Welcome to the Month of Sovereignty 170
In This Issue:
|What is obligatory prayer and why is it important?|
|Do you ever wonder what the world would be like without your light shining in it? Watch this!|
|Baha’i Audio Books|
We all know that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was good with children, but His generosity to them wasn’t always appreciated by the adults!
‘When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá first arrived in England, he was the guest of a friend in a village not far from London. The evident poverty around him in this wealthy country distressed him greatly. He would walk out in the town, garbed in his white turban and long Persian coat, and all eyes were centered upon this strange visitor, who, the people had been told, was “a holy man from the East”. Naturally the children were attracted to him, followed him, pulled at his coat, or his hand, and were immediately taken into his arms and caressed. This delighted them, of course, and children are never afraid of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, but what pleased and amazed them still more was that when they were put down, they found in their little hands a shilling or sixpence from the capacious pockets of “the holy Man’s” long coat. Such bits of silver were a rarity in their experience, and they ran home with joy to tell the tale of the generous stranger from the Orient, possessed apparently of an endless store of shining sixpences. ‘The children crowded after him and so many sixpences were dispensed that the friend who entertained ‘Abdu’l-Bahá became alarmed, and talked the matter over with Miss Robarts, who was also a guest in the house. “It is a shame!” they said indignantly. “He comes to us accepting nothing, and is giving to our people all the time! It must not go on!” (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 73)
In the love I bear to Thee, O my Lord, my heart longeth for Thee with a longing such as no heart hath known. Here am I with my body between Thy hands, and my spirit before Thy face. Do with them as it may please Thee, for the exaltation of Thy word, and the revelation of what hath been enshrined within the treasuries of Thy knowledge. Potent art Thou to do what Thou willest, and able to ordain what Thou pleasest. (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 243)
Wisdom Man, by Camilla Chance is the biography of Banjo Clarke, an elder of the Kirrae Whurrong, a people of the Gunditjmara nation, and was a direct descendant of Queen Truganini. He was born in 1922 near Warrnambool, Australia, and by the time he passed away in March 2000 he was known and loved by thousands for his wisdom and compassion.
Wisdom Man covers Banjo’s life from his childhood on a mission, through the grim years of the Depression, his solo travels in search of work, the birth of his eleven children, and his embrace of the Baha’i faith, which he found very close to Aboriginal spirituality. His story is one of remarkable forbearance during terrible encounters with racism, cruelty and the loss of loved ones, and is made all the more extraordinary by his lack of bitterness and anger. Wisdom Man also distils the essence of Aboriginal culture: Banjo constantly points to those aspects which he sees as relevant to all humanity, particularly in terms of our relationship with the land.
I loved this book for many reasons, but the thing that really stood out was how Banjo’s story could have been the story of any of the North American First Nations people – the themes were universal, and his approach to life inspiring and uplifting!
Nabil Moghaddam is a Canadian singer/songwriter who sets Bahá’í prayers and writings to a unique melodic blend of R&B. He often combines his talents with Karim Rushdy and together they produce a synergistic blend of soul soothing melodic passages and electrically charged rap sequences to deliver a new wave of powerful Baha’i inspired music. In the following video, Nabil sings the Baha’i Prayer “The Light Of Thy Love”
Tabasom received her Masters in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver, BC and is currently a member in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
She trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and uses it frequently, in particular with those experiencing anxiety, panic and trauma.
She is a trained facilitator of the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) and Respectful, Responsible Parenting programs, and has run many parenting groups in the Lower Mainland. She has also facilitated psycho-educational groups on depression, and anxiety.
At the sudden loss of her 26 year old daughter, Laura, the founder of Forlora™, found herself lost in the tumultuous ocean of grief. Her aching desire to have her dear daughter’s body tended to with dignity and respect was compounded by the stark reality of not having fabric readily available to shroud her daughter’s body, as well as options or examples of how to simplify the shrouding process.
This same experience has been lived by many in surrounding Bahá’í communities and thus, Sandy was inspired to assist the Friends with the hope that by providing information, supplies, and by relieving the most common fears associated with shrouding the body, Bahá’ís would be able to tend to the body of the deceased in a calmer manner.
The five piece burial shroud is available in Silk, Cotton and Organic Cotton and has a small pamphlet within the packaged material. Upon purchasing a burial shroud you receive a free pdf file to download with photographs and several examples demonstrating shrouding options.