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18 Feb
2013
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‘Abdu’l-Bahá and faith

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and faith

  “As ye have faith, so shall your powers and blessings be,” the Master said to the very first group of Western pilgrims visiting Him in Haifa in 1898[1].  Also during His travels in the West, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke of the […]

10 Mar
2012
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Paris Talks Revisited: The Power of the Holy Spirit

Paris Talks Revisited: The Power of the Holy Spirit

On 18 November 1911 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained the 11th principle of His Father’s teachings:  The Power of the Holy Spirit: In the teaching[s] of Bahá’u'lláh, it is written: ‘By the Power of the Holy Spirit alone is man able to progress, […]

1 Feb
2012
Paris Talks Revisited: Means of Existence

Paris Talks Revisited: Means of Existence

One of the most important principles of the Teachings of Baha’u’llah is: The right of every human being to the daily bread whereby they exist, or the equalization of the means of livelihood. A talk given in Paris on the […]

20 Jan
2012
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Paris Talks Revisited: The Unity of Religion and Science

Paris Talks Revisited: The Unity of Religion and Science

There is no contradiction between true religion and science. When a religion is opposed to science it becomes mere superstition: that which is contrary to knowledge is ignorance. These words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá could almost end the discussion on whether or […]

12 Jan
2012
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Paris Talks Revisited: Religion Ought to the Cause of Love and Affection

Paris Talks Revisited: Religion Ought to the Cause of Love and Affection

The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men. Throughout His discourses in Paris, […]

3 Jan
2012
Paris Talks Revisited: The Search after Truth

Paris Talks Revisited: The Search after Truth

On 10 November, 1911 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke about the first principle of Bahá’u’lláh’s Teachings: the Search after Truth.  He explained the principle primarily in the context of religions claiming to be the exclusive keepers of truth and emphasized that we must […]

19 Dec
2011
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Paris Talks Revisited: The Relation Between Man and God

Paris Talks Revisited: The Relation Between Man and God

What is the relation between man and God?  I find this to be a ‘big’ question because, as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explains, God is the Infinite, the Unknowable: Things which are understood by men cannot be outside their capacity for understanding, so […]

16 Dec
2011
Paris Talks Revisited: Beauty and Harmony in Diversity

Paris Talks Revisited: Beauty and Harmony in Diversity

I wonder how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talk on the 28th of October 1911 stood in contrast with the widespread and generally accepted nationalistic and racist ideas of the time. While we have made progress since then in letting go such ideas, the ways […]

12 Dec
2011
Podcast 9: No True Happiness and Progress Without Spirituality

Podcast 9: No True Happiness and Progress Without Spirituality

On November 21, 1911 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gave a talk on true happiness and progress saying, I want to make you understand that material progress and spiritual progress are two very different things, and that only if material progress goes hand in […]

8 Dec
2011
Paris Talks Revisited: The Two Natures in Man

Paris Talks Revisited: The Two Natures in Man

As humans, we are, or should be, well-accustomed to the two sides of a coin. Objective and subjective; literal and figurative; justice and mercy – these are a few examples of dual processes that surround our lives. This is not […]