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  • Ten "Non-Commandments" for atheists and humanists: I reject eight of them.

    Hadley-Ives family update
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    Lex Bayer and John Figdor have a new book out: “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century,” and I've just read a review of it.I'm glad to see such a book.  I do hope non-religious persons and materialists and atheists and so forth will devote time and effort to defining their ethics and trying to live according to their ethics.  I think non-religious ethics are not likely to give us a sustainable world or a particularly good society.  But at least the attempt is important, and I wish them well. By the way, I consider…
  • Tolkien: Archetype and Word

    Hadley-Ives family update
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:55 pm
    I have just enjoyed reading a fine essay published in October of 2013 examining the Lord of the Rings in terms of Jungian archetypes.  The review essay is by Patrick Grant (of the University of Victoria in British Columbia), and it is entitled: "Tolkien: Archetype and Word" (published on the Jung Page).  It's quite long, but if you are seriously into Tolkien and have some interest in Carl Jung, I think you'll enjoy every paragraph of it.
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    Bahái Words
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    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! These are the days whereon Thou hast bidden all men to observe the fast, that through it they may purify their souls and rid themselves of all attachment to anyone but Thee. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • Los Angeles marks Education is Not a Crime Day

    Baha'i World News Service Headlines
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    LOS ANGELES — Over 1100 people gathered at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, 27 February to honor those Baha'is who have been denied the right to higher education in Iran. "Education is Not a Crime – Live 2015" was a major event for the campaign "Education is Not a Crime", which was launched in November 2014 by Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker who...
  • March 3

    Bahái Words
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    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Prayer and fasting is the cause of awakening and mindfulness and conducive to protection and preservation from tests. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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    Baha'i World News Service Headlines

  • Los Angeles marks Education is Not a Crime Day

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    LOS ANGELES — Over 1100 people gathered at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, 27 February to honor those Baha'is who have been denied the right to higher education in Iran. "Education is Not a Crime – Live 2015" was a major event for the campaign "Education is Not a Crime", which was launched in November 2014 by Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker who...
  • Outstanding collection of Baha'i literature finds permanent home

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    SANDY, United Kingdom — An extensive library of Baha'i books and related literature has been opened to academic researchers, exactly 35 years to the day after the passing of the library's founder. When he died in London on 12 February 1980, the distinguished scholar, historian, and writer Hasan M. Balyuzi (1908-1980) left behind an extraordinary collection of some 10,000 books, as well as a...
  • "Education is Not a Crime" gains momentum

    8 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    LOS ANGELES — Education is Not a Crime, a worldwide campaign drawing attention to the constructive response of the Baha'i community to the Iranian government's systematic denial of university education to young Baha'is, is gaining momentum as it nears its global day of action, 27 February. The campaign's website highlights the breadth of efforts...
  • Archbishop Tutu condemns denial of education to Baha'is of Iran

    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    CAPE TOWN — In a statement published on 30 January, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African social rights activist and Nobel Peace Laureate added his voice to the chorus of condemnation of the denial of the right of Baha'is to higher education by the government of Iran. Posted on the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation...
  • New international website of the Baha'i community launched

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    HAIFA — The website of the worldwide Baha'i community at www.bahai.org has been launched in a new version, representing the latest stage in the development of an official presence on the Web that extends back to 1996. The site explores the beliefs and writings of the Baha'i Faith and presents the experience of those throughout the world who, inspired by the...
 
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    Words
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Prayer and fasting is the cause of awakening and mindfulness and conducive to protection and preservation from tests. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  • March 2

    Words
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! These are the days whereon Thou hast bidden all men to observe the fast, that through it they may purify their souls and rid themselves of all attachment to anyone but Thee. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • March 1

    Words
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Effort must be made that slumbering souls may be awakened, the heedless become vigilant, and that the divine teachings, which constitute the spirit of this age, may reach the ears of the people of the world, may be propagated in the press and set forth with brilliance and eloquence in the assemblages of men. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  • February 28

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    27 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • February 27

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    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    O my beloved! Immeasurably exalted is the celestial Melody above the strivings of human ear to hear or mind to grasp its mystery! How can the helpless ant step into the court of the All-Glorious? And yet, feeble souls, through lack of understanding, reject these abstruse utterances, and question the truth of such traditions. Nay, none can comprehend them save those that are possessed of an understanding heart. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
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    Baha'is of Tacoma, Washington

  • Our Community Life – Junior Youth Camp

    Admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Over the weekend of February 14 – 16, 2015, twelve junior youth, two animators and one assisting youth gathered at a home in Gig Harbor for a three-day junior youth camp. The camp focused on studying and completing the  junior youth text Glimmerings of Hope, which over the course of twelve readings tells the story of Kibomi, a twelve-year-old from a small village in Africa who sets out to find his sister in another city after their parents fall victim to violent civil strife. Throughout his journey, Kibomi is presented with a number of opportunities to analyze prevailing social…
  • Junior Youth & Children in Service to the Community

    Admin
    21 Jun 2014 | 1:08 pm
      Junior youth and children from a neighborhood in east Tacoma learn lessons in contributing to the betterment of their community. Here, they pick up trash in their neighborhood. Photo by M. Yazdani.   Planting a tree is one small step to help beautify the neighborhood! Photos by S. Christy.         Man’s merit lieth in service and virtue and     not in the pageantry of wealth and riches.     Bahá’u’lláh              
  • Locate the site of the House of the Báb in Shiraz

    Admin
    7 Jun 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Photo is from: http://www.bahai-biblio.org The House of the Báb in Shiraz was the most holy place for Bahá’ís in Iran. It was destroyed in 1979 by the new regime. It is possible to go to Google Earth and see exactly where it was located.   It is advisable to first get a ground view of the site as it appears today. Go to YouTube and see a 33 second video showing the ground view: youtube.com/watch?v=qIdOFYDc3Rg. Go to Google Earth and type into its search window “Dastgheib Blvd, Shiraz”, and it will take you to that precise location, which you will be able to…
  • Rain down out of the clouds of Thy bounty

    Admin
    20 Jun 2013 | 5:47 pm
    O God, Who art the Author of all Manifestations, the Source of all Sources, the Fountain-Head of all Revelations, and the Well-Spring of all Lights! I testify that by Thy Name the heaven of understanding hath been adorned, and the ocean of utterance hath surged, and the dispensations of Thy providence have been promulgated unto the followers of all religions. I beseech Thee so to enrich me as to dispense with all save Thee, and be made independent of any one except Thyself. Rain down, then, upon me out of the clouds of Thy bounty that which shall profit me in every world of Thy worlds.
  • Every child must be taught arts

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    24 Apr 2013 | 5:21 pm
    O ye recipients of the favours of God! In this new and wondrous Age, the unshakeable foundation is the teaching of sciences and arts. According to explicit Holy Texts, every child must be taught crafts and arts, to the degree that is needful. Wherefore, in every city and village,  schools must be established and every child in that city or village is to engage in study to the necessary degree. It followeth that whatever soul shall offer his aid to bring this about will assuredly be accepted at the heavenly Threshold, and extolled by the Company on high. Since ye have striven hard toward…
 
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  • SQUIRREL!

    Borna Safai
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
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  • I miss this place.

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    9 Feb 2015 | 8:47 pm
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  • the perfect combination of @paulocoelho and @chipotlemexicangrill - #food for both #body and #soul!

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    2 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
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  • Zorro

    Borna Safai
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Zorro by Isabel AllendeMy rating: 4 of 5 starsI have been fascinated by the story of Zorro ever since watching the TV series in the early 90s, so when the opportunity came to read a book about him, I did not hesitate to pick it up.While it is always fun and exciting to read the stories of heroes and how they came to be, Diego de la Vega's striving for justice does not come out as too heroic or over the top. We get to follow his struggles as he grows up, caught between two parents and cultures, not knowing where he really belongs. As he travels to Spain to continue his education, while always…
  • a good evening.

    Borna Safai
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
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    Bahais Online

  • VIA FB: Did you know that Baha'u'llah uses a "subject of boys" metaphor to describe ...

    20 Feb 2015 | 7:19 pm
    The “beloved” (q.v.) in Persian lyrics is, as a rule, not a female, but a young male, often a pubescent or adolescent youth, or a young boy. HOMOSEXUALITY iii. IN PERSIAN LITERATURE - Encyclopaedia Iranica (http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/homosexuality-iii) For whereas in days past every lover besought and searched after his Beloved, it is the Beloved Himself Who now is calling His lovers and is inviting them to attain His presence. Baha'u'llah, Gleanings, CLI (http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-151.html#gr2) Full story...
  • Baha’i faith says no to condoms for children

    11 Feb 2015 | 8:12 pm
    THE National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is in Swaziland has come to clearly articulate its stand with regards to contraceptives and condoms for children. In a statement sent to the Swazi Observer yesterday, the Baha’i Faith stated that it was far from encouraging or even condoning sexual intimacy among children and even adults, saying the Baha’i faith urged chastity and abstinence. This follows an article carried by the Swazi Observer recently where representatives from the Baha’i Faith stated during the Global Day of Prayer and Action for Children that it would protect the rights…
  • Baha'u'llah in Kurdistan

    11 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    "Just over a year after arriving in Baghdad, Bahá’u’lláh withdrew to the mountainous wilderness of Kurdistan, where He lived alone for two years. He spent His time reflecting on the implications of the divine purpose to which He had been called." - Solitude in the mountains of Kurdistan (http://www.bahaullah.org/baghdad/solitude-in-mountains) Possible sources of images of the cave, and the area Baha'u'llah withdrew to: Srglv cave in Sulaimaniyah (http://translate.google.co.nz/translate?hl=en&sl=fa&u=https://bahrefana.wordpress.com/page/11/) Sargalo Sulaimaneyah Iraqi Kurdistan…
  • A Visit With Members Of The Baha'i Faith In The United States

    7 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    A Supreme Master Ching Hai International view of the Bahai Faith. A Visit with Members of the Baha'i Faith in the... (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2gmhvd_a-visit-with-members-of-the-baha-i-faith-in-the-united-states-2-2_lifestyle) by FaithInHuman (http://www.dailymotion.com/FaithInHuman)
  • Slain woman had tried to support abusive husband

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Friends of Leila Alavi say the 26-year-old hopelessly tried to support her troubled and abusive husband right up until he allegedly murdered her with a pair of scissors. ...Mr Hosseiniamraei followed the Baha'i faith and they were married at the Australian House of Worship on Sydney's northern beaches in 2011. Her body was found in her car on Saturday morning at the Auburn shopping complex where she worked as a hairdresser. That evening, police arrested and charged her 33-year-old husband Mokhtar Hosseiniamraei with murder. He was refused bail on Sunday and police told a Sydney court he "has…
 
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    Hadley-Ives family update

  • Tolkien: Archetype and Word

    21 Feb 2015 | 8:55 pm
    I have just enjoyed reading a fine essay published in October of 2013 examining the Lord of the Rings in terms of Jungian archetypes.  The review essay is by Patrick Grant (of the University of Victoria in British Columbia), and it is entitled: "Tolkien: Archetype and Word" (published on the Jung Page).  It's quite long, but if you are seriously into Tolkien and have some interest in Carl Jung, I think you'll enjoy every paragraph of it.
  • Why do so many people still admire Osho?

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Osho is quite popular here in Taiwan.  Some of my friends share quotations from him, and some of his ideas seem quite inspiring to people here.I know Osho as Rajneesh, and my main knowledge of him came from reading magazine and newspaper articles back in the 1980s when he and his followers created an intentional community in Oregon (Antelope, Oregon). I’ve had a life-long interest in alternative lifestyles, intentional communities, communes, and spiritual teachers, both those within the mainstream religious traditions and those outside those traditions. But, I haven’t really read or…
  • Seven Valleys

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
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  • Why is there no Social Democratic party in Taiwan Politics?

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
    On Monday the 8th of December in our English social work class at Tzu Chi University, we discussed the absence of a leftist party in Taiwan politics, and we especially discussed an article by 吳媛媛.  Taiwan has two coalitions, a "pan-blue" coalition led by the KMT and a "pan-green" coalition led by the DPP, but both of these parties seem to primarily serve the interests of Taiwan businesses and the military and civil servants. The DPP presents itself as more "progressive" than the KMT, and to a limited extent this claim is well-deserved, certainly in terms of social legislation,…
  • Ten "Non-Commandments" for atheists and humanists: I reject eight of them.

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    Lex Bayer and John Figdor have a new book out: “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century,” and I've just read a review of it.I'm glad to see such a book.  I do hope non-religious persons and materialists and atheists and so forth will devote time and effort to defining their ethics and trying to live according to their ethics.  I think non-religious ethics are not likely to give us a sustainable world or a particularly good society.  But at least the attempt is important, and I wish them well. By the way, I consider…
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    Iran Press Watch

  • Two Fresh Arrests in Yazd

    editor
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Source: hra-news.org Translation by Sen’s daily  HRANA – Security forces in Yazd have searched the home of the Bagheri family, for the third time in the past year. According to HRANA Press, the news portal of Human Rights Activists in Iran, they seized personal items and arrested Naser and Ghaez Bagheri. Mrs. Fariba Ashtari, the wife of Naser Bagheri, has just begun a two-year sentence in the central prison in Yazd (1).     1. See http://iranpresswatch.org/post/11488/ by
  • Authorities Target Baha’is in New Arrests

    editor
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Source: en.iranwire.com Friday 27, 2015 By Natasha Schmidt, Kian Sabeti   Intelligence Ministry agents raided a number of Baha’i homes in Tehran, Isfahan and Kerman and arrested 16 Baha’i citizens on February 16 and 17. Though eleven of the 16 detained have now been released, the arrests are the latest in a systematic campaign of brutality against the Baha’is, Iran’s largest minority religion. And, although Jewish and Christian Iranians also face persecution on a regular basis, because, as Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi has pointed out, “religion-based…
  • From Iran to Canada, Education Is Not a Crime

    editor
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Source: www.theglobeandmail.com By Maziar Bahari Contributed to The Globe and Mail Published Wednesday, Feb. 25 2015 Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist, author and filmmaker. His latest film is To Light a Candle. Across the country, Canadian schoolchildren are celebrating Freedom to Read week, a public affirmation of freedom of expression through the process of education. The right to read, write and express one’s thoughts should never be denied because an idea is unpopular. Yet, for thousands of Baha’i students in Iran, their ideas have led the government to ban them from…
  • Baha’i Couples Spend Valentine’s Day in Prison

    editor
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:21 pm
    February 13, 2015 Source: www.radiozamaneh.com/205372  By Kian Sabeti Translation by Iran Press Watch Human Rights activists report of intensified pressures on Baha’i citizens and incarceration of a large number of them in the past year. The statistics on the number of Baha’i prisoners are constantly changing, as many of the sentences that were issued in the past few years have been carried out in recent months. Among the latest, we can refer to the imprisonment of more than 10 Baha’i citizens in Kerman, Tonekabon, Arak, Semnan and Urumieh in the last two months. These widespread…
  • Start of Prison Sentence of Fariba Ashtari, Baha’i in Yazd

    editor
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Source: hra-news.org Translation by Iran Press Watch HRANA – Fariba Ashtari, a Baha’i resident of Yazd, started her two-year sentence on Saturday at the central prison of the city. She is the fourth of the the twenty Baha’is in the province whose sentence has been carried out. According to HRANA Press, the news portal of Human Rights Activists in Iran, on Saturday, 21 February 2015, Fariba Ashtari, a Baha’i resident of Yazd, presented herself to serve her two-year imprisonment at the city’s central prison. In addition to the prison sentence of two years, she is…
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  • Bahai libraries banned, closed, in four cities in Iran

    Sen
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Maf News, February 24, 2015. A recent memo signed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (pasdaran) states that Bahais are not permitted to own or manage libraries. In recent days, the Basij militia in the cities of Semnan and Sari (in the North), and in Yazd and Kerman (South-central Iran) has worked with the Pasdaran’s cultural surveillance agency to close libraries owned or managed by Bahais. The relevant documents were signed by local security forces. Six libraries in Semnan and Yazd have been closed, [Note: these are not necessarily libraries of Bahai books for use by Bahais: literacy…
  • Two fresh arrests in Yazd

    Sen
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    HRANA, February 28, 2015. Security forces in Yazd have searched the home of the Baqeri family, for the third time in the past year. They seized personal items and arrested Nasser and Qa’ez Baqeri (ناصر و قائز باقری). Mrs. Fariba Ashtari (فریبا اشتری), the wife of Nasser Baqeri, has just begun a 2-year sentence in the central prison in Yazd. Short link: http://wp.me/pNMoJ-2fb Older items can be found in the archive, here. Even older news is here. Filed under: Bahai rights Tagged: Bahai Faith, Human rights in Iran, Iran, religious persecution, Sen McGlinn, یزد,…
  • Fariba Ashtari begins her 2-year sentence in Yazd prison

    Sen
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:06 am
    HRANA, February 23, 2015. On February 21, Mrs. Fariba Ashtari (فریبا اشتری), a Bahai from Yazd, reported to the central prison in the city to begin serving a 2-year sentence. She has also been given a 12-month suspended sentence. She is the fourth of 20 Bahais who were arrested in central Iran in August 2012, to begin her sentence. These 20 Bahais were charged with propaganda against the regime and participation in Bahai community activities. Short link: http://wp.me/pNMoJ-2f7 Older items can be found in the archive, here. Even older news is here. Filed under: Bahai rights Tagged:…
  • Shahram Chiniyan beaten in prison again

    Sen
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:33 am
    Exiles Activist, February 21, 2015. Shahram Chiniyan Miandoab (میاندوآب شهرام چینیان ), a Bahai shopkeeper from Tehran who is serving an 8-year sentence in Raja’i Shahr prison, has again been beaten by prison guards and some prisoners from the criminal section of the prison. This follows a letter he wrote to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamene’i, complaining about prison conditions. The beating occurred on February 21, and another prisoner, Arash Moqaddam Aslanpour (آرش مقدم اصلان پور), is also reported to have been severely injured when…
  • Bahai community in India tipped to be first, as government expands recognition of religious minorities

    Sen
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Sunday Standard, February 22, 2015. The Indian government has decided to initiate a survey of the socio-economic status of those categorised as “others” in the census, because they do not fall into the existing list of six minority communities -— Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhists and Jains. “Till now, minority meant only Muslims. That’s going to change as more communities will be included,” an official working with the Ministry of Minority Affairs said. According to the official, 7.3 million people, or 0.6 percent of the total population, are “others.”…
 
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