No Kneeling, Sitting or Prostrating!

I feel my posts have all been quite serious so far in this one-month blogging challenge, and so I decided to share an embarrassing story I remembered after saying my morning prayers today.

On 23rd September last year I had the joy of saying those morning prayers in the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, Israel, a pleasure I had not enjoyed for some 14 years previous to that.

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Bahá’í-Inpsired Music

“We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high; make it not, therefore, as wings to self and passion.”
– Bahá’u’lláh

Around the middle of the last decade, I was very pleased to have a few friends who sent me CDs of Bahá’í music to play for my wife. I had heard some of the music before, but some of it was new to me and I was impressed with the quality of a lot of the music. This was also the time at which social media was becoming a bigger thing. MySpace, YouTube and then Facebook became popular places for sharing music and there was a flood of Bahá’ís sharing their music online. Continue reading Bahá’í-Inpsired Music

Introducing a Unique Calendar

I have always had an interest in things that are very different from what we are used to, for example, I remember my fascination when I first found that some languages are written from right to left, and an aspect of the Bahá’í Faith that strongly sparked this interest in me at an early age is the Bahá’í calendar, also called the Badí’ calendar.

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Virtually Hovering over Holy Places

This is a new update to my list of locations of Bahá’í holy places for use with Google Maps and Bing Maps.

Utilising the options available on the various mapping services (Google Maps, Google Earth, Bing Maps) such as Street View or Birds Eye View, these links will usually offer you ways of moving around the sites listed, or flying around them like Superman if you have a VR headset.  For Google Earth enter the location provided in parenthesis, for Bing Maps or Google Maps click on the relevant link. Continue reading Virtually Hovering over Holy Places

Pictures from the life of Shoghi Effendi

It is not an official commemoration on the Bahá’í calendar, but sixty years ago today “The Guardian of the Cause of God”, Shoghi Effendi, who was entrusted with the authority to guide the worldwide Bahá’í community and to interpret the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, his great-grandfather and grandfather, passed away, unexpectedly early,  having fallen victim to an Asian flu pandemic.

There would be little point in trying to pen an adequate blog post about who Shoghi Effendi was, the workload he carried, the challenges he faced and the victories he won. His wife, Hand of the Cause of God ‘Amatu’l-Bahá Ruhiyyih Khanum’s biography of his life, The Priceless Pearl, runs to 482 pages and Earl Redman’s story of his life through the recollections of those who met him, Shoghi Effendi through the Pilgrim’s Eye, contains two volumes totalling 879 pages, and both of those publications make it clear that this life was so full of sacrificial endeavours that – even were the records of all his efforts to exist – no number of volumes would contain adequate testimony to the  service he rendered humanity in the course of his lifetime.

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The Guardian’s Resting Place

I recently saw a set of decorated scented candles with “Home isn’t a feeling, it’s a place.” printed on the side, I was surprised to see it written that way round, though if I was going to see it anywhere it would be in the north-east of England where, outside of the cities which have very diverse populations, my southern accent used to frequently prompt the unwelcoming sounding question,  “Where do you belong?”

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Professor Browne’s Encounter, Remembered

Newcastle upon Tyne shares a special connection with many of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh that have recently been taking place around the world.

In the summer of 1886 a talented 24-year-old Cambridge natural sciences graduate, with an interest in oriental and middle-eastern affairs, and a flair for languages, and who was still also completing studies in medicine, was reading an 1866 publication in which its author, Arthur de Gobineau, provided eye-witness accounts of the gruesome persecutions faced by the followers of the Báb (the Prophet forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh) in Persia.

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Challenged

My last post on this blog was back in 2014, as I write this there is a “Recent Posts” list to the left which includes articles dating back to 2010. I thought that blogging was a dying trend and that sooner or later this domain name was going to be dominated by another project I had in mind.

Then, a few days ago, I got a notification on Facebook that I had been invited to join a group, I’ve been getting a lot of Facebook group invites recently and I usually just ignore them, but this one was interesting because it was from a Bahá’í blogger whom I had not been in touch with for a while, and the group he was inviting me to was in support of a challenge, to write a Bahá’í-related blog post each day for the month of November.

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Mac Freeware Essentials

Having used Windows computers much more than Macs there are certain applications I have come to rely upon which are available for free. The higher availability of great free applications has always been an advantage that Windows has over Mac OS, but there are now many great apps available for Mac OS, some of the ones I feel are particularly useful are listed below:

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