`Abdu'l-Bahá teaches how the practice of invocation or repetition of “The Greatest Name” (Alláh-u-Abhá, God is Most Glorious) leads to union with God, illumination and spiritual rebirth. The use of invocation is well developed among the mystics of Islam, the Sufis. The repetition of sacred phrases is called dhikr (promounced zikr, meaning remembrance). This spiritual practice of invocation is praised by `Abdu'l-Bahá. He encourages spiritual seekers to “recite the Greatest Name at every morn, and (to) turn…unto the kingdom of Abhá, until though mayest apprehend the mysteries.Read More
“Point round Whom the realities of the Prophets and Messengers revolve”
Welcome to the Bicentenary Meditation Project, this podcast provides a brief introduction on the life of The Báb written in the words of `Abdu'l-Bahá, quoted directly from the book Some Answered Questions, Part I On the Influence of the Prophets in the Evolution of Humanity Chapter 8, The Báb
“As for The Báb —may my soul be His sacrifice!—it was at a young age, that is, in the twenty-fifth year of His blessed life, that He arose to proclaim His Cause. Among the Shí‘ihs it is universally acknowledged that He never studied in any school, nor acquired learning from any teacher. To this the people of Shíráz, each and all, bear witness. Nevertheless, He suddenly appeared before the people, endowed with consummate knowledge, and though but a merchant, confounded all the divines of Persia. Alone, He undertook a task that can scarcely be conceived, for the Persians are known throughout the world for their religious fanaticism. This illustrious Being arose with such power as to shake the foundations of the religious laws, customs, manners, morals, and habits of Persia, and instituted a new law, faith, and religion. Though the eminent men of the State, the majority of the people, and the leaders of religion arose one and all to destroy and annihilate Him, He single-handedly withstood them and set all of Persia in motion. How numerous the divines, the leaders, and the inhabitants of that land who with perfect joy and gladness offered up their lives in His path and hastened to the field of martyrdom!
The government, the nation, the clergy, and prominent leaders sought to extinguish His light, but to no avail. At last His moon rose, His star shone forth, His foundation was secured, and His horizon was flooded with light. He trained a large multitude through divine education and exerted a marvellous influence upon the thoughts, customs, morals, and manners of the Persians. He proclaimed the glad-tidings of the manifestation of the Sun of Bahá to all His followers and readied them for faith and certitude.
The manifestation of such marvelous signs and mighty undertakings, the influence exerted upon the thoughts and minds of the people, the laying of the foundations of progress, and the establishment of the prerequisites of success and prosperity by a young merchant constitute the greatest proof that He was a universal Educator—a fact that no fair-minded person would ever hesitate to acknowledge.”
If you would like to learn more information on the life of The Báb, go to www.bahai.org or to Baha’I reference Library Authoritative Writings and Guidance
My name is Nahal Haghbin, I’m from Tianjin, China. I am an Integrative Yoga Therapist in training at the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy. In my other roles, I conduct research on public health ethics and epidemiological studies on infectious diseases.
FORMAT: My name is ‘XXX’, I’m from XXX. I am a ‘XXX’
(*Note: Keep very brief)
HOW DO YOU KNOW OF THE BAB?
I knew of the Bab from a young age growing up in a Baha’i family, my love for Him intensified as I deepened in His writings and meditated on His sacred writings.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE STORY, SACRED WRITING, QUALITIES OR NAME OF THE BAB?
One of my favorite qualities that attracted me to His teaching is His role in purifying the world for the coming of Baha’u’llah ‘Him Whom God Shall Make Manifest’ as proclaimed by the Bab - His role is similar to that of John the Baptist in world history. The Bab & Baha’u’llah together are known as the Twin Manifestations of God.
My favorite quote from The Bab is “For indeed if thou dost open the heart of a person for His sake, better will it be for thee than every virtuous deed; since deeds are secondary to faith in Him and certitude in His Reality.”
HOW I DREW INSPIRATION FOR THE MEDITATION I CREATED FOR THE BICENTENARY MEDITATION PROJECT?
I drew inspiration for the meditation I created by the love for the quote above, which hopes to ‘open the heart’ for His sake and to strengthen ‘faith in Him and certitude in His Reality’ - this quote was the inception of the Bicentenary Meditation Project.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE GO TO TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR WORK?
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