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Decisions affecting the implementation of the Badi` calendar as of Ridvan 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen McGlinn, Sen's Daily   
Friday, 11 July 2014

Editorial, July 10

The Universal House of Justice, the international governing body of the Bahai community, has released a letter detailing three decisions that will allow for the uniform implementation of the Bahai calendar (known as the badi` calendar) in countries that have solar and lunar calendars, with effect from March 21, 2015.

The first decision is that Tehran “will be the spot on the earth that will serve as the standard for determining, … the moment of the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere and thereby the day of Naw-Ruz for the Baha’i world.” The equinox occurs when the planet, in its orbit around the sun, reaches the point at which its poles incline neither towards nor away from the sun, with the result that the northern and southern hemispheres are equally illuminated. At that precise moment, the time of day or night differs around the globe (as at any astronomical moment). It may be noon in one country, and past nightfall in another country. In the Kitab-e Aqdas, Baha’u’llah states that “The Festival of Naw-Ruz falleth on the day that the sun entereth the sign of Aries [that is, at the moment of the equinox], even should this occur no more than one minute before sunset.” The ruling of the House of Justice means that if the astronomical moment of equinox occurs before sunset in Tehran, on March 20, Bahais around the world will celebrate Naw Ruz on March 20. If the equinox occurs when the sun has already set in Tehran, they will celebrate Naw Ruz on March 21, and so on.

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Sacred Mythology and the Bah Faith PDF Print E-mail
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Written by William Collins, JBS, 1990   
Friday, 11 July 2014

When we understand a history such as The Dawn-Breakers in its mythological context, then its social and psychological value as a guideline to our own lifes quests and our participation in a sacred drama become evident.

Myths are metaphors that convey truth about the indescribable through powerful images and experiences. The mythological models synthesized by Joseph Campbell, such as the monomyth with its attendant metaphysical. cosmological, sociological, and psychological purposes, underscore the fundamental unity of human spiritual experience. The Bah Faith employs three significant spiritual verities to fulfil the purposes of myth and to open for all Bah the full depth and range of the worlds mythologies: The unknowable nature of the Ultimate Mystery; the relativity of religious/mythological truth; and the necessity of science and investigation of reality. The Bah Faith also possesses a sacred dramahistory as mythfrom which the Bah community takes its signposts for individual and collective development. All of these aspects of Bah mythology are the basis for a coherent mythological landscape through which each human being must travel. The mythological universe created by Bahullh frees the soul to experience and understand all mythologies, to explore and be awed by the physical universe understood by science and reason, and to undertake the universal adventure through which all may become fully human.

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Opposition and its beneficial effects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen McGlinn, Abdu'l-Baha speaks   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014

This is the custom of ignorant people: if they have no proof, their weapon is slander. If they could offer evidence, they would not attack in that way.

A talk given on November 19, 1911, in Paris

A provisional translation from Khetabat-e Mubarakeh (Talks of Abdul-Baha) p. 186, using the Word text in Persian available from the Bahai Reference Library and a partial German translation by Soroush Shahidinejad in his commentary Zu Abdul-Bahas Risaliy-i-Siyasiyyih, published in Zeitschrift fr Bahai-Studien (2013, p. 69).

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Horton hears a whoso PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Marshall, The Cormorant Baker   
Monday, 30 June 2014
Horton hears a who book cover

Sooner or later, every Bahai gets to hear a whoso. I heard quite a few in the Dunedin community just after Alison was removed from membership. Listen in, and you might hear one, too.

"The sacred and youthful branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, as well as the Universal House of Justice to be universally elected and established, are both under the care and protection of the Abh Beauty, under the shelter and unerring guidance of the Exalted One (may my life be offered up for them both). Whatsoever they decide is of God. Whoso obeyeth him not, neither obeyeth them, hath not obeyed God; whoso rebelleth against him and against them hath rebelled against God; whoso opposeth him hath opposed God; whoso contendeth with them hath contended with God; whoso disputeth with him hath disputed with God; whoso denieth him hath denied God; whoso disbelieveth in him hath disbelieved in God; whoso deviateth, separateth himself and turneth aside from him hath in truth deviated, separated himself and turned aside from God. May the wrath, the fierce indignation, the vengeance of God rest upon him!" The Will And Testament of Abdul-Bah

When you hear a whoso, it's becauseasour kangaroo has objected to the small people having a voice.

Humpf! humpfted a voice. Twas a sour kangaroo.
And the young kangaroo in her pouch said Humpf too.
Why, that speck is as small as the head of a pin.
A person on that?... Why, there never has been!
Horton Hears a who

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