The absolute truth challenge…

In my previous posts, I briefly explained how I became Baha’i. I indicated I prayed and meditated for the absolute truth regardless of where it led me and where it’s end would meet. I also read and studied numerous religious Holly Books and related literature. Simply, I was doing an independent search for truth. My objective was to find out which religion was the true religion for today. Of course, I want truth for everything but the true religion for today was key. Let me briefly explain the necessity of doing an independent search for truth.

In most, if not all cultures, children traditionally adopt the religion and beliefs of their parents. I did! The problem with this scenario is children quite often accept their adopted religions and beliefs blindly and uncritically. Of course it doesn’t follow that their newly adopted religion and beliefs are wrong but rather there is a possibility of error. It’s quite obvious some religions are wrong. And for this reason alone one should do an independent search for truth. If at the end of this independent search for truth one finds their adopted religion and beliefs to be true and sound then no harm has been done.

Now, does praying and meditating for the absolute truth and studying religious Holly Books and related literature work? Yes! Without question, yes… So much so, I challenge you… I challenge anyone to do the same. The purpose behind this challenge is not to convert one to become a Baha’i but rather to help any willing soul to discover what the absolute truth is… for you. This is not a contest. No one needs to know what the truth is for you or anyone else at the end of this challenge. That’s between you and God. Whatever the truth is, I hope we all arrive there and rejoice.

Remember, “It’s not what you don’t know that hurts you; it’s what you think you know  that isn’t so.”
(Source unknown)

Regarding my personal search for truth, I found out later, after I becoming a Baha’i, Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, had written the prerequisites on finding the absolute truth 140 years ago. And basically the prerequisites I followed were the same.

Here is what Bahá’u’lláh wrote” Know thou of a truth that the seeker must, at the beginning of his quest for God, enter the Garden of Search. In this journey it behoveth the wayfarer to detach himself from all save God and to close his eyes to all that is in the heavens and on the earth. There must not linger in his heart either the hate or the love of any soul, to the extent that they would hinder him from attaining the habitation of the celestial Beauty. He must sanctify his soul from the veils of glory and refrain from boasting of such worldly vanities, outward knowledge, or other gifts as God may have bestowed upon him. He must search after the truth to the utmost of his ability and exertion, that God may guide him in the paths of His favour and the ways of His mercy. For He, verily, is the best of helpers unto His servants. He saith, and He verily speaketh the truth: “Whoso maketh efforts for Us, in Our ways shall We assuredly guide him.” And furthermore: “Fear God and God will give you knowledge.”

In this journey the seeker becometh witness to a myriad changes and transformations, confluences and divergences. He beholdeth the wonders of Divinity in the mysteries of creation and discovereth the paths of guidance and the ways of his Lord. Such is the station reached by them that search after God, and such are the heights attained by those who hasten unto Him.

When once the seeker hath ascended unto this station, he will enter the City of Love and Rapture, whereupon the winds of love will blow and the breezes of the spirit will waft.”
(Baha’u’llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 26)

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A new paradigm of religious thought!

In my previous post regarding, How I became a Baha’i…, I indicated “I had to leap from a paradigm of religious thought that condemned all other religions to a new paradigm that embraced all true religions as one. Without question, this was revolutionary…

Abdu’l-Baha, the son of the founder of the Baha’i Faith, Bahá’u'lláh, Says “The gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and of the fundamental oneness of religion.”
(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 19)

Bahá’u'lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, Says “The Purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, in revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that lie hidden within the mine of their true and inmost selves. That the divers communions of the earth, and the manifold systems of religious belief, should never be allowed to foster the feelings of animosity among men, is, in this Day, of the essence of the Faith of God and His Religion. These principles and laws, these firmly-established and mighty systems, have proceeded from one Source, and are the rays of one Light. That they differ one from another is to be attributed to the varying requirements of the ages in which they were promulgated.

Gird up the loins of your endeavor, O people of Baha, that haply the tumult of religious dissension and strife that agitateth the peoples of the earth may be stilled, that every trace of it may be completely obliterated. For the love of God, and them that serve Him, arise to aid this most sublime and momentous Revelation. Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench. The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver mankind from this desolating affliction….

The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Day Star of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. The one true God, He Who knoweth all things, Himself testifieth to the truth of these words.

Exert yourselves that ye may attain this transcendent and most sublime station, the station that can ensure the protection and security of all mankind. This goal excelleth every other goal, and this aspiration is the monarch of all aspirations. So long, however, as the thick clouds of oppression, which obscure the day star of justice, remain undispelled, it would be difficult for the glory of this station to be unveiled to men’s eyes….

Consort with all men, O people of Baha, in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship. If ye be aware of a certain truth, if ye possess a jewel, of which others are deprived, share it with them in a language of utmost kindliness and good-will. If it be accepted, if it fulfil its purpose, your object is attained. If any one should refuse it, leave him unto himself, and beseech God to guide him. Beware lest ye deal unkindly with him. A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning, it is the fountain of the light of wisdom and understanding….”
(Baha’u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u'llah, p. 287)

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How I became a Baha’i…

I have been a Baha’i for over 22 years, give or take a few day or months. One may ask, Why and How I became a Baha’i? These are both excellent questions. First, I will begin with Why.

As a child I had a strong belief in God and felt very close to Him. Unfortunately, my peers made fun of me for going to church and for that reason I quit going to church. My Mother is Roman Catholic but I was never baptized as a Catholic. It wasn’t until my late 20′s I rejoined the church again. I became a Christian while I was married through the Dutch reform church. I am not Dutch but my wife is. Becoming a Dutch reform Christian was the beginning of my new life. To say the least, I was elated to return back to God again.

Even though I was elated to return back to God again, I had a problem that needed to be resolved. The problem was, “Why was there so many different religions and so many divisions within each of the religions?” In the Christian religion they are quite clear, all other religions that were created after Christ are wrong. Let me make it perfectly clear, I am not here to judge any religion and especially Christianity. Even today I believe I am still a Christian. I will get back to that later.

Now, while being a Christian reform, I also meditated frequently. I decided to pray and meditate on the problem, I knew or I should say, I was possibly dancing with the devil by doing this type of investigation… Big Time. However, I believed or at least hoped that God would assist me and pull me back if I was going too far off the track.

I didn’t become a Baha’i overnight. Actually it took a couple of years or more. I have to admit it was pain staking and at times exhaustive. Nevertheless, the Baha’i Faith was the first religion that was revealed to me. I discarded it immediately. I have a friend who was a Baha’i at the time but I thought the Baha’i Faith was a little strange and I was nowhere ready to make a leap of faith. I decided that the reason that the Baha’i Faith was presented to me so quickly was influenced by my friend.

The main religions I investigated were Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Baha’i Faith. I read and studied each of their Holly Books and related literature. I attended their churches and mosques. I even took a Religious Studies course at York University. I thought very seriously of becoming Buddhist and later a Muslim. If I had not become Baha’i I would have, without question, became Muslim.

The most important fact about this investigation for truth for me was, within my heart and soul I prayed and meditated for the absolute truth regardless of where it led me and where it’s end would meet. Becoming a Baha’i was one of the most difficult times in my life. I had to leap from a paradigm of religious thought that condemned all other religions to a new paradigm that embraced all true religions as one. Armed with my conviction, I believe that God and only God assisted me throughout this investigation and inspired me to become a Baha’i…

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Be generous in prosperity…

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.

(Baha’u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u'llah, p. 284)

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