Sunday, September 3, 2017

What if Baha'u'llah is ......

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.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Local House of Worship open to the Public in 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!

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

New Local Baha'i House of Worship in Cambodia

          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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Simple Act of Service from Around the World


All Humanity Must Obtain a Livelihood

"… All humanity must obtain a livelihood by sweat of the brow and bodily exertion; at the same time seeking to lift the burden of others, striving to be the source of comfort to souls and facilitating the means of living. This in itself is devotion to God. Bahá’u’lláh has thereby encouraged action and stimulated service…."
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Human Rights from Different Counties; Canada

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
UN General Assembly, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 December 1948

Common ground for solving Competing Human Rights: 
To show dignity and respect for one another 
 Encourage mutual recognition of interests, rights and obligations  
Facilitate maximum recognition of rights, wherever possible 
 Help parties to understand the scope of their rights and obligations  
address stigma and power imbalances and help to give marginalized individuals and groups a voice  encourage cooperation and shared responsibility for finding agreeable solutions 
that maximize enjoyment of rights. 

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 
Provincial human rights legislation and 
the courts recognize that:
No rights are absolute right and 
no one is more important than another right.

Great Comment:
The courts have said we must go through a process on a case-by-case basis to search for solutions to reconcile competing rights and accommodate individuals and groups, if possible. This search can be challenging, controversial, and sometimes dissatisfying to one side or the other. But it is a shared responsibility and made easier when we better understand the nature of one another’s rights and obligations and demonstrate mutual respect for the dignity and worth of all involved. Finding the best solution for maximizing enjoyment of rights takes dialogue and even debate.