Sunday, March 11, 2018

Baha'i Fast Mar 2 till 20th



The Basics of the Baha’i Fast
the Baha’i teachings recommend abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours for 19 days prior to the vernal equinox every year:
… as the sun and moon constitute the brightest and most prominent luminaries in the heavens, similarly in the heaven of the religion of God two shining orbs have been ordained—fasting and prayer.                                      Baha’u’llah, The Book of Certitude, p. 39.
… this material fast is an outer token of the spiritual fast; it is a symbol of self-restraint, the withholding of oneself from all appetites of the self, taking on the characteristics of the spirit, being carried away by the breathings of heaven and catching fire from the love of God.                                                             – Abdu’l-BahaSelections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 69.

for more details, follow the link below:
http://bahaiteachings.org/name-love-prayer-meditation-fasting?mc_cid=82d0591718&mc_eid=a5e50159ab

Sacrifice; The kingdom is attained by the one who forgets self.



The following parable is credited by Julia Grundy as having been told by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá..... As he was speaking to the assembled guests about sacrifice, he used a parable to illustrate His point.  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá introduced the story by saying, "Live up to the principles of sacrifice. The world will then become as nothing and be without power to attract you away from God. Sacrifice your will to the will of God. The kingdom is attained by the one who forgets self. Everything becomes yours by renunciation of everything" . . . and then he told this simple story:

DIVIDING THE SPOILS

A lion, a wolf, and a fox went hunting. They captured a wild donkey, a gazelle, and a hare. The lion said to the wolf, “Divide the spoils.” The wolf answered,
“That’s easy. The wild donkey is for you, the gazelle is for me, and the hare is for the fox.”
The lion told the wolf, “You are not a good divider.” And he bit off the wolf's head.
Then turning to the fox, he said, “You divide!” The fox answered, “The wild donkey, the gazelle, and the hare are yours!”
The lion, looking at him, said, “Because you have tried to save nothing for yourself, you may take all of them!”

     It's obvious from his choice of parable that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá not only had a point to make about sacrifice, he also had a sense of humor. Bahá’í storytelling, even the use of parable to teach Bahá’í principles, does not have to be didactic. It does not have to preclude the use of humor. Often humor conveys what moralizing does not and, as Bahá’ís are fond of saying, "God loves laughter".

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Purpose of the story of Job




Those who declare a wish to suffer much  must prove their sincerity; those who proclaim their longing to make great sacrifices can only prove their truth by their deeds. Job proved the fidelity of his love for God by being faithful through his great adversity, as well as during the prosperity of his life. – Abdu’l-BahaParis Talks, p. 51.

So the story of Job focuses not on justifying God’s ways to man, but on proclaiming forcefully that inasmuch as this life has the essential purpose of causing us to develop spiritually, even the righteous are tested. The Baha’i teachings explain the meaning of Job’s life in just such a context:
What trials, calamities and perplexities did he not endure! But these tests were like unto the fire and his holiness Job as like unto pure gold. Assuredly gold is purified by being submitted to the fire and if it contain any alloy or imperfection, it will disappear. That is the reason why violent tests become the cause of the everlasting glory of the righteous and are conducive to the destruction and disappearance of the unrighteous. – Abdu’l-BahaTablets of Abdu’l-Baha, Volume 3, p. 655.
After Job’s passage through the fire of tests, he no longer acts blindly or unconsciously. His understanding, and therefore his faith as well, become firmly grounded in the lessons he has learned from his tests. He may not have a complete vision of God’s plan for himself or for humankind, but he does realize profoundly that the suffering he has endured has resulted in his own spiritual development. John S. Hatcher


http://bahaiteachings.org/deep-meaning-story-job

3 New Spiritual Truths that Rock the World

http://bahaiteachings.org/new-spiritual-truths-rock-world?mc_cid=a69746b2ea&mc_eid=a5e50159ab



Once a physical truth is discovered, it unavoidably spreads throughout the world. Different people are inspired by it and enabled to advance it to the next level; to use it to innovate new things that did not exist in the world before. In other words, the discovery of new truths always results in new inventions based on that discovery.
That discovery of new physical truths, and the innovations based on them, have been the source of the accelerating processes of technological change during the last two centuries, enabling us to turn silicon, which is elemental sand, into a means of communication with distant planets.
In the same way, the 19th century saw the discovery of three major spiritual truths that humanity was previously oblivious to:
  • The earth is one country and humankind its citizens.
  • Women and men have been created equal.
  • There is only one race; that is the human race.
Please read the article.

Who are the Baha'is and why are they so persecuted?

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Who-are-the-Baha-is-and-why-are-they-so-12396724.php


(THE CONVERSATION) 
The Baha'is are among the most persecuted religious minorities in the world.

On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith, the question remains: What is the reason for their persecution?

A primary theme of Baha'u'llah’s teachings is achieving world peace through the establishment of unity, justice and equality. Therefore, Baha'u'llah’s teachings specifically advocate for racial unity, gender equality, universal education, and harmony of science and religion.

Please read the article.

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things



Give up the bad habits that rob your kids of mental strength.

raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common--yet unhealthy--parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid who is equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

دعاء لطلب الشفاء




هو الابهی
أللّهمّ يا إلهي وسيّدي وسندي عليك اعتمادي واتّكالي وبحبل فضلك تـشبّـثي وبباب احديّـتك توسّلي وبنفحات قدسك حيات قلبي وبجذبات جمال وحدانيّـتك وله فؤادي وبالأنوار المشرقة من افق فردانيّـتك فرح روحي وبنسائم مهبّ عنايتك اهتزاز كينونتي وبتجلّيات ملكوت رحمانيّـتك انبعاث ذاتي وبتأييدات ملئك الأعلی نصرتي وعلو كلمتي وبتوفيقات ملكوتك الأبهی ظفري وسمو همّـتي وبحبّك نجاتي وبعرفانك حياتي وبعونك ثباتي وبفيض غمام جودك رواء غلّتي وبزلال عين فضلك برد لوعتي وبدرياق حكمتك شفاء علَّتي إلهي إلهي لا تخيّب آمالي ولا تـنظر الی اعمالي وسوء حالي وفرط هواني وشدّة حرماني وكثرة عصياني عاملني يا إلهي بما يليق لعلوّ كبريائك ولا تعاملني بما يليق لدنو ذلّي وفقري وخذلاني إلهي إلهي الأعين مترصّدة لنزول مواهبك إلهي إلهي القلوب منتظرة لظهور انوار عواطفك فاشدد أزري بقوّتك القاهرة علی الموجودات وقو ظهري بقدرتك الغالبة علی الممكنات ونوّر بصري بانوارك السّاطعة من مشرق الكلمات واشرح صدري بآياتك الباهرةِ من مطالع الظّهورات وقو جندي براياتك المرتفعة علی اتلال افئدة حقائق المقدّسة النّاطقة في الأرضين والسّموات إنّك أنت المقتدر علی ما تـشاء وإنّك أنت القويّ العزيز القدير. – عبدالبهاء

© دعاء لطلب الشفاء - ABN Bahá'í NEWS

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Today is the BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF BAHA"U"LLAH


Here is a film telling the story of Baha’u’llah’s remarkable life and the impact of His teachings on communities around the world.
http://news.bahai.org/story/1208/.


Inspired by the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, millions of people worldwide are celebrating the 200th anniversary of His birth on the 21st and 22nd of October 2017.
https://bicentenary.bahai.org/

Sunday, September 3, 2017

What if the answers the world has been seeking came 200 years ago!



When Christ came, out of the millions of people living at that time, only twelve souls truly recognized him and became his disciples.
The vast majority of people, whether learned or not, unhesitatingly rejected him. Why? Because they were not open to the possibility that Jesus was a prophet, a messenger of God. 
When someone declares he is a messenger of God, the natural response is skepticism, or maybe to openly proclaim: “I don’t think so!”
It’s hard to recognize and accept a messenger of God if we have our own beliefs, our own expectations, and we are happy with what we believe. Our cup being full, we can’t fill it any further. 
The only way we can accept someone as God’s messenger is if we are sincerely open to the possibility of it. 
If necessary, this requires that we do something we don’t want to do, that our egos may strongly resist: completely emptying our cups by unlearning our traditions and all we have been taught to believe, and starting our religious education all over again. This requires tremendous courage and a burning desire. The vast majority of people do not even think of doing this; or if they do think of it, they don’t want to do it. The result? They automatically reject anyone who claims to be a messenger of God.  
When we make a deliberate effort to unlearn all we have been taught, what we are admitting to ourselves is this: our clergy, Sunday school teachers, parents, and even our culture, through no fault of our own, are at the very least, incomplete in our views about religion, if not downright wrong. This is extremely difficult to accept and the pain can be excruciating. Our egos fight us tooth and nail. 
Why shouldn’t we just hold on to our current beliefs? We don’t want to feel like heretics! We don’t want to upset our friends and families, much less risk their rejection. We naturally assume our clergy, Sunday school teachers, parents, and culture are knowledgeable. How could they all be wrong? 
However, if we are going to be deeply sincere in our investigation of the truth, and search with open hearts and minds, we have no choice but to empty our cups by unlearning what we have been taught. Baha’u’llah stated this clearly when he wrote:
O Son of Dust! Blind thine eyes, that thou mayest behold My beauty; stop thine ears, that thou mayest hearken unto the sweet melody of My voice; empty thyself of all learning, that thou mayest partake of My knowledge; and sanctify thyself from riches, that thou mayest obtain a lasting share from the ocean of My eternal wealth. Blind thine eyes, that is, to all save My beauty; stop thine ears to all save My word; empty thyself of all learning save the knowledge of Me; that with a clear vision, a pure heart and an attentive ear thou mayest enter the court of My holiness. – The Hidden Words, p. 25.

http://bahaiteachings.org/hard-work-accepting-new-prophet?utm_source=BT+Subscribers&utm_campaign=91cd5d92ac-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_22fe645b0d-91cd5d92ac-114045481&mc_cid=91cd5d92ac&mc_eid=a5e50159ab