Michael Curtotti

What’s Happening in October? 200th Anniversary Celebrations

200th anniversary of birth of Baha'u'llah

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah. The anniversary will be celebrated around the world on October 20 and 21. Baha’i communities everywhere will be hosting celebrations for their local areas. Two days are being celebrated is that the Baha’i Faith has two founding messengers (or manifestations) of God. The Bab…

Tanna: Temple in the Heart of the Ocean

The secular and religious powers of his time bent every energy to silence Baha’u’llah and prevent his teachings reaching humanity. It did not concern Baha’u’llah. He wrote: Should they attempt to conceal His light on the continent, He will assuredly rear His head in the midmost heart of the ocean and, raising His voice, proclaim: ‘I am the lifegiver of…

Right Livelihood: The Case of Thomas Breakwell

Thomas Breakwell

Buddhism has a beautiful way of summarising “the good life”. It is symbolised by an eight-spoked wheel. Each spoke of the wheel represents a right way of being – qualities such as “right speech”, “right conduct” and “right mindfulness”. Among the spokes is “right livelihood” and this is where we pick up the story of…

Abdu’l Baha’s Work Day

Abdu'l Baha's work day

Abdu’l Baha‘s life was full of achievement. The eldest son of Baha’u’llah, he transcended a lifetime of exile and imprisonment and took the Baha’i Faith out of its homelands to a wider world. If all Abdu’l Baha had done was to undertake his teaching trips throughout Europe and North America, it would be more than…

Workers’ Rights

workers' rights

As we have seen in previous articles, Bahá’u’lláh was concerned with the extremes of wealth and poverty he saw in society.  He was concerned when the governors of society “reared palaces for themselves” at the cost of the poverty of their people. We has seen how, in freeing slaves he inherited with his family estate,…

The Miracle of Baghdad

miracle of baghdad

If we look in the Gospels or in the Quran we find ample evidence of the opposition of the religious hierarchies of the day to Jesus and Muhammad respectively. Again it was so in Bahá’u’lláh’s day. As we have seen before it is a tragic pattern of history that when the truth of a new…

The Valley of Knowledge

valley of knowledge - layla and majnun

The Seven Valleys is Bahá’u’lláh’s presentation of an ancient literary metaphor for the journey of the soul. He wrote the Seven Valleys around 1860 after he had returned from two years of withdrawal from the world in the mountains of Kurdistan. The Seven Valleys are (in sequence): the Valley of Search, the Valley of Love, the…

Exile Over Snowbound Mountains

baha'u'llah's exiles

Bahá’u’lláh was the son of a wealthy noble family. His family had extensive estates in their ancestral province of Nur. The transformation that Bahá’u’lláh’s life underwent from the day he was imprisoned in the Siyah-Chal is captured in the following passage from Bahá’u’lláh’s writings. My God, My Master, My Desire!… Thou hast created this atom…