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Thank you so very, very much for your amazing service of helping others to focus on the Writings. It is our only Hope.  (Anne Moshtael Georgia USA)
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Your whole site is a treasure trove of information, insight, and materials

Your whole site is a treasure trove of information, insight, and materials on healing for anyone, not just those of us who are trying to heal from mental illness, addiction, and/or mental illness.  Thank you so much for these wonderful contributions you are making to the fund of knowledge on this important subject.  (Nona Simons, United States)
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I wanted to thank you for the wonderful efforts you have put in your website.  We are using it widely in our neighbourhood devotional meetings and it has made them so much more interesting and inspiring.  (Aemellia Javanmardi, India)
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Susan, I just wanted to thank you so much for your website. It's an amazing resource, and I find that I use it more and more every day. (Samareh from the Bahá'í World Centre)
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I use your website to pick out Writings for the Thai Baha’i News

I frequently post Writings to Thai Baha'i News and often use your website to pick out the Writings. It must be a favorite site for countless.  (Mike Wallace Thailand)
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Thank You for your wonderful website. I have used it to teach hundreds and hundreds of times; having such easy and organized access to quotes just works wonders for me! Thank You! (John Walker, United States)
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I am more convinced than ever that this is work you have been chosen to do. Your articles and essays are of immense value and I am humbly praying for your continued confirmations in this arena which can reach the hundreds of millions. (Peter Senior)
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I am an Auxiliary Board member in Central Mexico. I have been translating a few of your articles to share with individuals passing through certain tests and difficulties in their lives. It has been very helpful for them, as well as for me, to have practical steps to pass on to them. Thank you again!   (Jeff Miller, Mexico)
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Original songs about pilgrimage, written by a former pilgrim guide (and friend of mine!) https://www.reverbnation.com/jpetersmith

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J Peter Smith

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For more than four years Peter had the bounty of guiding pilgrims at the Bahá’í Holy Places in Haifa and ‘Akká, Israel. Pilgrimage is a deeply...

A video song about Mulla Husayn to commemorate the Declaration of the Bab http://ow.ly/xLFVh

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Gate of Gate

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A video song to commemorate the Declaration of the Bab. A song about Mulla Husayn. This was sang during the Commemoration of the Declaration of the...

A great essay for tomorrow's Holy Day! http://ahumblebahai.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/what-the-bab-taught-me-unlocking-the-gate/

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What The Bab Taught Me (Unlocking The Gate)

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One of my biggest struggles in accepting the Baha’i Faith has been really understanding who the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh say they are and what that means.

What does the Baha'i Calendar have to do with our identity and spiritual journey? This talk will explain! http://ow.ly/MXxqU

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Identity and the Spiritual Journey in the Badi Calendar - A Talk by Dr....

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Identity and the Spiritual Journey in the Badi Calendar - A Talk by Dr. Nader Saiedi You know we love Baha'i talks here on Baha'i Blog, and now...

Smith and Dragoman's music, all in one place! http://www.reverbnation.com/smithdragoman/song/15344364-ridvan

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Ridvan by Smith & Dragoman

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Finally, today I'm praying for Vahid Tizfahm and his family! #7Bahais7years

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Honoring Vahid Tizfahm: Day Seven of the #7Bahais7years Campaign

“Yes, I think differently, I act differently and I see differently...My world is a world of kindness and love. My approach is service to others and my mentality desires the elimination of all forms of prejudice. My aspiration is to create unity among all my compatriots from every ethnicity, group and religion.”

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How did 'Abdu'l-Baha show kindness? Read this! http://bahaiteachings.org/not-so-random-practice-of-extreme-kindness

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The Not-So-Random Practice of Extreme Kindness

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Can you imagine what it would look like if people spoke kindly, but their body language or actions revealed something entirely different?

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May 19, 2015 at 11:58 am

A poignant story about Ruhiyyih Khanum:

Dear Baha’i Sisters and Brothers,

In (I believe) December 1968 Hand of the Cause of God Mr. A.Q. Faizi visited Ghana. He held a meeting attended by the local Baha’is and a number of pioneers.

After the meeting a few of us pioneers had the privilege of spending a little time alone with this special soul. It was during that time he told us something that had very recently taken place between him and ‘Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum. She had just finished the manuscript for what would become “The Priceless Pearl”. He said she literally tossed him the book so he had to catch it saying, “There Faizi, there’s my child.” I think all of us were mystified by This story. We knew there was great love and respect between the Hands. What could this have meant?

Not long ago, while reading “Poems of the Passing” by
Ruhiyyih Khanum, I believe I discovered the meaning. See for
yourself.

WAS IT RIGHT, MY LOVE?
After you died my love,
After you left me here,
The people came and walked
On my heart as a road-
All its poor breaks, carefully hidden,
They trod on day after day-
They did not mean to,
But I wondered if the mud
That stuck to their feet was red?
I was pilloried, my love,
Alone, alone-God knows
I tried to shield you there,
I tried to cover your hurt-
Had we not wept enough?
Had we not sorrowed in vain?
Was it right, you dead,
I left behind alone,
That they should say
Over and over, repeated again,
"He having had no child"?
It rains and it rains,
And my tears fall down
In steady company
And in each tear a world
Of memory hangs reflected
Before it falls on my breast.

7 December 1957

Duane Troxel

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May 19, 2015 at 10:47 am

Susan Gammage, Baha'i-Inspired Author shared A Bahá'í Point's photo.

Today I honor and pray for the release of Behrouz Tavakkoli. #7Bahais7years

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Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, 63, is a former social worker who lost his government job in the early 1980s because of his Baha’i belief. Prior to his current imprisonment, he has also experienced intermittent detainment and harassment and, in 2005, he was jailed for four months without charge, spending most of the time in solitary confinement.

Born 1 June 1951 in Mashhad, Mr.Tavakkoli studied psychology in university and then completed two years of service in the army, where he was a lieutenant. He later took additional training and then specialized in the care of the physically and mentally handicapped, working in a government position until his firing in 1981 or 1982.

Mr. Tavakkoli married Ms. Tahereh Fakhri Tuski at the age of 23. They have two sons.

Mr. Tavakkoli was elected to the local Baha’i governing council in Mashhad in the late 1960s or early 1970s while a student at the university there, and he later served on another local Baha’i council in Sari before such institutions were banned in the early 1980s. He also served on various youth committees, and, later, during the early 1980s he was appointed to the Auxiliary Board, an appointed position which serves principally to inspire, encourage, and promote learning among Baha’is. He was appointed to the Friends group in the late 1980s.

To support himself and his family after he was fired from his government position, Mr. Tavakkoli established a small millwork carpentry shop in the city of Gonbad. There he also established a series of classes in Baha’i studies for adults and young people.

He has been periodically detained by the authorities. Among the worst of these incidents was in 2005 when he was held incommunicado for 10 days by intelligence agents, along with fellow Friends’ member Fariba Kamalabadi. He was then held for four months and during that confinement developed serious kidney and orthotic problems.

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New song honoring the Yaran #7Bahais7years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03Ir-88oADQ&feature=youtu.be

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A Breed apart

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Great resources for people of all faiths; on the world to come! http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=54a24ca4c56463b5bae765f65&id=9315171011&e=51a49a6aad

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NEW! Meditations on the Life to Come

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Over 200 short quotations, prayers and poems to comfort anyone of any faith who is approaching the next stage in their life with uncertainty or fear.

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May 17, 2015 at 11:38 pm

Today the world honors and prays for Saeid Rezaie! #7Bahais7years

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Honoring Saeid Rezaie: Day Five of the #7Bahais7years Campaign

Today is the day the world will honor Saeid Rezaie, who has been wrongfully imprisoned since 2008 solely for his religious beliefs, as part of the global “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years in Prison for the Seven Baha’i Leaders” campaign.

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The Susan Gammage Monthly - on Forgiveness

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The Susan Gammage Monthly - on Forgiveness

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This month's edition is about forgiveness - how to do it and why it's important. Enjoy!

Wonderful story of the pillar and eagle at Shoghi Effendi's gravesite - and about his time in Scotland http://ow.ly/MXuev

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Transcribed from the Tape of Ruhiyyih Khanum speaking in Edinburgh Bahá'í Centre in Aug 1981

Today I'm honoring and praying for Afif Naeimi #7Bahais7years

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Honoring Afif Naeimi: Day Four of the #7Bahais7years Campaign

Today is the day the world will honor Afif Naeimi, who has been wrongfully imprisoned since 2008 solely for his religious beliefs, as part of the global “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years in Prison for the Seven Baha’i Leaders” campaign.

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Note: The materials on this site reflect the current understanding of Susan Gammage from her experience in the Bahá’í community and as a Bahá’í-inspired researcher/author. They do not represent an official interpretation of the Bahá’í Writings. They are simply offered as an educational resource for Bahá’ís to consider as they strive to understand and implement the Writings into their lives, institutions and communities. Any questions about the application of certain quotes to your own particular situation should be directed to the Bahá’í institutions. Official websites include www.bahai.org (international); http://www.ca.bahai.org/ (Canadian) and http://www.bahai.us/ (American)