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by Chad
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 55539

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

It's very annoying that you would think that I found a quote based on my imagination even though Baha'u'llah has revealed writings in my dreams. It shows how a Baha'i will never believe anything until they see it in writing. However, I posted the quote to a Baha'i friend on Messenger when I had Face...
by Chad
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 55539

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

I liked the last reply. It had a lot of good points. As to psychic powers, to be clear, Shoghi Effendi only prohibited the psychic power of communication with spirits, and actually said there is no reason not to develop other psychic powers. It is a hard quote to find, but I remember what it said we...
by Chad
Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'u'llah in the dungeon
Replies: 8
Views: 15281

Re: Baha'u'llah in the dungeon

I think that 'Abdu'l-Baha made it clear that mankind's spiritual experiences are subject to imagination and Manifestations are not because Manifestations always have God's Word to guide the people for any instance, but mankind can go off on tangents that don't help or guide others. This quote from K...
by Chad
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 55539

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

I didn't mean to threaten the belief of Baha'i diehards, I know it's tough in today's world to stay a stalwart Baha'i in society. But my dad gave me pretty simple advice to my dilemma: don't let society tell you how to act or what to think.
by Chad
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 55539

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

Another problem I've been having with this instinctual nature is the idea of becoming a child again. For a child does not necessarily act on his sexual thoughts, which are not as complex as full sexual function, but instead display thoughts of wanting to hug or kiss the opposite sex. A part of this ...
by Chad
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 55539

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

After coming to many victories over the instinctual sins (as Kant called this level of evil) with the words from the Third Valley, leaving myself behind proved to be very hard as how do I leave behind that which all my esteem is tied to? Therefore, when I started looking at women on Pinterest, I sta...
by Chad
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'u'llah in the dungeon
Replies: 8
Views: 15281

Re: Baha'u'llah in the dungeon

I agree with mystic. I was raised in a Baha'i family and have been meditating since the age of five. I've been centered on Baha'i-based meditations for the last two years, as my understanding has made me realize the purity of the channel of the Most Great Name. The ultimate understanding, we are tol...
by Chad
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith
Replies: 15
Views: 83365

Re: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith

I think that masturbation has been given a legitimate outlet for sexual impulses that distract one from daily living. Personally, once in a while I will have urges that distract me from daily living, and since I work part-time, much of my time is spent on personal ambitions such as study, so when th...
by Chad
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 55539

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

In the Four Valleys when talking about the "countenance of love" in the third valley: "In this station, neither the reign of the intellect is sufficient nor the rule of self. Thus one of the Prophets of God asked, "O my Lord, how shall I reach Thee?" and the answer came: &qu...
by Chad
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 55539

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

Baha'u'llah says that "chaste eyes enjoy the beautific vision of the Lord". Jesus said to even look at a woman with lust is fornication. Muhammad puts masturbation in the same category as fornication. Muhammad and the Bab said masturbation was okay and forgiven respectively. Chaste eyes wh...
by Chad
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 55539

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

In the Third Valley of The Four Valleys it says, "to be seated amidst the sandals by the door is the same as to abide at the place of honor, and in the path of the Beloved the retreats of earthly beauty differ not from the field of battle waged". It's interesting that the place where nothi...
by Chad
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Infinite Universe
Replies: 1
Views: 1040

Infinite Universe

In a 2019 journal paper (video with link to paper in description: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqgKXQM8FpU&t=177s ) it was concluded that dark energy might not exist because it did measurements on all parts of the sky whereas the 1998 paper that concluded the universe expands only measured fr...
by Chad
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Husbands responsible for family's finances...?
Replies: 7
Views: 38678

Re: Husbands responsible for family's finances...?

In Al-Kafi it states "one who neglects marriage for fear of failure to feed his family has become distrustful of God." #9410 I've only had two full-time jobs in my life, all others being part-time including the one I now have. When I was married I was plagued by the idea that most of my ti...
by Chad
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Next Manifestation of God
Replies: 7
Views: 36654

Re: Next Manifestation of God

Thanks brettz9 for sharing that quote from the Kitab-i-Aqdas. I was going to if no one else did. A few years ago I did the math from the Siyah-Chal period (late summer-early autumn of 1852) and it came to 2269 A.H. in the Muslim calendar for 1000 lunar years, which is 2823 A.D. So we are only three ...
by Chad
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: ""Modification by the exalted beings"
Replies: 1
Views: 39046

Re: ""Modification by the exalted beings"

Many of the Twelve Imams have Hadiths in the Al-Kafi volumes (8), and their statements sometimes seem to take the Qur'anic interpretation in a different way or a new level that may have created divisions in the Muslim communities of the past (or present) as to how to interpret things in Islam. I'm j...
by Chad
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Kalimat Press ?
Replies: 29
Views: 122621

Re: Kalimat Press ?

When I heard this rumor, and thanks for posting the letter from the Universal House of Justice, the Secretariat of the US noted to me that this had to do with Baha'is now being able to publish books about the Baha'i Faith without needing the National Baha'i Center to approve of them.
by Chad
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Question about hair length?
Replies: 21
Views: 75891

Re: Question about hair length?

I wrote the Universal House of Justice about shaving my head back in the '03 and this is the thesis of what they said: "As you will not from the Synopsis and Codification of the Laws and Ordinances of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, page 48, shaving one's head is forbidden by Baha'u'llah. On the other hand,...
by Chad
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Tablet of Signs by Bahá'u'lláh
Replies: 2
Views: 2769

Re: Tablet of Signs by Bahá'u'lláh

In the Al-Kafi series of Shia Muslim Hadiths the Prayer for the Signs is written. It's most likely in Volume 2 or 3, which I have given away unfortunately, as it is Hadith, that comes later in the Volumes, that one should not sell or give away books because one never knows when one will need them.
by Chad
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: going to pubs/places where alcohol is consumed
Replies: 34
Views: 52743

Re: going to pubs/places where alcohol is consumed

Muslims are not necessarily strict about alcohol either. A Muslim family I married into in Russia (divorced now) had a drinking party on New Year's Eve. Many Muslims in America and in Russia drink non-alcoholic beer as, I didn't know when I saw them but, it is also okay for Baha'is to drink. I actua...
by Chad
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Space craft powered by magnetism??
Replies: 3
Views: 10829

Re: Space craft powered by magnetism??

I have pondered upon this statement quoted by 'Abdu'l-Baha for many years now and I always go back to yogic flying and somehow humans are supposed to harness their bodily magnetism to fly through the stars. Steven Greer MD, a Bahai from North Carolina, is also an expert in ufology, and he has a book...
by Chad
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: My raining Cause made deities divine (comments?)
Replies: 5
Views: 11540

Re: My raining Cause made deities divine (comments?)

In Tabernacle of Unity: "Some of the Hindu Prophets, however, have declared: ‘We are God Himself, and it is incumbent upon the entire creation to bear allegiance unto Us. Whensoever conflict and dissension appear amongst men, We arise to quench it.’" As I understand accordingly, that Hindu...
by Chad
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: going to pubs/places where alcohol is consumed
Replies: 34
Views: 52743

Re: going to pubs/places where alcohol is consumed

I agree with Shoghi Effendi and the Hidden Words, but Baha'u'llah wrote "make your home in taverns, but tread not the path of a mischief-maker". I got clarification from the US National Secretariat that this doesn't mean a Bahai is allowed to drink there, although I've also been clarified ...
by Chad
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 55539

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

Muhammad, pbuh, said that beauty clears one's eyesight (Al-Kafi). The human body is very beautiful, so I think it can rightly be portrayed as art in the nude. However, this profession as an artist would need to take into consideration the values of their locality and the artist's true intentions wou...
by Chad
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im
Replies: 48
Views: 109999

Re: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im

Hadith #14999 of al-Kafi volume 8 also speaks of the time of al-Qa'im, but I think it states what kind of mindset we must be in to accept the Qa'im: There was a boy who needed advice from a man to know what to tell the king on three occasions. First, he told the king that his dream was of the time o...
by Chad
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im
Replies: 48
Views: 109999

Re: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im

In reference to the 313 Babis who gathered during the time of the Bab, and perhaps a reason for the small number of Bahais today: al-Kafi volume 8, #14935: "(2:148) the words of Allah "...wherever you are Allah will bring you all together" is a reference to the army of al-Qa'im who nu...
by Chad
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im
Replies: 48
Views: 109999

Re: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im

Also, in Volume 8 of Al-Kafi: "We had given the book to Musa, then they created differences in it." (11:110) 'They created differences among themselves as this nation has done in the book. They will create such differences in the book which al-Qa'im will bring to them until a great number ...
by Chad
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im
Replies: 48
Views: 109999

Re: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im

In Hadith 14698 of Al-Kafi (volume 8 ) it states in regards to the Quranic verses 17:4-6:""...it was a promise that must come true." [It is a reference to reappearance of al-Mahdi with divine authority and power] "...then We will turn your chance against them." It is a refer...
by Chad
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The significance of 19 is foretold in the Qur'an!
Replies: 8
Views: 22197

Re: The significance of 19 is foretold in the Qur'an!

In the Hidden Words, including first, second, third, but excluding "fifth" and "eighth" gives 41 numbers equaling 43. Thus, 41*1.195=43, another 1-9. However, with the fifth and eighth equaling five and eight, it gives 43*1.44=63. A "44" nonetheless like 1844.
by Chad
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The significance of 19 is foretold in the Qur'an!
Replies: 8
Views: 22197

Re: The significance of 19 is foretold in the Qur'an!

In Gems of Divine Mysteries there are 70 numbers including "first", "second", "third", and "fourth". Equaling the numbers signified the total is only 137, which means 70*1.957=137. Another 1-9. Seventy is significant for "seventy meanings".
by Chad
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The significance of 19 is foretold in the Qur'an!
Replies: 8
Views: 22197

Re: The significance of 19 is foretold in the Qur'an!

In the above two books the fractions were not counted. However, in the Kitab-I-Aqdas the total numbers including fractions is 127 if added like the above two books, and the numbers add up to 2494, which is 127*19.637=2494. Thus, there is another 19! It would seem that Baha'u'llah's writings abide in...
by Chad
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The significance of 19 is foretold in the Qur'an!
Replies: 8
Views: 22197

Re: The significance of 19 is foretold in the Qur'an!

In the Seven Valleys there are 80 numbers. If the "hundred thousand" are counted as one hundred and one thousand, then all 80 add up to 6527. It turns out that 81*80.38=6527, so the mean-average of the numbers in the Seven Valleys almost equals the amount of numbers. In the Kitab-I-Iqan th...
by Chad
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im
Replies: 48
Views: 109999

Re: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im

In Hadith #14777 of Al-Kafi (Volume 8 ) it states: "When our Qaim will rise, Allah will extend the hearing and seeing (powers) of our Shiah, thus, they will not need a postal system." This could be seen in the telegraph message which occurred the same day that the Bab declared His mission ...
by Chad
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im
Replies: 48
Views: 109999

Re: The Bab's claim to be Qa'im

Many Hadiths were readily available about the [[al-Qaim Ali Muhammad]], which include: In [[al-Kafi]], [[Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib]] tells of the Qaim and the resurrection of the dead whose signs can be seen in the arising of the Babi community: "when our al-Qaim will rise, Allah will raise ...
by Chad
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why a Messenger after Muhammad?
Replies: 19
Views: 58371

Re: Why a Messenger after Muhammad?

In reference to the Adamic Cycle completed, Ali, the Commander of the Faithful stated, in Al-Kafi volume 8, p. 22: "Allah completed the system of warning and presentation of proofs with him (Muhammad) and stopped arguing about and providing proof of the status of His friends who possess divine ...
by Chad
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith
Replies: 15
Views: 83365

Re: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith

In AlKafi Volume 5 Hadith #10134 it says "About one's playing to cause his semen to discharge 'He is like going to bed with himself an there is no punishment on him (but it is like fornication as regards to sinfulness).'" Also near the end of volume 5 is says that the Messenger of God cond...
by Chad
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer in bahai faith?
Replies: 17
Views: 60711

Re: Prayer in bahai faith?

In alKafi Volume Three, (Islamic Seminary Inc. New York), it states that the only required Wudu' (obligatory salat/prayer washing) is the area of the face that the right hand can cover from the top of the forehead to the tip of the chin, then washing the left and right hands.
by Chad
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was congregational prayer abolished?
Replies: 10
Views: 40307

Re: Why was congregational prayer abolished?

alKafi volume 3 states that salat (prayer) is acceptable next to woman as long as she is not praying. In another Hadith, the Imam, alayhi alSalam, states they can say it together as long as they are ~18 inches apart. Also, I found in a writing of the Bab on bahai-library.com that the Bab has said al...
by Chad
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Keeping your breath fresh during the fast
Replies: 6
Views: 30589

Re: Keeping your breath fresh during the fast

alKafi Volume 3 (the Bab stated all Hadiths are true from all sects) states one should wash out the mouth before every prayer - it would be best.
by Chad
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith
Replies: 15
Views: 83365

Re: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith

alKafi Volume 3 also promotes washing the right and then left shoulder first; falling asleep after masturbation is okay and can wash when awake. Moreover, anal sex is okay (of course between man and wife) as long as he washes off afterward, and, if he ejaculates, she must wash. Further, foreplay is ...
by Chad
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith
Replies: 15
Views: 83365

Re: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith

alKafi Hadith 3985 makes it clear that 'head' is meant the thing with the eyes and ears: "After sexual relations one must wash the head three times. Less than this is not permitted."
by Chad
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Tattoo
Replies: 7
Views: 40378

Re: Tattoo

In the KitabiAqdas: we are to attire:
Our heads with trustworthiness and fidelity (mark for a thief)
Hearts with fear of God (Allahumma)
Bodies with courtesy (my original tattoo thought - if my sister has a tattoo, then I should be like her)
http://www.bahai.org/r/442263064
by Chad
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Tattoo
Replies: 7
Views: 40378

Re: Tattoo

In "Gate of the Heart" by Nader Saiedi, on page 169: "The Bab even allows the believers to have a tattoo on their bodies: since the heart is the seat of the love of God, the Bab states that it is permitted that the phrase "O Thou My God"(Allahumma), for males, and "the ...

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