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by childintime
Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should I study to be a doctor, or engineer?
Replies: 22
Views: 31876

"If someone says something about the institutions of the Faith, or the progress or conduct of the Cause, I first look at where that person is, in relation to the Cause. Is the person an ardent supporter of the House of Justice? Is that person close to the spirit of the Cause? Is he on good terms wit...
by childintime
Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:57 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should I study to be a doctor, or engineer?
Replies: 22
Views: 31876

pilgrimbrent wrote: "I think it is a balance of listening to your heart, watching for signs, and consulting. I very much agree that consultation is advisable; but I do not think that consulatation with *everyone* is a good idea; because most people are not equipped to offer sound views to your speci...
by childintime
Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: a member of The Universal House of Justice
Replies: 6
Views: 12583

This thread so far reminds me of two ships, going nowhere in particular, passing each other at great distance in a dense fog.
by childintime
Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:32 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Covenant-breaking (who?)
Replies: 28
Views: 46023

Allow me to repeat: I appreciate the importance of both topics, and I could charitably acknowledge that they are somehow related . Obedience is also important where the Covenant is concerned, as is faith, understanding, loyalty, self-abnegation, humility, and just about every spiritual virtue. And t...
by childintime
Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Covenant-breaking (who?)
Replies: 28
Views: 46023

Once again I find myself musing on the verb "segue". It seems to me this thread began with discussion on aspects of Covenant-breaking, and now it has morphed into one dealing with infallibility. I appreciate the importance of both topics, and I could charitably acknowledge that they are somehow rela...
by childintime
Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: To be loving?
Replies: 2
Views: 7420

Read the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha, and read stories of 'Abdu'l-Baha. Pray for guidance to become like Him. Then, like the rest of us, struggle mightily for the rest of your life trying to understand it and master it. Anything else I can say will be of little use to you as it is a spiritual battle we...
by childintime
Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:01 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should I study to be a doctor, or engineer?
Replies: 22
Views: 31876

Dear shm, "Man must consult on all matters, whether major or minor, so that he may become cognizant of what is good. Consultation giveth him insight into things and enableth him to delve into questions which are unknown. The light of truth shineth from the faces of those who engage in consultation. ...
by childintime
Sun Jul 23, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Covenant-breaking (who?)
Replies: 28
Views: 46023

While I will acknowledge that there is no prohibition regarding it, I will reiterate the words of the Master: "And now, one of the greatest and most fundamental principles of the Cause of God is to shun and avoid entirely the Covenant-breakers, for they will utterly destroy the Cause of God, extermi...
by childintime
Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:30 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Covenant-breaking (who?)
Replies: 28
Views: 46023

On Friday November 25 2005, Ketracel wrote: There really isn't a hard and fast definition but usually its either people who have tried to create a splinter group by setting themselves up as a person of authority or by attacking and harming the Faith. Its tricky because many who have attempted to har...
by childintime
Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: arguments used against waiting for marriage until sex
Replies: 5
Views: 10289

I would say that the most obvious response is: what kind of person compares having sex with a human being to driving a car? Perhaps it says a lot about the person making the statement. If that's how they view human relationships, maybe they should just follow that course until life teaches them the ...
by childintime
Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:29 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: long obligatory prayer question
Replies: 8
Views: 15269

While looking up the passages in that book, I noticed that they are all taken from Lights of Guidance, pp. 467-8. Here they are: "... one of the believers asked the Guardian a question about the correct position for sitting. From the context it seems clear that this question is related to the medium...
by childintime
Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:05 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: membership of universal house of justice
Replies: 2
Views: 6935

Thanks, brettz9, but I've already seen that. What a neat idea that is, though; I applaud whoever designed it. It's far more elegant and efficient than the format I was using.
by childintime
Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:49 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Covenant-breaking (who?)
Replies: 28
Views: 46023

"Authority for the expulsion and reinstatement of Covenant-breakers remains with the Hands of the Cause of God. All such matters will be investigated locally by the relative Continental Board of Counselors in consultation with any Hand or Hands who may be in the area. The Continental Board of Counse...
by childintime
Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:58 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: long obligatory prayer question
Replies: 8
Views: 15269

I forgot to mention in my previous post that the book is available through Palabra Publications.
by childintime
Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:56 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: long obligatory prayer question
Replies: 8
Views: 15269

May I suggest a small book entitled "The Path Towards Spirituality: Sacred Duties and Practices of the Baha'i Life". It has very clear explanations of the required actions.
by childintime
Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: membership of universal house of justice
Replies: 2
Views: 6935

membership of universal house of justice

I am doing a bit of research on the membership of the Universal House of Justice over the years, and I can't seem to find much information on the dates of resignation, election, and by-election from 1986 to the present. This would begin with the death of Charles Wolcott and his replacement by Peter ...
by childintime
Thu May 18, 2006 1:01 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: words of the Bab
Replies: 3
Views: 8333

I found it!!!!!!!!!!!!! "Death does not separate the soul of the believer from his previous scene of activity but only increases his power. All of those who work in this Great Cause will continue to do so whether they are in the body or out of it. If martyred, they will attach themselves to those wh...
by childintime
Wed May 17, 2006 7:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: what to do?
Replies: 20
Views: 29970

"Bahai" is no better than "Bahia", if you want to dwell on exactness. It is, in fact, spelled "Baha'i" in English. If you are able to type the accents over the second "a" and the "i", so much the better. Please don't correct others until you are certain of what is correct. I did read the quotes. It ...
by childintime
Tue May 16, 2006 12:34 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: what to do?
Replies: 20
Views: 29970

If you're still out there, solid heart, I am writing again to say that somehow I missed your second, longer posting, dated April 7, but have just now read it. Again I find you an amazing person. But I thought I would offer you one suggestion. You are obviously able to see beyond the facades of those...
by childintime
Sat May 13, 2006 11:53 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: how bad would it be if you?...
Replies: 12
Views: 22407

How about the fact that few things in the Baha'i teachings are ever black and white? If you attend Baha'i gatherings in the West, you will often see men and women hug each other, as a gesture of greeting, spontaneous emotion, or farewell. This is not good or bad, it is simply a cultural habit that w...
by childintime
Sat May 13, 2006 1:45 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Have you seen this? Kalimat Press petition
Replies: 24
Views: 38448

My point was that it is not who is petitioned, but what is petitioned and why it is petitioned. Study Adib Taherzadeh's books regarding the Right of God. Baha'u'llah did not feel that the time was right to reveal laws. He did not reveal this in a tablet, He simply demonstrated it by not doing it. Wh...
by childintime
Fri May 12, 2006 2:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Have you seen this? Kalimat Press petition
Replies: 24
Views: 38448

Petitioning Baha'u'llah for laws or the Master for a House of Worship has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with petitioning an Institution to reconsider a decision. If one or more Baha'is believes a decision of an Institution to be wrong (according to the Writings, or a constitution, or the like, and not po...
by childintime
Thu May 11, 2006 10:00 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Modern Day Bábís
Replies: 12
Views: 19371

I once heard there is a number of them around Bombay, India, but I have never verified the report. Could be a lead for someone inclined to investigate. One thing is clear; not all of the Babis became Baha'is. But whether it survived the early generations is unsure.
by childintime
Thu May 11, 2006 9:20 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: how bad would it be if you?...
Replies: 12
Views: 22407

Since you offer only two choices to each question, I'll go with "bad" over "good" for each. Since you offer only two choices as to whose opinion matters, I'll take 'Abdu'l-Baha's over yours. In response to Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (not my usual choice when looking for spiritual guidance), I'll...
by childintime
Thu May 11, 2006 1:47 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: how bad would it be if you?...
Replies: 12
Views: 22407

Kitab-i-Aqdas, paragraph 49: God hath imposed a fine on every adulterer and adulteress, to be paid to the House of Justice: nine mithqals of gold, to be doubled if they should repeat the offence. Such is the penalty which He Who is the Lord of Names hath assigned them in this world; and in the world...
by childintime
Thu May 11, 2006 12:57 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i weddings
Replies: 18
Views: 25917

“The second Tajallí is to remain steadfast in the Cause of God … and to be unswerving in His love. And this can in no wise be attained except through full recognition of Him; and full recognition cannot be obtained save by faith in the blessed words: 'He doeth whatsoever He willeth.' “Consider how a...
by childintime
Sat May 06, 2006 7:42 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Freedom
Replies: 1
Views: 5269

As for a definition, I don't think it gets any better than this: We find some men desiring liberty, and priding themselves therein. Such men are in the depths of ignorance. Liberty must, in the end, lead to sedition, whose flames none can quench. Thus warneth you He Who is the Reckoner, the All-Know...
by childintime
Sat May 06, 2006 7:14 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Living a Bahai Life
Replies: 4
Views: 7566

First of all, one of the reasons Baha'u'llah gave us the principle of independent investigation of truth, is that we all have the capacity to discover and apply truth within our own lives. You seem to be trying to "formulate" some very deep spiritual qualities without having earned them. Do not take...
by childintime
Sat May 06, 2006 6:27 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i weddings
Replies: 18
Views: 25917

And this is a reply to "Guest", who responded on Mar. 29. That is quite the comment you had to offer. What are you doing at a site that is predominantly intended for a religion for which you have so little respect? Trying to save us all perhaps? Nothing better to do with your time? Why not be big ab...
by childintime
Sat May 06, 2006 6:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i weddings
Replies: 18
Views: 25917

In my humble opinion, Jasmine, there is no law that would forbid your brother or parents from attending your wedding. It would obviously be something they would have to address to their own consciences. Now that I have answered your question where others did not, allow me to ask a small question: Do...
by childintime
Sat May 06, 2006 6:05 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Picture of Haifa Mashriq'ul-Azkar
Replies: 4
Views: 7860

If you view the new DVD "The Pilgrimage", produced by 'Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum, you will see a scene where the model of the temple is shown.
by childintime
Sat May 06, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Six Steps to Spirituality
Replies: 6
Views: 14019

No doubt you are Keyvan, since the original letter (1983) predated the general application of the law of the Right of God (1992).
by childintime
Sat May 06, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: what to do?
Replies: 20
Views: 29970

It was the least I could do, solid heart. You have inspired me. I pray you will continue to teach at every opportunity, and continue to seek guidance for your path.
by childintime
Thu May 04, 2006 10:48 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Can a Baha'i Believe in Scientific Racism???
Replies: 23
Views: 34555

A few thoughts: - Historically IQ tests clearly demonstrated that whites scored higher on the tests. Then it was discovered that the reason was that the tests were always prepared by whites, and were definitely culturally biased. Subsequent tests written by people of other races resulted in whites n...
by childintime
Thu May 04, 2006 10:23 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: words of the Bab
Replies: 3
Views: 8333

words of the Bab

Hello, everyone, I have a search problem I was hoping someone might be able to shed some light on. Many years ago my mother was in the Holy Land and received a note from someone she met with a fascinating inscription. I have since lost the copy she gave me, and as my mother has passed on, I don't kn...
by childintime
Thu May 04, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: what to do?
Replies: 20
Views: 29970

Bless your heart, solid heart. You are in a dilemma, but you also seem to have a conscience so I am sure you will be guided if you keep looking for answers (especially through prayer). Rather than my usual lenghty epistle, I will offer you a vignette that may not resolve your dilemma, but may offer ...
by childintime
Wed May 03, 2006 11:38 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: NSA Elections
Replies: 6
Views: 12807

My first thought is: are you or were you a delegate to your National Convention? If not, then would you even be thinking about this matter? I don’t mean to offend, but only delegates need concern themselves with the nature and results of Bahá’í elections. The Bahá’í Comprehensive Deepening Program c...

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