Archive for October, 2008

The Frog of Wisdom

One of the rarest of animals was recently spotted and photographed. This animal is the Frog of Wisdom. It was found near one of its favorite habitats, a China Doll tree. Here is a photograph of this remarkable creature.

 

 

This, naturally, causes us to ask, what are some of the teachings from the Bahá’í Faith on wisdom?

God and His Manifestation are the Source of wisdom:

“Wert thou to give ear to My voice, thou wouldst cast away all thy possessions, and wouldst set thy face towards the Spot wherein the ocean of wisdom and of utterance hath surged, and the sweet savors of the loving-kindness of thy Lord, the Compassionate, have wafted.”  Bahá’u’lláh

 

It is incumbent on us to acquire it!

“Drink your fill from the wellspring of wisdom, and soar ye in the atmosphere of wisdom, and speak forth with wisdom and eloquence. Thus biddeth you your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Knowing.”  Bahá’u’lláh

 

We should behave with wisdom:

“A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning, it is the fountain of the light of wisdom and understanding.”  Bahá’u’lláh

 

We need it to bring our Faith to others:

“O people of Bahá! Subdue the citadels of men’s hearts with the swords of wisdom and of utterance.  Bahá’u’lláh 

 

It’s effective!

“Say: The sword of wisdom is hotter than summer heat, and sharper than blades of steel, if ye do but understand.” Bahá’u’lláh

 

There is much more on the subject of wisdom in the Bahá’í Writings that you can explore for yourself.  But what, may we ask ourselves, is the wisdom that the Frog of Wisdom imparts? And this is the most astonishing thing!  In what may be the first time ever, the Frog of Wisdom has actually been photographed sharing its wisdom with us, so now we can all know what it is! Here is this incredible, never before seen photograph of the Frog of WIsdom actually speaking its wisdom to us. Look very carefully, and you will see for yourself its famous wisdom.

 

 

HAPPINESS! How wonderful! Who won’t like that advice? Ah, but wait. What are some of the things that the Bahá’í Faith says about happiness?

 

Happiness is what Bahá’u’lláh wants for all of us.

“We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem Us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment….  Bahá’u’lláh 

 

As spiritual beings created by God, our ultimate happiness to to know and love God. This can only be done through His Manifestation.

“Thou hast made mention of the loved ones in those regions. Praised be God, each one of them attained the honour of being remembered by the True One — exalted is His glory — and the names of them, one and all, flowed from the Tongue of Grandeur in the kingdom of utterance. Great indeed is their blessedness and happiness, inasmuch as they have drunk the choice wine of revelation and inspiration from the hand of their Lord, the Compassionate, the Merciful. We beseech God to strengthen them to manifest inflexible constancy and to summon to their aid the hosts of   wisdom and utterance. He is in truth the Mighty, the Omnipotent.”  Bahá’u’lláh

 

Happiness is the goal of religion.

“O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity; make it not the cause of enmity or dissension. In the eyes of men of insight and the beholders of the Most Sublime Vision, whatsoever are the effective means for safeguarding and promoting the happiness and welfare of the children of men have already been revealed by the Pen of Glory.  Bahá’u’lláh

 

Finding and creating happiness takes effort.

“Meditate profoundly, that the secret of things unseen may be revealed unto you, that you may inhale the sweetness of a spiritual and imperishable fragrance, and that you may acknowledge the truth that from time immemorial even unto eternity the Almighty hath tried, and will continue to try, His servants, so that light may be distinguished from darkness, truth from falsehood, right from wrong, guidance from error, happiness from misery, and roses from thorns. Even as He hath revealed: “Do men think when  they say ‘We believe’ they shall be let alone and not be put to proof?” Bahá’u’lláh 

 

Spiritual union is the basis of attaining happiness.

“And we will surely find that the spiritual union is absolutely necessary for the attachment and happiness of the essential or spiritual world.  From Bahá’í Prayers

 

There is more to be found about happiness in the Bahá’í Writings. May you explore this subject yourself in your path of spiritual discovery.

BE HAPPY!

Election of Our National Convention Delegate

Here we are standing in line with our ballots, each person waiting in turn to have their name checked off by a Registrar before the ballot is accepted. We are Electoral Unit 163 in the United States Bahá’í Community (the 48 contiguous states) and are the Bahá’ís from Pierce County, southwest King County (principally Federal Way and Auburn) and Vashon and Maury Islands. This year 66 persons voted in person, 18 by absentee, for a total of 84 ballots. There was one invalid ballot. Chris Gilbert, from the Pierce Peninsula Community, was elected our Delegate to attend the 2009 National Convention that elects our National Spiritual Assembly.

Elections in the Bahá’í Faith happen without nominations or electioneering. Each person in the community is expected to get to know the other Bahá’ís well enough to make an informed decision. Every adult Bahá’í in good standing who lives within the jurisdiction is eligible to vote and to be elected. Our system is unique: a combination of an administrative system whose structure comes from God, yet whose members are elected democratically.

While awaiting the results from the Tellers for, first, the election of the Convention Chair and Secretary, and later, our Delegate, we enjoyed excellent music from Alonso and Yuri Brizuela.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consultation took place following the election of our Delegate. It began with Shawn Javid, our Auxiliary Board member, reading the letter from our National Spiritual Assembly and reminding us of the importance and purpose of our consultation.  George began by encouraging us to participate in reaching out to our neighbors during our teaching efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those in attendance were generally able to keep their comments focused on the purpose of our consultation, which is to bring the Word of Baháu’lláh to our friends and neighbors and find those souls who are receptive to His message. The several speakers included Chris Bily, whose perceptive comments kept us right on track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s Unit Convention was hosted by the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Lakewood, to whom we extend a great, big THANK YOU! The venue was the convention center at Clover Park Technical-Vocational College in Lakewood, and was an excellent choice. We hope to see even more people at next year’s Unit Convention!

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