I was much moved by this piece by John Etheridge. Before I read it I thought it was about current Baha’i prisoners – they and their families are suffering so badly – for teaching that God His Messengers and humanity are One. It is time Iran stopped persecuting minority religious groups.
Originally posted on the Book of Pain:
I arranged in the garden, one rock each for the Seven of Tehran.
The first, the most beloved, rained down God’s mercy and
cooled the fired-up throng;
the second, clasping his brother’s corpse to his heart
rooted out their tongues with a poem;
the third in thanks shared sweets with his killer,
while the fourth scorned a rescue that bore the veils of lust and power.
The rest vied for the right to prepare the way, the one each for the other,
and so they died as they lived—united—chimed by a single blow.
But in truth I lied to you,
it was eight rocks I arranged in the garden.
The last was a small, sharp-edged stone,
barbed on the top, cold to the touch
and set deep dark down in the loam.
I dig it up occasionally
to see if it is still there. It always is,
ground no smoother by its journey
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Please help circulate this article which was turned down by The Huffington Post – written by Shaikh Kabir Helminski, a regular blogger of the HP. It seems that the HP’s huffing- is very censored and very one-sided!
Originally posted on soul in progress:
[This article was written during the first days of the current Gaza Massacre, then sent to Huffington Post and then politely declined without comment. I was invited to be a blogger for Huffington Post and have posted articles about every six months for several years. I naively thought that the Huffington Post was a forum for ideas. Given what has happened since, this article seems very mild.]
What would a moral Israel look like? Could there be an Israel that would gain the love and respect of the world? Could Israel, for instance, redeem itself as South Africa has? Yes, it could. The answer will seem naïve to some. What has been described as a complex and intractable situation, really, is not.
A moral Israel could ask the…
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Iran’s persecution of innocent Baha’is continues – when will it end?
Originally posted on Sen's daily:
(Corrected: three of the four detainees for whom bail was set have not been released as the bail is excessive)
On September 3, Branch 4 of the court at Evin Prison set bail for three Bahais arrested in Tehran: Babak Mobasher ( بابک مبشر ), Nasr `Arshi Moqaddam (ناصر عرشى مقدم), and `Ata’ollah Ashrafi (عطاء الله اشرفى). The family of the three detainees were informed by telephone from Evin prison that bail for Babak Mobasher and Naser Arshi Moqaddam was set at 25 billion Rials (700,000 euros or 938,000 US dollars), while 20 billion Rials (560,000 euros or 750,000 US dollars) was demanded for `Ata’ollah Ashrafi’s temporary release.
These three have been charged with “subverting the economy of Iran,” and “membership in the Baha’i community of Iran.” Their family cannot afford to pay the bail, which amounts to 2.6 million dollars…
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Q. WHAT IS THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM REQUIRED TO ARRANGE AN INTERSPIRITUAL MEDITATION & DIALOGUE?
1. One other person.
2. Sit with them in silent meditation for a few minutes. Breathe – be conscious of your breathing.
3. Bring two or more high-level texts from different traditions that around a particular topic e.g. ‘love’ that point to the Oneness beyond the diverse traditions. To start see http://universalistspirit.wordpress.com/about/mission-and-vision/ for wonderful texts about love.
4. Read them aloud to each other.
5. Share insights.
6. Take tea or break bread together
7. Take the inspiration and do something good for other people.
How do you know if you are doing it right? There will be one or more of the following; lots of insights, perhaps astonishment, joy, laughter, perhaps some tears and an increased desire to serve others.
Suggested breath-mantra for this coming week ;
On the in-breath; “I rest…
On the out-breath; “….in the presence of the Whole”
This week I have started to look at how three sources speak to us about themes within inter spirituality, particularly that of ‘presence’.
QUESTION: Do each contain ’keys ’to insight to be gained from within the others?
1 Abraham Joshua Heschel, from Chapter 5 of his book ‘Who is Man?’;
In his great vision Isaiah perceives the voice of the seraphim even before he hears the voice of the Lord. What is it that the seraphim reveal? “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.”
Holy, holy, holy — indicate the transcendence and distance of God. The whole earth is full of His glory — the immanence or presence of God. The outwardness of the world communicates something of the indwelling greatness of God.
The glory is neither an aesthetic nor physical quality. It is sensed in grandeur, but it is more than grandeur. It is a presence or the effulgence of a presence.
The whole earth is full of His glory, but we do not perceive it; it is within our reach but beyond our grasp. And still it is not entirely unknown to us.
In English the phrase that a person has “a presence” is hard to define. There are people whose being here and now is felt, even though they do not display themselves in action and speech. They have a “presence.” … Of a person whose outwardness communicates something of his indwelling power or greatness, whose soul is radiant and conveys itself without words, we say he has presence.
Standing face to face with the world, we often sense a presence which surpasses our ability to comprehend. The world is too much with us. It is crammed with marvel. There is a glory, an aura, that lies about all beings, a spiritual setting of reality.
To the religious man it is as if things stood with their backs to him, their faces turned to God, as if the glory of things consisted in their being an object of divine care.
Being is both presence and absence. God had to conceal His presence in order to bring the world into being. He had to make His absence possible in order to make room for the world’s presence. Coming into being brought along denial and defiance, absence, oblivion and resistance.
From Eckhart Tolle; If you have a copy of The Power of Now why not re-read Chapter 5 – if not here are some of the key statements by Tolle;
…..we can’t think about presence. The mind can’t understand presence – understanding presence is being present.
When we are in the state of presence we are free of thought. Being present is also to be in a state of alertness.
Presence is like waiting (RP To ‘wait upon the good pleasure of’)
( RP To be present of course is to be in the now)
Brief moments of presence = nomind, satori.
Listening really listening is to experience beauty but behind external forms there is the ineffable.
This reminds me (RP) of this statement by T S Eliot ‘Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.’ – T S Eliot
Tolle says Could it be that this nameless essence and your presence are one and the same? Would it be there without your presence? Go deeply into it. Find out for yourself.
When you become conscious of Being, what is really happening is that Being becomes
conscious of itself. When Being becomes conscious of itself – that’s presence. Since Being, Consciousness, and Life are synonymous, we could say that presence means consciousness becoming conscious of itself, or life attaining self-consciousness.
When consciousness frees itself from its identification with physical and mental forms, it becomes what we may call pure or enlightened consciousness, or presence.
what is stillness other than presence, consciousness freed from thought forms?
Don’t get attached to any one word. You can substitute “Christ” for presence, if that is more meaningful to you. Christ is your Godessence or the Self, as it is sometimes called in the East. The only difference between Christ and presence is that Christ refers to your indwelling divinity regardless of whether you are conscious of it or not, whereas presence means your awakened divinity or God-essence.
Jesus attempted to convey directly, not through discursive thought, the meaning
of presence, of self-realization. He had gone beyond the consciousness dimension governed by time, into the realm of the timeless. The dimension of eternity had come into this world.
Eternity, of course, does not mean endless time, but no time.
God said: “I AM THAT I AM.” No time here, just presence.The “second coming” of Christ is a transformation of human consciousness, a shift from time to presence, from thinking to pure consciousness,
You will soon realize that there is no “mine” or “yours” in presence. Presence is one.
From Baha’i Teachings -The Hidden Words by
26. O MY FRIEND IN WORD!
Ponder awhile. Hast thou ever heard that friend and foe should abide in one heart? Cast out then the stranger, that the Friend may enter His home.
27. O SON OF DUST!
All that is in heaven and earth I have ordained for thee, except the human heart, which I have made the habitation of My beauty and glory; yet thou didst give My home and dwelling to another than Me; and whenever the manifestation of My holiness sought His own abode, a stranger found He there, and, homeless, hastened unto the sanctuary of the Beloved. Notwithstanding I have concealed thy secret and desired not thy shame.
And also from from The Hidden Words in Arabic (no 13) – Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.
NB Don’t forget Tim Freke is organizing a monthly online event – see HERE Talk to Annie-Leigh if you are interested and if you are interested in a one day Mystery Experience with Tim in Brighton.
To discover the other inspirational texts, questions & answers you’ll have to come on Wednesday! Hoping to see you!
Namaste and All good wishes,
My preferred meaning for ‘namaste’ – “I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”
What is interspirituality?
Inter-spirituality is “the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.”
Inter-spirituality is; ‘…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.’ WT p26 The Mystic Heart
“Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience.
We call this new awareness Interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but
the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” -
One Garden groups
We meet together as agnostics,Sufis, secularists, Christians, Baha’is etc – seeking the way forward toward peace as the outcome of realizing oneness – interspirituality is the next stage for interfaith.
We are inspired and learn from Wayne Teasdale, as the supreme map-maker of the ‘interspiritual territory’, along with Eckhart Tolle, Ken Wilber & Aldous Huxley. The One Garden is pointed to by teachers from within 7 of the world’s great traditions – to help live the interspiritual life, centered on Oneness, as a way to personal and global peace.
Cuttings the Newsletter of the One Garden group for 2nd July 2014
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Originally posted on8th May 2012 but the quotations are eternal;
Originally posted on Interrupting the Silence:
Today, May 8, is the Feast of St. Julian of Norwich. When Julian was thirty years old she became gravely ill and was given last rites. On the seventh day of her illness, all pain left her, and she had a series of fifteen vision of our Lord’s passion. She recorded these in a book entitled Revelations of Divine Love or as Julian called it, Showings. The following quotations are taken from her writings:
I saw that [our Lord] is to us everything which is good and comforting for our help. He is our clothing, who wraps and enfolds us for love, embraces us and shelters us, surrounds us for his love, which is so tender that he may never desert us. And so in this sight I saw that he is everything which is good, as I understand.
And in this he showed me something small, no…
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