Selected writings of Baháʼuʼlláh provides an overview of the Prophet's teachings, including sections on God and His Messengers, the path to God, spiritual aspects of the world civilizaton described by Baháʼuʼlláh, the nature of the human soul and its journey after death, and the renewal of God's covenant with humanity.
Some of the fundamental questions that millions have asked throughout mankind’s history is “If God exists, who is He? how can I know Him? is it possible to imagine Him? how can I talk to Him? Is God another of our mental categories and, therefore product of our imagination, a figment of our brain chemistry, or does God really exist and has communicated with us in a verifiable and objective manner revealing to us who He really is? If such communication has already occurred, then, in what manner has it happened? If it already occurred, what has God revealed about Himself that helps us understand who He is; what is His ultimate Essence? We hope the reflections presented in this book will provide a satisfactory answer that fills our daily pilgrimage with optimism until we attain the presence of our Creator.
The Bahá'í Faith is a religion that was founded by Bahá'u'lláh in the mid-nineteenth century and has since spread all around the world. Though a way of life that is largely grounded in action, the mystical connection between the individual believer and God stands at its core. The seeker of truth aims to walk the mystical path with practical feet. This book highlights the place of mysticism in the Bahá'í Faith through an exploration of its sacred literature. It discusses Bahá'u'lláh’s teachings on God and creation, the purpose of life, the nature of spiritual experience and transformation, as well as the principles and practices that the spiritual seeker utilises on the path of transformation. Through this exploration we discover the potential of the human being to live an active and spiritual life in this world, drawing closer to God. Each person was created in the image of God and has the capacity to mirror all of God’s perfections, experiencing His light both in the outside world and within, in this world and the next.
Bahá’í Faith: The Basics provides a thorough and accessible introduction to a fascinating, independent world religion. Examining its historical development, current “community-building” efforts and the social contributions of the Bahá’í Faith in the world today, this introduction covers: • Beliefs: Bahá’í spiritual teachings. • Principles: Bahá’í social teachings. • History: Bahá’u’lláh and his covenant. • Scripture: Bahá’í sacred texts and inspired guidance. • Institutions: The Bahá’í Administrative Order. • Building community: What Bahá’ís do. • Social action: Bahá’í social and economic development projects. • Public discourse: The Bahá’í International Community. • Vision: Foundations for a future golden age. With features including a glossary of terms, and references to the Bahá’í writings throughout, this is the ideal text for students and interested readers wanting to familiarize themselves with the Bahá’í Faith.
Television, radio, newspapers or the internet show a daily dismal world scenario. Every week, every month there is a major civil conflict or a terrorist attack somewhere. All over the world innocent are imprisoned, women are victims of domestic violence, are forced into underpaid labor or sex work. Children are still dying by the millions before they are five years old due to unsanitary conditions, lack of safe drinking water or malnourishment. Malaria and HIV-AIDS kill millions yearly and thousands of adolescents are kidnapped to become rebel soldiers. Autocratic governments deny democratic participation to the majority and suppress ferociously any popular peaceful manifestation. The worlds climate is now threatened due to man-made disequilibrium inflicted on the atmosphere by uncontrolled fumes and gas emissions of all types. Water sources are being poisoned by unscrupulous corporations dumping huge amounts of deadly chemicals into waterways. The inequality between rich and poor nations is so vast that 7 - 10% of the worlds population controls the natural and financial resources of the world at the expense of the rest who have no access to a minimum for survival. The reasons for this hellish situation are multiple and varied. They encompass deeply ingrained religious beliefs, unacceptable economic, military and power disparities, and uncontrolled moral degradation affecting all realms of everyday life. These problems have profound spiritual causes and thus require a spiritual perspective. Discover the origin of the new Divine Invitation and the specific solutions it offers for todays major world problems.
In today's world, you don't have to look far to find violence, hatred, and deep spiritual rifts. From discouraging headlines of religious upheaval splashed across the front pages, to quiet tensions among people you encounter every day, divergences in the way humans lead their spiritual lives crop up in many different ways. Holding the firm belief that our likenesses vastly outnumber our differences, Dr. Patrick Swift compiled One Mountain, Many Paths in the wake of the September 11th attacks. One Mountain, Many Paths is filled with uplifting quotes from the sacred texts of all the great religious traditions. Serving as a collection of guideposts for the reader's spiritual journey, the book illuminates the common threads of faith, hope, and love that weave together these traditions—including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, indigenous proverbs, and many others.
These are extraordinary times. Terrorist attacks, devastating wars and religious conflicts, famine, global financial crisis and global warming afflict our planet. And “Though the world is encompassed with misery and distress, yet no man hath paused to reflect what the cause or source of that may be.” As the roots of all these problems are spiritual in nature, in this booklet we will pause to explore and reflect on some of the writings of the Bahá’í Faith in search of the causes of world turmoil and the actions needed for securing its peace.
With his Logic of Incarnation, James K. A. Smith has provided a compelling critique of the universalizing tendencies in some strands of postmodern philosophy of religion. A truly postmodern account of religion must take seriously the preference for particularity first evidenced in the Christian account of the incarnation of God. Moving beyond the urge to universalize, which characterizes modern thought, Smith argues that it is only by taking seriously particular differences--historical, religious, and doctrinal--that we can be authentically religious and authentically postmodern. Smith remains hugely influential in both academic discourse and church movements. This book is the first organized attempt to bring both of these aspects of Smith's work into conversation with each other and with him. With articles from an internationally respected group of philosophers, theologians, pastors, and laypeople, the entire range of Smith's considerable influence is represented here. Discussing questions of embodiment, eschatology, inter-religious dialogue, dogma, and difference, this book opens all the most relevant issues in postmodern religious life to a unique and penetrating critique.
A riveting historical account of a prisoner in a Turkish penal colony and the world-changing letters he sent to the religious and secular leaders. Between 1867 and 1873 a solitary prisoner in a Turkish penal colony wrote a series of letters to the kings and emperors of the day, predicting with amazing accuracy the course of modern history: the fall of several nations, the overthrow of certain individual monarchs, the decline of specific religious institutions, the rise of communism, and the threat of nuclear weapons. The prisoner was Baha'u'llah, Prophet and Founder of the Baha'i Faith. What was the source of the prisoner's knowledge? What did the letters have to say about the future of humanity in the twenty-first century? The answers are here.
"Brief synopses of more than 30 influential groups, including the Integral Yoga Institute, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Human Potential movement, are also covered. Each major group is contrasted with traditional biblical teachings for easy comparison and study. Straightforward organization and clearly marked sections make [this book] easy to use. Other helpful features include: brief summaries of basic tenants and sources of authority; helpful charts for quick reference; an in-depth doctrinal appendix for further study..." -- BACK COVER.
In The Ascent of Society: The Social Imperative in Personal Salvation, author John S. Hatcher answers questions that have been explored by spiritual seekers for many yearshow does personal spiritual development translate into social experience? Is there a social imperative connected with individual spiritual growth? Is involvement with others necessary for one to evolve spiritually? This penetrating study describes the objective of personal spiritual growth as an ever-expanding sense of self that requires social relationships in order to develop. Hatcher focuses on the Bah belief that human history is a divinely guided process in which spiritual principles are gradually and progressively expressed in social institutions. He demonstrates that the aspirant to spiritual transformation cannot view personal health and development as being possible apart from the progress of human society as a whole.