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“Purity Divine. Beauty sublime. Clear channel of light. Love the sacred sight. Universal Mother. Uniting cosmic brothers. Powerful beyond measure. Compassion to treasure. Truth shown in rhyme. Prayerful essence is Thine. Returning unity flow. Oneness is Her Glow.”

~ from net (at pic2: The Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois) + What is The Bahá'í Faith?

It Takes Effort to be Selfish

2016-04-04It Takes Effort to be Selfish: A new study suggests we are altruistic at heart Selflessness can be sexy. Generosity has been shown to pique the fancy of people seeking long term partners. It seems understandable that generosity to others might promise generosity in a relationship, but beyond identifying love interests, helping others seems to strengthen all human relations. Without selflessness, the logic goes, we as a society would devolve into chaos. Those who do not share at the metaphorical … [Read Article]
Say: Rejoice not in the things ye possess; tonight they are yours, tomorrow others will possess them. Thus warneth you He Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Informed. Say: Can ye claim that what ye own is lasting or secure? Nay! By Myself, the All-Merciful, ye cannot, if ye be of them who judge fairly. The days of your life flee away as a breath of wind, and all your pomp and glory shall be folded up as were the pomp and glory of those gone before you.
—  Kitab-i-Aqdas 
WikiBooks: Bahai Faith

WikiBooks: Bahai Faith
The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in nineteenth-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.In the Bahá'í Faith, religious history is seen to have unfolded through a series of divine messengers, each of whom established a religion that was suited to the needs of the time and the capacity of the people. These messengers have included Abraham, the Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and others, and most recently the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. In Bahá'í belief, each consecutive messenger prophesied of messengers to follow, and Bahá'u'lláh’s life and teachings fulfilled the end-time promises of previous scriptures. Humanity is understood to be in a process of collective evolution, and the need of the present time is for the gradual establishment of peace, justice and unity on a global scale.The word “Bahá'í” (pronounced /bəˈhaɪ/) is used either as an adjective to refer to the Bahá'í Faith or as a term for a follower of Bahá'u'lláh. The word is not a noun meaning the religion as a whole. It is derived from the Arabic Bahá’, meaning “glory” or “splendour”. The term “Bahaism” (or “Baha'ism”) has been used in the past, but the correct name of the religion is Bahá'í Faith.

Merits of Islamic Rulings (2/2)
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2016-01-04Islam is a balanced religion that coincides with human nature and need, and has neither excessiveness nor remissness. We call all people, those with a religion and those who do not profess any religion to come to know the spiritual and worldly advantages of Islam, read about it and explore its beauty. Message of Islam is not aimed at a certain group of people or people in a certain locality, it is for everyone and everywhere. The Islamic way of life is a practical one, it is not beyond the human… [Read Article]
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Bahai prayers for unity

The Bahai faith has its very foundations in religious unity.

The concept that religion should be used as a means to bring us together instead of dividing us, has eluded us all for far too long.

It’s time we all start realising that our salvation lies in our unity.

O my God! O my God! Verily, I invoke Thee…

Omy God!  O my God!  Verily, I invoke Thee and supplicate before Thy threshold, asking Thee that all Thy mercies may descend upon these souls.  Specialize them for Thy favor and Thy truth.

O Lord!  Unite and bind together the hearts, join in accord all the souls, and exhilarate the spirits through the signs of Thy sanctity and oneness.  O Lord!  Make these faces radiant through the light of Thy oneness.  Strengthen the loins of Thy servants in the service of Thy kingdom. 

O Lord, Thou possessor of infinite mercy!  O Lord of forgiveness and pardon!  Forgive our sins, pardon our shortcomings, and cause us to turn to the kingdom of Thy clemency, invoking the kingdom of might and power, humble at Thy shrine and submissive before the glory of Thine evidences.

O Lord God!  Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love.  O Lord!  Dilate the breasts through the signs of Thy oneness, and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory, as perfect fruits growing upon Thy tree of life.

Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Self-Subsistent, the Giver, the Forgiving, the Pardoner, the Omniscient, the One Creator.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

  God grant that the light of unity may envelope the whole earth, and that the seal, ‘the Kingdom is God’s’, may be stamped upon the brow of all its people.

Bahá’u’lláh

Lenten Letter from ACNA Archbishop Beach
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2016-03-02To the Bishops, Clergy, and People of the Anglican Church in North America: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins! His mercy endures forever. Amen. As we travel our Lenten pilgrimage, repenting of our sins, reconciling with our brothers and sisters, reproducing followers of Jesus, and expressing relentless compassion to those in our communities, I would like to ask you to consider an important project for your community. I would like to invite you to gather with members of your congregations … [Read Article]
Navigating Dangers and Temptations in Ministry (Joe Thorn)
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2016-05-01Throughout my twenty-plus years of following Jesus Christ and serving in His church, I have repeatedly seen pastors disqualify themselves for ministry. The moral failures of such ministers have led to confusion, pain, and even a crisis of faith for many. Of course, there are those who occupy a very public ministry who fail, but I have seen just as many, if not more, who crash and burn in smaller local churches. I have witnessed, first-hand, as denominational leaders, pastors, and Sunday School t… [Read Article]
Avalokitesvara by Alex Grey 1982-83, Acrylic on Linen, 84 x 46...

2016-04-03Avalokitesvara by Alex Grey 1982-83, Acrylic on Linen, 84 x 46 in. May I be the doctor and the medicine And may I be the nurse For all sick beings in the world Until everyone is healed. May a rain of food and drink descend The clear away the pain of thirst and hunger And during the aeon of famine May I myself change into food and drink. May I become an inexhaustible treasure For those who are poor and destitute, May I turn into all things they could need And may these be placed close beside them… [Read Article]
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2014-10-10Apologies and Farewell to Church | Morning Meditations ), } ), var offset = jQuery( [name= + event.parent + ] ).offset(), $container.css( left, offset.left + event.position.left - 10 + px ), $container.css( top, offset.top + event.position.top - 33 + px ), var rowLength = Math.floor( event.width / 37 ), var height = ( Math.ceil( event.likers.length / rowLength ) * 37 ) + 13, if ( height > 204 ) { height = 204, } $container.css( height, height + px ), $container.css( width, rowLength * 37 - 7 + p… [Read Article]