Exactly 25 years ago today, 30,000 Bahá’ís gathered in New York City for a four-day congress “to celebrate the centenary of the inauguration of the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh and to proclaim its aims and unifying power.” I had a lesson in selflessness at this event which many of my friends have heard me relate at least once. Continue reading 1992 Bahá’í World Congress
This post follows on from three earlier ones on the subject of the Badí’ calendar:
- Introducing a Unique Calendar – Introducing the calendar and its uniquely religious origins.
- Counting the Days – Exploring how we come to have the Gregorian calendar we use today and how the Badí’ calendar fixes some long-standing problems.
- Naw-Rúz – Touching on the historical, physical and spiritual significance of the first day of the Bahá’í year.
In this post I will introduce the structure of the calendar. Continue reading Badí’ Months, Days and Years
In a previous post I looked at how the Badí’ calendar is actually the first religious calendar system, and in a more recent post I looked at the development of the Gregorian calendar and how the Badí’ calendar fixes a couple of long-standing problems with it. In both posts I promised that more information on the calendar would follow, and today I will get as far as day one. Continue reading Naw-Rúz
Today, rather than writing anything new, I decided to check my logs and see what my top 5 Bahá’í-related posts have been over a period of 5 years. Continue reading Top Five Bahá’í-Related Posts
Bahá’u’lláh said: “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.” Sometimes it is easy to forget that the words with which a Bahá’í could ideally be described should refer to our deeds rather than to our feelings. Continue reading Deeds not Words
Every day Bahá’ís repeat “Alláh’u’Abhá”, meaning “God is Most Glorious” in Arabic, 95 times. How we know that we’ve reached our 95th repetition varies among Bahá’ís, ideally we have a method that allows us to focus on the meaning of the invocation, rather than the numbers. Continue reading Counting to 95
Bahá’ís promote love and unity, and stand against disunity, discord and estrangement. At least, this is what we claim. Continue reading Socially Unacceptable Unity
This coming Sunday, the Bahá’ís of North-East England will be voting for delegates to attend next year’s National Convention, where they will place votes for the membership of the National Spiritual Assembly. This is a short reflection on how Bahá’ís vote. Continue reading Bahá’í Elections
Not feeling I could do justice to any of the topics I was tempted to write about before the end of day 15 of the #bahaiblogging challenge, I decided instead to share some images of Bahá’í Houses of Worship from Instagram. These days, finding photographs of faraway places is becoming increasingly easy, and presented here are the continental Houses of Worship, and one local House of Worship, through the eyes, and lenses, of Instagram users. Continue reading InstaHouses of Worship
A couple of months ago I was reading the final chapter of Earl Redman’s “Shoghi Effendi: Through the Pilgrim’s Eye“, which focusses on the Bahá’í World Congress in London in 1963. This congress celebrated 100 years from Bahá’u’lláh declaring Himself a Manifestation of God.
Reference is made a couple of times, in that last chapter, to a special souvenir edition of the London Evening News and I was wondering whether I would be able to Google a copy of it somewhere. I couldn’t, but – as luck should have it – that same afternoon I was clearing out a Bahá’í property and found a pile of Newspaper clippings from the time of the Congress, including the front and back pages of that special edition. Continue reading London Evening News – Monday April 29, 1963