A guest has requested a discussion about Amit-Abha. Baha’is understand that Amit Abha is Baha’u’llah, as he wore the red robe, and as He is the 5th Manifestation of God after Gautama (Sanskrit; Pali: Gotama), Siddhartha (Sanskrit; Pali: Siddhattha). “Amit” means “Infinite” and “Abha” means “Light” or “Glory.” Baha’u’llah’s Revelation comes directly from God (the Infinite Absolute One), as it did for Jesus and Moses and Mohammed and Zoroaster and Krishna and Buddha and Adam and the Bab. Baha’u’llah reveals that Abha is also part of God’s name. And to Baha’is, Abha represents Heaven. The words “Baha” and “Abha” are interchangeable from east to west in languages from around the world. Both are words created in Divine proportion. “Abha” is also part of the Baha’i greeting that every Baha’i uses. I have certitude that Baha’u’llah is in fact Amit-Abha, the Fifth Buddha.
I’ll let the Establisher of the Baha’i Faith, Dr. Leland Jensen, explain in his own infallible way:
In the Buddhist faith, Baha’u’llah comes as the fifth Buddha and His establisher as the Maitreya. Baha’u’llah is foretold as the fifth Buddha called Amitabha. He is the fifth because he is the fifth Manifestation after Buddha: 1) Buddha, 2) Jesus Christ, 3) Muhammad, 4) the Bab, and 5) Baha’u’llah. Arabic has its roots in Sanskrit, and “Baha” and “Abha” mean the same thing in these languages: “splendor, light and glory.” The word Amitabha means “infinite light” in Sanskrit. Baha’u’llah is described this way:
Amitabha is particularly important, not as a savior figure, but as one of the five primordial, self-born Dhyani Buddhas [Manifestations]… his color is red,… [and] his sacred symbol [is] ba or ah… (M. Levering, ‘Amida’ from Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions (Abingdon: 1981) ed. Keith Crim, p. 27)
Amitabha/Baha’u’llah is “self-born,” meaning a completely independent Manifestation. Baha’u’llah wears the red robe, which is the name of His Revelation and the color of an actual robe made for Him by His wife and daughter in Baghdad. The fifth Buddha, Amitabha, is the Manifestation Who comes at the end time but it is the Maitreya who establishes the message of Amitabha after Him. -Dr. Leland Jensen – Entry By Troops.
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