Search found 1370 matches

by brettz9
Mon Mar 21, 2005 11:51 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Noah's Flood?
Replies: 24
Views: 35202

As far as Noah's flood, I thought these could be of interest: Ark and the Flood symbolical: "The statement in 'Seven Days of Creation' certainly cannot be considered authoritative or correct. The Ark and the Flood we believe are symbolical." (From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an ind...
by brettz9
Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:45 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Noah's Flood?
Replies: 24
Views: 35202

Pilosofia and all, 'Abdu'l-Bahá in response to this question stated that religion was like a lamp. In the hands of a child, it could burn down a building, but this did not take away from its importance. Another point bearing in mind I think...The religions could not have survived and grown as they d...
by brettz9
Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:27 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is the Virginity so important for a bahá'í?
Replies: 30
Views: 39435

Brett, if these scriptural sources are so wise, why didn't Baha'u'llah or somebody simply declare, "Stipulating virginity in a marriage contract is useless and wrong," or something to that effect? Rather than leave it to future exegetes to read it in between the lines, the way they did with monogam...
by brettz9
Sat Mar 19, 2005 1:20 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is the Virginity so important for a bahá'í?
Replies: 30
Views: 39435

The Bahá'í writings assert that one of the most heinous crimes is the crime of rape. Clearly, such a case is different than when it is done by choice. Although it probably goes without saying, in the case of rape, the Scriptures do not blame the woman. "And compel not your maid-servants to prostitut...
by brettz9
Fri Mar 18, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is the Virginity so important for a bahá'í?
Replies: 30
Views: 39435

One other point... I think it is a fallacy not to consider chastity as a moral issue... As it is phrased in Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-86: With reference to the question you have asked concerning the Bahá'í attitude towards the problem of sex and its relation to marriage: The ...
by brettz9
Fri Mar 18, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is the Virginity so important for a bahá'í?
Replies: 30
Views: 39435

The point is that this would be a prenuptial agreement...The woman would presumably be aware of her condition upon allowing such a condition for marriage... This is simply one among many possible agreements a couple could come to as preconditions for marriage, and as nature has it, this particular o...
by brettz9
Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:50 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is the Virginity so important for a bahá'í?
Replies: 30
Views: 39435

Ok, guys... Hasan, thank you for clarifying your intention...Given the environment in other discussions as well, however, I think it is understandable that its intention could be misunderstood by some... In response to your point that it is not possible to tell for a male, I might add that, were suc...
by brettz9
Wed Mar 16, 2005 5:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Healthy Fasting
Replies: 3
Views: 10143

Greetings all, Here are some quotations I thought might be of interest... There is some rigor in the Fast but it has been abated since prior times: "Even though outwardly the Fast is difficult and toilsome, yet inwardly it is bounty and tranquillity. Purification and training are conditioned and dep...
by brettz9
Sun Mar 13, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Democratic-Peace and the Lesser Peace
Replies: 9
Views: 13861

The problem is that while many governments, including some permanent members of the UN Security Council, are not evolving systems of universal sufferage no recriminatory action is being taken against them and international human rights issues are being reduced to meaningless mutual finger pointing ...
by brettz9
Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:06 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Dear Dawud, As far as point #2, Bahá'u'lláh Himself addressed both the issue of the auxiliary language and the single language, so it seems far-fetched to say that He wasn't aware of His own former statement on the subject. I think you are failing to give enough credit here to the Faith's Central Fi...
by brettz9
Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:17 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Democratic-Peace and the Lesser Peace
Replies: 9
Views: 13861

Question: Is it not a fact that universal peace cannot be accomplished until there is political democracy in all the countries of the world? Answer: It is very evident that in the future there shall be no centralization in the countries of the world, be they constitutional in government, republican...
by brettz9
Fri Mar 04, 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: I need the source for a tradition Baha'u'llah quotes..
Replies: 14
Views: 28774

Wonderful! Welcome...

best wishes,
Brett
by brettz9
Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:16 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Sohrab's Diary
Replies: 5
Views: 9683

Dear Feryal,

Thanks so much for your generous offer!

Jonah should be able to provide the information about the status of the scans of this document.

If it turns out that the problem is in converting the images to text (OCR), I can try it on my computer...

gratefully,
Brett
by brettz9
Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:13 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Pupil of the Eye/Power of Unity proofing/scan volunteers?
Replies: 3
Views: 14012

Pupil of the Eye/Power of Unity proofing/scan volunteers?

Good news! We have just been given permission by Palabra (and the compiler, Bonnie Taylor) to publish "Pupil of the Eye: African-Americans in the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh" and "The Power of Unity", two excellent compilations with numerous quotations not published elsewhere. We may be given an earl...
by brettz9
Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:17 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Persian Bayan
Replies: 6
Views: 13809

For the Persian Bayan in English there are: 1) Authoritatively translated excerpts: http://www.bahai-library.com/writings/bab/swb/5/ 2) Provisional excerpts: http://bahai-library.com/?file=bab_bayan_farsi_velasco.html http://bahai-library.com/?file=bab_bayan_farsi_maceoin.html For the Persian Bayan ...
by brettz9
Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:14 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Sohrab's Diary
Replies: 5
Views: 9683

Any volunteers out there to proofread the scan we have to allow everybody access to it now and in the future??

Brett
by brettz9
Thu Feb 17, 2005 6:03 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prediction of the coming of the next Manifestation (?)
Replies: 4
Views: 9141

FYI, note 1562 of Lights of Guidance is the same as the "Directives of the Guardian" quote I cited above...
by brettz9
Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prediction of the coming of the next Manifestation (?)
Replies: 4
Views: 9141

Hi Kevin, Thanks for your help on the metric article, by the way...I still seems strange though, even if I imagine cutting off the handle area, etc....Ah well... As far as this question, I think that in the particular instance cited, it was indeed in reference to 'Abdu'l-Bahá. However, there are the...
by brettz9
Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:25 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: "Ghosts" - cant find any references in the Baha'i
Replies: 2
Views: 11195

Here are some quotations from the compilation, Lights of Guidance: "Regarding your question as to the meaning of Jin or Genii referred to in the Qur'an, these are not beings or creatures that are actually living, but are symbolic references to the power of men of evil and may be likened to evil...
by brettz9
Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:38 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Where did Jesus go?
Replies: 5
Views: 9213

Also, though not during youth, were you aware of the Qur'ánic (and Bahá'í) references to Christ speaking as an infant?

Brett
by brettz9
Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:33 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Where did Jesus go?
Replies: 5
Views: 9213

Interesting question... The only somewhat relevant statement I was aware of is: "...The story about the dove is simply a metaphor. No dove came down. Amongst the people, John the Baptist felt that the Holy Spirit was in Christ. The Holy Spirit was always with Christ. He knew about His mission from e...
by brettz9
Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:12 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Hi Guest,
I think that is a different Badí' script which you are referring to. The one was by Mírzá Muhammad 'Alí which does exist, and the other by Bahá'u'lláh which He only referred to. See http://bahai-library.com/?file=uhj_aspe ... g.html#s14

Brett
by brettz9
Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:12 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Virgin birth
Replies: 3
Views: 10628

There is also the following: "Within a compass of two hundred pages it [The Kitáb-i-Íqán]...upholds the purity and innocence of the Virgin Mary..." (God Passes By, p. 139 ) "Likewise, reflect upon the state and condition of Mary. So deep was the perplexity of that most beauteous countenance, so grie...
by brettz9
Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:04 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Virgin birth
Replies: 3
Views: 10628

Here are a few other quotations and sources if you are interested: http://www.bahai-library.com/uhj/vbirth.ency.admin.html From Lights of Guidance, no. 530, 1637-1641, 1643, 1696: "The churches teach doctrines--various ones in various creeds--which we as Bahá'ís do not accept; such as the bodily Res...
by brettz9
Fri Feb 11, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Does Bahai faith have any flaws?
Replies: 11
Views: 19120

If one accepts the Bahá'í Revelation, one cannot believe that it has any flaws. Shoghi Effendi writes in a letter on his behalf: "He (the Guardian) was very sorry to hear that...has left the Cause, and suggests that you point out to her, and to any other of the friends who are confused and upset ove...
by brettz9
Fri Feb 11, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Brett - you wrote: “I meant in this context that if things were to be changed in the future by legislation to just one language....” You didn’t like me using the word “imposition”, Brett, but this prospect is positively draconian - is it not? Could you see the Universal House of Justice doing that ...
by brettz9
Fri Jan 28, 2005 12:26 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer for America
Replies: 5
Views: 9617

Sorry, better yet, I just noticed this one: "Now, as the government of America is a republican form of government, it is necessary that all the citizens shall take part in the elections of officers and take part in the affairs of the republic." (Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha Abbas, p. 343) Best wishes, Br...
by brettz9
Fri Jan 28, 2005 12:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer for America
Replies: 5
Views: 9617

Also, on p. 35 of Promulgation of Universal Peace, 'Abdu'l-Bahá refers to the "American Republic", as in other sources.

best wishes,
Brett
by brettz9
Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer for America
Replies: 5
Views: 9617

As far as democracy, this is simply in accord with common usage of the word. The American Heritage dictionary defines it in its first sense as: "1. Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives." 'Abdu'l-Bahá clearly recognizes the distinction in His (apparen...
by brettz9
Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Dear Antony, No, I don’t follow this. Why would Arabic need to be an auxiliary language first? I meant in this context that if things were to be changed in the future by legislation to just one language, it would have to BEGIN as an auxiliary language for some time. I mean, let's say the whole world...
by brettz9
Tue Jan 25, 2005 5:28 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Dear Anonymous, Are you or the future language council going to invent non-English equivalents of everything a doctor needs to say? And then move on to the computer engineers? ... I realize the idea is for people to embrace the auxilliary language voluntarily. Well, okay. But the problem is that the...
by brettz9
Tue Jan 25, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: "Entry by Troops"
Replies: 10
Views: 15912

Dear Jay, However, a number of seekers, myself included, feel that the insular nature of Bahais (they tend to "cluster" among themselves)(BTW a "cluster" is also an army term) they find it creepy, this whole idea of entry by troops. No wonder that it is not for non-official consumption. I think it i...
by brettz9
Tue Jan 25, 2005 3:05 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: I need the source for a tradition Baha'u'llah quotes..
Replies: 14
Views: 28774

Dear Muhammad Noor Islam, Are you looking for the items in English? I don't think there are an enormous number of English-translation Hadith collections (particularly Shí'ih) on the internet (unfortunately). If they exist in print format, then maybe Google's effort to digitize several important libr...
by brettz9
Sun Jan 23, 2005 4:23 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Way cool...Faith featured on Wikipedia
Replies: 0
Views: 7459

Way cool...Faith featured on Wikipedia

Hi everybody... Just wanted to share with you that Wikipedia recently featured the Bahá'í Faith on its main (English) page...There is presently a link from the main page to it (as a recently featured article)...The blurb is here and the main article is here . A word of caution...This is a public web...
by brettz9
Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:44 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: I need the source for a tradition Baha'u'llah quotes..
Replies: 14
Views: 28774

Dear Muhammad Noor Islam, From a Google search, "Youth from Bani-Hashim" turned up the following details: It is apparently in the ""Avalim," an authoritative and well-known book", apparently from the Holy Imám Sádiq. A similar quote, apparently in the "Arba'in", a "compilation of Shi'ah Tradition". ...
by brettz9
Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:27 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: "Entry by Troops"
Replies: 10
Views: 15912

Dear hihellowhatsup and all, I might mention that the House of Justice had apparently specifically mentioned that a document such as Promoting Entry by Troops would be appropriate for Baha'i-only forums, thus perhaps suggesting that those not familiar with the context might get the wrong impression....
by brettz9
Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:20 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Yes...But this is only speculation as far as the specific languages... But perhaps only an constructed language such as Esperanto could gain the support at present with its neutrality and in the far distant (as this second stage is envisioned), humanity may be willing to make a change. (In the case ...
by brettz9
Fri Jan 21, 2005 10:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Dear "Guest",

Again, there is also the possibility of it being reconciled (if it needs reconciling) by Esperanto being for the auxiliary language and Arabic for the time in the future (anticipated in our Writings) when it is expected that all languages be reduced to one only.

best wishes,
Brett
by brettz9
Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:19 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

I found the Tablet from a Google search on Dr. Lambden's personal site: http://www.hurqalya.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/BAHA'-ALLAH/Int-Language.htm Since the reduction of languages to one is to be for the "distant future", I tend to think that this responsibility would come for the Universal House of Just...
by brettz9
Wed Jan 19, 2005 1:38 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Brett, I object to the world government idea in principle. It doesn't matter what reforms the UN, or any other body, undertook--this would change nothing. People from other cultures cannot represent me. Have you not settled on an arbitrary definition of culture then? Can people from outside of your...
by brettz9
Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:56 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

As far as the defects of Esperanto, the only one I know of in which He specifically refers to it is: "Esperanto has been drawn up with this end in view: it is a fine invention and a splendid piece of work, but it needs perfecting. Esperanto as it stands is very difficult for some people. An internat...
by brettz9
Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:35 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: "Entry by Troops"
Replies: 10
Views: 15912

Dear Jay, My belief is that our Writings are coopting these metaphors (World Crusade), etc., redefining them with their much more glorious spiritual meaning. It is a kind of sublimation. For those who feel that battle is a test of courage and the like (which in rare justified situations it can be (w...
by brettz9
Fri Jan 14, 2005 12:27 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Scanning volunteers???
Replies: 0
Views: 18528

Scanning volunteers???

Greetings all, I wanted to let you know that we have a tremendous opportunity to publish online one of the last major works of English-translated writings which we do not yet have online. We have just received permission from the compiler and publisher to publish "Messages of Shoghi Effendi to the I...
by brettz9
Mon Jan 10, 2005 11:11 pm
Forum: About Baha'i Library
Topic: how to add book to this website
Replies: 7
Views: 37528

I think I had also asked a few months ago but they couldn't, unfortunately... (Sorry, I can't find my email to verify that this was among the ones I asked about...). However, I think we can say that George Ronald has most generously recently offered us the permission to post Mahmud's Diary... take c...
by brettz9
Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Mecca
Replies: 3
Views: 8828

Sorry if I wasn't clear...I just meant that it was used symbolically in that phrase...

Brett
by brettz9
Wed Jan 05, 2005 5:53 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Anything that encourages nation-states, or elements thereof, to invite UN intervention would exascerbate this situation. Well, I agree to some extent to the degree that people have not embraced a world citizenship identity, and to the extent that the U.N. is not perceived as justly structured (veto...
by brettz9
Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

OK Brett - how about this quote, which I have just found myself looking at: "Regarding the whole question of an International Language.... We, as Bahá'ís, are very anxious to see a universal auxiliary tongue adopted as soon as possible; we are not the protagonists of any one language to fill this p...
by brettz9
Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Obligatory Prayer
Replies: 2
Views: 6971

No, but apparently the section goes on to quote from that letter in case you hadn't noticed that. You may have noticed their reference to paragraph 14 and note 21 of the Aqdas which discusses it further. Just curious, or are you looking for the answer to a specific question? This letter now, with th...
by brettz9
Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Mecca
Replies: 3
Views: 8828

I guess it depends by what you mean by official opinion...Do you mean as to its history? The Báb visited it on His pilgrimage, the Bahá'í Writings refer to it a number of times as the "celestial Kaaba"... . There is a pilgrim's note of Shoghi Effendi suggesting that Bahá'ís should visit the former H...
by brettz9
Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:05 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Dear Dawud, Who wants to be a minority in somebody else's country? Most people want a country for themselves, where they can live their own way of life--that is, unless some other country has more money. But if you think that cultures cannot be defined, then doesn't that mean that people will posses...
by brettz9
Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:33 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

No. I am assuming that if 'Abdu'l-Bahá says there are 800+ languages, then that is the global number, and that the actual definition of a language might be worked out on that basis. Though it would be flouting Grice's discourse maxim of quantity, 'Abdu'l-Bahá's 'more than 800 languages' figure coul...
by brettz9
Mon Jan 03, 2005 4:16 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

I find "unity in diversity" by itself to be a meaningless slogan. When you refer to "certain" rights, this does not make me feel much better. Another issue is, based on what criteria would a group enjoy such "rights"? (Could gays in the Netherlands declare their own autonomous zone?) And who would ...
by brettz9
Mon Jan 03, 2005 1:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Brett - you wrote (23/12): “I don't want to belabor this discussion, but my sense is that there are only a few cases where dialects have been considered separate languages for political reasons (e.g., Serbo-Croatian).” No, I think the point is worth belabouring, Brett. There are not only many recen...
by brettz9
Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:40 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

A key problem with a centralized world state is that it would be dominated either by the largest ethnic populations (Chinese and Indians), if voting is allocated that way; or by those parts of the world with the most voting districts (Europe), if each country is to have one representative. Either w...
by brettz9
Mon Dec 27, 2004 9:13 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Brett, your link just leads to a statement that there should be some kind of council devoted to studying national borders. It doesn't say who should be on it (or in what proportions), or on what basis they should make their decisions. Well, I think it gives some guidance as to the general issues to...
by brettz9
Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:40 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

I apologize for going into so much detail, but this is actually very compact compared to the situation of the entire world. Now imagine that the president were to call a language council. Who ought to be on the council, and what ought they to conclude? Well, as you know this is partiuclarly a sensi...
by brettz9
Fri Dec 24, 2004 4:06 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

My point of languages being reduced if writing was given primacy was that since Cantonese speakers and Mandarin speakers can READ the same script and since their oral languages maintain the meaning correspondences with the characters, they can thus understand, for example, the same newspaper. Since ...
by brettz9
Thu Dec 23, 2004 4:33 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

That's a bit like saying that the number of European languages could be reduced if we focus on the fact that most of them use the Roman alphabet. What I am referring to is the fact that languages such as Cantonese and Mandarin, while having mutually unintelligible pronuncations, did manage to prese...
by brettz9
Wed Dec 22, 2004 10:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Loren Henson
Replies: 0
Views: 7426

Loren Henson

I was trying to get in touch with Loren Henson....If you're around, could you send me a message?

thanks,
Brett
by brettz9
Wed Dec 22, 2004 8:06 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Brett, you wrote: “Well, to my recollection, it was only speaking of this principle because that was the question raised, not that it should have higher priority than the others. (Though I personally think there is signficance to 'Abdu'l-Bahá's statement that it would be the "first service to the w...
by brettz9
Sun Dec 19, 2004 12:01 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Yes, “Mike M” posted the UHJ’s response a few years ago on “Interlang”, the Bahá’í IAL Forum. And my recollection of their reply would agree with yours, except that I don’t remember them advocating promotion of the IAL principle separately from the other Bahá’í principles. Well, to my recollection,...
by brettz9
Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:06 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Dear Tony, Thanks for your discussion on the potential reconciliation of the quotations. Although I think there are different possibilities, it is interesting to consider. As far as Nabi's information, I just see from their public website that the following contact information is available: The Nati...
by brettz9
Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:11 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i and the Unforgivable Sin
Replies: 6
Views: 15326

Dear Joel, Welcome! The official Baha'i position on a subject is not answered by individual opinions, and we do not have any kind of clergy, so we encourage you to investigate the Bahá'í Writings themselves. As far as your question, as mentioned by one of the "guests", 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the Son and appo...
by brettz9
Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:43 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

I might add that the reconciliation of verses dealing with the House of Justice and the governments of the world which Taherzadeh had attempted could, as far as I can see, be alternatively seen through the very statement you proposed: that the world auxiliary language could be decided by the House o...
by brettz9
Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Yes, I see your point about the "possibly" referring to the failure of our leaders to implement the first stage, especially as I notice now that it is referring to the "auxiliary" language in that passage. However, as Mr. Taherzadeh is, however respectable, not immune to err (as with any Baha'i scho...
by brettz9
Fri Dec 10, 2004 9:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Native American Baha'i Institute, Houck, AZ
Replies: 1
Views: 7892

If you are a registered Baha'i in the U.S., you can get the contact information at http://www.usbnc.org/dept/nabi.asp but you will first need to enter your Baha'i ID and name to log in.

Brett
by brettz9
Thu Dec 09, 2004 10:24 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: ablutions
Replies: 2
Views: 8843

Dear Breanna, Welcome! I think you ought to be commended for looking into all the features of the law, now that you have discovered it, and giving yourself the opportunity to enjoy its wisdom and benefits. If you have any other questions about it or other teachings, please let us know. We are all (o...
by brettz9
Thu Dec 09, 2004 10:05 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

I also wanted to add one further point regarding "Guest"'s comments. In addition to Bahá'u'lláh referring to efforts needing to be made to reduce languages to one, there is the mention of the possibility of the House of Justice choosing a DIFFERENT world language in the future. So, if this would be ...
by brettz9
Thu Dec 09, 2004 9:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

Ok, Guest, I see your point. However, I think the fact that Bahá'u'lláh states that "efforts must be made to reduce them..." implies that there will need to be some effort made in this direction. I think we can see this principle to some degree even now. For example, if we are bilingual and are with...
by brettz9
Wed Dec 08, 2004 10:22 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139883

I believe the quote you are seeking is note 194 of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas: "The first sign of the coming of age of humanity referred to in the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh is the emergence of a science which is described as that "divine philosophy" which will include the discovery of a radical approach to the...

Go to advanced search