needed God’s guidance. Now, I can just start to imagine what this means…for instance, when we were cave people, our knowledge of what was good or bad came from what was good or harmful to our bodies and what cause pain and what didn’t. That was just practical knowledge based on experience. Now, we needed more than that. Disputes and fights over food, shelter, power, etc must have been common and we needed guidance later on when we were more advanced from someone enlightened who could tell us how to behave in a way that everyone was happy. And THAT kind of knowledge had to be learned from a source. Now, as we have evolved and our knowledge of the world and God, as well of religion evolves along with our capacity of understanding, our needs change and our power of questioning also changes and evolves. See, if Jesus Christ had told his people that the whole world is one and that all men from all parts of the world are the same, we wouldn’t have understood!! Jesus clearly knew all this and wanted to tell us but in His infinite mercy he told us only what we could bear to hear and saved the rest for when we were ready.
Mohammad, he came in a time when boundaries extended from tribes and cities to countries. He told us to love our countrymen. That what was we knew existed and what we could understand. And today, in this age where borders are shrinking, technology is in a stage of unprecedented history, and humankind is realizing that the current world order of things is not fit but faulty, we understand that WE NEED NEW GUIDANCE!
The Baha’i Faith explains the oneness of all the Divine Messengers of God as derived from ONE SOURCE: God. They all praise each other and speak of the next that is to come. The Messenger of God for today is Baha’u’llah. He also spoke highly of all Messengers that came before Him and foretold the coming of another in the next hundreds of years.
So…to me, the answer to the question of why? was simple: to save us from our own ignorance and to guide us towards that which can make humankind a civilization in continuous progress.