The nascent world civilization set forth in the vision and writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Author of the Bahá’í Faith, may be seen as a unitary living organism, unprecedented, unparalleled, and incomparable, of global scope, of evolving perfection, and of transcendent and enduring power. Until the coming of the Báb in 1844, ushering in the appearance of Bahá’u’lláh to the world’s eyes in 1863, this inconceivable organism lay concealed, encoded, encrypted in the divine realm from which its generating pattern was at last unfolded. Read more
It is strange how it seems hard to be creative and write when I’m not in emotional pain. We all draw our creativity from somewhere. Mine is hardship, heartache and pain it seems (sigh…chuckle). It has been at the lowest or most challenging points in my life that I have been the most creative. Maybe such darkness prompts the soul to express itself…to break free from the chains that seem to be holding it down. Is it during such times of external and internal suffering, resignation and humility that one draws closer to God; when there is nothing left to cling to but His Love, His Beauty and His memory? Is suffering the gateway to happiness…to self-actualization?
“The mind and spirit of man advance when he is tried by suffering. The more the ground is ploughed the better the seed will grow, the better the harvest will be. Just as the plough furrows the earth deeply, purifying it of weeds and thistles, so suffering and tribulation free man from the petty affairs of this worldly life until he arrives at a state of complete detachment. His attitude in this world will be that of divine happiness. Man is, so to speak, unripe: the heat of the fire of suffering will mature him. Look back to the times past and you will find that the greatest men have suffered most.” (Paris Talks)
OSLO, Norway — At a recent major international music festival Norwegian, composer Lasse Thoresen shares his musical composition, Prison Poems, inspired by the poetry of Mahvash Sabet, a Baha’i imprisoned in Iran for her faith. Watch the video featuring the voice of Bahiyyih Nakhjavani as she reads “The Sparrow” by Mahvash Sabet HERE.
Taking up a brush not so long ago, with an empty canvas before me, I pondered awhile about the way in which a painting comes into life. My mind wandered as I contemplated putting the brush to the canvas. “What is the process?” I wondered. Drifting off into a sort of dream world, I visualized completing my painting. As thoughts came to mind, and as I changed colors, new concepts sparked off new thoughts. Read more
Mr. G. V. Tehrani’s visit to Palmerston North, New Zealand 1975-1976
This is a personal account of what I experienced as a relatively new Bahá’í in Palmerston North in or around 1976. I had just come home from having gallbladder surgery along with removal of my appendix. I had 9 stitches down the front of my tummy, so could not move very well. I had been home a couple of days when the Bahá’ís brought Mr. Tehrani to meet me, as I was sick and he had asked if there were any sick Bahá’ís in the community that he could visit. I remember the car pulling up outside my house at 220 College Street, and I stood up to see who it was, and saw this elderly gentleman get out of the car, and start walking very slowly up my footpath. He was still approaching as I opened the front door, and was bowing low with each footstep. I stood there and bowed to him also, at least twenty times, as if compelled involuntarily and boy, did it hurt my healing incision site.
Have you ever wondered where the ideas come from when you suddenly have a great idea for a painting or design, a poster, or artwork, be it a new pattern for a knitting project, or some other medium, one that you seem to be able to design yourself out of thin air? I would like to share some of my thoughts on this topic. Before I do however, I have a fascination with chains and prisons, and many of my works are symbolic of that. The prison of self has always intrigued me, so I have painted these in their many forms. [Sorry, I digress]
`Abdu’l-Bahá tells us that the next world is within this world. Let me find that quote: Read more