Baha'i

Responding: 101 Questions Often Asked of Baha'is

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Stark asks a series of questions that have long been considered fundamental to our understanding of the modern world: Why was it that China, India, and Islam were backward by comparison with sixteenth century Europe? It likely annoyed Husayn Ali that his younger half-brother had acquired his lofty station in the movement he was a part of. MYTH A story that is not literally true, but which usually illustrates fundamental religious truths. Many of these religions share the same roots, but have diverged so much over the years that the only thing in common is the God they worship.

Leaves of Wisdom Volume 2: A Baha'i Coloring Resource Book

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For example, the Torah commands us not to work on Shabbat, but a gezeirah commands us not to even handle an implement that you would use to perform prohibited work (such as a pencil, money, a hammer), because someone holding the implement might forget that it was Shabbat and perform prohibited work. The local interaction between great traditions and local forms of worship and belief, based on village, caste, tribal, and linguistic differences, creates a range of ritual forms and mythology that varies widely throughout the country.

Spiritual Mothering: Toward an Ever-Advancing Civilization

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Although there are many interpretations of the term, occult is most often applied to methods of developing hidden powers through extensive specialized training and discipline of the will. He attained enlightenment after 13 years of deprivation and committed the act of salekhana, fasting to death, in 420 BCE. Surrounded by evergreen trees, and approached on a noisy gravel path, they still everyday conversation. It contains various traditions such as Saivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism that are religions by themselves.

Selections from the Writings of the Bab

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This threefold hierarchy had its reflection among the two main branches of Celts in Ireland and Wales, but is best represented in early Irish tradition with its draoithe (druids), filidh (visionary poets), and Faidh (seers). The Court also became more willing to label state interests as �compelling� in cases where religious practice was significantly burdened by a general law. The popular story of Ruru and Priyumvada from the Mahabharata.

Friendship: Jewels from the Words of 'Abdu'l-Baha

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Barring the differences in the details, both religions believe in the ultimate destruction of the world and the rescue of the pious and the pure by God. Archaeological excavations have discovered artifacts used by early humans, including stone tools, which suggest an extremely early date for human habitation and technology in the area. It ranges from the radical sectarianism of Soka Gakkai, which blends intense devotionalism with militant political goals, to the subtle historical reflection and self-criticism of intellectuals like lenaga Saburō. lenaga sees in the history of Japanese Buddhism—particularly in Shōtoku and Shinran—evidence of its transcendent universalism and capacity to cut through traditional forms with innovating power; but this is paradoxically mixed with an easy accommodation to the givenness of the world and a loss of critical tension, with worldly institutions regarded as inherently illusory and unreal. lenaga’s powerful critique of Buddhist tradition is itself a manifestation of the pristine ideals of prophetic negation, self-reflection, and reconstruction which the earliest teaching conveyed.

A Short History of the Baha'I Faith

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Bible studies are now included in the curricula of all schoolchildren, secular and observant (with the educational approach and areas of emphasis formulated accordingly), while universities pursue the study of these texts in a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. Through the poem it is stressed that Beowulf was sent to the Danes from God to help eradicate the monster Grendel, and later Grendel’s mother.... [tags: Classic English Literature] Asian Religions in the USA - Asian Religions in the USA In this essay I will discuss the many aspects and ideals of Asian Religions along with their impact and the role they play within the United States.

'Abdu'l-Baha: the Master

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These minimum/maximum numbers are conservative estimates; were one to factor in a mere .25% of such highly populated countries as Egypt, Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, Burma, Tanzania, and Iran, as non-believers in God, estimates would be significantly larger. The Presbyterian Church arose out of the Calvinist side of the Reformation. Modern Jain society has a concept of monks and nuns similar to Buddhism and Christianity, but has no priestly class.

Warm Place in My Heart, A

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The science, capitalism and modernity which brought antibiotics, foreign holidays and consumer gadgets also brought nuclear weapons, the gas chamber, pollution and toxic waste. A fourth group, Reconstructionist Jews, rejects the concept of the Jews as God's chosen people, yet maintains rituals as part of the Judaic cultural heritage. As a matter of fact, the relationship between religion and politics appears visually in newspapers and news broadcasts on a daily basis.

Spirit of Faith: Obedience to God

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We will not discuss here salvation according to the most famous writing of Hindu theism, the Bhagavad Gita. Purim commemorates the events of the book of Esther which tells how a decree stating that Jews should be killed on a certain date was averted. In this case religious pluralism misleads travelers to spiritual disaster, so they at least should be warned. Confucianism is a Chinese set of philosphical and ethical beliefs that were taught by the sage Confucius.

Quotations Many Paths to the Baha'i Faith: Selected Passages

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Man must seek truth in spite of custom, prejudices and tradition (Truth of Bahaullah that is) I. Pangool (the spirit of the ancestors) as well as a multitude of lessor gods and goddesses act on behalf of Rog in the physical world, and are the intermediaries between the divine and the living world. These practitioners have been given various names as many of their ancient texts have been discovered in different places over the centuries – being labeled Gnostics, Essenes, Ebionites etc.