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


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Local House of Worship open to the Public in Cambodia

http://news.bahai.org/story/1191/

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia 
 The first day of the Temple dedication conference comes to a close in Battambang, video highlights, capture the day's joyous and exhilarating events.




One Day there will be a local House of Worship open to the Public in every City in the World.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

World, Don’t Hesitate to Call Your Doctor!






http://bahaiteachings.org/world-dont-hesitate-call-doctor?utm_source=BT+Subscribers&utm_campaign=f2c2eca591-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_22fe645b0d-f2c2eca591-114045481&mc_cid=f2c2eca591&mc_eid=a5e50159ab

Now, is the right time to ask for Help....right?


New Local Baha'i House of Worship in Cambodia






        http://news.bahai.org/story/1185.

          
          Local Baha’i House of Worship in BATTAMBANG, Cambodia...
         
          In a letter dated 18 December 2014, the Universal House of Justice explained that a Baha’i House of Worship is 
          a “collective centre of society to promote cordial affection” and “stands as a universal place of worship open to all 
          the inhabitants of a locality irrespective of their religious affiliation, background, ethnicity, or gender and a haven for
          the deepest contemplation on spiritual reality and foundational questions of life, including individual and collective               responsibility for the betterment of society.”

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Facts from 1917 - just 100 years ago



The average life expectancy for men in North America was 47 years.
Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of homes had a telephone.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, 

The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke



Albert Einstein - Bring Religion Back to Our School