Tag Archive for 200th anniversary of birth of Baha’u’llah

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…

The Interconnection of All Things

interconnection of all things

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…

Death: The Last Taboo and What Comes After

death the last taboo

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…

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…

Tahirih – Herald of the Emancipation of Women

tahirih - a representation

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…

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…

Investigate the Truth – Yourself

independent investigation of truth

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…

What does it mean to be a Baha’i?

to be a Baha'i

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…

On Becoming Good

on becoming good

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…