The most valuable yet misunderstood Power in the Universe… Where do we find it? Where does it find us? ~~~ ‘Tis said, God is Love… So, why do we, created in God’s Image, so often have love go wrong…? What’s Your Image of Love? By the way, the Lady and the guitarist in the blue plaid shirt are married… There’s Some Techie Issue–So, Just click the Video, Then Click “Watch on YouTube”… Spiritual Quote: Love’s fool am I, in all the earth. They call me first among the crazed, Though I once came first for wit and worth… ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Memorials of the Faithful, p. 22
The most valuable yet misunderstood Power in the Universe…
Where do we find it?
Where does it find us?
‘Tis said, God is Love…
So, why do we, created in God’s Image, so often have love go wrong…?
What’s Your Image of Love?
By the way, the Lady and the guitarist in the blue plaid shirt are married…
There’s Some Techie Issue–So, Just click the Video, Then Click “Watch on YouTube”…
Love’s fool am I, in all the earth.
They call me first among the crazed,
Though I once came first for wit and worth…
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Memorials of the Faithful, p. 22
So much hate being spread in the name of religion…
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, son of the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, once said:
“Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity is no religion.”
He also said, “A Bahá’í denies no religion; he accepts the Truth in all, and would die to uphold it.”
Recent events in Pakistan show the dark side of this issue:
From The New York Times: Hate Engulfs Christians in Pakistan “The attack in this shabby town in central Pakistan — the culmination of several days of rioting over a claim that a Koran had been defiled — shows how precarious life is for the tiny Christian minority in Pakistan.”
From CNN: About 200 arrested in violence against Christians in Pakistan “Seven people were killed and 20 injured Saturday when Muslim demonstrators set fire to houses in a Christian enclave…”
From Agence France-Presse: Pakistan Christian schools strike after killings “An angry mob of Muslims torched 40 houses and a church in the remote village of Gojra in Pakistan’s heartland province of Punjab…”
It’s no wonder more and more intelligent people can say things like, “I’m very spiritual but certainly not religious…”.
“…it is evident that the Divine religions are meant to create a bond of love among humanity, and to bind the people together for no other purpose than amity. Divine religion is not a cause for discord and disagreement. If religion be the cause of discord and difference, then no religion is preferable, for religion is meant to be life to the body politic. If it be the cause of death to humanity, then its non-existence is preferable. Therefore, in this day religion is to be sought, for religious teachings may well be likened to remedies. If a remedy be productive of worse symptoms, the lack or absence of the remedy is preferable.”
Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 312
This blog regularly publishes posts that focus on particular events and crises in our world, attempting to provide important basic information and, of course, Spiritual Quotes that can lead to valuable perspectives concerning solutions or resolutions.
Our Evolution also has a number of *Special Posts*, developed over the past year, with each addressing a particularly important general aspect of what’s necessary to heal our ailing world…
There’s a link to these *Special Posts* always available in the main header bar but I wanted to give you some insight into what this special coverage actually covers:
Path Toward Peace explores eleven critical steps humanity must take on its path toward an enduring global peace…
One Common Faith addresses the essential Oneness of all religions and the failure of most religious leaders to encourage practical, loving efforts to unite our human family…
Who Is Writing The Future? discusses the future of our Human Family and the Vision and Perseverance necessary to go forward into our collective maturity…
Spiritual Civilization will give you a firm grounding in the need for humanity to balance it’s drives toward material civilization and spiritual civilization…
“What we witness at the present time, during ‘this gravest crisis in the history of civilization’, recalling such times in which ‘religions have perished and are born’, is the adolescent stage in the slow and painful evolution of humanity, preparatory to the attainment of the stage of manhood, the stage of maturity, the promise of which is embedded in the teachings, and enshrined in the prophecies, of Bahá’u'lláh. The tumult of this age of transition is characteristic of the impetuosity and irrational instincts of youth, its follies, its prodigality, its pride, its self-assurance, its rebelliousness, and contempt of discipline.
The Great Age to Come
“The ages of its infancy and childhood are past, never again to return, while the Great Age, the consummation of all ages, which must signalize the coming of age of the entire human race, is yet to come. The convulsions of this transitional and most turbulent period in the annals of humanity are the essential prerequisites, and herald the inevitable approach, of that Age of Ages, ‘the time of the end’, in which the folly and tumult of strife that has, since the dawn of history, blackened the annals of mankind, will have been finally transmuted into the wisdom and the tranquility of an undisturbed, a universal, and lasting peace, in which the discord and separation of the children of men will have given way to the worldwide reconciliation, and the complete unification of the divers elements that constitute human society.”
Shoghí Effendí Rabbáníi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 117
Much in America, too…
Our previous post, For America’s Spiritual Growth…, explored some deep connections between the two countries…
But who Are the Iranians…?
“Aside from that which is a matter of record in Persian histories, it is stated in the Old Testament—established today, among all European peoples, as a sacred and canonical Text—that in the time of Cyrus, called in Iranian works Bahman son of Isfandiyar, the three hundred and sixty divisions of the Persian Empire extended from the inner confines of India and China to the farthermost reaches of Yemen and Ethiopia. The Greek accounts, as well, relate how this proud sovereign came against them with an innumerable host, and left their own till then victorious dominion level with the dust. He made the pillars of all the governments to quake; according to that authoritative Arab work, the history of Abu’l-Fida, he took over the entire known world. It is likewise recorded in this same text and elsewhere, that Firaydun, a king of the Pishdadiyan Dynasty—who was indeed, for his inherent perfections, his powers of judgment, the scope of his knowledge, and his long series of continual victories, unique among all the rulers who preceded and followed him—divided the whole known world among his three sons.
 2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Ezra 1:2; Esther 1:1; 8:9; Isaiah 45:1, 14; 49:12.
“As attested by the annals of the world’s most illustrious peoples, the first government to be established on earth, the foremost empire to be organized among the nations, was Persia’s throne and diadem….
“It should not be imagined that the people of Persia are inherently deficient in intelligence, or that for essential perceptiveness and understanding, inborn sagacity, intuition and wisdom, or innate capacity, they are inferior to others. God forbid! On the contrary, they have always excelled all other peoples in endowments conferred by birth. Persia herself, moreover, from the standpoint of her temperate climate and natural beauties, her geographical advantages and her rich soil, is blessed to a supreme degree. What she urgently requires, however, is deep reflection, resolute action, training, inspiration and encouragement. Her people must make a massive effort, and their pride must be aroused.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 7