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Emad Talisman

Emad Talisman is a research and policy analyst for the Office of the Correctional Investigator in Canada. He holds a Master’s degree in Experimental Forensic Psychology from Carleton University. He divides his free time between trying to make sense of his world, and mitigating the negative impacts of amateur parenting on his children.

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Fasting, Prayer and Meditation: A Baha’i-Inspired Reflection

The Baha’i Writings often exhort us to live in a state of prayer and meditation. In one passage, Abdu’l-Baha explains that prayer and fasting are “the cause of awakening and mindfulness and conducive to protection and preservation from tests.” In another, Shoghi Effendi talks about a “mystic feeling” that unites us with the Creator, and says that this state “can be brought about and maintained by means of meditation and prayer.” As Baha’is, we can explore the truth of these claims through formal scientific inquiry, as well as through a process of action, reflection, and consultation.

I think the best way to begin on any path of inquiry is to transform claims into questions. For instance, how do prayer and fasting result in “awakening and mindfulness,” and how are these practices conducive to protection and preservation from tests?  Continue reading