The Purpose of Justice

Like prophets before him Bahá’u’lláh counselled kings and rulers of society to observe justice. Referring to the suffering inflicted on…

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Beauty in the Universe and Ourselves

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There is a beauty in the following verse from the Qur’an, which inspired the title for this article. It is sometimes translated as follows: “We will show them our signs in the universe and themselves, until it becomes manifest to them that it is the truth.” [Qur’an 41:53] Beauty, is one of the many signs (or qualities) of God. In…

The Purpose of Justice

Like prophets before him Bahá’u’lláh counselled kings and rulers of society to observe justice. Referring to the suffering inflicted on himself and his followers by the rulers of his time he writes: Twenty years have passed, O kings, during which We have, each day, tasted the agony of a fresh tribulation. … They that rose up against Us have put…

The Interconnection of All Things

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All things are interconnected. … every part of the universe is connected with every other part by ties that are very powerful and admit of no imbalance, nor any slackening whatever.[1] When Abdu’l Baha made comments of this kind he had in mind the interconnection between the material, plant, animal and human kingdoms. The atoms that make us up transition…

Death: The Last Taboo and What Comes After

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There is virtually nothing that is a taboo in modern society. Death is the one exception. Ironically so, as our nightly news and popular entertainment are so often full of death. Yet there are plenty of articles that identify the death taboo. So how is it taboo? It is taboo in the sense that we live as if death is…

Honouring Teachers

honouring teachers

After immediate family, and the closest of friends, the most important people in our lives are often ours teachers. How much we are indebted to them.  If we have been fortunate enough to have special teachers – who saw something in us that others hadn’t seen – and nurtured it in us – we remember and treasure them all our…

Tahirih – Herald of the Emancipation of Women

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Two hundred years ago, virtually everywhere in the world, women lived in subjugation to men. It was a world so different to our own that it is difficult to imagine. It was a world in which women had little role in public life – little opportunity for education, little opportunity to work – other than in the home. In many…

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, like Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, is collection of the writings of Baha’u’llah translated into English in 1978. It improved the translation of some writings that had been originally translated early in the twentieth century, and made available others for the first time in English. The Tablets of Baha’u’llah come from the later part of Bahá’u’lláh’s…

Investigate the Truth – Yourself

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One of the principles of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings is the independent investigation of truth. That we should know for ourselves – not through the knowledge of others. The idea appears, in connection with justice, in the first Hidden Word: The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it…

What does it mean to be a Baha’i?

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There is no single model of course – every Baha’i has their own story – which implies a multiplicity of ways of responding to Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. The vision of what it means to be a Baha’i comes from Bahá’u’lláh’s writings. It is nothing like the stereotypes that might jump to mind. In one sense, Baha’is are people who are striving…

On Becoming Good

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One day I was having a conversation with someone, and they asked a question.  The question, which was a very insightful one – and genuinely asked – went something like this. “I am a good person. I earn a living. I look after my family. I don’t do bad things. Isn’t that good? What more do I need to do?”…

A Different Kind of Power

Lust for power, or an addiction to it, once acquired, or the endless contest for power, is at the heart of much human suffering. Baha’u’llah was a Persian nobleman. His birth gave him power over others, had he desired it. He rejected that kind of power although offered to him by the vizier of the Shah when he was a…

A Mystic Journey – The Seven Valleys

Written for a judge and Sufi Shaykh, the Seven Valleys is described by Shoghi Effendi as Bahá’u’lláh’s greatest mystical work. The Seven Valleys is not easy to write about and defies superficial description. Only in travelling the journey can its meaning unfold. As Bahá’u’lláh writes in another of his mystical works, the Four Valleys: The story is told of a…