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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:17 am on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , interfaith, , testimonies of Baha'u'llah   

    Baha’u’llah’s ‘three testimonies establishing His truth’ 

    The shrine of Baha’u’llah – Haifa

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    I am intrigued by the statement in Gleanings;

    Say: The first and foremost testimony establishing His truth is His own Self.

    Next to this testimony is His Revelation.

    For whoso faileth to recognize either the one or the other He hath established the

    words He hath revealed as proof of His reality and truth. – Gleanings LII / pp 104/107

    1) HIS ‘Self’: It seems to me that this is a rank order – not simply three alternative ways of realizing.

    If a person wishes to establish the truth of Baha’u’llah and his Revelation the first (ideal?, most distinguished?) way is ‘His own Self’.

    Now this can mean you found Baha’u’llah during His lifetime. Secondly if you are deeply spiritual you may find Baha’u’llah in the world of spirit.

    The capitalized ‘Self’ would not be Baha’u’llah referring to his earthly person but as the Manifestation of God r- the Holy Spirit reflected in the perfect mirror of his self having, been ‘chosen’ by God.

    “When I contemplate, O my God, the relationship that bindeth me to Thee, I am moved to proclaim to all created things ‘verily I am God!’; and when I consider my own self, lo, I find it coarser than clay!” 5 – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/bic/SB/sb-14.html

    Once when I was on pilgrimage in Haifa Hand of the Cause Faizi spoke with sorrow that the Promised One should have been treated so badly by the authorities of His time. He spoke almost in terms of God having ‘bred’ Baha’u’llah. This of course is another way of referring to the fact that Baha’u’llah was descended from the ‘aryan’ prophets as well as the ‘semitic’ ones and brought together the two lines. – http://bahai-library.com/pdf/z/zinky_genealogy.pdf

    2) HIS REVELATION: Next in Baha’u’llah’s statement is ‘His Revelation’ – but what is the Revelation and where is it?

    It can’t be the Writings per se because they are there for those who fail to recognize both ‘His own Self’ and ‘His Revelation’.

    I suggest that The Revelation is the infusion of potential into humanity. With the coming of a Manifestation new life is infused into human perception and creativity. In fact Baha’u’llah says creation ceases to exist and a new creation comes into being.

    This great uplift in human potential and the early stages of its manifestation is responded to by society as a whole. It is manifested in many fields other than the religious, spiritual development and personal morality. These include the fields of technology and the creation of new human institutions.

    In 1970 Alvin Toffler, and his uncredited wife Heidi, published a book called Future Shock. It sold 6 million copies and has been widely translated. People now, 43 years later, are interested in how many of the prophecies’ the book made have become true. However having read the book soon after it came out I recall that the most stunning fact for me was that 98% of everything that has been invented has been invented since the middle of the 19thC, and the coming of Baha’u’llah,- the radio valve, penicillin, the internet and thousands of such life-changing inventions. The Red Cross was founded in 1863, The Cooperative Wholesale Society was founded in 1844 and the Retail Society in 1863 – see HERE – etc. A Google search on ‘list of inventions 1850-2000’ – HERE – seems to suggest that people gave up trying to add to the list after 1920!

    PERHAPS THIS IS ALSO RELEVANT – In this book The Dispensation of Baha’u’llah Shoghi Effendi quotes a prophecy about the 27 letters of knowledge, 2 of which had been revealed to mankind by previous messengers, and the Qa’im (here, the Bab) will reveal the other 25.

    You will also find this in The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p 125 in the section on the Bab. The 27 letters refer to the Arabic alphabet (which has 27 letters, excluding the vowel Alif) which here symbolizes all knowledge. – http://bahai-library.com/resources/tablets-notes/bayan/letters.html

    3) THE WORDS: The sacred Writings of course as the Word of God hold within them the potential for the long period of development. The question arises however. ‘How should we apply knowledge of the first two testimonies or proofs to how we view those Writings?

    If we think, as I believe many Baha’is think, that the Writings are the Revelation we might be in danger of developing wrong or unhelpful views and decision-making.

    Testimonies one and two relate much more to the subjective mystical core of spiritual life. They are based on the experiential.

    The final issue with words is that they can entrap us, and lead to logic chopping and endless disunity and self-confusion. Most religions warn against this – none more delightfully that Abraham Joshua Heschel where he says;

    “Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.”

    Heschel is of course asserting that the state of amazement, awe or at-one-ment is the true spiritual condition cf the world of words, concepts and ideas – the Kingdom of Names in Baha’i Writings see HERE  Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle and many spiritual teachers teach the same but I always want to say, “Duality as well as nonduality is part of God’s plan in this world – and if you stay too much in a nondual state you’ll burn the dinner or miss your appointment.” The two the nondual and the world of things and concepts are complementary – they are the two wigs through which we make spiritual progress.

    CONCLUSION – The spiritually pure find Baha’u’llah in any age – perhaps via Abdu’l-Baha, perhaps in a dream.

    The Revelation becomes manifest in human consciousness and creativity in proportion to the extent that we get ‘in tune’ with the spirit of this age as brought by Baha’u’llah.  We each, and humankind as a whole, are infused with potentiality as well as our manifest qualities and a dark side.  The Revelation of Baha’u’llah is the spirit of the age which becomes manifest the more that women and men reflect the qualities of that spirit.  Some of them are Baha’is.

    The Writings help us where and when we don’t have the consciousness to manifest the qualities of our true Self – and they of course help us deepen that consciousness.  We can say that the three are a triad – a triad in which at any one time we are closer to one of the three ‘points’ of the triangle – or of course we are overcome with forgetfulness.

    But to me they still read as a rank order!

    What do you think?

     

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:30 am on August 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baha'i in Process blog, , Dia-logos, Dialogic method, Dialogue, Human needs, , The keys to development   

    Baha’i human rights – or developmental human needs – are these the keys to progress? 

    I once asked on a course I was teaching this question, “What is the origin of human rights?”  Very quickly a woman from Sweden said, “Human needs.”  This struck a deep chord in me and I began to wonder how that might be the case and what were the implications for those of us that are interested in Baha’i-inspired development and education.

    EleanorRooseveltHumanRightsRecently I found this quotation included with Wendi Momen’s long list of human rights established within Baha’i writings.  The most significant aspect of the quotation for me is the assertion that in governments, and in religions, autocratic governance actually prevents (presumably true and desirable ) development;

    `Under an autocratic government the opinions of men are not free, and development is stifled, whereas in democracy, because thought and speech are not restricted, the greatest progress is witnessed. It is likewise true in the world of religion. When freedom of conscience, liberty of thought and right of speech prevail — that is to say, when every man according to his own idealization may give expression to his beliefs — development and growth are inevitable.’ Abdu’l-Bahá 1912

    Thanks Wendi – your list and this quotation really go to the heart of the matter don’t they?

    The free expression of opinions is not a ‘human right’ so much as a human and social necessity without which (true and desirable) progress is not possible. To achieve inevitable development and growth three conditions are necessary freedom of conscience, liberty of thought and right of speech. Pow!

    As someone interested in education I can see the importance of these three, not least because elsewhere Abdu’l-Baha establishes discursive method, or dialogue (dia-logos) as desirable method over book-learning.  Very simply Baha’i-inspired development and learning require the dialogic, and the dialogic requires freedom of conscience, liberty of thought and right of speech.

    Why are these needs?  To release effictively human potential both in relation to the individual, your son or daughter or pupils, but also for mankind collectively.  The Revelation of Baha’u’llah is not His Writings it is I suggest human consciousness – slightly manifest, mainly still in the potential state.  I dont say this just because of this;

    There are certain pillars which have been established as the unshakable supports of the Faith of God. The mightiest of these is learning and the use of the mind, the expansion of consciousness, and insight into the realities of the universe and the hidden mysteries of Almighty God. To promote knowledge is thus an inescapable duty imposed on every one of the friends of God. SAB p. 126-7

    But more because of this;

    Say: The first and foremost testimony establishing His truth is His own Self. Next to this testimony is His Revelation. For whoso faileth to recognize either the one or the other He hath established the words He hath revealed as proof of His reality and truth. Gl105

    So the task is to release potential, from our selves and from others – that I suggest is ‘the Revelation’  It = +/- x right actions.  By Revelation + – I mean the Revelation is human consciousness in two states 1) manifest and 2) potential.  If not then, “Where is the Revelation of Baha’u’llah – in the ink on sheets of paper?”   Right actions = those processes that we need to strengthern the transfer from the potential state to the manifest state.  That = the new civilization.  It seems continuous and multi-level dialogue supported by freedom of conscience, liberty of thought and right of speech are the keys.

    Thank goodness we can demonstrate this as a way of ‘teaching’ the world.  Nothing would undermine efforts more than rank hypocrisy.

    In the presence of God there is no room for hypocrisy………
    (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha’u’llah v 2, p. 116)
     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:55 am on August 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Awareness, , Connection, , Contemplation, , Spiritual practice   

    The Tree of Contemplative Practices – which ones work for you? 

    This wonderful ‘tree of contemplative practices’ has been updated since I last looked at the relevant site;

    Tree of Contemplative practices new version

    My personal grateful thanks to all those who contributed to this wonderful ‘tree’. To go to the site to see much, much more click HERE

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:32 am on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bad religion, , Christopher Hitchens, , Good Religion, , Materialism, Reason Faith and Revolution, , Richard Dawkins, , The Case for God,   

    Is spirituality an intrinsic part of being human? 

    450px-Terry_Eagleton_in_Manchester_2008_WikiPediaIs spirituality an intrinsic part of being human?

    Two recent authors have challenged the fundamentalist-materialist position of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens that is so entirely unsympathetic to the religious, or more accurately the non-rationalist.  They are Reason, Faith and Revolution, by Terry Eagleton and The Case for God, by Karen Armstrong.  (They are reviewed HERE by Paul Vallely in the Independent.)

    Here I want to appreciatively critique a passage from Chapter 2 of Eagleton’s book (p 83).  The passage says;

    Transcendence, however, did not simply go away. In one sense, this is precisely what Ditchkins (Dawkins + Hitchens) is complaining about; but the matter is more complex than that.  The less plausibly religion seemed to answer to the human desire for a realm beyond science, material welfare, democratic politics and economic utility, the more robustly literature, the arts, culture, the humanities, psychoanalysis, and (the most recent candidate) ecology have sought to install themselves in that vacant spot.  If the arts have accrued an extraordinary significance in a modern era for which they are, practically speaking, just another kind of commodity, it is because they provide an ersatz sort of transcendence in a world from which spiritual values have been largely banished.

    The issues I have are;

    1 Transcendence is a, more or less, normal part of being human like the mystical, of which transcendence is an essential part, like philosophizing, like sexuality, like breathing.  It couldn’t go away unless every new human was subjected to a radical lobotomy.  The ‘more or less’ depends on how crass or sensitive the individual’s education has been.

    2 Instead of ‘desire for a realm’ I would prefer something like ‘intrinsic state of being’.  That which Dawkins and Hitchens would expunge is not a faulty behaviour but an essential part of being human – possible hard-wired, associated with the structure and functioning of the right hemisphere of the brain.

    3 Eagleton, like Armstrong is a successful critic of those he calls Ditchkins and a successful champion of this other ‘thing’ that isn’t the rational mind.  But the ‘thing’ is not an aberration, a sop, a weakness, a behavioural defect, a culturally-induced pattern – it is a universal part of being human.  Eagleton needs a better term for this ‘thing’, this part of being human that provides certain states being and engaging and knowing.  He might do well to study Armstrong’s use of, and explanations of, ‘mythos’.  However with her use I would plead that it start intra-personally otherwise it gets easily pushed out to being a thing in the social and cultural inter-personal world.

    4 Failing to place mythos as art of being human leads Eagleton a set of judgments that are Ditchkins-esque in their severity.  His list of literature, the arts, culture, the humanities, psychoanalysis, and (the most recent candidate) ecology are not vehicles for ersatz transcendence but vehicles for the real thing – because the transcendent or mystical experience is part of being human – from nature mysticism to sexuality.

    5 To bring in, in this context, the horror of arts commodity-fication clouds the most important argument.

    At the community level 60-80% of our friends are artists.  They aren’t all crippled by commodity-fication.  One or two perhaps but the possession of spiritual values is not synonymous with being religious, nor is the absence of conventional religiosity any bar to possessing spiritual values – as the Marxist Eagleton fully demonstrates.

    Even at the Tate level of the arts commodity-fication is not primarily the issue.  ‘Art now doing the job that philosophy used to do’ is as much the case as ‘art is now doing the job that religion used to do’.  Then there is the issue of what gets in and what doesn’t get in.  This is the prerogative of individual gate-keepers called curators, who along with particular critics, determine the particular kinds of discourse that will be presented.  They only indirectly serve ‘the market’.

    Transcendence, mystical experience and the possession or non-possession of spiritual values exist because we are human, and in the world with others.  Good religion feeds these aspects of being human – and rationality for that matter.  Bad religion blocks or distorts them.

    Eagleton fails to establish that -”beyond-the-reasoning-mind part of being human which I feel is essential for the full success of his arguments. This is for want of a term such as mythos and secondly because he doesn’t start with the psycho-spiritual reality of what it is to be human.

    Armstrong does so much better in this via her ‘we-need-a-balance-of-mythos-and-logos’ arguments in her ‘Case for God’, something I will celebrate in future posts.

    I deal further with these and allied issues in my Spiritualizing Pedagogy: education as the art of working with the human spirit

    As to the question, ‘Is spirituality an intrinsic part of being human?’ my answer is yes – good religion feeds these deeper aspects of being human – including rationality.  Bad religion blocks or distorts them.  As to the differences between the two that also is the subject for further pieces.

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:15 am on July 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Culture, Encounter, Experience, Extremism, Faith, , Heart, Heart-stuff, Humanization, , Intellect, Intellectuality, Inter-faith, Islam, Islamic, , , , Mystic, Mystical, , , Mythos and Logos, Problems in Religions, , , Reason, Redemption, Reflection, , Religion definitions, Religious intolerance, Rememberance, Right action, Socialization, , , Taliban, , Theology, Ultimate reality, Worldview   

    “What exactly is religion, how’s it distinct from spirituality and what’s it for?” 

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    QUESTION: “What exactly is religion, how’s it distinct from spirituality and what’s it for?”

    Here are a few notes;

    1 “What is religion?” – Religion is organised spirituality –

    a) self-organized, integrated, focused consciousness (+ or -) in the case of the individual,

    b) group-organized in the case of sects etc.

    2 “What is spirituality?” – Spirituality is that which isn’t physical.  Includes the intellect!

    3 “Again what is spirituality?” – Spirituality is feeling (heart) – preferably supported by reason, and right action.

    Dawkins = ultimate narrow view

    Karen Armstrong & Terry Eagleton = broad view

    4 “Again what is spirituality?” – Spirituality is encounter and experience in how we relate to the unknown and unknowable – to Ultimate reality + reflection.

    Subsequent to encounter spirituality becomes the eyes with which we see, the ears with which we hear

    Belief, objectively true or false, is the meaning and motivation we derive from encounter, and allied experiences + reflection + study.  This provides our worldview.

    5 “What is mysticism?” – Mysticism (the real stuff c.f. self-delusion or mental illness) = the heart of spirituality, and (the means to) true religion –

    ”Mystical experience…..does not seem to me to be anything other than first-hand religious experience as such. This is, however, the core of religion…..…the explanatory function of religion is secondary and derivative.” (Hick)

    6 “What is the worldview that each of us has?” – Our worldview is how we ‘read’ the world. Our worldview includes that of which we are conscious, plus that which derives, less consciously, from enculturation & socialization.

    7 “How is our worldview formed?” – Enculturation, socialization, beliefs and world-view determines our identity – and therefore our actions.  (E.g. –  Taliban – no school for girls, blow-up priceless Buddhist sculptures!)

    8 “What is the process of true religion and spirituality?” – Becoming more fully conscious of Oneness, and its implications, and acting accordingly, gives us a sharpened sense of  our purpose.  This also links to Abdu’l-Baha’s definition of faith as ‘Conscious knowledge + right action’.

    9  So religion =

    a) PERSONALLY – encounter experiences, inc. of Ultimate Reality, and reflectively what we make of them

    b) SOCIALLY – any agreed set of relationships, teachings and customs held in common with any religious group of which one has membership, to which we subscribe.

    10 Rituals, prayer, meditation & other practice = remembrance + short-cuts to possible encounter experiences (but thoughts of the washing or shopping may get in the way).

    11 Progress in spirituality is measured by regularly bringing oneself to account – in relation to the standards of your spirituality, world-view and religious group/s (if any).

    —–0—–

    Etymological issues:

    The English word “religion” is derived from the Middle English “religioun” which came from the Old French “religion.” It may have been originally derived from the Latin word “religo” which means “good faith,” “ritual,” and other similar meanings. Or it may have come from the Latin “religãre” which means “to tie fast.”

    Start doing your own research:

    One good starting point is provided by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.  See HERE.   Two of the definitions I like best from this source are;

    George Hegel: “the knowledge possessed by the finite mind of its nature as absolute mind.”

    Attributed to Paul Tillich: ‘Being religious is “the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern” 

    Others are see HERE;

    The Religious Tolerance group tell us that David Carpenter has collected and published a list of definitions of religion, including:

    1 Anthony Wallace: “a set of rituals, rationalized by myth, which mobilizes supernatural powers for the purpose of achieving or preventing transformations of state in man or nature.”

    2 Hall, Pilgrim, and Cavanagh: “Religion is the varied, symbolic expression of, and appropriate response to that which people deliberately affirm as being of unrestricted value for them.”

    3 Karl Marx: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

    Don Swenson defines religion in terms of the sacred: “Religion is the individual and social experience of the sacred that is manifested in mythologies, ritual, ethos, and integrated into a collective or organization.”

    4 Paul Connelly also defines religion in terms of the sacred and the spiritual: “Religion originates in an attempt to represent and order beliefs, feelings, imaginings and actions that arise in response to direct experience of  the sacred and the spiritual. As this attempt expands in its formulation and elaboration, it becomes a process that creates meaning for itself on a sustaining basis, in terms of both its originating experiences and its own continuing responses.”

    5 He defines sacred as: “The sacred is a mysterious manifestation of power and presence that is experienced as both primordial & transformative, inspiring awe & rapt attention. This is usually an event that represents a break or discontinuity from the ordinary, forcing a re-establishment or recalibration of perspective on the part of the experiencer, but it may also be something seemingly ordinary, repeated exposure to which gradually produces a perception of mysteriously cumulative significance out of proportion to the significance originally invested in it.”

    He further defines the spiritual as: “The spiritual is a perception of the commonality of mindfulness in the world that shifts the boundaries between self and other, producing a sense of the union of purposes of self and other in confronting the existential questions of life, and providing a mediation of the challenge-response interaction between self and other, one and many, that underlies existential questions.”

    CONCLUSION to QUESTION: “What exactly is religion, how’s it distinct from spirituality and whats’ it for?”

    “What exactly is religion,”

    Religion personally = spiritual experience i.e. sacred, ‘transcendence of self’ or ‘encounter’ experiences, inc. of Ultimate Reality, PLUS the organizing of doctrine that the group does with doctrines, ritual etc.  Individual religiosity might be highly consonant with the official group – or less so. Why?  Because ultimately people choose to believe what they will.

    Religion socially/organizationally =  any agreed set of relationships, teachings and customs held in common with any religious group of which one has membership, and to which we subscribe.  The ‘to which we subscribe bit’ because many Catholics don’t agree with e.g. no-contraception and I once found that 40% of a class in a RC school believed in reincarnation!  

    In groups religious people may be more or less spiritual (or truthful or hypocritical) than those who are not religious!

    “how’s it distinct from spirituality and”

    Religion is a) ways to institutionalize organized spirituality and b) ways for maximising the chances for more religious experiences, and for hearing good reflection on such experiences.  Moral behaviour and service action should follow!  Spirituality is a natural and almost omnipresent part of being human like philosophising, creating, loving or breathing.  Spirituality does necessarily need religion but, at best, can greatly benefit from it.

    “whats’ it for?”

    Religion, and responsible spirituality, are means to help us become more fully, positively and integratedly human in order to be of service to others.  In doing this we develop higher-order qualities and virtues.  It is not unreasonable to suppose that the absolute form of such qualities and virtues are the names and attributes of God, and that in acquiring them to an above average degree is worthy of the appellation ‘truly religious, truly spiritual’.

    -0-

    To read the full article by the Religious Tolerance group go HERE

    Reference:

    Hick, John, (1981) Mystical Experience as Cognition in Understanding Mysticism, ed. Richard Woods, London: The Athlone Press – p423

    My final question – “Why are there so many religious intolerance groups?”

    Dr Roger Prentice – main site = http://www.pre.me.uk

     
    • Anirudh Kumar Satsangi 5:18 am on July 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Gravitation Force is the Ultimate Creator, this paper I presented at the 1st Int. Conf. on Revival of Traditional Yoga, held at The Lonavla Yoga Institute (India), Lonavla, Pune in 2006. The Abstract of this paper is given below:

      The Universe includes everything that exists. In the Universe there are billions and billions of stars. These stars are distributed in the space in huge clusters. They are held together by gravitation and are known as galaxies. Sun is also a star. Various members of the solar system are bound to it by gravitation force. Gravitation force is the ultimate cause of birth and death of galaxy, star and planets etc. Gravitation can be considered as the cause of various forms of animate and inanimate existence. Human form is superior to all other forms. Withdrawal of gravitational wave from some plane of action is called the death of that form. It can be assumed that gravitation force is ultimate creator. Source of it is ‘God’. Gravitational Field is the supreme soul (consciousness) and its innumerable points of action may be called as individual soul (consciousness). It acts through body and mind. Body is physical entity. Mind can be defined as the function of autonomic nervous system. Electromagnetic waves are its agents through which it works. This can be realized through the practice of meditation and yoga under qualified meditation instruction. This can remove misunderstanding between science and religion and amongst various religions. This is the gist of all religious teachings – past, present and future.

      AND

      ‘In Scientific Terminology Source of Gravitational Wave is God’ I have presented this paper at the 2nd World Congress on Vedic Sciences held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi on February 9-11, 2007. The Abstract of this paper is given below:

      For Centuries, antagonism remained between science and religion. Science and spirituality require to be fused. An integrated philisophy is to be developed. It is written in the scriptures that entire creation is being maintained only through love or force of attraction. In Persian it is known as quvat-i-jaziba. It is on account of this force that the entire creation, which come into existence through the combination of small particles and atoms, is being maintained and sustained. The creation or universe includes everything that exists. In the universe there are billions and billions of stars. They are held together by gravitation and are known as galaxies. Sun is also a star. Various members of the solar system are bound to it by gravitation force. Gravitation force is the ultimate cause of birth and death of a galaxy, star and planet etc. and various forms of animate and inanimate existence. Gravitation force is the ultimate creator, sustainer and destroyer of the universe. These are the three attributes of God. Providence has located within the human body a spiritual faculty. When this faculty is developed like physical and mental faculties we find that Truth-the goal of science and God-the goal of religion are one and the same thing.

      • Roger 3:13 pm on July 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Anirudh

        Thanks for sharing the outlines of your fascinating papers.

        I’m not qualified to dialogue with you on your subjects but I do have a few things to share that I hope will interest you.

        May I reply in the next day or two?

        Roger

    • Roger 6:50 am on July 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Anirudh

      1) I thought you might enjoy this quotation. It speaks of love very much as gravitational force. Most interesting to me, as an educationalist, is the fact that the writer presents the affective as the driver and realizer of the cognitive – as well as ‘that which makes of the parts a whole’ (one of the major questions in Holistic Education). What do you think Anirudh ?

      ”Abdu’l-Bahá on Love
      Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.1

      1. Selections from the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá (Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre, 1982), p. 27. ‘

      -0-

      2) Does this guy’s work have any relevance to your work?

      http://www.spaceandmotion.com/

      3) I’ve written some 40 posts that are about (more or less) the raising of consciousness;

      http://sunwalked.wordpress.com/category/consciousness/

    • Anirudh Kumar Satsangi 3:19 pm on July 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Roger. Truly, Love is the Creator and Sustainer and Source of Love is God.

    • Anirudh Kumar Satsangi 5:43 am on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      According to His Holiness Huzur Maharaj, the Second Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith, “Love or Force of Attraction (i.e. the Force of Cohesion) is the Param Tattva or the chief ingredient of the creation, i.e. the entire creation has come into existence out of Love and is sustained by Love and in the same manner, all the activities of the world are being carried on by means of love or interest and affection”.

    • Anirudh Kumar Satsangi 7:11 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Black Holes and Indian Sriptures

      It is said that John Michel predicted the existence of Black Hole in 1784. But its description is available for hundreds and thousands years back in the scriptural texts of Indian Origin.

      What are black holes? The kind of star implosions are black holes. Inside a black hole is nothing except a point of singularity. This is a result of the dying star continually collapsing into itself, becoming denser and denser, until it is a point with no radius and infinite density. From here again a huge explosion, big bang, occurs and a new creation comes into existence.

      Lord Krishna (about 3000 B.C.) says in Bhagwadgita:

      “Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, reason, and also ego; these constitute My nature eightfold divided. This indeed is My lower (material) nature; other than this, by which the whole universe is sustained, know it to be My higher (or spiritual) nature in the form of Jiva (the life-principle)…all beings have evolved from this twofold Prakrti, and that I am the source of the entire creation, and into Me again it disappears”. -7.4-6

      “…during the final dissolution all beings enter My Prakrti (the prime cause), and at the beginning of creation, I send them forth again”. -9.7

      The above discourse of Lord Krishna clearly indicates about the process of Implosion and Explosion.

      In the terminology of Religion of Saints, Black Holes are termed as Mahasunn, an infinitely vast region at the top of the Brahmand. Mahasunn is also known as Par Brahm Pad in the terminology of saints. Saint Kabir who was born about 600 years ago in 1400 A.D. used this term in His Discourses. His Holiness Soamiji Maharaj, Founder of Radhasoami Faith has also given a very detailed description of this mysterious region at various places in Sar Bachan Nazm (Poetry).

      I am fully convinced that the views of religious beliefs should be given due consideration on Cosmological research.

      His Holiness Soamiji Maharaj (1818-1878)describes Mahasunn in Hidayatnama in Sar Bachan Nazm :

      Having sojourned there and having enjoyed the glory thereof for a very long time, the spirit of ` this Faqir moved on, in accordance with the instructions of the Guides. After traversing five arab and seventy-five crore yojans upward, the spirit entity effected ingress into the bounds of Hahoot and witnessed the panorama of that region. There an expanse of ten Neel is enveloped in darkness.

      The depth of this dark region cannot be fathomed. The spirit went down one kharao yojans, still the bottom was nowhere to be found. Then the spirit turned upward and proceeded on the path chalked out by Guru. It was not considered advisable to go down right to the bottom of this region I his region is called Maha-sunn There are four extremely subtle sub-regions there, the secrets whereof have not been revealed by any Sant. There are prison cells for the condemned spirits, ejected from the court of the True Supreme Being. Although these spirits are not subjected to any trouble and they perform their functions by their OWN LIGHT, yet, as they do not get the Darshan of the Lord, they are restless. However, there is a way of their remission also. Whenever Sants happen to pass that way with spirits reclaimed from the lower regions, some of these spirits fortunately get Their Darshan. Such spirits go along with the Sants who very gladly take them to the court of the Lord and get them pardoned.

      His Holiness Soamiji Maharaj writes : “Mahasunn is enveloped in dense darkness. Four hidden or subtle sounds are audible there.” (vide Sar Bachan Poetry, Genesis and Dissolution of Creation, Bachan 23, Shabd 1, stanza 79). I have already stated in my above comments that the descriptions of Mahasunn had sharp resemblance with those of black holes.

      Now the Astronomers have clained to have heard the sound of a black hole singing. The Black Hole is playing “the lowest note in the universe,” said Dr. Andrew Fabian, an X-ray astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy at Cambridge University in England.

      Dr. Fabian was the leader on an International Team that used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to detect the black hole’s notes as ripples of luminosity in the X-ray glow of the cluster. (Vide Hindustan Times, New Delhi, September 17, 2003, p.12

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