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The Nature of Spiritual Law – by Mike Moum

The Universal House of Justice, the authority in the Baha’i Faith to which all must turn, has stated:

“Just as there are laws governing our physical lives, requiring that we must supply our bodies with certain foods, maintain them within a certain range of temperatures, and so forth, if we wish to avoid physical disabilities, so also there are laws governing our spiritual lives. These laws are revealed to mankind in each age by the Manifestation of God, and obedience to them is of vital importance if each human being, and mankind in general, is to develop properly and harmoniously.” (From a letter of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer; excerpts to all National Spiritual Assemblies, February 6, 1973: Messages from the Universal House of Justice, 1968-1973, pp. 105-106)

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The Covenant of Baha’u’llah and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity – by Mike Moum

It is often stated that the physical world is a metaphor for or analogous to the spiritual world, and in that context, while reading a popularized presentation of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, I wondered whether there was anything in the spiritual realm that the theory might be a metaphor for. After giving the matter some thought, I realized that the Baha’i Covenant “fit the bill”, as it were. Here is my thinking.

“It is indubitably clear, that the pivot of the oneness of mankind is nothing else but the power of the Covenant….”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, cited in “God Passes By”, pp. 238-39)

“No power can eliminate misunderstandings except that of the Covenant. The power of the Covenant is all-embracing, and resolveth all difficulties, for the Pen of Glory hath explicitly declared that whatever misunderstanding may arise should be referred to the Centre of the Covenant….”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, from a Tablet – translated from the Persian)

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Mullá Husayn receives the Declaration of the Báb (The First “Letter of the Living”) -by Govindah Chinapiel

imageYou will recall our previous post regarding the two luminaries, Shaykh Ahmad and Siyyid Kazim, who devoted their lives to the advent of the Qá’im (He who arises). Before Siyyid Kazim died, he told his followers to scatter and find the Promised One, the 12th Imam of Islam. Upon the death of Siyyid Kazim, fear and anxiety filled the hearts of his faithful disciples, but Mullá Husayn was very resilient and fervent in his quest of Him to whose advent his teacher had so often alluded.

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Shaykh Ahmad and Siyyid Kazim: (Announce the Appearance of the Bab) – By Govindah Chinapiel

imageThis is the first of three articles dedicated to a very unique window into the past which opens with the key Bábí historical figures namely Shaykh Ahmad, Siyyid Kazim, Mullá Husayn, and Quddus. This post focuses on a brief overview of Shaykh Ahmad and Siyyid Kazim, the two luminaries who had great knowledge about Islam and devoted their lives to the advent of the Qá’im (He Who Arises) and the Mahdi (Rightly Guided One). Their role in announcing the advent of the Bab is similar to John the Baptist in announcing Jesus Christ. The Bab appeared in the historical context of Islam, the same as Jesus did in the context of Judaism.

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The Concept of Covenant – By Mike Moum

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An understanding of the word “covenant” is essential to understanding the relationship between God and man. In the secular world, a covenant is like a contract, in that it is a binding agreement between two or more parties, characterized by the obligations imposed on each and the benefits that each will receive. It is the result of discussion, negotiation, and compromise. It is a lateral agreement in the sense that all involved parties are of the same station in the order of creation; in other words, they are equals.

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