A mother this morning decided to become a Bahá’í.
We visited her to talk about the Bahá’í children’s classes that her 7-year-old daughter has been attending in the neighborhood. We also wanted to know if she had any questions about the faith which the classes draw on to teach spiritual principles to the children.
While I held her 6-month-old son in my lap, she engaged us in deep conversation about the purpose of teaching children virtues such as truthfulness, justice and preferring others before oneself. Then she wanted to hear more about the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. My friend began by sharing with her this quotation from Bahá’u’lláh:
“That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith.” (Gleanings, Section CXX)
The mother repeated several times that she knew the only way we are going to make the world a better place is by working together rather than against each other. The education of children, we all agreed, is one of those goals we all have to work towards together.
She enjoyed learning about the faith and sharing with us her understanding of the teachings we were discussing, but I believe what most sparked her sincere faith in Bahá’u’lláh was listening to her daughter singing songs about unity, love and service to mankind. When we left, the daughter was teaching her baby brother those songs, and we all knew that these children will indeed contribute to the betterment of the world.
Because of the above and much more, this has been a good weekend, and there is lots to share.
- First of all, the long hiatus from posting to the blog and updating Facebook is gone… never to return.
- Second, the Hasten Forth books are now available for ordering on Palabra Publications and soon on Baha’i Distribution Service.
- Third and finally, coming soon are posts that we hope will make sharing the book an even richer experience, including topics such as:
- “The Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh” (the seminal piece of Bahá’í literature by Shoghi Effendi on which Hasten Forth was based)
- The significant role architecture has played in the history of the Bahá’í Faith
- The courage and strength of the Bahá’ís in Iran who are oppressed by the government for their religious beliefs
- Answers to questions about how Hasten Forth is designed to help readers understand the Faith on many levels
More and more there are examples of just how helpful well-illustrated presentations have proven to be in making sure everyone is on the same page, so to speak, when discussing profound matters. I just came across this publication, which is a revitalized version of the booklet we used today in speaking with the mother of the two little ones: Conozcamos la Fe Bahá’í
You can also find snap shots of Bahá’ís around the world using a wide array of printed materials in all languages, sizes, colors, etc., by visiting the same photo collection as the images above: http://www.bahai.org/attaining/