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by curt
Tue May 05, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fate
Replies: 3
Views: 10500

Re: Fate

Hi Truth

Irrevocable - God could change the rotation of the earth but the harm would exceed any benefit.

Impending - a meteor is heading to Earth, through prayer to God the course of the meteor changes and disaster is averted.

A very good question.

Curt
by curt
Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: What does this refer to?
Replies: 2
Views: 8361

Re: What does this refer to?

Thanks Nharandi! This is a wonderful authoritative explanation.

Curt
by curt
Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:02 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: What does this refer to?
Replies: 2
Views: 8361

What does this refer to?

I have a question that perhaps someone more erudite than I can answer. I am not sure which two great powers Baha'u'llah is referring to in the following line from the Lawh-i-Maqsud: Two great powers who regard themselves is the founders and leaders of civilization and the framers of constitutions ha...
by curt
Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: need "World Peace" quotes for inter-faith devotion
Replies: 7
Views: 20149

quotes for devotional meeting

Hello Donald, I had some free time this evening so I looked up several quotes for you. I won't type them out fully, but rather let you look them up and see if they are suitable for your purposes. They relate to world peace. First five paragraphs of the Suriy-i-Haykal, the Surih of the Temple, found ...
by curt
Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: In the prayer for parents, what does this line mean?
Replies: 7
Views: 15421

In the prayer for parents, what does this line mean?

Hi BB & Someone, Praying for one's parents is a spiritual practice that began, as far as I can tell, with the Bab. In the Persian Bayan, He revealed the following: It is seemly that the servant should, after each prayer, supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon his parents. Thereupon ...
by curt
Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: But First, Unity
Replies: 4
Views: 6215

But First, Unity

Richard, Glad to see you're posting again! I, for one, am enjoying your posts. However, I am also working twelve hour days and simply too tired to think straight. Just because no one responds doesn't mean that no one reads them. Keep up the good work. Perhaps after Labor Day I'll be able to particip...
by curt
Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahai view? "Why bad things happen to good people?"
Replies: 12
Views: 21588

When bad things happen to good people.

The following prayer by the Bab is a profound meditation on why bad things happen to good people. At least I have observed so. Thou knowest full well, O my God, that tribulations have showered upon me from all directions and that no one can dispel or transmute them except Thee. I know of a certainty...
by curt
Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:23 pm
Forum: Non-Baha'i issues
Topic: Campaign for a New United Nations Assembly
Replies: 1
Views: 11294

Campaign for a New United Nations Assembly

I received my monthly think e-mail from the stanley foundation today and read the following: Campaign for a New United Nations Assembly. A campaign has been launched to create a new more inclusive UN parlimentary assembly. The campaign sponsored by the Committee for a Democratic UN, aims to give voi...
by curt
Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:24 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 22
Views: 28455

Homosexuality

I don't have a clue what other Baha'is would say but this one would say Congratulations! Felicidades! And leave it at that. Baha'u'llah promises unconditionally never to turn anyone away from His door. Who am I to interpose myself between His generosity of spirit and a sincere seeker? Best of luck, ...
by curt
Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 22
Views: 28455

Homosexuality

I once read an account of a near death experience in which the nder asked about homosexuals, sin and hell, etc... The being of light told the nder that if people knew why God created some people gay, homosexuality would cease to be an issue to anyone. Baha'i reaction to your being gay will probably ...
by curt
Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Udo Schaefer article
Replies: 9
Views: 15126

Udo Schaefer Article

Interesting thread guys. A few thoughts... I have noticed over the past ten years or so that Baha'is often get hung up on the word infallible . It is as though in conversation one draws an invisible line to see who is on which side of the covenant. It saddens me to no end. I never use the word infal...
by curt
Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Are we worthy? A spiritual perspective...
Replies: 9
Views: 14007

Are we worthy? A spiritual perspective...

Hi Richard, I hope you don't mind if I jump in here and make a few points. I'll be brief. When you refer to our Heavenly Father do you realize that Baha'u'llah is that Heavenly Father ? Do you understand that the Jehovah who spoke from the Burning Bush to Moses is Baha'u'llah? In a tablet to an earl...
by curt
Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:40 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Personal Confessions of Spiritual Enthusiasm for God
Replies: 1
Views: 5208

Personal Confessions of Spiritual Enthusiasm for God

Hi Richard, I read your personal confession and thank you for it. Baha'u'llah wrote a personal confession of sorts which reads as follows: I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my pove...
by curt
Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:01 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Are we worthy? A spiritual perspective...
Replies: 9
Views: 14007

Are we worthy? A spiritual perspective...

Hi Richard, 25+ years ago I told a friend about the Baha'i Faith. He listened but concluded it had to do with the AnitChrist and he was too clever to fall for that. 25 years later he showed up at my door to tell me he had attended Baha'i Firesides and agreed with everything EXCEPT the inconveniences...
by curt
Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:16 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Are we worthy? A spiritual perspective...
Replies: 9
Views: 14007

Are we worthy? A spiritual perspective...

Are we worthy? Probably not. Can we make ourselves less unworthy? Probably not. But maybe God will if He so chooses. Badge of transcendent distinction? Huh? Spiritual faith conquests? Say what? Cosmic insight? Hm. It all sounds so New Age, Richard. Chaff without a seed. A tree that bears no fruit b...
by curt
Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:15 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer positions
Replies: 10
Views: 17355

Long Obligatory Prayer positions for non-muslim baha'is

Hello Irish, You asked very interesting questions. I will try to address the spirit of them without too much emphasis on details. I am not aware of Baha'u'llah mandating or prohibiting congregational prayer. However, the Bab has the following to say: The reason why privacy hath been enjoined in mome...
by curt
Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Integrated, Coordinated, and Holistic Approach to Truth, Bea
Replies: 8
Views: 15994

Integrated, Coordinated and Holistic Appraoch to Truth, Bea

Hello Richard and Mountainally, A few brief insights for you both. I once had a conversation with a young Baha'i woman who grew up in a Baha'i household and was spoon fed the Baha'i Faith from infancy. I thought that was pretty neat but she said she was envious of me because I had to discover truth ...
by curt
Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:58 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: OVERCOMING THE CHAOS OF INTELLECTUAL DIVERSITY
Replies: 27
Views: 42782

Overcoming the chaos of intellectual diversity

He knoweth the inner secrets of the hearts and the meaning hidden in the mocker's wink...We are, in truth, the one to judge. - Kitab-i-Aqdas, K 157 I spent an evening on integralinstitute.org to figure out just what the heck Eric was going on and on about. Well, all I want to say is THANKS Eric! I ...
by curt
Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: It is not his to boast who loveth his country , but
Replies: 3
Views: 9027

It is not his to boast who loveth his country, but

Hi Richard and Loren, For what it is worth, I'll add my two cents worth. I like to point out to people that what is lacking in our consciousness is a sense of one world. Being a resident of a state in no way conflicts with being a citizen of this country, each has its claim and each elicits its loya...
by curt
Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:00 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: THE MANIFESTATIONS OF SPIRITUAL FACT AND REALITY IN TRUE REL
Replies: 2
Views: 6162

Hi Richard Enjoyed your thoughts. Your insights reminded me of Baha'u'llah's central point of the Kitab-i-Iqan which Baha'u'llah poses as a question as follows: ...is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest...
by curt
Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:31 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should I study to be a doctor, or engineer?
Replies: 22
Views: 27454

Hi shm I think God will be pleased with you no matter what course of study you choose. I recommend you follow your heart. If it leads you to engineering, then so be it. After reading several of your posts, you strike me as a problem solver, an engineer. I try to be careful not to read things as sign...
by curt
Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: pray for parents and other family members
Replies: 2
Views: 5781

prayer for parents and other family members

The Bab states this most clearly when he says: It is seemly that the servant should, after each prayer, supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon his parents. Thereupon God's call will be raised: 'Thousand upon thousand of what thou hast asked for thy parents shall be thy recompense!' Bles...
by curt
Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: spiritually dead--SOS
Replies: 4
Views: 7642

Spiritually Dead -- SOS

Hey Seeker, I doubt very much that you're disconnected from Baha'u'llah. I suspect you've simply reached a temporary plateau. You need to take a breather, think about other interests you have, relax, take a walk, get some exercise, take in a couple of good movies, enjoy yourself, laugh, etc... Every...
by curt
Sun Apr 02, 2006 12:56 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Kitabi Iqan question
Replies: 13
Views: 17591

What a fine question! Such was the dilemma of the uncle of the Bab who asked How could my nephew (the Bab) be the promised Qaim when the signs recorded in the Quran concerning the promised Qaim were not literally fulfilled? Baha'u'llah's response was the Book of Certitude itself. To this hypothetica...
by curt
Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:08 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: What happened to the Guardian's Int'l Bahai Court?
Replies: 23
Views: 27674

What happeneed to the Guardian's Int'l Baha'i Courts

Dear Seeker, The Guardian discusses Baha'i Courts in The World Order of Baha'u'llah letter in a book with the same title. In brief, he says the following: It must be explained, however, that in the Muslim countries of the Near and Middle East, with the exception of Turkey which has lately abolished ...
by curt
Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A religious history of Africa
Replies: 1
Views: 4389

A Religious History of Africa

Hi Asmarino, The Bab makes an interesting statement in the Seven Proofs as follows: God hath raised up Prophets and revealed Books as numerous as the creatures of the world, and will continue to do so to everlasting. We tend to concentrate on the prophets mentioned in the recorded scriptures and for...

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