Michael Curtotti

Martha Root – An Astonishing Life

Today I am at a Baha’i meeting. And I want to say thank you for the blessing of having such times in my life. To each and every soul who helps to make so many of those gatherings a veritable corner of paradise – thank you. This morning we are reflecting on the life of Martha Root, a woman whose…

Human Nature: Hidden Gems and Tempered Steel

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Bahá’u’lláh often calls us to rise to the positive potential we have within us. The words he uses evoke a rich imagery of human nature. Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.[1] Or here: Thou art…

All Things Made New: Humanity’s Coming of Age

Who can doubt that we live in a new age? Our times are profoundly different to the past. So different, as to be entirely unprecedented. We live indeed, at the threshhold of humanity’s coming of age. The inadequate terminologies that capture the “newness” of our times, include terms such as the industrial age, the information…

Justice and Fairness To All of Creation

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Most of the articles so far in this series, have been focussed implicitly or explicitly on human concerns and human relationships. However Bahá’u’lláh’s writings also draw attention to the relationship human beings have with the natural world of which we are a part. For example, Bahá’u’lláh draws attention to the obligations that human beings have to animals. … show…

Abdu’l Baha and the Pivot of the Oneness of Humankind

Entry to Srhine of Abdu'l Baha and the Bab

In this series of articles, Abdu’l Baha, Bahá’u’lláh’s son, is already a familiar point of reference. We have seen Abdu’l Baha in action in his journeys to the West, undertaken in last decade of his life. During these journeys he promoted principles from his father’s teachings such as the oneness of humanity, the abolition of prejudice,…

Bahá’u’lláh’s Abolition of Slavery

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Bahá’u’lláh came to emancipate human beings from slavery. This statement is true in more senses than one. Bahá’u’lláh explicitly institutes an abolition of slavery in his teachings. It is forbidden you to trade in slaves, be they men or women. It is not for him who is himself a servant to buy another of God’s servants, and…

On the Origin and Nature of Evil

Bahá’u’lláh’s writings emphasise the “better angels” of human nature: our potential for good. This call to rise to the positive potential inherent in us, coupled with avoidance of judgmentalism, has shaped a culture of encouragement and mutual support that frames Baha’i community life. Nonetheless, Bahá’u’lláh also discusses the nature of evil. He calls us to a new understanding…

The Sultan’s Puppet Show

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  Shortly after Bahá’u’lláh was condemned to exile and imprisonment in the prison-city of Akka he wrote to the Grand Vizier responsible for his banishment. The letter (the Tablet to the Chief), condemns the injustice of the Grand Vizier’s order and warns of his impending demise. Part of the letter is devoted to a brief story…