Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
Baha’is champion rationality and science as essential for human progress. The harmony of science and religion is one of the fundamental principles of the Baha’i Faith, which teaches that truth is one and that religion, without science, soon degenerates into superstition and fanaticism, while science without religion becomes merely the instrument of crude materialism.
The Journey West Podcast – Episode 23: Scientific Advancement
The Journey West podcast celebrates the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s travels to Egypt, Europe and North America in 1911-1913. Each episode features a reading of one of Abdu’l-Baha’s talks, as well as dramatized stories and historical accounts. Each episode concludes with a discussion of the talk that was featured.
In this episode, we hear about how ‘Abdu’l-Baha gave many public addresses at universities, however His talk at Stanford University in October, 1912 makes a direct connection between the responsibility of science and its relation to world peace. He also talked openly about His father, Baha’u’llah, a feature not often found in His public addresses. For these reasons we choose this talk alongside a feature introducing Abdu’l-Baha’s stay in California. You can find out more about the context of that talk, as well as who helped put this podcast episode together, on The Journey West website here.
Be sure to check out the homepage for these podcasts. You’ll find a treasury of articles about Abdu’l-Baha, the historical context surrounding His travels, and tributes to early believers: www.thejourneywest.org
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.