I'm a husband. And a dad. I'm making a Hulk quilt for my daughter. My wife gives the best massages and I'm not just saying that. I once jumped off a bridge because my friend did so hypotheticals mean nothing to me.
  • illuciation:

    "O My servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain."

    ~ Bahá’u’lláh

    Love this quote.

  • Andréana Lefton (@AELefton) graces our blog this week with “A Dark Privilege: Bearing Witness to Victims and Prisoners of Conscience in Iran.” Bahá’í leaders in Iran are being persecuted and imprisoned — simply for their faith. From a desk in London, Ms. Lefton reflects on their circumstances and how they remind her of the sacrifice and the richness of human life.

    (via beingblog)

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    For me, the privilege of handling the files of executed Bahá’ís is that it enabled me to view these believers from another time and place as part of my own life story. And though we are left with only memories, these soul scraps are more precious to me than any physical remains.

    They are traces of human beings who learned to drink the bitter with the sweet. Memories of weddings, a favorite poem, and the dreams a young girl who dove headfirst into the ocean, arms and legs flying.

  • beingblog:

    While editing a commentary on the persecution and imprisonment of Baha’is within Iran, I happened upon this interview with Roxana Saberi. The American journalist, who was accused of espionage by the Iranian government, talks about the time she spent in an Iranian prison and the relationships she developed with Mahvash Sabet and Fariba Kamalabadi, two of the seven Yaran (“the Friends”), who are sentenced to 20 years in prison because of their faith:

    “I think the lessons that Mahvash and Fariba taught me in prison are universal. And they can apply to anybody, anywhere in the world. You don’t have to be in prison. We have our own prisons, are own adversities, and we can try to turn those adversities into opportunities.”

    ~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

    Incredibly powerful. The women she’s referring to are imprisoned for “spreading corruption on earth”. See if you think that’s true after listening to her story of being in prison with them…(From Krista Tippet’s tumblr On Being)

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    Therefore strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers. Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble. Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute!

    This is the work of a true Bahá’í, and this is what is expected of him. If we strive to do all this, then are we true Bahá’ís, but if we neglect it, we are not followers of the Light, and we have no right to the name.
    God, who sees all hearts, knows how far our lives are the fulfilment of our words.

  • fundamentals1:

    Li’l Hank & Terri are back at it in “Wooha it’s Ayyam-i-Ha…Again!”, the sequel to last year’s “Wooha it’s Ayyam-i-Ha!”. This time they explain what Ayyam-i-Ha is and share their vision of what it’s all about. You won’t want to miss it!

  • fundamentals1:

    Work on the Welcome Center at the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette is moving along despite the freezing temperatures! Scheduled completion is Spring, 2014. It will serve as a place to rest and prepare one’s self to enter the Temple and will feature a bookstore, fireside room (with a fireplace), meeting rooms, a display room and beautiful courtyard. What you see here is the frame for the entrance and the huge window that will let you see the Temple from inside.

    If you’re a Baha’i living in the US and would like to contribute just email us!

    Can’t wait for this to be done.

  • "“O thou kind Mother, thank divine Providence that I have been freed from a small and gloomy cage and, like the birds of the meadows, have soared to the divine world—a world which is spacious, illumined, and ever gay and jubilant. Therefore, lament not, O Mother, and be not grieved; I am not of the lost, nor have I been obliterated and destroyed. I have shaken off the mortal form and have raised my banner in this spiritual world. Following this separation is everlasting companionship. Thou shalt find me in the heaven of the Lord, immersed in an ocean of light.” - Abdu’l-Baha"