As a way of introducing this faith to this forum, here's a brief intruduction:
The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder, Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá'ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
The central theme of Bahá'u'lláh's message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society. God, Bahá'u'lláh said, has set in motion historical forces that are breaking down traditional barriers of race, class, creed, and nation and that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization. The principal challenge facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of their oneness and to assist the processes of unification.
One of the purposes of the Bahá'í Faith is to help make this possible. A worldwide community of some five million Bahá'ís, representative of most of the nations, races and cultures on earth, is working to give Bahá'u'lláh's teachings practical effect. Their experience will be a source of encouragement to all who share their vision of humanity as one global family and the earth as one homeland >>>>>
Thank you Astra. In the light of recent events in the Media, over a certain Dr. Kelly who was a follower of this Faith, I looked into it myself a while back.
In the light of what I read, I agree with you that, with the benefit of hindsight, we will all be able, or maybe our great grandchildren, to be united in the principle of one Universiality with regard to Faith.
Would it not be a wonderful thing for all nations and religions to accept the vision of humanity as one global family.
There would never be a war again. At least a 'religious' war, which is in effect a political war. Must not get into politics here. Tut.
I felt the need to say about this universal society that I know now its inevitable. A part of me has been dreading it because of certain parties around the world politically and religious that have some hidden agendas with it.
The problem is that we have to run through the fire before we can resurrect into a new consciousness. So the globalized society you mention is inevitable but I fear it will be very ugly at first and may take many years if not centuries to improve upon its ideology.
Some people hasten globalization for more villianous desires.
Let us begin today to create the Kingdom of Love and we can start today by implementing zero judgment and loving ALL beyond measure.
From what I see, hear and experience with lightworkers around the globe I think the results are going to be alot quicker then some predict.
Let us all walk our talk and create the new unity consciousness otherwise known as Christ Consciousness.
While we continue to think of it as a dream and in the future it will stay in the future the carrot that we never quite catch. We are creating our reality and our future in the here and now. Each and every one of us.
We are on the great threshold of the Golden Age so now we have the choice to embrace the new paradigm or hold on to the old energy of doubt, fear and discouragement.
To us in the now, the future before us will seem much brighter than what we are accustom to...but seeing that there are no true answers to the living world we exist in the new times that will seem so much brighter than when we grew up our children will find themselves in the new order and they will face it with confusion and ambition like never seen before. It has been a historical fact. Life is dissatisfied and will continue to explore the reaches of their ambition for an eternal value.
Because in truth nothing is right nor wrong, only meaningful for its time and that time shall pass to a new torch held by the next generation that feels our accomplishments though valid are but a blip in the infinite frame of ideal
Thank you so much for the introduction to the Baha'i Faith. It was of particular interest and relevance to me as I am due to visit the Lotus Temple in Delhi with the Australian group I am currently escorting around India. We will be there in early January and I am really looking forward to it. Now I have some background info on the faith, the visit will surely be much enhanced. Thank you again.
The Aussies actually knew a little about the Bah'ai faith already as they apparently have a temple quite near them. I've been meaning to post something about our visit to the temple in Delhi, which I had really been looking forward to.
It turned out to be something of a disappointment; the visit is very controlled, one is required to move through the temple in single file and in silence, passing various quotations from the founders of the faith. It all seemed very cold and sterile to me and I was not at all attracted - probably because I need a focus for my prayers and devotion. The actual building, which has the shape of a lotus flower, was not as stunning close to as it is from a distance. All in all, although I was glad to have seen it, I won't be going again (unless I have to take another group) and I feel no desire to follow up by learning more about Bah'ai.
I hope to visit the Bahai Temple on Mount Carmel in Israel in May, apparently it is their international headquarters. It is written that Mount Carmel became a wasteland due to deforestation and since the Bahai temple was built with gardens there; it has become a paradise once more. Also on the top of Mount Carmel is the Carmelite nuns monastery. The Essenes were also on Mount Carmel. I first heard of the Bahai's some years ago, then I understood that their temple in London is really beautiful, each doorway representing a different religion.
I am still integrating the power of this pilgrimage to the Holy Land and so much happened every day on this divine mission, it is very difficult to decide what to share and what to leave out, I could write pages. One of the most interesting developments for me personally is that the pilgrimage began before I left and I have been receiving words in Hebrew from Spirit ever since. I have put a list of travel and places in the travel forum with links and have mentioned a very small part of the journey from a travel perspective.
However, here is an update in response to the above.
I hope to visit the Bahai Temple on Mount Carmel in Israel in May, apparently it is their international headquarters. It is written that Mount Carmel became a wasteland due to deforestation and since the Bahai temple was built with gardens there; it has become a paradise once more.
I did not realise how huge Mount Carmel is, it stretches for miles. Sadly, due to the work that I was involved in while in Israel, I did not get the time to go to this temple.
Also on the top of Mount Carmel is the Carmelite nuns monastery.
I learnt that the monastery and where the nuns live is actually nearer to the base of Mt Carmel and nor far from the Bahai temple. So I did not get here either.
I was taken to the top of Mt Carmel, I felt compelled to go and thought it was a personal pilgrimage but discovered when I got there that there was work to do. This is where Elijah went up in the chariot, five of us went this day and 4 were involved with the work. A lizard showed me where to sit in the shade, I followed the lizard and sat down. As soon as I sat down I was holding the sacred stones and was told 'very soon you will know why you had to come here'. Then two other light workers sat and we allowed ourselves to be guided on what was to happen. I read from the bible and the others read from the Torah and the passages that we were shown were all about singing.
Then the divine asked me to go to the Sun, I got up and went towards the sunlight, as I walked into the sun at my feet was a huge ants nest and I was told that there were trapped souls on the top of this mount. Fragments of the souls had been trapped there since the time of Elijah and Jeezebel killing the 450 prophets. Another three light workers joined me, on of the ladies has a beautiful voice and we sang in
Hebrew as guided to do so. Together in unity we assisted the souls to go to the light it was a truly wonderful experience and a bird, a symbol of the Holy Spirit showed us when the work was completed by singing joyfully to bring it to a close. So now those prophets who have missing fragments can reclaim them from the light.
What was fascinating was that while we were doing the work, there was a man with his children and he was reading the chapter about Elijah killing the prophets to his children in Hebrew a little distance away from us. There was also a large group from France reading the exact same chapter in French. After they had finished their work one of their members came to hug us and share, these French Christians had come to pray for forgiveness of blaming Judas and the Jewish people for the death of Jesus. The whole experience was very moving.
We then went to the Carmelite church and there was Japanese nuns in the church when we arrived. Again, the Israeli light worker sang and I sat in communion with the Holy Mother and her son. From this veranda of this church you can see far and wide into other countries surrounding Israel the view is panoramic and very beautiful it was worth 2 sheckles to see the view. I was then taken to a Druze village on the Mount and sadly did not get to go to the places of the Essenes, hopefully next time.
The Essenes were also on Mount Carmel.
There are many Essene places on Mt Carmel and the place where it is said that Elijah ran a prophets school, it is also said by the locals that Yeshua took the Apostles here for initiations.
Well don't stop there thenDL - events and journeys such as these often only take place once in a lifetime.
You say you began the pilgrimage before you left? Interesting and I understand this concept - we are all on a pilgrimage of some sort, all our lives, but most of us don;t realise it - you do. C'est las difference.
I've been at this site for over two years, but I don't get a chance to read and post very frequently. Today, I came across the Baha'i sub-forum and was pleased to read the posts along the thread. I've been associated with the Baha'i Faith since 1953, some 54 years. It's hard to believe, just about a lifetime. Being a Baha'i is something I aspire toward; I became an affiliated, a declared, believer in 1959. Rather than say many things pro and con about this Faith, a Faiththat claims to be the emerging planetary religion on the Earth, let me simply suggest people go to one of the many internet sites with as much information as can bedigested. Try: bahai.org-the official international site orbahaindex.com or just type "Baha'i Faith" into your Goggle and you'll get oodle.-Ron Price, Tasmania.
Ron Price is a retired teacher, aged 63. He taught for 30 years in primary, secondary and post-secondary schools. He lives with his wife, Chris, in Tasmania.
Welcome to HP! It's good to see someone writing on this thread at last.
I have met several followers of the Baha'i faith through interfaith meetings and have found all I've met ,without exception to be genuine and very spiritual and loving people.
Just a couple of days ago, I came across this little article about some Baha'is who are obviously letting their light shine and who are living their faith with their lives. Thought that you (and others here) might enjoy it. It's on www.spirituality.com:
The gentle givers
Adapted from the Christian Science Sentinel