The foundation of this presentation consists of examining the implications of passages from authoritative Bahá’í texts outlining the basic ontology of the Manifestations. However, the most critical outcome of this discussion is an attempt to discover what is happening to Bahá’u’lláh with the appearance of the Veiled Maiden in the Siyáh‐Chál. By inference, we will then try to determine what is taking place when previous Manifestations have similar experiences with the first intimations of Their own revelations.
John S. Hatcher
John S. Hatcher is Professor Emeritus in English literature at the University of South Florida in Tampa where he taught for forty years. He is a poet, lecturer, translator, and author, having published twenty-five books, some of which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese German, and Norwegian. He has also published more than a hundred poems and articles. He has been a guest lecturer at such distinguished institutions as the University of Michigan, McGill University in Canada, the University of Maryland, Emory University, and Oxford University.