“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength…loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
The Baha’i Faith is the world’s second-most widespread religion after Christianity, spanning the globe and working to unite it. Baha’is have no clergy or churches, gathering together in democratically-led communities and welcoming everyone.
The millions of Baha’is in the world come from every ethnicity, nationality, tribe, age, racial group, religious background and economic and social class. Diverse Baha’i communities exist just about everywhere.
During the month of November, Baha’i Blogging is hosting a post-a-day (or so) something related to or inspired by Baha’i Faith. Because so many of you follow both this blog and CATNIPblog Peggy & I will post our “dailies” here and Sunday “retrospectives” on CATNIPblog.com
the hashtag #bahaiblogging
“God does not look at colours; He looks at the hearts.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, (Baha’i World Faith)
We think it fitting to start our November blogging challenge* with”Heart”.
A Bit of Baha’i
“Every human being possesses an immortal, rational soul that passes through this world for a brief time and continues for eternity to advance towards God. Our life’s purpose is to progress spiritually by serving our fellow human beings. In doing so, we acquire the divine qualities we will need in the life to come.“
*During the remaining month of November, Baha’i Blogging is hosting a post-a-day (or so) something related to or inspired by Faith. Because so many of you follow both this blog and CATNIPblog Peggy & I will post our “dailies” here and Sunday “retrospectives” on CATNIPblog.com
The hashtag is #bahaiblogging.
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In case you need a refresher on what a virtue is here are a few: Patience, Responsibility, Joy, Love, Compassion, Justice, Generosity.
Can you guess the virtue* I need to work on?
Take a look at the second group of fabulous prayer/contemplation cards! Here’s the first group – Take 1
“Consider the virtues of the human world and realize that the oneness of humanity is the primary foundation of them all.
Read the Gospel and the other Holy Books. You will find their fundamentals are one and the same. Therefore, unity is the essential truth of religion and, when so understood, embraces all the virtues of the human world.”
” . . . we must endeavor to promulgate and practice the religion of God which has been founded by all the Prophets. And the religion of God is absolute love and unity.” – Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace. p. 32.
(Try out the exercise we did after making the cards. Click here for the entire list of virtues and the worksheet on the TUTORIAL PAGE)
Ten amazing people made room in their holiday schedules and came to Tapestry Unitarian Congregation for . . . TA DA!!!
A HeART of Spirituality workshop!
Reverend Kent Doss talked a bit about the history of communion before making the prayer/contemplation cards, The group was small enough for each person to share what their cards represented. The evening ended with a discussion about virtues.
Card #1 – The love of God, love of self – the spark within or what is holy to you
Card #2 – Virtues that connect you – unity with family, friends, colleagues and the world
Here’s the first group of cards and the spiritual principle of unity, oneness and love guiding my choice of focus for the cards.
Can you tell which cards reflect LOVE and which cards express VIRTUES?
“All the divine Manifestations (Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and, in more recent times, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh) have proclaimed the oneness of God and the unity of mankind.
They have taught that men should love and mutually help each other in order that they might progress. Now if this conception of religion be true, its essential principle is the oneness of humanity.”
“The fundamental truth of the Manifestations* is peace. This underlies all religion, all justice. The divine purpose is that men should live in unity, concord and agreement and should love one another.” – Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace
*Throughout the ages, God has sent Divine Messengers known as Manifestations of God among them – Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and, in more recent times, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh)—to cultivate humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities.