We are back home in Bombay. Martin and Grazyna left last night for Berlin. I miss them. It’s good there is work for me to do here – like explaining Stan Schaap to Ross Campbell and investigating the Baha’i faith.
When we returned from our sight-seeing tour there was a letter in my e-mail from Ross Campbell: “Hi Ursula, I am wondering where Stan Schaap fits into the picture of your reflections? May I suggest you investigate the Baha’i Faith?”
The first question is easy: Without Stan Schaap my reflections would still be foisted upon a few near and dear ones who are not terribly interested in my musings. Left unshared, my reflections would continue to clog my system with what I call spiritual constipation.
I accepted an invitation to share my writings, found Stan and never looked back. Stan has taken my home-page (Now it is: http://www.powertoshare.com/dropzone/index.php?cat=4) on his site. He has also posted my journal and adds pages from time to time.
When it comes down to fundamentals, I find Stan’s web site with favorites and links the best discovery I ever made.
Discoveries need to be shared. Ross Campbell, has probably made his astonishing suggestion that I should investigate the Baha’i Faith, so that I may tell you about it.
Let’s be frank. The Baha’ies do not need to recruit us into their fold. “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens” as they say, is something I think is obvious to all of us who connect here.
After we saw the first satellite pictures of our beautiful little blue planet afloat in the vast space of our own solar system, national borders became artificial and somehow unreal.
More recently, in the contexts of the Seattle riots, I was asked what I thought about globalization. I had to admit that I didn’t think about it one way or the other. We know Earth is a Globe and we are all here together.
Now I think I have been recruited to draw others into the magic circle of like-minded souls who shall do some homework to become the critical mass which will determine the future of this planet. Do you agree???
The first step would be working for unification of the human family, building a peaceful, global society.
None seem more apt than the main principles which the Baha’i Faith promotes to achieve of this goal.
- The abandonment of all forms of prejudice
- Assurance to women of full equality of opportunity with men
- Recognition of the unity and relativity of religious truth
- The elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth
- The realization of universal education
- The responsibility of each person to independently search for truth
- The establishment of a global commonwealth of nations
- Recognition that true religion is in harmony with reason and the pursuit of scientific knowledge
The Baha’i Faith offers us a means of walking the spiritual path with practical feet. This is just a reminder that we need to spread the message. There are people out there waiting for the millennium, wondering what it will bring.
Let’s make sure it will be glorious.
The net has great Baha’i pages from Basic Teachings of Baha’u’Hah to next door New Era developments. Here in India there is a Bha’i approach to vocational education to give youngsters an increased sense of self-confidence, resulting in a desire to serve the community.
At http://pub14.ezboard.com/bbahai you may find an excellent forum for questions, comments and suggestions regarding any subject you find important.
I have received an almost instant confirmation from firstname.lastname@example.org confirming I’ve been added to the Free Baha’i Newsletter subscribers list.
It bodes well for the coming millenium.