Maconi Jewelry is inspired by the Bahai faith. As we are followers of the youngest world religion ourself, we aim at creating meaningful jewelry that carries a message. One of the main principles of the Bahai faith is unity amongst mankind, the religions and the unity of God.
This vision is reflected in both our main symbols: the nine pointed star and The Greatest Name.
Whereas the symbols are the Symbols of the Bahai faith/relatively Bahai specific, they embody the vision of unity. Our jewelry can be worn by everybody believing in one world and one human race. Our vision is to put aside our differences and focus on the beauty in diversity.
The Bahai faith accepts and acknowledges all religions, which is reflected in both the symbols.
Do you have questions about the quotes or symbols and would like to learn more about them? Here you will find the original quotes in a larger textual context as well as an explanation of the meaning of the engraved symbols. We only use original texts as well as authorized translations and publications in order to guarantee an unadulterated presentation. If you are interested in reading some of the texts yourself, you will find a large number of the writings here, which are available in English and originally written in Arabic and Persian: http://www.bahai.org/library/.
Here you can find some of the sacred texts in different languages like English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese for free download: http://www.bahaiebooks.org/ .
Meaning of the engraved symbols:
The greatest name
“The greatest name (Baha'i transcription ism-ia'ẓam) is the central name of God Baha (Arabic بهاء bahā ', DMG bahāʾ' Glory, grace, splendor, beauty ', Baha'i transcription Bahá).
Calligraphy of the word Bahá (Arabic بهاء bahā ', DMG bahāʾ' glory, grace, splendor, beauty ', Baha'i transcription Bahá)
As one of the derivatives of the name Bahá there is the invocation Yá Bahá'u'l-Abhá, O Glory of the Most Glorious. Shown like this as calligraphy.
Calligraphy of the word Ya Baha'u'l-Abha (Arabic يا بهاء الأبهى yā bahā 'al-abhā, DMG yā bahāʾ al-abhā' O glory of the all-glory ', Bahai transcription Yá Bahá'u'l-Abhá)
The symbolism of the greatest name
Another widely used calligraphy of the greatest name is the ring symbol, which consists of the two Arabic letters Ba and Ha.
Since the greatest name is considered sacred, it should be treated with dignity. Baha has an Abdschad numerical value of nine, a number that plays a central and major role in the numerology of Baha''ity.
Let's start with the outline of the picture and complete it step by step:
This part of the symbol consists of three levels, each level representing a number. Together they represent the basic belief that forms the basis of all of God's religions. They mean:
- The world of God - the creator
- The world of prophets or manifestations - the thing, the command of God
- The world of man - creation
Followers of all religions believe that human beings, left to their own devices, can never know God or come into his presence, nor are they able to fathom the mystery and meaning of his own creation. God has at different times and will continue to send his prophets into the world, whose destiny is to be misunderstood, humiliated, laughed at and even killed by men. But without her spiritual impulse and her guidance, man would have continued to live like a wild animal ...
These functions of the prophets are clearly stated in the sign of the Greatest Name, by repeating the plane of the prophets, shown as a horizontal line, vertically. This line thus connects the world of the creator with his creation.
((The letters of the greatest name
In the script of the Orient the letters "B" and "H" are written respectively . "B" stands for "Bahá" and "H" for the Báb. In order to grasp the meaning and the full scope of these two characters in the Greatest Name, we must bear in mind that the script in Arabic culture goes back to the Phoenicians *, who traveled with their ships to foreign countries and traded. They therefore had to develop methods of recording their business.
* “The Phoenicians were an ancient Semitic people who lived mainly in Phenicia in what is now Lebanon and Syria on the Mediterranean coast. The main city-states were Akko, Arados, Byblos, Berytos, Carthage, Sidon, and Tire, with Tire between 1000 and about 774 BC. And then Carthage to 146 BC. BC (the end of the Third Punic War) were the leading powers. "
The Phoenicians used their alphabet as letters and numbers. Therefore every letter had a numerical value. Your alphabet starts like this:
|Letter||Numerical value||Letter||Numerical value|
So when the Phoenicians wanted to say a house, two years or nine letters, they would write: A house, B years or T letters. One of the interesting remnants from this time is the unchanged order of the letters "K", "L", "M" and "N" in the Latin and Greek alphabet.
The next stage in dealing with numbers was the introduction of numbers by the Muslims, who adopted them from the Indians. The Muslims added zero to the nine digits of the Indians, completing the science of numbers. Without these numbers, mathematics would have stagnated and humans would have made no progress in technology. It is still common today for poets, theologians and writers in the Middle East to express their thoughts through the symbolism of the numerical values of letters.
Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb
The numerical value for Báb is B = 2, A = 1, B = 2; together = 5. The name Bahá (Bháa) is as follows: B = 2, H = 5, A = 1; together = 9.
The nine is the perfect number at the top of the ladder of progressive numbering. The series of numbers ends with nine. Whatever we write in numbers after the nine is a repetition of the same digits. The number nine contains all the numbers from one to nine. Taken together, they add up to 45.
Continued in this way:
The number five, which represents the Báb, contains all the numbers from one to five and gives a total of 15. The name Eva consists of the letters H = 8, W = 6 in Arabic, Persian and other oriental languages , and A = 1. Their sum is 15. Likewise, the name Adam in the oriental languages consists of three letters A = 1, D = 4, M = 40. Their sum is 45. So we discover that the names of the first two spiritual creatures Adam and Eve, of whom the ancient scriptures tell, are connected with the two manifestations whose appearance they promise for the last day. In this great symbol, Adam and Eve are related to the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh, whereby this symbol becomes a sign of the unity between past and present.
The essence of sacrifice and servitude
The two five-pointed stars on the sides of the sign represent the human body: a head, two arms, two legs. The two stars mean the two revealers of God on this day.
- The Symbol of the Greatest Name, An Introduction by Adu`l-Qásim Faizi, Bahá'i-Verlag Hofheim, 1999)))
The nine-pointed star
The nine-pointed star symbolizes perfection and unity, as nine is the highest single-digit number. In the Abdschad numerical mystery, the Arabic word Baha has the numerical value nine. The nine-pointed star was not widely used as a symbol of the Baha'i until after the time of Shoghi Effendi.
Quotations complete with reference to the source:
"... Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me ..."
Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! Thou seest and knowest that I have called upon Thy servants to turn nowhere except in the direction of Thy bestowals, and have bidden them observe naught save the things Thou didst prescribe in Thy Perspicuous Book, the Book which hath been sent down according to Thine inscrutable decree and irrevocable purpose. I can utter no word, O my God, unless I be permitted by Thee, and can move in no direction until I obtain Thy sanction. It is Thou, O my God, Who hast called me into being through the power of Thy might, and hast endued me with Thy grace to manifest Thy Cause. Wherefore I have been subjected to such adversities that my tongue hath been hindered from extolling Thee and from magnifying Thy glory. All praise be to Thee, O my God, for the things Thou didst ordain for me through Thy decree and by the power of Thy sovereignty. I beseech Thee that Thou wilt fortify both myself and them that love me in our love for Thee, and wilt keep us firm in Thy Cause. I swear by Thy might! O my God! Thy servant's shame is to be shut out as by a veil from Thee, and his glory is to know Thee.Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me, and with Thy love in my heart all the world's afflictions can in no wise alarm me. Send down, therefore, O my Lord, upon me and upon my loved ones that will protect us from the mischief of those that have repudiated Thy truth and disbelieved in Thy signs. Thou art, verily, the All-Glorious, the Most Bountiful.
Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh
http://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/prayers- meditations / # f = f5-662
"... I want you to be happy, to laugh, smile and rejoice ..."
I desire to make manifest among the friends in America a new light that they may become a new people, that a new foundation may be established and complete harmony be realized; for the foundation of Bahá'u'lláh is love. When you go to Green Acre, you must have infinite love for each other, each preferring the other before himself. The people must be so attracted to you that they will exclaim, "What happiness exists among you!" and will see in your faces the lights of the Kingdom; then in wonderment they will turn to you and seek the cause of your happiness. You must give the message through action and deed, not alone by word. Word must be conjoined with deed. You must love your friend better than yourself; yes, be willing to sacrifice yourself. The Cause of Bahá'u'lláh has not yet appeared in this country. I desire that you be ready to sacrifice everything for each other, even life itself; then I will know that the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh has been established. I will pray for you that you may become the cause of upraising the lights of God. May everyone point to you and ask, "Why are these people so happy?"I want you to be happy in Green Acre, to laugh, smile and rejoice in order that others may be made happy by you. I will pray for you.
Authorized German translation:
I wish that you are happy ... that you laugh, shine and rejoice, so that others will be happy through you.
- The Promulgation of Universal Peace, 'Abdu'lBahá / 78. 309 West Seventy-eighth Street
"... Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart ..."
O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart , that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.
Authorized German translation:
O son of the spirit! This is My first advice: have a pure, kind, and radiant heart so that you may gain immortal sovereignty for eternity to eternity.
The Hidden Words, Bahá'u'lláh / Part One: From the Arabic: Number 1
http://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/hidden- words / # f = f2-6
- Hidden Words, Bahá'u'lláh / Part One, From the Arabic: Number 1
“O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love , and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly. "
Authorized German translation:
O friend! Only plant roses of love in the garden of your heart and do not let go of the nightingale of affection and longing. Appreciate company with the righteous, and stay away from the company of the wicked.
The Hidden Words, Bahá'u'lláh / Part Two: Number 3