This is the Persian teacher Bahaullah. He claimed to be the promised Maitreya of Buddhism as well as the avatar of the age promised in Hinduism.
Bahais, the followers of Bahaullah, chant the name of God like a mantra, Allahuabha. There are more Bahais in India than in any other country. Their main temple in India is shaped like a giant lotus.
The name Allahuabha means God the All-glorious. The root word Abha is also found in the Buddhist deity Amitabha, which means infinite light.
I am impressed by the similarities of Buddhism and Hinduism with Baha'i faith, and how its founder spent the last decades of his life in prison for refusing to recant as a modern prophet.
Rather than accepting reincarnation, Bahais believe that we are reborn into higher and higher spiritual worlds in our path to God-realization:
The similarities between Bahai faith and Indian religions, for the most part, seem to be coincidental. Bahaullah was raised Shiite Muslim in modern-day Iran, and had no contact with Indian religions.Bahá'í Faith rejects the notion of reincarnation and instead offers a far-reaching belief system that acknowledges God’s love for man and his companionship as the purpose behind his creation.
The first stage in the spiritual progress of man starts with his birth, is enriched with acquisition of virtues and noble qualities in his earthly life, and this process continues throughout the limitless spiritual worlds of God eternally…
Man’s spirit is regarded as God’s supreme talisman, traversing the innumerable spiritual worlds, each full of unconditional love and boundless grace, towards the court of His presence…
Thus, there remains no reason for man’s spirit to return to this netherworld and become attached to a plant, animal or even another human body.
After its severance from the human body, the human spirit, with its acquired virtues and God’s unique unique gift of free will, will soar and journey through the expanse of never-ending spiritual worlds, gaining an ever-greater measure of bounties and grace, and becoming ever worthier of His companionship.
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