Michael Curtotti

Louis Gregory – Service to the Oneness of Humanity

Louis Gregory

Slavery was not a tale read from dusty history books for Louis Gregory. It was a close family memory. Louis Gregory was born in 1874. Both Louis’ parents had been freed from slavery by the civil war. His grandmother on his mother’s side, was an African transported to America as a slave in the Atlantic slave trade, and his…

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah

When Shoghi Effendi was a young man at Oxford University, he didn’t imagine that he would become the leader of the faith which his great grandfather – Bahá’u’lláh – had founded. What Shoghi Effendi wanted to do was translate the Baha’i writings into English. Accordingly, he was focussed on acquiring a mastery of English sufficient to adequately…

Taking Things Too Literally vs. Interpreting Texts for the Oneness of Humanity

literal interpretation - religious texts

Taking things too literally – particularly religious texts – can be a problem – as we tragically see in our world. In some cases it contributes to murderous results. In other cases it creates irresolvable conflicts between communities and points of view. This article discusses how Bahá’u’lláh interprets religious texts to lay the foundations of unity. As noted…

Consultation 

consultation

It’s wonderful to speak about the unity of humankind. Who doesn’t want a peaceful world in which conflict is no more and all human beings have a safe and decent place in our world? Like all beautiful ideas – its easy to talk about but challenging to achieve How, in practice, do you build the…

We can Change the Whole Atmosphere And That’s Not Good

Among Bahá’u’lláh’s prophetic warnings – one of the most striking is the capacity of human beings to change the whole atmosphere. The prediction, among other things, anticipates the idea of the Anthropocene. Strange and astonishing things exist in the earth but they are hidden from the minds and the understanding of men. These things are capable of…

Courage

tree courage

Mona Mahmudnizhad’s short life was crowned with courage. It’s not the kind of courage that most us of imagine having. We saw the courage of George Townshend who set out his belief in Baha’u’llah knowing it would deprive him of his livelihood. Lidia Zamenhof also courageously faced death to be with friends and family. Baha’u’llah’s own life was…

George Townshend – from Cathedral to Coherence

This article needs to begin with some of George Townshend’s words – as he was above all a writer. The “Hidden Words” is a love-song. It has for its background the romance of all the ages—the Love of God and Man, of the Creator and His creature. … Strange, … that this devotional volume, so beautiful in…

Baha’u’llah’s Will and Testament – the Kitab-i-Ahd

sea gate into akka kitab-i-ahd

Bahá’u’lláh did something unique in the recorded history of the founders of world religions. He left a will and testament. His will and testament is from any viewpoint, a most remarkable document. It is a central constitutional document of the Baha’i Faith – yet at the same time it is a meditation on the human condition.…

Baha’i Music – ladder for the soul

Bahá’u’lláh abolishes religious prohibition of music.  Music is a ladder for the soul. Abdu’l Baha explains: Among certain nations of the East, music was considered reprehensible, but in this new age the Manifest Light hath, in His holy Tablets, specifically proclaimed that music, sung or played, is spiritual food for soul and heart. The musician’s art is…