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by brettz9
Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:34 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Parting words
Replies: 4
Views: 9952

Parting words

Dear all, I will be off the discussion forum radar for an indefinite amount of time, so I wanted to wish my best to all the participants and visitors here. I wanted to leave you with a few quotations which often come to mind, especially in online forums, as essential moral truths for us to strive to...
by brettz9
Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:17 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The story of the martyrdom of the Bàb
Replies: 20
Views: 30281

As far as the Biblical discrepancies in God Passes By, I don't think they can be absolutely categorized as publication errors, according to the letter cited. If they were not, this is also not an essential matter.
by brettz9
Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The story of the martyrdom of the Bàb
Replies: 20
Views: 30281

Although I think you are correct (for a different reason stated below), I suggest being very careful about stating with such certainty what the Bahá'í position is on something (speaking from my own experience as well as the Writings). To try to state that some fact about Hájí Mírzá Áqásí's character...
by brettz9
Thu Sep 15, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The story of the martyrdom of the Bàb
Replies: 20
Views: 30281

If you would read the sources I provided, I believe you will see that the Guardian could in fact err (though he was very thorough) in historical matters. This is not the same as infallibility in doctrinal matters. As far as the source of the pilgrim's note of 'Abdu'l-Bahá (which Moyo provided), it i...
by brettz9
Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:12 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Will Legacy
Replies: 4
Views: 8080

Yes, sorry I hadn't thought of this... Huququ'llah is a law requiring a certain percentage of one's income (after "necessary" expenses--determined for the most part by the conscience of the individual) to be paid through a representative of this institution. However, this law is really supposed to b...
by brettz9
Tue Sep 13, 2005 7:58 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Varqa's and the Huquq
Replies: 2
Views: 5576

I'm sure there would be no kind of requirement that this "line" continue, but I for one don't know about whether he has any posterity (or who do such work)...

take care,
Brett
by brettz9
Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:40 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The story of the martyrdom of the Bàb
Replies: 20
Views: 30281

Dear Moyo, Thank you for finding this and pointing it out. I think there are two possible ways this can be reconciled. One way would simply be that the pilgrim's note is inaccurate. As Bahá'ís, according to the explicit written instructions of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Himself, we are not to rely on pilgrim's no...
by brettz9
Sun Sep 11, 2005 5:06 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Imam Mahdi
Replies: 40
Views: 46011

As Keyvan was indicating, we believe that the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh represent the return of the Imam Mahdi and Imam Husayn, respectively, but only in a spiritual sense (though the Báb was a siyyid too). The Bahá'í Writings are also clear (as was Jesus too) that a physical family is different from a sp...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Poll on use of http://bahai-library.com/browse0.php
Replies: 6
Views: 11579

Also, I need to mention that the Kitáb-i-Íqán is not fullly working, as I need to resolve the issue of dealing with page and paragraphs together...However, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the Hidden Words, Qur'án, Bible, and the Collins Bibliography (the latter to a limited degree) should be working...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:54 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Poll on use of http://bahai-library.com/browse0.php
Replies: 6
Views: 11579

Well, that's what I'm asking...If people are interested, etc...The links are supplied above (and in the other thread) if you want to check them out...

Thanks for responding!

Brett
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Poll on use of http://bahai-library.com/browse0.php
Replies: 6
Views: 11579

I would also appreciate feedback on whether anyone has used http://bahai-library.com/?file=scripture_search or http://bahai-library.com/?file=abbrevia ... gs.html(or the software uses mentioned at these pages)...

thanks in advance,
Brett
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Poll on use of http://bahai-library.com/browse0.php
Replies: 6
Views: 11579

Poll on use of http://bahai-library.com/browse0.php

This poll seeks to get feedback regarding http://bahai-library.com/browse0.php, an experimental site for browsing the Bahá'í Writings.
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: About Baha'i Library
Topic: Poll on use of our RSS feeds
Replies: 0
Views: 17736

Poll on use of our RSS feeds

This is in regards to our site's RSS feeds.
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:58 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The second coming of Christ and Christians (x-ferred)
Replies: 8
Views: 12375

This is the last post to transfer. Feel free to discuss further in this thread now, if you wish. One resource you may find helpful in examining specific passages is to go to http://bahai-library.com/browse0.php (Choose Bible). In this case I chose book 66 (Revelation--Sorry, I haven't implemented s...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:56 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The second coming of Christ and Christians (x-ferred)
Replies: 8
Views: 12375

(This post was originally from Nowis... I just transferred it here... B.Z.) Thank you, I'm sure you are right that the answer lies in these books, I read them regularly but am perhaps being a bit lazy and trying to get a short cut to the truth. A specific challenges I have became aware of is; Revel...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:55 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The second coming of Christ and Christians (x-ferred)
Replies: 8
Views: 12375

(This post was made by myself earlier... I am just now transferring it here... B.Z.) Dear Nowis, As Hasan suggested, the Íqán and Some Answered Questions are good places to start... As far as your particular question, I think the Íqán might allude to this, in a passage after Bahá'u'lláh has explain...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:54 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The second coming of Christ and Christians (x-ferred)
Replies: 8
Views: 12375

(This post was originally from Hasan... I just transferred it here... B.Z.) Nowis, If you are interested in prophecies, I recommend yo to read the Kitáb.i.Íqán of Bahá'u'lláh (http://bahai-library.com/writings/bahaullah/iqan/ "Some Answered Questions" of 'Abdu'l-Bahá (see index here: http://www.bah...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:52 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The second coming of Christ and Christians (x-ferred)
Replies: 8
Views: 12375

The second coming of Christ and Christians (x-ferred)

(This post was originally by Nowis...I just transferred it from the old /forum3 site)

When teaching Christians how does one explain that Christ returned in 1844, when the world seems to be going from bad to worse ?

Christians expect everyting to be wonderful when Christ returns.
by brettz9
Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:49 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'u'llah's diplomacy
Replies: 17
Views: 19752

X-ferring post from Hasan at old site to here

Hasan wrote the following at the old site (I have transferred it here... B.Z.) Also, along the lines of the Manifestation of God speaking in clear speech in this age, I think we should be very careful when we make interpretations implying a kind of deceipt on the part of the Manifestation. The Manif...
by brettz9
Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:27 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Imam Mahdi
Replies: 40
Views: 46011

We also believe that the Bab was in fact the Return of the Imam Mihdi...
by brettz9
Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Imam Mahdi
Replies: 40
Views: 46011

Dear Guest, I do understand that, yes, the Imam Mihdi was the son of Imam Hasan Al-Askari. I am not, however, aware of whether there is an official interpretation of the verse of the Qur'an to which you refer (33:33) in our Writings. However, our Writings in numerous places do affirm our belief in t...
by brettz9
Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Will Legacy
Replies: 4
Views: 8080

Dear Malcolm Ashton, The writing of a will is enjoined on Baha'is, but there are no requirements as to how this is to be written (beyond the following) or to whom it is to be paid (unless it is a case of intestacy). In case your client wanted the (non-monetary) requirements, or if he/she wanted to k...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 02, 2005 9:22 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'u'llah's diplomacy
Replies: 17
Views: 19752

Dear Majnun, 1) As far as parent religion, there is the following from Shoghi Effnedi in Promised Day Is Come: Islám, at once the progenitor and persecutor of the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh, is, if we read aright the signs of the times, only beginning to sustain the impact of this invincible and triumphan...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139885

When I am at that computer where I believe the file is saved, I may be able to dig it up. Briefly, on point 1 you make, I do very much agree that we should be "extremely supportive" of Baha'i involvement in Esperanto. The letter (supplied by I believe Antony) of the House of Justice to the Bahá'ís i...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:13 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'u'llah's diplomacy
Replies: 17
Views: 19752

Also, along the lines of the Manifestation of God speaking in clear speech in this age, I think we should be very careful when we make interpretations implying a kind of deceipt on the part of the Manifestation. The Manifestations of God never lie, even while they may on occasion push the limits of ...
by brettz9
Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'u'llah's diplomacy
Replies: 17
Views: 19752

Dear Iman, Although you are certainly correct regarding the importance of Islam as the parent Faith of our Faith, I don't believe your interpretation of the verse from the Qur'án was accurate, in light ofthe additional guidance from Shoghi Effendi and elucidation from the Universal House of Justice:...
by brettz9
Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:12 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: manifestation
Replies: 4
Views: 8303

They are obviously not Manifestations of God as in perfect Prophets from God, but there is much praise of music and musicians (whose hearts mirror God's attributes). We also believe that the arts are inspired by the influence from the next world. You may be interested in this compilation on Music . ...
by brettz9
Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:02 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Kitáb-i-Badí' on-line
Replies: 5
Views: 9847

Shoghi Effendi in a number of places speaks to the importance of this book (only next to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas in importance): "of unsurpassed preeminence among the doctrinal...writings of the Author of the Bahá'í Dispensation" (Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, 140 ) “The Íqán is the most important book w...
by brettz9
Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:30 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139885

The talk I referred to is even more explicit than the quotation I gave in referring to language as speech (or writing)... On a different note, regarding the topic we have discussed before of the laissez-faire attitude taken by some Bahá'ís in not appreciating the action required and called for in ou...
by brettz9
Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:17 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139885

It is an interesting speculation; however, I think you will find that the Writings are clear that it does refer to speech and writing. Although the Bahá'í Writings do refer to the great power of music and the arts, and often refer to deeds over words (though this may be more in reference to not exce...
by brettz9
Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:10 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Hugging
Replies: 2
Views: 7176

"The pilgrim's note reports the Master as saying: 'Women and men must not embrace each other when not married, or not about to be married. They must not kiss each other... If they wish to greet each other, or comfort each other, they may take each other by the hand.' In a letter to an individual wr...
by brettz9
Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:55 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Masturbation
Replies: 54
Views: 80374

As far as Majnun's argument that the paragraph in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas about semen not being unclean referring to masturbation, a bit of wider context may be helpful to dispel this idea. As the notes to the Aqdas state: In a number of religious traditions and in Shí'ih Muslim practice semen has been de...
by brettz9
Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:50 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: I need serious help.
Replies: 6
Views: 10918

Dear "Masked', May I suggest the following... 1) Study the proofs of the existence of God. 'Abdu'l-Bahá says that we should know these proofs not merely through "susceptibilities" but through rational proofs. Some Answered Questions, Chapters 1 and 2 introduces this (though many other Writings compl...
by brettz9
Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Question about hair length?
Replies: 21
Views: 73860

Yes, I don't think the fact that something is not prohibited should mean that we cannot speak on the subject in certain circumstances (even should speak on the subject, as you say). I don't think you would have offended anyone by what you said, either. My main point was just to say that I don't thin...
by brettz9
Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:49 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Question about hair length?
Replies: 21
Views: 73860

Dear BW, Although there are some laws which the House of Justice has stated will benefit us even though they are not strictly-speaking binding (such as teaching children to recite the verses of God), and there are some laws applicable now in the East and not in the West (e.g., the 95-day engagement ...
by brettz9
Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:21 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i weddings
Replies: 18
Views: 26132

p.s. This is a very different thing from Jasmine, who appears to be going through a crisis of faith, and is simply seeking information, as well as describing her current understanding for her own situation.
by brettz9
Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:55 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i weddings
Replies: 18
Views: 26132

Dear Jasmine, In my first post, at the end, I did provide some guidance from the Writings about the situation for Bahá'ís attending the wedding of a Bahá'í who was knowingly not following the marriage laws. As far as your point about finding guidance from prayer...Of course, the final decision is up...
by brettz9
Sat Aug 13, 2005 1:37 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i weddings
Replies: 18
Views: 26132

Many questions such as as these can be answered in the compilations Developing Distinctive Bahá'í Communities and also "Lights of Guidance", compiled by Helen Hornby. You may interested to read the relevant sections of these for the full details. There is also a brief compilation prepared by the Res...
by brettz9
Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahai's philosophy and sexual freedom
Replies: 69
Views: 71061

I think-and I may be wrong- that when Bahaullha prohibited zena, and ruled out punishment for it, what he meant was the element of zena by itself, not anything added to it. In other words, the punishment of rape can be and should be much worse than the one for fornication. Nobody should be able to ...
by brettz9
Wed Aug 10, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahai's philosophy and sexual freedom
Replies: 69
Views: 71061

Dear Farid, I agree with you that your option 2 is the only viable one. There is an organic unity we must realize between the ministries of each of the Heads of the Faith. Shoghi Effendi does not add to the laws in his role as interpreter, though he may spell out provisions as the head of the Faith ...
by brettz9
Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:50 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahai's philosophy and sexual freedom
Replies: 69
Views: 71061

Brett, do you think the importance mentioned in the writings to get married young is just because of health? No...In this case, what I was speaking of was health as a means toward being better equipped to give children the attention (and resources) they deserve (not to mention the physically greate...
by brettz9
Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:16 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahai's philosophy and sexual freedom
Replies: 69
Views: 71061

As far as homosexuality vs. adultery, I don't think that a leap can be made that the former is far worse (if at all or the other way around even). Note in the Notes to the Aqdas of the verse you are speaking of, it states that it has the implication of paederasty (or child abuse). This crime, which ...
by brettz9
Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:05 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahai's philosophy and sexual freedom
Replies: 69
Views: 71061

P.S. now let's we put this on practice!


God? Is that you? :)
by brettz9
Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:24 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is there enough kindness and understanding?
Replies: 8
Views: 15233

Yes, this is true too...But there is also the need to try to do so in a manner which does not offend....Some people are even gleeful in exposing the mistakes of others, which is not worthy, even if they are technically correct...Modern academic discussions often are sadly also wholly lacking in this...
by brettz9
Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahai's philosophy and sexual freedom
Replies: 69
Views: 71061

Hello all, Let me first start by saying that I see how Keyvan could come to this conclusion (I myself entertained this thought at one point). It would be plausible for someone to take such a position (if not likely/essential), were it not for some other Writings which I include below (in addition to...
by brettz9
Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:20 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is there enough kindness and understanding?
Replies: 8
Views: 15233

Very much agreed... I think we need a feminization of our discourse here, to bring a little more balance, huh?...(as we could use in our leadership, in the media, and other areas as well) "O SON OF DUST! Verily I say unto thee: Of all men the most negligent is he that disputeth idly and seeketh to a...
by brettz9
Fri Aug 05, 2005 8:14 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139885

Dear Thomas, Hello...I'm very sorry that I have not responded thus far...I wrote a very long response the other night, but I really realized that, if you don't mind, I wish to bow out of this conversation because I really do not have the energy to sustain it, at least in as thorough a manner as you ...
by brettz9
Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: About Baha'i Library
Topic: PDF Scans needed (not OCR'ed yet)
Replies: 0
Views: 17653

PDF Scans needed (not OCR'ed yet)

Also, in an area related to proofreading, we could use the following: We need pdf scans (locked--not text accessible) for the following files (most recent edition available). Baha’u’llah and the New Era Baha’i Prayers Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha The Dawn-Breakers TRANSLATION OF THE FRENCH FOOT-NOTES OF T...
by brettz9
Wed Aug 03, 2005 12:57 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Proofreaders and assistance needed
Replies: 0
Views: 6502

Proofreaders and assistance needed

Proof readers and other assistance needed for Bahá'í texts. This is sponsored through the Bahá'í administration. Contact proofingproject A-T yahoo DOT com if you are interested.

Brett
by brettz9
Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:26 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Creation of an International Force
Replies: 2
Views: 5884

"...It is true that Bahá'ís are not pacifists since we uphold the use of force in the service of justice and upholding law. But we do not believe that war is ever necessary and its abolition is one of the essential purposes and brightest promises of Bahá'u'lláh's revelation. His specific command to...
by brettz9
Mon Jul 25, 2005 9:42 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Hadith
Replies: 2
Views: 5767

This seems like it kind of alludes to the same thing? In the "Dala'il-i-Sab'ih," the Bab reveals the following: "The hadith `Adhirbayjan' referring to this matter says: `The things which will happen in Adhirbayjan are necessary for us, nothing can prevent their occurrence. Remain therefore in your h...
by brettz9
Fri Jul 22, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Rejection of Mohammed
Replies: 35
Views: 45597

Where or how do ye see that this “urge” is commanded to us ? I thought that the quotations on behalf of the beloved Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, were abundantly clear on this...If you are not clear on the position of Shoghi Effendi, as the Guardian, an institution anticipated by Bahá'u'lláh Himself in...
by brettz9
Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:29 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Rejection of Mohammed
Replies: 35
Views: 45597

Also, though I am sorry I cannot provide a source, I seem to recall 'Abdu'l-Bahá stating that He was thankful for the time He had in prison, because it allowed Him more time to read from the Qur'án.
by brettz9
Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:14 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Rejection of Mohammed
Replies: 35
Views: 45597

If you are interested, I have included some further quotations on this theme in the mini-compilation at http://bahai-library.com/?file=quran_ro ... zamir.html
by brettz9
Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:11 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Kitáb-i-Badí' on-line
Replies: 5
Views: 9847

Despite its high position in our Writings, and the likelihood that it elucidates other topics as well, the Kitáb-i-Badí' has, I would venture, most likely not been translated to date, given that its immediate audience was the Bábí community which was concerned with prophecies and perspectives from t...
by brettz9
Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:05 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Rejection of Mohammed
Replies: 35
Views: 45597

While I think it is understandable that one gets caught up in the beauty of the Writings of this age, not to mention their timeliness, we should look again, as the quotations below urge us, at the scriptures of old, particularly the Qur'án, which we know to be authentic, according to our Writings. T...
by brettz9
Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:54 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: UHJ Question
Replies: 11
Views: 16763

You may be interested in the document on behalf of the Universal House of Justice at http://bahai-library.com/?file=uhj_women_uhj
by brettz9
Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:45 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Kitáb-i-Badí' on-line
Replies: 5
Views: 9847

Shoghi Effendi on God Passes By, p. 172 refers to it: " ...the Kitáb-i-Badí', His apologia, written to refute the accusations levelled against Him by Mírzá Mihdíy-i-Rashtí, corresponding to the Kitáb-i-Iqán, revealed in defense of the Bábí Revelation;"...--these may be regarded not only as the most ...
by brettz9
Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:33 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Dead Sea Scrolls
Replies: 1
Views: 4547

The first excerpt below is from a letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi in "Unfolding Destiny", and the second is a reply from a letter sent to the NSA of the U.K. I have not followed up in sending a request for information from the World Centre. Also, if you do a search of this website, you will find ...
by brettz9
Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:38 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: sperm donation
Replies: 1
Views: 6370

"Regarding surrogate mothers and artificial insemination, you will find the following extracts from statements made by the Universal House of Justice relevant to your questions: 'The beloved Guardian, in a letter written on his behalf to an individual believer who enquired on the same subject, said...
by brettz9
Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:19 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Afnan as "branch"
Replies: 9
Views: 12474

Aghsán is apparently either used in the text in these cases, or, as the Hands also seem to allow, the Persian uses a unique term to refer to Aghsán--one that is distinct from Afnán.
by brettz9
Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:56 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: In the news...
Replies: 2
Views: 7260

In the news...

Just something quick...

The Bahá'í House of Worship in India featured in....a neuroscience experiment? :)

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/512626/?sc=rssn
by brettz9
Mon Jul 04, 2005 9:53 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Afnan as "branch"
Replies: 9
Views: 12474

The original is surely Aghsan. As mentioned, it is just a translation issue. Ask someone to find the original in Persian for you to confirm it for you.

Brett
by brettz9
Mon Jul 04, 2005 2:51 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139885

Dear Thomas, Welcome! I am sorry not to have responded so far, and I probably will not get a chance to for a while, as I am going out of town for a few weeks. But, I appreciate your inquiries and comments, and look forward, God willing, to discussing our common interest in a world auxiliary language...
by brettz9
Mon Jul 04, 2005 3:27 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Afnan as "branch"
Replies: 9
Views: 12474

And, as you may already know, Shoghi Effendi can be correctly considered as a "twig" also (thus the reference as such in the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá), because he is descended from the Báb as well as from Bahá'u'lláh (a "branch").
by brettz9
Mon Jul 04, 2005 3:23 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Afnan as "branch"
Replies: 9
Views: 12474

I believe Bahá'u'lláh was speaking in a spiritual sense in those cases... It has become clear during the past months that lack of knowledge of the meaning of the word "branch" as used in the Master's Will and Testament has led to great confusion in certain quarters in the West. The word "Ghosn" (plu...
by brettz9
Wed Jun 29, 2005 10:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Quantum Physics and So Much More...
Replies: 4
Views: 10302

Hello all, Just wanted to share a quotation I came across (there is not a more recent translation, unfortunately, to my knowledge) which deals with the theme of the active and passive force: God is Love and Peace. God it Truth. God is Omniscience. God is without beginning and without end. God is unc...
by brettz9
Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: corrections
Replies: 19
Views: 27037

I'm not sure of the significance of 1960 either (besides what was already mentioned and being the half-way point between 1957 and 1963, thus indicating a kind of unfolding process), but Shoghi Effendi did, as I just discovered today, foretell (initial) difficulties with the Covenant on his passing: ...
by brettz9
Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: prayer versus "writing"
Replies: 12
Views: 17497

Actually, I think it'd be nice to get a copy of the originally cited document by Ruth Moffett online, as I have seen it cited fairly often...

Brett

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