Aligning Personal Will with the Will of God: Some Personal Reflections

As I write this rain is pattering against the window above my desk. Outside, a tree that has been covered in brilliant yellow leaves for the past couple of weeks is in transition—the topmost branches are already bare. A slow but steady release is happening lower down, and the bottom is still blazing colour against the slate grey sky. Around me the world is in a season of radical transformation. We’ve come to a point where none of us can avoid the truth that individual wellbeing is inseparably connected to the wellbeing of all. Personally, the physical separation from those I love, coupled with a heightened awareness of the brevity of this earthly life is making me ask myself bigger questions than I had been previously. Three that come up for me a lot are: What is God’s Will for humanity? How do I align my life’s purpose with the Will of God? And what specific capacities can I strengthen in myself right now that will help me to better serve the needs of humanity at this pivotal time? Continue reading

Dreams: The Language of the Soul – A Talk by Dr. Reza Samvat [Audio Track]

The Gold Coast Baha’i Community in Australia hosts information evenings that seek to explore a Baha’i perspective on topics that relate to the life of society. In this talk titled “Dreams: The Language of the Soul” given on September 27, 2018, Dr Reza Samvat explores the meaning of dreams and what they tell us about our souls. Dream interpretation, he offers, can be a powerful tool for self-reflection, sanctifying the heart, acquiring virtues, and minimizing prejudice.  Continue reading

Dreams: The Language of the Soul – A Talk by Dr. Reza Samvat

The Gold Coast Baha’i Community in Australia hosts information evenings that seek to explore a Baha’i perspective on topics that relate to the life of society. In this talk given on September 27, 2018, Dr Reza Samvat explores the meaning of dreams and what they tell us about our souls. Dream interpretation, he offers, can be a powerful tool for self-reflection, sanctifying the heart, acquiring virtues, and minimizing prejudice.  Continue reading

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World – Collection 17

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, the two Prophet-founders of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, along with a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives. Continue reading

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World – Collection 19

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, the two Prophet-founders of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, along with a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives.

You can stay updated by following the “Personal Reflections” social media pages FacebookInstagram or Twitter. You can also visit the website dedicated to this project: personalreflections.bahaiblog.net

In 2017 we shared 200 portraits and reflections in honor of the Birth of Baha’u’llah and in 2019 we decided to share another 200 to celebrate the bicentenary of the Bab’s Birth. Our hope is that by sharing these pictures and excerpts, we will answer the call from the Universal House of Justice to communicate “a sense of what it means for humanity that these two Luminaries [the Bab and Baha’u’llah] rose successively above the horizon of the world.”

Here is the 19th collection of images displayed here via our Instagram page in honor of the Birth of the Bab. Continue reading

Reflection, Planning and Action in Our Daily Lives

As the activities of the Baha’i community have grown and developed in complexity, a pattern of action has emerged. Baha’is all around the world are engaged in cycles of activity that are guided by reflection, planning and action. This creates a collective rhythm and unifies a diversity of activities, such as devotional meetings, children’s classes and study circles.

I learned from the fifth book in Ruhi Institute sequence of courses, Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth, that living an integrated life means placing service at the centre and integrating other facets around it. To me, this means that we can benefit from using these three capacities and can add the rhythm of reflection-planning-action to our personal lives. In addition to service, we can also focus on other things we wish to include and develop in our daily lives.  Continue reading

Launching 200 New Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith in Honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

The Baha’i Blog team is excited to announce that starting tomorrow, we’ll be launching another 200 portraits and personal reflections from people around the world as a part of our “Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” initiative, and this time it’s in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab.

Baha’i Blog’s “Personal Reflections” initiative started last year to honor the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, and approximately every 24 hours, we shared one of 200 photographs taken of Baha’is and their friends, each coupled with an extract taken from an interview about what the Baha’i Faith means to them personally, and how it has touched their lives. Continue reading

Purposeful Parenting – A Talk by Dr Melanie Lotfali

The Gold Coast Baha’i Community in Australia hosts information evenings that seek to explore a Baha’i perspective on topics that relate to the life of society. In this talk given on 30 August, 2018 titled “Purposeful Parenting” we hear from Dr Melanie Lotfali about parenting at this challenging time in the history of humanity. She explores such questions as: What is the purpose of parenting? What does it mean to strive to fulfil the potential of our children? What kind of relationship do we want our children to have with the society around them? What value do we assign parenting at a time when the value of so many aspects of our lives is determined by their dollar value?

Drawing on the Teachings of the Baha’i Faith, along with recent scientific research, and personal experience from two decades of parenting, Dr Lotfali provokes reflection on the practical aspects of one of our most sacred responsibilities. Continue reading

Purposeful Parenting – A Talk by Dr Melanie Lotfali [Audio Only]

The Gold Coast Baha’i Community in Australia hosts information evenings that seek to explore a Baha’i perspective on topics that relate to the life of society. In this talk given on 30 August, 2018 titled “Purposeful Parenting” we hear from Dr Melanie Lotfali about parenting at this challenging time in the history of humanity. She explores such questions as: What is the purpose of parenting? What does it mean to strive to fulfil the potential of our children? What kind of relationship do we want our children to have with the society around them? What value do we assign parenting at a time when the value of so many aspects of our lives is determined by their dollar value?

Drawing on the Teachings of the Baha’i Faith, along with recent scientific research, and personal experience from two decades of parenting, Dr Lotfali provokes reflection on the practical aspects of one of our most sacred responsibilities.  Continue reading

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World: Collection 1

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World: Collection 1

The Baha’i Blog team is excited to launch a new initiative called “Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World”, in honor of the bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, and accompanying their photographs are a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives.  Continue reading

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World – Collection 14

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, the two Prophet-founders of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, along with a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives. Continue reading

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World – Collection 12

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, the two Prophet-founders of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, along with a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives. Continue reading

10 Personal Reflections that Refer to the Bab (Part 2)

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, Prophet-founders of the Baha’i Faith. 

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, and a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives. 

We shared 200 portraits in 2017 to celebrate the Birth of Baha’u’llah, and we’ve been sharing another 200 portraits this year in honor of the Birth of the Bab. Our hope is that by sharing these pictures and excerpts, we will answer the call from the Universal House of Justice to communicate “a sense of what it means for humanity that these two Luminaries [the Bab and Baha’u’llah] rose successively above the horizon of the world.” (from a letter dated 18 May 2016 to all National Spiritual Assemblies)

Stay up to date by following the “Personal Reflections” social media pages on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

As the bicentennial celebrations for the Birth of the Bab draw nearer, we wanted to showcase another 10 portraits that have shared so far in which the participants speak about the Bab and His Revelation.  Continue reading

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World: Collection 2

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, and accompanying their photographs are a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives.  Continue reading