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

Adam and the Rainbow Serpent

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In ancient biblical lore Adam is the first human and the creation story of Adam and Eve is well-known. Adam and Eve are cast as responsible for the “fall of man” through their disobedience in eating from tree of good and evil. This story is regarded as a metaphorical rather than literal in the Baha’i teachings.[1]…

Good news – Bahá’u’lláh’s Glad Tidings

Good news – glad tidings – or “gospel” to use an old English word. In Arabic “bisharat”. Bahá’u’lláh’s Glad Tidings are a short collection of teachings concerned with reform of the world.  They are addressed to all human beings. Bahá’u’lláh notes the abolition of the following as key consequences of his Glad Tidings. The abolition of: holy…

Harmony of Science and Religion – Dispelling Superstition

Harmony of Science and Religion

“Among … principles of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings was the harmony of science and religion“, with words such as these Abdu’l Baha introduces us to another core principle he identifies in Baha’u’llah’s teachings and thought. But what does this principle mean and how does it relate to the quite fractious debates that emerge from time to time…

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…