Welcome to the Month of Splendour 173
In this issue – Health
Teaching – The Right Medicine for ‘Abdu’l-Baha
‘Abdu’l-Baha stayed, once again, in the Hotel Marquardt. During this second visit to Stuttgart, which also lasted a week, He was mostly unwell. The cold contracted in Budapest had persisted and was now affecting His chest. The Bahá’ís of Stuttgart had arranged and advertised a meeting for the evening of the 25th at the Burger Museum. In the afternoon the condition of His chest worsened, causing great concern.
Physicians told Him that He should not go out, and should use His voice as little as possible. His attendants, whom He had sent on to the meeting, felt that the large and eager assemblage there would be disappointed and dismayed should they be deprived of meeting ‘Abdu’l-Baha. They returned to the hotel with a plan which they thought would both safeguard ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s health and make it possible for the people to meet Him.
A saloon car, well-protected from the elements, would take ‘Abdu’l-Baha to the Museum where, in a room apart from the main hall, people could be allowed into His presence. As soon as they presented this plan to ‘Abdu’l-Baha and told Him of the eagerness and disappointment of the audience, He arose. Physicians had made Him stay indoors, He said; but His health was for the purpose of serving the Faith.
While Wilhelm Herrigel was giving a talk in His stead, He walked into the hall, to the utmost delight and surprise of the audience, and using His full voice delivered a discourse on the need of world peace and the power that can guarantee it.
The talk over, ‘Abdu’l-Baha was about to leave and return quickly to His hotel, when a voice was heard, wailing. He stopped and asked His attendants to make enquiries. It was found that a lady who had tried to reach ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and had been kept back by the press of the crowd, was weeping. ‘Abdu’l-Baha stayed to speak to her words of great kindness. The next day, to questions about His health, He answered that the previous night’s venture, although considered very risky, had proved the right medicine for Him. (H.M. Balyuzi, ‘Abdu’l-Baha – The Centre of the Covenant, p. 389)
Prayer for Spiritual and Physical Health
O my Lord! O my Lord! Verily, I am athirst; do cause me to drink from the fountain of Thy grace. O my Lord! O my Lord! Verily, I am ill; do heal me by the antidote of Thy mercy. O my Lord! O my Lord! Verily, I am sick; do cure me through Thy favor. O my Lord! O my Lord! I am needy; do enrich me through Thy compassion. And I am poor; render me prosperous by the treasury of Thy Kingdom. O my Lord! O my Lord! Increase my hope in the court of Thy holiness, and grant my wishes by Thy favor and grace. Confirm me to deliver Thy Cause, enable me to call in Thy Name, and cause me to show forth the proofs of Thy Manifestation. Strengthen me to promote Thy Word, dilate my breast by serving Thy maid-servants and being humble and submissive before Thy beloved ones. O my Lord! Verily, I am impotent; do strengthen me by Thy power. I am lost in indigence; do confer on me Thy greatest favor. Make me as one of the maid-servants who diffuse Thy fragrances, who worship Thy Kingdom, who bow down in the worshiping-places of Thy unity, who kneel down on every dust which is related to the threshold of Thy beloved ones, and who serve in Thy vineyard, speak Thy praise and are attracted to Thy love. Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Powerful, the Mighty! (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha v3, p. 616-617)
Nabil Moghaddam is a Student of Homeopathy at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in Toronto and he loves discussing health!
He was recently interviewed by Baha’i Blog about his music, but in the article we also read more about his philosophy on health. Nabil believes that “poor health can significantly hinder our efforts in fulfilling the purpose of our lives, namely, advancing in our knowledge of God, and contributing to the advancement of Human Civilization.
“He says we must make a special effort, today more than ever, to purify our bodies while developing healthier habits because we live in a world more toxic than ever, and we are being poisoned from every direction (foods, air, water, pharmaceuticals, etc.) It’s worth to mention that even if we have the healthiest diets and exercise routine we can still remain physically ill if we have disregarded our spirituality.
“Traditional Chinese Medicine, Science and Religious Writings for example have, for a long time now, taught that certain emotions (fear, anger, jealousy, grief, anxiety, resentment, etc) affect certain organs and biological processes in the body. If we experience these unpleasant emotions often then over time they will manifest themselves through chronic physical symptoms.
“Where do we get our emotions from? From our thoughts of course which are produced by our minds. What shapes our minds and perception of reality? Either the Word of God, which increases thoughts of peace, tranquility, gratitude, abundance, patience, safety, etc. or perverted media and entertainment in all its shapes and forms which only increase fear, anxiety, desire, and other negative thoughts.
“So, if spiritual health affects mental health which in turn produces healthy emotions and a healthy body, does it also work the other way round? The answer is yes. When our physical body is toxic our mental faculties such as memory, concentration, imagination, understanding, and meditation will suffer. Consequently, a weak mind is not conducive to a strong spirit.
“In the words of Virgil “The greatest wealth is health” and we Baha’is must strive to be as healthy as we can be spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically because the fate of the world depends upon us.”
Nabil has put together a series of 8 short videos, called “Throne of the Inner Temple”, in which he integrating the Writings with his knowledge of alternative medicine. I recommend them all very highly!
Health Was NEVER Meant To Be Lost
Is Your Mind Killing You?
Should Baha’is Be Vegetarians?
Drinking At Night
Top 15 Ways To Detox Your Lymphatic System
Health and Well-Being (A Baha’i Perspective)
Another video I recommend this month is Health and Well-Being (A Baha’i Perspective). In this 52 minute video presentation, Tahirih Baker-Rabbani, MD discusses how our physical and spiritual lives are completely dependent one on the other. It’s a brilliant talk – well worth the time!
Dr. Manouchehr Nadimi is is a clinical and nuclear cardiologist who isconcerned that despite great achievements in the diagnosis and treatments of many illnesses, and eradication of some major diseases, such as Polio, a new wave of devastating ailments is endangering the human race. In this book we learn that:
- Cardiovascular Diseases are now the leading cause of mortality around the globe. In 2003, it caused more than two million deaths among people aged 45 to 59 years.
- HIV and AIDS infection have become major causes of morbidity around the world. An estimated 40 million infected individuals with HIV/AIDS were living in 2005 worldwide. Globally, more than three million people died of AIDS related illnesses in 2005.
- Alcohol Abuse and Addiction are among the major social, economical and medical problem around the globe. Each year it causes more than 100,000 deaths and two million physical injuries in the United States.
- Tobacco Abuse and Smoking kills 4.9 million persons per year around the world, and is the cause for 60% of all cancers.
- Facing these alarming health challenges, many industrialized nations, such as United States, spend up to 15.3% of their GDP on health. In 2005, the total health cost was two trillion dollars in that country, which is 6,700 dollars per person. Despite this enormous spending, global health condition remains alarming.
Therefore, a spiritual solution is necessary to heal the affliction of the world community which must be implemented along with the standard practice of medicine. Prescription for Health is a Baha’i Reference on health issues.
This book is a compilation of Baha’i writings on these subjects. In addition, it is a review of the latest scientific discoveries which have been published by the world renowned authors in their field.
Dr. Gregory T. Lawton
Dr. Gregory T. Lawton is a dynamic, exciting, and experienced, alternative health educator and dynamic seminar presenter on many aspects of medicine, science, holistic and complimentary medicine as well as a prolific health science writer of over a hundred books on the philosophical side of the Asian martial arts and teaching yoga (dao yin), tai chi chuan, kempo, pakua, and hsing yi.
He is a licensed chiropractor and naprapath and is nationally board certified in physiotherapy, radiology, and medical acupuncture. He is an award winning artist and photographer and has trained in Asian martial arts such as Aikido, Jujitsu, Kenpo, Pakua, and Tai Chi. He is an 9th degree black belt in Kosho Ryu Kenpo and a 10th degree black belt in Mizu Odori Ryu, and was awarded the title of Yudansha Taigu. He teaches a masters level program in deep perceptive diagnosis to naturopaths and supervises their work in his clinic.
He is presently working on a project called the Hollow Reed which is an effort to teach writers, artists, dancers, and others involved in creative work how to combine meditation and spirituality with the creative experience. Most of his current creative work is in the areas of poetry, photography and art.
His latest project related to manual medicine is the Academy of Scandinavian Mobilization Therapy (SMT), a new seminar series, and an elearning and video training program based upon SMT technique and treatment protocols. SMT is based upon naprapathy but has come to represent the most advanced medical manual and mobilization techniques and therapy that is available.
Another of his ongoing projects is in the area of drug abuse and he’s put together an anti drug coloring book, currently being used in Philadelphia in a large ongoing youth anti drug program. It’s available as a free download.
As one would expect, he is very actively teaching new generations of students through the Blue Heron Academy (see below) and various trade associations. His focus is on writing and teaching others, so he’s not looking for new patients.
Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences
Dr. Gregory T. Lawton (our featured coach) is also the founder and owner of the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences in the United States. The Academy started in 1980 as a free school for women in transition from domestic abuse, rape and incest and in the 1990’s it became an individual initiative to teach the Baha’i Faith through community outreach and service. It continues to serve the community as a vocational training center.
The Academy has trained over twelve thousand students in
- Medical Massage Therapy
- Holistic Health Practitioner
- Sports Science
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Yoga Teacher
- Clinical Nutrition
- Personal – Fitness Trainer
- Herbal Medicine
- Practical Acupuncture
- Diet-Weight Management
- Acupressure & Massage
- Home Health Aide
- Naturopathic Medicine
- Chiropractic Assistant
- Naprapathic Medicine
The curriculum at the Academy is founded upon the Baha’i Writings and has been since it began. While many students have become Baha’is through the Academy, very few Baha’is have come to the Academy for training.
Over the last forty plus years Gregory has observed:
- very few Baha’is are entering these fields
- very few Baha’i medical physicians are using the Writings and guidance in their practice of medicine
- very few Baha’is follow the dietary or health guidance found in the writings.
In the last few years, and after attending or presenting at large Baha’i gatherings or summer schools, he has become very concerned about the declining health of aging Baha’is. In spite of the excellent guidance that we Baha’is have on health, healing, and spirituality, many of us have the same addictions and lack of moderation that is seen in the general society. This is a great shame because it contributes to disease, pain, and suffering within the Baha’i communities.
Gregory believes that is quite possible to educate and train existing medical doctors in Baha’is health, healing and spiritual concepts and principles, and to train Baha’is in traditional medicine that is scientifically and evidence based.
When the topic of Baha’i teachings on diet, health and healing comes up at Baha’is gatherings, he often hears that the guidance from Baha’u’llah, the Bab, Abdul-Baha, Shoghi Effendi, and the UHJ is for a future time, but if the Baha’is don’t begin these practices now – the future will either never come, or it will be a very long way off.
Fortunately he has seen and witnessed great changes in awareness relative to the writing’s and health among the Baha’is in the last decade, which he finds very encouraging.
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