LIARS, STORY TELLERS, and GOSSIPS – A Poem By Tricia Hague-Barrett

 

Stories are told, gossips abound,
backbiting is seen as fun.
Stories unfold, often retold,
embellished on the run. Read more

Roar of Jets brings home realities of War – Tricia Hague-Barrett 1983

Viewpoint – Tricia Hague-Barrett (Hughes) 16 Dec 1983

(First published in Timaru Herald, New Zealand)

 
There I was up the ladder minding my own business painting my lounge walls with a lovely bamboo color thinking of the colors that I should like to see in the other rooms in our first home when the sound of an aeroplane overhead nearly had me flat on my back with the paint tray tipped over me.  

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Murals as symbols of solidarity, resilience – BWNS

June 4 2017 Education is not a Crime 

Latest news article by the Baha’i World News Services

 

“NEW YORK, United States — Marthalicia Matarrita is a Latina artist from New York City. Although her life is a world away from Iran, Ms. Matarrita’s artwork connected her with Education is Not a Crime, a street art campaign to raise awareness of the denial of education to Baha’i students in Iran.

 

“It is a formally instituted state policy of the Iranian government to ban the Baha’is, Iran’s largest religious minority, from teaching and studying in universities.” – Read the full article featured by the Baha’i World News Service here 

The Watchmaker and the Hurricane – by Iain Palin

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The Watchmaker and the Hurricane are two flawed arguments commonly used against the scientifically-accepted model of evolution.
 
The Watchmaker Argument has a long history but its best known example, which gives it its name, was set out by William Paly in his 1802 book “Natural Theology”. Read more

From Concealment: Twin Revelations and a Biological Metaphor

Images used with permission from the BIC Copyright © Bahá’í International Community

 

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

The Desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the Rose – Isaiah

 

Shrine of the Bab. Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel. ‘Photo by Marco Abrar’

Speaking of the One that will come, The Holy One of Israel who will work the wonders foretold in the last day… Read more

Fire & Diamonds – Poem by Tricia Hague-Barrett 2017

Tricia Hague-Barrett May 2017
“Fire & Diamonds”

       

 

We must recognize that under duress,
                                            great things are born.
Diamonds form in molten rock.
                    Gold is tested in the fire. Read more

Suffering: The Gateway to Happiness? – by Lynette Slaman-Garcia

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?

 

Abdu’l‑Bahá explains:

 

“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)

Ant-like Strengths – Poem by Tricia Hague-Barrett (1993)

 

An ant carries its large load across the cracks
In the path on its way homeward

  
Nothing gets in his way
Nothing prevents him from succeeding
He finds a way over ravines
over and around large boulders
navigating through tall grasses
and tall trees
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Distinguished composer casts light on prisoner’s poems – BWNS

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.