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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…

Into the Prison City: Suffering of the Prophets

prison in akka suffering of the prophets

Yesterday we read Bahá’u’lláh’s good news. Yet Bahá’u’lláh’s own life was full of suffering. “O the misery of men! No Messenger cometh unto them but they laugh Him to scorn.” …“Each nation hath plotted darkly against their Messenger to lay violent hold on Him, and disputed with vain words to invalidate the truth.”[1] Bahá’u’lláh was exiled from…

Seeker

zion valley - seeker

For me, it was like the lifting of a darkness of which I had previously been unaware. The lights were on – a new beauty and truth was in the world – and there was no going back. The journey the seeker follows to faith is not an easy one. It is really impossible to describe.…

No Human Being is Unclean

Bahá’u’lláh abolishes the concept of “uncleanness”. In different cultures, at different times, human beings and things have been held to be “unclean” – in the specific case of religion – “ritually unclean”.  In 1873, Bahá’u’lláh wrote: God hath, … abolished the concept of “uncleanness,” whereby divers things and peoples have been held to be impure. … Verily, all…