Bab: Persian Bayan(1848)
Explanation and Analysis of the Document
The Persian Bayan was originally organized into a series of nineteen vahids, or “unities,” with nineteen babs, or “gates,” within each unity; the text itself ends with the tenth gate of the ninth unity. The number 19 is considered a holy number by Babis and Baha’is because it is a root of the number of days in the Babi calendar. Spirituality is implied in this organization, for each day of the year is a bab, or gate, leading to “Him Whom God shall make manifest.”
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