October 31, 2009

Heart of the Arc on Mount Carmel

Did you know that the “far-flung arc” on mount Carmel that accommodates the buildings of the Universal House of Justice, the International Teaching Center, the Center for the Study of the Text, and the International Archives, “surround(s) the resting-places of the Greatest Holy Leaf, ranking as foremost among the members of her sex in the Bahá'í Dispensation,

Significant Ages ...

* The Bab was 25 years old when He declared His Mission.
* Baha’u’llah was 27 years old when He embraced the religion of the Bab.
* ‘Abdu’l-Baha was 9 years old when He recognized Baha’u’llah’s station.
* Shoghi Effendi was 23 years old when he became the Guardian.

Good Deeds to be Distinguished By

Did you know that there are 22 “good deeds” that the beloved Guardian summarized from the Kitab-i-Aqdas – deeds by which “one's self” should be distinguished? They are:
To be truthful; To be trustworthy; To be faithful; To be righteous and fear God; To be just and fair; To be tactful and wise; To be courteous; To be hospitable ; To be persevering; To be detached; To be absolutely submissive to the Will of God; Not to stir up mischief; Not to be hypocritical; Not to be proud; Not to be fanatical; Not to prefer one's self to one's neighbour; Not to contend with one's neighbour; Not to indulge one's passions; Not to lament in adversity; Not to contend with those in authority; Not to lose one's temper; and Not to anger one's neighbour. (Shoghi Effendi, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 49; also on p. 160 of the Kitab-i-Aqdas)

Who is a "saint"?

We call people "saints" who have achieved the highest degree of mastery over their egos.
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 453)

Why do Baha'i Temples have nine sides?

Nine is the highest digit, hence symbolizes comprehensiveness, culminations; also, the reason it is used in the Temple's form is because 9 has exact numerical value of ' Baha' (in the numerology connected with the Arabic alphabet) and ' Baha' is the name of the Revealer of our Faith, Bahá'u'lláh.

'Abdu'l-Baha had 13 grandchildren

To catch even a glimpse of what must have transpired in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's heart when this first grandson (Shoghi Effendi) was born to Him at the age of fifty-three,

Heart of the Planet

The World Center of the Faith located in Israel “.. geographically, spiritually and administratively, constitutes the heart of the entire planet..”. (Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, 32; the Compilation of Compilations, vol. I, p.338)

Did anyone from the West meet the Bab

The only known record of the Báb's having been seen by a European belongs to the period of His persecution when an English physician resident in Tabriz, Dr. Cormick, was called in by the Persian authorities to pronounce on the Báb's mental condition.