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July 20, 2006

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wuregan

Thought you might be interested in this I am not a follower of Baha'i Faith but it's interesting to note that you have suggested some of which this man wrote about during his life:
Bahá'u'lláh, whose name means "The Glory of God" in Arabic, was born on 12 November 1817 in Tehran. The son of a wealthy government minister, Mirza Buzurg-i-Nuri, His given name was Husayn-`Ali and His family could trace its ancestry back to the great dynasties of Iran's imperial past. Bahá'u'lláh led a princely life as a young man, receiving an education that focused largely on horsemanship, swordsmanship, calligraphy and classic poetry.

Teddy

When you say that you pray for world peace it is often equated with running for Miss America. The News is so bleak that it makes it difficult to maintain a hopeful outlook for this world. Yet you must see all things before they can become a reality. How can we see a peaceful world? The only yardstick i can hold is the parallel between societies outcry against atrocities or their complaiancy. If there is another way to hold on to hope, i need to hear it.

Robert

Hi wuregan - Yes, the teachings of Baha'u'llah (and his teacher, Bab) are an important form of some qualities of a universal religion. It arose in the 19th century at the same time as Marxism as two examples of a more universal approach to humankind, but Marxism fell far short of its potential due to its inherent a-theism, whereas Baha'i is a major force for good in our world. Of course, they are persecuted by fundamentalist Islamists, just as all universal progressive philosophies are harassed by reactionaries who cling to separatist ideas.

Hi Teddy - It is important to remember violence is unsustainable, and only a few actually want it. Most people do not want to live in fear with violence. Most want peace and prosperity. The news is complicit in the most negative thoughtforms, and try to avoid karmic responsibility by pretending to be evenhanded and neutral. Yes humanity will survive, and thrive again in the not-so-distant future, when the Earth changes have passed and the world and its peoples are radically changed. Remember there is a picture of life on Earth in Divine Mind, and that is the one that will ultimately be made manifest, despite terrifying temporary local conditions.

The hope is in the knowledge that the Divine Law works itself out in many ways, whether we see it or understand it or not. And that the best way to fight evil is to make progress in the good, which always survives evil. Evil loses its power the minute it has overcome the good, but good always sprouts anew from the charred ashes of the past. Make yourself strong in heart and mind, and be resolved to learn, to apply, to become wise in the knowledge and skills that are your Divine gift, and then live life for all it's worth for however many minutes you are allowed. And the more good deeds you do, the longer you're allowed, up to the final probability built into your wiring.

Tracey

Hi Teddy
When it's really hard to hold on to hope try listening to Robert Gass chant CD om namaha shivaya. It's been miraculously healing in my life, helping me to shift fear, hopelessness and despair at a time when I was drowning in all three emotions - so thought I'd share it with you. The CD is produced Spring Hill Music, Boulder, USA.

Felita

Dear Robert , May the light of right understanding shine on the institutions of power.
"our inspiration can come only from our faith that right must ultimately prevail" Mahatma Ghandi.
Has Jupiter in Capricorn shifted our philosophical views as a group? Does it act transpersonally?
Thanking you Aum Shanti Felita

Robert

Hi Felita - I believe Jupiter in Capricorn is giving everyone a new lens through which to view philosophical and spiritual realities. Jupiter (and Saturn) are bridges from the known to the unknown. Through Jupiter we learn a larger vision of wider possibilities. This is a year of practical inspiration helping us reorganize in ways that we can embrace a wider contribution and group work in 2009, a deeper and vaster compassion in 2010, leading to powerful new beginnings in 2011 to be anchored as concrete values in 2012.

Felita

Hi Robert, Thanking you once again, it's all getting clearer.Watching Jupiter moving ,sounds like a good name for a song.
Aum Shanti Felita

nithesh

tell me about gandhi

Robert

Hi Nithesh - He was probably the closest thing to a living Buddha or Christ any of us will ever know. There are several great biographies of Gandhi out there. I recommend Eknath Eswaran's, the William Shirer book of his time with Gandhiji, as well as the Master's autobiography. I'm sure you can find these.

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