Thursday, July 14, 2016

"Haply ye may become a source of comfort to one another"

A summary of the Kitab-i-Asma , 
one of the most important works of the Báb.
by Neysan Zölzer-Mehrabkhani 

The words “Kitáb-i-Asmá” come from Arabic and mean “Book of Names”.  The Book of Names is not fully translated, but parts of it are translated and published in the book “Selections from the Writings of the Báb”. 

It is also the first time that the analogy of the leaves and fruits of one tree is used to describe unity:
 “We have created you from one tree 
and have caused you to be 
as the leaves and fruit of the same tree, 
that haply ye may become 
a source of comfort to one another.” 

The Book is about doing away with hatred and prejudices for they are veils that keep you from seeing the Promised Beloved. The believers should perform good deeds at all times to please “Him Whom God shall make manifest”. The Báb urged His followers to let go of their pride: “Some of you are filled with pride by reason, others because of your learning”. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth."

BOGOTA, 12 July 2016, (BWNS) — Approaching a highly anticipated, historic peace agreement in Colombia between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), President Juan Manuel Santos invited over 100 religious representatives to gather at the Presidential Palace on 4 July 2016.

Given the unique role that religion plays in inspiring individuals and communities to work together for the common good, this event sought to explore the contributions religion can make to the peace process in Colombia, a country which has endured almost seven decades of violent civil conflict.

Addressing the audience, President Santos spoke about the common aspiration among all religions for peace and harmony. Drawing on sacred scriptures, he quoted a passage from Baha'u'llah: "So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth."

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