THE LIFE OF ‘ABDU’L BAHA The life of…

THE LIFE OF ‘ABDU’L-BAHA
The life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Exemplar of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, stands out as a shining example of what real happiness is. From the age of nine He shared the sufferings and persecutions inflicted upon His Father, spending forty years in ‘Akká as a prisoner of two Turkish despots. Yet during those dark years, He remained the most cheerful of the companions of Bahá’u’lláh, and poured out His love on all whom He met. A few years after His release, He said:

Freedom is not a matter of place, but of condition. I was happy in that prison, for those days were passed in the path of service.
To me prison was freedom.
Troubles are a rest to me.
Death is life.
To be despised is honour.
Therefore was I full of happiness all through that prison time.

When one is released from the prison of self, that is indeed freedom! For self is the greatest prison.

When this release takes place, one can never be imprisoned. Unless one accepts dire vicissitudes, not with dull resignation, but with radiant acquiescence, one cannot attain this freedom. 8

Form and Formlessness Interpenetrate Consciousness is the intelligence…

Form and Formlessness Interpenetrate

Consciousness is the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the arising of form. Consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years so that it can express itself through them in the manifested.

Although the unmanifested realm of pure consciousness could be considered another dimension, it is not separate from this dimension of form.

Form and formlessness interpenetrate. The unmanifested flows into this dimension as awareness, inner space, Presence.

How does it do that? Through the human form that becomes conscious and thus fulfills its destiny. The human form was created for this higher purpose, and millions of other forms prepared the ground for it.

~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle http://www.eckharttolle.com/

BREATH MATTERS Take a look at these short…

BREATH MATTERS: Take a look at these short quotes from – Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sufism, Taoism

1) “Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul.” Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selection #12, p. 27

2) “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

3) So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. – John 20:21-22

4) “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray, ‘Om Chanting and Meditation’

5) God made Adam’s body out of the dust of the earth. Later, the “man became a living soul” only after God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” – Genesis 2:7

6) “At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door
and open the love-window.
The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.”
― Rumi, A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings

7) Embracing Tao, you become embraced.
Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.
Clearing your vision, you become clear.
Nurturing your beloved, you become impartial.
Opening your heart, you become accepted.
Accepting the World, you embrace Tao.
Bearing and nurturing,
Creating but not owning,
Giving without demanding,
Controlling without authority,
This is love.”
― Lao Tzu, The Teachings of Lao-Tzu: The Tao-Te Ching

AND A FEW MORE INTERESTING ONES!

“Dum spiro, spero” (While I breath I hope)
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“You are where you need to be. Just take a deep breath.”
― Lana Parrilla

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our
breath away.

  • Maya Angelou

Sioux Saying – “Life is like a buffalo. Its there and then its gone. Life comes and goes like the cloud of a moist breath on a cloudy morning.”

Hopi Saying – “Take the breath of the new dawn and make it part of you. It will give you strength.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson – “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.””It is not length of life, but the depth. All life is an experiment.”

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

To a gentleman who was questioning him he…

To a gentleman who was questioning him, he remarked

“The beginnings of all great religions were pure; but priests, taking
possession of the minds of the people, filled them with dogmas
and superstitions, so that religion became gradually corrupt.

I come to teach no new religion. ‘My only desire is, through the
blessing of God, to show the road to the Great Light.”

Touching the gentleman gently on his shoulder, as a loving father might
touch a son, he went on to say, “I am no Prophet, only a man like
yourself.”

Abdu’l-Baha

SOURCE – http://www.paintdrawer.co.uk/david/folders/Spirituality/001=Bahai/eBooks%20optimised%20to%20Print/Abdu’l-Baha/Abdu’l-Baha%20in%20London%20(9.5%20pt,%2018%20sides)%5B53%5D.pdf

November 26th, 1911.

You can have the other words — chance…

You can have the other words — chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it.

~ Mary Oliver ~

MODERN EDUCATION ” What was educationally significant and…

MODERN EDUCATION

” What was educationally significant and hard to measure has been replaced by what is educationally insignificant and easy to measure. So now we measure how well we’ve taught what isn’t worth learning! “ (Arthur Costa)

The mercies and bounties of God are with…

The mercies and bounties of God are with them. The rich are mostly negligent, inattentive, steeped in worldliness, depending upon their means, whereas the poor are dependent upon God, and their reliance is upon Him, not upon themselves. Therefore, the poor are nearer the threshold of God and His throne. (Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 33)

WHAT IS INTER SPIRITUALITY some definitions Brother Wayne…

WHAT IS INTER-SPIRITUALITY? – some definitions

Brother Wayne coined the term “interspirituality” in his book The Mystic Heart, defining the term as;

“the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” WT Wayne Teasdale

“Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience. We call this new awareness Interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” – Wayne Teasdale, Mystic Heart

‘…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.’ WT p26 The Mystic Heart

“Interspiritual dialogue can underpin a new kind of inter-religious dialogue” Wayne Teasdale

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“Interspirituality is not a new form of spirituality or an overarching synthesis of what exists, but a willingness and determination to taste the depth of mystical life in other traditions.

Interfaith encounter, interreligious dialogue, and the collaborations of the religions, whether through interfaith organizations or more directly in bilateral relationships, are becoming permanent features of a new global culture.

Our knowledge of other religions and cultures is likewise increasing, opening the door to a universal understanding of religion, spirituality, and culture.” A Monk in the World, Wayne Teasdale
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“identifying and embracing the mystical core or common ground of the world’s religions.”

This broad definition takes within its embrace solidarity with all human beings, benevolence, self-knowledge, simplicity of life, selfless service, compassionate action, and prophetic voice. –

See the Bussat’s book review here – http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/books/books.php?id=24657

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Interspirituality is the coming together of people of all faiths and religions to create community and bonds that transcend the boundaries of religious definition and dialogue. – https://www.facebook.com/Interspiritual/info
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The only conceivable religion for the 21stC is spirituality itself. – Wayne Teasdale – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxiJhHWu7hE
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“In a nutshell Interspirituality means that when you have entered the world of the Heart, the question of who is right or wrong with regard to belief or creed is pretty much irrelevant” Wayne Teasdale

-0-KURT JOHNSON: There is a slightly longer explanation of the difference between Interspirituality and Interfaith HERE. Or maybe you want the short answer.

In at nutshell conventional “Interfaith” is a discussion amongst the myriad organized religions of the world with a mind to promoting dialogue, tolerance and peace. A somewhat deeper level of spirituality (and a welcoming heart) brings one to a “Trans-traditional Spirituality”. Here one recognizes the abundant riches of all the world’s spiritual experiences and traditions. But one may still be concerned about “who’s ‘right’?”

Digging deeper, the meditative, mystical and contemplative life (the life of Consciousness) inevitably leads one to discover that, EXPERIENTIALLY, the deepest realization of all beings is the same. It is one that transcends ideas, beliefs or concepts but also includes them all. It is about profound interconnectedness and, in that, loss of the experience of separation. In short, it is the world of the Heart– unconditional love. Here we see everything else truly as ourselves. The idea of “who is right” becomes irrelevant.

This shared experience is the Heart of InterSpirituality. Accordingly, it is closely linked to historical terms like “Awakening” and “Enlightenment” (though it may be understood just mentally at first and then must deepen into the primordial Consciousness and Heart). Its nature is to be lived and embodied fully.

Although this realization has permeated the journey in Consciousness throughout history, it is now more common. And, a profound implication has also emerged more strongly in recent years. This is the inherent relationship of Interspirituality to the Heart’s desire that all things manifest and reflect this dream. This is what has manifested the world transformation movement.

History of the word “Interspiritual”:

Bro. Wayne coined the word “interspiritual” in his classic book The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions in 1999. The original spelling was “interspiritual” and, later, as Bro. Wayne’s work expanded, he also began using InterSpiritual for “branding” purposes (probably because it had a bit more “pizzaz” and was a distinctive spelling). However, he also continued using the spelling “interspiritual” in discussion texts. When the network, InterSpiritual Dialogue (www.isdna.org) was founded (2002) the word on the legal documents (regarding the name) was InterSpiritual, with the word interspiritual also used in text parts of that document. As the word got used verbally more and more around the world, other people started spelling it like it sounded, leading to the other spellings “inter-spiritual” and “inter spiritual”. – http://multiplex.isdna.org/interspi.htm

Is there enough Silence for the Word…

“Is there enough Silence for the Word to be heard?” T.S. Eliot asks in his poem ‘Ash Wednesday’.

http://www.msgr.ca/msgr-7/ash_wednesday_t_s_eliot.htm

Truth is a shining goddess always veiled always…

Truth is a shining goddess, always veiled, always distant,
never wholly approachable, but worthy of all the
devotion of which the human spirit is capable.

Bertrand Russell