Category Archives Baha’i Life

Ways to Use Words

Language is one of the most striking features that distinguishes humans as the beings that we are. It is the tool that has allowed us to achieve so much, both in the world of thought and material development. It is clear that language has immense power. As Baha’u’llah says, “it is through its potency and animating spirit that the people of the world have attained so eminent a position.” But what are the best ways to use, and not abuse, language? Here are a few of my thoughts on Baha’u’llah’s guidance:  Continue reading

7 Cherished Closing Paragraphs of Recent Messages

Colonnade of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice. Photo: courtesy of Chad Mauger

Once, while studying a recent message from the Universal House of Justice, a friend commented on how much she loves and cherishes the closing paragraph of every letter from the Universal House of Justice. She described how they are filled with love, how they give her energy and how they inspire her to serve others with renewed and increased excitement. She compared the last paragraph of these letters to listening to the right music while exercising and explained how both encourage her to strive harder with joy and enthusiasm.  Continue reading

The Power of the Oneness of Humankind

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I was raised in a humble, Catholic and loudly middle-class family in Colombia but walking through the Champs-Elysees in Paris during my last trip to Europe kindled within me a powerful sense of belonging to the world. Now, more than ever, I carry with me a message of oneness and openness and I truly believe we are holders of a global citizenship although we still need to carry national passports. As I looked around me at the Champs-Elysees I saw people from all walks of life, from all different corners of the world, but I knew we are all part of a global tribe.  Continue reading

The Tablets of the Divine Plan & Today

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By reading the Tablets of the Divine Plan alongside recent messages of the Universal House of Justice, we can learn about what aspects of our current work trace their origin to these tablets revealed by Abdu’l-Baha 100 years ago. I encourage everyone to dive into these texts themselves and see what parallels they are able to make. Following are four points I was able to find:  Continue reading

Advancing Civilization: A Personal Reflection

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I know we have all been there. That moment (which happens way too often, unfortunately) when you watch or read the news or hear stories about the most terrible violence, injustice and corruption happening right before our eyes, all over the world. You might feel almost powerless, or that no effort you make could save the world from so much pain and suffering.  Continue reading